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Free Amy LaVere song in iTunes store

Fans of Amy LaVere, who several days ago held a free concert in Overton Park to celebrate the release of her new CD “Stranger Me,” can download one of the tracks for free in the iTunes store.

The song is “You can’t keep me.”

A CD and vinyl edition of LaVere’s new record are available via Amazon.com. And limited edition autographed CDs are available from LaVere’s label, Archer Records.

Gov. Haslam: “Memphis has to be a great city”

If anybody had any doubts about whether Bill Haslam would forget about the west side of the state when he moved into the Governor’s mansion in Nashville, he made a point of dispelling those notions Thursday at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s annual luncheon.

He took pride in telling the crowd, for example, that only 24 hours earlier he was running in Downtown Nashville dressed in his “Believe Memphis” shirt.

“If Tennessee is going to be a great state, Memphis has to be a great city,” Haslam said. “It really is that simple.”

He singled out Downtown Memphis for special praise, which was fitting considering the group that brought him to speak. He said Downtown has the kind of corporate presence “other cities would kill to have.”

“The passion and commitment people have to Memphis is almost unparalleled,” he said.

Get on Board: More Than 100 City, County Vacancies

MPACT Memphis, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering civic, cultural and social engagement among Memphis professionals under the age of 40, will host two events in hopes of filling the more than 100 current vacancies on city and county government boards and commissions.

On Thursday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m., MPACT will connect young professionals interested in serving on boards with the right people and resources during Civics 101: Boards and Commissions, which will take place at 7691 Poplar Avenue in Germantown. The event will include a panel discussion featuring several MPACT members who currently serve on boards, as well as representatives from city government, who will explain how the process works.

Then on Friday, July 29, MPACT will again connect young professionals with opportunities to participate in government during the monthly South Main Trolley Night. This time around, the organization will partner with the City of Memphis, with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr., members of the City Council, and citizens who serve on local boards and commissions in attendance. Complimentary food and drinks will be provided.

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Toney Armstrong at Kiwanis

 

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong has been busy since his appointment as police director in April.

Armstrong took stock of what he and City Council member Jim Strickland termed a “challenging” tenure today at the Memphis Kiwanis Club.

The tenure has included the death in the line of duty of an officer, the flooding of the Police Training Academy in Frayser, a Presidential visit with the security details attendant with any visit by the leader of the free world and the logistics of moving the Memphis in May International Barbecue Cooking Contest to Tiger Lane.

What he didn’t mention was the covert tape recording of his first gathering with officers in which Armstrong served notice that there would be changes in the upper ranks and some of those in the room would not be happy with the changes.

But he hinted at it as we put our tape recorder on the podium for his speech at The Peabody.

“At least he let me know he’s recording it,” Armstrong joked. “It’s a good thing.”

 

 

A quick word on the (lack of) progress over the debt ceiling

I’m starting to be afraid that a comment Sen. Bob Corker made on the floor of the U.S. Senate last week is going to go down as the understatement of the year:

“Maybe the debt ceiling was the wrong place to pick a fight, as it relates to trying to get our country’s house in order. Maybe that was the wrong place to do it.”

Dansette

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