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Selecting a Memphian of the Year is not you think of the music, or the barbecue. But the same as picking a favorite, per se — but what makes Memphis distinctive in a way even in “normal” years (if those ever exist- that matters most this year? The answer has to be how we engage with our own history ed?), I find the process more than a little challenging. Thank goodness others on the — our troubled, tragic, heroic, brave, compliMemphis editorial team present well-articu- cated, painful, hopeful history. 2020 will be lated suggestions, then follow up with lively remembered for the pandemic that has, so far, discussion. taken the lives of at least 250,000 Americans. This year, we discussed a broad range of But it also will be remembered for protests options for Memphian of the Year. Should against police brutality and burgeoning support of the truth that Black Lives Matter. it be someone involved in the healthcare response to the pandemic? That Our conversations zoomed in on would certainly be the obvious the National Civil Rights Museum, choice. And many involved have and Terri Lee Freeman, its president (left). Freeman, been stalwart, sensible guides like many other leaders, has throughout this long nightbeen forced to adapt to the mare. Alisa Haushalter and circumstances of 2020, and Dr. Stephen Threlkeld come to she and her team have done mind as two of the steady local so with aplomb, converting medical voices of the year; both programs to virtual formats deserve plaudits. But the virus is tightening its grip on Memphis as we that allow people from all over the go to press with this issue; in the narrative world to participate. Moreover, Freeman arc, we’re nowhere near the denouement. We understands her position to demand that need more data, more time, before looking she continue advancing Dr. Martin Luther back and assessing things. Right now, we’re King Jr.’s legacy now and in years to come. still in the middle of the storm. The museum isn’t just about understanding One suggestion I thought smart and gener- and coming to terms with the past: It’s about ous was to make the Memphian of the Year a doing that work so that we can create a better, group honor: for first responders, or essential more inclusive, more equitable future — for workers in general, or healthcare workers, everyone. Fittingly, Freeman doesn’t see or educators, or restaurant workers, or vot- herself as someone who needs to stand in any ing-rights advocacy groups? Where would spotlight; my conversation with her featured we draw the lines? Should we just make the prominently the concept of what she calls cover a mirror, à la the Time Man of the Year “servant leadership.” She worries about the cover in The Big Lebowski? This year, after all, health and safety of her team and of museum honor and heroism are broad, communal, and visitors, but she also takes seriously the shared by everyone who shows up day after museum’s unique ability to provide context day to support others. Plus, there was the for what’s happening now. issue of how to illustrate a group cover when And context, as I keep saying (to the diswe can’t very well assemble a large group may of anyone who just wants a casual chat of people, thanks to the very virus that has about books and albums), is paramount. In spurred many to action. No, we decided ulti- this year’s context — from navigating the mately, we needed one singular person. And pandemic’s effects on public spaces and it needed to be someone who’s not only done cultural exchange, to helping a communigood, notable work this year, but someone ty find productive solutions to combat racwhose work specifically represents Memphis. ism — Terri Lee Freeman is at the center What makes Memphis distinctive? Perhaps of what’s moving Memphis forward.

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try to avoid unearned superlatives, but when it comes to picking favorites, I am actually The Worst. Standard getting-to-know-you questions elude me. “What’s your favorite book?” Well, what genre? What era? For what kind of mood, what kind of weather? Are we talking something to read on a plane, in bed at night, on a long Sunday afternoon? I have the same sort of follow-up questions when asked to pick a favorite musician, favorite song, favorite meal, favorite season, and on and on. My answers depend on context. Incidentally, before I met my now-husband, this contextual complication made me an absolute riot on first dates, and yes, I am being facetious. No one needs to hear me twist into knots trying to explain my arcane sorting criteria.

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s a Saturday evening in September approached, I stepped with some trepidation into the grounds of Railgarten, a spacious outdoor restaurant and bar nestled right next to the train tracks in Midtown. My initial reluctance stemmed from habits I’d cultivated since quarantine began in March, but as a wide-open space, complete with a volleyball pit, tables, and a large stage made from boxcars, Railgarten makes the perfect setting for social distancing with plenty of air circulation — ideal for a night out in the pandemic. As I snagged a table and was met by my date, I dared to hope that there was a way to congregate safely at last, after months of sheltering in place. Then the band, Marcella and Her Lovers, kicked in with “I’ll Take You There,” and I was a little shaken. The therapeutic power of the live music was palpable. Looking around, I felt safe. Servers and bartenders wore masks, as did patrons whenever they left their table to order drinks. Even in the outdoor setting, most people respected the mandated six-foot separation, though sometimes you had to swerve to keep space around you. I waved to some friends across the yard and we all soaked in the voluptuous sounds with a collective sense of relief. As I discovered that night, live music was popping up all over Memphis in a variety of innovative approaches that have balanced the music’s magnetic draw with public-health priorities. Over the summer and into fall, the Shelby County Health

Department has gradually, cautiously eased restrictions, building on very specific guidelines that have now become routine. And many club owners, musicians, and music lovers have accepted the inherent risk and are grateful.

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nother venue that has brought live music back — indoors, no less — is Lafayette’s Music Room, the celebrated club from the 1970s that reopened in 2014, adding a reliable musical heartbeat to the bustling Overton Square district. The two-story room, with tables on the mezzanine, allows ample space for distancing. But health precautions go far beyond that, and all venues, both indoor and outdoor, follow the same routine described by Lafayette’s Brent Harding: “Under county guidelines, tables have to be six feet apart, and patrons have to wear masks coming in and walking around the venue. They can only take them off when they’re sitting down and eating. And the

audience has to be seated. We don’t allow people to get up and dance or wander around. Then everything is sanitized after each table becomes free again.” By working such practices into their routine, Lafayette’s has been able to maintain a surprisingly active music calendar. “With the six-foot spacing,” Harding estimates, “I believe we can do about 150 people at a time. And for the bigger acts, we’ll do an early show and a late show. We can roll the house, clean the place, sanitize everything, and then do another show. That’s really the only way it can work with some of these bands.” With such practices apparently helping to flatten the curve of coronavirus infections at the time, Shelby County unveiled looser restrictions on October 7th, allowing bars and restaurants to stay open until midnight instead of 10 p.m., and raising the allowed table capacity from six to eight people. And, as fall heads into winter, most venues offering live music are making the most of the increased opportunities. Even those with outdoor yards.

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inters in the MidSouth being what they are, it’s not too surprising that Railgarten is preparing to continue hosting open-air concerts through December and January, pandemic permitting. With average temperatures then in the low-forties, even reaching the low-fifties at times, enjoying live music outside is not an absurd proposition, especially if the venue lays the groundwork. And though Railgarten does have an indoor stage, they’re downplaying that as an option for now. Co-owner Jack Phillips says, “I feel like a farmer, watching the weather so frequently. For the foreseeable future, we’re building most of our programming on outdoors. We’ve got a lot of coverage, a lot of heaters, a lot of firepits. We’re gonna sell s’mores kits so people can have that fun campfire feel. And we’ve put a lot of heaters under our outdoor structures, just to keep people comfortable and coming back.” And the music will continue, with planned December shows

by the Lucky 7 Brass Band, Marcella and Her Lovers, and the Memphis All-Stars on New Year’s Eve. The Slider Inn Downtown, in the thriving South Main district, has also been hosting live music in its outdoor area, known as the Slider Out. Eric Bourgeois, marketing director for the group that manages the space, says, “As soon as we were allowed to resume live music down there, we were booking artists between four and five days a week. We have a really nice outdoor space that plays well into the necessities of social distancing. And we’re the only restaurant and bar on Main Street, to my knowledge, with live music now.” Even if winter dampens the Slider Out, the same management group is prepping another nearby space to host live performers more safely. Bourgeois explains, “At Momma’s, we have a massive outdoor patio deck that we are in the process of wrapping and enclosing for winter. At the Slider Inn Downtown, it’s usually more of a grungy cover band feel. Momma’s leans toward the country, bluegrass sound — a trucker-themed bar.”

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imilar sounds prevail at The World Famous Hernando’s Hide-A-Way, where the owners have a vested interest in hosting bands — because they are the band. Newlyweds Dale Watson and Celine Lee bought the legendary club, which had been shuttered for decades, and re-opened it in late 2019. The retro design was already becoming a musical hotspot again when the lockdown brought things to a halt. But, as Lee explains, “we decided to go virtual and set up three different cameras in the bar and a way to stream from multiple platforms.” Watson, with a music career of more than 30 years, streamed shows with his band, often featuring Lee on vocals, for months before they decided to open their doors to a limited capacity crowd, encouraging people to enjoy their Tiki Patio. Now they continue to feature bands like Big Barton, Sunny Sweeny, and Watson himself, who will preside over their New Year’s Eve party. Because of their investment in live-streaming, they’re one of the few places to simultaneously offer

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music both in-person and online. And that is surely the safest approach of all. B-Side Bar in Midtown also features music fans a choice between free live-streamed events and limited in-person attendance. Such performances have mostly been revived by venues blessed with abundant space. Some well-loved clubs are simply too small to justify live shows at a limited capacity. As Blues City Cafe booker Jason Ralph notes, “On Beale Street, there are some places that have started back with live music, and we’re happy for the musicians. And we tried a few times to have music in the band box, with duos and small groups. But for us, with such a small room, and following the guidelines from the health department, we saw pretty quickly that it was not viable as a business to have live music.”

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he Orpheum Theatre and the adjacent Halloran Centre have an abundance of space and have also opened up their doors to concerts. “The first one was in the Halloran Centre, with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra,” says Brett Batterson, president and CEO. “Sixteen players socially distanced on stage and [we had] a limited audience of 90 in the house. Then we did a program called Women of Soul in the historic [Orpheum] theatre.” The latter was so well-received that they’re hosting Women of Soul II on December 12th. Through all this, local musicians have benefitted the most from the eased restrictions. As Batterson notes, shows like Women of Soul “give some local singers the opportunity to be on the Orpheum stage. Under normal circumstances, they may not have had that opportunity.” National acts are simply not touring now, and that’s opened up opportunities for local players. Supporting local performers is one reason venues go to the extra trouble of hosting music at all. Indeed, Railgarten is upping the ante as they combine live shows with fundraising for local arts nonprofits. As Jack Phillips explains, “A lot of artists in town are struggling. So we thought we’d help raise funds for the Memphis Music Initiative, the first of many organizations we’re going to partner with. They’ve done a great job getting some relief funds to the Memphis music community.” Every Thursday, a portion of Railgarten’s proceeds will go to select nonprofits like the MMI. This support of the players is common among all the club managers I spoke with. Assuming the county continues to allow such shows, they may just be what keeps music thriving in this city. And for most of these venues, it’s a mission of sorts. “We wanted to see what we could do to go the extra step and really show our love for Memphis musicians,” says Phillips. “Music is in our blood.”  

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azi soldiers stop a bus on the small English Channel island of Jersey to inspect its passengers. Two of those passengers, French women Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe, are more than what they appear — two middle-aged women, perhaps neighbors, out to do their weekly shopping. Lucy and Suzanne are partners — romantic partners, artistic partners, and partners in a covert psyops campaign intended to demoralize the occupying German army.

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hey wouldn’t have called themselves lesbians — the term was hardly in common usage at the time — but Lucy and Suzanne were lovers. Before their resistance during the German occupation of Jersey, their relationship made Lucy and Suzanne outlaws, of a sort. “Their relationship was not their only secret,” Jackson writes in Paper Bullets. “According to Jewish tradition, Lucy would not have been considered Jewish because her mother was not a Jew. However, Nazi racial law made no such distinction.” In Paris, before the war, the two women befriended Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier, a literary power couple and the owners, respectively, of the Shakespeare and Company and La Maison des Amis des Livres bookstores. There, they met artists like Tristan Tzara, who has been described as a “tirelessly energetic propagandist for Dada.” Surrounded by artists and entrepreneurs who were anything but stereotypical, enmeshed in radical politics, Lucy and Suzanne were at the cutting edge of a convention-defying moment in art history, in a Paris still reeling from the heavy losses sustained in the first World War. As Jackson writes, “In the years before Lucy and Suzanne moved to Jersey — and especially during the 1920s and 1930s, when they lived in Paris — Lucy and Suzanne began to see themselves as outsiders, bound to each other and fighting the world around them. Unknowingly, they were cultivating a set of behaviors and attitudes that would help them confront the Nazi occupation.” As women working in a male-driven field, as women who loved each other, Lucy and Suzanne had practice viewing the world from a different perspective — and often having to fight for their right to participate. Lucy, too, suffered from chronic illnesses that set her apart from many of her fellows. Their status as unconventional artists working with Dadaists and Surrealists taught them the power of art as a way to subvert expectations. “A lot of things came together,” Jackson tells me. “By the time they get to Jersey, they’ve been involved in artistic movements that were pushing against the norm, pushing against the mainstream. They had also been a part of that Paris scene, the lesbian scene in particular, and others who were pushing against those norms and values. “They had been resistors all their lives, in one form or another,” Jackson explains. “They found themselves in a place and a time where all of those things sort of came together, and also came together with their particular skill sets as artists.”

One thing contemporary readers can take from Lucy and Suzanne’s story is the way they utilized their already-honed skill sets as artists as a means of resistance.

Lucy and Suzanne, perhaps now better known by their noms de plume, Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, were artists. Their photography is still discussed in academic circles, though they also worked in sculpture, collage, and were published authors. They put all their considerable talents to use in their fight against the Nazis, risking their lives to craft and distribute poems, letters, and collages to undermine the morale of German soldiers. Paper Bullets (Algonquin Books), a new book by Memphian Jeffrey H. Jackson, tells their story.

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Rhodes professor tells the story of “two artists who risked their lives to defy the Nazis.”

effrey H. Jackson is a history professor at Rhodes College, where he has taught since he moved to Memphis in 2000. Though his field of study is most often focused on twentieth-century France, Jackson is a Nashville-born Tennessee native with Memphis roots. “I used to visit Memphis a lot when I was a kid,” he says. “My dad grew up partly here in Memphis, and also a little bit in Mississippi.” In addition to his most recent work — the just-published Paper Bullets — Jackson is the author of Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910 and Making Jazz French: Music and Modern Life in Interwar Paris. As French artists who worked in the interwar period, Lucy and Suzanne seem perfect subjects for the author and professor. But Jackson says it was his wife who suggested them. “My wife is an art historian, and she taught for many years over at the Memphis College of Art, which of course is no longer [operating],” he explains. “She was the one who said to me, ‘You know, you should look at these two artists.’”

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the war any more than Paris did. It became, along with the other channel islands, part of Hitler’s “Atlantic wall,” defenses between England and occupied territory on the Continent. There was no safe place to flee to, Suzanne reasoned, so she and Lucy remained on Jersey. But if they were going to stay, that did not mean they had to surrender unconditionally. They would fight back and do so as artists attacking the Germans’ psyche. As Jackson writes, “During the winter of 1941, Lucy and Suzanne began discussing how to escalate their actions. Lucy told Suzanne that she would like to do something serious, regular, and systematic. She wanted their actions to have a bigger impact.” One thing contemporary readers can take from Lucy and Suzanne’s story is the way they utilized their already-honed skill sets as artists as a means of resistance. “Not everybody goes out in the streets to protest,” Jackson says, admitting that the work of resistance is hard work indeed. “They were in a very difficult situation in occupied territory with hundreds and hundreds of German troops around them, but they still found a way to resist and to keep going in that resistance in what were quieter ways — writing notes, passing messages. But it really had a big cumulative effect. Even though it wasn’t as public, it still ended up having that kind of power to speak to people.” Not surprisingly, the artists who had taken on new names to promote their art created a new persona, the Soldier With No Name, and attributed many of their notes to him — or them, as perhaps the notes seemed to be written by a collection of anonymous Germans dissatisfied with the cost of the war. Lucy and Suzanne’s work confronting gender norms was put to good use in their fight. Lucy’s Claude Cahun persona often toed the line between typical expressions of masculinity and femininity. That same mode was utilized when Lucy and Suzanne pitted the German archetype of dependable father, husband, and family man against the Third Reich’s propaganda suggesting war made the German people stronger. While you’re at war in a foreign land, Lucy and Suzanne’s notes prompted, who protects your family at home? They also spoofed the famous German poem “Dei Lorelei,” emasculating Hitler by casting him as the seductive river goddess — but instead of Hitler’s beautiful song distracting the poem’s sailors, it’s his “screaming” that leads a nation off course, destroyed by war as the poem’s ship is dashed on the rocks. Of course, the Soldier With No Name was just one weapon in Lucy and Suzanne’s impressive arsenal. “The notes that they wrote took several different forms,” Jackson says. Lucy and Suzanne wrote poems, song lyrics, bits of imagined dialogue between fictional soldiers; they utilized bawdy humor, photo montages, BBC news summaries, and illustrations in their fight against the Nazis. “At least one time, probably other times, they put some sort of note in a bottle and threw it into the bay for it to wash up somewhere else,” Jackson says. “Sometimes they would slip them into pockets of soldiers.” Suzanne often did the dangerous work of depositing the messages. It was her knowledge of the German language, too, that enabled Lucy and Suzanne to, in their notes, pass as a German soldier. “Many scholars who write about Lucy and Suzanne’s photographs still usually attribute them to Claude Cahun alone, erasing Suzanne’s contribution despite the fact that she was nearly always the one behind the camera,” Jackson writes. “But their work clearly was, and always would be, a partnership.”

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Bullets is an espionage story, a romance, a snippet of art history, and a story of World War II unlike any other. The absolute brutality of some WWII narratives is seen at something of a remove — it’s not absent, and the horrors of Nazism are never downplayed. Still, it’s clear that, far removed from the racist rhetoric and grand schemes for world domination, the German soldiers had far more in common with the people of Jersey than with their leaders, cocooned aper

far left: Lucy Schwob as Claude Cahun left: Suzanne Malherbe below: Lucy and Suzanne’s gravestone at St. Brelade’s cemetery in Jersey.

safely miles away from the front. It’s that sliver of shared experience that Lucy and Suzanne sought to reach. “It’s designed to reframe how you see the world,” Jackson says of their campaign. “What they really wanted the Germans to think about is, ‘Why are we here? Why are we here on this island instead of home with our families?’” Jackson deftly juggles the threads of a narrative that demands at least occasional explanations of art history or WWII strategy, that is both a tale of resistance and a love story. It’s a credit to the author that the plot is never lost — and that the book is an indisputable page-turner. A scene early in Paper Bullets seems to give, in its few pages, a glimpse of the whole. “All cameras were supposed to have been surrendered, but they had refused to give theirs up. It had been such an important part of their lives for so long,” Jackson writes, before describing a Kodak photo surreptitiously taken. In it, Kid, the couple’s cat, sits perched on the windowsill while German soldiers trudge along the beach in the distance, visible through the open window. The juxtaposition of the mundane with the martial is evocative and direct. “This,” the photo seems to say, “is what we all stand to lose. And for what? Boys playing dress up, trudging endlessly through mud.” There exists simple beauty in a home filled with love, as represented by a domestic cat basking in the sun. It’s beautiful and, oh, so fragile.   D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 15

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Steelhead Trout Fish Taco It’s been the number-one special at Elwood’s Shack since day one. BY MICHAEL DONAHUE

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ost people refer to it as a “fish taco,” but the actual name of the iconic dish at Elwood’s Shack is “steelhead trout fish taco.” Owner Tim Bednarski came up with the taco about six months after the restaurant opened in 2013. “I’ve been in the fish business all my life,” Bednarski says. “I wanted a great fish dish, but I didn’t want to do catfish or tilapia.” Instead, he wanted “a good line-caught fish. A good-quality fish. There’s a lot of garbage fish out there. I didn’t want that.” Bednarski wanted to do something “affordable and super-fresh.” He decided that steelhead trout was ideal. “It’s similar to salmon,” he says, “but it’s got a little different flavor to it. It’s a little more mild, to me.” Asked how he came up with fish tacos, Bednarski says, “I’m

big about utilizing ingredients I already have and coming up with a new dish. Everything we used in that dish we had inhouse: tortillas, cheese for our pizzas, pico de gallo, avocado, and spring mix.” They initially served the fish tacos as a special. “It was a hit from day one,” he says. “Now it’s

our number-one special. And it has been for years.” They used to serve two tacos per order, but Bednarski changed to one. “I had to because the price of fish went up,” he says. “When it went up to $5.95 a pound I just couldn’t afford to put two in a basket and charge $14 for it.” Besides, that was a lot of fish to

eat at one time. “It was too much anyway,” he says. “People wanted just one.” Bednarski believes his fish tacos are popular because of the freshness and creativity. They can’t be made the way he does unless someone has a special oven. “I have an old-school pizza oven,” he says. “You can’t do it in a regular oven because it’s 550 degrees in that pizza oven. We take that tortilla, put a little butter on it, along with mozzarella and provolone cheese. It puffs up like pastry. It cooks in a matter of seconds. You can’t get that heat in an oven at home unless you have a pizza oven.” A native of Houston, Bednarski, who’s “been working in the restaurant business forever,” says he wanted Elwood’s Shack to be “just a breakfast and lunch place with great food.” They “evolved to dinner pretty quick.” But, he says, “Most importantly, I wanted to serve the highest-quality, freshest food I could get my hands on. I only serve certified Angus beef, top-quality pork, not frozen. Everything we serve is top-notch ingredients.” So, who is “Elwood” anyway? “There really isn’t anybody, to be honest. It’s just a name I came up with. I thought it sounded better than ‘Tim’s Shack.’” Elwoood’s Shack is located at 4523 Summer Ave.

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Quite a combination: steelhead trout, served on a tortilla shell, with mozzarella and provolone cheese, pico de gallo, and guacamole.

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“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.” — dr. martin luther king jr., from Where Do We Go From Here

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orning light shines clear and bright on the former Lorraine Motel. The first visitors of the day approach the entrance of the building that now houses the National Civil Rights Museum. A couple with out-of-town plates emerge from their sedan, still bleary-eyed at 10 a.m., and strap cloth face masks over their noses and mouths. Crossing the parking lot past the main entrance and over to an anterior building that contains the museum’s administrative offices, where I’ll meet museum president Terri Lee Freeman, my feet crunching on fallen leaves, I step over a discarded blue face mask: clear signifier of 2020, this year of illness, pain, upheaval, and hope besides. Freeman, a veteran foundation leader with roots in Chicago, Detroit, Washington, and Baltimore, was appointed by the museum’s board in 2014 to the role of president of the National Civil Rights Museum previously held by Beverly Robertson. For her work guiding this singular place, arguably the most essential to understanding Memphis, for her dedication to driving forward the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for her commitment to providing a space where Memphians can gather to learn, to grow, and to understand, and for finding new ways to build community even amid a global pandemic, Terri Lee Freeman is this magazine’s choice for 2020 Memphian of the Year.

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emphis, my hometown, doesn’t get everything right. We know this about ourselves. Our history is complex and convoluted, our culture defined by strife, suffering, and also, always, momentum as powerful as the churn of the Mississippi River. We’re famous the world over for Elvis, but the Blues are our hearts’ song. We lost our charter in 1879 after outbreaks of yellow fever bankrupted the city and depleted its population. Black Memphians were instrumental in buying back the charter, in 1893, and setting things on a better course. Freeman points to the story of the city’s charter when asked what sets Memphis apart, how it might serve as a model for other places; she notes “the strength of Black people in making Memphis what it is.” Fortifying and illuminating though it is, this chapter of Memphis history is one that most kids don’t encounter in history class. As Freeman says, “Black folks are not taught that much more about Black folks than white folks are. We get a little bit more just through the stories that people pass on — but it has not been institutionalized.” Enter, then, the National Civil Rights Museum: At this moment, in this place, here is a spot where people

of all backgrounds can learn history, yes, but just as importantly, learn how to use history as a guide, and how to contextualize our own experiences within a broader, clearer expanse. Memphis has much to teach other communities — not in spite of, but because of our troubled history. “Memphis,” Freeman says, “has been in this place before … and can demonstrate how action can actually occur.” The National Civil Rights Museum opened its doors in Memphis in 1991 on the site where, 23 years earlier, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Think of it: In 1991, King’s 1968 murder was no more distant a memory than events of 1997 are today. For those of us born in the Eighties or Nineties, we might think of King’s time as history, and it is, but history that remains very, very fresh. This year, as the museum nears its 30th anniversary, our city and our nation have experienced new awakenings as Black and brown lives continue to be undervalued and endangered far too often. Even as the museum was closed because of the covid-19 pandemic, it served as an outdoor gathering place for protests organized in response to a spate of police killings of Black people including George Floyd and

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Breonna Taylor. With its doors locked, as importantly, she realized, “I wasn’t the museum — site of tragedy, educagoing to make any money at it. There was tion, and healing in one — continued this sense that this family has poured so “I did grow up with to fulfill its mission in those impossibly much into me, I needed to be able to give what a lot of Black kids difficult days. Freeman sees her mission, them something back.” grow up with: You have at its core, as continuing to advance Dr. She adjusted course and attended King’s dream and to keep his legacy alive. graduate school at Howard University, to be twice as good to She’s found ways to do that even, or esfocusing on business communications. get half as far.” pecially, through this adjective-resistant Howard is a Historically Black Universiyear, by expanding the museum’s digital ty, and Freeman felt attending an HBCU — Terri Lee Freeman outreach, by holding space for the comwould be “a wonderful experience.” She munity’s needs, and by reopening as quickly and safely notes with a smile that, while at Howard, she joined as possible, recognizing that this place is as essential as Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, which was founded there, any museum can be. and which also counts Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris as a member. (Harris received her bachelor’s reeman was born and raised in Chicago. degree from Howard in 1986.) Her parents divorced when she was very young, After graduate school, Freeman found a job in corpoand she lived mostly with her mother, Barbara Lee rate communications at Freddie Mac, formally known Chaney. Barbara was a dancer, and eventually a dance as the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation. teacher who ran a dance school; she died earlier this Her office was in downtown Washington, D.C., and year. Freeman describes her mother as “a really, really she recalls, “I was just so thrilled because I was going to have free parking. I was making $18,000 a year, and hard worker,” and someone who was “very arts-focused.” An only child, Freeman comes from a small, I just thought I had hit pay dirt.” She started as an close-knit family from whom she received attention and editorial assistant, a relatively low-level position, but encouragement. “The message they always gave me,” moved up through the organization over the 13 years she recalls, “was: Always do your best.” Alongside that that she spent there. message was another one: “I did grow up with what a When Freddie Mac became a publicly traded comlot of Black kids grow up with: You have to be twice as pany, no longer held by the savings and loan indusgood to get half as far.” try, it launched a community-relations program that She also comes from people determined to pursue Freeman was tapped to run — in addition to her role their own dreams in spite of obstacles. Her grandfather, as director of employee communications. She built George Lee, taught her by example that “you’re going to and directed the foundation, became an officer of the run into adversity in your lifetime, but you’re just going company, and left in 1996 to become president of the to have to keep pressing.” Lee was an artist who spent Greater Washington Community Foundation. During her 18 years at the Community Foundation, it grew by his professional career working for the post office as seven- or eightfold. a clerk. He did his artwork on the side, and “when he After those 18 years, when an opportunity in Memretired,” Freeman remembers, “he decided to self-pubphis, at the National Civil Rights Museum (where she lish some books. So he self-published and then he was syndicated in black newspapers across the country” had never been), presented itself, Freeman says she “had — including the Tri-State Defender here in Memphis. In been thinking: 18 years is a long time. I was ready to his syndicated column, “Interesting People,” which was begin to look at new opportunities, but I wasn’t pressed later collected into a book of the same name, Lee foabout the whole thing.” Then she visited here, and was cused on influential Black people — from world leaders impressed by the fact that the museum’s board were to athletes. Lee’s wife, Freeman’s grandmother, taught thinking about the museum’s relevance — wanting to school. In fact, she was one of four sisters, all of whom ensure that the institution was evolving into its next taught in Chicago public schools. phase. So she, her husband, and their youngest of three Despite the fact that she was the first in her family daughters (Corryn, Camille, and Carmen) moved to to do so, there was never any question of if she would Memphis. Until the pandemic hit earlier this year, her husband, Dr. Bowyer Freeman, a pastor, continued to go to college and achieve a four-year degree. That was commute between Memphis and Baltimore, where he a given. She finished high school in Detroit, where she maintains a congregation at New Saint Mark Missionand her mother had moved from Chicago when her ary Baptist Church. mother remarried. (“I said she picked the only place Freeman doesn’t have a background in curating, or colder than Chicago for us to move,” Freeman laughs.) After high school, attend and graduate from a fourhistory. She’s a leader, a collaborator, a fundraiser, a year college she certainly did, receiving a degree in community-relations expert. And she saw a burgeoning journalism and communication from the University need for the space and lessons offered by the museum. of Dayton. She began leading the museum in 2014, two years after Her grandfather — the artist and postal clerk — the murder of Trayvon Martin, just months after the saved enough on his government salary to pay for primurder of Eric Garner, and just before the shooting of vate education for Freeman through college and then Michael Brown. “Because of the access to video,” she grad school. While she enjoyed aspects of journalism, says, “the world could see what Black people knew Freeman says it felt “too structured,” and perhaps just was happening.”

