Travel Channel show Aug. 4 checks in at 2013 Memphis in May BBQ contest

The Travel Channel’s show “Adam Richman’s Fandemonium” is airing a Memphis-flavored episode Sun., Aug. 4.

That episode will find host Richman heading to Memphis in May’s 2013 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest to get a taste of the contest’s smokers, booths and award-winning barbecue. The show is “on a mission to explore the world of super-fans” and the lengths they go to in celebration of their passions.

“Memphis in May is one of the largest and most prestigious barbeque competitions in the world, and fans drop tens of thousands of dollars to participate and to build some of the most outrageous grills and smokers anyone has ever seen,” reads promotional material for the episode. “‘Adam Richman’s Fandemonium’ explores what makes someone willing to quit their job, and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on costumes, gear and food at their favorite events.”

Catch the show at 8 p.m. on the Travel Channel.

(Daily News File/Lance Murphey)

A Memphis marketing agency helps out a good cause

The Memphis-based advertising, marketing, design and PR firm inferno has designed the annual report for The Exchange Club Family Center, part of the design, copy and production expense the agency has donated for the center’s annual report for nine years.

Inferno partner Dan O’Brien recently finished his two-year term as president of the center’s board of directors. The 2011-2012 Exchange Club Family Center annual report, which is now available, highlights the center’s life-saving work, according to inferno, and its compact format with rounded corners is both user-friendly and cuts out the stuffiness associated with traditional annual reports.

“A challenge in creating the report is communicating the center’s mission and its staff’s passion while protecting the privacy of the many families that rely on the center’s services,” inferno writes in a company blog post. “Rather than showing a family on the cover, the front features a teddy bear with an adhesive bandage. This signifies the center’s ability to ‘mend’ families. The interior pages feature vibrant, colorful collages that conjure up images of children. Bikes, toys, dolls and wagons combine with fabric-related images to communicate the center’s child-focused work.

“The report’s copy focuses on the cycle of abuse and neglect and how the center’s amazing staff and 23 programs help to break that cycle and restore hundreds of Memphis area families. It shares information from several perspectives, such as the president, a staff member, a volunteer, and a grateful parent.”

For more information visit www.exchangeclub.net.

Musicians for Le Bonheur

Here’s a bit of positive news to start your Monday:

Musicians for Le Bonheur is a group of musicians who are putting their talents to use for the patients and families of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

The musicians and sponsors raise money through a variety of events and fundraising efforts. In 2013, according to the group, “Musicians for Le Bonheur will be networking and recruiting to find musicians who want to donate their talents and music to benefit a great cause. Throughout the year, we will be booking shows throughout the Memphis area. In the fall, a compilation CD will be released with sales going directly to Le Bonheur.”

Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

More on Parking In The Park

 

A follow up to our Friday edition story about parking and traffic at Overton Park.

The coming of bike lanes and on street parking on the south side of North Parkway bordering the Memphis Zoo could be the real game changer for some kind of parking garage at the zoo.

“I think that the zoo and the conservancy and probably the city all agree that a parking garage makes the most sense as a permanent solution to that greensward overflow parking,” Tina Sullivan of the Overton Park Conservancy told us. “But a 500-space parking garage may not be the solution.”

Some on our on line comments about the story have included some concerns about a massive landscape changing parking garage.

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Miller Time: Grizzlies reportedly lure sharp-shooter back to Memphis

Mike Miller, a sweet-shooting guard who won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2006 while playing for the Grizzlies, reportedly is returning to Memphis.

Miller, 33, played for the two-time NBA champion Miami Heat and shot 61 percent from 3-point range during this year’s NBA Finals. But the Heat amnestied Miller in an effort to save as much $17 million in luxury tax penalties; the Heat still have to pay Miller almost $13 million over the next two years. The Grizzlies, ESPN.com reported, are believed to be signing Miller to a two-year deal.

Over his career, Miller has averaged 12.3 points and 40.6 percent shooting from 3-point range. The former Florida Gator has been plagued by back issues in recent seasons, but did play 59 games for Miami last season.

Grizzlies Marc Gasol and Mike Conley reached out to Miller as he considered several landing places, including the Oklahoma City Thunder. Conley even joked that he’d provide Miller “golf on me for a year” if Miller returned to Memphis.

 

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