News - Friday, November 13, 2009
Clayborn Temple: This essential part of Memphis history — especially its civil rights legacy — is in sad shape. Hord Architects have agreed to donate a building assessment if a larger plan is devised.
Memphis City Schools: The Tri-State Defender publishes a call to unity from MCS Superintendent Dr Kriner Cash in the wake of the 2009 State Report Card. More on the plan to offer student email accounts. Sherwood Elementary got a donation of 70 computers from Hewlett-Packard; more in the Commercial Appeal. To qualify for the Gates Foundation $100 million grant, the school system needs to secure $20 million in local commitments.
Shelby County Interim Mayoral Selection: City Mayor A C Wharton flashes anger at candidate Joe Ford’s remarks. The next round of Commission voting is Tuesday, November 17.
City of Memphis: Free mulch if you come pick it up this Saturday.
Cyclocross: The championship is Sunday at Greenbelt Park on Mud Island.
Collierville: The local police are working with the Animal Shelter to learn to defuse an “angry or territorial dog” situation.
Millington: The Double B Boys’ Ranch home for troubled teenagers also works with families to restore harmony and respect. Local businessman Terry Roland is angry with the Board of Mayor and Alderman for not getting business input before passing a sign ordinance.
Politics: US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (8th District) says the “tea party” protest rallies are bringing out women and she “won’t condemn” them.
MIFA They are hosting another roundtable discussion about their Emergency Services program this Tuesday.
Tennessee: The State Supreme Court has reinstated the conviction of Michael Casper for selling securities without registering with the State. Restructuring higher education is “not a focus” of Governor Phil Bredesen’s plans. Beginning in January 2010, the State is capping enrollment in CoverTN, its insurance program for those who can’t get Medicaid. More in the Daily News.
H1N1 Virus: Area hospitals are taking extra precaustions for the regular flu virus, too.
Arkansas: Senator Blanche Lincoln will convene the Senate agriculture committee there to find ways to help the rural economy.
Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis: They donated $15,000 to Agape Child & Family Services’ Families in Transition.
Trumbull Laboratories: They have received College of American Pathologists accreditation.
NEW! Main Street Journal November Issue: From Jonathan Devin, Nostalgia & Tradition: Holidays at the Historic Collierville Town Square.
The Table of Contents is here. And we’ll have several selections up online as the month progresses, so watch this space!
Memphis Police Department: A new program seeks to offer a “last chance” for rehabilitation for officers with drug and alcohol problems.
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.
Local Media: The Flyer is celebrating its 20th anniversary today, even though it was in February. Jackson Baker reflects. The State of New Hampshire is set to become the first to guarantee a line of credit for a newspaper.
Shelby County Schools: The new capital improvement plan will focus on renovation of existing schools and rezoning to move students around to balance attendance.
University of Memphis: The school has to contend with an additional $26 million in cuts to its budget for this year. (via the Daily Helmsman)
Land Use Control Board: They unanimously vote down the Fairview subdivision proposal. They also tightened a zoning regulation concerning adult entertainment businesses.
Business: The CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, is coming to Nashville in January. Retail stores expect a rough holiday season this year. Wal-Mart posted a 3% rise in profits in the 3Q. Majestic Star Casino, which operates the Fitz Hotel and Casino, has been declared in default. Meridian Bioscience reports record sales.
FedEx: Their FedEx Trade Networks is boosting its presence in Asia and opening an office in Europe.
Veterans Administration Hospital: An interview with Dr James L. Robinson III, the new director in the Tri-State Defender.
Real Estate: Mortgage rates set a five week low. Foreclosures increased by 14% in October. The former Bennigan’s / River City Bar & Grill site will become a Sonic. The Triad Centre III office complex is the first LEED-certified office building in Memphis.
COGIC: One last farewell, maybe for good, to the Memphis-based Convocation.
West Tennessee: The Dyersburg Salvation Army and Matthew 25:40 have undertaken a holiday food drive. (via the Dyersburg State Gazette)
Metro Charter Commission: More from the Daily News’ Bill Dries on their first meeting.
Downtown: More on the sale of the River Tower condos. The City’s revitalisation plan is now moving to the New Chicago area. Prosperity International, the company assoicated with the Ericson Group’s plan for the Pyramid has lost a deal in Boston.
Oakland: The Fayette County Director of Schools is suggesting bus drivers be issued cell phones. (via the Oakland News)
Picture of the Day
|Cats and dogs, sleeping together! From Marie’s Memphis Musing by Marie. © 2009.|
Opinion and Blogs
Pretty in Pink Megan: Capes, ponchos and wraps.
Notes from Memphis: Thanksgiving Day restaurant schedules and a couple of cautionary tales.
The Conservative Zone: Thoughts on red light traffic cameras.
Memphis City Watch: A report on the South Memphis Revitalization Action Plan.
Smart City Memphis: Thoughts on poverty and education. Recognising that the energy of an artistic culture is its equivalent of small businesses.
theology & geometry: Just wait a little more … she’s now in the new house.
VVixen: Two heinous, infamous murders inspire bad dreams.
George E. Hardin: The internet allows many extremist views — conservative and liberal — to thrive. (via the Tri-State Defender)
John Branston: He compares The MED to private, non-profit hospitals. (via the Flyer)
Kenneth Neill: The publisher reflects on twenty years of the Flyer and muses some on the future. (via the Flyer)
ForkBombr: His infant son is fighting cancer and you can buy a t-shirt to help the family out!
Gilmour Girl Goes Memphis: At last, a sound medical reason to drink chocolate milk.
Downtown Memphis Blog: Dinner at Circa’s.
Joy’s Life and Times: Her running pace is slowed down, but her confidence is slowly rebuilding.
Doug Johnson at Work: He has a question about shoe etiquette and wants your opinion!
Dining With Monkeys: A mixed experience (though the food was good) at the Mellow Mushroom in Chattanooga.
Cliff Heegel, PhD: He’s joined the Give an Hour network, providing free counseling services to returning troops or their families!
Bring me penguin dust: On one hand, she loves her boyfriend; on the other hand, ewwwwwww!
Alphapatriot: Thoughts on Republican chances in 2010.
I’ll be the one in heels: She’s travelling for work and she’s in New York taking pictures.
Urf! How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?
sharp stick in the eye: Are you ready for 7 days of pie?
Rustmeister’s Alehouse: Because, Rusty, it’s not about the fans, it’s about the deals and profits.