Sunday, December 8 2013 6:47 PM EST2013-12-08 23:47:26 GMT
(WMC-TV) - It was a busy weekend for tow truck drivers as cars slid out of control on roadways when winter weather hit the area. For tow truck drivers like Champ Halam, closing business was not an optionMore >>
It was a busy weekend for tow truck drivers as cars slid out of control on roadways when winter weather hit the area.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 6:29 PM EST2013-12-08 23:29:17 GMT
(WMC-TV) - In Arkansas, electric crews are working overtime to restore power to Entergy Arkansas, Inc. customers. More than 1,000 people were in the dark at the peak of the storm in Poinsett County andMore >>
Electric crews are working overtime to restore power in Memphis and parts of Arkansas.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 6:05 PM EST2013-12-08 23:05:55 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A second round of winter weather moving into the Mid-South caused ice to form on roads, bridges, and overpasses in Shelby County. The icy conditions caused multiple accidents overnight on I-385More >>
A second round of winter weather caused ice to form on roads, bridges, and overpasses in Shelby County overnight.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 10:39 AM EST2013-12-08 15:39:36 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A woman in Tipton County reportedly shot and killed her husband early Sunday morning. Just before 6 a.m., deputies responded to a shooting on Highway 14 South in Brighton. When they arrived,More >>
A woman in Tipton County reportedly shot and killed her husband early Sunday morning.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 12:30 AM EST2013-12-08 05:30:07 GMT
(WMC - TV) - On Saturday, Tunica Police are investigating the killing of a soon-to-be-father outside of a nightclub. "Today is his birthday, he got killed on his birthday," said Linda Vaughn about herMore >>
On Saturday, Tunica Police are investigating the killing of a soon-to-be-father outside of a nightclub.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) – The building at 380 Beale Street has a notorious history, but not everyone wants to see it demolished.
So far, it seems that closing Club Crave, the most recent business to operate the building, has been a popular decision in the community. But knocking down the building may meet with some resistance.
"My initial reaction was that I couldn't believe it," said Erskine Gillespie, who wants to save the building at 380 Beale Street.
Erskine Gillespie created an online petition to save the building just moments after Memphis Mayor A C Wharton announced their plans to knock it down.
"Well, just because you have bad tenants would you tear your house down or would you move those tenants out and find other people that could come in and take care of your property?" said Gillespie.
Gillespie suggests turning back the clock instead and opening a theater for local and independent movies, similar to its original use as the Muhammad Ali Towne 2 Theatre that opened in June 1975.
George Miller owned the building then and now.
When the Plush Club was evicted, he warned future tenants:
"You're going to have to meet the scrub-clean test, and that means the DA is going to check you out."
This time around, Miller has declined comment on the advice of his attorney.
While the mayor and Beale Street merchants try to bulldoze the building, Gillespie hopes his petition collects enough digital signatures to ask them to think again.
"I'm hoping the mayor would give reconsideration to the statement he made on yesterday," said Gillespie. "There is historical value to that building."
He continued, "Let's think about other uses that we can do for that building and bring some more vitality to that end of Beale Street."
Gillespie's condemnation petition is expected to be filed mid-to-late January.
Miller and Crave owners are due in environmental court on Wednesday.
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