Wednesday update

South Main Book Juggler will host a book signing in conjunction with South Main Trolley Night this Friday from 6 to 9 PM. Author Earnest E. Lacey will sign his third book regarding the journey of his family, Hilton Street: From Memphis to Chicago. This book describes the family’s life as African-Americans during the 1950s Jim Crow era in Memphis and their transition to Chicago during the Great Migration.

WMC Action News reports that a suspected robber jumped in the Mississippi River to elude arrest. Monday night about 2 AM, he approached two women in a Downtown bar and asked them for money. After they left the bar, he followed them and snatched one of their purses. The next morning an MPD officer recognized that he fit the description and attempted to detain him. The suspected robber ran away and when he got to Beale Street Landing, he jumped in the river. He was soon hauled out and arrested.

Yo Gotti & Friends Birthday Bash happens tomorrow night, Thursday June 28, at FedExForum starting at 7 PM.

The Grizzlies have announced their Summer League roster. Of course, rookies Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jevon Carter are going. Other notables include former Tiger Markel Crawford, as well as both two-way players Kobi Simmons and Myke Henry, Deyonta Davis, and Wayne Selden. Davis is going to be under the gun to impress given the number of bigs on the current Grizzlies roster.

I Love Memphis Blog profiled Alex Castle, the distiller at Old Dominick Distillery. She took over the @memphistravel Instagram for a day, giving an in-depth look at the distilling process.

The annual Withers Creatives Festival happens tomorrow through Saturday at the Withers Collection Museum & Gallery at 333 Beale. This festival is about developing creative talent in Memphis and this year the featured categories are photography, film, and music.

No lunch photo from yesterday but I want to compliment the Exlines’ on Wolf River Boulevard just west of Germantown Parkway. It was my first visit to that Exlines’ location. Service was great – I was in and out in under 45 minutes. The garlic loaf that came with my spaghetti with Aunt Vi’s meat sauce rocked my world.

If you’ve wondered what afternoon tea at Chez Philippe in the Peabody is like, check out this blog post.

Eric Mathews from Start Co. is looking for recent or future college engineering graduates looking for meaningful full- or part-time work in a growing medical device manufacturing company here in Memphis. Eric said the work is well-compensated. If you would be interested, hit him up at

The Arkansas Razorbacks pounded that Beaver last night, beating Oregon State to go up 1-0 in the best-of-three College World Series finals. They could take the championship in tonight’s game at 6 on ESPN. Much as I love watching Arkansas at Max’s Sports Bar, I’ve had it walking down there in the heat for now, especially since I have at least two more such walks this week: Friday (South Main Trolley Night) and Saturday (Farmers Market/Earnestine & Hazel’s/Max’s/BBQ meeting). I’m going to keep it close to home tonight and watch the game at the Blind Bear. Back tomorrow with more news.