May 31, 2012

Lil' Memphis Blues Society Bringing Big Named Acts to Town June 10th

Blues greats Cyril Neville, Mike Zito and Devon Allman will be performing in Memphis on Sunday, June 10th, as the Royal Southern Brotherhood will headline the Lil' Memphis Blues Society show.

While its counterpart in Tennessee has made the name famous and become known for its Blues music and its barbecue, for at least one day in June Memphis, Missouri will try to live up to its much larger sister's reputation for top music and food.

The Lil' Memphis Blues Society has planned a huge concert event the likes of which would make Beale Street patrons beg for more.

On Sunday June 10th, the Memphis City Square will be graced by a pair of nationally reclaimed blues acts as well as plenty of home-grown talent that should keep the music enthusiast happy all day long. If that weren't enough, the Scotland County Rotary Club will be pleasing the palette with the groups famous barbecue pork chops. A number of other BBQ experts will be sharing their wares on Sunday as well.

Former Memphis resident Mitch Prather will take the stage at noon to kick off the program. Fellow SCR-I grad Jake McBee and his wife Misty will also perform over the noon hour.

At 1 p.m. the Jefferson City band 2 Car Pile-Up will take the stage on the courthouse lawn. This bluegrass band features former Memphis resident David Luther.

The heat will be turned up a bit at 3 p.m. when top newcomer on the Blues circuit, Samantha Fish, will take the microphone. Fish recently was honored by the Blues Music Association with the award for Best New Artist Debut.

Headlining the show will be the Royal Southern Brotherhood, hitting the stage at 6 p.m.

The newly formed group features several names well know to the music world. Even newcomers to the Blues genre will recognize the surnames Allman and Neville.

Joining the iconic Cyril Neville and Devon Allman to form the, Royal Southern Brotherhood was Mike Zito. The group traces its roots back to a pivotal meeting in New Orleans in the summer of 2010 between the trio.

Talk turned to forming a new breed of blues-rock band, and when jams began at a secluded studio in the city's Garden District, the fizzing chemistry was too strong to deny.

A fistful of demos hinted at the project's potential, and the web buzzed as a volley of teaser videos hit YouTube, but Royal Southern Brotherhood truly arrived when they broke cover in the flesh at their debut show at New Orleans' Rock 'N' Bowl last September.

A new breed of southern rock was unleashed, as tumbling three-part harmonies and hickory-smoked guitar riffs weaved together both families' styles with added rocket-fuel.

A little about the RSB members. Cyril Neville is known as a poet, philosopher, percussion master and perhaps the South's last great soul singer. At age 63, this is the latest chapter in a career that began with 1970's debut solo single, Gossip, and his touchdown in the lineup of older brother Art's funk outfit, The Meters, who had already hit big with 1969's immortal Cissy Strut. Cyril lent percussion and vocals to classic albums including 1972's Cabbage Alley and 1975's Fire On The Bayou, and when ber-fan Mick Jagger invited The Meters to open the Rolling Stones' stadium tour of 1975, he suggested Cyril took vocals (they agreed). Post-Meters, he's been key to the rise of The Neville Brothers, created alchemy with Bob Dylan, Bono and Willie Nelson, toured with funk act Galactic, led his solo band Tribe 13, and made TV appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and HBO's Treme.

Likewise Devon Allman. As the son of Gregg Allman, the 36-year-old has rock 'n' roll in his DNA, but he's always walked his own path. Growing up apart from his father in St Louis, and refusing to trade on his celebrity surname, Devon's formative influences took in everyone from The Beatles to KISS, while his early bands ran the musical gamut rather than echo the Allmans. In 1999, he hit the radar as leader of Honeytribe, whose fearless albums announced him as a next-generation guitar hero, but by his thirties, the pull of his Southern heritage couldn't be denied, and he willingly fell into the soul-drenched blues-rock style that recalls his key influences, Carlos Santana and his uncle Duane Allman, while making his own mark.

