memphis tn


On this day in music history: February 24, 1992 - The US Postal Service begin a voting poll to select a design for a commemorative stamp honoring rock & roll icon Elvis Presley. Initially, the post office commission eight artists to design the image, which is narrowed down to two different versions of the stamp. The first one depicts the 50’s era “Young Elvis” painted by artist Mark Stutzman, with the other being the 70’s era “Mature Elvis” painted by artist John Berkey. The USPS offer ballots to the public on which one they prefer. Voters overwhelmingly choose the “Young Elvis” stamp by a margin of three to one when the results are revealed in the April 13, 1992 issue of People Magazine. The stamps are officially issued on January 8, 1993 in a dedication ceremony at Graceland in Memphis, TN, on what would have been Elvis’ 58th Birthday.


This is my younger cousin Jessica McCarthy, who has gone missing after arguing with her mother January 12. As far as we know, she has run away, but every attempt to contact her has come back with no results. She is a sixteen year old who has gone missing in a not-so-nice part of Germantown, and my entire family is desperate for some kind of help. At this point, the fears that she may have been hurt or taken is starting to get worse as time goes on.

Jessica is a sweet and artistic girl who has gotten into a bad crowd multiple times and has had thoughts of suicide in the past. We are terrified for her, but the police can do minimum with the amount of proof. Right now she is categorized as an endangered teen, but none of us know whether or not she’s staying away by choice at this point.

Please, I know about the fears of predators using this kind of thing to find someone in danger, but this beautiful girl is like a little sister to me. I can hardly sleep or eat right now I’m so scared, and no one seems to know where she is.

Please, I’m begging you. If you need a picture of me with her so you know I’m not some creep trying to find them, I’ve got plenty from over the years.

UPDATE: Jessica is home safe now, thank you to everyone who helped


His son was only five years old when Smith died. Todd Fox, Elmwood superintendent, hung a swing from a holly tree near his grave to make cemetery visits easier for the child. When the eighty-nine year old holly tree died and had to be replaced, the process of replacing old and decaying trees in the cemetery was named the Jeffrey Smith Reforestation Project. Friends did not forget young Jeffrey. In 2000 they erected another swing so that the boy could continue his visits to his father’s grave.  


Elmwood Cemetery
Memphis, TN

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