News - Monday, August 31, 2009
Memphis’ Next Mayor: Of all the candidates at the Thursday WMC mayoral debate, the Commercial Appeal focuses on Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges. A new candidate is in: Dewey Clark, originally from Atlanta.
Continued reactions from the WMC mayoral debate and here. A Nashville blogger and new media producer, Christian Grantham, is flabbergasted by Prince Mongo.
Shelby County Commission: They are scheduled to vote on the consoidation charter commission today. More on the forces aligning for the push, from the Memphis News. They will also consider a plan to require auto inspections for vehicles registered in the county.
Fair Time! Three major fairs are coming up this month and here’s a Commercial Appeal look at the differences and similarities. A look at the history of the Mid-South Fair. And, a report from Saturday’s IndiaFest.
DeSoto County: The Youth Leadership Council has announced its 2009 - 2010 members. A look at the government budgets for the County and its five municipalities. The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation is holding its annual conference in Olive Branch in October. Robert Ryan of the Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel is having questions raised about his work as a death row attorney.
Politics: Judge D’Army Bailey has announced he is retiring. More from the Daily News. According to financial disclosure reports, US Senator Bob Corker is among the wealthiest.
Summer Youth Employment Program: State and Federal auditors are now examining the situation, especially the Workforce Investment Network’s involvement.
Mississippi: Only months into a new fiscal year and State officials are looking to cut the Department of Education’s budget if necessary; more on budget cuts here. A new electronic court document filing system is expected to improve public access. In Oxford, a designated driver service gets electric bikes to use for the drivers to get back home. Plans for an $80 million civil rights museum are on indefinite hold.
Collierville: The City’s pension benefits fund is recovering somewhat but a change of investing strategy is being called for.
MLG&W: New energy efficiency inspections are now available to apartment renters with unusually high utility bills.
Second Amendment: A report on the debate about allowing gun carry in Bartlett parks. (via the Bartlett Express)
West Tennesee: Which came first, the church or the bar? A beer permit in Dyersburg hangs in the balance. Read the comments. (via the Dyersburg State Gazette) More on that in the Daily News. Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Union City and the Teamsters have tentatively agreed to a labor contract. Obion County gets $17 million State Enhancement Grant. (both via NWTN Today) The City of Moscow is hoping to find a donation of two more street fire hydrants to help them out. The TN Highway Patrol is participating in enforcing school zone driving laws.
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Local Spanish-language radio stadio WGSF-AM, Radio Ambiente, raised $214,000 for the hospital.
West Memphis: Police chief Bob Paudert relents to public demand and will return “proactive policing” to all parts of the city.
Main Street Journal August Issue: Now celebrating our fourth year as Memphis’ premier newsmagazine. Publisher Jonathan Lindberg has some political advice for gubernatorial candidate Bill Gibbons.
From our upcoming September issue, Lance Allen writes about Show Me the Money: How the Federal stimulus will affect Shelby County.
Flu Vaccines: Shelby County health clinics are offering vaccinations for the seasonal flu viruses, but they do not cover the H1N1 flue (ie. swine flu).
Downtown: The Riverfront Development Corporation is moving forward with the Beale Street Landing and riverfront cobblestones projects.
Good Samaritan Network: Program seeks volunteers to act as mentors to women coming out of jail, who want to go straight.
The Invocation: The Commercial Appeal looks at prayers and invocations before local government meetings, in this case County and suburban communities.
Stranger Danger: A series of self-awareness and danger reaction classes for kids ages 4 to 10 are now available.
Crime: Beware of unsolicited checks in the mail for Snuggies. It’s a scam.
Emergency Preparedness & Incident Conference: Third annual event, hosted by the Mid-South Association of Contingency Planners, is scheduled for September 10
Mississippi River Cobblestones: Conflicting ideas on how to use and preserve the cobblestones is generating trouble.
Business: The July SurveyMemphis is showing some good signs about local business attitudes about the future.
Tennessee: Nearly on in six people receive food stamps.
Memphis College of Art: The school is hoping to build a mirror image student housing facility to match the one already on Barksdale, and has spruced up three other residential properties nearby.
The Ostrander Awards: A rundown of the winners at this year’s local theater awards.
Economic Development Fair: A report from the two day event to promote minority entrepreneurship and business development.
Financial: BancorpSouth is considering acquiring some banks that are troubled. Mortgage rates held steady last week. Bryan Jordan, the CEO of First Horizon National Corporation, is approaching his one-year mark there and talks about his refocusing strategy. Using comic books as a way to make entry-level teaching about economics and finances accessible.
Survey Says: Consumer spending rose in July.
Earthquake: A new fault line has been discovered under Memphis and Shelby County.
Stanford Financial Group: The court-appointed receiver in the case is seeking back the commission money made by selling the bogus certificates. James M. Davis, the former CFO of SFG, is talking about what happened during the swindle.
Baptist Memorial Healthcare: Two big promotions for the Memphis system.
Picture of the Day
|Some Indian dresses at IndiaFest 2009, from BEEB by Melissa Sweazy. © 2009.|
Opinion and Blogs
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: He documents the high life downtown. The Nuh Uh Girl can’t possibly eat that much, can she?
Smart City Memphis: Thoughts on making Memphis into “America’s Aerotropolis” and a major pitfall to watch for.
Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease: Dogs and arthritis.
joelarkins: Be careful what you share on Facebook and how you handle the inevitable discovery.
Memphis News: Some suggestions for those pushing for consolidation through government.
Commercial Appeal: City’s new prescription drug plan may not cure the illness. WMC’s mayoral debate Thursday shows the need for runoff elections. Desires of residents, preservationists and business must be balanced at Overton Square. Merging City and Count police and fire departments is just more efficient. Gracis, Radio Ambiente!
Bartholomew Sullivan: He surveys the Washington legislators from the Mid-South for their stances on health care reform and their likely leanings. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Rev Frank A. Thomas: My health is my responsibility, first of all. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Chris Peck: Forget the past and plan to change tomorrow. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Otis L. Sanford: Remembering Ted Kennedy’s long-ago visit to Memphis. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Vegan Crunk: A quick and easy eggplant and sausage jampalaya.
Walt’s World: OK, Walt is just too cute for words.
The Tale of a Southern Belle: And now you, too, can make sloppy tacos!
Urf! Trading Midtown neighborhood weirdness for East Memphis neighborhood weirdness.
The Memphis Liberal: Why can’t Memphis and MATA give us a bus system like this?
That’s My B: Summarising the Memphis blogosphere zeigeist on the mayoral debate.
moremittenz” Thoughts on the candidates, after the mayoral debate.
Haaaaave You Read My Blog? His field of mayoral candidates is now now down to two.
Commontaries: Thoughts on Myron Lowery.
Brain Release Valve: Some thoughts on the various mayoral candidates after the WMC debate.
55-40 Memphis: On Wendi on Mongo.
Wendi C. Thomas: Learning to overlook our differences and find Common Ground. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Brent Taylor: Government should learn “first do no harm” and “just say slow”. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Dr Manoj Jain: No matter how hard or awkward, parents need to discuss sex and pregnancy with their children. (via the Commercial Appeal)