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33 Feet and Rising
West Memphis Three: The step-father of one of the victims, Terry Hobbs, denies he’s the killer in an interview with WREG.
City/County School Merger: Sides are arranging themselves to fight over school buildings transfers. Five of six suburban municipalities started moving toward a second round of public referenda over schools districts. How school closings will affect the community.
State Politics: Workers comp reform has been signed into law. Other bills signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam. Haslam is urging our US Congressional legislators to approve collection of internet sales taxes; Lt Gov Ron Ramsey join him. Ethics questions about the newsly-passed distillery bill. The judge hearing the case involving the Department of Children’s Services says “crimes were committed against children but their abusers were never prosecuted”. More on DCS from the Associated Press. Davidson County’s Election Commissioner, Albert Tieche, has fired last week; more from the Nashville City-Paper. Speaker of the House Beth Harwell and Lt Gov Ron Ramsey are downplaying their late-session disagreements; more from Flyer’s Jackson Baker.
FAA: The 149 air traffic control towers slated for closure this Summer will now remain open, at least for a while.
Tea Party: Reportedly, the IRS took years to approve tax-exempt status for the Chattanooga Tea Party.
DeSoto County: Southaven mayor Greg Davis accepts no blame for the primary defeats of three incumbent town aldermen. Two Republicans will have a runoff over the mayoral election. Final results in that race. Davis’ civil trial over his handling of Southaven money will reconvene this week. Davis speaks with WMC about the trial. He says he spent $70,000 with city aldermen’s permission. Chip Johnson was re-elected mayor of Hernando. And Olive Branch will hold a run-off for their mayor. The County sheriff is switching calibers on service weapons to improve their aim.
MLG&W: Union employees are opposed to the expansion of the “smart meter” program.
Arkansas: The State is questioning $1.3 million in poorly documented Medicaid payments.
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Unified Shelby County Schools: The unified system has launched a “facts website” to help out parents with the newly merged system. School superintendent Dorsey Hopson will present a “reasonable budget” this week. Some schools in Memphis can earn educators a Federal bonus if teachers transfer there.
The MED: An “innocent employee mistake” is blamed for the accidental release of patients’ private information via email. More from WREG.
City of Memphis: Newark, New Jersey, mayor Cory Booker, while visiting Memphis, gave an interview with the Tri-State Defender. Who will take over auto inspections beginning in July? The Memphis City Council hopes the County will. The Convention and Visitors Bureau plans to respond to a Summer Olympic bid for 2024.
Crime: The TBI announced that crime statewide has dropped between 2010 and 2012.
Shelby County Commission: As expected, the Commission voted down a resolution attempting to nullify Federal efforts at gun control. Commissioners Steve Mulroy and Terry Roland discuss the issue on Fox13. They also voted down a number of grants funded from the Federal government through the State. Commissioners still get their catered lunches.
MATA: MATA Plus riders are complaining about long wait times for pickup.
Memphis Police: A “major database glitch” is blamed for making data from police reports available through Google searches. Will the Memphis Police Department impose new costs on regular duties? Are other controversial cost-saving measures coming?
Downtown/Midtown: Will Cooper-Young get a parking garage? Does the future of Downtown office space rest on State government? The City will hold more open meetings about more bike lanes around Midtown. Don’t mind the crime reports, say Beale Street merchants.
National Civil Rights Museum: The enormous “Movement to Overcome” sculpture, a staple of the entry to the museum, has been taken back out of storage and put back in its familiar place. It was moved while renovations were underway.
Local Media: Memphis Urban Television 1 is emphasising African-American culture both on its schedule and its website.
Southwest Airlines: The airline made its arrival in Memphis official last week. Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority chairman Jack Sammons talks with Fox13. Memphis isn’t the only mid-level city experiencing air traffic declines.
Pilot / Flying J: East TN company, The Massey Group, has taken out an ad in support of Haslam’s family & company.
Survey Says: The National Association of Home Builders continued to rank Memphis as an “improving housing market”. We are the number one state for retirement, says Bankrate. According to Gallup, Memphians feel “the least safe” of any residents of any major American city.
Picture of the Week
|Springtime, children and baby ducks, from occasional contributor J. Ward Moorehouse. ©2013. Used with permission.|
Lee Meredith: The Riverfront Development Corporation needs to stop wasting taxpayer money. (Via WMC)
Tom Humphrey: He analyses the dispute he claims to see between Lt Gov Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell. (Via the Knoxville News Sentinel)
Frank Cagle: Tennessee’s Republican supermajority in the Assembly needs some discipline, historically speaking. (Via the Knoxville Metro Pulse)
Knoxville News Sentinel: The Congress should approve the Marketplace Fairness Act because Tennesee’s government could use the money?
Smart Stuff 4 Work: Answering the questions you’ve heard one hundred times before. (Via the Daily News)
Daily News Memphis in May still delivers.
Verne Harnish & Michael Synk: Why do so many business leaders miss world events sweeping up on them–blame SWOT. (Via the Daily News)
Carlee McCullough: When it come to prenuptual agreements, better safe than sorry. (Via the Tri-State Defender)
Charles Sims Jr: Signs you may not be ready to retire. (Via the Tri-State Defender)
Lucy Shaw: Have you been making regular deposits to your Spiritual Bank Account? (Via the Tri-State Defender)
Flyer: Thoughts on government and taxes.
John Branston: Why do hospital charges vary as much as they do? (Via the Flyer)