In the last seven years, Devon has plotted an old-school ascent, crossing 14 countries on tour, blowing the roof off a new venue each night, and watching as fans and heroes alike fall under his spell. There's been a Top 10 hit in Spain with Javier Vargas, albums alongside Jack Bruce, jam sessions with heavyweights like Les Paul and Billy Gibbons, even the launch of his own signature amp with Fuchs Audio Technology. When Devon takes the stage - either with Honeytribe or during cameos with his father and the Allmans - fans are wowed by a guitarist who can be smooth, savage or seismic, but it's in Royal Southern Brotherhood that you'll hear this modern master playing at full-throttle.

Not many guitarists could stand toe-to-toe with him. Step up Mike Zito: the blues ace whose ear for melody provides the counterpoint to his wingman's rocking tendencies. Nominated in 2011 for the Blues Music Foundation's 'Best Blues Rock' award, and winner of 2010's Blues Music Award for 'Song Of The Year' with the title track of Pearl River (a co-write with Cyril Neville), few stars are rising faster. As former St Louis circuit-mates and friendly rivals, Devon and Mike have history, and while the guitarist has known trials in his life - just listen to 2011's award-nominated Greyhound album for an account of the addictions that left him homeless in Florida - Royal Southern Brotherhood finds him long-term sober and with soul flowing through his fingers.

It is through the later member of RSB, that the group finds itself traveling to Lil' Memphis.

Promoter Jamie Parker brought Zito to Memphis back in January for a show at the V.F.W. Post.

"It's never simple is it?," Parker said of that first encounter. "Fellow Lil' Memphis Blues Society member Everett Keith Junior grabbed me in Keith's parking lot a few years back and said our buddy Mike Burns in St. Louis had fallen in love and 'you gotta here this guy James... he's phenomenal'. So it was Burns in St. Louis to Junior to me to get the St. Louis Zito sound to Memphis."

Parker noted there are a number of similarly interested promoters in Keokuk, Quincy and Kirksville that have helped this region be able to draw in some of the bigger names in the Blues industry.

Still, landing the Royal Southern Brotherhood is quite a coup. Parker noted that fellow society member Mike Gelbach first introduced locals to the sound of RSB. Knowing Zito was part of the newly formed band, the members began to work on bringing the band to Memphis immediately following Zito's trip in January.

"We get Zito here in January and we all begged him to come back for a bigger crowd," said Parker. "I just shot an offer to Tina Terry who is RSB's agent at Piedmont Talent. She says 'well if you like Zito as much as I do, he likes this KC girl Samantha Fish.' So we get them both."

Look for more details on the concert in next week's edition.

MDC Reports Three New Cases of CWD From Mandatory Sampling

Final results from 19,200+ deer tested show total of five cases of chronic wasting disease, with none in Scotland County.

As part of MDC’s mandatory CWD sampling efforts, MDC staff remove lymph nodes for CWD testing from the neck of a buck harvested in central Missouri the opening weekend of fall firearms deer season.


The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports it has received final results from the more than 19,200 tissue samples tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) following the Department’s mandatory sampling of deer harvested on Nov. 12 and 13 in 29 counties in northeast, central, and east-central Missouri in and around where the disease has been found.

From those final results, MDC has confirmed that five deer have tested positive for the deadly deer disease, including an adult buck harvested in southeast Adair County, an adult buck harvested in northwest Macon County, and an adult buck harvested southwest Franklin County. The five total cases also include a yearling male harvested in southeast Jefferson County and a mature buck harvested in northern Franklin County, as previously reported by MDC in December 2016.

The department has also received test results for approximately 650 tissue samples collected for CWD testing in seven counties in southwest Missouri. No deer from southern Missouri have tested positive for the disease. The target counties are close to where more than 100 cases of CWD have been found in Northwest Arkansas.

