Wednesday update

The Union Mission has a couple of volunteer opportunities open.

Food server: This is someone who loves people and loves interacting with the Mission’s guests. There would be side work including cleaning the kitchen and dining room. No previous food service experience is required but must be willing to take direction from the kitchen manager. Shifts are 11 AM to 1 or 2 PM for lunch and 4:30 PM to 7 or 8 PM for dinner.

Food prep: Helps the kitchen manager prepare the meals. Enthusiastic about serving a hot meal to those in need without direct interaction with the guests. LIke the server role, no previous experience is required but must be willing to take direction from the kitchen manager. Shifts are 8 AM to 11 AM for lunch or 1 PM to 4 PM for dinner.

If interested in volunteering for either of these roles, email or call 901-343-6769.

In a presentation to the city council yesterday, DA Amy Weirich explained that the majority of drag racing and reckless driving cases are nolle prossed, meaning that the prosecutors decide not to move forward with the case. Weirich said moving ahead with charges involves locating witnesses who will testify that a specific person was driving the vehicle.

As for what could be done from a legislative perspective to make streets safer, Weirich suggested a law allowing police to seize the car when a drag racer is arrested, rather than waiting for a conviction. She also suggested making reckless driving a more serious misdemeanor with a heavier maximum sentence.

Fourth Street between Union and Crump will be renamed for Ida B. Wells. This would be a full renaming, not an honorary one, meaning mailing addresses would change, new street signs would be made, and the street name would change on maps. Wells was a journalist on an anti-lynching crusade in Memphis in the 1880s and 1890s.

Dr. Bean’s Coffee and Tea Emporium on South Main is hiring. Email for more information on open positions.

River City Records will host a meet & greet with Memphis guitarist Eric Gales on Saturday, January 29, with the time TBA. His latest album is set to be released the day before.

The Little Rock Central High basketball team got to use their Christmas present Monday – tickets to the Memphis Grizzlies MLK Day game. The Central team was invited to sit courtside for the Grizzlies’ warm-up. The Grizzlies gave them sweatshirts and other merchandise and a local business owner gave each Central player $100 to spend in the Grizzlies team store.

ZDnet has an article on how to protect yourself against various forms of stalkerware. You’ve probably heard of a stalker attaching an Apple AirTag to a victim’s car to track their location. This is just one of many tech-based stalking methods.

Desmond Bane has been setting basketball courts on fire lately, but he won’t be doing so tonight. He and Kyle Anderson have entered NBA health and safety protocols. The Grizzlies play an away game at the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at 7.

WREG reported on last weekend’s break-in at River Time Market & Deli.

Temperatures could fall this afternoon as much as 35 degrees in a couple of hours, Chelsea Chandler of ABC 24 reports. It’s quite possible we’ll see thunderstorms with hail, freezing rain, sleet, and snow all within 24 hours. The wind chill at 7 tomorrow morning is forecast to be 2. No I did not leave a digit out.

That’s it for now. Stay warm. Back tomorrow with more news.