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Nathan Bedford Forest’s Birthday Celebrated in Park That Doesn’t Bear His Name

The sound of cannon fire boomed across Health Sciences Park in Memphis on Sunday as more than 200 people came out to celebrate the 192nd birthday of Nathan Bedford Forrest, reports The Commercial Appeal
This year’s event marked the first at the Medical Center site since the Memphis City Council changed the name of that park and two others with Confederate themes, but speakers throughout the day proudly maintained that they were celebrating in Forrest Park.
Forrest, described as “a military genius,” enlisted as a private in the Confederate army in 1861 and became a lieutenant general by the end of the Civil War. He also continues to be a figure despised by many because of his early leadership role in the Ku Klux Klan.
The celebration was sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the General Nathan Bedford Forrest Historical Society.
In February, the City Council changed the names of Confederate Park, Jefferson Davis Park and Forrest Park to Memphis Park, Mississippi River Park and Health Sciences Park, respectively.

On Amazon, DT McCall & Sons, Sales Taxes, Chutzpah, Etc.

Here’s a media advisory from Alliance for Main Street Fairness, which is pushing the notion that Amazon.com should be required to collect state sales taxes::
Nashville, TN – One of the oldest businesses in Tennessee, DT McCall & Sons, will join with the Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF) on Thursday, August 25th to address the negative impact providing a special deal to out-of-state, Internet companies like Amazon.com will have on Volunteer State employers.
DT McCall & Sons went into business in 1896 and have been employing Tennesseans and participating in its community for more than a century. Now they find their own state government giving an advantage to an out-of-state company seeking to establish a facility in the same town as one of their four stores. They believe this is not only unfair, but that the jobs created by Amazon will result in the loss of small business jobs elsewhere in Tennessee .
And here’s the opening line reaction of Chas Sisk, who a while back wrote stories on allegations that McCall & Sons was not giving the state the sales tax money it collected:
Not sure whether this should be called irony, chutzpah or something else entirely.
Mike Cohen, the PR guy for AMSF who sent out the news release was asked by email if he had any further comment on the McCall & Sons situation, given Chas’ blog post and the company’s sales tax past. His reply:
We are proud to have a firm like DT McCall and Sons, with 115 years of doing business in Tennessee, joining with the Alliance to call for everyone to be treated fairly and believe they will be an effective voice on this issue.
Which, as Sisk says…