“This has been a huge undertaking and we greatly appreciate the help from participating hunters and businesses during our sampling efforts,” said MDC Wildlife Disease Coordinator Jasmine Batten. “While it is disappointing to detect any CWD cases, overall the results to date are encouraging. Given the large number of deer tested and the small number of cases detected, CWD appears to remain relatively rare in the state.”

The five new positive cases bring the total number of CWD cases detected in free ranging deer in Missouri to 38 with 10 found in Adair, 1 in Cole, 3 in Franklin, 1 in Jefferson, 1 in Linn, and 22 in Macon counties.

Batten added the Department’s next steps include working with landowners in the immediate areas around where cases of CWD have been found to harvest and test additional deer this winter. Affected counties are:  Adair, Cole, Crawford, Franklin, Jefferson, Linn, Macon, Moniteau, Ste. Genevieve, and St. Francis.

“This additional sampling will help MDC staff better determine the extent of the disease and help limit its spread,” she explained. “Research shows that CWD tends to be clumped in local areas. When we find a deer with CWD, removing other deer in the immediate area can remove other deer that may be infected. This can help slow the spread of the disease.”

She noted MDC continues to collect tissue samples from deer harvested in northeast, central, east-central, and southwest Missouri throughout the remaining deer-hunting season, which ends Jan. 15. Tissue samples are being taken by participating taxidermists and at MDC offices and other sampling locations in the affected regions. MDC encourages hunters who harvest deer in these areas to have them tested for the disease. Find sampling locations online at MDC also encourages the public to report sick deer to their local conservation agent or MDC office.

“Once the season is over and our sampling efforts are done for the year, we will then examine the results from our overall sampling and testing efforts to better determine future sampling needs,” Batten added.

For more information on the Department’s CWD sampling efforts and testing results, visit and look under “CWD Surveillance Summary.”

Hunters who participated in the Department’s CWD sampling efforts can get test results for their harvested deer online at

Chronic Wasting Disease infects only deer and other members of the deer family by causing degeneration of the brain. The disease has no vaccine or cure and is 100‐percent fatal. For more information on CWD, visit For information on processing and consuming meat from deer with CWD, visit the Department of Health and Senior Services at

Hunters Harvest 10,602 Deer During Missouri Alternative-Methods Portion

The Missouri Department of Conservation will reduce the availability of firearm antlerless deer hunting permits from “any number” in most of the state to one in most of the state beginning this fall.

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 10,602 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms season, which ran Dec. 24- Jan. 3. Of the total harvest, 2,787 were antlered bucks, 1,496 button bucks, and 6,319 does. Top harvest counties were Oregon with 262 deer harvested, Callaway with 199, and Pike with 195.

Scotland County hunters checked in 151 deer, including 36 antlered bucks.

The harvest total for last year’s alternative-methods portion was 11,078, consisting of 3,001 antlered bucks, 1,593 button bucks, and 6,484 does.

For 2016 harvest totals by county and season portion, visit the MDC website at under “Telecheck: Deer and Turkey Harvest Data.” For past season numbers, visit the same link under “Deer Harvest Summaries.”

During the alternative methods-portion of firearms deer season, hunters are allowed to use muzzle-loading firearms, center-fire pistols, air-powered guns, bows, crossbows, or atlatls.

Deer hunting continues for this season with statewide archery hunting through Jan. 15. In December, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations for the 2017-2018 deer-hunting season dates including:

Archery Deer: Sept 15 through Nov. 10 and Nov. 22 through Jan. 15, 2018

Firearms Deer Early Youth Portion: Oct. 28 and 29

Firearms Deer November Portion: Nov. 11-21

Firearms Deer Late Youth Portion: Nov. 24-26

Firearms Antlerless Portion: Dec. 1-3

Firearms Alternative Methods Portion: Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, 2018

City Seeking Partners to Help Fund  Park Shelter Upgrades

In a continuing effort to revitalize the municipal parks system, the City of Memphis on Thursday night authorized a pair of projects to upgrade shelters at Johnson and Legion parks.

