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Shelby County Commission: Commissioners Wyatt Bunker and Mike Ritz differ on the long-term meaning of the latest property tax increase. The Commission meets today; here is their agenda. Mayor Mark Luttrell saves jobs cuts are probably coming.
MATA: Bus riders, represented by the Memphis Bus Riders Union, packed a public meeting to express their opposition to proposed cuts in routes and service. City Council members Lee Harris and Janis Fullilove have a plan to save some routes and jobs from those cuts.
Mississippi River: That weird green color on some parts of the river? That’s algae….
Shelby County Schools: The Daily News interviews interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson as the new school year starts; more on that interview. Fox13 also interviewed Hopson, as did WATN. WMC interviews Deputy Superintendent David Stephens. School lunch menus and pricing for the month of August. School starts this week. Stories about the start of classes from Fox13, WATN and again, and WREG.
Steve Cohen / Randy Wade: The public struggle between the two close political allies continues as the ethics charges against Randy Wade are made public. Cohen made the complaint public. The charges were supposed to remain confidential. Wade has charged Cohen, in return, with unethical behavior. Fox13 calls it “snitching”. The Flyer’s Jackson Baker details the “seeds of their schism“. John Marek, who has worked for Cohen and his campaigns, spoke to Fox13.
Arkansas: The Center for Health Improvement is trying to expand enrollment in the state’s health care system. No class action status for a bias lawsuit against Wal-Mart. Volunteer teachers and staff in Clarksville may now be armed under a little-noticed law.
Achievement School District: Superintendent Chris Barbicis going out into Frayser to explain what ASD schools are and how children can benefit.
Suburban School Districts: Lakeland has set a public hearing on their ordinance to create a municipal school district. The Election Commission has certified the results of the suburban elections that created the new school districts; you can research the data.
Memphis: The New York Times does a city profile called Memphis on the Cheap. Former MPD police officer Bishop Mays has been chosen to lead the Memphis Gun Down program. State Senator Jim Kyle is trying to get State government to do something about blight in the city. The loss of the COGIC convention hurt but the Jehovah’s Witnesses convention is still big business.
Real Estate: Is the biggest challenge to local business the shortage of available lots?
Memphis International Airport: The Airport Authority has lowered the standard for daily service in hopes to use financial incentives to lure airlines to the former hub. Southern Airways is adding more destinations; more.
Nineteenth Century Club: While demolition is certain for the historic building, preservationists are hoping to use tactical judicial procedure to keep demoliton at bay. The plaintiffs must post a $650,000 bond very quickly. More from WMC and WREG.
Midtown: From the Green Lane Project, how Memphis can use bike lanes to break the cycle of poverty. Walgreen has closed the gas station at the Ike’s on Union Avenue. Loeb Properties is investing $20 million into the Overton Square rehab. A sneak peek at the upcoming revamped Kroger Midtown. Once again, “big plans” for the Sears Crosstown building are touted.
Shelby County Politics: A business profile of Democratic activist and fundraiser Karl Schledwitz.
Survey Says: Personal income growth in TN slipped a bit in the first quarter. The top upscale restaurants in Memphis. Tennesee is the worst state in which to be unemployed, according to 247WallStreet.com.
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Memphis in May: For 2014, the honored county will be … Panama! More from the Daily News, Fox13.
President Obama In Chattanooga President Barack Obama came to Chattanooga on Tuesday to tour the Amazon plant there and give an economic policy speech. Full text and video. It was a three hour visit that 2000 people attended. Amazon employee Lydia Flanders enjoyed her moment in the media spotlight and mayor Andy Berke talked about his time with the president.
Tennessee: TVA’s tree-cutting policy was upheld in court. Also, the utility’s solar program, Green Power Providers, sold out 2.5 megawatts of “new space” the day it was offered. The Department of Childrenâ€™s Services is “back on track” providing records to the news media. The City of Chattanooga is also having to deal with a shrinking budget. The TN Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host a seminar on Tuesday on “important changes” to State tax law.
Memphis Fire Department: A small victory as Fire Station #6, which had been slated for closure due to budget cutting, will remain open through FY2014 in a limited fashion. More on the station rescue from Fox13, WATN, WMC and WREG.
State Politics: State Senator Lowe Finney has announced he is retiring from public office. His letter to his constituents. US Fourth District Congressional candidate Jim Tracy is urging the defunding of Obamacare. The State Ethics Commission has stalemated over the case of lobbyist Tom Ingram; more from the Times Free Press. Two of our state’s heaviest-weight Democratic fundraisers, Bill Freeman and Chip Forrester, have joined the board of President Obama’s Organising for Action. House Republican Caucus chairman Glen Casada has drawn his first primary opponent in a decade.
US Senators: Senator Bob Corker calls efforts to defund Obamacare “silly”. More on Corker from the Tennessean. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he’s “very supportive” of our Senator, Lamar Alexander, though that’s not an actual endorsement.
