News - Friday, July 31, 2009
A Memphis Era Ends: Here is the retirement letter itself. His final statements; thoughts on race. Yes, he really retired. He’s “history”, says the Commercial Appeal.
The straight news reporting from: Tri-State Defender, Memphis Business Journal, the Memphis Flyer, Fox13, WMC, Eyewitness News. Herenton’s next moves.
Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton sings too.
Herenton muses on the media. The raw, unedited footage of the speeches from Fox13, WREG (and Herenton story archive), WMC (and his reception after).
Reactions: Dr Benjamin Hooks. Supporters at City Hall. Fox13 Insiders.
Other Herenton Administration News: Willie Herenton’s pension was approved, along with two others; as was Michael Gray’s. More on the pensions from WMC and the CA. Will materials from the Herenton era be housed at LeMoyne-Owen College?
Our Next Mayor: The Flyer’s Jackson Baker talks with mayoral candidate Jerry Lawler.
DeSoto County: Once again, tornado damage across the county from Thursday’s storms. The Southaven Fire Department and the Animal Shelter are teaming up to offer pet first-aid. More on the Northcentral Mississippi Electric Power HQ move from Byhalia to Olive Branch.
Memphis Motorsports Park: Dover Motorsports says their sale of the park has been delayed.
Southland Park Gaming & Racing: The International Organization for Standardization has certified them environmentally friendly. in their operations.
Methodist North Hospital: Methodist South Chief Executive Officer Michael O. Ugwueke will also assume the same duties Methodist North.
Starry Nights: After many requests, the holiday wonderland is returning to Shelby Farms!
Memphis Fire Department: Bottlenecks at local hospital ERs are jeopardising the FD’s ability to handle emergencies.
MATA: The second public forum on proposed route changes and service cutbacks still drew a lot of motivated, concerned people. There will be an extended public written comment period now.
Leadership Academy: They have a Summer program to connect local young people as interns to local businesses, hoping to keep them in the community long-term.
National Farmers Market Week: Did you know there are at least 84 farmers markets across the state? Next week is the time to celebrate them.
Memphis International Airport: Air fares out of our airport are among the highest in the nation, according to a recent survey.
Previously Posted: Memphis is ranked 43 out of 100 in the first half of 2009’s foreclosures.
Business: Earnings fell for International Paper as sales held steady; Daily News. IP’s conference call with analysts. Smith & Nephew’s revenues dropped in 2Q; the Daily News has more. Highwood Properties has raised its outlook after two stellar quarters in FY2009.
Rainbow Lake: The mystery is solved. The Oscar found in the Overton Park lake was recently released by locals. More about Oscars.
Main Street Journal: On the Block: Outside the usual suspects of politicians, who would you like to see run for Memphis Mayor?. Mid-South leaders respond.
NEW! Main Street Journal July Issue: The controversial feature article: Progress & Preservation: Can Memphis afford to look the same? by Michael Roy Hollihan. Also, publisher Jonathan Lindberg looks at Cohen & Herenton, Part 1. Table of Contents for July.
Oakland: More on the indictment of Mayor Bill Mullins and former Police Chief Bob Tisdale. (via the Oakland News) The Board of Mayor and Aldermen is considering a monthly fee to pay for firefighters’ salaries.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference: Their 51st annual national meeting is this weekend and the interim president is stressing a return to black issues and concerns and Christianity.
Paul Stanley Affair: The Senator releases a farewell letter to supporters. More here. Lt Governor Ron Ramsey claims to have “walked him through” to resigning. More on Ramsey’s comments, which came at an Associated Builders and Contractors event with other gubernatorial candidates Bill Haslam and Bill Gibbons.
UnitedHealth Group: They are bringing their Connected Care telehealth mobile clinic to the Memphis Health Clinic today.
Politics: On the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, Senator Lamar Alexander will vote yes and Senator Bob Corker will vote no.
Germantown: The 38th Annual Germantown Festival is coming, September 12. You must see the Running of the Weenies Dachshund race. The design team for the proposed Morgan Woods amphitheater has been chosen, among other Board of Mayor and Aldermen business. Also, the Pioneer Show-and-Tell is this Saturday.
Lambuth University: The university has been given a one-month extension to secure a letter of credit for financial aid.
Millington: Since City employees got no raise this year, the City will absorb the cost of their insurance raises. (via the Millington Star) Captain Douglas McGowan is the new commanding officer of the Naval Support Activity Mid-South base. The Shelby County Schools Family Resource Center will continue operations at the Public Library.
Mosquitos: Heavy rains and warm temperatures mean a bad mosquito summer for Memphis. (via the Daily Helmsman)
Non-Profits: Three-fourths of Memphis area non-profit agencies, etc. are reporting fewer donations.
Survey Says: Memphis has the 43rd highest foreclosure rate in the nation. Rhodes College and Christian Brothers University both rank high in the Princeton Review’s Best Southeastern college rankings. Forty-one of the top 100 labor markets across the county have double-digit unemployment. Though still historically low, mortgage rates continue to rise. More than half of American CFOs are unsure how they’ll cope with adopting international accounting rules.
Picture of the Day
|After yesterday’s rains, a sentiment we all can agree with. (Note the flooded train cars in the background.) From Born and Raised in the South; photo source unknown. © 2009. The linked page is massive, chock full of Memphis information and history, and well worth the read, but watch out for the loud embedded audio.|
Opinion and Blogs
Vegan Crunk: She travelled to Asheville, North Carolina, for Veganstock 2009. Here is the second day’s report. Many, many pictures of vegan food, of course.
MemphisConnect: Powerboat racing just off Mud Island! Yeah! Roar!!
City / County School Funding: County Commissioner Deidre Malone argues in favor of single source funding. County School Board Chairman David Pickler argues for separate funding. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Commercial Appeal: Memphis’ future looks wide open now that “he” is gone.
Wendi C. Thomas: She’s dancing on Herenton’s mayoral tombstone. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Thaddeus Matthews: Love him or hate him, Herenton made history.
Marty Aussenberg: The former mayor’s use of the term “racism” does a disservice to the real victims of racism. (via the Memphis Flyer)
Scribblescrawl: Some trailers and excitement about some upcoming films.
Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease: Uh-oh, someone must have gotten a complaint.
The Chockley Blogs: She loves her daughter, but can’t get a word in edgewise to tell her.
Persian Pit Bull: When you’re celebrating your engagement, of course, you get your nails done! She just missed the tornado damage in the Wolfchase area Thursday!
THE INTERSECTION OF MADNESS AND REALITY: Yay, the racism is over!
Moments in Time: An update on baby Natalie, at two months.
Tom Guleff: Joe Citizens: Sorry Tom, too late.
joelarkins: As former mayor Herenton found out, in news it’s all about timing.
I’ll be the one in heels: Cooking for the family continues, with garage-grilled salmon.
55-40 Memphis: Mayor Herenton resigns and severe thunderstorms break out. Message from God?
Bigger Than Your Head: Poetry magazine, wine and a long disquisition on John Keats.
The Memphis Flyer: Farewell to a Titan.
Weeden Arts Watch: John was chosen as a Memphian to watch; he talks about his job and its demands.
Egotistical Whining: You kids get off my lawn!
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: He talks about playing poker online.