The city council unanimously approved a project to replace the roof of the Legion Park shelter. A new ceiling will be installed to protect the shelter’s interior and to deter birds and other unnecessary access to the interior of the roof while also improving lighting and other aesthetics.

Initial cost estimates for the project were approximately $2,200. Superintendent Roy Monroe noted that if additional funding could be allocated, the facility’s restrooms could be upgraded as well.

The council also authorized replacing the largest shelter at Johnson Park that has deteriorated due to age and weather.

The project calls for a new 18′ x 32′ concrete pad and installation of a new metal shelter, similar to the ones installed at the softball field to protect the bleachers.

Estimated costs for the project are $5,500.

The Scotland County Rotary Club had helped create the initial park shelters and assisted in upkeep and maintenance. The city is pursuing continued support for the projects from the club and also has contacted the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce to seek aid for the upgrades.

Any other groups or individuals that would like to help with the park upgrades can contact City Hall at 660-465-7285.

SC Health Department Offers Walking Step Challenge

The Walking Step Challenge is an eight week wellness program that can and will help you jumpstart your physical activity in the new year.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get the exercise you need to stay healthy and fit. You will be counting your walking steps and logging them down each day you walk.

Some of the health benefits of doing this step challenge will be that you will have more energy and endurance, it will help you sleep better at night, it helps reduces lifetime risk of chronic conditions such as obesity, heart attacks, diabetes and it will strengthen your bones and muscles.

Sign up starts January 9th. Please stop by the Health Department or call for more information at 660-465-7275.

The Walking Step Challenge starts January 18th at 5:30 PM at the Scotland County Fitness Center.

If you are going to participate “PLEASE” bring a change of shoes and a pedometer. If you have met your step goal each week, you will be put into a drawing for a six month membership to the Scotland County Fitness Center.

City Council Receives Update on Demolition Grant Progress at January Meeting

The final hurdle in moving forward with the demolition of several dilapidated buildings in Memphis appears set to be removed allowing the long-awaited project to finally get underway, possibly yet this winter.

Dave Davidson of the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission informed the Memphis City Council on January 5th that the following day was the final deadline for the last remaining property to be cleared in title searches against existing liens.

Ten of thee 11 properties already are cleared for demolition, but one property maintained a lien against it following title searches of all entries in the $100,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded to the City of Memphis during the summer of 2016.

The property owner received a 30-day grace period to remove the lien. The grace period was set to expire January 6th.

The project previously had been held up by possible conflicts with historical preservation concerns. Davidson suggested that documentation of the histories of the property(s) that possibly could fall under federal historical guidelines, likely would add $3,000 to $4,000 to the project cost, but added he believed grant funds could be used to pay for the archival process.

The CDBG  grant will fund $67,500 for demolition of 10 residential properties and $15,200 for one commercial property. The city will provide $5,500 in in-kind services as well as $500 in funding while private property holders will contribute $8,040 to the projects total estimated cost of $116,423.

The commercial property is located at 128 S. Market Street. The 10 residential properties are located at 350 Green St., 127 N. Clay, 425 N. Clay, 628 Lindell Blvd., 120 N. Adams, 474 E. Jackson, 360 S. Market, 543 N. Market, 120 S. Cecil and 423 N Main.


In other business, the council approved the sale of a 1969 Chevrolet C40 Truck being sold as surplus property. The high bid of $533 was accepted from Brian Holton.


The council approved advertising for bids for hay ground rental at the Memphis Cemetery. Sealed bids for the harvest of hay on land adjacent to the cemetery are being sought for a one year period, with possible extensions for the following two years.

The contract is available for review at Memphis City Hall. Bids need to be calculated according to price per large bale.  Bids will be received until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2.


Dennis Blaine was present at the council meeting to discuss concerns about the designation of a sewer line as a private service line as opposed to a city main.

Blaine discussed repairs that were completed at his residence on Lincoln Street. A sewer blockage was identified in a 4-inch line that ran between two man holes on Lincoln Street.

