News - Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Shelby County Interim Mayor: Fox13 interviews two major County Commission candidates for interim County mayor: Joe Ford and J. W. Gibson. Also, the Fox13 Insiders opine. A pool of “outsider” candidates, who might be considered if the Gibson/Ford deadlock continues, has emerged. Preparing for Round Two; “making another run” at it.
Via the Daily News, the Commission’s agenda for today.
Identity Theft: Be careful, as some documents readily available online with the Shelby County Register of Deeds’ office might contain your Social Security number.
The MED: Employees react after learning the City and County spent millions on a consulting contract.
LeBonheur Children’s Hospital: They have put out a call for kid artists who would like to help decorate their new building!
Politics: From the Kingsport Times-News, why State House Kent Williams’ efforts to rejoin the Republican Party are hypocritical and doomed to failure.
DeSoto County: They are hopeful of economic recovery as the number of new building permits is up somewhat. Complaints from the County Sheriff’s office that employees are being fired for disagreeing with or criticising Sheriff Bill Rasco. What’s behind the increase in traffic tickets across the County?
National Bipolar Foundation: In partnership with the MedicAlert Foundation, they are starting a new initiative today, “Safe ‘Til Stable”.
Arkansas: Republican candidates for the US Senate seat now held by Sen. Blanche Lincoln must prove their financial viability in order to participate in a straw poll next month. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Division is proposing mandatory training for sellers and servers of alcohol.
Auction: Roebuck Auctions will auction drug-bust seizure items this Saturday.
Survey Says: The National Retail Federation reports mixed October sales. New construction project numbers are still weak. Retail sales rose slightly in October; a bit more in the CA. Businesses nationwide cut inventories for the 13th straight month.
Updated! Main Street Journal November Issue: Publisher Jonathan Lindberg sits down with Rabbi Micah Greenstein. 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 City Council: How tight is Flyer political analyst Jackson Baker with the people he covers? This tight. A Council sub-committee will consider a new set of economic and job guidelines for promoting and retaining new businesses.
Holiday Season: UPS is pegging December 21 as their busiest day of the year.
Arlington: After a lot of troubles getting started the Cambridge Manor Planned Development is finally getting underway.
Law: Scott Thomas Beall was censured by the State Supreme Court late last month over client perjury and destroyed documents.
Crime: It took a case involving brothels in Shelby County for the FBI to notice human sex trafficking in the area. Note the “immigrant / hispanic” mentions.
Mississippi: Governor Haley Barbour says the State should consider merging some universities to help save money. Mississippi Power is telling residential customers they will have lower bills next year.
Business: After a successful IPO, analysts have lowered the rating of Dollar General. Thomas & Betts plans to refinance and repay debt with a sale of $250 million in notes. Vonage has agreed to pay 32 States (including TN and AR) restitution and to change marketing practices following consumer complaints; more in the CA. The Conwood Company is planning a $133 million expansion. More on McKesson’s request for a “retention incentive” PILOT from the Industrial Development Board.
Delta Air Lines: The Atlanta City Council approved a seven-year lease with them at Hartsfield-Jackson International.
Medtronic: They are opening a new $65 million distribution center today.
Wright Medical Group: Their CFO, John K. Bakewell, is leaving in December.
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital: A profile from the Commercial Appeal of ALSAC CEO Richard Shadyac, Jr on fundraising for St Jude and succeeding his father.
Picture of the Day
|Mom is proud of her “purty babies”, from Boys in The ‘Hood by Ginger Spickler. © 2009.|
Opinion and Blogs
bitter/books: He returns to his blog with part one of a marathon series of thrift store visits. Parts two and three to come! Many, many hilarious and peculiar pictures presented with Dave’s inimitable style.
Buck Daddy’s Blog: Can men and women just be friends?
A Right Perspective: Thanksgiving is a common-ground holiday that deserves more respect. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Commontaries: Steve Cohen and “some blacks still believe the white mans ice is colder”.
Divers and Sundry: A somewhat partisan report from US Rep. Steve Cohen’s most recent town hall meeting.
garage sale of ignorance: Good news: Anna recommits to the blog! Welcome back.
From the Rainbows: Work on the house proceeds, and some good news from the Social Security Administration.
Notes from Memphis: I didn’t know the new U of M Law School downtown would have a Barnes and Noble store inside.
16 Balls in the Air: The games kids make up. Learning young that confidence wins the day.
55-40 Memphis: Oops!
Bigger Than Your Head: The wine of the week.
Pulled Before the Push: She unveils a new painting. Check it out, as it’s vibrant and colorful. She also gives a lot of background on her color choices, etc.
Shelby Watchdog: Joe does some digging into former mayor Herenton’s lum sum pension payout and discovers some City Council shenanigans.
Steve’s Nude Memphis Blog: Violence against women. Not funny. Violence against men? “Hilarious.”
theology & geometry: She moved into a new house recently and the adventures of her cats after the move inspired her to create a story, which she later illustrated. Go and check it out.
what would you ax it? Dave, who also blogs as “bitter/books” above, goes to the international market for a caseload of weird drinks from around the world. His taste-test series, Oh Dear God, Why resumes with the usual hilarity.
(Lang Wiseman) Random Thoughts: He wants to know your choice for Interim County Mayor.
Mediaverse: He wants to know why no local media bothered to factcheck the new movie The Blind Side.