News - Thursday, November 19, 2009
Memphis City Schools: It’s official! MCS wins one of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Intensive Partnership grants. More from Fox13, WREG, Eyewitness News, the Commercial Appeal.
Joseph Lee Lawsuit: A suit brought in 2007 by former MLG&W COO Larry Thompson, alleging he was fired as payback for cooperating with an FBI investigation, was dismissed.
Jericho, Arkansas: The deeply troubled town’s citizens are meeting with a Crittenden County judge to draft a petition to dissolve the town’s charter.
Disaster Preparedness: A Federal task force will be in the city Monday to meet with “emergency management stakeholders”.
MLG&W: At today’s board meeting, they will discuss and approve several contracts.
Fort Campbell: About $100 million in Federal funds are slated for the Army base, as well as National Guard facilities in Memphis and Chattanooga.
Real Estate: The Goodwyn Condominiums downtown are being finished and put back on the market after foreclosure. A short interview with Barry F. White, of Farris Bobango Branan, about the commercial real estate market. The recession will continue to depress the commercial real estate market as it continues to depress business.
Business: Medtronic received a warning letter from the US Food & Drug Administration about its Minnesota heart implants division. Nike’s new $135 million distribution center is drawing raves.
Eye Specialty Services: After one of their partners, Dr Seth Yoser, went criminal, the remaining partners must rebuild their business.
Oakland: A hearing was yesterday on a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by mayoral candidate Scott Ferguson against the Fayette County Election Commission.
Second Amendment: For less than $40, you and your date can empty two boxes of ammunition and get a meal at Date Night at Range USA.
Good Morning Memphis: Planning for long term care. Identifying child eating disorders and understanding teen fascination with vampires. What’s being done to curb teen fight videos. Olive Branch Police and their Facebook savvy. Friday night mixers for small business owners looking to network.
Tennessee: Legislators approved changes to the switchgrass / biofuels project that was almost scrapped two weeks ago; more in the Knoxville News-Sentinel. TennCare officials warn that, if their budget is cut, they may have to reduce benefits. An activist group for “progressive taxation” calls TN the fourth most regressive State on taxation.
Collierville: The city is updating its guidelines for utlity work in the community.
The Visible School: They have received accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.
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!
The Wharton Administration: Mayor A C Wharton lays out some of the priorities of his coming year and includes a warning about budget cuts. And a tax hike. More from WREG. Mayor Wharton will speak to the Midtown Security Community in December.
H1N1 Virus: The Health Department has again expanded the group of eligible candidates for the vaccine.
Metro Charter Commission: More action towards consolidation as the commission elects a chairwoman — Julie Ellis.
Shelby Farms: The Woodland Discovery Playground is a children’s play area that works in the natural landscape. It’s expected to break ground next year.
Politics: State Senate candidate Brian Kelsey got the endorsement of the TN State Employees Association. Governor Phil Bredesen says he won’t endorse anyone in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Metropulse’s Frank Cagle says the three East Tennessee Republicans need Shelby County gubernatorial candidate Bill Gibbons to stay in the race.
Mississippi: More on Governor Haley Barbour’s proposal to merge agencies, merge universities and close mental health centers as budget-cutting measures.
National Tea Party: Tea Party Nation will hold their first annual convention in Nashville the first weekend in February. Sarah Palin, Republican vice-presidential nominee in 2008, will be the keynote speaker.
Financial: Ham Smythe III, former president of Yellow Cab in Memphis, won $700,000 in an arbitration claim against Morgan Keegan.
Memphis Bar Association: The new, incoming president of the Young Lawyers Division, Kyle M. Wiggins, sits down for an interview with the Daily News. In a not-related legal story, the firm of Wilkes & McHugh has agreed to a $4 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging high fees.
University of Memphis: Part of Governor Phil Bredesen’s education reform involves making transfer of credits between community colleges and universities easier. The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law’s last open house on the U of M campus drew a crowd. Toastmasters International has had three new on-campus chapters approved. (all via the Daily Helmsman)
DeSoto County: More on the easing of liquor laws in Tupelo and Olive Branch. Alliance Health Care is opposing the Olive Branch Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare proposal, in favor of its own hospital project in Holly Springs. After the Olive Branch Board of Aldermen overwhelmingly approved fireworks sales in town, Mayor Sam Rickard unilaterally vetoed it.
Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority: Their board meeting is today.
Previously Posted: Still more on the McKesson retention PILOT agreement; also in the Commercial Appeal. And related Industrial Development Board news. More on the approval of a “certificate of need” for an Olive Branch Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital.
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Opinion and Blogs
The Gates of Memphis: Did you know that underneath the Blake Building at Second and Madison is the older, original building, hidden away?
The Intersection of Madness and Reality: Blacks, gays, religion and hate crime legislation.
Vegan Crunk: Bianca is, obviously, a vegan and asks that you adopt a turkey this year instead of eating one.
Wow. Really? Huh. Illness forces bedtime and so the TV comes on.
Steve’s Nude Memphis Blog: A rather wandering post that keeps coming back to Rebecca Romijn.
Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease: A rant on Fox13’s Ernie Freeman.
Smart City Memphis: The appointment of the interim County mayor was an insider job.
Commercial Appeal: The communities, counties and states outside of Greater Memphis need a regional outlook. The Gates Foundation grant for the school system will require involvement and commitment from a variety of people, agencies and governments.
Wendi C. Thomas: In making her point about fighting wage theft, she incidentally makes a few more points. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Because I Said So: Her son apparently really likes rings. (via the Commercial Appeal)
polar donkey: Read his post on our elected officials and tell me you don’t feel proud!
sharp stick in the eye: Seven Days of Pie continues with a seasonal favorite: pumpkin pie.
I Love Memphis: Kerry made up an “I [Heart] Memphis” sign and carries it everywhere. Maybe she could take your picture?
Just A Girl in The World: Dating in a world where you blog about your dates.
at home she feels like a tourist: Education as a public good.
Dining With Monkeys: Still mining a recent road trip, they stop in at The Local Taco in Nashville.
Cwabs! The frighteningly low standards of public school kids.
From the Rainbows: You wouldn’t believe how hard they’re working to fix the house up for sale.
Gilmour Girl Goes Memphis: She recaps her marathon season.
Sassy Molassy: The rule of threes and her three grader.
Oval Soul Journey: Life with fibromyalgia and thyroid problems.
Memphis Mike’s: Air Traffic Mike and Floaty the Dead Alligator talk about Coach Pastner and the Tigers.
MAKE IT HAPPEN: An update on her knee and her new job.
Left Wing Cracker: Taking a moment to sympathise for Judge Otis Higgs.