News - Monday, June 29, 2009
NEW! Main Street Journal June Issue: An online-only special from Joe Saino, the Memphis Watchdog: The Budget Farce in Memphis and Shelby County. Now online from our June issue: Michael Roy Hollihan’s Red State, Blue State; on the proof that TN is a conservative state.
You can peruse the Table of Contents and read County Commissioner George Flinn’s suggestion, How to Use the Pyramid and Jonathan Devin’s feature, Breaking Ground: How building projects in Shelby County are progressing despite the economy.
City of Memphis: Even though temps are a tiny bit cooler, the City is keeping cooling centers open and here’s the list. MLG&W really worked Twitter, an online social networking tool, to keep customers (with Twitter, of course) informed of what was happening as power was restored.
Crime: Is Memphis crime problem a result of keep too-good, meticulous records?
Shelby County Schools: Superintendent Bobby Webb is retiring tomorrow.
Trash: The City of Memphis is making major changes to the trash collection schedule.
Business: The Small Business Advocate talks about kings and freedoms, and the freedom of the marketplace.
UT - Baptist Research Park: The opening of the new Regional Biocontainment Laboratory is but the first step of many for new, skilled biomedical jobs in Memphis.
Arkansas: The state’s new seat belt law goes into effect Wednesday. Students in open-enrollment charter schools had better gains than public school kids. Lobbyists spent more than $1.3 million in the most recent legislative session.
Germantown: The city’s new budget has very little reserve fund money coming in. Tuesday, the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization will be holding public meetings to get feedback on proposed ways to deal with railroad crossings in the community.
Legal: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers has chosen Donald A. Donati of The Donati Law Firm as a 2009 Fellow.
Survey Says: A strong majority of employees surveyed believe their companies are doing the right thing in handling the recession. One in five companies will eliminate 401(k) retirement fund matching, or already have.
NEW! Main Street Journal : On the Block: Today –Which office holds more power, the 9th U.S. Congressional District or Memphis Mayor?. Mid-South leaders respond.
4th of July: A listing of events in the Mid-South celebrating Independence Day.
Shelby County Commission: At today’s commission meeting, the second of three votes on the controversial new certified property tax rate.
Stanford Financial Group: R. Allen Stanford spent the weekend in jail.
Mayor Herenton Resigns: Herenton and others resigning or retiring are assured of generous pensions; more from WMC, Eyewitness News. The mayor’s mother, Ruby Harris, is glad he’s stepping down. City Councilman Harold Collins’ thoughts on the resignation and, of course, Carol Chumney.
Politics: From the Flyer, a discussion on the Shelby County implementation of the “paper audit trail” requirement for local election machines.
Tennessee: The Obama administration has praised the State for the speed its spending and allocating Federal stimulus monies. The state ranks high nationally in teen driving deaths. The TN AARP is hoping for more choices for senior home care. The State’s Health Department lab stays busy year ’round. Cockfighting is still a poplar sport in the state.
DeSoto County: A look at the many jobs and responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Aviation Unit.
Shelby County: The Austin-Peay road-widening project has begun. The “metropolitan area” this is called Memphis grew this decade, but almost all of it in the other four suburban counties! “Re-neighboring” movement by area churches is helping rebuild troubled neighborhoods around the city.
Bellevue Baptist Church: Last night’s July 4th festivities are the largest event the church has held.
Mississippi: Governor Haley Barbour called the legislature into special session Sunday, to wrap up the State’s budget. Early business: raising the cigarette tax on non-premium brands. Budget deal elusive. Spending on State prisons is still a source of controversy.
Real Estate: Done Deals, in the CA.
Collierville: The East Shelby Farmers Market will open this Thursday afternoon.
St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School: Beginning next week they are hosting an iSummitt for a nationwide group of schools, on educational technologies.
Picture of the Day
|Tom Lee Park on Father’s Day, from Friends for Our Riverfront by unknown. © 2009.|
Opinion and Blogs
Reginald Milton: A surprise encounter with Mayor Herenton leads to some poignant observation. Also, Reginald has a major announcement!
Persian Pit Bull: An extremely simple grilled salad idea.
Doug Johnson: He hearts kittens and friends and downtown and That Thing We Don’t Mention.
Notes from Memphis: Jimmy Ogle’s last Memphis Manhole Cover Tour is Tuesday.
My Memphis Attorney: A sneak preview of an upcoming pecan walnut french toast at Republic.
Commontaries: He has some thoughts on various possible and dark horse candidates: Kenneth Whalum, Charles Carpenter, John Willingham, George Flinn, Kemp Conrad, Jim Strickland, Carol Chumney, A C Wharton and Myron Lowery. Whew!
MAKE IT HAPPEN: Her lesson? Choices can be stressful, but they are a gift!
Cwabs! A bit behinds the scenes of recording a radio show. It will be on air later next month.
Jerm’s Baby Blog: An update on baby Piper at 12 weeks.
Long Tall Animals: A thank you for all the support they received.
LeftWing Cracker: Cats and dogs, living together! A Memphis mayoral poll. And, how we get from here to County Mayor Joyce Avery.
Commercial Appeal: President Obama has struck the right tone in dealing with Iran. Farewell to Michael Jackson. Christian church efforts to fight blight in many neighborhoods is welcome. They support non-partisan drawing of Congressional district maps. And they call for single-source funding of all local schools.
Otis L. Sanford: Memphis should bask in the media spotlight of Steve Jobs visit. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Chris Peck: Mayor Willie Herenton’s resignation rates an “A” . (via the Commercial Appeal)
Wendi C. Thomas: Michael Jackson began disappearing years ago. (via the Commercial Appeal)
John Moore: Memphis should ignore the media focus on crime statistics. (via the Commercial Appeal)
bitter/books: Ahhh…. Promises, promises.