Solar panels installed on Cooper-Young trestle sculpture

Cooper Street’s trademark trestle art is now twinkling thanks to the power of the sun. Solar panels on the 13-year-old illuminated metal sculpture, which depicts architecture found in Cooper-Young, were installed Tuesday. the lights will need a full day’s sun tomorrow to reach full power. The installation followed a months-long campaign by neighborhood resident Daniel Atlas and the Cooper-Young Community Association to make the...

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Keeping it cool and saving money in the summer

Recently my wife and I made substantial cutbacks to our electric bill — nearly 50 percent from this year’s June and July billing period over last year’s. The cooler weather helped, but still. We’ve been using two methods.First, we moved the bedroom downstairs and turned off the upstairs air conditioning. (An uncooled upstairs can get into the 90s, so be careful what you leave up there.) We run the downstairs temperatures at around 80...

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Yard of the Month: 1893 Oliver

Name: Caleb Simmons, Mark Lambert and Jonathan Pearson Address: 1893 Oliver Avenue Types of flowers/plants/trees: Flower beds along the front porch are lined with red begonias and geraniums contrasted with variegated liriope and small boxwood shrubs with a backdrop of red-stemmed ferns and tall nandina shrubs.  Surrounding the large elm tree are various green plants and shrubs, including native hydrangea, large elephant ears and...

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Summer a perfect time to visit Chucalissa museum in Memphis

By Samantha Gibbs   It is the beginning of another hot summer in Memphis when schools are out and people begin to take vacations. As the summer season progresses, tourists travel from all over the nation and globe to visit Memphis to sample our delicious food and take in famous sites such as Graceland or Beale Street. These are places rich in history and are a great visit for anyone. However, Memphis is also full of hidden...

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New doors, paint improve recycling containers

Some more big changes are happening to the recycling containers at Walker and Cooper, located in the First Congregational Church parking lot. Some nifty new doors were installed by Signworks to help ensure the recyclables that you worked so hard to gather do not fall out en route to the recycling facility. This issue tended to be a problem primarily when the containers were very full or paper products were on top of the recycling pile...

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Volunteer painters needed June 26

Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26 to help paint a mural on the recycling containers outside First Congo Church at Cooper and Walker. No experience is needed and lunch is provided. Email info@urbanartcommission.org for information.

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