News - Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Carol Chumney vs. The Memphis Flyer! The Flyer takes a closer look at mayoral candidate Carol Chumney. She takes umbrage and accuses them of “sexism.” Jackson Baker responded with an email, which he shared with a local mailing list, and which was passed to the Main Street Journal. You can read the whole exchange. Carol has video on YouTube to back up her initial claims. UPDATE: Jackson Baker responds in the Flyer!
The On-Again Off-Again Resignation: It’s Tuesday and the Mayor is holding off resigning, until July 30. More details from the Flyer, Fox13, WMC, Eyewitness News, WREG, the Daily News and the Commercial Appeal. Also: up-to-the-minute “blogging” on the events from the CA.
City Budget Cut Effects: Budget cuts will mean shorters hours during a brutally hot summer, when Community Centers provide an important aide to the sick and elderly. Also, effective immediately, the mobile vehicle inspection service is cancelled.
Memphis City Council: The Council is still scheduled to take up the mayoral vacancy item on today’s agenda.
Memphis Greenline: A brief report on last night’s meeting, seeking public input on the new green trail utilising the old CSX railroad right of way. There will be a second meeting tonight.
Beale Street: A shooting outside the Plush Club over the weekend, that injured five, has both the club owners and the Beale Street Merchants Association disclaiming responsibility. The former Pat O’Brien’s club has now gone into foreclosure.
Politics: East TN State Rep. Tony Shipley says road projects in his district were threatened if he didn’t vote for the Governor’s budget. House Speaker Kent Williams says that’s not what happened. US Rep. Jim Cooper was on the list of government officials to attend the Washington Post dinner but says he knew nothing of the “pay for access” aspects of it.
Tennessee: The highway death toll over the July 4 holiday was 10.
Real Estate: The CEO of the Education Trust Realty company, Paul Bowers, is retiring. The Memphis Area Association of Realtors says pending local home sales are up, though prices remain sharply down; more in the Commercial Appeal about the otherwise steep drop in sales.
Local Media: Bizjournals, the online division of American City Business Journals (publishers of the Memphis Business Journal) has launched a website giving access to information on hundreds of thousands of businesses in forty cities.
NEW! Main Street Journal : On the Block: Today –Outside the usual suspects of politicians, who would you like to see run for Memphis Mayor?. Mid-South leaders respond.
Main Street Journal July Issue: You can peruse the Table of Contents for our July issue, which will be hitting mailboxes and newsstands later this week. Watch for articles to be posted here throughout the month.
Second Amendment: The County Commission is set to vote on banning gun carry by people with State-issued carry permits in public parks on Wednesday.
City of Memphis: Another $14 million in Federal stimulus funds is coming to the city from several Federal agencies; more in the Commercial Appeal. The City is also going to apply for $64 million from the Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program, to clean up blighted neighborhoods. Also, they are scheduled to vote on the single-source funding plan from the County.
Opera Memphis: They are announcing their new season as well as some venue changes.
Millington: The Board of Mayor and Aldermen votes to study “red light cameras” and implementing them.
Good Morning Memphis: US Rep. Marsha Blackburn visits the show to talk about presidential birth certificates. Losing weight via gastric sleeve surgery. Common household items you can use as cleaners. The Fox13 Insiders, from last week, on Herenton’s remarks about A C Wharton and Steve Cohen.
Arkansas: The I-49 and I-69 interstate segments may be many years down the road. State Senator Jack Crumbly, also the superintendent of the Earle School District, may face some discipline from the State Board of Education.
The Catholic Diocese of Memphis: Beginning this Fall, the Catholic school system willoffer a program for mildly autistic young children.
Business: American Paper Optics has moved into larger offices in Bartlett. Over 100 workers in Shelby County are set to lose their jobs. Medtronic is still scheduled to cut 56 local jobs. Luminetx’ VeinViewer product is continuing to increase in sales worldwide. Proliance International, a Mississippi radiator manufacturer, is now seeking bankruptcy protection.
Picture of the Day
|A Midtown street corner, from madmolecule. © 2009.|
Opinion and Blogs
Smart City Memphis: Are County Mayor A C Wharton and some on the County Commission trying to hide a property tax increase from you?
The Conservative Zone: Head above water, gasp for air, back under again.
Radio Sweethearts: Matthew has been unfaithful, y’all.
polar donkey: Blasting back from hiatus with a label for this mayoral race: the Baskin-Robbins race.
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: Keep an eye out for Romanians.
Dr Scott Morris: Improve your life with rhythm, balance and vision — or golf! (via the Commercial Appeal)
Midtown Stomp: A first report on his Willamette Valley trip, featuring high quality food and wines.
LeftWing Cracker: Steve thinks Mayor Herenton isn’t going to go.
joelarkins: Thoughts on playing the race card and Michael Jackson overload.
MemphisConnect: A rave review for the Abyssinia Ethiopian restaurant, with a bonus recipe for you!
55-40 Memphis: Given Monday’s mayoral events, a prophetic warning.
Bigger Than Your Head: The wine of the week is … Chateau d’Aqueria.
Brain Release Valve: An odd but thoughtful bit of meditation.
Commercial Real Estate in Memphis and our Galaxy: Two surprise candidates for Memphis mayor!
Confessions of a West Tennessee Liberal: Brad is trying to keep issues at the forefront of the mayoral campaign. Today: code enforcement.
Doug Johnson at Work: Old age is slidin’ up on him.
Fertile Ground: More parents probably need to hear about Gustafer Yellowgold.
Gilmour Girl Goes Memphis: Save the … turtles?