Video killed the radio star and the Amazon Echo Dot killed The Clapper

Thanks to a new partnership, you can do good for others while getting rid of the Amazon boxes that piled up during the holiday season. All you have to do is load up the boxes with clothing, accessories, and household goods you want to donate to Goodwill, print a free shipping label at, and take the box to UPS or the U.S. Postal Service and they will deliver the box to the nearest Goodwill location. Amazon will pay the cost of the shipping.

You can read the 2016 Memphis annual report, prepared by Mayor Strickland’s staff, here. It’s called Building a Foundation, and it lays out details of the foundation that is being put in place to address the most serious issues this city faces, such as poverty and crime.

The Green Beetle is having a Pokemon Party to ring in the New Year Saturday night. There will be three stops with lures. The $10 cover includes buffet style food, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. Normally I wouldn’t even bother to blog anything Pokemon, but New Year’s Eve is amateur night in general so this probably won’t suck any more than all the other parties Downtown.

Holly is giving away tickets to the New Year’s Eve party at the Cadre Building featuring Lord T and Eloise.

Cafe Pontotoc is closed until January with a plan to evolve for the better, but news of one change has made it to my ears already. They now have PBR on draft. Excellent, excellent decision.

A couple of Downtown places were mentioned in Choose901’s article on where to find clean eating options in Memphis. LYFE Kitchen, like Pontotoc, is closed for renovations for the time being. City Market is a sometimes overlooked gem for people who follow the clean-eating lifestyle, They sell juices, smoothies, and salads. I’ve seen people who do juice cleanses dart in there, an indication City Market is the real deal.

Albany police posed as panhandlers to catch distracted drivers. The signs they held up told exactly what they were doing, but the drivers didn’t pay attention.

There are ice skating lessons at the Fourth Bluff rink tonight at 5:30.

The Memphis Tigers host SMU at FedExForum tonight at 8.

That’s it for now. I have a BBQ meeting after work, so perhaps I will have some news to report tomorrow from that. Only four and a half months away!