News - Monday, July 27, 2009
The MSJ Mayoral Poll: Jim Strickland has been removed, as he is no longer a candidate. You can revote or change your vote if you like.
The Senator Paul Stanley Affair: A report on Saturday’s Statesman Dinner that largely focuses on Senator Stanley’s troubles. (Short version of the story.) Weekend reaction from his district. The District Attorney investigating the case says Stanley was not asked to keep quiet. Is it time to review legislator / intern rules? Now that reporters have had time to dig, past problems are surfacing; also here.
Memphis City Schools: Superintendent Kriner Cash points to other gains made in latest, disappointing, No Child Left Behind progress scores.
MATA: Falling fuel costs this Summer are a welcome budget relief for them.
Tennessee: The State’s TennCare has received approval for a long-term care program. The State’s tax on illegal drugs was ruled unconstitutional by the TN Supreme Court on Friday; more from the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Don’t forget: in two weeks, it’s the sales tax holiday on certain items.
Politics: Is former governor Don Sundquist being rehabilitated by the state’s Republicans? The Republican Statesman’s Dinner raised $550,000 for the party.
Mississippi: Don’t forget — this weekend will be the State’s sales tax holiday. More from Eyewitness News. A look at the role of Federal stimulus money in crafting the State’s budget.
Our Next Mayor: City Councilman Jim Strickland decides not to run. More on his withdrawal. And more reporting, from the Daily News, the Memphis Flyer, Fox13, WREG. Many of the candidates are looking at the voters of the future. With so many candidates in the running, the possibility of strange election outcomes arises.
Christ Community Health Center: Community clinics like CCHC are being hit hard by a shortage of primary-care physicians and a growing poor community.
Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada: They have been recognised by the National Law Journal’s “Midsize Hot List” of law firms.
Memphis International Airport: They are unveiling a new website.
Financial: Memphis area banks have repaid about $30 million of Federal TARP monies.
EmergeMemphis: The small business incubator has named four members to its Board of Directors.
DeSoto County: Holly Springs and Olive Branch are vying to get a hospital opened. Hernando is applying to become a “Preserve America” city. Also in Hernando: residents, 2; developers, 0. The DeSoto Sheriff’s Department has a 20-man SWAT team? County schools will have two new middle schools this year. A look at the Nesbit Blueberry Plantation.
Germantown: The City’s police department is using Facebook to send out messages to the community on crime alerts, crime solving, etc.
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.
Mayor Willie Herenton: The Commercial Appeal reports on the timing of a trip to Dallas, headquarters for Greyhound bus lines, during transactions to move their downtown bus station nearer to the airport. (The story has links to some original documents.) His campaign manager and confidante, and a candidate for mayor himself, Charles Carpenter isn’t talking.
FedEx: The company has just released its annual report, which reflects some hard numbers.
Business: The latest SurveyMemphis report (for June) has bad news for the local and national outlook. Cellular South is rolling out an Android-based smartphone. Schering-Plough is seeking to settle merger litigation.
University of Memphis: The Fogelman College of Business and Economics is debuting a new “Entrepreneurship MBA” this Fall. With the governor talking education reform, the push is back on to get an independent controlling board for the school.
Church of the Living God-Pillar and Ground of Truth: Members will be in town for their convention, all week.
MLG&W / Joseph Lee: WMC reports that while the focus has been on paying the legal fees of former president Joseph Lee, the law firm of Glankler, Brown was paid well over $100,000 for a one-month investigation. A related story on people’s power being cut off becaue of non-payment of bills.
I-269: The Flyer’s Mary Cashiola keeps on bringing on the charts showing the history of various aspects of Memphis growth and development.
Collierville: The National Rifle Association is encouraging members and Second Amendment supporters to call City Hall to oppose opting out of gun carry in public parks. The public library is part of the trend of using Facebook to connect members and interested subcultures.
“Cash for Clunkers”: Federal auto rebate program runs risk of running out of funds, so act quickly.
Christian Brothers High School: For the first time in its history, the new principal, Chris Fay, will be a lay person and not a priest.
Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church: Beginning in late September, they will host a new service on Sundays at the Opera Memphis facility.
Arkansas: The Department of Education is expanding the number of schools and shots where the flu vaccination will be offered.
Picture of the Day
|The Carnival at Memphis, 1873, from The Great South; A Record of Journeys in Louisiana … Maryland by Edward King, from the Documenting the American South website. This view is looking across The Promenade toward Front Street, I believe. © 2009. (The webpage may take a while to fully load. It’s very long document, but has a short, fascinating look at the city.)|
Opinion and Blogs
What is a Carbunkle Trumpet? You want to see why a garden plot out at Shelby Farms is a good idea? Here ya go!
MAKE IT HAPPEN: Her Saturday was soccer, biking and yoga.
The Tale of a Southern Belle: New house! but she forgot someone important.
Wow. Really? Huh. There is no such thing as a base tan. OK?
vibinc: Thanks to Herenton’s shenanigans and City Council pre-emptive actions, the whole resignation situation is dicey.
Thaddeus Matthews: He was presented with evidence that very large sums of money have disappeared from the New Chicago Community Development Corporation. Myron Lowery’s parking violation. (With hilarious graphic.) Last, I think Thaddeus seriously overestimates this guy.
Persian Pit Bull: Dog blogging.
James Overstreet: Serious issues of race and confrontation trouble the Downtown. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Jen-sized: If you have a cat and need a vet, here is a recommendation.
Notes from Memphis More veggies, peaches and Court Square trivia! Orleans is no more. Some Gaston Hospital history. An update on the traffic median garden on Huling.
moremittenz: A short play, in the style of Harold Pinter, with Lindsay, the appraiser and her Mini-Cooper.
Midtown Security Committee: A reminder to Midtowners, if you’re going on vacation, sign up for Vacation Watch.
Commercial Appeal: Upcoming elections are a perfect chance to start changing the city’s image. Opponents of health care reform need to be stopped. City needs to bring back runoff elections to prevent a plurality mayor. Thank you, Jupiter! Hillary Clinton hits a NoKo nerve.
Jerome Wright: An argument that it’s time for municipal mayoral runoff elections to be brought back. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Otis Sanford: The arresting officer was at fault in the Boston incident involving Dr Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Chris Peck: In fat, slovely, lazy, ill-fed Memphs, where’s the debate for health care reforms? (via the Commercial Appeal)
Wendi C. Thomas: She’s returning to her hometown after almost thirty years away and it’s stirring up powerful memories. (via the Commercial Appeal)