-Asheville radio DJs Josh Michael and Amanda Leatherman, of the “Josh and Amanda Show” on 104.3 FM The Star, faced an onslaught of criticism on Thursday after they posted racy photos of themselves on the station’s website (see the above photo of Leatherman as an example). The photos, which they promoted with a “merry xxxMas” tagline and which were soon taken down, depicted each nearly naked in various Christmas-themed poses. It was clearly a publicity stunt, in the tradition of radio station publicity stunts, and I guess it worked if I’m writing about it.
-There’s a “For Sale” sign in front of the Wendy’s fast food restaurant location on Patton Avenue in West Asheville.
-The Thirsty Monk downtown, at the corner of Patton and Coxe avenues, is cutting a new emergency exit door in the brick wall of their building facing Coxe. The new exit will allow the popular craft beer bar to significantly increase capacity.
-The Eblen Short Stop convenience store and Citgo gas station on Broadway is closing, according to a sign out front. A clerk inside the shop said she was unaware of plans for the property.
-Here’s a complete rundown by JamBase of this year’s annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam. A snippet:
There’s something intrinsically beautiful about Christmas Jam and especially the city of Asheville. Warren Haynes continues to give back to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity through this miraculous event. The guitar guru is constantly finding new ways to push himself as a touring musician and with juggling The Allman Brothers Band for so many years, founding his own side projects like Gov’t Mule, The Warren Haynes Band and now the Ashes & Dust Band, there’s a reason so many people call Warren Haynes the hardest working man in the jam band community. Christmas Jam is just one of the many incredible projects that Mr. Haynes provides for us to be a part of.
-Historian Robert J. Norrell, who lives in Asheville, has a new biography, Alex Haley and the Books That Changed a Nation (St. Martin’s, Nov.), reports publishersweekly.com.
-Has anyone else seen the roving gang of four of five street sweepers cleaning the streets of downtown Asheville these past couple of weeks? Is that a Asheville Downtown Commission effort? Something else? Just curious. It looks like they’re doing good work.