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but not yet in our community, before she had had to grapple with closing the muhen Dr. King was assassinated, on April 4, 1968, just a hunseum’s doors. On January 15th — Dr. “We all have in us what dred yards or so from the room where King’s birthday, she notes — she was in a Freeman and I are speaking, she was 7 nasty car accident that forced her to stay they had. It’s just a years old, living with her mother on Chioff her feet for several months. So by the matter of whether or not time shutdowns began, she had already cago’s South Side. She doesn’t remember been sheltering at home for some time. much from that day or the tumult that we want to activate it.” followed, but she does remember the The museum was closed for several — Terri Lee Freeman feeling she had, seeing her mother cry. months, beginning in March. The closure “I think that was the first time I had ever took its toll on the institution in terms seen my mother cry,” she recalls. You were very young, of the absence of visitors and the revenue that comes but what did that mean to you? I ask. “It meant that with them, both through ticket sales and museum-store something really significant had happened,” she says. purchases. And, Freeman says, they did have to make “And that this person must have been a really important the always nauseating decision to furlough some emperson to have my mother crying like that.” ployees. They have not been able to bring back all those Freeman is now arguably one of the singular people furloughed employees yet, because, she says, there’s still most responsible for sustaining and continuing Dr. not enough volume. King’s dream. Through the museum — and its reach “My hat’s off to anyone who has to lead an organinot only within the city of Memphis, but throughout zation in the time of covid-19,” Freeman remarks. the world — she wants to help others to understand the “This is not easy, when the sands literally are shifting underneath you on a daily basis.” work he had planned for the years following his brutal and untimely death. King was preparing for what he knew would be difficult but necessary days, organizing hile we’re talking about Dr. King’s the Poor People’s Campaign, and expanding outwards legacy, and the civil rights movement broadly, from civil rights to fight for human rights. Freeman brings up the concept of “servant leadership.” The way Freeman sees it, the needs King focused In her view, leading should be about serving others, not on in his later years were the very needs we still have about accruing glory for ourselves. Schoolkids know the before us today. Indeed, in his last speech, the “Mounname ‘King’; they know a bit of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X. taintop” speech, which he delivered at Mason Temple But, Freeman says, “The overwhelming majority of folks in Memphis the night before he was killed, he enjoined were just like you and me. They were not endowed with the community to “strengthen Black institutions. I call superhuman skills.” Most importantly, she says, “We all upon you to take your money out of the banks Downhave in us what they had. It’s just a matter of whether town and deposit your money in Tri-State Bank.” (Trior not we want to activate it.” And that’s what the National Civil Rights Museum State Bank, which is Black-owned to this day, is still going strong in Memphis in its eighth decade.) shows, at its core: not just what happened then, but how “His legacy is that there would be access for all peowe can walk into the history that’s being made right ple, particularly Black people, that is equal and equinow, every day, each in our own small, particular way. table to those of whites. He talked a lot about Black Real, lasting change can be slow, requiring patience, business development, Black banks, Black media,” Freepersistence. And it demands the involvement of more people — far more — than will ever be canonized. man says, elaborating, “As we fast-forward, we know that in certain instances, we were doing better a few Terri Freeman, for her own enactment of servant decades ago than we’re doing now. So when I speak of leadership, is serendipitously suited to this moment, in the legacy, I’m really speaking of that legacy of human this city. She carries out a big, important mission at the National Civil Rights Musuem, but she does not claim rights, that legacy of economic equity — things that are truly being highlighted now.” ownership of that mission. She’s a visionary, but she’s Sometimes, Freeman observes, “people like to keep just as much a steward, a shepherd. [King] in that ‘I Have a Dream’ space. But he was so much more than that. And that’s not taking anything owards the conclusion of our interaway from ‘I Have a Dream.’” So many of us remember view, I pose the title of Dr. King’s Where Do We Go the Dr. King we learned about as children, the benefFrom Here to Freeman as a question. She responds delibicent message, the sonorous voice, the focus on nonerately that she would like to see “the same energy that violence. When Bernice King accepted the Freedom is being brought to this election cycle being brought to Award at the Civil Rights Museum in 2018, Dr. King’s community engagement in general. … People have to be daughter “said that in 1968, her father was the most as engaged on November 4th as they are leading up to hated man in America,” Freeman points out. “We like November 3rd.” This pandemic year has wreaked havoc to romanticize that everyone loved Dr. Martin Luther on the finances of a staggering number of American King Jr. Everyone did not.” households, and intensified all sorts of existing divides between haves and have-nots. So, Freeman says, pick o one needs reminding that 2020 has an area that is important to you, and find a way to help. been a tough year. For Freeman, the difficulty beFreeman sees reason to hope when looking to the fugan back in January, when covid-19 was in the news ture, both for the museum and the broader community.

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During the early days of the pandemic, the museum, like so many other institutions, converted some of its programming and displays to a virtual format. The result has been that people can “visit” the National Civil Rights Museum no matter where in the world they happen to be based. “There are things that you need to come to the museum for,” she says, “but if we can just whet your appetite, and encourage you to come whenever you feel safe, then I think that’s a win for the museum.” She also notes, gratefully, that many people felt called to do something in the wake of George Floyd’s death, and Breonna Taylor’s. A number of those people chose to give to the Civil Rights Museum, resulting in a marked increase this year in unsolicited gifts. The gift that sticks with Freeman most poignantly came from a public-safety officer in Hennepin County, Minnesota, where Floyd was murdered. The gift was in the exact amount of overtime pay the officer had received because of the death of George Floyd. He hoped that the museum would put it to good use, he said, and maybe one day organize an exhibit about Floyd.

A little more than a week after our conversation, the results of the 2020 Presidential election became clear: Joe Biden had won, and alongside him, Kamala Harris is to be the first woman, the first woman of color, and only the second person of color to serve in our nation’s top two leadership positions in all its 244 years. Freeman was clear that she didn’t want our conversation to turn political, but this moment feels like more than just politics. So I followed up with Freeman, and she shared her joy: “Little girls and boys everywhere now see that office, as well as other opportunities to serve their country, as real possibilities. The fact that she is the first African-American woman, first Indian-American, and first Southeast Asian to reach these heights also makes me smile. And even more so, sharing with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris being both a graduate of Howard University and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. makes me beam with joy. It is a historic moment that no one, regardless of political affiliations, should take for granted.” That is where we go from here.

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Every year, Brantley Ellzey and Jim Renfrow transform their Midtown home into a winter wonderland. BY CHRIS MCCOY

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right (top-bottom): The reindeer lights date to the 1940s. “We always cheer when we plug them in and they still work,” says Ellzey. The wooden Santa was made in 1957 by the Leonard Brynof Johnson company. Founded in the 1930s in a Pennsylvania pharmacy, it is known as America’s first Christmas store. Icicle lights illuminate the hallway, with the living room Christmas tree in the distance. The djinn lamps, found at an estate sale, date from the 1940s.

Art,” wrote M.H. Furbringer in the foreword to his 1916 book, Domestic Architecture. The firm of Jones & Furbringer designed hundreds of structures in Memphis during the opening years of the twentieth century, beautifying the city’s initial housing stock expansion. “People are no longer content with a house; they demand that environment which creates the atmosphere of ‘home,’ with the result that, at least in the larger cities, there are a great many homes possessing real architectural merit.” Brantley Ellzey is also an architect and fine artist. He and his husband, Jim Renfrow, live in a Jones & Furbringer home in Midtown. Combining their last names, the couple has dubbed the home Ellfrow. “It’s a shingle-style house,” says Ellzey. “It sort of has features of a Victorian house, like the high ceilings, but it’s like a bungalow, in that it has an open plan. You walk right into the living room. There’s no entrance hall, or those kinds of Victorian things. It sits in between the Victorian era and the Arts and Crafts bungalow era. It’s a little unusual. “According to my research, the house was built around 1907 for a lumberman named D.S. Watrous,” says Ellzey. “The exterior is clad in cedar shakes in an alternating ribbon-band pattern. There are many custom-milled wood details, both inside and out, that one can attribute to the business of the original owner. Our favorite part of the house is the expansive front

porch whose generous size allows it to act as an outdoor double parlor. The porch wraps around the east side of the house to form a more intimate loggia. The floor plan has essentially remained the same, other than alterations for a more expansive kitchen.” If Furbringer’s mission was to create homey spaces, he certainly succeeded here. “We’ve enjoyed living in our home for almost 30 years,” says Ellzey. “It’s filled with accumulations, collections, much laughter and, thankfully, few tears.” It’s around the holidays that Ellfrow shines, thanks to its inhabitants’ most charming collection obsessions — among them, vintage Christmas decorations. “We counted at one point, and we have 40 boxes of Christmas decorations — and these are big boxes,” says Renfrow. “We now keep them in storage at my studio, thankfully, but they were all up in our attic,” says Ellzey. It would be an understatement to say the couple is serious about decking the halls. “The decorations in the house are kind of like an art installation,” says Ellzey. “We try to do something a little different every year. There’s something fun about things that you only live with for, in our case, about a month. We don’t put them up until after Thanksgiving, and we usually take them down the first week or so of January.” Ellzey says when it comes to Christmas decorations, they don’t make ’em like they used to. “I love the Fifties and Sixties, but I also really love the Thirties and Forties.

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top: The Christmas tree lights up the living room in Ellfrow. The 1907 house was built by lumberman D.S. Watrous. top right: The kitchen is the only room in the house that has been significantly altered since its construction. Here, the Christmas lights stay up all year. above: The library shows off some of the home’s lustrous dark wood interior. middle right: Ellzey found these dolls at a Memphis estate sale. “I thought about just buying the little maharaja but then decided that they obviously needed to stay together,” says Ellzey. bottom right: An Ellzey and Renfrow Christmas card from 2018.

Those things are harder to find, but the icicles are real metal, and the Christmas ornaments were made in Germany, for the most part.” When the decorations come out, the house comes alive. “I think it’s at its prettiest at Christmas time,” says Ellzey. “It’s such a warm and cozy house that the Christmas decorations just kind of reinforce that feeling of warmth and coziness. The front room is interesting, in that it’s all glass for the most part. Two walls are all windows, and there are French doors on either side of the fireplace. Then, on the inside, there’s a glass door to the hallway, and there are big glass doors to the dining room. So it’s kind of a glass box, which is nice at Christmas time, because it reflects all the light, and it really sparkles.”

When it comes time to decorate, the front of the house is the initial focus. “I’ll always say the living room and the dining room would get the most attention,” says Renfrow. The centerpiece is, of course, the tree. But it’s not easy to find a live tree that fits the space’s 11-foot ceilings. “We need to have a big tree, which is harder to find and more expensive than they used to be,” says Renfrow. Ellzey says the tree must also be big enough to accommodate the wealth of ornaments it will be called on to display. “I really feel like our Christmas is not so much about being tasteful as it is about being warm and homey. I think Jim and I try to recreate the Christmas we knew as kids. Our tree has all different kinds and ages of ornaments. I have a cookie I made in the fourth grade that, miraculously, is

still around. It’s in rather grotesque shape, but we still put it on the tree! And then we have things that we collect if we’re on a trip, and we see something. Usually, it’s not like a commemorative ornament, but it might be a little toy or something. I consider our Christmas tree sort of a collage of our lives.” Their tree may not be color coordinated by a designer, but that doesn’t mean there is no method

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to its decoration, says Ellzey. “I have a very specific way that I like to decorate the tree, and Jim has gone along with it. I put small lights on the inside of the tree, then larger lights on the outside.” All together, putting the tree up is usually a two-day process. “It’s a challenge logistically — and providing electricity to all of these lights can also be a challenge — but we always do it,” says Refrow. Ellzey says they favor larger, C7

bulbs for their Christmas lights, which enhances the atmosphere of old-fashioned Christmas. Multicolored lights, instead of the periodically trendy white lights, are definitely the way to go in the lustrous, dark wood environment. “Everyone looks beautiful in Christmas lights.” The big bulbs aren’t the only elements that create the tree’s vintage flavor. “We have an electric train set under the tree that goes around it,” says Ellzey. “There’s a village and trucks and all kinds of toys under there, plus the rest of the animals. This was inspired by my aunt and uncle. They called it their snow village — and this is be-

that tree will not go anywhere.” With a collection that big, the decorations don’t stop at the tree. While things change from year to year, one piece has a place of honor reserved. Over the fireplace is a jolly-looking Santa Claus. “That’s one of the oldest Santas that we have,” says Ellzey. “I think he’s actually celluloid, because he’s backed with very heavy cardboard. I think he’s probably from the late Thirties or early Forties. It’s one of my favorite fore Department 56. This is when you either built your own thing or, in their case, just collected a bunch of little miscellaneous figurines and houses. Another thing we have is a little Christmas fence. They were these little metal, miniature fences that were popular in the 1940s you put around the bottom of your tree. I think they started in Victorian times.” Having a big tree with lots of ornaments is not without its dangers. “One year, we had gotten everything up. It was looking beautiful in the room,” Ellzey says. “Jim had gone to the complete opposite end of the house. I had one more ornament in my hand. I put it on the tree, and stood back about three feet. I saw everything kind of move, just very slightly — and then the entire thing fell on top of me! An 11-foot tree came crashing down. There must be very few sounds as bad as glass ornaments breaking on a hardwood floor as a Christmas tree falls. So every year now, we wire the tree to a door frame to keep that from happening. In the event of a Christmas earthquake,

decorations, and the placement of it is, to me, very Christmasy.” The hallway leading to the kitchen is a winter wonderland. Among all the vintage decorations is a low-cost DIY touch: paper chains hanging from the ceiling. “Those were actually inspired by a woman in my hometown who would make advent calendars for little kids out of Christmas wrapping paper,” says Ellzey. “She did them in the form of paper chains, and each link would have a little number on it. As Christmas approached, the chain got smaller and smaller until you reached the top. Then you knew it was

top: This set of mugs depicting Santa in various stages of sleepiness dates from the 1960s. above: These elves once belonged to Ellzey’s grandmother. “We have two complete elves, and the head of a third. We put the head in a poinsettia as if he’s hiding.” far left: This candy holder is known as “Scary Santa.” middle left: The ceramic carolers from the 1950s were a gift from Renfrow’s mother. left: This Santa is based on the works of illustrator Vernon Grant, the creator of cereal mascots Snap, Crackle, and Pop.

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left: LED snowflakes show off the reflection in the glass-fronted living room. below: The crowded Christmas tree is a collection of keepsakes and souvenirs from Ellzey and Renfrow’s life and travels together.

Christmas time.” If the interior is for the home’s inhabitants and their party guests, the exterior is for Memphis. “I used to tell Jim I wanted our house to look like Bing Crosby might live here at Christmas time, like he might walk out and start singing, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas …” Flanking the front entrance are two, 17-foot holly bushes. “Each one of them takes 12 strings of the big Christmas lights.” The four red bells, each more than three feet tall, hanging from the front eaves once graced the entrance to a department store. Another set of bells, smaller and more numerous, weave in and out of the garland. They belonged to Ellzey’s grandmother, and once tolled Christmas carols. On the porch are a pair of lovingly painted wooden panels. “When I was growing up, my uncle had a medical practice and they had this entire collection of those things — the nativity, Santa’s workshop, and Santa and all his reindeer,” says Ellzey. “The only thing left by the time my uncle passed away was the Santa Claus and the reindeer. So those are quite old, from the late Forties, early Fifties. He’s like a family heirloom, I guess you would say.” Once the house is decorated, the holiday priority turns to Christmas cards. Ellzey and Renfrow create their own custom design. Now, they design them in Photoshop and have the cards professionally printed. But in the pre-digital era, they put them together by hand, glueing the images to each card. “Then we’d have to go back and address the envelopes, so it be-

came kind of a big production line,” says Renfrow. “We’ve always sent out a lot. I think last year we sent out 300 cards. So the technology has certainly made it easier.” The cards are an important part of the Christmas tradition that helps create community, says Ellzey. “We do have a few friends who have gotten all of the cards over the years. It’s always great to go into their house and see them as Christmas tree ornaments. It’s neat that a lot of people have chosen to keep them over the years.” Once the season is over, there’s the inevitable letdown of de-decorating. But the change of season

doesn’t have to be such a bummer, says Ellzey. “It is kind of sad when you take everything down. But one of the things Jim and I have done for the past 15 years or so is, we take real pride in labeling and packing everything very neatly. It somehow makes putting it away less depressing, because we have a goal. “When we open it next year, everything will be right there where we need it to be. It’s like a little gift from your past self. We leave little notes for ourselves, like one I got last year that said, ‘Be careful, Brantley. This string of beads is broken.’ Thank you, Past Brantley, for warning Future Brantley about the broken beads!”

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ENDODONTICS KENAN D. CLINTON

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Memphis Endodontics 1755 Kirby Parkway, Suite 103 Memphis, TN 38120 901-761-0180 memphisrootcanal.com

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North Mississippi Endodontics 5740 Getwell Road, Suite 10-A Southaven, MS 38672 662-890-3196 northmsendo.com

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Mack Endodontics 704 West Brookhaven Circle Memphis, TN 38117 901-683-2221 mackendodontics.com

list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peers’ work when evaluating the other nominees. Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballot whose work they are familiar with. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and then averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Borderline cases are given careful consideration by the editors. Voting characteristics and comments are taken into consideration while making decisions. Past awards a dentist has received and status in various dental academies can play a factor in our decision. Once the decisions have been

BRYCE F. MCCREARY

McCreary Endodontics 7865 Educators Lane, Suite 120 Memphis, TN 38133 901-380-7994 mccrearyendodontics.com

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finalized, the included dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Then letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed dentists. Of course there are many fine dentists who are not included in this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of dentistry in the United States. A dentist’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow dentists. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain confident that our polling methodology largely corrects for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate, and useful list of dentists available anywhere.

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GENERAL DENTISTRY Hilltop Family Dentistry 3299 East Johnson Avenue Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-933-1900 hilltopfamilydentistry.com University of Tennessee College of Dentistry 875 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-6227 uthsc.edu/dentistry

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DAN T. MEADOWS

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Olive Branch Dental Care 8935 Goodman Road Olive Branch, MS 38654 662-895-5012 olivebranchdental.com

S. JEFFERSON MOORE, JR.

Dental Excellence 5180 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38119 901-685-1152 dentalexcellencepc.com

CLAY T. NELSON

SCOTT A. EDWARDS

871 Mt. Moriah Road Memphis, TN 38117 901-682-4366

6250 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38119 901-681-0011 scottedwardsdds.com

STEVEN M. PARKHURST Parkhurst & Savage 730 Crossover Lane Memphis, TN 38117 901-683-4369 drparkhurst.com

CLAYTON C. FLORIANI

Pediatric Dental Group & Orthodontics 7675 Wolf River Circle, Suite 102 Germantown, TN 38138 901-363-8191 pdg4kids.com

MICHAEL L. PARRISH

6363 Stage Road Bartlett, TN 38134 901-386-5757 parrishdentistry.com

JEFF P. FRIZZELL

785 Estate Place, Suite 2 Memphis, TN 38120 901-766-9002 jeffpfrizzelldds.com

NISHEL PATEL

Wilson Dental Care 7520 Enterprise Avenue Germantown, TN 38138 901-751-1100 wilsondentalcare.net

S. DWAIN GAITHER

Quail Hollow Family Dentistry 6425 Quail Hollow Road, Suite 102 Memphis, TN 38120 901-767-3020 quailhollowfamilydentistry.com

TODD D. GRUEN

Germantown Dental Group 2165 West Street Germantown, TN 38138 901-754-0540 memphissmiledesigns.com

PATRICK R. PERSON

7675 Wolf River Circle, Suite 201 Germantown, TN 38138 901-681-0777 persondds.com

JULIA A. PRINCE

6250 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38119 901-681-0011 scottedwardsdds.com

LAWRENCE A. HIGGINBOTHAM

Dental Partners - White Station 717 South White Station Road, Suite 8 Memphis, TN 38177 901-245-0792 familydentalmemphis.com

DAVID T. KIZER

Kizer Dental Associates 7685 Wolf River Circle, Suite 102 Germantown, TN 38138 901-767-4882 kizerdentalassociates.com

ELIZABETH H. LEE

Dr. Lee’s Beautiful Smiles 5180 Park Avenue, Suite 280 Memphis, TN 38119 901-763-1600 elizabethleedds.com

STEPHEN J. LINDSEY

Dental Excellence 5180 Park Avenue, Suite 310 Memphis, TN 38119 901-685-1152 dentalexcellencepc.com Modern Dentistry of Memphis 6750 Poplar Avenue, Suite 700 Germantown, TN 38138 901-761-3726 moderndentistrymemphis.com

JOHN D. THOMAS, JR. 278 German Oak Drive Cordova, TN 38018 901-753-9005 johnthomasdds.com

ORPHEUS TRIPLETT

University of Tennessee College of Dentistry 875 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-2064 uthsc.edu/dentistry

RICHARD J. VAN SICKLE 2835 Summer Oaks Drive Bartlett, TN 38134 901-372-7283 vansickledds.com

RYAN E. VICK

Germantown Dental Group 2165 West Street Germantown, TN 38138 901-754-0540 memphissmiledesigns.com

STANLEY R. WADDELL

Waddell Restorative Dentistry 1900 Kirby Parkway, Suite 200 Germantown, TN 38138 901-756-8855 drwaddell.com

KATHRYN L. WAGNER

Taylor Wagner Family Dentistry 2000 Fielders Road Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-901-8863 taylorwagnerfamilydentistry.com

CHARLYN A. WILSON

MEHDI SADEGHI

Wilson Dental Care 7520 Enterprise Avenue Germantown, TN 38138 901-751-1100 wilsondentalcare.net

MICHAEL K. SAVAGE

5565 Murray Road, Suite 202 Memphis, TN 38119 901-761-3456 garywilsondds.com

DORY F. SELLERS

Grove Park Dental Group 4515 Poplar Avenue, Suite 406 Memphis, TN 38117 901-683-9800 groveparkdentalgroup.com

ISAAC FORDJOUR

910 Madison Avenue, Suite 710 Memphis, TN 38103 901-526-3988

K. MARCUS HOPKINS

Maroda & Hopkins 2136 Exeter Road, Suite 202 Germantown, TN 38138 901-754-8002 marodahopkins.com

STEPHEN J. MARODA, JR. Maroda & Hopkins 2136 Exeter Road, Suite 202 Germantown, TN 38138 901-754-8002 marodahopkins.com

RUSSELL C. PECK

766 South White Station Road, Suite 1 Memphis, TN 38119 901-685-8090 memphisoralsurgery.com

JAMES B. PHILLIPS

2609 Browns Lane Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-931-3000 drjamesphillips.com

S. BARRETT SEXTON

JOHN R. WHITTEMORE

KEVIN D. REED

Parkhurst & Savage 730 Crossover Lane Memphis, TN 38117 901-683-4369 drparkhurst.com

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Sexton Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 1661 Aaron Brenner Drive, Suite 105 Memphis, TN 38120 901-756-8475 sextonoms.com

Germantown Dental Group 2165 West Street Germantown, TN 38138 901-754-0540 memphissmiledesigns.com

Smile Center Memphis 1941 South Germantown Road, Suite 101 Germantown, TN 38138 901-309-1333 smilecentermemphis.com

MARJORIE A. WOODS

University of Tennessee College of Dentistry 875 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-6227 uthsc.edu/dentistry

NEIL B. WESTON

JOHN G. REDDICK

Reed Family Dentistry 8020 U.S. Highway 51 North Millington, TN 38053 901-872-3391 reedfamilydentistry.com

Wood Dental Group 715 Calvin Avery Drive West Memphis, AR 72301 870-735-3601 wooddental.net

Sexton Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 1661 Aaron Brenner Drive, Suite 105 Memphis, TN 38120 901-756-8475 sextonoms.com

Weston Family and Cosmetic Dentistry 7500 Enterprise Avenue Germantown, TN 38138 901-754-3562 neilwestondds.com

Modern Dentistry of Memphis 6750 Poplar Avenue, Suite 700 Germantown, TN 38138 901-761-3726 moderndentistrymemphis.com

MARK C. MACGAW

623 North Missouri Street West Memphis, AR 72301 870-732-5100

CHARLES S. WOOD, JR.

GARY T. WILSON, JR.

MARK E. WIYGUL

5340 Poplar Avenue, Suite 2 Memphis, TN 38119 901-683-7771

E. JACK WOHRMAN, JR.

6363 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430 Memphis, TN 38119 901-761-3040

STEPHEN B. SEXTON

ROBERT K. SMITH

766 South White Station Road, Suite 1 Memphis, TN 38117 901-685-8090 memphisoralsurgery.com

RONALD C. STAPLES

Center For Oral & Facial Surgery of Memphis 2900 Kirby Parkway, Suite 10 Memphis, TN 38119 901-398-0793 memphisoralfacial.com

SCOTT A. WEISKOPF

Sexton Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 1661 Aaron Brenner Drive, Suite 105 Memphis, TN 38120 901-756-8475 sextonoms.com

DARREN R. WILLIAMS

Dental Implant Aesthetic Center 795 Ridge Lake Boulevard, Suite 101 Memphis, TN 38120 901-682-5001 dentalimplantac.com

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CHANGES TO SMILE ABOUT At Periodontal Associates of Memphis, you might say we’re going through many changes: a retirement, a new partner and enhanced safety protocols. One thing that hasn’t changed? Our peers have voted us among our city’s Top Dentists/Top Periodontists through Memphis magazine yet again, making this our tenth consecutive year winning this prestigious award.

A WELL-DESERVED RETIREMENT After 39 years of practicing dentistry—27 of those with our group—our beloved Roger D. Craddock, DDS, retired at the end of October. Dr. Craddock spent his long career striving to make a positive difference in patients’ lives and his community—and we believe he most certainly succeeded. Dr. Craddock plans to spend his retirement visiting with his grandchildren and enjoying his hobbies. We are grateful for Dr. Craddock, and we’ll deeply miss his presence in the office. We’ll even miss his “dad jokes.”

ENHANCED COVID SAFETY CHANGES Throughout these changes at Periodontal Associates of Memphis, we’ve continued to provide our patients with the highest-quality care, comfort and safety. Since reopening our practice in May after the lockdown, we’ve instituted and maintained COVID-19-related safety protocols. Most of our protocols go beyond what are required by the CDC, ADA and OSHA. Our enhanced safety procedures include autoclave sterilizing of all instruments; additional protective coverings throughout the office; IQ Air HealthPro Plus, which eliminates aerosols and filters virus particles; germicidal UVC ozone air purifying for nightly microorganism disinfection; and nontoxic hospital-grade sanitizer. We’ve also implemented a check-in process with temperature scans and mask requirements. We’re fully invested in ensuring a healthy, hygienic environment. Our patients’ and team’s safety is always our top priority.

A NEW PARTNER With Dr. Craddock’s retirement, we are excited to announce that Grant King, DDS, MDS, is now a partner in our practice. Dr. King joined Periodontal Associates of Memphis in July 2019 after completing his residency. He graduated with honors from Clemson University in 2010 and then attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Dentistry, where our very own Mitchel Godat DDS, MS was one of his professors. In his final year at UTHSC, he served as chief resident. We are thrilled to have Dr. King on board and know you will enjoy seeing him.

