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Light filters into faded Chisca

Contractors are tearing away the plywood that has covered hundreds of windows at the old Chisca Hotel., letting the old hotel feel the sun for the first time in decades,
For the first time in years, streams of light are now seeping into the recesses of the eight-story hotel.
Contractors have been busy removing the plywood that covered the windows at the hotel at Main Street and Fr. M. L. King Jr, Ave.
“Right now we are trying to get the plywood out of the windows to get it to where there is light in there,” said carpenter Jose Reyes. “There’s a lot of plywood here.”
Reyes estimated that the building contained at least 600 windows – those looking outside the building and interior windows .
Work is actually happening at the Chicsca after years of false starts and delays.
The Carlisle Corp., Terry Lynch, Gary Prosterman and Karl Schledwitz are the ownership group behind the r$20 million-plus renovation.

New special agent in charge of FBI in Memphis

The FBI’s Memphis division has a new special agent in charge.

FBI Director Robert Mueller has tapped A. Todd McCall, most recently chief of the bureau’s digital forensics and analysis section in the Operational Technology Division. As such, McCall was responsible for all computer and digital evidence forensic matters for the bureau.

From the FBI:

“Mr. McCall began his career as a special agent in November 1990 and reported to the Dallas Division. The next year, he was appointed to the Evidence Response Team and was involved in the management of a number of high-profile, major crime scene investigations, including the Oklahoma City bombing and the September 11, 2001 crash of United Air Lines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

In May 1999, Mr. McCall was promoted to supervisory special agent at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, and in December 2003, he was promoted again to chief of the Photographic Operations and Imaging Services Unit.

Mr. McCall reported to the Memphis Division’s Jackson, Tennessee Resident Agency in June 2005 to serve as the supervisory senior resident agent. In September 2010, Mr. McCall was promoted to assistant special agent in charge for all criminal programs and administrative matters in the Memphis Division.

Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. McCall was a radio and television news reporter and an investigator for the state of Arkansas.”

NewME accelerator looking for Memphis startup talent

The NewME tech accelerator is looking for Memphis-area startup entrepreneurs to participate this summer in the Memphis PopUp Accelerator.

It’s a three-night event June 28-30 that will include one-on-one coaching from NewME experts and a workshop titled “The Art of the Pitch,” among other things. The weekend culminates with “Demo Day,” when startups will network with players in Memphis’ tech scene, special guests from Silicon Valley, and pitch their idea to a panel of judges that includes local and Silicon Valley investors.

The event will be held at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology.

PopUp participants will pitch to win a potential slot at a future session of the NewME Accelerator in San Francisco and a prize pack valued at about $45,000 from partners like Google, Rackspace, Microsoft, ZenDesk and more.

The NewME Memphis PopUp accelerator is $99 per participant. Interested entrepreneurs can register by visiting newmeaccelerator.com and clicking ‘events.’

Indie filmmaker’s Elvis movie

William Bryan is a Chicago filmmaker who’s closing in on his $12,000 Kickstarter fundraising goal to make a movie about Elvis’ early years.

Kickstarter details are here. The film is expected to be shot in May or June and then be released for a festival circuit run.

Perks for contributors include things like photos, CDs and filmed thank-yous.

 

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Sunset Symphony Adds Grizz TV Watch Party, Changes Schedule

 

The Memphis in May International Festival Sunset Symphony will include a big screen television watch party in Tom Lee Park of the Grizzlies playoff game.

Organizers of the festival announced Friday, May 24, changes in the performance schedule to accommodate the watch party, one of several in the Downtown area.

The air show before the symphony begins at 5:20 p.m. and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will begin its performance at 7 p.m. followed by a fireworks show at 8:45 p.m.

At 9 p.m., the big screen television screen on stage will go on to watch the NBA playoff game at nearby FedExForum.

The Beale Street Merchants Association and the Greater Memphis Chamber will also have a big screen television watching party in Handy Park, a block away from FedExForum on Saturday evening as well.

 

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