Superintendent Roy Monroe indicated the line was initially installed by the property owners and there was no record showing it as anything but a private service line.

Normally the property owner is responsible for all repairs and maintenance of sewer and water lines from the residence to connection at the city main.

Initially when these repairs were performed between the mains, he was told he would be responsible for the costs.

However the council agreed that, while this may have previously been designated a private line, because it was in the street right of way and was serving more than one residence, it should be designated as a city main.

The council agreed to reimburse Blaine the labor costs as well as cost of fill rock for the project, which totaled approximately $3,400.

The council also designated as policy moving forward that sewer and water lines that may initially have been private construction projects, but that now serve more than one residence  or take the place of what likely later would have been constructed as a city main, be reviewed for possible re-designation from private to public maintenance status.

Lake Show-Me to Receive Upgrades As Part of New Municipal Agreement With Conservation Department

A new 25-year cooperative management agreement between the Missouri Department of Conservation and the City of Memphis will come with several improvements at Lake Show-Me.

The two entities will renew a quarter-century deal to govern the 225 acre impoundment that serves at the main water source for the city as well as a top recreational destination for hunters and fishermen.

As part of the new agreement, MDC has pledged to design and construct a new floating fishing dock, that will allow the existing floating fishing dock to be relocated to the south lake access.

The new floating fishing dock will be 18′ x 36′ and will be covered and include an interior access well. The dock will be attached with a cement pier, with the entire facility being handicapped accessible.

The conservation department will also fund the construction of new restroom facilities at both the north and south access sites to serve the two fishing docks.

The final improvement will be a 12′ x 18′ courtesy boat dock to be placed adjacent to the boat ramp. The project will include a 45′ gangway to allow boaters access to the parking area.

MDC will contribute $177,000 to the cost of the projects and as part of the agreement, will be responsible for the cost of any major repairs to the new facilities, as well as parking areas and sidewalks to be installed by the city.

The City of Memphis will fund approximately $16,000 worth of construction including new parking pads at both access sites as well as sidewalks.

The agreement calls for a 16′ x 30″ pad, six-inches thick, near the boat ramp at the main access, as well as a 24′ x 30′ parking pad next to the new restrooms at the south access. Sidewalks will be installed to connect the new parking area to the courtesy dock, as well as a sidewalk to connect the parking pad to the new south fishing dock access.

The city will also be responsible for the pump out, demolition and removal of the existing privy at both access sites.

The current improvements date back to a Community Assistance Program agreement between the two parties entered in 1991. A new fish cleaning station was installed in 2014.

Orson Kane West First Baby of 2017 Born at Scotland County Hospital

Orson Kane West, the son of Kristen Dunning and Cody West of Fort Madison, IA, was the first baby of 2017 born at Scotland County. They are pictured with Dr. Brigitte Cormier along with OB Nurses, Barbie Courtright and Tonya Small.

Scotland County Hospital in Memphis is pleased to announce the first baby born in 2017 at the Women’s Center.  Orson Kane West, the son of Kristen Dunning & Cody West of Fort Madison, IA, was born on January 4, 2017, at 4:45 a.m. and weighs 8 lbs-8 oz and is 21.5 inches long.  He is welcomed home by his big brother Oliver.  Dr. Brigitte Cormier delivered the baby.  Dr. Cormier is no stranger to this family.  She delivered Orson’s older brother at Scotland County Hospital’s Women’s Center two years ago.

Grandparents are Mark & Debbie West of Hamilton, IL; Bill Dunning of Bloomfield, IA; and Amy Tarpein of Hamilton, IL.

Orson and his parents received a shower of gifts from the following businesses, individuals and organizations: Community Bank of Memphis; Cook’s Mens Store; Countryside Flowers; Harrison Insurance Agency; Kim Nicoli, Attorney; Laser Creations-Aaron & Stacie Dannenhauer; Memphis Farm & Home; Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri; Payne Funeral Chapel; Scotland County Health & Fitness Center; RPM Truck Accessories; US Bank; SCCC/SCH Auxiliary; Sew & Go Quilt Guild of Scotland & Schuyler Counties.

