News - Thursday, July 23, 2009
Our Next Mayor: The Election Commission has set the date for the special mayoral election: October 27. But Mayor Willie Herenton calls those actions premature. More on Herenton’s actions and the Commission’s vote from WMC, Eyewitness News, WREG, the Daily News. Herenton calls it “bad precedent” and “premature”. Here’s his letter to the Election Commission. (PDF document) Councilman Joe Brown also regrets the vote.
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Hundreds of volunteers are coming to West Memphis, AR, to build a new Kingdom Hall … in one week!
Memphis City Schools: The number of failing schools, according to No Child Left Behind scores, rose by ten percent this year and the number of “targeted” schools almost doubled. The report details many other problems and some good news.
MSARC: WREG has obtained internal memos that demonstrate foot-dragging by City Hall even as Ken Moody, then-Director of Public Services and Neighborhoods, was calling for action. Much of the information appears to have been kept from the City Council, too.
Mississippi: The state’s unemployment rate rises to 9.8%; more from WMC and the CA. In Walthall County, the Feds are investigating school transfer policies with an eye to racial discrimination; more in the CA. A brief look at the Tunica RiverPark.
Business: Thomas & Betts saw earnings and sales fall in 2Q; the Daily News has more. Affiliated Foods is asking a Federal judge to convert their Chapter 11 bankruptcy to Chapter 7 liquidation.
Arkansas: Governor Mike Beebe is supporting a proposal from a Governor’s School student to use a fundraiser to keep their current six-week session. The director of the upcoming Arkansas lottery is already proposing cost-cutting measures.
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.
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.
State Senator Paul Stanley: Some background on the nude pictures of the intern involved in the alleged extortion of Stanley and Joel Watts’ demands. A timeline/summary from the Commercial Appeal. Stanley’s resignation as chairman of the Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee; more on that from WMC. More reporting on the scandal and the alleged extortion from WMC, Eyewitness News, WREG, the Daily News.
Memphis City Schools: Melrose High School is the first to received the new artificial playing field.
Shelby County Clerk’s Office: The Daily News has an article delineating the differences between the local and Federal investigations into the office.
Politics: Former president Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Tennessee Democratic Party’s annual Jackson Day fundraising dinner. More from the Flyer. Lobbyists and industry representatives spent over $400,000 entertaining legislators this year. House Democratic Leader Gary Odom is claiming that a Federal agency has approved an optical scan voting machine compatible with TN’s election needs.
Attorney General Eric Holder: He spoke to the National Black Prosecutor’s Association meeting in Memphis, but didn’t discuss some issues of local importance. Holder spoke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division being “open for business”. The Commercial Appeal also has a report.
The MED: The board of directors now has until March next year to locate and hire a whole new set of chief executives, to avoid re-contracting with FTI Cambio. More on the story in the Commercial Appeal.
Tennessee: Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr, father of Secretary of State Tre Hargett, is retiring as commander of the TN National Guard. Now that the “Daniels” injunction has been lifted, tens of thousands may finally be re-evaluated and removed from TennCare rolls.
I-269: Will the new eastern interstate loop just encourage more sprawl? She has maps, though its not clear what they show.
Picture of the Day
|His seat at Cafe Eclectic, from kipgordon.com by Kip Gordon. © 2009.|
Opinion and Blogs
bitter/books: He appears to be back to semi-regular blogging, and goes to the Salvation Army thrift store on Austin-Peay. Many pictures to entertain you. The Goodwill on Chelsea is, sadly, closed; he fondly wishes it goodbye.
at home she feels like a tourist: Goodbye.
cbduke: He’s started a poem (The Ride Before August) patterend after a certain Christmas poem, and he’d like you to help finish it!
Eskapadez: One falling domino pushes another over.
Fore Left! A. C. asks some of the questions that most pundits are skipping right over about the Paul Stanley scandal.
Lean Left: Pointing out the obvious: Democrats have complete control of government and still can’t get health care reforms passed?
Commercial Appeal: Who to blame for the problems in the digital broadcast television switchover? Public figures should out themselves to the media when they make mistakes or compromise their office.
LeftWing Cracker: He engages in a little schadenfreude over the Paul Stanley scandal.
Joy’s Life and Times: Pools are a source of danger she’d like to avoid.
Jerm’s Baby Blog: Piper is now sixteen weeks old! He runs down some of the milestones so far.
Pretty in Pink Megan: Would you buy a used bridesmaid dress for an evening dress? And, she’s a little obsessed with her skin care.
Notes from Memphis: Hot dog stands on Twitter, music history in paintings on a wall and the Bon Ton Cafe, all in one post!
(Lang Wiseman) Random Thoughts: Some worries and questions about the Paul Stanley extortion scandal.
Secret Agent Mom: She like the Summer, but it apparently has mixed feelings about her.
Smart City Memphis: Thoughts on single source funding for City and County schools.
Student: Revisited: Thoughts on writing on Writing Wednesday.
Xspectre8: For him, the health care debate is very personal.
The Tale of a Southern Belle: Some shopping finds at Marshall’s.
Vegan Crunk: Taste testing the Prosperity Cookie.
Complacencies of the Peignoir: Thirty, forty, fifty….
The Suggs: Tuesday was family time.
vibinc: He parses the City Charter, for language on resignation and winds up confused.
Wendi C. Thomas: She castigates the Republican Party and Senator Paul Stanley for having ideals and not living up to them without fail. (via the Commercial Appeal)