Memphis Makes National Headlines for BBQ, Tater Tots

Memphis was mentioned in posts from two big national publications Thursday, Dec. 27, for something we’re evidently pretty good at – food.

First, Central BBQ was listed in (and pictured in the cover photo for) Forbes’ “10 Most Memorable Restaurant Meals of 2012.” Memphis’ beloved barbecue joint is among the ranks of eateries in California, Italy and London.

“Simply put, everything here is great, but especially the superlative ribs, the unique and addictive BBQ nachos, the homemade pork rinds with dry rub and the homemade kettle chips with bleu cheese dip,” contributor Larry Olmsted writes.

Next, The Wall Street Journal spotlighted the Memphis Grizzlies’ unique halftime half-court shot fan prize: a lifetime supply of Sonic tater tots.

Nearly two-thirds of NBA teams are running a similar promotion this season, but cash is the most typical reward for making that difficult shot, according to the article. Amounts range from $1,000 in Utah to $77,777 in Phoenix.

But Memphis, as we’re accustomed to doing, has flipped the script. To quote the popular Hoop City Memphis slogan, “This is Memphis. We grind here.”

Black Girls Code coming to Memphis

Black Girls Code, a group working to “introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders,” is coming to Memphis.

The first workshop of the Memphis edition of Black Girls Code, which already operates in cities around the country, will be Feb. 16 in the Paul Barret Jr. Library at Rhodes College.

For more information, go here: www.blackgirlscode.com.

Here’s a short video about the group:

The White Christmas Deadline

It began snowing in Memphis with just seven minutes left in Christmas day, according to official observations at Memphis International Airport.

Although that doesn’t count as a white Christmas according to the MemphisWeather.Net blog, part of the Internet media entity created by Erik Proseus under the umbrella of Cirrus Weather Solutions.

Here is a link to the entry which has all of the details of the Christmas snow we almost missed.

There is also another link there to an entry going into Christmas that talks about our one and still only (at least since records started being kept in 1889) white Christmas in 1913. It even goes on to detail the eight Christmases with trace amounts and Memphis Christmases in which there was snow on the ground that morning from the day before – the warmest Memphis Christmas and the coldest Memphis Christmas.

Give it a look, match up the dates to those long ago snow pictures in your trove of family Christmas pictures whose year you’ve forgotten and write it down somewhere.

Year-in-review: $1.5 Billion Invested in Memphis Medical Center

The Memphis Medical Center is the focal point of more than $1.5 billion in capital improvements, including institutional renovations, expansions and new construction that are either underway or were recently completed.

Here’s a look back on this year’s highlights and how you can donate to each cause:

  • Southern College of Optometry began construction on a new $9.4 million, 23,016-square-foot classroom and instructional facility, allowing the college to expand its technology capabilities
  • The MED, one of the nation’s three busiest trauma centers, is undergoing a $20.7 million renovation and expansion of its emergency room
  • Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare unveiled plans for a $33.5 million emergency department and helipad at Midtown’s Methodist University Hospital
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College broke ground on a new $18.2 million, 74,000-square-foot Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building to increase enrollment of nurses by 45 percent
  • University of Tennessee Heath Science Center is transforming the Memphis campus into a state-of-the-art Health Science Center – the first step of which is the $36 million, 135,000-square-foot Translational Science Research Building
  • St. Jude Children Research Hospital is underway on a new $190 million tower to provide space for replacement surgical department, intensive care unit and subsequent proton beam therapy service – some of the most cutting edge cancer therapy available
  • Church Health Center not only opened a new dental clinic for the under-insured, but also announced plans to be a part of the Sears Crosstown redevelopment
  • Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center is working toward a Center for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity, one of the largest of its kind in the country
  • Memphis VA Medical Center was awarded one of the top Veterans Affairs hospitals in the country and is undertaking $44 million in renovations
  • Memphis Bioworks Foundation is completing the first $23 million Specialized Lab as part of a planned $450 million, 1.3 million-square-foot development for UT and Baptist Research Park. This lab alone will allow research currently being done outside of Memphis to stay here.

Memphis Medical Center, the redevelopment group for the area funded by the hospitals and the universities themselves, employs 20,000, teaches 10,000 students and 700,000 patients each year. The nonprofit has an annual $3 billion operating budget.

Click here to learn more about Memphis Medical Center projects that are in the works.

Rep. Cohen on the fiscal cliff

Just before the holiday break, Memphis congressman Steve Cohen gave some brief remarks from the House floor on the still-unresolved fiscal cliff. In his remarks, he makes reference to needing new revenue “to rectify some wrongs in our society.”

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