News - Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Northeast Shelby Republican Club Dinner: The four leading Republican candidates for governor — Bill Gibbons, Bill Haslam, Ron Ramsay and Zach Wamp — will attend the 2009 Pasta and Politics fundraiser on November 13. (PDF document) Website here.
Shelby County Commission: Two candidates have now declared for the interim County mayor selection process. You can read their applications: George Flinn and Anthony Tate. (PDF documents) More from the Eye on City Hall. Fox13’s Good Morning Memphis interviews George Flinn; more on Flinn from WMC.
Raleigh Springs Mall: The new owners of the dying property aren’t talking about their plans and their murky reputation isn’t inspring confidence.
Delta Air Lines: A controversial new ruling by the National Mediation Board may upend 75 years of labor relations to make unionising easier in the railroad and airlines industries. Memphis would, of course, be very affected.
Comcast: The cable giant is close to buying NBC Universal and then selling off some NBC properties while keeping the cable channels like A&E, SyFy, Bravo, USA, MSNBC. Watch for some of those channels to then drift up the digital/pricing tier.
COGIC: Local officials are working to bring the convocation back in 2011. More from Fox13, WREG and again, Daily News. Memphis police were used to guard church donations. Eyewitness Newss has a poll on whether Memphians want them to come back in 2011.
Halloween Repair: A Hickory Hills dentist, Dr Christina Rosenthal, is offering to buy back candy to help protect kids’ teeth from cavities. The candy will go to soldiers overseas!
American Bar Foundation: Two Memphians have been elected to membership: David M. Cook, president of Hardison Law Firm, and Ricky E. Wilkins.
University of Memphis: The Erasmus Mundus EuroPhilosophie program in Europe is sending grad students and professors to strenthen international philosophical ties and learning.
Shelby County Trustee: They offer State- and County-funded tax freeze and relief programs that you still have time to apply for.
Arkansas: Flood victims have begun to return home. A report on the flooding in Earle. More problems in Jericho as a police cruiser is repossessed, with evidence inside! The state has risen to 46th in per-capita income.
Business: GTx had a setback as the FDA identified two problems with a new drug, delaying rollout; more on the “surprise” from the Daily News and the Commercial Appeal. Wright Medical Group has purchased an Arlington distribution facility to enhance distribution. Accredo Health Group won a one-year extension on its Federal Employee Program contract.
Stella Marris: A pair of women from the Flyer dine at the restaurant.
Survey Says: In Memphis, for every job opening there are five job seekers. Last year was the worst year for manufacturing job losses in more than a decade. By one measure, home sales rose for the eighth consecutive month. Gasoline prices rose 2 cents in the past week. The average for private college tuition hit the $50,000 mark. September’s pending home sales numbers rose nicely. US manufacturing rose by the largest amount in three and one-half years.
UPDATED! Main Street Journal October Issue: Now online, Senior Writer and Online Editor Michael Roy Hollihan’s A Tale of Two Markets.
The Table of Contents is here. Editor in Chief and Publisher Jonathan Lindberg wonders if we are Debate Crazy: How we choose our mayor. From the Church Health Center’s Dr Scott Morris, The Role of the Faith Community in the Health Care Debate.
The New Wharton Administration: His transition team has added a new sub-committee: Capital Improvement Projects. An audit of the FedEx Forum shows they may owe the City and County about one-half million dollars.
Memphis City Council: The agenda for today’s meeting, via the Daily News.
Association for Women Attorneys: As part of their 30th anniversary celebration today they are honoring Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice H. Holder and Justices Cornelia A. Clark and Sharon G. Lee.
Real Estate: A pair of properties in Whitehaven may be granted PILOTs to spur rehabbing of the apartments.
Earthquakes: Three minor quakes Sunday morning in East Tennessee.
Politics: State House Speaker Kent Williams talks about his PAC and electing Republicans. Some of the very groups and individuals opposed to having an open gun permit database are using it for their own purposes. The new trend for legislators is the “leadership PAC” for raising more money.
DeSoto County: Vaccination shots for the swine flu began arriving yesterday and are now available. Here is some information on availability, etc. More from WMC, Eyewitness News. More on the controversial proposal to widen Pleasant Hill Road. The County Board of Supervisors will hold open meetings on debris removal.
Millington: The Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved red-light traffic cameras, a total of six for the city.
ReadyShelby.org: Due to the multifarious nature of disasters that can strike here in the Mid-South, Shelby County and its municipalities have created a website for the citizenry that “gives instructions on how to plan for severe weather, natural disasters and other emergencies at home and at work”.
Tennessee: The Municipal Bond Fund hid many more fees and paybacks than a previous investigation uncovered. Public comment on proposed new bond financing rules is being sought. More on this story. The Lottery Board adds Mega-Millions alongside Powerball, as a big-bucks lottery option; more from WMC. Governor Phil Bredesen says teaching kids to make better health choices is the best way to change childhood obesity. The State’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program has reached capacity and is now on a waiting list.
Memphis City Schools: The system is rolling out student email accounts and message boards this week, powered by Gaggle.Net. Teachers can use this to send messages and classwork to students.
Mississippi: The US Supreme Court has declined to overturn a lower court ruling allowing former KKK men to be tried for forty year old crimes against two black men. Governor Haley Barbour says tax revenues were nearly 7% below projections for October.
Picture of the Day
|Restful cotton fields, from Thoroughly Modern Medusa by Melissa Sweazy. © 2009.|
Opinion and Blogs
Fertile Ground: Halloween at school! And then the whole family celebrates Halloween, with tons of pictures.
Doug Johnson at Work: Thoughts on sunlight and brand names.
Cwabs! An unclear incident at school.
Confessions of a West Tennessee Liberal: Wages, poverty, homelessness and jail in Memphis. A long, numbers-packed post, but worth the read.
Buck Daddy: Dos and don’ts of naming your child.
A Right Perspective: Just one moral voice for right can avert terrible tragedies.
55-40 Memphis: Critiquing an Andy Wise story.
artbutcher: This Thursday is a Graduate Studio Open House at the Memphis College of Art.
Bring me penguin dust: She talks about problems “down there”, as they say. [Mild alert for blunt talk about biology.]
I Love Memphis: When someone comes to a Halloween party dressed as you! Kerry acts like a lady for afternoon tea at the Peabody Hotel.
joelarkins: Travel to Louisville and getting bare breasts on the TV.
Meredith Jubilee and Madeline Jane: Meredith rocks out!
Gilmour Girl Goes Memphis: She is making some changes in her life.
Friends for Our Riverfront: Memphis is rich in natural assets.
ForkBombr: His son Josiah’s first birthday party.
moremittenz: As you will see, it was a fun weekend.
Whitebread on Patrol: How do you know it’s police training? When your list of activities includes, “Getting pepper sprayed on Thursday.”
Thaddeus Matthews: He thinks Joe Ford is the next County mayor.
Steve’s Nude Memphis Blog: How bad is the economy? It’s so bad, that….