News - Thursday, July 16, 2009
The Next Mayor: Candidate A C Wharton says the crowded mayoral field (11 so far by our count; see poll to the left) is “troubling” and some of the “troublemakers” fire back! Jackson Baker’s take on the “crowded field” theories. More on Wharton’s statement from Fox13, WMC. Is Wharton backpedalling from his comment now?
Fox13’s excellent series, Memphis in Black & White, has a new installment looking at local politics and the mayoral election.
In a related story, Willie Herenton has begun naming some of his Congressional campaign staff. More in the Commercial Appeal here and here.
Collierville: Shelby County school board president David Pickler is urging citizens to defeat the so-called “Plan B” for funding City and County schools from one source.
City Pools: Lifeguards are being found with disqualifying criminal records still.
Politics: From the Knoxville News-Sentinel, detailed breakdowns of the fundraising so far for some Democratic and Republican candidates: Roy Herron, Ward Cammack, Kim McMillan, Mike McWherter, Bill Haslam, Bill Gibbons.
Memphis Police Department: The Supreme Court’s ruling in Ricci re-opens a possible revisitng of a similar case involving Memphis police officers who faced a similar circumstance.
County Clerk’s Office Investigation: City Councilwoman Barbara Swearengen-Ware isn’t the only elected official mentioned in the investigations into that office who avoided the law. Another, a TN State Representative, isn’t even named, only identified by office.
Memphis Charter Schools: The Commercial Appeal looks at the system’s schools for over-age students and the effect they are having on school completion.
Heat: School and sports officials are beginning to worry as the heat keeps up and the new school year draws near.
Federal Stimulus Dollars: About $56 million is coming to the area for various projects.
Oakland: Concerns about the City’s Urban Growth Boundary are leading to calls for a regional planning commission and that’s upsetting folks in Hickory Withe. Oakland Mayor Bill Mullins responds. (via the Oakland News)
Lambuth University: They are continuing to have problems meeting payroll, and are now eight weeks behind.
Norfolk Southern: The town of Rossville annexed the site for an intermodal rail yard the company is now clear to build.
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.
Mississippi: Abuse victims receive extra protections now that the State has implemented the Address Confidentiality Program; more in the Commercial Appeal. US Rep. Travis Childers has raised $230,000 for his re-election campaign.
National Endowment for the Arts: Three Memphis arts groups - the Center for Southern Folklore, the Memphis Orchestral Society and the Beale Street Caravan - have received Federal grants for funding.
Shelby County Sheriff: More on this weekend’s auction of seized property. That story has a link to the auction list.
Tennessee: The Environmental Protection Agency is sending $77.6 million to the State and Counties for improvements to clean water infrastructure.
Medtronic: Along with two other companies, they’ve been accused of encouraging unauthorised use of their products and overbilling the US government.
Business: Tyson Foods is cutting back its hog production business due to grain costs. More on the Delfield plant expansion in Covington. Road construction is being blamed for a “precipitous” drop in revenues for Southland Greyhound Park. Monogram Food Solutions won a 14-year PILOT.
Delta Air Lines: The airline is seeking a Federal subsidy for its flights to the Tupelo Regional Airport.
Memphis Area Action Council: TN Rep. Beth Harwell was the keynote speaker and talked against the Federal “cap and trade” bill as a bad deal for small businesses.
Foreclosure: If you rent someone else’s property you are still vulnerable to foreclosure, especially if the owner isn’t keeping you informed! Overall, foreclosures in Memphis are up in the 2Q, but the housing sector isn’t doing as badly.
Downtown: The foreclosed Horizon building was purchased by the lender who foreclosed it. Mollie Fontaine Lounge in Victorian Village received a $30,000 forgivable loan from the Center City Development Corporation.
MLG&W: At today’s board of directors meeting, a $1.3 million dollar contract to build new transmission lines will be discussed.
Grizzlies: The new lower salary cap has meant less tam profitability.
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|Fruit salad, from theology & geometry by Lindsey Turner. © 2009.|
Opinion and Blogs
Persian Pit Bull: She and her husband are on vacation in Miami.
Dining With Monkeys: Team Oster finds success at Fuego Maya’s.
The Tale of a Southern Belle: House hunting grows old and is a blog makeover a new fashion accessory?
Bigger Than Your Head: A ridiculously short history of German wine. Part one….
Complacencies of the Peignoir: Using racial stereotypes to deal with a frightening memory, and strippers, too.
Jen-sized: How you can help bring Trader Joe’s to Memphis.
MemphisConnect: Ask Brent!
Because I Said So: Taking the family out to Whitton Farms and the Feastival. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Mike Hammock and Art Carden: Charter schools don’t have to prove there is a need, the public schools have already done that. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Notes from Memphis: A random collection of pictures Downtown, including the most “awwwww” squirrel pic you’ll see today.
Pretty in Pink Megan: She has a couple of beauty product reviews.
Scribblescrawl: She shows off some of her collections. (Yes, that’s plural.)
What is a Carbunkle Trumpet? On a whim he bought a lot of tomatoes, so he made ketchup and had a cookout.
The Chubby Vegetarian: An easy recipe for spicy carrot, fennel and ginger soup.
The Conservative Zone: He’ll be tweeting from a battlefield this weekend.
Walt’s World: Mom and Dad gave little Walt his first camera and let him take his own pictures, unguided. The results will surprise you.
Weeden Arts Watch: About the Ben Shahn mural at LeMoyne Owen College’s library.
Wendi C. Thomas: Steeling herself for running a 5K and then away she went! And, in the column for the Commercial Appeal, she highlights the need for Make a Splash, which teaches urban black kids the fundamentals of safe swimming.
Smart City Memphis: Here’s an idea: customer service at City Hall.
Xspectre8: If the sign ain’t right the warning ain’t legal.
Thaddeus Matthews: He suggests, if A C Wharton finds the mayoral field so crowded, that Wharton get out.