The exceptional team at Periodontal Associates of Memphis is ready to help you smile.

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G. TRENT WILSON

McRae-Wilson Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Group 5565 Murray Road Memphis, TN 38119 901-767-0088 mcraewilsonoms.com

STEVEN ZAMBRANO

Cordova Oral, Facial and Implant Surgery 915 Willow Tree Circle Cordova, TN 38018 901-755-6724 cordovaoralsurgery.com

ORAL PATHOLOGY K. MARK ANDERSON

University of Tennessee College of Dentistry 875 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-4559 uthsc.edu/dentistry

ORTHODONTISTS DAVID H. CROWDER

6597 Summer Knoll Cove Bartlett, TN 38134 901-382-8611 drdavidcrowder.com

KYLE D. FAGALA

Saddle Creek Orthodontics 2176 West Street, Suite 320 Germantown, TN 38138 901-244-4826 saddlecreekortho.com

KELLY-GWYNNE FERGUS

QUINTON C. ROBINSON III

Fergus Orthodontics 2812 Harrisburg Road Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-336-3366 fergusortho.com

5180 Park Avenue, Suite 260 Memphis, TN 38119 901-683-6770 quintonrobinson.com

CHRISTOPHER H. GETMAN

Sandusky Orthodontics 6262 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38119 901-761-3700 sanduskyorthodontics.com

Getman Orthodontics 9067 Poplar Avenue, Suite 113 Germantown, TN 38138 901-843-2483 getmanortho.com

BRENTON E. GLASSELL

Weiss & Glassell Orthodontics 5885 Ridgeway Center Parkway, Suite 200 Memphis, TN 38120 901-767-7370 weissorthodontics.com

NATHAN R. HAMMAN

Williams & Hamman Orthodontics 399 Southcrest Court, Suite B Southaven, MS 38671 662-349-2196 whortho.com

MICHELLE G. JOHNSON

6551 Stage Oaks Drive, Suite 2 Bartlett, TN 38134 901-386-5800 johnsonortho.com

WILLIAM G. PARRIS

Parris Orthodontics 2136 Exeter Road, Suite 201 Germantown, TN 38138 901-683-6387 parrisorthodontics.com

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KEVIN C. UTLEY

Utley Orthodontics 298 Germantown Bend Cove, Suite 1 Cordova, TN 38018 901-756-6200 utleyorthodontics.com

KOLIN WEAVER

2605 Browns Lane Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-972-5445 dreamweaversmiles.com

TOMMY N. WHITED

940 South Collierville-Arlington Road, Suite 109 Collierville, TN 38017 901-850-1118 drwhitedortho.com

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY BETSY D. BARCROFT

Dentistry For Children 6425 Quail Hollow, Suite 101 Memphis, TN 38120 901-682-8491

MICHAEL D. BLEN

Pediatric Dentistry 6363 Poplar Avenue, Suite 110 Memphis, TN 38119 901-415-2536 drblen.com

CAROLINE H. CHURCHWELL

DANNY WEISS

Churchwell Pediatric Dentistry 1099 Poplar View Lane North Collierville, TN 38017 901-854-9555 churchwellpediatricdentistry.com

SCOTT P. WERNER

Churchwell Pediatric Dentistry 1099 Poplar View Lane North Collierville, TN 38017 901-854-9555 churchwellpediatricdentistry.com

STANLEY P. WERNER

Cohen Pediatric Dentistry 8142 Country Village Drive, Suite 101 Cordova, TN 38016 901-756-4447 cohenpediatricdentistry.com

Weiss & Glassell Orthodontics 5885 Ridgeway Center Parkway, Suite 200 Memphis, TN 38120 901-767-7370 weissorthodontics.com Memphis Orthodontic Specialists 6425 North Quail Hollow Road, Suite 201 Memphis, TN 38120 901-767-5415 wernerorthodontics.com Memphis Orthodontic Specialists 6425 North Quail Hollow Road, Suite 201 Memphis, TN 38120 901-767-5415 wernerorthodontics.com

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STEVEN J. FUSON

Pediatric Dental Group 7675 Wolf River Circle, Suite 102 Germantown, TN 38138 901-363-8191 pdg4kids.com

B. WES MCCANN, JR.

McCann Pediatric Dentistry 5885 Ridgeway Center Parkway, Suite 230 Memphis, TN 38120 901-767-9200 mccanndentistry.com

S. MEADE MOORE III

Meade Moore Pediatric Dentistry 1908 Exeter Road Germantown, TN 38138 901-683-3993 germantowndds4kids.com

CHRIS C. ROWLAND

Childrens Dental Center 3394 South Houston Levee Road Germantown, TN 38139 901-250-1466 dentistjustforkids.com

J. B. SELECMAN

Childrens Dental Center 3394 South Houston Levee Road Germantown, TN 38139 901-250-1466 dentistjustforkids.com

MELANIE L. SHAW-NESBITT

All About Kids Pediatric Dentistry 3285 Hacks Cross Road, Suite 101 Memphis, TN 38125 901-759-0970 pediatricdentistmemphis.com

SUMMER B. TYSON

Jonesboro Pediatric Dental Group 620 Southwest Drive Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-336-9700 jonesboropediatricdentalgroup.com

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University of Tennessee College of Dentistry 875 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-6615 uthsc.edu/dentistry

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BRADLEY W. WILKINSON

TODD DYSON & LOUIS CLAY

Pediatric Dental Specialties 5040 Sanderlin Avenue, Suite 101 Memphis, TN 38117 901-761-5155 drbradwilkinson.com

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GREGORY T. WILKINSON

Wilkinson Orthodontics and Children’s Dentistry 5610 Murray Avenue Memphis, TN 38119 901-767-3390 gregwilkinsondds.com

KENNETH I. WOOD

Children’s Dentistry 1150 East Matthews Avenue, Suite 102 Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-931-5437 childrensdentistryjonesboro.com

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LES H. BINKLEY, JR.

Periodontal, Laser & Implant Clinic of Memphis 5866 Ridge Bend Road, Suite 1 Memphis, TN 38120 901-761-6177

ROGER D. CRADDOCK

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MITCHEL S. GODAT

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ANASTASIOS KARYDIS

University of Tennessee College of Dentistry 875 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-6242 uthsc.edu/dentistry

EDWARD S. LANE II

Memphis Periodontal Group 5565 Murray Road, Suite 101 Memphis, TN 38119 901-767-8152 memphisperiodontal.com

PAUL G. LUEPKE

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry 875 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-6200 uthsc.edu/dentistry/educationalprograms/departments/periodontology. php

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Thompson Periodontics & Implant Dentistry 2737 Paula Drive Jonesboro, AR 72404 870-932-0015 thompsonperioandimplants.com

J. STEPHEN WEIR

5348 Estate Office Drive, Suite 1 Memphis, TN 38119 901-763-4700 jstephenweirdds.com

PROSTHODONTICS DAVID R. CAGNA

University of Tennessee College of Dentistry 875 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-6930 uthsc.edu/dentistry/Grad/Pros

MARC A. COHEN

Prostho Dental 5356 Estate Office Drive, Suite 1 Memphis, TN 38119 901-680-0823 mcohendds.com

WILLIAM R. PRIESTER III

5866 Ridge Bend Road, Suite 1 Memphis, TN 38120 901-767-8759

CARL W. SCHULTER

Dental Implant Aesthetic Center 795 Ridge Lake Boulevard, Suite 101 Memphis, TN 38120 901-682-5001 dentalimplantac.com

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AVERY, MEADOWS, & PAGE DDS Left to right: Dr. James G. Avery, Dr. Kaleb J. Page, and Dr. Dan T. Meadows AT AVERY, MEADOWS, AND PAGE we love smiles and seeing you smile is our goal! From the first time you call our office, and throughout your dental healthcare, we strive to provide an atmosphere that is welcoming and comforting. Established over 42 years ago, we have had the privilege of caring for patients from all over the Mid-South. All of our dentists pride themselves on maintaining a high level of professionalism and education. Our office also utilizes the latest advances in dental technology, including Invisalign™, 3D imaging, intraoral cameras to aid in communication, and a CEREC system to facilitate same-day dentistry. So give us a call. We look forward to seeing your smile in our office!

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SCOTT EDWARDS, DDS AT THE OFFICE of Dr. Scott Edwards and Associates, we are committed to maintaining the highest quality, comprehensive dental care in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for the entire family. It is our goal to provide our patients with a thorough dental examination and treatment options so that you can make a well-informed decision regarding your treatment. From “Zoom” whitening to porcelain crowns and veneers, we offer a variety of cosmetic options to create a brilliant smile. We are also a Silver Certified Invisalign Provider. Our office is open five days a week, with flexible hours to accommodate even the busiest of schedules. We have three dentists on our team and two convenient locations in East Memphis and Midtown. Dr. Scott Edwards and Dr. Julia Prince, who together have over 40 years of combined experience, are excited to welcome our newest associate, Dr. Katie Boyd. New patients are welcome and we accept most dental insurance plans. It is our goal to meet your dental health care needs with the highest standards of quality and integrity. We love making our patients smile!

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Over fifteen years of expertise and experience in the education and clinical world of dentistry is what you’ll find in the founder of Advanced Dental Implant & TMJ Center. 2020 Top Dentist, Dr. Pradeep Adatrow, is the only board-certified periodontist and prosthodontist in the tristate area. Before opening a private practice, Dr. Adatrow taught at the University of Tennessee for twelve years, and is currently the clinical director of prosthodontics at the University of Tennessee. Advanced Dental’s state of the art facility, located on Getwell Road in Southaven, MS, meets the needs of patients in a family-focused atmosphere. Not only will you find Desoto County’s only dual specialist for dental implants, gum disease treatment, and TMJ/TMD therapy at Advanced Dental, but also the option for sedation dentistry with Dr. Adatrow. His team is dedicated to helping every patient experience a difference in every visit. With this as their number one goal, the Advanced Dental Team and Dr. Adatrow are dedicated to creating the most pleasant and comfortable environment possible, and to nurture connections with their patients that last a lifetime.

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Leigh Mansberg Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South

AWARDS

Four Who Go Above and Beyond The 2020 Innovation Award winners keep this a City of Good Abode. BY J O N W. S PA R K S

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f 2020 has been thoroughly loathed for the death and disruption wrought by covid-19, it has also been a time for humanity to show its resilience and innovation. So when it came time for Inside Memphis Business to consider the Innovation Awards for 2020, there was no shortage of worthy candidates. IMB has been recognizing the top thinkers and doers in the city for several years. These people and organizations are at the forefront of evolution — tinkerers, questioners, visionaries — who make our city a better place. This year, the eighth time we’ve honored innovators, we recognize Wendi C. Thomas who is using the MLK50 nonprofit newsroom as a tool to pursue justice; Kent Phillips for his efforts in expanding Trezevant Manor’s senior community and creative reactions to the challenge of the pandemic; Leigh Mansberg for raising the bar of teaching financial literacy in her leadership of Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South; and Christopher Reyes for being ahead of the curve for years in bringing together the local creative community and for his development of “experiential art.” Previous winners covered a range of areas, from medicine to music, education to civics, tourism to the arts. Last year, we honored Phil Baker and Ayilé Arnett of RemediChain, Ekundayo Bandele of Hattiloo Theatre, Jay Martin of My City Rides, and Mark Pryor of The Seam. The 2018 winners were Van Turner of Memphis Greenspace, Gebre Waddell of Sound Credit, Michael Dyer, Ph.D., and Alberto Pappo, M.D., with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Childhood Solid Tumor Network, and Brian Booker with One Step Initiative & Global Pathways to Success. Other previous winners include Charlie McVean and Charlie Newman for the Big River Crossing, Dr. Isaac Rodriguez of SweetBio, and Meka Egwuekwe of CodeCrew. On December 8th, IMB will host a public panel discussion with this year’s innovators and two previous winners to talk about innovation in times of crisis and how we can emerge from difficult times with an even stronger community.

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Kids are the future, and even with a pandemic raging, it’s crucial to keep the wheels of knowledge turning in young minds. Fortunately, Junior Achievement president and CEO Leigh Mansberg has experience as a teacher to call on while leading the organization through the hurdles of 2020. When the pandemic threatened to derail education as we knew it, she and JA maneuvered to reimagine the organization’s curriculums and create new ones so that every student was included and engaged. A longtime educator for Shelby County Schools and St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Mansberg knew how important it was to make lessons both interesting and accessible to kids; in a year where that all had to be done remotely, it was that much harder. But Mansberg wasn’t fazed, quickly moving to make all of Junior Achievement’s programming virtual. This July, JA partnered with Shelby County Schools to implement a new series of digital lessons for the SCS Summer Learning Academy, with each lesson including a local entrepreneur as a guest host. The series proved immensely popular with videos disseminated to hundreds of classrooms, and thousands of students. A second collaboration with the City of Memphis Division of Youth Services saw JA continue to offer its impactful programs, like MPLOY, financial literacy programs that encourage students to join the Memphis Ambassador Program, or the I Am Included program, a personal branding and soft skills curriculum for hearing-impaired students. Mansberg introduced this programming all while maintaining high standards for JA’s normal offerings like BizTown, the organization’s flagship experience that sends fourththrough sixth-graders to a fully interactive simulated town facility to mimic running a business. Further plans for a pop-up BizTown mobile are in the works for next year. And Mansberg continues to expand JA’s network, creating connections with charter schools and other institutions to create financial literacy classes from kindergarten to high school. Innovators spin a moment of crisis into opportunity, and while covid-19 could have signaled a downturn in the fortunes of both young students and Junior Achievement, Mansberg’s quick thinking ensures that Memphis students will continue to be able to carve out a better path. — Samuel X. Cicci ILLUSTRATION BY IKONSTUDIO | DREAMSTIME

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Kent Phillips

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Trezevant Manor

Baron Von Opperbean’s Exploratorium of Magic, Science, and the Multiverse

Editor & Publisher MLK50: Justice Through Journalism

When the pandemic came on the scene, it hit senior and retirement communities hard, with many of these groups seeing higher rates of infection. That made the stakes even higher for Kent Phillips, who arrived at Trezevant as COO in March 2015, but quickly became CEO that September. Juggling health concerns with all the other potential needs of the community was no easy feat, but Phillips did it, implementing a series of programs that kept residents safely engaged and active in community endeavors. Trezevant is a 15-acre LifeCare community in East Memphis, offering everything from independent living, to assisted living, to nursing home and rehab services. Phillips and Trezevant set their sights on philanthropic goals when it came to designing communal programs. One was a “Green Team” focused on recycling. The group has recycled 27,140 pounds of cardboard and paper and 26,328 pounds of mixed recyclables. Residents also launched a “Rock the Vote” campaign to encourage younger Trezevant staffers to get out and vote this year. And in a more personal touch, Phillips even organized a drive-by parade to help residents connect with their families. And all this with an extra emphasis on health and safety covid-19 protocols. Those campaigns are just a few examples of Phillips’ commitment to innovating. Since he began his role as CEO, he has overseen the conclusion of a $120 million expansion plan and garnered numerous awards for the community, all of which recognize Trezevant’s commitment to community engagement. Holleran’s Choice Community Award found that Trezevant ranked highest among retirement communities for resident engagement over the past six months relative to its peers, while McKnight’s Technology Award put a spotlight on Trezevant doggedly pursuing the embrace of new technology to maintain a high quality of life for its residents. That extends to employees, as well. Each of Trezevant’s 420 staffers is encouraged to pursue personal growth opportunity, with the organization offering education assistance, soft skills development, and on-site fairs. While 2020 has seen a much higher risk to residents’ physical health, Trezevant and Phillips’ new approach equally provide a structure that aims to maintain their mental health. The chips were certainly down, but Phillips always kept looking ahead. — Samuel X. Cicci

Christopher Reyes is used to being ahead of his time. When he was a student at Memphis College of Art in the early 1990s, he was virtually alone in using the school’s computer lab. Upon graduation, he went to Ardent Studios designing interactive CDROMs, then a cutting-edge technology. He decided he wanted to share his love of Memphis music with the world, so started obsessively recording musical performances in local clubs, juke joints, and theaters while using his web design skills to create an online portal for the recordings. His website Live From Memphis (LFM) tackled the problems of streaming musical and video content years before YouTube. LFM expanded far beyond just a website. Reyes contacted artists all over the Memphis area and created an online directory to allow them to meet in the pre-social media era. At its peak, the directory listed more than 5,000 creatives of all stripes. When LFM shuttered in 2013, Reyes turned his attention to a new kind of art. Projection mapping allows the artist to impose digital images on the real world, creating the illusion of depth and motion to bring static murals and sculptures to life. First, he collaborated with muralist Birdcap on a multimedia piece Downtown. In 2016, he collaborated with filmmakers Sarah Fleming and Laura Jean Hocking to create Fish, an immersive, multimedia installation at Crosstown Arts. The acclaimed blockbuster exhibit helped legitimize the Crosstown project to the public before the doors of the Concourse opened for business. All that was just a warmup for Reyes’ big leap: Baron Von Opperbean’s Exploratorium of Magic, Science, and the Multiverse. Set in the Off The Walls gallery in South Memphis, the 2,000-square-foot installation is what Reyes calls “experiential art.” He has created whole worlds for visitors to explore. Even more remarkably, Reyes managed to build it almost single-handedly in the midst of the pandemic. There’s been a scramble to reserve time to visit the Multiverse this fall, making it by far the Memphis art world’s biggest success in 2020. Reyes has his sights set on the future. He’s planning an even bigger version of the Multiverse — and he’s got ideas for transforming the long-vacant Mid-South Coliseum into an arts tourist attraction the likes of which Memphis has never seen. — Chris McCoy

In 2014, Wendi C. Thomas left The Commercial Appeal where she’d written fiery commentary for 11 years. She was also involved in helping the newspaper coordinate coverage of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Knowing that the 50th anniversary would be coming in 2018, her journalistic instincts were to aim for remarkable coverage of the momentous anniversary. She did a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard to further explore social entrepreneurship and talked with nonprofit newsrooms on how they worked. “I developed a business plan that my social entrepreneurship professor at the Kennedy school told me was impossible,” she says. “And there was no funding model to make it work. But I like proving people wrong.” Back in Memphis she considered what publishing platform to use, pondered who would write for it, and raised money. “I started with $3,000, a thousand from my favorite uncle and a thousand each from two girlfriends,” she says. With that seed money and living off credit cards the first year, she launched MLK50. A big grant followed and it got a fiscal sponsor with Community LIFT. “That’s been great for us, and anybody that’s raised money knows that it’s really about relationships and also that money follows money,” Thomas says. And now her project has national funders, which has allowed her to expand staff — four full-time and four parttime — and pay off her credit cards. Thomas is a member of ProPublica’s 2020 Local Reporting Network and was in its 2019 LRN cohort. She’s also getting recognition, having won the 2020 Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting and won first place in the Association of Health Care Journalists’ 2019 awards for business reporting. She’s also gotten top awards for her “Profiting from the Poor” investigation that showed Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s predatory debt collection practices, a series that resulted in the healthcare corporation erasing $11.9 million in debt. “We see journalism as a tool to pursue justice,” she says. “I don’t see it as advocacy journalism. Journalism has always looked out for the little guy, the underdog and that’s what attracted a lot of us to the industry. And so we’re just more explicit about that.” — Jon W. Sparks D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 • I N S I D E M E M P H I S B U S I N E S S • 55

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TOM GETTELFINGER

The curious mind takes you places.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY JON W. SPARKS

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om Gettelfinger is possessed of a curiosity that has taken him to extraordinary places, not the least of which is his home on the bluff overlooking Tom Lee Park. “This is a very harsh environment down here, going from a hundred degrees to minus 10, and sometimes winds come in and blow rain,” he says. “It’s pretty harsh.” You might be forgiven if you looked closely at him to see if he was kidding. He is one of the original residents of the Riverbluff Cooperative and has a view to the west of the Mississippi River, all the barges thereon, Arkansas, and sunsets. And he can look right down onto Tom Lee Park, which further means he’s witnessed almost every one of the Beale Street Music Festivals and enjoyed the aroma of the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contests for decades. If it’s truly harsh, however, he’s sticking it out, tending to his eclectic collection of herbs and vegetables in a garden that he recently outfitted with a hammock. Minus 10 does not seem to be a deal-breaker. In truth, it would take a lot more than some lousy weather to slow down this retired ophthalmologist, skilled photographer, intellectual, art collector, adventurous chef and epicure, world traveler, and man with a mission to change the world. For starters. D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 59

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o what’s inside the abode of someone who has so much going on inside his head? A lot of what you’ll see is the art, on the walls, on the floors, on shelves. There are Buddhas that are centuries old, there is furniture from the Memphis Group, the 1980s-era Italian design firm. He has local works, many from the early periods of the artists. He has pieces by Lyda Laneville, Tim Andrews, Nancy Cheairs. You can’t really do a quick run through his house — there are too many provocative works that stop you in your tracks. “This one looks like a solar robot,” he says, pointing to a witty construction that looks like it was left over from a 1950s-era science fiction film, “but it’s an H-bomb lamp.” The lights didn’t quite work right on it, so Gettelfinger got the late Dan Spector to come

over and fix it right up. And he has his own work scattered about, including a mysterious and unusual image of the pyramids in Egypt, as well as pieces from Myanmar.

“I didn’t want to go into practice right away, so I took a trip to South America for a year. I spent a month taking Spanish in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, went as far down as Puerto Montt, Chile, and worked my way back up, including along the Amazon River.” Gettelfinger’s work is beautiful and far beyond the routine. But he’s self-deprecating. He’s quick to bring up one of the first notices

from a local critic he got when he began showing his artwork. “Robert McGowan wrote, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah; Tom Gettelfinger’s photographs, on the other hand, are so bad that they hurt the other people in the exhibition.” He laughs and ponders how that may have held him back. Yet he continues to produce. But how did Gettelfinger even get to Memphis in the first place? It was a long journey, including some travel along the Amazon.

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e went to medical school at Harvard, finished training in Boston, then did his internship and residency in Seattle. “I didn’t want to go into practice right away, so I took a trip to South America for a year,” he says. “I spent a month taking Spanish in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico,

PHOTOGRAPHS BY TOM GETTELFINGER

The desert is a tough gallery space to fill, but artists give it their best. below left: Gettelfinger took his camera to Big Rig Jig by Mike Ross, who reconfigured two tanker trucks. below right: Passage by Karen Cusolito and Dan Das Mann shows a mother and child leaving impressive footprints (which burn with oil at night).

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May I help you make your move? above: Gettelfinger performing cataract microsurgery at Memphis Eye and Cataract Associates. below: The opening of the Ancient City Eye Hospital in Xian, China, with Dr. Meng Yong An, a former fellow in cataract surgery at MECA and now a prominent surgeon in China.

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One of the things of high interest to Gettelfinger and Freeman was international ophthalmology.

was time to stop doing that.” He describes Freeman as “a great visionary in the field, and very conservative politically. I was more liberal politically but more conservative professionally — I didn’t want to do something until I was absolutely sure it was there.” Gettelfinger was doing

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went as far down as Puerto Montt, Chile, and worked my way back up, including along the Amazon River.” Gettelfinger was content to continue his travels, getting the occasional medical gig along the way. “I learned that an ophthalmologist in Memphis was looking for a partner and I thought, since I was doing all this traveling, that I’d come here for maybe six months. I’d never set foot in Memphis and had no idea what it was, but I joined Dr. Jerre Freeman in 1976.” That six-month tour became permanent, and Freeman and Gettelfinger formed MECA — Memphis Eye and Cataract Associates. “Jerre was doing some very high-level advanced stuff,” Gettelfinger says, “but I wasn’t into a permanent professional track. I thought it

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clinical research and was a clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, but one of the things of high interest to him and Freeman was international ophthalmology. “Jerre was doing that in Mexico,” he says, “and I got interested in the Amazon.” He’d go to clinics that weren’t accessible by road — taking a boat or plane were the only options to get there. And he served aboard the hospital ship Esperança on the Amazon. “Then I met some of these people in the art scene here,” he says. “Rick Ivy was working in our office and going down to the Antenna Club, to Tav Falco shows, and I saw there was an interesting counterculture here.” Later, he would meet Danielle Shing Shaw, and they became a couple. “I just kind of settled in and it’s been good for me.” Gettelfinger speaks with the deepest fondness of his life’s love for 37 years. “I’ll tell you what I liked about Shing,” he says. “She was very pretty, but I liked her values. She gave me a hard time

The scene at Burning Man has always been an unending visual feast and thus a draw for photographers. But over the years, the organizers have sought to put limits on what can be shot (citing privacy concerns around nudity and illegal acts). Gettelfinger did, however, manage to secure a press pass that gave him a bit more freedom to capture the freewheeling community in the Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada.

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on some things, you know. I should’ve listened to her more about so many things, but she valued work and she valued doing the right thing. She helped me a lot and I hope I helped her.” She worked at financial institutions and was a cook, gardener, and tango dancer — what some might say perfectly reflected the relationship with her husband. She died six years ago of lung cancer.

“I still have the fantasy that I might do something in life. Maybe I will, but I bet I probably won’t.”

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ettelfinger retired from MECA last year, but he’s not the retiring sort. He’s still committed to changing the world although, as he’s said, “I’m just not sure the world wants me to change it.”

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An early Gettelfinger photograph, taken from horseback, of the pyramids in Egypt.

One of his passions — he refers to it as his jeremiad — is to get the cost of drugs and medicines under control and make pricing structures more transparent. He’s been on this crusade for years and finds a lot of sympathy among colleagues, but he says the pharmaceutical companies are keeping anything significant from happening. And for something completely different, Gettelfinger has become something of a regular attendee at the annual Burning Man event in Nevada. The temporary city is a self-described nonprofit with global ambitions and is a center of creativity, music, and cultural expression. He learned about it several years ago from different sources at about the same time, which he took to be something of a sign. He knew it would be a place where he and his camera would find amazing things. “It’s like a big RV park and it’s all platted with cross streets and things like that,” he contin u ed on page 8 0

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Joseph McClusky** Jason Ballenger

William D. Massey* Lorna McClusky*

Top 100 Tennessee Top 50 Memphis

Lauren Fuchs**

Top 50 Memphis

*CHOSEN TO SUPER LAWYERS **CHOSEN TO RISING STARS

THE LAW OFFICE OF

Massey McClusky McClusky & Fuchs THE HEART FOR THE FIGHT At MMM&F we bring something special to the table—the heart for the fight. In an adversarial system that pits the prosecution against the defense, we are in it to win it for you. Our goal is to prevent clients from being charged, but if that’s not possible, we know our way to the courtroom and what to do when we get there. Senior partner William Massey is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trial Specialist. He is a perennial selection to Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America®. Senior partner Lorna McClusky is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and

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is consistently named one of the top women defense attorneys in Memphis, the Mid-South and the nation. Partners Joseph McClusky and Lauren Fuchs have established themselves as go-to lawyers with a string of wins in tough cases. Jason Ballenger joined us in 2019, bringing 10 years of experience to our clients, and his talent has made an immediate impact. Our team’s trial skills are honed in the adversarial arena and polished by professional advocacy training. A lasting legacy is ensured for championing the defense of the accused, and we do it by bringing something special to the table—the heart for the fight.

10+ YEARS

SELECTED TO Super Lawyers William D. Massey Lorna S. McClusky

3074 East Road Memphis, TN 38128 PH: (901) 201-6747 FX: (901) 937-8004

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MILES MASON FAMILY LAW GROUP, PLC One team tailored to your concerns, values and priorities. Visit MemphisDivorce.com for answers to hundreds of frequently asked questions, analysis of legal issues, videos and our blog. MemphisDivorce.com is Tennessee’s most comprehensive internet family law resource. Follow us on LinkedIn. 6800 Poplar Ave., Suite 208 Germantown, TN 38138 PH: (901) 683-1850 MemphisDivorce.com Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Thomson Reuters.

