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Memphian to Appear on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars

Memphian Tamara Sawyer, founder of TamiCakes, will appear on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 24.

Each week on Cupcake Wars, four of the country’s top cupcake bakers face off in three elimination challenges until only one decorator remains. The winner receives $10,000 and the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at gigs that have run the gamut from film festivals to celebrity golf tournaments.

Tamara founded TamiCakes, an online bakery, in the Washington, D.C. area in 2011. Check the company out on Twitter @tamicakesdc, on Facebook at /tamicakesdc, and on its website at tamicakesdc.com.

Sawyer, a 2004 University of Memphis graduate and alumna of St. Mary’s Episcopal School, is featured in the June 2012 issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine.

Before moving to D.C., Sawyer was active in the Memphis community as a Bridge Builders’ Alum, Girls Inc. camp counselor and Links Inc. debutante. She is currently active with St. Mary’s Annual Fund leading fundraising efforts for her class. Sawyer’s brother and his family, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hooks Jr., reside in Memphis.

An Airfare Primer

Going to Thursday’s airfare forum at Christian Brothers University? The panel discussion sponsored by the Greater Memphis Chamber starts at 10:30 am.

The issue of how much we pay for air service is just about the hottest issue out there right now.

Whether you are going or waiting on our coverage of the event, here is our primer on the issue as it stands now in the current edition of our weekly, The Memphis News.

Keep going after the story for a transcript of a question and answer session our editorial board did with airport officials.

It’s the first transcript we’ve done of one of these sessions and we should have more to come on many other topics.

 

 

Elvis is keeping the cash registers ringing

A variety of new products have recently come to market or about to soon that will all keep alive the legacy of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Those products include apparel, books, music, a film and more.

A new casino jackpot slot machine from International Game Technology that honors Elvis recently was unveiled at the Global Gaming Expo. It features a classic jukebox design, and players can sing along to Elvis’ hits while they play. The game was released this spring and is already on many U.S. casino floors.

“Graphic Elvis,” a book from licensee Liquid Comics, is in stores now. It combines quotes, writings, photos and memorabilia with original pieces of artwork by international graphic novel artists.

Other new retail products include an Elvis Kingman acoustic guitar from Fender Acoustics, an “Aloha from Hawaii” Mr. Potato Head from PPW Toys, and Elvis figurines, ornaments and waterballs from Precious Moments.

Tommy Hilfiger also will launch a limited-edition American Icon t-shirt collection this summer with both a men’s and women’s Elvis design.

Hewlett-Packard Exec Joins AutoZone

AutoZone Inc., the Memphis-based car parts retailer, has added a Hewlett-Packard executive to its leadership ranks.

Ron Griffin has joined the company as senior vice president and chief information officer. At HP, Griffin was a key member of the team that drove HP’s IT transformation. Griffin also spent 12 years at Home Depot, including eight as CIO.

Griffin will report to AutoZone chief financial officer Bill Giles.

ArtPlace Grant for Memphis’ Soulsville Revitalization

A $678,195 grant from a Chicago group called ArtPlace will give a plan to revitalize the Soulsville neighborhood in Memphis a major lift.

Community LIFT, an economic and community development organization, is driving the first phase of the revitalization in partnership with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, which plans to hold classical, pops and Opus One concerts in the neighborhood. The MSO also will establish a regular presence there.

The Soulsville project also includes transforming the former home of bluesman Memphis Slim and a nearby warehouse into a new arts center called “Memphis Slim’s Collaboratory.”

ArtPlace is a new national collaboration of 11 major national and regional foundations, six of the nation’s largest banks, and eight federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dansette

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