News - Monday, June 15, 2009
Memphis City Council Budget Battle: You can download and read for yourself Councilman Jim Strickland’s proposed 2010 budget for the City of Memphis. (DOC format document) Or you can read it online here. Councilman Harold Collins has released his alternative budget now, too. (DOC format document) It, too, is online here.
County Clerk’s Office Investigation: The Clerk herself, Debbie Stamson, is finally named in a complaint, though it is minor and involved no benefit to her. This story also has her response statement.
Shelby County: It will share with the City of Memphis over $98 million in Federal ARRA bonds to use for job training programs and public construction projects.
William Davis: Over-looked and ignored in life, this homeless man is noticed and honored in death.
Weekend Storms: As of Sunday night, 25,000 still without power; or is it 43,000? More on MLG&W’s efforts; similar story from WREG.
Shelby County Schools: An interview with Valerie Speakman, the attorney who won the appeal of the Federal discrmination order.
Business: YRC Worldwide isn’t seeking Federal bailout funds to save the business, but to meet old multi-employer pension fund troubles. The AbitibiBowater plant in Mississippi will push back its reopening to July. The Six Flags amusement park company has declared bankruptcy. SurveyMemphis reports an increase in outlook for business in Memphis for May.
Banking: Local, small banks are eager to return Troubled Asset Relief Program funds.
Agriculture: The State has lowered its boll weevil rates by half for this year.
Downtown: A report from Friday’s Corporate Karaoke Challenge
Mississippi: Governor Haley Barbour hopes the legislature can deliver a balanced budget. A draft budget is getting nearer. An Associated Press story on Barbour’s possible entry into presidential politics. Having just raised cigarette taxes, the Legislature is considering adding an excise tax, too.
Highway 385: The latest segment is now open.
Charity: A look at the impact of the recession on charitibale giving in the Mid-South.
UPDATED: Main Street Journal June Issue: Our June issue is hitting newstands now. Now online to read: County Commissioner George Flinn suggests How to Use the Pyramid.
You can peruse the Table of Contents and read Jonathan Devin feature, Breaking Ground: How building projects in Shelby County are progressing despite the economy.
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?
Cohen Vs Herenton: Everyone is talking about this race. The Daily News calls the self-injection of Harold Ford Sr a game changer. Thaddeus Matthews sees the ghost of John Ford in Harold Ford Sr’s move. The Commercial Appeal’s Bartholomew Sullivan looks at the matchup from the viewpoint of Washington, DC. Fox13’s Les Smith on the race.
The Jericho Project: There will be a film presentation at the Midsouth Security Community meeting on Wednesday on the on the initiative to divert those with mental health and recurring drug addiciton problems from the jail system.
Politics: The Commercial Appeal’s Nashville correspondent, Richard Locker, looks back at the most recent session of the General Assembly. US Rep. Marsha Blackburn is seeking to prevent “green patents” from foreign exploitation without proper licensing. Politics is making the budget process more difficult?
Memphis Youth Symphony: They will be having an alumni reunion benefit performance this coming Saturday.
DeSoto County: Strong storms slam county on Friday; cleanup is underway underway after Friday’s severe storms. It was confirmed that an F2 tornado touched down. A WMC report on damage. A report on the repair work by North Central Mississippi Electric Power Association.
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart : Two attorneys from the Memphis office have been ranked in the Chambers USA publication.
Arkansas: Governor Mike Beebe says education and economic needs are intertwined in State’s development. The incoming director of the State lottery wants to pay his two vice-presidents over $200,000! A report from AR about Friday’s storm damage there.
ArtsMemphis: Their current membership drive is being supplemented by a matching dollar grant of $75,000 from the Hyde Family Foundations.
Music Business: Mouth of tha South Entertainment Group and Resource Entertainment Group are forming a new booking agency and event production company, called Mouth of tha South. More in the Daily News. In the CA, comparing the music scenes in Austin, Texas, and Memphis.
LeBonheur Children’s Hospital: They are now allowing parents into the operating room in certain circumstances.
Real Estate: Says RealtyTrac, foreclosures were slightly up in May and may go higher as the year progresses.
Digital Television: Are you still not receiving the new digital television? Try these tips.
Picture of the Day
|Storm damage near Poplar and Avalon, from a field guide to urban memphis. © 2009, X.|
Opinion and Blogs
Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease: Final details on this weekend’s blogger meetup. A collection of angry letters to folks who angered her recently. Some link love.
Smart City Memphis: “As usual, everything starts with Mayor Herenton.”
Otis L. Sanford: A Cohen/Herenton race in 2010 spells trouble for county Republicans. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Chris Peck: He argues for city/county consolidation. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Ramblings of a River City Resident: Results from the Kookamonga Challenge.
LeftWing Cracker: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ward Cammack will be at Drinking Liberally this Wednesday evening.
Life as I know it from Memphis: She’s asking for bathroom redecorating ideas.
Xspectre8: One more (bitterly ironic) reason to hate Memphis.
Midtown Security Community: Heaven forfend you should ever experience a home burglary, but here’s a home inventory form you should fill out today.
Notes from Memphis: A remembrance of Barcelona, set off by potatos.
Storm Pics: As you’d expect, tons of pictures from the storms: Downtown Memphis Blog; Paul Ryburn’s Journal; Notes from Memphis; video from madmolecule; flickr photos from alisa; Joe Spake.
joelarkins: A post with a lot of disconnected thoughts.
Haaaaave You Read My Blog? A rant about Summer.
Friends for Our Riverfront: There’s going to be a picnic on the River in Randolph (upriver from Memphis) on Saturday.
Wendi C. Thomas: It’s time to erase the stigma of mental illness. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Commercial Appeal: Noting the switch to digital broadcast television. Issues, not personalities, should dominate the Ninth Congressional District race in 2010. This year’s legislative session was “disappointment with a Capital D”. Southaven. New City police officers help in the fight against crime.
Mike Ritz: The County Commissioner calls the Houston-Levee road replacement project “futility and waste of tax money”. (via the Daily News)
Cwabs! A “Hurrican Priscilla” post.
55-40 Memphis: Your (geek) joke of the day.
artbutcher: The painter attempts some blank verse. Sort of….