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MID-SOUTH 2020 SUPER LAWYERS

TOP 50 MEMPHIS

AN ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF THE MEMPHIS AREA LAWYERS WHO RANKED TOP OF THE LIST IN THE 2020 MID-SOUTH SUPER LAWYERS NOMINATION, RESEARCH AND BLUE RIBBON REVIEW PROCESS Ballin, Leslie Irwin, Ballin Ballin & Fishman, Memphis TN Belz, Saul C., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN Bicks, Nathan A., Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN Britt, Louis P., FordHarrison, Memphis TN

Davis, Angie C., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Feibelman, Jef, Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN Glassman, Richard, Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox, Memphis TN

Hill, David W., Nahon Saharovich & Trotz, Memphis TN Holton, Timothy R., Holton Law Firm, Memphis TN Jones, Les, Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN Krupicka, Lisa A., Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN

Chapman, Ralph E., Chapman Lewis & Swan, Clarksdale MS

Gordon, J. Houston, Law Office of J. Houston Gordon, Covington TN

Clark, Joseph M., Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop, Memphis TN

Gresham, Darryl D., Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, Memphis TN

Lewis, III, George T., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Coury, Michael P., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN

Griffith, Benjamin E., Griffith Law Firm, Oxford MS

Mallette, Pope S., Mayo Mallette, Oxford MS

15 YEARS

SELECTED TO Super Lawyers

Landers, Suzanne, The Landers Firm, Memphis TN

Massey, William D., Massey McClusky McClusky & Fuchs, Memphis TN

Proven.

Mayo, Jr., J. Cal, Mayo Mallette, Oxford MS McClusky, Lorna S., Massey McClusky McClusky & Fuchs, Memphis TN McDaniel, Bobby R., McDaniel Law Firm, Jonesboro AR

Jeffrey S. Rosenblum

McMullen, Bruce A., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN McNeill, Paul D., RMP, Jonesboro AR Merkel, Jr., Charles M., Merkel & Cocke, Clarksdale MS Meyers, Robert D., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN Norwood, Dan, Working Boomer Advocate, Memphis TN Pera, Lucian T., Adams and Reese, Memphis TN Phelps, John V., Womack Phelps Puryear Mayfield & McNeil, Jonesboro AR Potter, Jerry O., Harris Shelton, Memphis TN Prather, Paul E., Littler Mendelson, Memphis TN Reid, Glen G., Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, Memphis TN Rice, Larry, Rice Law, Memphis TN Roberts, Kristine, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Mark A. Mesler II, Marc E. Reisman, Jeffrey S. Rosenblum*, Matthew T. May* *Selected to Super Lawyers

Roney, Margaret Cooper, Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop, Memphis TN Rosenblum, Jeffrey S., Rosenblum & Reisman, Memphis TN

TENNESSEE

MEMPHIS

TOP 100

TOP 50

JEFFREY S. ROSENBLUM

JEFFREY S. ROSENBLUM

RATED BY

RATED BY

Ryan, William B., Donati Law, Memphis TN Scholl, Michael, The Scholl Law Firm, Memphis TN Shelton, III, Henry C., Adams and Reese, Memphis TN Smith, Gary K., Gary K. Smith Law Firm, Memphis TN Snider, Kevin A., Snider & Horner, Germantown TN Steinberg, Jill M., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Triad Centre III, 6070 Poplar Avenue, Fifth Floor, Memphis, TN 38119 901-527-9600 | rosenblumandreisman.com Rosenblum & Reisman is a proven personal injury firm that focuses its practice on catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Firm founder Jeff Rosenblum has been selected to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list since 2006, and after having been a Rising Stars honoree since 2014, Matt May has also been selected to this year’s Super Lawyers list. Rosenblum was also selected as a Top 100 attorney in the region and a Top 50 attorney in Memphis. The office also includes a criminal defense attorney who has more than 25 years of experience defending the rights of the accused.

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Summers, James B., Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, Memphis TN Vorder-Bruegge, Jr., Mark, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, Memphis TN Waddell, Paul D., Waddell Cole & Jones, Jonesboro AR Wade, David C., Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, Memphis TN Waide, III, James D. “Jim”, Waide & Associates, Tupelo MS Wheeler, John G., Mitchell McNutt & Sams, Tupelo MS

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THE LIST BY PRIMARY AREA OF PRACTICE The list was finalized as of June 2, 2020. Any updates to the list (for example, status changes or disqualifying events) will be reflected on superlawyers.com. Names and page numbers in RED indicate a profile on the specified page. Phone numbers included only for attorneys with paid Super Lawyers print advertisements. Only attorneys who data verified with Super Lawyers for current year included on this list. All current selections reflected on superlawyers.com profiles.

Feibelman, Jef, Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN Pg. S-4 Futhey III, Malcolm B., Futhey Law Firm, Memphis TN, 901-725-7525 Pg. S-11

MALCOLM B. FUTHEY III FUTHEY LAW FIRM PLC Memphis • 901-725-7525

Cannon, Jr., John R., Shuttleworth, Memphis TN Cody, W.J. Michael, Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN Harris, Linda Nettles, Nettles Harris Law Firm & Dispute Resolution, Memphis TN, 901-522-2747 Hoffman, Sheree L., Hoffman Law and Mediation Office, Memphis TN, 901-754-9994

SHEREE L. HOFFMAN HOFFMAN LAW AND MEDIATION OFFICE Memphis • 901-754-9994

www.memphisdivorcehelp.com

Germany, Jeffrey D., Morton & Germany, Memphis TN, 901-522-0050

MORTON & GERMANY, PLLC Memphis • 901-522-0050

www.mortongermany.com

Graves, Michael K., Graves Palmertree, Hernando MS, 662-429-9302

Gerrish, Jeffrey C., Gerrish Smith Tuck, Memphis TN

BANKRUPTCY: BUSINESS Coury, Michael P., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

www.watsonburns.com Wellford, Shea Sisk, Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, Memphis TN

BUSINESS/CORPORATE Adams, Jr., Ben C., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Bobango, John A., Farris Bobango, Memphis TN Grai, Mark J., The Winchester Law Firm, Memphis TN, 901-685-9222

MARK J. GRAI

THE WINCHESTER LAW FIRM, PLLC Memphis • 901-685-9222

www.winchesterlawfirm.com

Harris, David J., Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN

Magids, Jack, Magids Cottam, Memphis TN

Heflin, III, John J., Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews, Memphis TN

Orians, Robert E., Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, Memphis TN

Horne, John D., The Winchester Law Firm, Memphis TN, 901-685-9222

Tansey, Nicholas, The Tansey Law Firm, Memphis TN

JOHN D. HORNE THE WINCHESTER LAW FIRM, PLLC Memphis • 901-685-9222

www.winchesterlawfirm.com

BANKING

WATSON BURNS, PLLC Memphis • 901-529-7996

Glover, Molly A., Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN

Lait, Hayden D., Mediation & Law Office, Memphis TN Schwarz, Earle J., The Office of Earle J. Schwarz, Memphis TN

FRANK L. WATSON, III

www.futheylawfirm.com

JEFFREY D. GERMANY

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Watson, III, Frank L., Watson Burns, Memphis TN, 901-529-7996

Hughes, Brett A., Harris Shelton, Memphis TN Lewis, III, George T., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Pg. S-4 Mayo, Jr., J. Cal, Mayo Mallette, Oxford MS Pg. S-4

CIVIL LITIGATION: DEFENSE Bearman, David L., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Bernstein, Kevin D., Spicer Rudstrom, Memphis TN Glover, R. Mark, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Hale, Robert B.C., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN McMullen, Bruce A., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

Kahn, Bruce M., Apperson Crump, Memphis TN

McLaren, Michael G., Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, Memphis TN, 901-762-0535 Pg. S-9

Mullally, Michael E., Snellgrove Langley Culpepper Willams & Mullally, Jonesboro AR

Matthews, Paul A., Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews, Memphis TN

Moffett, Larry D., Law Office of Larry D. Moffett, Oxford MS

Phelps, John V., Womack Phelps Puryear Mayfield & McNeil, Jonesboro AR Pg. S-4

Patton, Michael C., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Wade, David C., Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

Parker, Toni Campbell, Law Offices of Toni Campbell Parker, Memphis TN Ryder, John L., Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, Memphis TN

Pera, Lucian T., Adams and Reese, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

Shelton, III, Henry C., Adams and Reese, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

Puryear, Jeffrey W., Womack Phelps Puryear Mayfield & McNeil, Jonesboro AR

BANKRUPTCY: CONSUMER

Reid, Glen G., Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

CIVIL LITIGATION: PLAINTIFF Chase, III, Lee J., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN

CIVIL RIGHTS

Sissman, Ben G., Attorney at Law, Memphis TN

Roberts, Kristine, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

Kramer, Bruce S., Apperson Crump, Memphis TN

BUSINESS LITIGATION

Stratton, Irma Merrill, Law Office of Irma Merrill Stratton, Memphis TN

CLASS ACTION/MASS TORTS

Belz, Saul C., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN Pg. S-4 Childress, Jr., E. Franklin, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Tom, Robert F., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Craddock, Jr., Robert E., Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, Memphis TN

Trammell, Bradley E., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Crosby, Scott J., Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN

Wallis, Ed, Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox, Memphis TN

Burns, William F., Watson Burns, Memphis TN, 901-529-7996

WILLIAM F. BURNS

WATSON BURNS, PLLC Memphis • 901-529-7996

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MID-SOUTH 2020 / MEMPHIS SUPER LAWYERS CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION Carter, Richard M., Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, Memphis TN Getz, Joseph T., Evans | Petree, Memphis TN Stengel, Elizabeth B., Evans | Petree, Memphis TN Summers, James B., Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, Memphis TN, 901-763-4200 Pg. S-4, S-7

CONSUMER LAW Snider, Kevin A., Snider & Horner, Germantown TN Pg. S-4

CREDITOR DEBTOR RIGHTS Miller, Louis Jay, Mendelson Law Firm, Memphis TN

Lee, J. Jeffrey, The Law Office of J. Jeffrey Lee, Memphis TN

Davis, Angie C., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

Massey, William D., Massey McClusky McClusky & Fuchs, Memphis TN, 901-384-4004 Pg. S-1, S-4

Donati, Donald, Donati Law, Memphis TN

McClusky, Lorna S., Massey McClusky McClusky & Fuchs, Memphis TN, 901-384-4004 Pg. S-1, S-4 McDaniel, Mark S., The McDaniel Law Firm, Memphis TN

Hagerman, Jennifer, Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN

Quinn, Arthur E., Arthur E. Quinn Law Office, Memphis TN

Hill, Charles W., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN

Scholl, Michael, The Scholl Law Firm, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

Holland, Maureen T., Holland & Associates, Memphis TN

Stengel, Michael J., Law Office of Michael J. Stengel, Memphis TN Wagerman, Howard, Wagerman Katzman, Memphis TN Working, Michael R., The Working Law Firm, Memphis TN

CRIMINAL DEFENSE Ballin, Leslie Irwin, Ballin Ballin & Fishman, Memphis TN Pg. S-4 Franks, James D., Law Offices of James D. Franks, Hernando MS

Gerson, Herbert E., FordHarrison, Memphis TN

Patterson, Kevin G., KGP Law Firm, Germantown TN

Ziegenhorn, Bart, Ziegenhorn & Bernard, West Memphis AR Ballin, Blake D., Ballin Ballin & Fishman, Memphis TN

Dowdy, Whitney M., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

EMPLOYMENT & LABOR

Jackson, Gordon E., Jackson Shields Yeiser & Holt, Memphis TN Lillie, Shawn R., Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, Memphis TN, 901-763-4200 Pg. S-7 Mayfield, Mark, Womack Phelps Puryear Mayfield & McNeil, Jonesboro AR O’Neal, Darrell J., Law Office of Darrell J. O’Neal, Memphis TN, 901-345-8009

DARRELL J. O’NEAL

Allen, Jr., Richard H., Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, Memphis TN, 901-575-3211 Pg. S-7 Bennett, Richard D., Farris Bobango, Memphis TN

Ganguli, Juni S., Ganguli & Hall, Memphis TN

Caraway, Kirk A., Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, Memphis TN, 901-763-4200 Pg. S-7

Garts, Jr., James R., Law Office of Jim Garts, Memphis TN

Crone, Alan G., The Crone Law Firm, Memphis TN

LAW OFFICE OF DARRELL J. O’NEAL Memphis • 901-345-8009

www.darrelloneal.com

Perl, Arnold E., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN Rasmussen, Robin H., Dinkelspiel Rasmussen & Mink, Memphis TN Schwimmer, Cary, Law Offices of Cary Schwimmer, Memphis TN Shields, Stephen L., Jackson Shields Yeiser & Holt, Memphis TN Simpson, James M., Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, Memphis TN, 901-763-4200 Pg. S-7 Waide, III, James D. “Jim”, Waide & Associates, Tupelo MS Pg. S-4

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION: DEFENSE Britt, Louis P., FordHarrison, Memphis TN Pg. S-4 Hancock, Jonathan C., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Krupicka, Lisa A., Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN Pg. S-4 Meyers, Robert D., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN Pg. S-4 Prather, Paul E., Littler Mendelson, Memphis TN Pg. S-4 Russell, John M., Russell Oliver & Stephens, Memphis TN Simmons, John W., Simmons Law Firm, Memphis TN

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION: PLAINTIFF Ashby, Bryce W., Donati Law, Memphis TN Bennett, Kristy L., Johnson & Bennett, Memphis TN, 901-402-6830 Pg. S-8 Donaldson, Jr., Thomas F. “Tom”, Donaldson Law Firm, Marion AR Johnson, Tressa V., Johnson & Bennett, Memphis TN, 901-402-6515 Pg. S-8

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MID-SOUTH 2020 / MEMPHIS SUPER LAWYERS Norwood, Dan, Working Boomer Advocate, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

Bradley, J. Anthony, The Bradley Law Firm, Germantown TN, 901-682-2030

Ryan, William B., Donati Law, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

Buckner, Thomas R., Apperson Crump, Memphis TN Duncan, Joe M., Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS Luckett, Jr., Bill, Luckett Law Firm, Clarksdale MS

ENVIRONMENTAL

Harris, Rita Lynn Reed, Attorney at Law, Forrest City AR Jones, Robert S., Waddell Cole & Jones, Jonesboro AR McDaniel, A. Stephen, Williams McDaniel, Memphis TN, 901-766-0887

Womack, Randall B., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN

A. STEPHEN MCDANIEL

ESTATE & TRUST LITIGATION Autry, Edward T., Williams McDaniel, Memphis TN, 901-766-0887

EDWARD T. AUTRY

WILLIAMS MCDANIEL, PLLC Memphis • 901-766-0887

www.williamsmcdaniel.com Thornton, M. Matthew, Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews, Memphis TN

ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE Bailey, Jr., Olen M., The Bailey Law Firm, Memphis TN, 901-843-2760 Pg. S-11 Bradley, Beth Weems, Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN

WILLIAMS MCDANIEL, PLLC Memphis • 901-766-0887

www.williamsmcdaniel.com

FAMILY LAW Alford, T. Swayze, Attorney at Law, Oxford MS Anderson, J. Steven, J. Steven Anderson Law Firm, Memphis TN, 901-763-1800 Pg. S-11

J. STEVEN ANDERSON J. STEVEN ANDERSON LAW FIRM PLLC Memphis • 901-763-1800

www.jsandersonlaw.com

Arthur, Megan, Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, Memphis TN, 901-762-0535 Pg. S-9 Black, Stevan L., Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, Memphis TN, 901-762-0535 Pg. S-9

Murrah, John F., Evans | Petree, Memphis TN

Blanton, Darrell D., Law Office of Darrell D. Blanton, Memphis TN

Nassar, Jr., George J., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN

Gill, Lisa J., Thomas White & Gill, Germantown TN

Thompson, Jeffrey E., Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, Memphis TN

Hall, Laurie W., Ganguli & Hall, Memphis TN

Tobin, Cynthia J., Williams McDaniel, Memphis TN, 901-498-6823

CYNTHIA J. TOBIN WILLIAMS MCDANIEL, PLLC Memphis • 901-498-6823

www.williamsmcdaniel.com Womack, Tom D., Womack Phelps Puryear Mayfield & McNeil, Jonesboro AR

Hinsley, Susan A., Butler Sevier Hinsley & Reid, Memphis TN, 901-578-8888 Pg. S-11 Hollis, Scott Burnham, Hollis Legal Solutions, Olive Branch MS Jones, Vickie Hardy, Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, Memphis TN, 901-762-0535 Pg. S-9 Landers, Suzanne, The Landers Firm, Memphis TN Pg. S-4 CONTINUED ON PAGE S-8

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Lamar, Jr., John T., Lamar & Hannaford, Senatobia MS

Houseal, Jr., John I., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN

Mason, Sr., Miles, Miles Mason Family Law Group, Germantown TN, 901-683-1850 Pg. S-3

Mallette, Pope S., Mayo Mallette, Oxford MS Pg. S-4

Shelton, Max, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, Memphis TN

Rice, Larry, Rice Law, Memphis TN, 901-526-6701 Pg. S-2, S-4

McLean, Robert A., Farris Bobango, Memphis TN Miller, Robert F., Farris Bobango, Memphis TN

Wheeler, Jr., George T., Harris Shelton, Memphis TN

Ryland, John C., Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, Memphis TN, 901-762-0535 Pg. S-9

Mixon, Donn H., Mixon & Worsham, Jonesboro AR

Turner, Kay Farese, Kay Farese Turner & Associates, Memphis TN

Murrah, Todd B., Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox, Memphis TN

Babaoglu, Rehim, Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop, Memphis TN

Waldrop, David M., The Waldrop Firm, Germantown TN, 901-759-3489 Pg. S-11

Peyton, Edd, Spicer Rudstrom, Memphis TN

Frager, Barry L., The Frager Law Firm, Memphis TN, 901-763-3188 Pg. S-11

DAVID M. WALDROP

Turner, Jr., Van D., Bruce Turner, Memphis TN Wellford, Buckner, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

THE WALDROP FIRM P.C. Germantown • 901-759-3489

www.davidwaldrop.com

IMMIGRATION

Sauer, Ari, Siskind Susser, Memphis TN Siskind, Gregory H., Siskind Susser, Memphis TN

Wilcox, Tony L., Wilcox Law Firm, Jonesboro AR

INSURANCE COVERAGE

White, Leigh Taylor, Thomas White & Gill, Germantown TN

Deaton, Chris H., Brock Deaton Law Firm, Tupelo MS

GOVERNMENT FINANCE Shaw, Miska, Ahmad Zaffarese, Memphis TN

GENERAL LITIGATION

Derrick, Michael G., Shuttleworth, Memphis TN Webb, Dan W., Webb Sanders & Williams, Tupelo MS

Branson, John R., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Carson, Dawn D., Hickman Goza & Spragins, Memphis TN Hutton, Robert L., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN Jones, Jeffrey H., Law Office of Jeffrey Jones, Bartlett TN

HEALTH CARE Anderson, Katherine, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Bicks, Nathan A., Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Garrison, Grady M., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Schrantz, Stephen D., Schrantz Law Firm, Jonesboro AR

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION Baldridge, Adam S., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Halijan, Douglas F., Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN

Honored to be selected to Mid-South Super Lawyers – Employment Law – 2020

Speed, Lea H., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Vorder-Bruegge, Jr., Mark, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS Waddell, Ralph W., Waddell Cole & Jones, Jonesboro AR Williams, Laurel C., Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: DEFENSE Baker, S. Shane, Waddell Cole & Jones, Jonesboro AR

Tressa V. Johnson

Kristy L. Bennett

PROVIDING QUALITY REPRESENTATION FOR EMPLOYEES IN THE MID-SOUTH WITH DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, RETALIATION, AND MEDICAL LEAVE CLAIMS

1331 UNION AVE., SUITE 1226 | MEMPHIS, TN 38104 | (901) 402-6601

myjbfirm.com S-8 SUPERLAWYERS.COM

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Byars, III, Wilton V., Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, Oxford MS Dunbar, John H., Dunbar Davis, Oxford MS Gresham, Darryl D., Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, Memphis TN, 901-763-4200 Pg. S-4, S-7 Owens, Jr., Nicholas J., Owens Law Firm, Memphis TN Potter, Jerry O., Harris Shelton, Memphis TN Pg. S-4 Roney, Margaret Cooper, Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

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MID-SOUTH 2020 / MEMPHIS SUPER LAWYERS Spragins, H. Scot, Hickman Goza & Spragins, Oxford MS Williams, B. Wayne, Webb Sanders & Williams, Tupelo MS

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF Bristow, Bill W., Bristow & Richardson, Jonesboro AR Connell Jr., Edward (Ted) P., Merkel & Cocke, Clarksdale MS Farese, John Booth, Farese Farese & Farese, Oxford MS Fishman, Randall J., Ballin Ballin & Fishman, Memphis TN Gee, Jr., Peter, Morgan & Morgan, Memphis TN, 901-333-1900

PETER GEE, JR.

MORGAN & MORGAN Memphis • 901-333-1900

www.forthepeople.com/memphis Gordon, David E., Law Office of David E. Gordon, Memphis TN Gordon, J. Houston, Law Office of J. Houston Gordon, Covington TN Pg. S-4 Graham, Kevin N., Nahon Saharovich & Trotz, Memphis TN, 888-402-2695 Pg. S-6

Saharovich, Alex, Nahon Saharovich & Trotz, Memphis TN, 888-402-2695 Pg. S-6

Malkin, Andrea N., Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop, Memphis TN

Sauer, Stephen A., Attorney at Law, Memphis TN

Mayer, Minton P., Quintairos Prieto Wood & Boyer, Memphis TN

Siegel, David A., Nahon Saharovich & Trotz, Memphis TN, 901-462-3352 Pg. S-6

McNeill, Paul D., RMP, Jonesboro AR Pg. S-4

Smith, Gary K., Gary K. Smith Law Firm, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

Podesta, Eugene (Gene), Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Tannehill, Jr., J. Rhea, Tannehill Carmean & McKenzie, Oxford MS

Steinberg, Jill M., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

Toon, Shannon L., Taylor & Toon, Memphis TN

Waddell, Amanda C., Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell, Memphis TN

Vines, Jr., Glenn K., Nahon Saharovich & Trotz, Memphis TN, 888-402-2695 Pg. S-6 Wells, Phillip J., Wells & Wells, Jonesboro AR

Waddell, Paul D., Waddell Cole & Jones, Jonesboro AR Pg. S-4 Wheeler, John G., Mitchell McNutt & Sams, Tupelo MS Pg. S-4

PERSONAL INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: DEFENSE Baskette, Kevin, Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop, Memphis TN Clark, Joseph M., Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

Greer, Thomas R., Bailey & Greer, Memphis TN

Conley, Craig Creighton, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Hill, David W., Nahon Saharovich & Trotz, Memphis TN, 888-402-2695 Pg. S-4, S-6

Magee, Marcy Dodds, Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop, Memphis TN

PERSONAL INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: PLAINTIFF Cocke, John H., Merkel & Cocke, Clarksdale MS Geller, Mark N., Nahon Saharovich & Trotz, Memphis TN, 888-402-2695 Pg. S-6 Gibson, Tannera George, Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN CONTINUED ON PAGE S-10

Lacy, Brandon W., Lacy Law Firm, Jonesboro AR Laurenzi, Eugene A., Godwin Morris Laurenzi & Bloomfield, Memphis TN

15 YEARS

SELECTED TO Super Lawyers

Ledbetter, Mark, Attorney at Law, Memphis TN Leffler, Stephen R., Law Offices of Stephen R. Leffler, Memphis TN, 901-527-8830 Pg. S-11

Michael G. McLaren

STEPHEN R. LEFFLER

LAW OFFICES OF STEPHEN R. LEFFLER, P.C. Memphis • 901-527-8830

www.lefflerlaw.com

May, Matthew, Rosenblum & Reisman, Memphis TN, 901-527-9600 Pg. S-4

MATTHEW MAY

ROSENBLUM & REISMAN, P.C. Memphis • 901-527-9600

Congratulations to the Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee 2020 Super Lawyers Honorees Recognized in Memphis and the Mid-South for their excellence and professional achievement: Stevan L. Black, Michael G. McLaren, Vickie Hardy Jones, John C. Ryland, Megan Arthur, Chris J. Webb* *Rising Stars Honoree

www.rosenblumandreisman.com McLaughlin, David A., 901Attorneys, Memphis TN Morton, Craig V., Morton & Germany, Memphis TN, 901-522-0050

CRAIG V. MORTON

MORTON & GERMANY, PLLC Memphis • 901-522-0050

www.mortongermany.com

CLIENT-FOCUSED. RESULTS-DRIVEN.

Licensed in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, New York and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Washington, D.C., our goal is to develop smart, creative, effective solutions and provide exceptional representation of clients in diverse areas of civil litigation: Insurance Defense | Business Litigation | Professional Liability Products Liability | Employment Law | Vaccine Law | Mediation

Peel, David B., Peel Law Firm, Millington TN Pittman, Steven W., Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman, Hernando MS, 662-429-9871

STEVEN W. PITTMAN

CHATHAM GILDER HOWELL PITTMAN, PLLC Hernando • 662-429-9871

www.thelawyersthatlisten.com

We have also earned a strong reputation in family law matters: Divorce | Custody | Probate Law | Adoption | Prenuptial Agreements | Surrogacy 530 Oak Court Drive, Suite 360, Memphis, TN 38117 PH: (901) 762-0535 | FX: (901) 762-0539 | bmjrglaw.com

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Graddy, Chad, Bryan Smith & Associates, Memphis TN Holton, Timothy R., Holton Law Firm, Memphis TN Pg. S-4 Jones, Les, Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN, 901-524-5000 Pg. S-4

LES JONES BURCH PORTER & JOHNSON, PLLC Memphis • 901-524-5000

www.bpjlaw.com

McDaniel, Bobby R., McDaniel Law Firm, Jonesboro AR Pg. S-4 Merkel, III, Charles M., Merkel & Cocke, Clarksdale MS Merkel, Jr., Charles M., Merkel & Cocke, Clarksdale MS Pg. S-4 Mitchell, Cynthia I., Merkel & Cocke, Clarksdale MS Morrell, Gary K., Morton & Germany, Memphis TN, 901-522-0050

GARY K. MORRELL MORTON & GERMANY, PLLC Memphis • 901-522-0050

www.mortongermany.com Pfrommer, Michael P., Pfrommer & Castle, Memphis TN

Rosenblum, Jeffrey S., Rosenblum & Reisman, Memphis TN, 901-527-9600 Pg. S-4

JEFFREY S. ROSENBLUM

ROSENBLUM & REISMAN, P.C. Memphis • 901-527-9600

www.rosenblumandreisman.com Smith, W. Bryan, Bryan Smith & Associates, Memphis TN

Kirk, Jr., Robert S., Farris Bobango, Memphis TN Lenschau, James G. M., Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, Memphis TN McLaren, Jr., James B., Adams and Reese, Memphis TN Philip, John B., Crislip Philip & Associates, Memphis TN, 901-525-2427

JOHN B. PHILIP CRISLIP, PHILIP & ASSOCIATES Memphis • 901-525-2427

PERSONAL INJURY PRODUCTS: PLAINTIFF

www.crislipphilip.com

Ardis, Patrick M., Wolff Ardis, Memphis TN Chapman, Ralph E., Chapman Lewis & Swan, Clarksdale MS Pg. S-4 Edwards, Tim, Ballin Ballin & Fishman, Memphis TN

Pierce, Jr., J. William, Glankler Brown, Memphis TN Pinstein, Robert J., Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews, Memphis TN Scott, W. Rowlett, Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN

PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY: DEFENSE

Spore, III, Richard R., Bass Berry & Sims, Memphis TN

Blair, Sam Berry, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Uhlhorn, V, T. Gaillard, Bass Berry & Sims, Memphis TN

Glassman, Richard, Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox, Memphis TN Pg. S-4

Warner, James C., Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, Memphis TN White, Barry F., Farris Bobango, Memphis TN

REAL ESTATE Austin, Jr., Stewart G., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN

SECURITIES & CORPORATE FINANCE

Humphreys, R. Hunter, Glankler Brown, Memphis TN

Chafetz, Samuel D., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Kaplan, Michael D., Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan, Memphis TN

SECURITIES LITIGATION Patterson, Lori H., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

STATE, LOCAL & MUNICIPAL Griffith, Benjamin E., Griffith Law Firm, Oxford MS Pg. S-4

TAX Laughlin, III, Harry, The Crone Law Firm, Memphis TN

TRANSPORTATION/MARITIME Bloomfield, Lee J., Godwin Morris Laurenzi & Bloomfield, Memphis TN

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Piovarcy, Lee L., Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, Memphis TN

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION Anderson, S. Newton, Spicer Rudstrom, Memphis TN Hunt, Sean Antone, The Hunt Law Firm, Memphis TN, 901-730-0937

SEAN ANTONE HUNT THE HUNT LAW FIRM Memphis • 901-730-0937

www.thehuntfirm.com Washburn, Kevin, Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, Memphis TN, 901-763-4200 Pg. S-7

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MID-SOUTH 2020 / MEMPHIS SUPER LAWYERS J. STEVEN ANDERSON

J. STEVEN ANDERSON LAW FIRM PLLC 1000 Ridgeway Loop Suite 305 Memphis, TN 38120 Tel: 901-763-1800 Fax: 901-259-5380 steve@jsandersonlaw.com www.jsandersonlaw.com

OLEN M. BAILEY, JR.

