memphis en Elvis Week One of Tennessee's Biggest Tourist Draws <p>MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) &mdash; Tens of thousands of Elvis Presley fans are expected to pay respects to the rock &#39;n&#39; roll icon during a candlelight vigil at Graceland tonight marking the 35th anniversary of his death.</p><p>The vigil is just one of many Elvis Week activities, the annual celebration of Presley&#39;s life and career. Jonathan Lyons of the Memphis Visitor&rsquo;s Bureau says Elvis week accounts for the biggest slice of the $3 billion tourists spend in Shelby County annually.</p><p>Lyons says this year&rsquo;s highlight is a concert that features a virtual Elvis.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:49:20 +0000 Mike Osborne 14545 at Elvis Week One of Tennessee's Biggest Tourist Draws School Systems for Six Memphis Suburbs Approved <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">MEMPHIS, <font color="red">Tenn</font>. (AP) &mdash; Voters in six Memphis suburbs have approved the creation of municipal public school systems to sidestep the merger of city and county schools.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Referendums in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington passed Thursday. Next month, a judge will have the final say on whether the vote will stand.</span></p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 10:35:06 +0000 Associated Press 13996 at Planned Parenthood Bypasses State, Gets Fed Grant <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">MEMPHIS, <font color="red">Tenn</font>. (AP) &mdash; The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has&nbsp;awarded $395,000 a year for three years to Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">A news release said the money will provide Title X family planning services, including birth control and related health care, annual wellness exams and cancer screenings and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 12:55:02 +0000 Associated Press 12909 at Memphis Connection to the Oscars <p>MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) --&nbsp;&nbsp;There&#39;s a&nbsp;Tennessee connection to&nbsp;Sunday night&rsquo;s Oscars.&nbsp; A documentary shot in Memphis won in the &quot;Best Documentary Feature&quot; category.</p><p>The Memphis Commercial Appeal says the inspirational football film &ldquo;Undefeated&rdquo; fairly&nbsp;accurately portrays the real-life experiences of Memphis businessman Bill Cortney as he leads the inner city Manassas High School football team to a winning season in 2009 and 10.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:22:19 +0000 Mike Osborne 7851 at Memphis Connection to the Oscars Memphis Mayor Wharton Calls Legislation Racist <p>MURFREESBORO, Tenn.&nbsp; (WMOT)&nbsp; --&nbsp; Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton says two bills introduced in the Tennessee legislature yesterday smack of &ldquo;racism, classism, and schoolyard bullying.&rdquo;</p><p>The measures would hem the city in by limiting its ability to annex surrounding communities.</p><p>The Memphis Commercial Appeal says the bills were introduced by three east Shelby County Republicans.&nbsp; One of the measures was introduced by Sen. Mark Norris and Rep. Curry Todd, both of Collierville; the other by Norris and Rep. Ron Lollar of Bartlett.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 18:22:43 +0000 Mike Osborne 6830 at