There's plenty to do, see, and learn in Memphis, Tennessee.
Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located on the 4th Chickasaw Bluff, south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers. Memphis had a population of 672,277 at the 2011 census, making it the largest city in the state of Tennessee, the third largest in the Southeastern United States, and the 20th largest in the United States. The greater Memphis metropolitan area, including adjacent counties in Mississippi and Arkansas, had a 2010 population of 1,316,100. This makes Memphis the second largest metropolitan area in Tennessee, surpassed only by metropolitan Nashville, which has overtaken Memphis in recent years. Memphis is the youngest of Tennessee's major cities. A resident of Memphis is referred to as a Memphian, and the Memphis region is known, particularly to media outlets, as "Memphis & The Mid-South".
Because it occupies a substantial bluff rising from the Mississippi River, the site of Memphis is a natural location for settlement. The area was first settled by the Mississippian Culture and then by the Chickasaw Indian tribe. For 10,000 years they occupied the bluffs along the river, building a large mound on the bluff. European exploration came later, beginning in the 16th century with Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and French explorers led by Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle.
Memphis is well known for its cultural contributions to the identity of the American South. Many renowned musicians grew up in and around Memphis and moved from the Mississippi Delta. These included such musical greats as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, W. C. Handy, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. Jones, Al Green, Alex Chilton, Justin Timberlake, Three 6 Mafia, The Sylvers, Jay Reatard and many others.
Memphis council weighing steps to remove Confederate statues - Chattanooga Ti...
22 Aug 2017 at 4:52pm
Chattanooga Times Free PressMemphis council weighing steps to remove Confederate statuesChattanooga Times Free Press
A statue of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest sits in a park on Aug. 18, 2017 in Memphis
. Rally organizer and student doctor Bryan Goodman says the statue of Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan, represents hate and pain.Under cover? City lays out possible future for Confederate statueswreg.comTN
Gov. Bill Haslam Weighs In On Confederate Monument Debatewww.localmemphis.comHaslam: Local governments should decide fate of own Confederate monumentsMemphis Business JournalThe Commercial Appeal -FOX13 Memphisall 84 news articles »
Haslam touts record visitor spend in Memphis, $3.3 billion, and Tennessee, $1...
22 Aug 2017 at 4:02pm
The Commercial AppealHaslam touts record visitor spend in Memphis, $3.3 billion, and Tennessee, $19.3 billionThe Commercial Appeal
Tourists spent a record $19.3 billion in Tennessee
in 2016, including $3.3 billion in Memphis
and Shelby County, Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday. The industry, which ranks second to agriculture in Tennessee
, was responsible for 176,500 jobs and $1.7 ...
Tourists Spent More Than $19 Billion in Tennessee
Last YearU.S. News & World ReportTennessee
Tourism Broke Records (Again) Last YearMemphis Flyer (blog)all 6 news articles »
Tennessee AMBER Alert issued for 4-year-old Memphis boy Canceled - WZTV
20 Aug 2017 at 9:12pm
WZTVTennessee AMBER Alert issued for 4-year-old Memphis boy CanceledWZTVTennessee
AMBER Alert issued for 4-year-old Memphis
boy Canceled. by Adrian Mojica. Sunday, August 20th 2017. Zion Byrd.PNG. 20842015_1824869240873854_122929272421242147_n.jpg.UPDATE: 4-year-old boy from Memphis found safe | WJHLWJHLUpdate: Memphis
child found safe after AMBER alertWSMV Nashvilleall 18 news articles »
Memphis continues fight to remove Confederate statues - wreg.com
14 Aug 2017 at 11:36am
wreg.comMemphis continues fight to remove Confederate statueswreg.comMEMPHIS
. ? The City of Memphis is pushing ahead on its legal effort to convince a state agency for permission to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest from a city park. If City Council and Mayor Jim Strickland had their way ...
City of Memphis
to sue Tenn
. to get Confederate statues removedFOX13 MemphisRemoved Confederate Memorials Could Be Relocated To Another Town's SquareHuffPostall 58 news articles »
Live coverage of Solar Eclipse 2017 - wreg.com
21 Aug 2017 at 11:01am
wreg.comLive coverage of Solar Eclipse 2017wreg.comMEMPHIS
. ? The Great American Eclipse is underway and our WREG team is live covering what's happening in our area and beyond beginning at noon. Around here, the darkness will peak at 1:22 this afternoon, but you should notice a difference ...Solar eclipse 2017: Memphis
Redbirds take a timeout for celestial home runThe Commercial Appealall 13 news articles »
Girl Scouts collecting used eclipse glasses - WMC Action News 5
22 Aug 2017 at 4:52am
Chicago TribuneGirl Scouts collecting used eclipse glassesWMC Action News 5
You can drop off the glasses at the Girl Scouts office on White Station Road in Memphis
. And if you're thinking about saving the glasses for the next eclipse in 2024--triple check your glasses, because some of them expire after a certain amount of time.How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse SafelyNASA/JPL Edu NewsAstronomers Without Borders - Home | FacebookFacebookReputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers | Solar Eclipse Across America - August 21, 2017Solar Eclipse Across America - American Astronomical Societyall 150 news articles »
Two fathers charged after deadly weekend for children in Memphis - wreg.com
21 Aug 2017 at 3:36pm
wreg.comTwo fathers charged after deadly weekend for children in Memphiswreg.comMEMPHIS
. ?Another man was charged Monday in the shooting death of a child after a deadly weekend in Memphis. Corderro Wilhite was arrested and charged with reckless homicide in the death of his 8-year-old son on Parkland Road in the ...4 people shot in North Memphis
drive-byWMC Action News 5Eight people shot in night of violence - one of the eight is deadThe Commercial AppealWoman dies in North Memphis
shootingFOX13 MemphisDaily Mailall 35 news articles »
Tennessee & Memphis lead nation in kids hurt with neglected guns ... - WMC Ac...
21 Aug 2017 at 5:13pm
wreg.comTennessee & Memphis lead nation in kids hurt with neglected guns ...WMC Action News 5
Chief Consumer Investigator Andy Wise just got his hand on a report that says Tennessee and Memphis are the country's king and queen of gun carelessness.Memphis leads country in children shooting themselves, leaders ...FOX13 Memphisall 4 news articles »
TN Congressman proposes impeaching President Trump - WMC Action News 5
17 Aug 2017 at 12:18pm
TN Congressman proposes impeaching President TrumpWMC Action News 5
Republican condemned Trump on Thursday by saying he had not shown that he "understands what has made this nation great." As for the Confederate monuments in Memphis
, Cohen supports removing the monuments. He said Mayor Jim ...and more »
Girl, 4, critical after accidental shooting - WMC Action News 5 ... - WMC Act...
18 Aug 2017 at 7:00pm
Girl, 4, critical after accidental shooting - WMC Action News 5 ...WMC Action News 5
Memphis police are investigating a shooting in the 3000 block of Egan Drive, just south of the intersection South Mendenhall and Cottonwood roads.and more »