Former Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter returning to Memphis

Former Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter is coming back to Memphis to work for the city on a contract basis, leading its Office of Intergovernmental Relations.

According to a release from City Hall Monday afternoon, Carpenter also will serve as project manager for the Main Street to Main Street Multimodal Connector that includes the Harahan Bridge. His most immediate responsibility will be oversight of the TIGER IV federal grant that will fund more than half of the Main Street to Main Street Multimodal project.

In fulfilling those responsibilities, Carpenter will contract with the city for intergovernmental relations services and with the Downtown Memphis Commission for project management of the TIGER IV grant.

Carpenter is returning to Memphis from the Nashville area where he is serving as state director for StudentsFirst, an education reform advocacy organization founded by Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the D.C. Public Schools System.

Local film premiering at Malco Paradiso

Memphis-made feature film “The Romance of Loneliness” will premier here Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Malco Paradiso with a special concert by Deering & Down.

Tickets will be available at the door (if available) and also online. Go to www.romanceofloneliness.com to learn more.

The movie is the third feature film by Memphis company Paper Moon Films and is the lead debut for local musician Amy LaVere.

Memphis TV Stations ABC24, CW30 to Get New Owner

Memphis television stations ABC24 and CW30 will soon have new owners.

Irving, Texas-based Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. plans to acquire 12 television stations and associated digital sub-channels in eight markets, including Memphis, for $285.5 million.

The seller is Providence Equity Partners LLC, parent company of privately-held Newport Television LLC. The deal is part of a 22-station portfolio sale from Providence Equity Partners in three separate deals for $1 billion.

Nexstar will acquire 10 stations, as well as Newport’s Inergize Digital media operations. Its partner, Mission Broadcasting Inc., will acquire two stations in Little Rock, Ark.

The transaction is expected to increase Nexstar’s footprint to 67 stations in 40 markets, reaching about 11.4 percent of U.S. television households.

Cockadoos Closes Its Doors Downtown

Downtown breakfast and brunch joint Cockadoos has shuttered its doors after two years in business.

Once rumors of the closing circulated on Twitter, the eatery confirmed Tuesday, July 17, “True. Today is the last day : ( ” Cockadoos added later that, “most everyone has found a new home.”

Cockadoos opened in May 2010 in the old Café 61 space at 85 S. Second St. The 3,300-square-foot bay is located in between Automatic Slim’s and Kooky Canuck on Second, across the street from The Peabody Memphis.

The daintily-decorated restaurant, known by many for its coffee bar and late-night offerings, served its last meal shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Kiss From a Rose

Duncan-Williams Inc. has released its second video in a series in support of the firm’s sponsorship of the “Live at the Garden” concert series.

The first one, you’ll recall, was a sing-a-long in which the camera panned to one of the firm’s employees after another, all of whom were singing “Saturday in the Park,” a song by Chicago – the first act for the concert series.

The next act is Seal. No sing-a-long this time for the Duncan-William’s video. This one is built around a “Kiss from a Rose”.

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