BARRY L. FRAGER

5100 Wheelis Drive Suite 215 Memphis, TN 38117 Tel: 901-843-2760 Fax: 901-843-2761 ombailey@thebaileylawfirm.com www.thebaileylawfirm.com

80 Monroe Avenue Suite 225 Memphis, TN 38103 Tel: 901-763-3188 Fax: 901-763-3475 bfrager@fragerlaw.com www.fragerlaw.com

THE BAILEY LAW FIRM, A PC

THE FRAGER LAW FIRM, P.C.

FAMILY LAW

ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE ELDER LAW ESTATE & TRUST LITIGATION

IMMIGRATION

Steve Anderson has practiced in the area of family law and litigation since 1983. He founded the J. Steven Anderson Law Firm to specialize in family law after having been a partner in two larger general practice law firms. His goal is to protect his client’s interests in premarital agreements, divorce, post-divorce and other situations where specialized experience and expertise in family law is essential. Steve’s experience and ability to work closely with other professionals specializing in finance, estate planning, and business transactions offers his clients the advantage of a broad perspective in determining how to best approach the complex issues they face. Steve has also been trained in general mediation and has received specialized training for mediation of family law issues.

Olen M. “Mac” Bailey Jr. is an estate planning, elder law and probate attorney licensed in Tennessee and Mississippi. Mac received his B.A. with high honors from Millsaps College, his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School and his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in elder law with honors from Stetson University College of Law. Mac is an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) and member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). With over 30 years of legal experience, he has been selected as one of the Mid-South’s Top 40  Under 40  by Memphis Business Journal, named a Five Star Wealth Manager and remains the Face of Elder Law by Memphis magazine. Mac has written articles and periodicals and is a frequent guest lecturer in the areas of estate planning, elder law and probate.

Barry L. Frager has been practicing immigration law since 1990 and has previously served as a General Attorney for INS in Los Angeles, through the USDOJ Honors Law Graduate Program. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Frager served either as National Chair or Vice Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section. For more than a decade, Mr.  Frager has successfully planned CLEs for the FBA which helps train lawyers in the immigration legal field. Mr. Frager returned to Memphis, Tennessee to practice immigration law in 1994. In 2003, he opened an office in Nashville. Mr.  Frager is admitted to practice law in the following jurisdictions: Tennessee, 1990, District of Columbia, 1991 and Arkansas, 2012.

MALCOLM B. FUTHEY III

SUSAN A. HINSLEY

STEPHEN R. LEFFLER

530 Oak Court Drive Suite 100 Memphis, TN 38117 Tel: 901-578-8888 Fax: 901-579-8888 shinsley@bshrlaw.com www.bshrlaw.com

707 Adams Avenue Suite 102 Memphis, TN 38105 Tel: 901-527-8830 Fax: 901-234-0237 stephen@lefflerlaw.com www.lefflerlaw.com

FUTHEY LAW FIRM PLC

1440 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 Tel: 901-725-7525 Fax: 901-726-3506 malcolm@futheylawfirm.com www.futheylawfirm.com

BUTLER SEVIER HINSLEY & REID, PLLC

LAW OFFICES OF STEPHEN R. LEFFLER, P.C.

BUSINESS LITIGATION BUSINESS/CORPORATE CLASS ACTION/MASS TORTS

FAMILY LAW

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Mr. Futhey’s practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation. He also handles matters concerning business law, intellectual property, entertainment law, personal injury, class actions, bankruptcy, employment law, real estate, government law, and constitutional law. After graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law, Mr.  Futhey clerked for the Honorable David  R. Herndon, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois. Mr.  Futhey worked for prominent Tennessee firms before founding his own law firm in 2013. His published articles cover matters relating to employment law, Medicare law, and civil procedure.

Susan has over 20 years of experience in the practice of family law, including such areas as divorce and separation, child custody, child support, child abuse and neglect, juvenile court practice, paternity, dependency and neglect, and post-divorce modifications of parenting schedules, child support and alimony. Susan is a certified Rule 31  Mediator focusing primarily on assisting people resolve family law disputes, both divorce and post-divorce as well as other family law related disputes. Susan is also trained in Collaborative Family Law. Susan has earned a BV Distinguished rating by Martindale-Hubbell for her ethical standards and legal ability. Susan is a member of the American Inns of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolutions and the Memphis Bar Association, Family Law Section.

Stephen R. Leffler represents people injured in car and truck accidents, slip-and-fall cases, premises liability claims, wrongful death, dog bite, amputations, insurance bad faith and railroad injuries. He has also represented people accused of a broad range of criminal charges such as murder, assault, theft, sex offenses, fraud, animal cruelty, juvenile crimes, drug and alcohol violations, vehicular homicide and driving while impaired. The firm has obtained multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in injury cases in both state and federal courts. His offices can accommodate mediations, both large and small, and houses Tennessee Supreme Court listed mediators for both civil and domestic cases. His clients have access to a real person by telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

KEITH D. OBERT

DAVID M. WALDROP

750 Avignon Drive Suite 1 Ridgeland, MS 39157 Tel: 601-856-9690 Fax: 601-856-9686 obertlaw@bellsouth.net www.obertlawgroup.com

9032 Stone Walk Place Germantown, TN 38138 Tel: 901-759-3489 Fax: 901-759-3479 davidw@waldropfirm.com www.davidwaldrop.com

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PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: DEFENSE ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION BUSINESS LITIGATION

FAMILY LAW CIVIL LITIGATION: PLAINTIFF ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE

Mr. Obert is a Talladega, Alabama native, who grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the senior litigation attorney for Obert Law Group, with offices in Ridgeland and Oxford, Mississippi. His personal injury practice includes the defense/prosecution of motor vehicular accidents, premises liability, products liability, toxic torts, insurance coverage and UM/UIM claims. Keith is admitted to practice in most State and Federal Courts in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. He is a Certified Mediator and frequent CLE lecturer on trial practice, automobile accident litigation, depositions, and ethics throughout the Mid-South and Southeast. Keith is rated AV Preeminent and Avvo 10.0, listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Who’s Who in American Law, and named 2001 Outstanding Young Lawyer in Mississippi.

Attorney David M. Waldrop focuses his practice in the areas of family law, insurance disputes, estate planning and civil litigation serving clients in Tennessee, North Mississippi and Eastern Arkansas. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis, Cecil  C. Humphrey’s School of Law and has almost 30  years of experience. Prior to law school, he served as a fire fighter for the City of Germantown. David is active in his community and has previously served as the Chairman of the Planning Commission for the Town of Collierville and as an elder at Germantown Presbyterian Church. David’s philosophy is a successful attorney/ client relationship is built on trust. He understands that effective legal representation can only be accomplished through a high degree of professionalism and hard work. SUPER LAWYERS | MID-SOUTH 2020 - MEMPHIS

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MID-SOUTH 2020 / MEMPHIS RISING STARS

THE LIST BY PRIMARY AREA OF PRACTICE The list was finalized as of June 2, 2020. Any updates to the list (for example, status changes or disqualifying events) will be reflected on superlawyers.com. Names and page numbers in RED indicate a profile on the specified page. Phone numbers included only for attorneys with paid Rising Stars print advertisements. Only attorneys who data verified with Super Lawyers for current year included on this list. All current selections reflected on superlawyers.com profiles.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION Baker, Ryan R., Bass Berry & Sims, Memphis TN

APPELLATE Deakins, Laura, Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop, Memphis TN Huseth, Emily Hamm, Harris Shelton, Memphis TN

AVIATION & AEROSPACE

CIVIL LITIGATION: PLAINTIFF

Hankins, Sloane, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

McClelland, Andrew, Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, Memphis TN, 901-730-6363

Hawkins, W. Curt, Waddell Cole & Jones, Jonesboro AR

Webb, Chris J., Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, Memphis TN, 901-762-0535 Pg. S-9

FAMILY LAW

CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION Cantrell, Luke P., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Lebair, IV, Harry W., Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, Memphis TN, 901-575-3232 Pg. S-7 Shannon, Jessica Benton, Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, Memphis TN, 901-763-4200 Pg. S-7

Higgins, Charles Silvestri, Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN Kisber, Zachary A., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Mulqueen, Matthew, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Phillips, Darrell N., Darrell N. Phillips Esq., Germantown TN

Fuchs, Lauren M., Massey McClusky McClusky & Fuchs, Memphis TN, 901-384-4004 Pg. S-1

Patrick, Charles R., Leitner Williams Dooley & Napolitan, Memphis TN Rudolph, M. Roxana, Spicer Rudstrom, Memphis TN Ward, Lauren E., Griffith Law Firm, Oxford MS

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Thomas, Justin K., Thomas White & Gill, Germantown TN

Embry, Kate M., Mayo Mallette, Oxford MS Lamar, III, John Thomas (Trey), Lamar & Hannaford, Senatobia MS

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION: DEFENSE

Lyons, Lewis W., Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox, Memphis TN

Busey, Zachary, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Watkins, Paul, Mayo Mallette, Oxford MS

Mohammad, Yasmin A., Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, Memphis TN Peeples, Gary, Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN Redden Davis, Emma, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Webb, Abigail J., Harris Shelton, Memphis TN

IMMIGRATION Susser, Jason, Siskind Susser, Memphis TN

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION: PLAINTIFF

Vescovo, Nicholas, Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop, Memphis TN

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION

Strantz, Samuel P., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Berkowitz, Nicole, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

ESTATE & TRUST LITIGATION

Campbell, Jay, Adams and Reese, Memphis TN

Hamilton, Daniel, Williams McDaniel, Memphis TN

Kasser, Jake A., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN

Moore, Melisa, Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN

Hisaw, J. Wesley, Holland & Hisaw, Horn Lake MS

Neill, A. Blake, Mathews Rhea & Neill, Somerville TN

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS

McNees, Edward R. (Russ), Holcomb Dunbar Watts Best Masters & Golmon, Oxford MS

Davis, Anne B., Butler Sevier Hinsley & Reid, Memphis TN

GENERAL LITIGATION

Shelat, Kavita, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

CIVIL LITIGATION: DEFENSE

www.westmemphisattorney.com

Mogy, Eric, The Mogy Law Firm, Memphis TN

Crandall Osowski, Janelle, Donati Law, Memphis TN

BUSINESS/CORPORATE

J. MATTHEW COE ROGERS, COE & SUMPTER West Memphis • 870-735-1900

McClusky, Joseph A., Massey McClusky McClusky & Fuchs, Memphis TN, 901-384-4004 Pg. S-1

Saharovich, Ryan G., Burch Porter & Johnson, Memphis TN

Tullis, Mary Wu, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Coe, J. Matthew, Rogers Coe & Sumpter, West Memphis AR, 870-735-1900

Griffin, Ravonda L., Perry Griffin, Southaven MS

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Cresswell, Jr., James L., Petkoff & Feigelson, Memphis TN

BUSINESS LITIGATION

Mason, Laura Kessler, Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan, Memphis TN

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: DEFENSE ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE Allen, Charles J., Edmondson Sage Allen, Oxford MS

Frulla, W. Christopher, Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell, Memphis TN

Baker, Joshua L., Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, Memphis TN

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF

Grice, Chasity Sharp, Peppel Grice & Palazzolo, Memphis TN, 901-761-3140

Burgoyne, Garry M., Burgoyne Law Offices, Olive Branch MS

CHASITY SHARP GRICE PEPPEL, GRICE & PALAZZOLO, P.C. Memphis • 901-761-3140

www.memphisprobatelaw.com

Carpenter, Tiffany W., Cory Watson Attorneys, Memphis TN Emerson, Adam B., Bridgforth Buntin & Emerson, Southaven MS

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MID-SOUTH 2020 / MEMPHIS RISING STARS Fairchilds, Derek O., Nahon Saharovich & Trotz, Memphis TN, 901-259-0415 Pg. S-6 Gold, Claire O., The Gold Law Firm, Memphis TN

PERSONAL INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: PLAINTIFF

Johnson, Adam H., Nahon Saharovich & Trotz, Memphis TN, 888-402-2695 Pg. S-6 Trotz, A. Parker, Nahon Saharovich & Trotz, Memphis TN, 888-402-2695 Pg. S-6

PERSONAL INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: DEFENSE Bennett, Samantha E., Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop, Memphis TN Bursi, Natalie, Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop, Memphis TN Davidson, Taylor, Harris Shelton, Memphis TN Isaacman Yohey, Leslie, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN Kavanagh, Julia, Hall Booth Smith, Memphis TN Williams, Sarah Pazar, Hall Booth Smith, Memphis TN

Where do I start my search for an attorney?

Vinson, Christina B., Morgan & Morgan, Memphis TN

Arnold, Deena K., Jehl Law Group, Memphis TN

Gressett, Allen, Schwed Adams & McGinley, Memphis TN Guess, Seth A., Nahon Saharovich & Trotz, Memphis TN, 901-683-7000 Pg. S-6

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY: DEFENSE Francis, IV, Hugh, Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell, Memphis TN Stimac, Lauran Glassman, Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox, Memphis TN Stokes, Jonathan, Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox, Memphis TN

STATE, LOCAL & MUNICIPAL Wyatt, William J., Harris Shelton, Memphis TN

TAX DeWitt, Tyler H., DeWitt Law, Memphis TN

TRANSPORTATION/MARITIME REAL ESTATE Adrian, Patricia, Harris Shelton, Memphis TN Gabriel, Matthew P., Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, Memphis TN Jobe, Jr., Mark T., Glankler Brown, Memphis TN McDaniel, Jr., Robert P., Bass Berry & Sims, Memphis TN McLeod, Scott M., Butler Snow, Memphis TN

SECURITIES LITIGATION White, Matthew G., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Memphis TN

Kinsella, Ronna D., Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox, Memphis TN

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION Martin, Jared F., Morgan & Morgan, Memphis TN May, Jonathan Louis, Morgan & Morgan, Memphis TN Rejaei, Monica R., Nahon Saharovich & Trotz, Memphis TN, 901-683-7000 Pg. S-6 Renfroe, Jared S., Spicer Rudstrom, Memphis TN

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As Burning Man has gotten bigger, it’s adapted to its popularity. “There is some truth in that things change and evolve. It was easier to take pictures earlier,” he says. “There was a freedom and there was a lot of nudity, but the last time I went there, there’s much less nudity — they’re more prudish. They’re more reticent to have pictures taken. All of it changed. And there are more turnkey things where you’d just fly in and you’d get in this huge RV and you pay $10,000 and they have all your food. And that changes the character of it a little bit.” Even with all his passions and pastimes, Gettelfinger looks to the future. “I still have the fantasy that I might do something in life,” he says. “Maybe I will, but I bet I probably won’t. The only person I once read that became a millionaire after the age of 65 was Colonel Sanders. But you’re not going to win a Nobel Prize.”

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The Hillcrest Viking Our history expert solves local mysteries: who, what, when, where, why, and why not. Well, sometimes. BY VANCE L AUDERDALE DEAR VANCE: What’s the story behind the giant Viking that guards the entrance to Hillcrest High School? — G.L., MEMPHIS.

above: Originally intended as a carpet company promotion, “Erik” has been an impressive feature of Hillcrest High School since the early 1970s.

In the early 1900s, when the University of Tennessee medical school here fielded its own football team, the players were called the Doctors. Meanwhile, about this time, the West Tennessee State Teachers College (now the University of Memphis, of course) called its football team the Teachers. What a terrifying spectacle that would have been, if the Doctors and the Teachers met on the playing field. And what nightmares those scary mascots would have given any youngster who saw the game. I’m joking, of course. It didn’t take long before schools, colleges, and universities decided that more impressive mascots would make their teams seem more formidable. Wild animals were a good choice, so local schools adopted such creatures as the eagle for Treadwell, the panther for Messick, and the tiger for Mitchell and Whitehaven. Meanwhile, other schools opted for mascots drawn from faraway lands, usually with no logical connection at all with the community. In Memphis, opponents faced off against the White Station Spartans, Sheffield Knights, and Fairview Trojans. For no obvious reason, since I’ve never read about any Scandinavian settlement in this region, Hillcrest High School went with a Nordic theme. Their yearbook is the Valhalla, and the Vikings DEAR G.L.:

have been their team name ever since the school opened in Whitehaven in 1964. Not too far from the Hillcrest campus, the Schuler Distributing Company operated a sprawling facility at 3040 Democrat Road, selling floor coverings such as linoleum, vinyl, and carpet. Among their most popular items was a durable line of Viking Carpets. One day, someone at Shuler must have been perusing a catalog from the International Fiberglass Company, established in Venice, California, in 1963, and well-known for their larger-than-life reproductions of robots, animals, and people for advertising purposes. They surely noticed an impressive statue of a Viking, adorned in full battle gear, including a horned helmet and massive shield. I have no idea how much this figure must have cost, but company president Ted Shuler ordered it, and for many years it stood in front of their building on Democrat. His official name was “Erik the Viking.” According to the Roadside Architecture website, “Only about nine of them are known to still exist. Originally, these statues all held shields with the wording ‘Kitchen Carpets by Viking’ and the company’s logo. The statues were used for sales promotions, or the stores could buy them outright. There are reports that these statues originally held swords in their right hand, but the hand position doesn’t seem right, and vintage photos show no evidence of it.” I know what you’re thinking. Carpets in … the kitch-

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en? Look, this was the 1960s. It’s what you did. The Roadside Architecture writers were correct about the sword — or lack of one — and the shield. As you can tell from this 1969 advertisement that Shuler Distributing ran in the Hillcrest yearbook (right), Erik is resting his hand on a roll of carpeting, and the shield is just as they described it. So it seems we have this interesting situation: Fifty years ago, Memphis had a 21-foot fiberglass Viking standing on Democrat Road. The Shuler family had three kids attending Hillcrest High School about three miles away, whose mascot was a Viking. And Ted Shuler happened to be head of the Hillcrest booster club. I believe you see where I’m going with this? Well, here’s the story, and I have Diane Melhorn Long to thank for the information. Several months ago, she contacted me regarding another topic entirely and happened to mention graduating with the Hillcrest Class of 1971. Diane not only told me the saga of their Viking but introduced me to members of the “Hillcrest High School ’70s Alumni Group” on Facebook. The exact date is uncertain, but it seems the Shuler Viking was donated to Hillcrest in late 1972 or early 1973. On that Facebook group some alumni believe the senior class paid $1,000 for it, but according to Diane (and confirmed by other students), Erik was given to the school for free. The Shulers even paid for the cost of transporting it to its new home. This couldn’t have been cheap. The statue weighs more than 400 pounds, and it’s not every day that a local moving company takes on such an unusual project. I have to confess that it’s hard for me to comprehend that level of generosity. Why, if someone had taken the time to craft a 21-foot statue of Vance Lauderdale, I certainly wouldn’t give it away. Hmmm, I wonder if that fiberglass company is still in business? The Mansion could use a nice decoration for the front lawn. But back to Hillcrest. What surprises me is that you’d think relocating a giant Viking to the school would have made the news, as it trundled its way down Elvis Presley Blvd., strapped securely to a trailer or flatbed truck. But if anybody took a photo of that journey, I haven’t seen it. The statue, at first, was placed somewhere on the school grounds, and according to various students it was carted back and forth to the Whitehaven football stadium whenever Hillcrest played the Tigers, their fierce rivals just blocks away. At some point, though, Erik found a more permanent — and highly visible — home. Using a crane from the Accramet Metal Company, whose company president served as the vice president of the Hillcrest booster club, workers hoisted Erik to the overhang outside the main entrance, as you can see here. It’s certainly an impressive way to greet visitors to the school. Although you can’t tell from the photos, he has an opening in his back, where a speaker is installed. Connected to an intercom in the principal’s office, Erik can actually “talk” to students, though I don’t know if that system still works, after all these years. Besides, this is just asking for trouble, if you ask me; you can imagine what he might say if a kid ever got hold of that microphone. Any mascot is often the target of pranks, and Hillcrest students sometimes had to spend the night at

His official name was “Erik the Viking.” According to the Roadside Architecture website, “Only about nine of them are known to still exist.”

left: An ad in the Hillcrest yearbook shows “Erik” in his original location, selling “Kitchen Carpets by Viking.”

the school, protecting their Viking from Whitehaven students who threatened to vandalize him. “We heard that Whitehaven was going to paint Erik black and gold [that other school’s colors] one night before a football game,” says Hillcrest graduate Jim Beach. “So a bunch of ROTC guys spent the night on the second floor with cartons of eggs. They did show up with paint and toilet paper, and we egged the heck out of them.” Now, why didn’t Erik use his mighty shield for protection? Well, c’mon — for one thing, he’s a statue, not a robot. Also, I’ve uncovered a bit of a mystery regarding that shield. The early photos show him holding a large, circular shield, apparently strapped to his left arm. Later photos, however, show the shield missing, with the arm still crooked. Nobody seems to know what happened to it. The shield I mean, not the arm. The Hillcrest Viking has been featured in books and websites devoted to offbeat and unusual Americana. As noted on roadsidearchitecture.com, very few have survived, and their website includes a photo of an almost identical (but differently painted) Viking in the town of Nauvoo, Illinois. It’s not clear what he’s doing there — he doesn’t seem to be promoting any particular business or school — and I don’t know where the remaining Vikings may be. In Memphis, it would be hard to find a larger, more impressive school mascot than the Viking that guards Hillcrest High School. I’m glad they acquired it, and I’m especially pleased they’ve taken such good care of Erik over the years. “I was always proud of [my family] for donating Erik to the school, knowing how much we enjoyed his presence there, as witnessed by our many pictures, stories, and memories that include him,” says Prissy Cook Shuler Harbor, daughter-in-law of Ted Shuler, who has since passed away. “I like to think of Erik as a great mascot that embodied the camaraderie that lived long past our attendance there.”  

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Even in a turbulent year, new restaurants continue to open their doors. BY SAMUEL X. CICCI

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t goes against all logic; in a year that has seen disaster after disaster, including a pandemic that has placed incredible strain on the restaurant industry, surely this wouldn’t be the time to start a new food venture? But good food is one of the great comforts in uncertain times, and plenty of culinary entrepreneurs have stepped up to the plate to provide unique offerings during a strange 2020. Memphis magazine has explored some of these creative ventures, like Brittney Adu’s Furloaved bakery, or Marisa Baggett’s kosher catering company, Zayde’s NYC Deli. But plenty of traditional-style restaurants have sprung up over the past year as well, either original concepts or a pivot of sorts. Here are just a few of the new (and some slightly older) kids on the block.

Memphis Chess Club marketing manager Emily Wolfe contests a match with chess manager Alex King.

MEMPHIS CHESS CLUB

Who knew that good food and chess would be two concepts to go hand in hand? For Casey Hill, president of Left Field Properties, it was a no-brainer. The longtime member of Memphis Chess Club had been seeking a permanent home for the organization, but knew it would need an extra draw. “I’ve always been

intrigued by the game,” he says, “but we felt we needed something to bring non-chess players here, too.” Now, Memphis Chess Club’s new location across from the Visible Music College doubles as both a spacious chess headquarters and a cozy café. Executive chef Grier Cosby has been cooking as a caterer and private chef since she was a teenager and is in charge of Memphis Chess Club’s menu. “I tend to like to use what we have,” says Cosby. “Looking at Downtown, looking at the process, looking at people that enjoy chess, we were always going to be a casual affair, but a high-quality one.” “Everything we make here is homemade,” adds Hill. “From a food perspective, we want to be known as the best value restaurant in Memphis. I personally think that we’ve found the best chef in Memphis, in Grier. I don’t think Memphis knows that yet, but I think they will soon.” Breakfast, served from 7 to 11 a.m., is stacked with both healthy and familiar options. The Hearty Bowl serves up scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, and cheese, while the acai bowl’s fruit and granola base is complemented by honey and roasted almond butter. The coffee is also unique to Memphis Chess Club, with Cosby sourcing beans from countries like Colombia, Ethiopia, and Brazil before roasting it herself. “For our flavor profile, I’d describe our house blend as half Colombian, half Ethiopian,” she says. Expect bags of ground beans to be available for sale soon. Soups and salads round out a nice lunch spread, but the big draw is the pizza, each variety named for a chess grandmaster. The Fischer is your classic meat-lover’s style, marinara sauce topped with Italian sausage, pepperoni, and bacon. The Anand offers a lighter vegetarian swing, with spinach, peppers, mushrooms, and roasted tomatoes melding with white sauce and gruyere cheese. But the recently added Polgár is proving to be a big hit, with its pesto and roasted garlic profile making it one of the most popular items for regulars. “And so those two things are key,” says Hill. “Coffee in the morning goes with chess, and so does pizza in the evening, believe it or not. If you grew up playing chess at all, or going to any tournaments, there was always pizza around. It’s kind of synonymous with the game.” At Memphis Chess Club, that rings true for the patrons. Each table, both on the spacious ground floor and upstairs mezzanine, has its own chessboard carved into it, but there’s still plenty of space for food. Diners can rent a chess set ($5 for a day pass) to play a few matches, or simply enjoy their food. Multiple membership tiers are available that give Memphians unlimited access to wooden chess sets, classes, tournaments, and the club’s library, which includes old chess magazines and strategy books. The chess club hosts classes every day, and also hosts daily tournaments. A membership is not required to hang out at the club. “The sign says Memphis Chess Club, but we want this to be a place for everybody,” says Hill, “regardless of whether or not you’re a grandmaster, or you’ve never picked up a chess piece before in your life. And if chess isn’t your thing, we have really good coffee and an outstanding menu.” Memphis Chess Club is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday. 195 Madison Ave. 602-6402

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SOUTHALL CAFÉ

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Southall Café embraces that ethos with a chef-focused menu that uses locally sourced ingredients. Mark Pender and Mitchell Spurlock have given chef Jesus Ramon free reign to craft a menu that suits his cooking background, and that’s reflected in the wide variety of options across both breakfast and dinner menus. The menu is built around Chef Jesus Ramon (previously of El Mero Taco and Bishop), who utilizes his previous cooking experiences, as well as his travels as a Marine, to influence the food at Southall. “It’s a very chef-driven menu,” explains assistant general manager Zachary Bryant. “We’ve got a Mexican-American theme for some of our items, and Chef Ramon has been able to come up with things that are oriented to both his palate, and the general public’s.” These shared experiences come to the fore with many of Southall’s items. Bryant says that it’s common to see techniques learned from Ramon’s French culinary training fused with traditional Mexican-American dishes. Southall intentionally seeks out local vendors to keep everything very Memphis. A lot of ingredients are

things to hone in on what we’re good at,” says Bryant. “For example, one thing we’re adding is a new breakfast panini, with bacon, scrambled eggs, salsa crudo, caramelized onions, chives, cilantro, queso fresca, and served on rye bread.” Expect more tacos too, like beef carnitas, pork belly, or the vegan pastor option, which includes a marinated pineapple chutney. Bryant, fresh off a stint at Catherine & Mary’s, utilizes his bartending background to whip up some creative cocktails. “Since we’re a breakfast and lunch spot, don’t expect something super boozy or crazy,” he says. “I’m doing a cocktail called The Big Green, which uses a green power blend (aragula, spinach, other health sources) and pairs that with orange juice, lemon juice, a little bit of Riverset Rye, and Mi Campo tequila.” Southall Café is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 669 S. Mendenhall Rd. 646-5698

