MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dozens of protesters associated with the Black Lives Matter movement snarled traffic outside Graceland for nearly two hours on Tuesday, using tactics designed to stay just within the letter of the law.

Memphis police tried to keep the streets clear while enforcing an ordinance requiring permits for gatherings of more than 25 people. So when 70 protesters arrived at the home of the late Elvis Presley, they split into groups of no more than 20.

Police soon detained four people for blocking Elvis Presley Boulevard, so the protesters got creative, breaking into smaller groups and staying on the move, taking turns crossing the street from sidewalk to sidewalk. Lines of cars soon stretched in both directions, and some motorists honked horns in solidarity.

And so it went for nearly two hours in the 90-degree heat, with chants of “No justice, no peace” and signs reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Memphis Poorest City.”

The protest comes the day after a meeting between Memphis officials and community members where movement leaders presented a list of demands to the city.

That meeting followed a protest Sunday that ended peacefully and without arrests after marchers blocked the Interstate 40 bridge, which connects Tennessee and Arkansas over the Mississippi River.

With protests spreading the country over last week’s police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota and a black sniper’s killing of five police officers in retaliation, activists are trying to adapt their tactics.

Community activist Joe Hunter said protesters chose Graceland because it’s a prominent tourist attraction that draws money into the city.

“If you want to make noise, you do it here on a Tuesday afternoon, when tourists are taking pictures.

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016

Just want to share with my visitors that Jesse phoned me late yesterday afternoon.  He sounded wonderful and is doing all right.  We had a really good visit.  He did tell me that he has a good garden again this year and that he would love to send me some photos of it.  Jesse was telling me that he really admires Robert Redford being able to still make movies, etc. at his age.  Jesse said that he can still strum a guitar and sing though and I told him “Well, that’s what’s important!”  I am sure that my readers will all agree with that.  Some things going on had kept him from phoning last week, so naturally, I was getting very worried about him and was ecstatic to hear his voice and know that he is OK.





My web site reached a new visitor count milestone this week.   My visitor count has exceeded 950,000 visits!  My goal is one million…hopefully by Jesse’s birthday.

My sincerest thanks to every one of you who have made this visitor count take place.

950,000 visitor count on my site

I also want to acknowledge, and thank, all of the visitors to my site from all over the world.   I truly feel so happy when I see a list showing so many foreign nations represented in the list of the most recent 20 visits.  I captured the below image a little while back and saved it because it does show such a wide range of locations.

Visitor map for  PulseMaps


SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016

I received a letter and a gift from Jesse in the mail this week and I don’t think he will mind my sharing it here.  I have not asked his permission to share the following tiny excerpt from his letter.  I don’t think he will mind as I am always so careful to not display anything of a private nature.   

My heartfelt thanks to Jesse for all he does for me.  He is my hero and my big brother who I love dearly.

Jesse's letter with Hood ad framed


Hood Ad Image from Jesse



A good friend on Facebook, Jeannette, shared the below video with me and I enjoyed it.  I hope everyone will…especially Jesse.  

Lucia Porfirio Maniuc


This looks very nice…

Businesses welcome Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail completion, hope payoff will come soon

“Hello Linda.  I was looking at one of the comparison pics of Jesse and Elvis and noticed another area on both that are spot-on.  I circled them on the pics.  If people can’t see that Jesse is Elvis then they are blind.  Also their chins and bottom lips are identical. Here is the picture I hope you share it.”

Mike Mcfarlin  comparison of Jesse and Elvis


TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016

I received a response on one of my Facebook pages to my request that everyone sign the petition asking that Elvis’ birthday be made a federal holiday.  The response to my request irked me somewhat.  The person wrote to me ” You gotta be kidding …or are you truly serious about this?“.  I wanted to share my answer to his inane question below:  Elvis is known all over the world as a symbol of America’s goodwill and greatness. He is the ONLY American who is recognized even in remote areas of the world by the sound of his voice, first name only and by sight of his face. Take a look at the official statement issued the day after Elvis’ death: “Statement by the President on the Death of Elvis Presley
August 17, 1977


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The American Presidency Project

“Elvis Presley’s death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable. More than 20 years ago, he burst upon the scene with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equaled. His music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense, and he was a symbol to people the world over of the vitality, rebelliousness, and good humor of his country.”


This performance of this song is one of my very, very favorites.  I love the spoken portion so much that I typed it off and created a framed copy of it to hang over my desk. I have had it there for many years.  The words are very important and inspirational.  This could certainly be pertinent to the upheaval and unrest in our country today.  Below is the photo of my framed copy:

Walk A Mile In My Shoes by Elvis plaque

Elvis Presley – Walk A Mile In My Shoes (special edit)


Again, sharing my own photo comparison of the smile/laugh lines on Jesse’s face to those of Elvis to substantiate even further the above photo comparison shared with me by Mike:

Elvis and Jesse laugh lines smaller



I just became aware of this Go Fund Me request from Louise Smith who is the widow of Gene Smith who was Jesse’s’ first cousin and very close life-long friend.  I just made a contribution to this fund.  I know that Jesse would really appreciate it if everyone who can would contribute whatever amount they can afford to help with the burial expense of Tony Smith.

I am posting this everywhere that I can and I hope all of you will please share it with all of your Elvis friends as well.   Let’s all rally behind Louise during her hour of bereavement and need.

I express my sincerest sympathy to Tony’s family.  I am so sorry that I was unaware of his death until just a little bit ago.

Below is my own post on Facebook:

Linda Sigmon

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Click here to support Funeral expenses for Tony Smith by Louise Smith

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 our precious Son, Brother, Father, & Pawpaw, Tony, received his angel wings. Now he is at peace; his battle is done! He did not have…



This is a song which I have shared before…but with a different video.  A friend on Facebook, David M., sent the below video to me.  To be honest I like the song a lot and so am sharing it again via this video.  It shows images of Billy Ray Cyrus which I assume is tying his current TV show “Still The King” to that phrase in the song.

Billy Ray Cyrus (feat Bryan Adams & Glenn Hughes) – Hey Elvis

Blue Cadillac Music


footnote:  Upon further checking, I do see that this is the theme song for the official music video of Billy Ray Cyrus for his TV show.  I must confess that I have never watched the TV show.  I took offense many years ago when Cyrus had his hit “Achy Breaky Heart” and some people were calling him “the next Elvis“.  I knew better than that and have not payed attention to him since then.  Below is the video of his music video for his show.  Looks like there are a lot of scenes with an “Elvis flavor” naturally.  This still does not convince me to watch this TV show though.  I saw in the previews that Wayne Newton was in one of the first shows and that there is a Burt Reynolds-type character also. 

Billy Ray Cyrus – “Hey Elvis” (Official Music Video)



I have created a new page for the remainder of July, 2016.

Please visit that page at the below link.