Second Amendment: The Armed Citizens Project hopes expand into Memphis to arm the underprivileged, who might not be able to afford firearms. There was no opposition to the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law’s passage back in 2007.
Accessibility: A wheelchair user who took action against an abuser of wheelchair parking spaces is banned from that lot now.
Mississippi: Governor Phil Bryant says he’ll oppose any effort by the US Justice Department to continue the Federal preclearance process for election changes. The state’s schools have started using the Common Core curriculum this school year. State law doesn’t allow roadside memorials from traffic accident victims, some citizens don’t like that. Another proposed law would require placental blood and a DNA sample for pregnant girls under 16, for eventual prosecution of statutory rape. Casino revenues have been falling since 2007.
Nashville: Nashville is seeing more movie and TV action than Memphis. That city’s bus rapid transit system, called “The Amp”, is in danger of being stopped. More on The Amp from Nashville Metro Transit Alliance.
Pilot / Flying J: Two more members of the sales staff have pleaded guilty to fraud.
Business: Some of the Seed Hatchery startups from 2011 have already failed. Local businesses and the Greater Memphis Chamber have teamed up to help local workers get the work readiness and training that new jobs require. Wright Medical Group is considering moving its headquarters to Cherry Road, if it gets financial incentives from EDGE.
Local Media: The online archive for political talk show Behind the Headlines, produced by WKNO and the Daily News, is available here. The segments for WREG’s Informed Sources can been seen individually about public safety, Cohen/Wade, and the “schools saga”. The Daily News, with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, are launching the Memphis Economic Indicator, to measure local business sentiment.
AutoZone Park: You can vote for Memphis’ crown jewel of baseball parks in this poll to pick the best minor league ballparks in the country.
Picture of the Week
|It wasn’t a completely dreary weekend for some, like Imogene the cat and Alexandra. From Corduroy Wednesday by Edward Valibus. Â©2013. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
polar donkey: He blogs, with his trademark maps of course, about MATA’s failure to reach for economic mobility and opportunity.
Allison Gerber: Reflecting the divided (politically and in many other ways) nation, there were cheers and jeers over President Obama’s visit to Chattanooga. (Via the Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Jim Hall: The First Amendment requires constant, vigilant defense. (Via the Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Robin Smith: Hands off our success. Mr President! (Via the Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Jerry Summers: Dissecting the Seventh Amendment to the US Constitution. (Via Nooga.com)
Sean Phipps: Five-ish questions I’d love to ask President Obama. (Via Nooga.com)
Andrea Zelinski: Five things to watch out for in next year’s elections. (Via the Nashville City Paper)
Bill Freeman: Middle Tennessee must take a regional approach to growth. (Via the Tennessean)
Rabbi Martin Schiftan: Tolerance is a tradition of many faiths that we must work hard to cultivate. (Via the Tennessean)
Memphis News: Innovation requires strength and must be celebrated constantly.
Smart Stuff 4 Work: “Time management strategies are, pardon the pun, a “>waste of time.” (Via the Daily News)
Patrick Tamburrino: Should your business invest in servers or move to the cloud? (Via the Daily News)
I Swear: William Faulkner and Sony Pictures Classic collide in court to humorous ends. (Via the Daily News)
Let’s Grow: Allow your employees room to play. (Via the Daily News)
Flyer: A salute to the recently passed Lois DeBerry.
The Rant: The echoes of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s decision to ride out their sex problems publicly has created interesting echoes. (Via the Flyer)
Rick Maynard: Carlos Danger, Bob Filner, Steve Cohen and Kardashian politics. (Via the Flyer)
John Branston: Have the days of bustling, busy skyscrapers passed for Memphis? (Via the Flyer)
Benito’s Wine Reviews: Inspired by the next blog, he’s been experimenting with homemade pizze, and doing well by the looks of it.
An Unlined Page: Mary-Kathryn continues to post about the ongoing renovation and redecoration projects in her home.
eat local memphis: A detailed, photo-rich and thoroughly delicious report from the Southward’s friends and family nights.
Hustle and Sew: She’s in a magazine!
Left Wing Cracker: A Democratic partisan’s view of the Steve Cohen/Randy Wade ethics kerfuffle.
Fuzzy Brew: The inaugural Taste of Tennessee Craft Brewers Festival is coming in September!
My Memphis Mommy: Our regular reminder to readers to check out this incredible resource for coupons, giveaways, freebies, sales, daily deals, restuarant savings and so very much more.
Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease: Bonnie could use your assistance in reaching her surgery fundraising goal. Please help if you can.
The Daddler and Me: A rant brought on by an encounter with a possible crime scene and the indifference of those tasked with looking into it.
The Intersection of Madness and Reality: Some people see African-Americans as they want to see them first.
Theology & Geometry: It her blog’s tenth anniverary, something to really celebrate in the blogosphere.
This Classical Life: We make point of remembering our firsts, but how often do we wonder if some event will be our last time?