News - Monday, July 13, 2009
Shelby County Commission: Today will be the third and final reading for the new property tax rate. County Commission chairwoman Deidre Malone is considering a second term but does Joyce Avery have the votes already lined up for her own nomination? More from Eyewitness News.
Feastival: This past weekend’s event was co-sponsored by Whitton Farms and the Memphis Farmers Market to raise awareness of locally grown foods and their benefits.
Memphis Police Department: They are warning people about a “hit man” scam email circulating in the area.
Second Amendment: Germantown and Bartlett Boards of Mayor and Aldermen will consider enacting gun carry bans in local parks; more from WREG. Murfreesboro also opted out of public gun carry. While citizens with State-issued carry permits won’t be able to carry in public parks or restaurants that serve alcohol, off-duty police officers will. An interesting story on the number of guns found on Beale Street anyway.
Our Next Mayor: The Memphis News says “choppy waters” ahead in the mayoral transition. And the Commercial Appeal looks to interim mayors past to see how they handled the job. A Jackson Baker report from last week’s ABC forum for some mayoral candidates.
Collierville: Even thought the recession has slowed development, James Gambone, the City’s planning director, and others are readying for the turnaround.
Mayor Willie Herenton: The new resignation date is set.
Preservation: A group of architects has set out to preserve some of Memphis’ mid-century buildings.
Bartlett: Work by CSX on the railroad crossing at Yale Road begins this week.
Mississippi: A rapid-fire six hour session and the State’s budget is finalised! A Federal lawsuit involving Chinese businessmen may hold up a multi-billion dollar auto plant in Tunica. The UM’s Medical Center has closed its autistic children’s program. MDOT officials want people to understand that while taxes stay the same, no matter the price of gas, their needs always go up.
Rock-n-Romp: A report from Saturday’s event at the Levitt Shell.
Overton Square: A “charette,” a public meeting and design brainstorming session, will be held for the Square on Friday, July 24.
Scams: There is no such thing as an “international drivers license,” so don’t buy one.
DeSoto County: The Olive Branch Humane Society had a rummage sale Saturday. Also in OB, a fifth fire station is being planned. Assistant Police Chief Don Gammage is going to become OB’s new police chief; more in the CA Various city leaders around the county will still be attending the state’s Municipal League conference this week. Hernando’s three-way stop will stay.
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.
UPDATED — Main Street Journal July Issue: From this issue, publisher Jonathan Lindberg looks at Cohen & Herenton, Part 1. 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.
Memphis City Schools: A look at the summer program for advanced placement students, the Summer Scholars Camp.
City of Memphis: The City has received $3.3 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for rehousing newly homeless families.
Digital Television: If you are having television trouble since the Big Switchover, here are some ideas.
Air Transportation: Flight attendants coming from Northwest into Delta Air Lines are upset with the uniforms being offered, as they don’t have enough sizes. Pinnacle Airlines and Colgan Air both saw increased passenger counts in June.
Legal: Gresham, Smith and Partners was named Top 100 Green Design Firm from Engineering News-Record magazine. The Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh firm has launched a new website to educate potential customers on their practice and specialties.
Arkansas: Public libraries around the state are opening earlier to assist job hunters in their search, before businesses open for the day. Lobbyists for the state’s rice industry are testing the Chinese market.
Business: Medtronic has recalled some infusion sets. Mixed signals from Wolf and Ritz Cameras about whether stores will be closing or not. The parent company of Waffle House plans to buy out its Nashville franchisee. Pfizer is releasing a new cancer-fighting drug … for dogs.
Memphis Bar Association: They are having an unusual fundraiser for the Shelby County Courthouse’s centennial bash.
Mirimichi Golf Course: The opening date is set: July 25.
Financial: The mortgage sector saw mixed news in June.
Tennessee: The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the State $4.7 million for petroleum cleanup. As reported earlier, State tax revenues fell for the eleventh consecutive month. A State Supreme Court ruling means more money in the legal assistance fund. The Department of Safety is closing the Whitehaven drivers license testing center.
Hospitals: The Federal government has started a website allowing potential customers to evaluate and compare area hospitals on a number of measures.
Picture of the Day
|The C and I building, seen from Autzone Park, from The Gates of Memphis. © 2009.|
Opinion and Blogs
Ashley la Rouge: A long driving trip to New York, some touristy vacation stuff and preparing to say goodbye.
John Branston: The City and the Grizzlies need to be honest about rock-bottom attendance figures at the Forum. (via the Memphis Flyer)
quite swimmingly: Exercise, eat healthier, keep at it and this is what could happen. A very personal but uplifting story.
Commercial Appeal: Summer in Memphis is “serious business”. Even when the money isn’t there, cutting schools’ budgets isn’t recommended. Following the rules was good; changing the rules was better for Olive Branch getting a second hospital. Optimism is always good in a down economy, no matter how false. After decades of Democrats calling the election commission shots, when Republicans get the chance, it’s time to stop the partisanship. As the list of mayoral candidates grows, the increased range of styles and abilities is a good thing.
Reginald Milton’s - A Fresh Look: Praise for A C Wharton and Van Turner for a successful SCDP get-together.
Chris Peck: Without his iPhone and 3G, he reconnected to other things. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Richard L. Locker: Nashville’s story gets closure, while in Memphis the media will beat ours to death. (via the Commercial Appeal)
William K. Richardson: Summer is “life at the apex”. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Born Again Hippies: The city with a “chip on its shoulder” and the weight that is Herenton.
Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease: She’s a water baby.
The Memphis News The ego necessary for politics can also become a hindrance to the public.
Renee L. Horne: The newly-passed charter school expansion is a “leap forward” for our children. (via the Memphis News)
The Daily Docket: He keepts tryin’ to tell some of y’all.
The Chubby Vegetarian: A long post on grandparents, small town Mississippi, food and something more.
Urf! Busy, busy, busy.
Xspectre8: Running your computer lines out to your cabin.
vibinc: Steve’s monumental post on the state of the mayoral resignation and race, so far.
Smart City Memphis: For denser cities with fewer kids?
Rustmeister’s Alehouse: Warning! If you embed music videos on your blog, that’s considered “performance” and ASCAP would like a word with you.