News - Wednesday, June 3, 2009
City Council Clash: Councilman Jim Strickland proposes transferring the MSARC over to the County; Mayor Willie Herenton says no. More from Fox13, WMC, Eyewitness News, the Daily News and the Commercial Appeal.
The Mayor pulls out another race card. More from WREG, here and here. And, what is the reality of gay bias in Memphis?
In other Council business, the Public Safety Committee approved a resolution encouraging businesses to post signs banning guns from their premises. They also plan to ban gun carry in public parks. More in one story, from Eyewitness News and the Commercial Appeal.
DeSoto County: Results from yesterday’s mayoral and alderman elections. The Commercial Appeal has the big story, and more specifically the mayoral and alderman races. Olive Branch will host its third annual Safety Expo this Saturday, sponsored by the DeSoto County Extension Service and others.
County Commission Non-Merit Discrimination Resolution: Commissioner Steve Mulroy believes the new resolution will hold up in court when challenged.
Politics: An extensive interview with freshman State Rep. Judy Barker (Dist. 77; Union City). (via NW TN Today) After drawing attention and political anger, John Harris, head of the Tennessee Firearms Association has been discovered to not be a registered lobbyist in TN! Donn Jones has announced his run for the Republican challenge to 8th District Congressman John Tanner.
Academy for Youth Empowerment: They are sponsoring a Youth Leadership and Economic Keys to Success Workshop to teach kids 8 to 13 the tools to success, like alternatives to gangs and violence.
Tennessee: Texas let the clock run out on some Federal wind/solar business dollars and that could be Tennessee’s gain. We will share, with 13 other states, about $42 million in funds to improve water and wildlife conservation.
University of Tennessee Health Science Center: They are seeking volunteer subjects for a national study on a medication to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
Cotton Museum: More on their planned expansion later this year.
John Wilder: The former State Senator and Lieutenant Governor, John Wilder, will be honored on the floor of Congress today, as a post office building in his hometown of Somerville receives his name.
Main Street Journal: From the May issue, senior writer Michael Roy Hollihan’s interview with Bartlett Mayor A. Keith McDonald, God, Guides and Guts, is now online. Table of Contents is here for your perusal.
ONLINE ONLY! Main Street Journal publisher Jonathan Lindberg explains The Politics of Herenton.
On the Block: We ask local leaders about important issues of the day. This week: Do politicians from West Tennessee start with a location advantage or a location disadvantage in state-wide races?
County Commission: The Daily News reports on the budget talks after the crowd melted away following the anti-discrimination resolution vote. And the Commercial Appeal touts the good things expected from the anti-discrimination resolution. More on the “unsettled” property tax rate for the County.
Center City Commission: On the agenda for today’s meeting, are Union Avenue and South Main Street projects.
Mississippi: The delays in the Legislature in setting a budget are frustrating City and County school administrators as well, who can’t set their budget either, until the State does its job.
Hospice Homes: Two new hospice homes, being built by Baptist Memorial Health Care and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare separately, aremeeting an unmet need in the area.
Stanford Financial Group: Several of his attorneys want off the case and his ex-wife is now suing him.
Business: Harley-Davidson is seeking LEED certification for its new dealership in Southaven. More than 500 employees have accepted the Goodyear buyout plan. Lowe’s may be coming to Collierville soon.
Real Value Inn: Formerly famed on local evening news as the Motel 78 on Lamar, new ownership and management and a makeover have transformed the one-time crime motel.
Crime: From Eyewitness News, the areas where home burglaries are prevalent. Memphis ranks 21 in the FBI’s rankings for murder in 2008 and fifth for violent crimes. (Story has a link to the FBI report.)
Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce: The focus of many members these days isn’t promotion but preservation of their businesses!
Banking: The two principals of Spectrum Capital Group are joining Morgan Keegan’s investment banking group. In other Morgan Keegan news, they had 14 decisions handed down in various arbitration cases in May.
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|A sister and brother moment, from The Chockley Blogs by Stephanie Chockley. © 2009.|
Opinion and Blogs
Persian Pit Bull: A short report from the Italian Festival. And, she and her husband celebrate his birthday.
The Chockley Blogs: Yes, summer vacation has arrived.
Smart City Memphis: The County Commission resolution on discrimination wasn’t a Pyrhhic victory, but a real one.
Carbunkle Trumpet: A lengthy photo-filled report from last weekend’s Italian Festival.
Commontaries: The County non-discrimination resolution isn’t a solution, but a first step.
Complacencies of the Peignoir: A photo-report on women and marketing (sort of) and a yard sale.
Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease: Cat pee.
theology & geometry: Ms Ready McReadsalot.
My Midtown Memphis: It seems to be the newest rage here in Memphis: the McNuggetini. Yeah, really.
Urf! A bit of a peek behind the writer’s closed door.
vibinc: Some compelling evidence that Mayor Herenton is playing politics with his resolution to the MSARC issue.
Xspectre8: Someone is messing around on his farm and is asking for bad trouble.
Mediaverse: Richard looks at the Urban Child Institute’s just released report and has some sharp questions on the conclusions about the numbers.
Lindsay Jones: Support for the Commission’s anti-discrimination resolution comes from the same place that drove the Founders to separate church and politics. (via the Daily News)