City Guide 2014: Our Newcomers Guide to Memphis

Handy tips for getting to know your new home.

Photograph by Brian Anderson

For most of my life as an Arkansan, my weekend visits to the Bluff City were a threeway stop — Beale Street, Graceland, and the Memphis Zoo, with little time for exploration in between. Fifth-generation Memphians shaking your heads, have no fear. Since I became a Memphis resident, these historic stops have set a foundation for new favorites beyond the beaten path, with a long list of more to see and do. For a city with more history and soul than could be found in two thousand weekends, this guide is only the beginning, but it’s a great start. Here’s your on-line Memphis “hot list.”


Beale Street: Downtown, 526-0115,
Children’s Museum of Memphis: 2525 Central Ave., 458-2678,
Chucalissa Museum: 1987 Indian Village Dr., 785-3160,
Cooper-Young District: Midtown, 276-7222,
Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton
65 Union Ave., 531-7826,
Davies Manor Plantation House: 3570 Davieshire Drive, 386-0715,
Fire Museum of Memphis: 118 Adams Ave.,
Gibson Beale Street Showcase:
145 Lt. George Lee Ave., 544-7998,
Golf & Games Family Park: 5484 Summer Ave.,
Graceland: 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd., 800-238-2010,
Lichterman Nature Center: 5992 Quince Rd., 767-7322,
Memphis Botanic Garden: 750 Cherry, 636-4100,
Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum: 191 Beale St., 205-2533,
Memphis Zoo: 2000 Prentiss Pl., 333-6500,
Mud Island River Park: 125 N. Front St.,
Museum of Biblical History: 140 E. Mulberry,
Collierville, 854-9578,
National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry St., 521-9699,
Pink Palace Museum & Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central Ave., 320-6320,
The Peabody: 149 Union Ave., 529-4000,
Shelby Farms Park: 500 N. Pine Lake Dr.,
767-7275 (PARK),
STAX Museum of American Soul Music:
926 E. McLemore, 942-7685,
Sun Studio: 706 Union Ave., 521-0664,
W.C. Handy House Museum:
352 Beale St., 527-3427
Woodruff-Fontaine House:
680 Adams Ave., 526-1469,


Birth & Death Certificate: Memphis & Shelby County Health Department, Vital Records Office, 814 Jefferson Ave., Rm. 101-103, 222-9013
Building Permits & Inspection:
Shelby County Office of Planning & Development,
6465 Mullins Station Rd., 576-7197. Register of Deeds, 1075 Mullins Station Rd., 222-8100,
Hunting & Fishing License: Tennessee Wildlife
Division, 800-372-3928,
Marriage License: Both parties must appear for issuance of the license. Birth certificates are required. Downtown Office: 150 Washington Ave., Second Fl.; East Branch Office: 1075 Mullins Station Rd., West Wing; Millington City Hall: 4836 Navy Rd. Cost: $97.50
Memphis Area Legal Services: 11th floor, Falls Bldg., 22 N. Front St., 523-8822
Memphis Bar Association: 145 Court Ave., 527-3573
Passport: Main Post Office, 555 S. Third St., 521-2575,
Property Tax: City Treasury Office,
125 N. Main St., 636-6306
Property Value: Assessor Office locations, Downtown: 150 Washington Ave., Suite 401;
East: 1075 Mullins Station Rd., 222-7001
Voter Information: Shelby County Election
Commission, 222-1200,


Abused Women’s Crisis Hotline:
Alcoholics Anonymous:
454-1414 (24-hr. hotline),
Animal Services: 2350 Appling City Cove, 636-7297
Better Business Bureau: 3693 Tyndale,
Memphis Crisis Center Child Abuse Hotline: 247-7477
Community Services Information: 211 (hotline)
Crime Stoppers: 528-CASH (2274),
Fire Services: 636-1400
Greater Memphis Chamber: 543-3500
Humane Society of Memphis
& Shelby County:
Memphis/Shelby County Public Library & Information Center: 415-2700,
Poison Emergency: 800-222-1222
Suicide & Crisis Hotline: 274-7477
Time & Temperature: 526-5261
Veterans Services: 222-4237


City of Memphis: 636-6000
Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau:  47 Union Ave., 543-5300,
Memphis & Shelby County Film/TV Commission: 50 Peabody Place, Suite 250, 527-8300,
Memphis City Beautiful: 664 Adams Ave., 522-1135,
Memphis Area Association of Governments: 8289 Cordova Rd., Suite 103, 729-2871,


Emergency: 911
Police Non-Emergency: 545-2677 (COPS)
Fire Non-Emergency: 458-8281
Shelby County Sheriff Non-Emergency: 379-7625
Shelby County Fire Non-Emergency:


Bus & Trolley:
Memphis Area Transit Authority, 274-MATA (6282),
Memphis International Airport:
Train Station:
Central Station, 545 S. Main St., 526-0052,


Residential Telephone: BellSouth, 385-4966,
Cable: Comcast, 259-2225,
Memphis Light, Gas, & Water Division:
245 S. Main St., 544-6549 (MLGW),
Public Works Division/Solid Waste
125 N. Main St., 636-5742


Drivers License Service Centers:
6340 Summer Ave., 543-7920;
3200 E. Shelby Dr., 367-3639;
220 U.S. 51 (Covington), 475-2517;
5019 West Union Rd. (Millington), 872-0800
Registration & Renewal: County Clerk’s Office, 150 Washington Ave., 222-3000,
Traffic Fines:
City Court Clerk’s Office, Traffic Violations Bureau,
201 Poplar Ave., LL-80, 636-3400, 

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