Randolph to Give Away 500 Tickets Tuesday for Grizzlies Opening Night

After co-hosting a holiday shopping spree for 200 children last week, Memphis Grizzlies star Zach Randolph will continue his generosity by giving away 500 tickets Tuesday, Dec. 27, for Wednesday’s first home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Grizzlies forward purchased the tickets to this week’s opening night game that will be handed out in the Grand Lobby of FedExForum starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Randolph wanted to encourage members of Grizz Nation to bring the intensity and atmosphere from last season’s playoff run.

“Last season during the Playoffs, FedExForum became one of the toughest buildings in the league to play in, thanks in large part to the fans and the excitement they brought each and every game,” Randolph said in a release. “I’m proud to be part of this Grizzlies team and this city, and we want that same atmosphere for Opening Night and the rest of the season.”

Tickets will be distributed on a first come-first-served-basis. There will be a limit of two tickets per person.

Memphis-area jobless rate drops to 9.2 percent

The Memphis area’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.2 in November from 10 percent in October and 9.7 percent in November 2010, according to figures out today from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The Memphis area had a labor force of 628,630 in November. During the month, 570,630 workers were employed, and a little more than 58,000 were jobless.

Water Retention Versus Detention: ‘A Huge Difference’

During Memphis City Council’s meeting Tuesday, Dec. 20, dozens of neighborhood supporters addressed the council about the impact of Lick Creek flooding on their homes.

Among them were Mary Wilder, member of Lick Creek Coalition and a resident of Midtown’s Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood. She said the Lick Creek detention will alleviate the flooding problem, but not throughout the entire basin because that’s not the way detention works.

“Detention works to alleviate flooding at the points closest to it, so Belleaire, Overton Park, the Zoo, and it should help VECA in that it will slow down the volume of water going into the system,” Wilder said. “You pick up water everywhere you go. And at that size (1 million cubic feet), (the detention basin) should make a significant difference. It really should.”

Because there’s a huge difference in retention and detention, Wilder said. To retain means to hold it, and that’s not what the new parking structure with detention basin underneath will do.

Rather, it will slow the water down before slowly releasing it back into the system at a pace that will allow it to move through the storm water system without causing flooding.

“Retention is that big water feature in front of the city’s development on Crump heading east on the interstate where the old Baptist Hospital used to be,” Wilder said. “There’s a there’s a big fountain blowing all the time. That’s retention. That’s where they’re holding water and actually reusing it, but it also helps with the flooding issue.”

Conversely, detention is typically what happens naturally in the environment, Wilder said.

“It rains, water falls on the forest floor, it doesn’t flood the forest, the trees and the ground suck it up,” she said. “Only in a few areas will it actually create any kind of flooding.”

But in an urban environment where everything’s been paved and has installed roofs, that water doesn’t slow down.

“It comes flying out of the sky and hits the ground and goes flying across the pavement and tries its best it can to get into the storm water system,” Wilder said. “Well, when you get three or six inches in a short period of time, it’s going to cause flooding because we don’t have anything to detain it. We don’t have the trees, we don’t have the grass, we don’t have the green space anymore, we’ve replaced it with hardscape. So, we’re going to hardscape some detention. We’re going to put something underground and catch it for awhile and slow it down because mother nature can’t do it since we took her out of the picture.”

For more of Wilder’s comments, be sure to check out the Overton Square cover story in the week’s The Memphis News, which hits newsstands Saturday.

Congratulations to Amy LaVere

Congratulations are in order for Memphis singer-songwriter Amy LaVere, whose tune “Damn Love Song” was chosen as one of the top 50 songs of 2011 by American Songwriter Magazine.

That’s no mean feat. Let me just point out number 7, a little ditty you may have heard once or twice this year – Adele’s “Someone like you.”

Click here to see the full list.


Stuffy’s Burger Joint to Relocate from U of M area to Collierville

Stuffy’s “One Serious Burger Joint” is closing its location near Patterson and Kimball near the University of Memphis and will be relocating to The Avenue Carriage Crossing in Collierville.

The restaurant at 786 Echles St. broke the news Monday, Dec. 19, on its Facebook page:

“Stuffy’s is sorry to inform the Midtown area we will be relocating to Collierville at Carriage Crossing…we are in the works of reopening the Stuffy’s in midtown in the very near future..

The owner’s of Stuffy’s would like to say thank you to all of the great people of Memphis, Tn. Thank you for showing love and support to us as new residents and business owners in Memphis. We hope the relocation will not hinder our patron, and we just want to say thank you.

Stuffy’s was known for stuffing its fresh, never frozen burgers with cheese and its intense mayo selection. It opened Aug. 9.

Stuffy’s “One Serious Burger Joint,” doesn’t believe in seasoning its burgers, but instead achieving flavor through its mayo selection.