November 02, 2017

Illinois students tour riverfront

Vice President Dorchelle Spence took some students from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on a riverfront tour on Nov. 2, 2017, from Memphis Park to Beale Street Landing on a gray, overcast day. Much was learned!  

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October 31, 2017

The Mississippi and Mark Twain

For a man who didn’t spend the majority of his life on the Mississippi, that river came to define the life and legacy of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Clemens is better known as Mark Twain, and there is the first clue as to how important the Mississippi River was to one of America’s most celebrated writers. […]

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February 16, 2017

Meet USACE retiree Carol Jones

What path lead you to working on the Mississippi River? It was divine intervention for sure. My whole career was divine intervention. When I came out of Christian Brothers University in 1982, there was a recession in the country, so they weren’t hiring a lot of civil engineers to build things. I was interviewing with […]

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July 20, 2016

RiverFolk: Captain Zach Bell

Captains Zach and Shelley Bell Photograph is courtesy of The Salvation Army Memphis Area Command. The Salvation Army is gearing up for The Most Amazing Race on August 20th! The race will start at 8:30 am at the Halloran Centre in downtown Memphis and end at Beale Street Landing where an after party awaiting teams, coordinators and volunteers. Teams of three […]

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April 12, 2016

Riverboats Return | Legendary Captain

Riverboat Captain James Gilmer was honored during New Sardis Baptist Church’s Living Legend event February 28, 2016. Captain Gilmer is the first African American riverboat captain on the Mississippi River. Be on the lookout for a RiverFolk post about Captain James Gilmer in the near future.   Sightseeing cruises from Memphis Riverboats are back in action. […]

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September 01, 2015

Why wait for the weekend?

Trennie Williams’ Take on Having Fun vs Being Fun Three words that describe Memphis: Mighty- “Memphis is mighty fun, mighty exciting, mighty in strength.” Enjoyable- “People just want to see Memphis and enjoy Memphis. You can’t say you weren’t enjoying it. Not the food? Not the music? Not an event?” Motivating “The potential motivates me as […]

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June 26, 2015

River Folk | Lee Whitwell

After being born and reared in Mt. Pleasant, TN and graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, Lee Whitwell came to Memphis to attend law school in 2011.  Since being here, Lee has been living, working and learning along the Memphis Riverfront.  His first apartment was on the river on Mud Island […]

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May 11, 2015

River Folk | Angela Edmondson

We met up with Angela on a moderately chilly Friday evening before her night out on the town starting with a photography exhibit at Memphis College of Art and then seeing one of her favorite bands from high school, Dryvin & Cryin, at Minglewood Hall. Angela Edmondson has lived in Memphis her whole life aside […]

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December 15, 2014

River Folk | Downtown Resident Joe Royer

We all know there are many, many amazing things about Memphis. Most of us can agree, however, that the people who live here and the beautiful river that flows on the edge of our downtown are a couple standouts on the top of the list. In our RiverFolk blog series, we will highlight both of […]

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