COCOZZA ITALIAN AMERICAN CUISINE

Halloween may be past, but the “ghost restaurant” popup concept by the Majestic Grille team is still sticking around. There’s nothing spooky, however, about Main Street’s Mediterranean experiment. In fact, is there any-

“Chef Ramon has been able to come up with things oriented to both his palate, and the general public’s.” — Zachary Bryant

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY SOUTHALL CAFE / TOBY SELLS

Southall Café breakfast tacos

sourced from places like Bluff City Fungi or Old World Farms, or if they have to look out of town, companies like Grit Girl Grits based in Mississippi. “We try to make sure we work with our community well,” says Bryant, “and find vendors who can provide both the quantity we need, and the quality we want.” While there are many familiar faces on the menu, Southall’s breakfast tacos have been a big hit in the early months of business. The raw masa tortillas are made in-house (and gluten-free!), and bedecked with chorizo verde, eggs and potatoes, crema, queso fresco, and cilantro. The thick battered chicken sandwich, covered in pickles and chipotle sauce, is also popular with diners. “I can honestly say this is one of the best chicken sandwiches I’ve had in my life,” says Bryant. For something sweeter, the stack pancakes are topped with whipped cream, macerated berries, and a little bit of lemon zest. Expect some tweaks to the food in the near future, with Southall having rolled out a new menu on November 27th. The restaurant will be keeping much of its popular fare, but wanted to take the opportunity to swap out a few items. “We just wanted to compress a few

Antipasti at Cocozza

thing more comforting than a nice big bowl of spaghetti and red sauce? Maybe that’s just my Italian ancestry speaking, but Cocozza American Italian Cuisine will have you seeing red in the best possible way. During the summer, Majestic Grille co-owners Patrick and Deni Reilly didn’t feel comfortable reopening their restaurant at the peak of the pandemic. Instead, they turned to Deni’s Italian heritage for inspiration. And that menu is fully stocked with all the staples of Italian-American cuisine one could ask for. There are the classics from your youth, like chicken parmesan (a crispy chicken breast smothered in mozzarella, parmesan, and marinara sauce); alternatively, the Chicken Picatta combines flavors both sour and smooth, melding together a calming blend of lemon, capers, and white wine butter. The pasta list, as expected, ticks all the boxes. Spaghetti and meatballs? Check. Hearty layers of baked lasagna? All the meat and cheese you could ask for. But for the risk-takers, there’s no getting around the penne arrabiata (the Italian word for ‘angry’). The aptly named dish merges red sauce with a fiery mix of spices and red chile flakes, making for one mean kick. It’s a spice lover’s dream, and the succulent shrimp tossed into the D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 85

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mix makes for some true Mediterranean flair. Really, there’s nothing that will steer you wrong on the Cocozza menu. Can’t decide whether it’s a pasta or entrée kind of day? Don’t fret; each entrée comes with a side of penne thrown in marinara sauce. With the checkered table clothes, scent of tomato sauce floating in the breeze, and finely made pasta, Cocozza evokes feelings of dining on the Italian Riviera, a street performer gently bowing away on a violin just up the cobblestoned street as the waves lap against the shore. There may have been no escaping 2020, but the Reilly’s Italian pivot might have just been the comfort we needed. Cocozza is open 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday & Tuesday. 145 S. Main. 523-0523

PARISH GROCERY

It’s tough to beat good Louisiana cuisine at the top of its game. Memphis has plenty of unique tastes to call its own, but Parish Grocery brings a little bit of that New Orleans flavor to the Bluff City. Tucked away in a quiet section of Midtown just a few minutes from Crosstown Concourse, Parish Grocery is

December blesses us with warm weather, it’s worth it to grab a sno-ball for dessert, one of New Orleans’ specialty frozen custard and whipped cream treats. It all may not make up for the cancelled trips to Mardi Gras this year, but it sure as heck comes close. While Parish Grocery is open for lunch and dinner at the time of writing, brunch options are on the way. Parish Grocery is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday. Closed Monday. 1545 Overton Park Ave. 207-4347

HAZEL’S LUCKY DICE DELICATESSEN

Chef Karen Carrier wasted no time in adapting to the lay of the land when the pandemic first hit, including (as detailed in the August issue of Memphis), the use of biodomes to keep diners separated in the back patio. So it’s no surprise that the Beauty Shop owner didn’t leave her adjacent Bar DKDC space vacant for long. For now, at least, Cooper-Young can call itself home to one of Memphis’ few New York-style delis. If visions of enormous sandwiches piled high with deli meats come to mind, well, that’s correct. Hazel’s takes after Katz’ Delicatessen with its enormous helpings. Take the Reuben: layers upon layers of pastrami or corned beef, smothered in sauerkraut, and rounded

Hazel’s trump card might just be the Oy Vey Fries, an “appetizer” that flips the notion of what French Fries should be on its head.

Parish Grocery’s Shrimp Po’boy

Karen Carrier

off with Russian dressing and gruyère cheese. And if meat’s off the menu, just replace it with tofu instead. But then, Hazel’s trump card might just be the Oy Vey Fries, an “appetizer” that flips the notion of what French Fries should be on its head. This is, perhaps, the kosher deli-style answer to fully loaded nachos. Fat fries are filling enough on their own, but the stacked, yet still artistic, helping of carbs is decked with pastrami, cheese, scallions, and a spicy kick of jalapeños. If that sounds like a lot of savory on the palette, close things out with a sweet slice of chocolate babka for dessert. Hazel’s Lucky Dice Delicatessen is open for lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday – Friday. 964 S. Cooper St. 272-0830

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the brainchild of Jeff Johnson, who also owns Local; the restaurant sits on the former site of Atomic Tiki, and leans into a Memphis take on one of the Bayou’s most recognizable dish: the po’boy. And Parish Grocery’s menu doesn’t skimp, offering a whopping 13 varieties of the sandwich, including crawfish, roast beef debris, and even a fried green tomato BLT. Spoiled for choice, we settled on the classic and chose the shrimp variety. I’ve bit into a few po’boys with spiky fried shrimp and rock hard bread, which makes the sandwich at Parish Grocery stand out even more. The shellfish, oozing freshness, lightly battered, and soft to the touch, almost melts in your mouth with every bite, and is accompanied by the usual accouterments of lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. And while I can’t confirm for certain, the soft bread holding it all together sure tastes like it comes fresh out of a Cartozzo’s bakery. The whole thing pairs quite nicely with a bag of Zapp’s voodoo chips as well. Not in the mood for a whole sandwich? Snack away on some fried green tomatoes and popcorn shrimp, or treat yourself to some of the magnificent hot crab dip. And don’t forget the red beans & rice, either. If 86 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0

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THE GRAY CANARY—The sixth restaurant from chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, offering small plates and entrees cooked on an open flame. Oysters, octopus, and hearty steaks are among the menu options at this eatery in Old Dominick Distillery. Closed Mon. 301 S. Front. 4666324. D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ GRECIAN GOURMET TAVERNA—Serves traditional favorites like spanakopita, pastitso, moussaka, and hand-rolled dolmathes, as well as lamb sliders and pita nachos. Closed Mon. 412 S. Main. 249-6626. L, D, X, $ GUS’S WORLD FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN—Serves chicken with signature spicy batter, along with homemade beans, slaw, and pies. 310 S. Front. 527-4877; 215 S. Center St. (Collierville). 853-6005; 2965 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 373-9111; 730 S. Mendenhall. 767editor’s note: As Memphis continues to navigate covid-19, some restaurants are open for socially 2323; 505 Highway 70 W., Mason, TN. 901-294-2028. L, D, X, MRA, $ distanced dine-in, while others are focusing on takeout and delivery. 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Serving oysters on the half shell and a variety of surf toasts with a variety of toppings including beef tartare with cured among the dishes served at this Italian restaurant in and turf options. 117 Union. 433-9851. L, D, WB, X, $-$$$ egg, cognac, and capers or riced cauliflower with yellow curry, the Chisca. 272 S. Main. 254-8600. D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ ALDO’S PIZZA PIES—Serving gourmet pizzas currants, and almonds. Also salads, fish tacos, and boiled peanut CHEF TAM’S UNDERGROUND CAFE—Serves — including Mr. T Rex — salads, and more. Also 30 beers, hummus. 79 Madison. 333-1229. D, $ Southern staples with a Cajun twist. Menu items include bottled or on tap. 100 S. Main. 577-7743; 752 S. Cooper. HUEY’S—This family-friendly totchoes, jerk wings, fried chicken, and 725-7437. L, D, X, $-$$ DINING SYMBOLS restaurant offers 13 different “muddy” mac and cheese. Closed Sun. THE ARCADE—Possibly Memphis’ oldest cafe. burgers, a variety of sandwiches, and Mon. 668 Union Ave. 207-6182. Specialties include sweet potato pancakes, a fried peaB — breakfast and delicious soups and salads. 1927 L, D, $ nut butter and banana sandwich, and breakfast served L — lunch Madison. 726-4372; 1771 N. Germantown CHEZ PHILIPPE— all day. 540 S. Main. 526-5757. B, L, D (Thurs.-Sat.), X, MRA, $ D — dinner Pkwy. (Cordova). 754-3885; 77 S. Second. Classical/contemporary French AUTOMATIC SLIM’S—Longtime downtown favorite SB — Sunday brunch 527-2700; 2130 W. Poplar (Collierville). cuisine presented in a luxurispecializes in contemporary American cuisine emphasizing local 854-4455; 7090 Malco Blvd. (Southaven). WB — weekend brunch ous atmosphere with a seasonal menu ingredients; also extensive martini list. 83 S. Second. 525-7948. L, 662-349-7097; 7825 Winchester. 624-8911; focused on local/regional cuisine. The X— wheelchair accessible D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ 4872 Poplar. 682-7729; 7677 Farmington crown jewel of The Peabody for 35 MRA — member, Memphis BARDOG TAVERN—Classic American grill with Italian Blvd. (Germantown). 318-3030; 8570 years. Afternoon tea served Wed.-Sat., Restaurant Association influence, Bardog offers pasta specialties such as Grandma’s Highway 51 N. (Millington). 873-5025. L, D, 1-3:30 p.m. (reservations required). NJ Meatballs, as well as salads, sliders, sandwiches, and daily $ — under $15 per person without X, MRA, $ Closed Sun.-Tues. The Peabody, 149 specials. 73 Monroe. 275-8752. B (Mon.-Fri.), L, D, WB, X, MRA, drinks or desserts HUSTLE & DOUGH BAKERY & Union. 529-4188. D, X, MRA, $$$$ $-$$ $$ — under $25 CAFE—Flaky, baked breakfast goodness COZY CORNER—Serving BEDROCK EATS & SWEETS—Memphis’ only Paleoevery day with fresh pastries, sandwiches, $$$ — $26-$50 up ribs, pork sandwiches, centric restaurant offering such dishes as pot roast, waffles, and more at Arrive Hotel. 477 S. Main St., chicken, spaghetti, and more; $$$$ — over $50 enchiladas, chicken salad, omelets, and more. Closed for dinner 701-7577. B, L, X, $ also homemade banana pudding. Sun. 327 S. Main. 409-6433. B, L, D, X, $-$$ ITTA BENA—Southern and Cajun-American cuisine served Closed Mon. 745 N. Parkway and Manassas. 527-9158. L, D, $ BELLE TAVERN—Serving elevated bar food, including a here; specialties are duck and waffles and shrimp and grits, along CURFEW—An elevated sports bar/American tavern butcher board with a variety of meats and cheeses, as well as with steaks, chops, seafood, and pasta. 145 Beale St. 578-3031. D, concept by Top Chef contestant Fabio Viviani at the daily specials. 117 Barboro Alley. 249-6580. L (Sun.), D, MRA, $ X, MRA, $$-$$$ Canopy Memphis Downtown hotel. 164 Union Ave. B, BISHOP—Ticer and Hudman’s newest venture at the L, D, X, $-$$ KING & UNION BAR GROCERY—Classic Central Station Hotel features upscale dishes in a French EVELYN & OLIVE—Jamaican/Southern fusion cuisine Southern favorites including catfish plate, pimento brasserie style. 545 S. Main St., 524-5247. L, D, X, $$-$$$ includes such dishes as Kingston stew fish, Rasta Pasta, and cheese, po-boys, chicken & waffles. Open for breakfast, BEN YAY’S GUMBO SHOP—Spiritual successor jerk rib-eye. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun.-Mon. 630 lunch and dinner with cocktails served with flair and favorite to DejaVu, offering fresh and authentic Creole staples. 51 Madison. 748-5422. L, D, X, $ Memphis beers. Locally made confections available in the grocery. S. Main St., 779-4125. L, D, X, $-$$ FAM—Casual Asian restaurant serves sushi rice bowls, noodle 185 Union Ave. 523-8500. B, L, D, $-$$ BLEU—This eclectic restaurant features American food with bowls, sushi rolls, and spring rolls. Closed Sun. 149 Madison; 521 KOOKY CANUCK—Offers prime rib, catfish, and burgers, global influences and local ingredients. Among the specialties are S. Highland. 701-6666. L, D, X, $ including the 4-lb. “Kookamonga”; also late-night menu. 87 S. a 14-oz. bone-in rib-eye and several seafood dishes. 221 S. Third, FELICIA SUZANNE’S—Southern cuisine with Second. 578-9800; 1250 N. Germantown Pkwy. 1-800-2453 L, D, in the Westin Memphis Beale St. Hotel. 334-5950. B, L, D, WB, X, low-country, Creole, and Delta influences, using X, MRA, $-$$$ MRA, $$-$$$ regional fresh seafood, local beef, and locally grown THE LITTLE TEA SHOP—Downtown institution BLUEFIN RESTAURANT & SUSHI LOUNGE— foods. Entrees include shrimp and grits. Closed Sun. and Mon. A serves up Southern comfort cooking, including meatloaf Serves Japanese fusion cuisine featuring seafood and steak, downtown staple at Brinkley Plaza, 80 Monroe, Suite L1. 523and such veggies as turnip greens, yams, okra, and tomawith seasonally changing menu; also a sushi bar. 135 S. Main. 0877. L (Fri. only), D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ toes. Closed Sat.-Sun. 69 Monroe. 525-6000, L, X, $ 528-1010. L, D, X, $-$$ FERRARO’S PIZZERIA & PUB—Rigatoni and LOCAL—Entrees with a focus on locally sourced products include BRASS DOOR IRISH PUB—Irish and New-American tortellini are among the pasta entrees here, along with pizzas lobster mac-and-cheese and ribeye patty melt; menu differs by cuisine includes such entrees as fish and chips, burgers, (whole or by the slice) with a variety of toppings. 111 Jackson. location. 95 S. Main. 473-9573; 2126 Madison. 725-1845. L, D, WB, shepherd’s pie, all-day Irish breakfast, and more. 152 Madison. 522-2033. L, D, X, $ X, $-$$ 572-1813. L, D, SB, $-$$ FLIGHT RESTAURANT & WINE BAR— LOFLIN YARD—Beer garden and restaurant serves vegetarian CAFE KEOUGH—European-style cafe serving quiche, Serves steaks and seafood, along with such specialties fare and smoked-meat dishes, including beef brisket and pork paninis, salads, and more. 12 S. Main. 509-2469. B, L, D, X, $ as bison ribeye and Muscovy duck, all matched with tenderloin, cooked on a custom-made grill. Closed Mon.-Tues. 7 CAPRICCIO GRILL ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE—Offers appropriate wines. 39 S. Main. 521-8005. D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ W. Carolina. 249-3046. L (Sat. and Sun.), D, MRA, $-$$ prime steaks, fresh seafood (lobster tails, grouper, mahi mahi), FLYING FISH—Serves up fried and grilled versions of THE LOOKOUT AT THE PYRAMID—Serves seafood pasta, and several Northern Italian specialties. 149 Union, The shrimp, crab, oysters, fish tacos, and catfish; also chicken and and Southern fare, including cornmeal-fried oysters, sweet tea Peabody. 529-4199. B, L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$$ burgers. 105 S. Second. 522-8228. L, D, X, $-$$ brined chicken, and elk chops. 1 Bass Pro Dr. 620-4600/291-8200. CAROLINA WATERSHED—This indoor/outdoor eatery, L, D, X, $-$$$ set around silos, features reimagined down-home classics,

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LUNA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE—Serving a limited menu of breakfast and lunch items. Dinner entrees include Citrus Glaze Salmon and Cajun Stuffed Chicken. 179 Madison (Hotel Napoleon). 526-0002. B, D (Mon.-Sat.), X, $-$$$ MACIEL’S—Entrees include tortas, fried taco plates, quesadillas, chorizo and pastor soft tacos, salads, and more. Downtown closed Sun. 45 S. Main. 526-0037, X, MRA, $
 THE MAJESTIC GRILLE, DBA COCOZZA— It’s red sauce, all the time in the Majestic Grille space on Main. Variety of Italian dishes for curbside and takeout orders. 145 S. Main. 522-8555. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ McEWEN’S—Southern/American cuisine with international flavors; specialties include steak and seafood, sweet potato-crusted catfish with macaroni and cheese, and more. Closed Sun., Monroe location. 120 Monroe. 527-7085; 1110 Van Buren (Oxford). 662-234-7003. L, D, SB (Oxford only), X, MRA, $$-$$$ MESQUITE CHOP HOUSE—The focus here is on steaks, including prime fillet, rib-eyes, and prime-aged New York strip; also, some seafood options. 5960 Getwell (Southaven). 662-8902467; 88 Union. 527-5337; 3165 Forest Hill-Irene (Germantown). 249-5661. D, SB (Germantown), X, $$-$$$ MOLLIE FONTAINE LOUNGE—Specializes in tapas (small plates) featuring global cuisine. Closed Sun.-Tues. 679 Adams Ave. 524-1886. D, X, MRA, $ MOMMA’S ROADHOUSE—This diner and dive at highway 55 serves up hot and crispy fried chicken wings, among other solid bar food options. 855 Kentucky. 207-5111. L, D, MRA, $ THE NINE THAI & SUSHI—Serving authentic Thai dishes, including curries, as well as a variety of sushi rolls. Closed for lunch Sat. and Sun. 121 Union. 208-8347. L, D, X, $-$$ PAULETTE’S—Presents fine dining with a Continental flair, including such entrees as filet Paulette with butter cream sauce and crabmeat and spinach crepes; also changing daily specials and great views. River Inn. 50 Harbor Town Square. 260-3300. B, L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ PEARL’S OYSTER HOUSE—Downtown eatery serving seafood, including oysters, crawfish, and stuffed butterfly shrimp, as well as beef, chicken, and pasta dishes. 299 S. Main. 522-9070; 8106 Cordova Center Dr. (Cordova). 425-4797. L, D, SB, X, $-$$$ PONTOTOC LOUNGE—Upscale restaurant and jazz bar serves such starters as alligator filet fritters; entrees include Mississippi pot roast with jalapeño cornbread and tagliatelle with braised beef. 314 S. Main. 207-7576. D, X, $-$$ PUCK FOOD HALL—Food hall featuring a variety of vendors serving everything from bagels and beer to comfort food and healthy cuisine. 409 S. Main. 341-3838. $-$$ REGINA’S—New Orleans-inspired eatery offering po’boys, Cajun nachos topped with crawfish tails, catfish platters, oysters, and more. Closed Mon. 60 N. Main. 730-0384. B, L, D, SB, X, $-$$ RENDEZVOUS, CHARLES VERGOS’—Menu items include barbecued ribs, cheese plates, skillet shrimp, red beans and rice, and Greek salads. Closed Sun.-Mon. 52 S. Second. 523-2746. L (Fri.-Sat.), D, X, $-$$ RIZZO’S DINER—Chorizo meatloaf, lobster pronto puff, and lamb belly tacos are menu items at this upscale diner. Michael Patrick is among the city’s best chefs. 492 S. Main. 304-6985. L (Fri.-Sat.), D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ SABOR CARIBE—Serving up “Caribbean flavors” with dishes from Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. Closed Sunday. 662 Madison. 949-8100. L, D, X, $ SAGE—Restaurant and lounge features daily lunch specials and tapas with such dishes as braised short ribs, teriyaki pulled pork, and the Sage burger made with Angus beef, avocado mash, fried egg, and flash-fried sage. 94 S. Main. 672-7902. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ SILLY GOOSE LOUNGE—Gourmet, wood-fired pizzas and hand-crafted cocktails at this Downtown restaurant and lounge. 150 Peabody Place, Suite 111. 435-6915. L, D, X, $ SLEEP OUT LOUIE’S—Oyster bar with such specialties as char-grilled Roquefort oysters and gulf oysters on the half shell with Prosecco mignonette; also serves flatbread pizzas and a variety of sandwiches. 150 Peabody Place, Suite 111. 707-7180. L, D, X, $ SOUTH MAIN SUSHI & GRILL—Serving sushi, nigiri, and more. 520 S. Main. 249-2194. L, D, X, $

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SOB—Elevated gastropub that serves favorites like general Tso’s cauliflower or duck fried rice. 361 S. Main. 526-0388. L, D, WB, X, $-$$. SPINDINI—Italian fusion cuisine with such entrees as woodfired pizzas, Gorgonzola-stuffed filet, and fresh seafood; large domestic whiskey selection. 383 S. Main. 578-2767. D, X, $$-$$$ SUNRISE MEMPHIS—From owners of Sweet Grass and Central BBQ. Serves breakfast all day, including house-made biscuits, frittatas, kielbasa or boudin plates, and breakfast platters. 670 Jefferson. 552-3144. B, L, X, MRA, $ TERRACE—Creative American and Continental cuisine includes such dishes as filet mignon, beef or lamb sliders, chicken satay, and mushroom pizzetta. Rooftop, River Inn of Harbor Town, 50 Harbor Town Square. 260-3366. D, X, MRA, $$ TEXAS DE BRAZIL—Serves beef, pork, lamb, and chicken dishes, and Brazilian sausage; also a salad bar with extensive toppings. 150 Peabody Place, Suite 103. 526-7600. L (Wed.-Fri.), D, SB, X, $$-$$$ UNCLE BUCK’S FISHBOWL & GRILL—Burgers, pizza, fish dishes, sandwiches, and more served in a unique “underwater” setting. Bass Pro, Bass Pro Drive, 291-8200. B, L, D, X, $-$$ THE VAULT—Oysters, shrimp beignets, flatbreads, stuffed cornish hen, and Smash Burger featured on “Late Nite Eats” are among the dishes offered at this Creole/Italian fusion eatery. 124 G.E. Patterson. 591-8000. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ WESTY’S—Extensive menu includes a variety of wild rice dishes, sandwiches, plate lunches, and hot fudge pie. 346 N. Main. 543-3278.L, D, X, $

MIDTOWN (INCLUDES THE MEDICAL CENTER) ABYSSINIA RESTAURANT—Ethiopian/Mediterranean menu includes beef, chicken, lamb, fish entrees, and vegetarian dishes; also a lunch buffet. 2600 Poplar. 321-0082. L, D, X, $-$$ ALCHEMY—Southern fusion, locally grown cuisine features small and large plates; among the offerings are pan-seared hanger steak, quail, and lamb chops; also handcrafted cocktails and local craft beers. 940 S. Cooper. 726-4444. D, SB, X, $-$$ ART BAR—Inventive cocktails feature locally foraged ingredients; snacks include house-cured salt & vinegar potato chips and herb-roasted olives. Closed Mon. 1350 Concourse Avenue #280. 507-8030. D, X, $ BABALU TACOS & TAPAS—This eatery dishes up Spanish-style tapas with Southern flair; also taco and enchilada of the day; specials change daily. 2115 Madison. 274-0100; 6450 Poplar, 410-8909. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ BACK DO / MI YARD—A revamped patio space behind The Beauty Shop features rotisserie meats and fishes via Brazilian-style outdoor grill. Dinner Wednesday-Saturday, weather permitting. 966 S. Cooper, 272-7111. D, X, $$ BAR DKDC—Features an ever-changing menu of international “street food,” from Thai to Mexican, Israeli to Indian, along with specialty cocktails. 964 S. Cooper. 272-0830. D, X, MRA, $ BAR KEOUGH—It’s old school eats and cocktails at the new Cooper-Young neighborhood corner bar by Kevin Keough. 247 Cooper St. D, X, $ BAR-B-Q SHOP—Dishes up barbecued ribs, spaghetti, bologna; also pulled pork shoulder, Texas toast barbecue sandwich, chicken sandwich, and salads. Closed Sun. 1782 Madison. 272-1277. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ BARI RISTORANTE ENOTECA—Authentic Southeastern Italian cuisine (Puglia) emphasizes lighter entrees. Serves fresh fish and beef dishes and a homemade soup of the day. 22 S. Cooper. 722-2244. D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ BARKSDALE RESTAURANT—Old-school diner serving breakfast and Southern plate lunches. 237 S. Cooper. 722-2193. B, L, D, X, $ BAYOU BAR & GRILL—New Orleans fare at this Overton Square eatery includes jambalaya, gumbo, catfish Acadian, shrimp dishes, red beans and rice, and muffalettas. 2094 Madison. 278-8626. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ BEAUTY SHOP—Modern American cuisine with international flair served in a former beauty shop. Serves steaks, salads, pasta, and seafood, including pecan-crusted golden sea bass. Perennial “Best Brunch” winner. Closed for dinner Sunday. 966 S. Cooper. 272-7111. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$

BELLY ACRES—At this festive Overton Square eatery, milkshakes, floats, and burgers rule. Burgers are updated with contemporary toppings like grilled leeks, braised tomatoes, and sourdough or brioche buns. 2102 Trimble Pl. 529-7017. L, D, X, $ BHAN THAI—Authentic Thai cuisine includes curries, pad Thai noodles, and vegetarian dishes, as well as seafood, pork, and duck entrees. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. and all day Mon. 1324 Peabody. 272-1538. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ BOSCOS—Tennessee’s first craft brewery serves a variety of freshly brewed beers as well as wood-fired oven pizzas, pasta, seafood, steaks, and sandwiches. 2120 Madison. 432-2222. L, D, SB (with live jazz), X, MRA, $-$$ BOUNTY ON BROAD—Offering family-style dining, Bounty serves small plates and family-sized platters, with such specialties as chicken fried quail and braised pork shank. 2519 Broad. 410-8131. L (Sat. and Sun.), D (Mon.-Sat.), SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ BROADWAY PIZZA—Serving a variety of pizzas, including the Broadway Special, as well as sandwiches, salads, wings, and soul-food specials. 2581 Broad. 454-7930; 627 S. Mendenhall. 207-1546. L, D, X, $-$$ CAFE 1912—French/American bistro owned by culinary pioneer Glenn Hays serving such seafood entrees as seared sea scallops with charred cauliflower purée and chorizo cumin sauce; also crepes, salads, and onion soup gratinée. 243 S. Cooper. 722-2700. D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ CAFE BROOKS BY CITY & STATE—Serving grab-and-go pastries, as well as lunch items. Menu includes soups, salads, and sandwiches, such as the Modern Reuben and Grown-Up Grilled Cheese. 1934 Poplar (Memphis Brooks Museum of Art). 544-6200. B, L, X, $ CAFE ECLECTIC—Omelets and chicken and waffles are among menu items, along with quesadillas, sandwiches, wraps, and burgers. Menu varies by location. 603 N. McLean. 725-1718; 111 Harbor Town Square. 590-4645. B, L, D, SB, X, MRA, $ CAFE OLÉ—This eatery specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine; one specialty is the build-your-own quesadilla. 959 S. Cooper. 343-0103. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ CAFE PALLADIO—Serves gourmet salads, soups, sandwiches, and desserts in a tea room inside the antiques shop. Closed Sun. 2169 Central. 278-0129. L, X, $ CAFE SOCIETY—With Belgian and classic French influences, serves Wagyu beef, chicken, and seafood dishes, including bacon-wrapped shrimp, along with daily specials and vegetarian entrees. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 212 N. Evergreen. 722-2177. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ CELTIC CROSSING—Specializes in Irish and American pub fare. Entrees include shepherd’s pie, shrimp and sausage coddle, and fish and chips. 903 S. Cooper. 274-5151. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ CENTRAL BBQ—Serves ribs, smoked hot wings, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken, turkey, nachos, and portobello sandwiches. Offers both pork and beef barbecue. 2249 Central Ave. 272-9377; 4375 Summer Ave. 7674672; 147 E. Butler. 672-7760 ; 6201 Poplar. 417-7962. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ THE COVE—Nautical-themed restaurant and bar serving oysters, pizzas, and more. The Stoner Pie, with tamales and fritos, is a popular dish. 2559 Broad. 730-0719. L, D, $ THE CRAZY NOODLE—Korean noodle dishes range from bibam beef noodle with cabbage, carrots, and other vegetables, to curry chicken noodle; also rice cakes served in a flavorful sauce. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 2015 Madison. 272-0928. L, D, X, $ THE DOGHOUZZ—It’s both bark and bite at the Doghouzz, which pairs a variety of gourmet hot dogs alongside local craft beer and one of the city’s most extensive whiskey selections. Open for lunch, dinner, and latenight. Closed Sunday. 1349 Autumn Ave. 207-7770. L, D, X, $ ECCO—Mediterranean-inspired specialties range from rib-eye steak to seared scallops to housemade pastas and a grilled vegetable plate; also a Saturday brunch. Closed Sun.-Mon. 1585 Overton Park. 410-8200. L, D, X, $-$$ FARM BURGER—Serves grass-fed, freshly ground, locally sourced burgers; also available with chicken, pork, or veggie quinoa patties, with such toppings as aged white cheddar, kale coleslaw, and roasted beets. 1350 Concourse Avenue #175. 800-1851. L, D, X, $