The Women’s Center & staff were busy following Orson’s birth.  Baby girl Avery Paige, the daughter of Emily & Brent, was born a few hours later at 3:05 pm and later that evening, baby boy Theodore James, the son of Cody and Kelsey, was born at 1:38 a.m.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thurs. January 12 – Meatloaf, Lima Beans, Pineapple-Cheese Salad, Bread, Glazed Donut

Friday, January 13 – Crunchy Fish Fillet, Scalloped Potatoes, Peas, Cornbread, Cherry Salad

Monday, January 16 – Chili or Potato Soup, Pimento Cheese Sandwich, Buttered Broccoli, Pears, Cookie

Tuesday, January 17 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Buttered Corn, Cottage Cheese, Garlic Bread, Peaches

Wed., January 18 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Spinach, Hot Roll, Fruit Cocktail

Thurs. January 19 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Wax Beans, Bread, Cake


Thursday, January 12 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 18 – Board and Business Meeting 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 19 – Scotland County Health Department blood pressure checks here; Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Hair Co Starts Second Year of Wigs with Love

The Wigs With Love fundraiser is helping provide hair care for local cancer patients.

by Andrea Brassfield

Michele Garnett, owner of Hair Co in Memphis, recalls sitting in her salon with her good friend, Suzie Lister, one year ago, visiting about cancer and all the people they personally knew who were fighting this terrible disease.  Their good friend, Charlie, had just been diagnosed and was in the hospital.

As is often the case, people feel helpless when their family and friends are suffering from something and they just want to do something to help.  “I had thought about a way to help cancer patients with wigs, because no one with cancer should have to pay for a wig.”  Michele explained.  “We know that the Cancer Society will give you one, but it is difficult for people in the midst of this terrible diagnosis and treatment, to go and pick out a wig that is right for them.”

Michele knew that Charlie’s wife, Beth would also be “on board’ with this effort, not only because of Charlie’s experiences, but because she had always loved helping people with wigs.  In the past, the ladies at Hair Co had already helped people with their wigs by contacting friends and family who might want to help out.

As they were visiting, Suzie prompted Michele to move forward with her idea.  She handed Michele a basket and told her to use it for donations and Michele’s son Brandon, who was also visiting, took out his wallet and handed her $20, giving Michele her first Wigs of Love donation.  She could feel her heart swell and knew it was time to make her idea a reality!

Michele started the Wigs of Love campaign by posting her idea to Facebook, letting everyone know that wig donations could be brought to Hair Co and that anyone in need would get a wig consult, a wig, a wig stand and a wig cap.  Also, when it was time to shave off remaining hair, Hair Co would provide that service at no cost.

Within two days, enough money had been donated to purchase two wigs.  “My heart grew with pride,” stated Michele.  “Since that day, we have helped eight ladies with wigs and making a big decision in their steps to recovery.”  Michele also wants this to be a service that men will seek.  Though losing their hair may not be as hard on them, she remembers watching Charlie hate to see his hair fall out.

Michele hopes this project continues to help our community and says, “As we know too many people are being diagnosed with cancer and any little thing we can do helps.”

If you know anyone who needs this service, have them call Michele, Beth or Kaela at 660-465-7700 to set up a personal consult.  Also, if you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please stop by and leave your money at Hair Co.

VFW Auxiliary Receives New Members

The Auxiliary of the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars met for the first meeting of 2017.  Two individuals were voted into the membership.

Other business included finding workers for the theatre on January 8th and the high school basketball concession stand on January 30.  Please call President Eggleston if you can volunteer.

A VFW potato bar is being discussed as a fundraiser, and members are encouraged to come to the February meeting to help with the planning.

The stagette, featuring soup and sandwiches, will be held on January 27. Desserts are appreciated.

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