FINO’S ITALIAN DELI & CATERING—The newly revived Fino’s offers the old favorites such as the Acquisto as well as a new breakfast menu. 1853 Madison. 272-FINO. B, L, D, X, $ FRIDA’S—Mexican cuisine and Tex-Mex standards, including chimichangas, enchiladas, and fajitas; seafood includes shrimp and tilapia. 1718 Madison. 244-6196. L, D, X, $-$$ GLOBAL CAFE—This international food hall hosts three immigrant/refugee food entrepreneurs serving Venezuelan, Sudanese, and Syrian cuisines. Samosas, shawarma, and kabobs are among the menu items. Closed Mon. 1350 Concourse Avenue #157. L, D, X, MRA, $ GOLDEN INDIA—Northern Indian specialties include tandoori chicken as well as lamb, beef, shrimp, and vegetarian dishes. 2097 Madison. 728-5111. L, D, X, $-$$ GROWLERS—Sports bar and eatery serves standard bar fare in addition to a pasta, tacos, chicken and waffles, and light options. 1911 Poplar. 244-7904. L, D, X, $-$$ HATTIE B’S—Fried chicken spot features “hot chicken” with a variety of heat levels; from no heat to “shut the cluck up” sauce. Sides include greens, pimento mac-and-cheese, and black-eyed pea salad. 596 S. Cooper. 424-5900. L, D, X, $ HAZEL’S LUCKY DICE DELICATESSEN— Jewish deli venture by Karen Carrier, serving up all manner of New York-style and kosher sandwiches. Takeout only. 964 Cooper St. 272-0830. L, S. HM DESSERT LOUNGE—Serving cake, pie, and other desserts, as well as a selection of savory dishes, including meatloaf and mashed potato “cupcakes.” Closed Monday. 1586 Madison. 290-2099. L, D, X, $ IMAGINE VEGAN CAFE—Dishes at this fully vegan restaurant range from salads and sandwiches to full dinners, including eggplant parmesan and “beef” tips and rice; breakfast all day Sat. and Sun. 2158 Young. 654-3455. L, D, WB, X, $ INDIA PALACE—Tandoori chicken, lamb shish kabobs, and chicken tikka masala are among the entrees; also, vegetarian options and a daily all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. 1720 Poplar. 278-1199. L, D, X, $-$$ INSPIRE COMMUNITY CAFE—Serving breakfast all day, in addition to quesadillas, rice bowls, and more for lunch and dinner. 510 Tillman, Suite 110. 509-8640. B, L, D, X, $ LAFAYETTE’S MUSIC ROOM—Serves such Southern cuisine as po’boys, shrimp and grits, and wood-fired pizzas. 2119 Madison. 207-5097. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ LBOE—Gourmet burger joint serves locally sourced ground beef burgers, with options like the Mac-N-Cheese Burger and Caprese. Black bean and turkey patties available. 2021 Madison. 725-0770. L, D, X, $ THE LIQUOR STORE—Renovated liquor store turned diner serves all-day breakfast, sandwiches, and entrees such as Salisbury steak and smothered pork chops. Closed for dinner Sun.-Mon. 2655 Broad. 405-5477. B, L, D, X, $-$$ LITTLE ITALY—Serving New York-style pizza as well as subs and pasta dishes. 1495 Union. 725-0280; L, D, X, $-$$ MARDI GRAS MEMPHIS—Fast-casual establishment serving Cajun fare, including an etouffee-stuffed po’boy. Closed Mon.-Tues. 496 N. Watkins. 530-6767. L, D, X, $-$$ MAXIMO’S ON BROAD—Serving a tapas menu that features creative fusion cuisine; entrees include veggie paella and fish of the day. Closed Mon. 2617 Broad Ave. 452-1111. D, SB, X, $-$$ MEMPHIS PIZZA CAFE—Homemade pizzas are specialties; also serves sandwiches, calzones, and salads. 2087 Madison. 726-5343; 5061 Park Ave. 684-1306; 7604 W. Farmington (Germantown). 753-2218; 797 W. Poplar (Collierville). 861-7800; 5627 Getwell (Southaven). 662-536-1364. L, D, X, $-$$ MIDPOINTE FROM EDGE ALLEY—Edge Alley’s sister cafe at the Ballet Memphis headquarters focuses on freshness for its breakfast, lunch, and happy hour tapas. Closed Sunday-Monday. 2144 Madison Ave. 4252605. B, L, X, $ MOLLY’S LA CASITA—Homemade tamales, fish tacos, a vegetarian combo, and bacon-wrapped shrimp are a few of the specialties. 2006 Madison. 726-1873. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ NEXT DOOR AMERICAN EATERY—Serves dishes sourced from American farms. Menu features chorizo bacon dates, spicy gulf shrimp, and dry-aged beef burgers. 1350 Concourse Avenue, Suite 165. 779-1512. L, D, X, $ PAYNE’S BAR-B-QUE—Opened in 1972, this family-owned barbecue joint serves ribs, smoked sausage, and chopped pork sandwiches with a

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standout mustard slaw and homemade sauce. About as downto-earth as it gets. 1762 Lamar. 272-1523. L, D, $-$$ PARISH GROCERY—Shrimp? Roast beef? Oysters? Whatever type of po’boy you want, the New Orleansthemed eatery has got it. Closed Monday. 1545 Overton Park Ave. 207-4347. L, D, X, $-$$ PIZZERIA TRASIMENO—Small pizzas baked in wood-fired clay ovens along with a selection of small salads. Menu is soon to include desserts, local beer on tap, and Umbrian wine. 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 181. 308-1113. L, D. $ PHO BINH—Vietnamese, vegetarian, and Cantonese specialties include lemon tofu and spring rolls. Closed Sunday. 1615 Madison. 276-0006. L, D, $ RAILGARTEN—Located in a former rail station space, this eatery offers breakfast items, a variety of salads and sandwiches, and such entrees as short rib mac-and-cheese and fish tacos. Also serves shakes, malts, floats, and cream sodas. 2166 Central. 231-5043. B, L, D, $-$$ RED FISH ASIAN BISTRO—In the former Nineteenth Century Club building, serves sushi, teriyaki, and hibachi. Specialties include yuzu filet mignon and Chilean sea bass. 1433 Union. 454-3926; 9915 Highway 64 (Lakeland). 729-7581; 6518 Goodman (Olive Branch). 662-874-5254. L, D, X, $-$$$ RESTAURANT IRIS—French Creole-inspired classics, such as Gulf shrimp and rice grits congee served with lap chong sausage and boiled peanuts, are served at this newly remodeled restaurant owned by Chef Kelly English, a Food and Wine “Top Ten.” 2146 Monroe. 590-2828. D, X, $$-$$$ ROBATA RAMEN & YAKITORI BAR—Serves ramen noodle bowls and Yakitori skewers as well as rice and noodle dishes. 2116 Madison. 410-8290. L, D, X, $ SABROSURA—Serves Mexican and Cuban fare, including arroz tapada de pollo and steak Mexican. Closed Sun. 782 Washington. 421-8180. L, D, X, $-$$ SALTWATER CRAB—Offers an array of seafood dishes including boils with blue crab, crab legs, lobster tails, and more, and specialty sushi like the Dynamite or Royal King rolls, in addition to signature sangrias and cocktails. 2059 Madison Ave. 922-5202. L, D, X, $$ SAUCY CHICKEN—Specializes in antibiotic-free chicken dishes with locally sourced ingredients, with such items as hot wings and the Crosstown Chicken Sandwich, and a variety of house-made dipping sauces; also, seafood, salads, and daily specials. 1350 Concourse, Suite 137. 203-3838. L, D (Mon.-Fri.), $ THE SECOND LINE—Kelly English brings “relaxed Creole cuisine” to his newest eatery; serves a variety of po’boys and such specialties as barbecue shrimp, andouille shrimp, and pimento cheese fries. 2144 Monroe. 590-2829. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ SEKISUI—Japanese fusion cuisine, fresh sushi bar, grilled meats and seafood, California rolls, and vegetarian entrees. Poplar/Perkins location’s emphasis is on Pacific Rim cuisine. Menu and hours vary at each location. 25 Belvedere. 725-0005; 1884 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 309-8800; 4724 Poplar. 767-7770; 2130 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-0622; 2990 Kirby-Whitten (Bartlett). 377-2727; 6696 Poplar. 747-0001. L, D, X, $-$$$ STICKEM—Brick and mortar location for the popular food truck, which offers grilled meat on a stick. 1788 Madison. Closed Sunday. 474-7214. L, D, X, $ STONE SOUP CAFE—Cooper-Young eatery serving soups, salads, quiche, meat-and-two specials; and daily specials such as Italian roast beef. Closed Monday. 993 S. Cooper. 922-5314. B, L, SB, X, $ SOUL FISH CAFE—Serving Southern-style soul food, tacos, and po’boys, including catfish, crawfish, oyster, shrimp, chicken, and smoked pork tenderloin. 862 S. Cooper. 725-0722; 3160 Village Shops Dr. (Germantown). 755-6988; 4720 Poplar. 590-0323. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ SWEET GRASS—Chef Ryan Trimm takes Southern cuisine to a new level. Low-country coastal cuisine includes such specialties as shrimp and grits. Closed Mon. Restaurant’s “sister,” Sweet Grass Next Door, open nightly, serves lunch Sat.-Sun. 937 S. Cooper. 278-0278. D, SB, X, $-$$$ TAMBOLI’S PASTA & PIZZA—Pasta Maker Josh Tamboli whips up Italian soul food with seasonal menus featuring dishes like crispy fried chicken or creamy bucatini with pecorino cheese. Serves dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Pizza only menu after 9pm. 1761 Madison. 410-8866. D, X, $-$$

TAKASHI BISTRO—Fusion restaurant with an open kitchen that lets customers watch chefs prepare a variety of Japanese and Thai cuisine. 1680 Union Ave. Ste. 109. 800-2936. L, D, $-$$. TSUNAMI—Features Pacific Rim cuisine (Asia, Australia, South Pacific, etc.); also a changing “small plate” menu. Chef Ben Smith is a Cooper-Young pioneer. Specialties include Asian nachos and roasted sea bass. Closed Sunday. 928 S. Cooper. 274-2556. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ ZINNIE’S—Dive bar classic reopens with a makeover and signature Zinnaloni sandwich. 1688 Madison. 726-5004. L, D, X, $

SOUTH MEMPHIS (INCLUDES

PARKWAY VILLAGE, FOX MEADOWS, SOUTH MEMPHIS, WINCHESTER, AND WHITEHAVEN)

COLETTA’S—Longtime eatery serves such specialties as homemade ravioli, lasagna, and pizza with barbecue or traditional toppings. 1063 S. Parkway E. 948-7652; 2850 Appling Rd. (Bartlett). 383-1122. L, D, X, $-$$ CURRY BOWL—Specializes in Southern Indian cuisine, serving Tandoori chicken, biryani, tikka masala, and more. Weekend buffet. 4141 Hacks Cross Rd. 207-6051. L, D, $ DELTA’S KITCHEN—The premier restaurant at The Guest House at Graceland serves Elvis-inspired dishes — like Nutella and Peanut Butter Crepes for breakfast — and upscale Southern cuisine — including lamb chops and shrimp and grits — for dinner. 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd. 443-3000. B, D, X, $-$$$ DWJ KOREAN BARBECUE—This authentic Korean eatery serves kimbap, barbecued beef short ribs, rice and noodles dishes, and hot pots and stews. 3750 Hacks Cross Rd., Suite 101. 746-8057; 2156 Young. 207-6204. L, D, $-$$ THE FOUR WAY—Legendary soul-food establishment dishing up such entrees as fried and baked catfish, chicken, and turkey and dressing, along with a host of vegetables and desserts. Around the corner from the legendary Stax Studio. Closed Monday. 998 Mississippi Blvd. 507-1519. L, D, $ HERNANDO’S HIDEAWAY—Hernando’s Hideaway–No one cares how late it gets; not at Hernando’s Hideaway. Live music, killer happy hour, and plenty of bar fare at this South Memphis hang. 3210 Old Hernando Rd. 917-982-1829. L, D, $ INTERSTATE BAR-B-Q—Specialties include chopped pork-shoulder sandwiches, ribs, hot wings, spaghetti, chicken, and turkey. 2265 S. Third. 775-2304; 150 W. Stateline Rd. (Southaven). 662-393-5699. L, D, X, $-$$ LEONARD’S—Serves wet and dry ribs, barbecue sandwiches, spaghetti, catfish, homemade onion rings, and lemon icebox pie; also a lunch buffet. 5465 Fox Plaza. 360-1963. L, X, $-$$ MARLOWE’S—In addition to its signature barbecue and ribs, Marlowe’s serves Southern-style steaks, chops, lasagne, and more. 4381 Elvis Presley Blvd. 332-4159. D, X, MRA, $-$$ UNCLE LOU’S FRIED CHICKEN—Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives for good reason: fried chicken (mild, hot, or home-style); jumbo burgers four patties high; strawberry shortcake, and assorted fruit pies. 3633 Millbranch. 332-2367. L, D, X, MRA, $

SUMMER/BERCLAIR/ RALEIGH/BARTLETT ASIAN PALACE—Chinese eatery serves seafood, vegetarian items, dim sum, and more. 5266 Summer Ave. 766-0831. L, D, X, $-$$ ELWOOD’S SHACK—Casual comfort food includes tacos, pizza and sandwiches. Specialties include meats smoked in-house (chicken, turkey, brisket, pork), barbecue pizza, and steelhead trout tacos. 4523 Summer. 761-9898. B, L, D, X, $ EXLINES’ BEST PIZZA—Serves pizza, Italian dinners, sandwiches, and salads. 6250 Stage Rd. 382-3433; 2935 Austin Peay. 388-4711; 2801 Kirby Parkway. 754-0202; 7730 Wolf River Blvd. (Germantown). 753-4545; 531 W. Stateline Rd. 662-3424544 (check online for additional locations). L, D, X, MRA, $ GRIDLEY’S—Offers barbecued ribs, shrimp, pork plate, chicken, and hot tamales; also daily lunch specials. Closed Tues. 6842 Stage Rd. 377-8055. L, D, X, $-$$

LA TAQUERIA GUADALUPANA—Fajitas and quesadillas are just a few of the authentic Mexican entrees offered here. A bona-fide Memphis institution. 4818 Summer. 685-6857; 5848 Winchester. 365-4992. L, D, $ LOTUS—Authentic Vietnamese-Asian fare, including lemon-grass chicken and shrimp, egg rolls, Pho soup, and spicy Vietnamese vermicelli. 4970 Summer. 682-1151. D, X, $ MORTIMER’S—Contemporary American entrees include trout almondine, chicken dishes, and hand-cut steaks; also sandwiches, salads, and daily/nightly specials. A Memphis landmark since the Knickerbocker closed. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 590 N. Perkins. 761-9321. L, D, X, $-$$ NAGASAKI INN—Chicken, steak, and lobster are among the main courses; meal is cooked at your table. 3951 Summer. 454-0320. D, X, $$ PANDA GARDEN—Sesame chicken and broccoli beef are among the Mandarin and Cantonese entrees; also seafood specials and fried rice. Closed for lunch Saturday. 3735 Summer. 323-4819. L, D, X, $-$$ QUEEN OF SHEBA—Featuring Middle Eastern favorites and Yemeni dishes such as lamb haneeth and saltah. 4792 Summer. 207-4174. L, D, $ SIDE PORCH STEAK HOUSE—In addition to steak, the menu includes chicken, pork chops, and fish entrees; homemade rolls are a specialty. Closed Sun.-Mon. 5689 Stage Rd. 377-2484. D, X, $-$$

UNIVERSITY NEIGHBORHOOD DISTRICT (INCLUDES CHICKASAW GARDENS AND HIGHLAND STRIP)

A-TAN—Serves Chinese and Japanese hibachi cuisine, complete with sushi bar. A specialty is Four Treasures with garlic sauce. 3445 Poplar, Suite 17, University Center. 452-4477. L, D, X, $-$$$ THE BLUFF—New Orleans-inspired menu includes alligator bites, nachos topped with crawfish and andouille, gumbo, po’boys, and fried seafood platters. 535 S. Highland. 454-7771. L, D, X, $-$$ BROTHER JUNIPER’S—This little cottage is a breakfast mecca, offering specialty omelets, including the open-faced San Diegan omelet; also daily specials, and homemade breads and pastries. Closed Mon. 3519 Walker. 324-0144. B, X, $ CHAR RESTAURANT—Specializing in modern Southern cuisine, this eatery offers homestyle sides, char-broiled steaks, and fresh seafood. 431 S. Highland #120. 249-3533. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ DERAE RESTAURANT—Ethiopian and Mediterranean fare includes fuul, or fava beans in spices and yogurt, goat meat and rice, and garlic chicken over basmati rice with cilantro chutney; also salmon and tilapia. Closed Monday. 923 S. Highland. 552-3992. B, L, D, $-$$ EL PORTON—Fajitas, quesadillas, and steak ranchero are just a few of the menu items. 2095 Merchants Row (Germantown). 754-4268; 8361 Highway 64. 380-7877; 3448 Poplar (Poplar Plaza). 452-7330; 1805 N. Germantown Parkway (Cordova). 624-9358; 1016 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-5770. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ JOES’ ON HIGHLAND—Specializes in fried chicken and comfort sides such as warm okra/green tomato salad and turnip greens. Entrees include salmon patties and chicken-fried steak. Closed Mon. 262 S. Highland. 337-7003. L, D, X, $ MEDALLION—Offers steaks, seafood, chicken, and pasta entrees. Closed for dinner Sunday. 3700 Central, Holiday Inn (Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality). 678-1030. B, L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$

EAST MEMPHIS

(INCLUDES POPLAR/ I-240) ACRE—Features seasonal modern American cuisine in an avante-garde setting using locally sourced products; also small plates and enclosed garden patio. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 690 S. Perkins. 818-2273. L, D, X, $$-$$$

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AGAVOS COCINA & TEQUILA—Camaron de Tequila, tamales, kabobs, and burgers made with a blend of beef and chorizo are among the offerings at this tequila-centric restaurant and bar. 2924 Walnut Grove. 433-9345. L, D, X, $-$$ AMERIGO—Traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine includes pasta, wood-fired pizza, steaks, and cedarwood-roasted fish. 1239 Ridgeway, Park Place Mall. 761-4000. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ ANDREW MICHAEL ITALIAN KITCHEN— Traditional Italian cuisine with a menu from two of the city’s top chefs that changes seasonally with such entrees as Maw Maw’s ravioli. Closed Sun.-Mon. 712 W. Brookhaven Cl. 347-3569. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE—Offering several varieties of eggs Benedict, waffles, omelets, pancakes, beignets, and other breakfast fare; also burgers, sandwiches, and salads. 6063 Park Ave. 729-7020; 65 S. Highland. 623-7122. B, L, WB, X, $ BANGKOK ALLEY—Thai fusion cuisine includes noodle and curry dishes, chef-specialty sushi rolls, coconut soup, and duck and seafood entrees. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. at Brookhaven location; call for hours. 715 W. Brookhaven Cl. 590-2585; 2150 W. Poplar at Houston Levee (Collierville). 854-8748. L, D, X, $-$$ BENIHANA—This Japanese steakhouse serves beef, chicken, and seafood grilled at the table; some menu items change monthly; sushi bar also featured. 912 Ridge Lake Blvd. 767-8980. L, D, X, $$-$$$ BLUE PLATE CAFÉ—For breakfast, the café’s serves old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes (it’s a secret recipe!), country ham and eggs, and waffles with fresh strawberries and cream. For lunch, the café specializes in country cooking. 5469 Poplar. 761-9696; 113 S. Court. 523-2050. B, L, X, $ BROOKLYN BRIDGE ITALIAN RESTAURANT— Specializing in such homemade entrees as spinach lasagna and lobster ravioli; a seafood specialty is horseradish-crusted salmon. Closed Sun. 1779 Kirby Pkwy. 755-7413. D, X, $-$$$ BRYANT’S BREAKFAST—Three-egg omelets, pancakes, and The Sampler Platter are among the popular entrees here. Possibly the best biscuits in town. Closed Mon. and Tues. 3965 Summer. 324-7494. B, L, X, $ BUCKLEY’S FINE FILET GRILL—Specializes in steaks, seafood, and pasta. (Lunchbox serves entree salads, burgers, and more.) 5355 Poplar. 683-4538; 919 S. Yates (Buckley’s Lunchbox), 682-0570. L (Yates only, M-F), D, X, $-$$ CAPITAL GRILLE—Known for its dry-aged, hand-carved steaks; among the specialties are bone-in sirloin, and porcini-rubbed Delmonico; also seafood entrees and seasonal lunch plates. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. Crescent Center, 6065 Poplar. 683-9291. L, D, X, $$$-$$$$ CASABLANCA—Lamb shawarma is one of the fresh, homemade specialties served at this Mediterranean/Moroccan restaurant; fish entrees and vegetarian options also available. 5030 Poplar. 725-8557 ; 7609 Poplar Pike (Germantown). 4255908; 1707 Madison. 421-6949. L, D, X, $-$$ CIAO BELLA—Among the Italian and Greek specialties are lasagna, seafood pasta, gourmet pizzas, and vegetarian options. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 565 Erin Dr., Erin Way Shopping Center. 205-2500. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ CITY SILO TABLE + PANTRY—With a focus on clean eating, this establishment offers fresh juices, as well as comfort foods re-imagined with wholesome ingredients. 5101 Sanderlin. 729-7687. B, L, D, X, $ CORKY’S—Popular barbecue emporium offers both wet and dry ribs, plus a full menu of other barbecue entrees. Wed. lunch buffets, Cordova and Collierville. 5259 Poplar. 685-9744; 1740 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 737-1911; 743 W. Poplar (Collierville). 405-4999; 6434 Goodman Rd., Olive Branch. 662893-3663. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ DAN MCGUINNESS PUB—Serves fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, burgers, and other Irish and American fare; also lunch and dinner specials. 4694 Spottswood. 761-3711; 3964 Goodman Rd. 662-890-7611. L, D, X, $ ERLING JENSEN—For over 20 years, has presented “globally inspired” cuisine to die for. Specialties are rack of lamb, big game entrees, and fresh fish dishes. 1044 S. Yates. 763-3700. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE—Serves wetaged and dry-aged steaks, prime beef, chops, and seafood, including salmon, Australian lobster tails, and a catch of the day. 6245 Poplar. 761-6200. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$

FOLK’S FOLLY ORIGINAL PRIME STEAK HOUSE—Specializes in prime steaks, as well as lobster, grilled Scottish salmon, Alaskan king crab legs, rack of lamb, and weekly specials. 551 S. Mendenhall. 762-8200. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$ FORMOSA—Offers Mandarin cuisine, including broccoli beef, hot-and-sour soup, and spring rolls. Closed Monday. 6685 Quince. 753-9898. L, D, X, $-$$ FOX RIDGE PIZZA & GRILL—Pizzas, calzones, sub sandwiches, burgers, and meat-and-two plate lunches are among the dishes served at this eatery, which opened in 1979. 711 W Brookhaven Cir. 758-6500. L, D, X, $ FRATELLI’S—Serves hot and cold sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts, all with an Italian/Mediterranean flair. Closed Sunday. 750 Cherry Rd., Memphis Botanic Garden. 766-9900. L, X, $ FRANK GRISANTI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT— Northern Italian favorites include pasta with jumbo shrimp and mushrooms; also seafood, filet mignon, and daily lunch specials. Closed for lunch Sunday. Embassy Suites Hotel, 1022 S. Shady Grove. 761-9462. L, D, X, $-$$$ HALF SHELL—Specializes in seafood, such as king crab legs; also serves steaks, chicken, pastas, salads, sandwiches, a ”voodoo menu”; oyster bar at Winchester location. 688 S. Mendenhall. 682-3966; 7825 Winchester. 737-6755. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ HIGH POINT PIZZA—Serves a variety of pizzas, subs, salads, and sides. Closed Monday. A neighborhood fixture. 477 High Point Terrace. 452-3339. L, D, X, $-$$ HOUSTON’S—Serves steaks, seafood, pork chops, chicken dishes, sandwiches, salads, and Chicago-style spinach dip. Farmous for first-class service. 5000 Poplar. 683-0915. L, D, X $-$$$ LA BAGUETTE—An almond croissant and chicken salad are among specialties at this French-style bistro. Closed for dinner Sun. 3088 Poplar. 458-0900. B, L, D (closes at 7), X, MRA, $ LAS DELICIAS—Popular for its guacamole, house-made tortilla chips, and margaritas, this restaurant draws diners with its chicken enchiladas, meat-stuffed flautas, and Cuban torta with spicy pork. Closed Sunday. 4002 Park Ave. 458-9264; 5689 Quince. 800-2873. L, D, X, $ LIBRO AT LAURELWOOD—Bookstore eatery features a variety of sandwiches, salads, and homemade pasta dishes, with Italian-inspired options such as carbonara and potato gnocchi. Closed for dinner Sun. 387 Perkins Ext. (Novel). 800-2656. B, L, D, SB, X, $-$$ LISA’S LUNCHBOX—Serving bagels, sandwiches, salads, and wraps. 5885 Ridgeway Center Pkwy. 767-6465; 2650 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 1200; 730-0064; 6070 Poplar. 2335875; 50 N. Front. 574-0468. B, L, $ LOST PIZZA—Offering pizzas (with dough made from scratch), pasta, salads, sandwiches, tamales, and more. 2855 Poplar. 572-1803; 5960 Getwell (Southaven). 662-892-8684. L, D, X, $-$$ LYNCHBURG LEGENDS—This restaurant with a Jack Daniels’ theme and Southern cuisine serves such entrees as Bourbon Street salmon, buttermilk-fried chicken, and grilled steak and wild mushroom salad. DoubleTree Hotel, 5069 Sanderlin. 969-7777. B, L, D, X, $-$$$ MAGNOLIA & MAY—The family behind Grove Grill cooks up Southern-inspired casual dining at this country brasserie, with popular menu items like peach gazpacho and low country shrimp n’ grits. 718 Mt. Moriah Rd. 676-8100. D, $$-$$$. MAHOGANY MEMPHIS—Upscale Southern restaurant offers such dishes as coffee-rubbed lamb chops and baked Cajun Cornish hen. Closed for dinner Sun. and all day Mon.-Tues. 3092 Poplar, Suite 11. 623-7977. L, D, SB, X, $-$$$ MARCIANO MEDITERRANEAN AND ITALIAN CUISINE—Veal Saltimbocca with angel-hair pasta and white wine sauce is among the entrees; also steaks, seafood, and gourmet pizza. 780 Brookhaven Cl. 682-1660. D, X, $-$$
 MAYURI INDIAN CUISINE—Serves tandoori chicken, masala dosa, tikka masala, as well as lamb and shrimp entrees; also a daily lunch buffet, and dinner buffet on Fri.-Sat. 6524 Quince Rd. 753-8755. L, D, X, $-$$ MELLOW MUSHROOM—Large menu includes assortment of pizzas, salads, calzones, hoagies, vegetarian options, and 50 beers on tap. 5138 Park Ave. 562-1211; 9155 Poplar, Shops of Forest Hill (Germantown). 907-0243. L, D, X, $-$$

MOSA ASIAN BISTRO—Specialties include sesame chicken, Thai calamari, rainbow panang curry with grouper fish, and other Pan Asian/fusion entrees. Closed Mon. 850 S. White Station Rd. 683-8889. L, D, X, MRA, $ NAM KING—Offers luncheon and dinner buffets, dim sum, and such specialties as fried dumplings, pepper steak, and orange chicken. 4594 Yale. 373-4411. L, D, X, $
 NAPA CAFE—Among the specialties are miso-marinated salmon over black rice with garlic spinach and shiitake mushrooms. Closed Sun. 5101 Sanderlin, Suite 122. 683-0441. L, D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ NEW HUNAN—Chinese eatery with more than 80 entrees; also lunch/dinner buffets. 5052 Park. 766-1622. L, D, X, $ ONE & ONLY BBQ—On the menu are pork barbecue sandwiches, platters, wet and dry ribs, smoked chicken and turkey platters, a smoked meat salad, barbecue quesadillas, Brunswick Stew, and Millie’s homemade desserts. 1779 Kirby Pkwy. 751-3615; 567 Perkins Extd. 249-4227. L, D, X, $ ONO POKÉ—This eatery specializes in poké — a Hawaiian dish of fresh fish salad served over rice. Menu includes a variety of poké bowls, like the Kimchi Tuna bowl, or customers can build their own by choosing a base, protein, veggies, and toppings. 3145 Poplar. 618-2955. L, D, X, $ OWEN BRENNAN’S—New Orleans-style menu of beef, chicken, pasta, and seafood; jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and crawfish etouffee are specialties. Closed for dinner Sunday. The Regalia, 6150 Poplar. 761-0990. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ PARK + CHERRY—The Dixon offers casual dining within the museum. Seasonal menu features sandwiches, like rustic chicken salad on croissant, as well as salads, snacks, and sweets. Closed for breakfast Sun. and all day Mon. 4339 Park (Dixon Gallery). 761-5250. L, X, $ PATRICK’S—Serves barbecue nachos, burgers, and entrees such as fish and chips; also plate lunches and daily specials. 4972 Park. 682-2852. L, D, X, MRA, $ PETE & SAM’S—Serving Memphis for 60-plus years; offers steaks, seafood, and traditional Italian dishes, including homemade ravioli, lasagna, and chicken marsala. 3886 Park. 458-0694. D, X, $-$$$ PF CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO—Specialties are orange peel shrimp, Mongolian beef, and chicken in lettuce wraps; also vegetarian dishes, including spicy eggplant. 1181 Ridgeway Rd., Park Place Centre. 818-3889. L, D, X, $-$$ PHO SAIGON—Vietnamese fare includes beef teriyaki, roasted quail, curry ginger chicken, vegetarian options, and a variety of soups. 2946 Poplar. 458-1644. L, D, $ PYRO’S FIRE-FRESH PIZZA—Serving gourmet pizzas cooked in an open-fire oven; wide choice of toppings; large local and craft beer selection. 1199 Ridgeway. 379-8294; 2035 Union Ave. 208-8857; 2286 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 207-1198; 3592 S. Houston Levee (Collierville). 2218109. L, D, X, MRA, $ RED HOOK CAJUN SEAFOOD & BAR—Cajunstyle array of seafood including shrimp, mussels, clams, crawfish, and oysters. 3295 Poplar. 207-1960. L, D, X, $-$$ RIVER OAKS—Chef Jose Gutierrez’s French-style bistro serves seafood and steaks, with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 5871 Poplar Ave. 683-9305. L, D, X, $$$ RONNIE GRISANTI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT— This Memphis institution serves some family classics such as Elfo’s Special and handmade ravioli, along with house-made pizza and fresh oysters. Closed Sun. 6150 Poplar #122. 850-0191. D, X, $-$$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE—Offers prime steaks cut and aged in-house, as well as lamb, chicken, and fresh seafood, including lobster. 6120 Poplar. 761-0055. D, X, $$$-$$$$ SALSA—Mexican-Southern California specialties include carnitas, enchiladas verde, and fajitas; also Southwestern seafood dishes such as snapper verde. Closed Sun. Regalia Shopping Center, 6150 Poplar, Suite 129. 683-6325. L, D, X, $-$$ SEASONS 52—This elegant fresh grill and wine bar offers a seasonally changing menu using fresh ingredients, wood-fire grilling, and brick-oven cooking; also a large international wine list and nightly piano bar. Crescent Center, 6085 Poplar. 682-9952. L, D, X, $$-$$$

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SOUTHALL CAFE—Locally-sourced ingredients bolster a chef-driven menu offering breakfast and lunch classics. 669 S. Mendenhall. 646-5698. B, L, WB, X, $ STAKS—Offering pancakes, including birthday cake and lemon ricotta. Menu includes other breakfast items such as beignets and French toast, as well as soups and sandwiches for lunch. 4615 Poplar. 509-2367; 7704 Poplar (Germantown). 800-1951. B, L, WB, X, $ SUSHI JIMMI—This food truck turned restaurant serves a variety of sushi rolls, fusion dishes — such as kimchi fries — and sushi burritos. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Mon. 2895 Poplar. 729-6985. L, D, X, $ SWANKY’S TACO SHOP—Taco-centric eatery offers tortas, flatbreads, quesadillas, chimichangas, burgers, and more. 4770 Poplar. 730-0763; 6641 Poplar (Germantown). 737-2088; 272 S. Main. 779-3499. L, D, X, $ THREE LITTLE PIGS—Pork-shoulder-style barbecue with tangy mild or hot sauce, freshly made coleslaw, and baked beans. 5145 Quince Rd. 685-7094. B, L, D, X, $ TOPS BAR-B-Q—Specializes in pork barbecue sandwiches and sandwich plates with beans and slaw; also serves ribs, beef brisket, and burgers. 1286 Union. 725-7527; 4183 Summer. 3244325; 5391 Winchester. 794-7936; 3970 Rhodes. 323-9865; 6130 Macon. 371-0580. For more locations, go online. L, D, X, $ VENICE KITCHEN—Specializes in “eclectic Italian” and Southern Creole, from pastas, including the “Godfather,” to hand-tossed pizzas, including the “John Wayne”; choose from 50 toppings. 368 Perkins Ext. 767-6872. L, D, SB, X, $-$$ WANG’S MANDARIN HOUSE—Offers Mandarin, Cantonese, Szechuan, and spicy Hunan entrees, including the golden-sesame chicken; next door is East Tapas, serving small plates with an Asian twist. 6065 Park Ave., Park Place Mall. 763-0676. L, D, X, $-$$ WASABI—Serving traditional Japanese offerings, hibachi, sashimi, and sushi. The Sweet Heart roll, wrapped — in the shape of a heart — with tuna and filled with spicy salmon, yellowtail, and avocado, is a specialty. 5101 Sanderlin Rd., Suite 105. 421-6399. L, D, X, $-$$ WOMAN’S EXCHANGE TEA ROOM—Chicken-salad plate, beef tenderloin, soups-and-sandwiches, and vegetable plates are specialties; meal includes drink and dessert. Closed Sat.-Sun. 88 Racine. 327-5681. L, X, $

CORDOVA BOMBAY HOUSE—Indian fare includes lamb korma and chicken tikka; also, a daily luncheon buffet. 1727 N. Germantown Pkwy. 755-4114. L, D, X, $-$$ THE BUTCHER SHOP—Serves steaks ranging from 8-oz. filets to a 20-oz. porterhouse; also chicken, pork chops, fresh seafood. 107 S. Germantown Rd. 757-4244. L (Fri. and Sun.), D, X, $$-$$$ COASTAL FISH COMPANY—Upscale offerings of international fish varieties utilizing styles ranging from Carribbean, East Coast, West Coast, Chinese, to Filipino, and more. 415 Great View Dr. E., Suite 101. 266-9000. D, X, $$-$$$ GREEN BAMBOO—Pineapple tilapia, pork vermicelli, and the soft egg noodle combo are Vietnamese specialties here. 990 N. Germantown Parkway #104. 753-5488. L, D, $-$$ KING JERRY LAWLER’S MEMPHIS BBQ COMPANY—Offers a variety of barbecue dishes, including brisket, ribs, nachos topped with smoked pork, and a selection of barbecue “Slamwiches.” 465 N. Germantown Pkwy. #116. 509-2360. L, D, X, $ JIM ’N NICK’S BAR-B-Q—Serves barbecued pork, ribs, chicken, brisket, and fish, along with other homemade Southern specialties. 2359 N. Germantown Pkwy. 388-0998. L, D, X, $-$$ EL MERO TACO—This food truck turned restaurant serves up Mexican and Southern-style fusion dishes, including fried chicken tacos, chorizo con papas tacos, and brisket quesadillas. 8100 Macon Station, Suite 102. 308-1661. Closed Sun.-Mon. L, D, WB, X, $ PEI WEI ASIAN DINER—Serves a variety of Pan-Asian cuisine, including Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Thai. Noodle and rice bowls are specialties; a small plates menu also offered. 2257 N. Germantown Pkwy. 382-1822. L, D, X, $-$$ SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT—Entrees include tempura, teriyaki, and sushi, as well as grilled fish and

chicken entrees. 2324 N. Germantown Pkwy. 384-4122. L, D, X, $-$$ TANNOOR GRILL—Brazilian-style steakhouse with skewers served tableside, along with Middle Eastern specialties; vegetarian options also available. 830 N. Germantown Pkwy. 443-5222. L, D, X, $-$$$

GERMANTOWN BLUE HONEY BISTRO—Entrees at this upscale eatery include brown butter scallops served with Mississippi blue rice and herb-crusted beef tenderloin with vegetables and truffle butter. Closed Sun. 9155 Poplar, Suite 17. 552-3041. D, X, $-$$$ FOREST HILL GRILL—A variety of standard pub fare and a selection of mac-and-cheese dishes are featured on the menu. Specialties include Chicken Newport and a barbecue salmon BLT. 9102 Poplar Pike. 624-6001. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ GERMANTOWN COMMISSARY—Serves barbecue sandwiches, sliders, ribs, shrimp, and nachos, as well as smoked barbecued bologna sandwiches; Mon.-night all-you-can-eat ribs. 2290 S. Germantown Rd. S. 754-5540. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ KOHESIAN SOKO STYLE EATERY—KoreanAmerican eatery serves up fusion-style dishes like bibimbap burgers or gochujang marinated loaded spicy pork nachos. 1730 S. Germantown Rd. 308-0223. L, D, X, $$ LAS TORTUGAS DELI MEXICANA— Authentic Mexican food prepared from local food sources; specializes in tortugas — grilled bread scooped out to hold such powerfully popular fillings as brisket, pork, and shrimp; also tingas, tostados. Closed Sunday. 1215 S. Germantown Rd. 751-1200; 6300 Poplar. 623-3882. L, D, X, $-$$ MISTER B’S—Features New Orleans-style seafood and steaks. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. and Mon. 6655 Poplar #107. 751-5262. L, D, X, $-$$$ MOONDANCE GRILL—From the owners of Itta Bena and Lafayette’s. Serves steak cooked sous vide and seafood dishes including Abita-barbecued shrimp and pan-seared sand dab, in addition to an extensive wine and cocktail list. 1730 S. Germantown Road, Suite 117. 755-1471. L, D, X, $$-$$$ NOODLES ASIAN BISTRO—Serves a variety of traditional Asian cuisine, with emphasis on noodle dishes, such as Singapore Street Noodles and Hong Kong Chow Fun. 7850 Poplar #12. 755-1117. L, D, X, $ PETRA CAFÉ—Serves Greek, Italian, and Middle Eastern sandwiches, gyros, and entrees. Hours vary; call. 6641 Poplar. 754-4440; 547 S. Highland. 323-3050. L, D, X, $-$$ PIMENTO’S KITCHEN + MARKET—Fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, and plenty of pimento cheese at this family-owned restaurant. 6540 Poplar Ave. 602-5488 [Collierville: 3751 S. Houston Levee. 453-6283]. L, D, X, $ RED KOI—Classic Japanese cuisine offered at this family-run restaurant; hibachi steaks, sushi, seafood, chicken, and vegetables. 5847 Poplar. 767-3456. L, D, X $-$$ ROCK’N DOUGH PIZZA CO.—Specialty and custom pizzas made from fresh ingredients; wide variety of toppings. 7850 Poplar #6. 779-2008. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $$ ROYAL PANDA—Hunan fish, Peking duck, Royal Panda chicken and shrimp, and a seafood combo are among the specialties. 3120 Village Shops Dr. 756-9697. L, D, X, $-$$ RUSSO’S NEW YORK PIZZERIA AND WINE BAR—Serves gourmet pizzas, calzones, and pasta, including lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo, scampi, and more. 9087 Poplar, Suite 111. 755-0092. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ SAKURA—Sushi, tempura, and teriyaki are Japanese specialties here. 2060 West St. 758-8181; 4840 Poplar. 572-1002. L, D, X, $-$$ SOBEAST—Eastern branch of the popular South of Beale, featuring the restaurant’s traditional staples, as well as rotating special menu items. 5040 Sanderlin. 818-0821. L, D, SB, X, $-$$. SOUTHERN SOCIAL—Shrimp and grits, stuffed quail, and Aunt Thelma’s Fried Chicken are among the dishes served at this upscale Southern establishment. 2285 S. Germantown Rd. 754-5555. D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ WEST STREET DINER—This home-style eatery offers breakfast, burgers, po’boys, and more. 2076 West St. 757-2191. B, L, D (Mon.-Fri.), X, $

WOLF RIVER BRISKET CO.—From the owners of Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza, highlights include house-smoked meats: prime beef brisket, chicken, and salmon. Closed Sun. 9947 Wolf River Boulevard, Suite 101. 316-5590. L, D, X, $-$ OPEN FLAME—This authentic Persian and Mediterranean eatery specializes in shish kebabs as well as kosher and halal fare. 3445 Poplar. 207-4995. L, D, X, $

COLLIERVILLE CAFE EUROPE—From Italian chef Michele D’oto, the French, Spanish, and Italian fusion cuisine includes a variety of dishes like Rosette al Forno, fish ceviche, and sole meuniere. Closed Sun. 4610 Merchants Park Circle, Suite 571. 286-4199. L, D, X, $$-$$$$ CAFE PIAZZA BY PAT LUCCHESI—Specializes in gourmet pizzas (including create-your-own), panini sandwiches, and pasta. Closed Sun. 139 S. Rowlett St. 861-1999. L, D, X, $-$$ CIAO BABY—Specializing in Neapolitan-style pizza made in a wood-fired oven. Also serves house-made mozzarella, pasta, appetizers, and salads. 890 W. Poplar, Suite 1. 457-7457. L, D, X, $ COLLIERVILLE COMMISSARY—Serves barbecue sandwiches, sliders, ribs, shrimp, and nachos, as well as smoked barbecued bologna sandwiches. 3573 S. Houston Levee Rd. 979-5540. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ DAVID GRISANTI’S—Serving Northern Italian cuisine and traditional family recipes, like the Elfo Special, shrimp sauteed in garlic and butter, tossed with white button mushrooms and white pepper, and served over vermicelli with ParmigianoReggiano. Closed Sun. 684 W. Poplar (Sheffield Antiques Mall). 861-1777. L, D (Thurs.-Sat.), X, $-$$$ EL MEZCAL—Serves burritos, chimichangas, fajitas, and other Mexican cuisine, as well as shrimp dinners and steak. 9947 Wolf River, 853-7922; 402 Perkins Extd. 761-7710; 694 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 755-1447; 1492 Union. 274-4264; 11615 Airline Rd. (Arlington). 867-1883; 9045 Highway 64 (Lakeland). 383-4219; 7164 Hacks Cross Rd. (Olive Branch). 662890-3337; 8834 Hwy. 51 N. (Millington). 872-3220; 7424 Highway 64 (Bartlett). 417-6026. L, D, X, $ EMERALD THAI RESTAURANT—Spicy shrimp, pad khing, lemongrass chicken, and several noodle, rice, and vegetarian dishes are offered at this family restaurant. Closed Sunday. 8950 Highway 64 (Lakeland, TN). 384-0540. L, D, X, $-$$ FIREBIRDS—Specialties are hand-cut steaks, slow-roasted prime rib, and wood-grilled salmon and other seafood, as well as seasonal entrees. 4600 Merchants Circle, Carriage Crossing. 850-1637; 8470 Highway 64 (Bartlett). 379-1300. L, D, X, $-$$$ JIM’S PLACE GRILLE—Features American, Greek, and Continental cuisine with such entrees as pork tenderloin, several seafood specialties, and hand-cut charcoal-grilled steaks. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 3660 Houston Levee. 861-5000. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ MULAN ASIAN BISTRO—Hunan Chicken, tofu dishes, and orange beef served here; sushi and Thai food, too. 2059 Houston Levee. 850-5288; 2149 Young. 347-3965; 4698 Spottswood. 609-8680. L, D, X, $-$$
 OSAKA JAPANESE CUISINE—Featuring an extensive sushi menu as well as traditional Japanese and hibachi dining. Hours vary for lunch; call. 3670 Houston Levee. 861-4309; 3402 Poplar. 249-4690; 7164 Hacks Cross (Olive Branch). 662-890-9312; 2200 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 425-4901. L, D, X, $-$$$ RAVEN & LILY—Eatery offers innovative Southern-inspired cuisine with such dishes as crispy shrimp and cauliflower salad, spiced lamb sausage and parmesan risotto, and bananas foster pain perdu. Closed Monday. 120 E. Mulberry. 286-4575. L, D, SB, X, $-$$ STIX—Hibachi steakhouse with Asian cuisine features steak, chicken, and a fillet and lobster combination, also sushi. A specialty is Dynamite Chicken with fried rice. 4680 Merchants Park Circle, Avenue Carriage Crossing. 854-3399. L, D, X, $-$$ ZOPITA’S ON THE SQUARE—Cafe offers sandwiches, including smoked salmon and pork tenderloin, as well as salads and desserts. Closed Sun. 114 N. Main. 457-7526. L, D, X, $

OUT-OF-TOWN BOZO’S HOT PIT BAR-B-Q—Barbecue, burgers, sandwiches, and subs. 342 Hwy 70 (Mason, TN). 901-294-3400. L, D, $-$$ CATFISH BLUES—Serving Delta-raised catfish and Cajunand Southern-inspired dishes, including gumbo and fried green

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tomatoes. 210 E. Commerce (Hernando, MS). 662-298-3814. L, D, $ CITY GROCERY—Southern eclectic cuisine; shrimp and grits is a specialty. Closed for dinner Sunday. 152 Courthouse Square (Oxford, MS). 662-232-8080. L, D, SB, X, $$-$$$ COMO STEAKHOUSE—Steaks cooked on a hickory charcoal grill are a specialty here. Upstairs is an oyster bar. Closed Sun. 203 Main St. (Como, MS). 662-526-9529. D, X, $-$$$ LONG ROAD CIDER CO.—Specializes in hard apple ciders made with traditional methods. Cafe-style entrees include black-eyed peas with cornbread and greens, chicken Gorgonzola pockets, cider-steamed sausage, and housemade ice creams. Closed Sun.-Wed. 9053 Barret Road. (Barretville, TN). 352-0962. D, X, $ MANILA FILIPINO RESTAURANT—Entrees include pork belly cutlet with lechon sauce, and shrimp and vegetables in tamarind broth; also daily combos, rice dishes, and chef specials. Closed Sun.-Mon. 7849 Rockford (Millington, TN). 209-8525. L, D, X, $

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WINS HERE We are pleased to offer you a new restaurant experience. 662 Bistro combines genuine Southern Hospitality with Traditional Southern Cuisine. Experience the influences of Southern/Creole along with Italian, Greek, Indian, Spanish, and French flavors.

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BOURBON STREET STEAKHOUSE & GRILL AT SOUTHLAND CASINO RACING—1550 Ingram Blvd., West Memphis, AR, 1-800-467-6182 CHICAGO STEAKHOUSE AT THE GOLDSTRIKE—1010 Casino Center Dr., Robinsonville, MS, 1-888-24KSTAY /662-357-1225 FAIRBANKS AT THE HOLLYWOOD—1150 Casino Strip Blvd., Robinsonville, MS, 1-800-871-0711 JACK BINION’S STEAK HOUSE AT HORSESHOE—1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, MS, 1-800-303-SHOE LUCKY 8 ASIAN BISTRO AT HORSESHOE—1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, MS, 1-800-303-SHOE THE STEAKHOUSE AT THE FITZ—711 Lucky Ln., Robinsonville, MS, 1-888-766-LUCK, ext 8213 MARSHALL STEAKHOUSE—Rustic steakhouse serves premium Angus beef steaks, seafood dishes, rack of lamb, and more. Breakfast menu features griddle cakes, and lunch offerings include hamburger steak and oyster po’ boys. 2379 Highway 178 (Holly Springs, MS). 628-3556. B, L, D, X, $-$$$ MEMPHIS BARBECUE COMPANY—Offers spare ribs, baby backs, and pulled pork and brisket, along with such sides as mac-and-cheese, grits, and red beans. 709 Desoto Cove (Horn Lake, MS). 662-536-3762. L, D, X, $-$$ NAGOYA—Offers traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi bar; specialties are teriyaki and tempura dishes. 7075 Malco Blvd., Suite 101 (Southaven, MS). 662-349-8788. L, D, X, $-$$$
 PANCHO’S—Serves up a variety of Mexican standards, including tacos, enchiladas, and mix-and-match platters; also lunch specials. 3600 E. Broadway (West Memphis, AR). 870-735-6466. 717 N. White Station. 685-5404. L, D, X, MRA, $ PIG-N-WHISTLE—Offers pork shoulder sandwiches, wet and dry ribs, catfish, nachos, and stuffed barbecue potatoes. 6084 Kerr-Rosemark Rd. (Millington, TN). 872-2455. L, D, X, $ RAVINE—Serves contemporary Southern cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, locally grown foods and a menu that changes weekly. Closed Mon.-Tues. 53 Pea Ridge/County Rd. 321 (Oxford, MS). 662-234-4555. D, SB, X, $$-$$$ SAINT LEO’S—Offering sophisticated pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and salads. A James Beard nominee for Best New Restaurant in 2017. 1101 Jackson (Oxford, MS). 662-234-4555. D, L, WB, $-$$ SNACKBAR—Billed as an intriguing mix of “French Bistro with North Mississippi Cafe.” Serving a confit duck Croque Monsieur, watermelon-cucumber chaat, pan-fried quail, plus a daily plate special and a raw bar. Chef Vishesh Bhatt was named as Best Chef South by the James Beard Foundation in 2019. 721 N. Lamar (Oxford, MS). 662-236-6363. D, $-$$$ WILSON CAFE—Serving elevated home-cooking, with such dishes as deviled eggs with cilantro and jalapeño, scampi and grits, and doughnut bread pudding. 2 N. Jefferson (Wilson, AR). 870-655-0222. L, D (Wed. through Sat. only), X, $-$$$

Please make your reservation now to get a seat in our new restaurant and join us for a culinary journey. Jack Binion’s Steak is where you can enjoy the action of the casino floor from our wine bar and lounge while sipping a signature cocktail, barrel fresh wines, or craft beers. Our guests can also enjoy a 24 oz. Prime Tomahawk Rib Eye, seafood tower and other legendary selections.

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Sunday, Wednesday – Thursday | 5pm – 10pm Friday – Saturday | 5pm – 11pm

At JB’s Café you will find made-to-order breakfa lunch, and dinner options that breakfast, b include– everything from biscuits and gravy l to fried catfish along with legendary southern j favorites. Plus, join us on Fridays & Saturdays for our mouthwatering seafood menu.

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In a Momentous Year, How Much Has Changed?

2020 has seen the beginning of a new civil rights movement, but there’s a long road ahead.

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ecember is always a time for us to reflect over the past 12 months. We recall the major news stories, associated pop culture, and always, always, a memorial for those we lost during the year. 2020 doesn’t need any recollection, and it will never need an introduction. I am sure there will be volumes written about this most momentous and infamous year. And while I’m sure we would all like to race past December 31st and jump into 2021 headfirst, I do believe it is worth our time to think about how 2020 may have changed our national dialogue on race.

Sure, there were other identity issues in the headlines in 2020, but the big story occurred on May 25, 2020, when America had the opportunity to watch a man’s life snuffed out because he was suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill and was said to be resisting arrest (except we didn’t see the resisting part, just the knee of a police officer on the neck of George Floyd). We’ve seen Black men and women killed at the hands of police officers before, but something seemed to trigger the American psyche this time. Was it because we were living in what seemed to be a virtual reality of quarantine due to covid-19, an unseen enemy that was ravaging New York City and spreading throughout the nation like wildfire? Or was it the rapid succession of tragic events that left Black people dead or victimized — Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Christian Cooper (the Central Park birdwatcher falsely accused of threatening a white woman). My guess is a combination of both. No matter what it was, it pushed people to stand up and acknowledge that, yes, in fact, Black lives do matter, and Black

people are treated differently by the justice system. Protests broke out throughout the country, in major metropolitan areas and small communities where few, if any, Black people lived. Black Lives Matter, No

of color. Sometimes those statements were direct, others were innocuous at best, but the statement was made, nonetheless. Athletes and sports franchises made statements and changes. The NFL commissioner said he should have listened to Colin Kaepernick. NASCAR said “no” to the confederate flag. The NBA, WNBA, and USSF stood in solidarity against racism and police brutality. Organizations of all types were practically falling over each other to post their sentiments about issues of race. The state of Mississippi even elected to change the design of its state flag, eliminating the bars and stars from its design.

“Peace is not merely the absence of some negative force ... but it is the presence of some positive force.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

(Know) Justice, No (Know) Peace were commonly seen posters. There was something of a show of humanity that began to occur. There was a revelation, or at least it felt like a revelation, that my well-being was contingent upon your well-being. Even major corporations were compelled to make statements confirming the continuing issue of inequality facing Black people and people

Two of the year’s top selling books were White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DeAngelo and How to be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. The National Civil Rights Museum hosted a webinar on White fragility — more than 600 people signed up to attend the Zoom webinar. And attendees flooded the museum to get a seat at our book talk with

Kendi (pre-covid-19). In many ways, 2020 felt like a beginning ... a beginning of a new civil rights movement. A beginning of a new multi-racial, -ethnic, and -generational coalition to make right the historic wrongs of our nation. It seemed like 2020 was making the statement “we are all in this together.” But that was this summer and not much has changed. More Black men have been killed at the hands of those who took an oath to protect and serve. No one was charged with the murder of Breonna Taylor. Violence in our cities has skyrocketed. The peaceful protests have themselves become a target of counter-protests and government and military intervention. And, at this writing, nearly a quarter-million Americans have died from covid-19. 2020 has been exhausting for sure, but we can’t afford to hibernate or have our voices muted. If we want 2021 to look differently, and if we want peace on earth this holiday season, we should consider the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he warned of an obnoxious peace. For “peace,” he said, “is not merely the absence of some negative force ... but it is the presence of some positive force.” I believe we the people are that positive force. So, let us not forget what 2020 presented us and let us push forward into a 2021 that promises both justice and peace.   Terri Lee Freeman, our 2020 Memphian of the Year, is president of the National Civil Rights Museum.

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Memphis Magazine - December 2020  

Terri Lee Freeman - Memphian of the Year Habitats Brantley Ellzey & Jim Renfrow Local Treasures Tom Gettelfinger 2020 Top Dentists

Memphis Magazine - December 2020  

Terri Lee Freeman - Memphian of the Year Habitats Brantley Ellzey & Jim Renfrow Local Treasures Tom Gettelfinger 2020 Top Dentists