News - Monday, November 30, 2009
The Wharton Administration: Mayor A C Wharton will unveil his new public-health based gun violence approach. More from WMC and the Commercial Appeal.
Memphis Animal Shelter: The deaths of more than 200 animals coming to the shelter are still unexplained.
Hickory Ridge Mall: The World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church is finishing up with rehabilitation and repair and hopes for a grand opening early next year!
Black Friday: This story, in the Commercial Appeal, originally reported an ugly incident at a Shelby County Toys’R'Us. It was later edited and the part about Toys’R'Us moved (without notice or URL linkage) to this story, which played down the incident. More from Fox13, WMC.
COGIC: Their annual Convocation will stay in St Louis at least through 2012.
General Sessions Court: The “rocket docket” moves debt collection cases through with sometimes-problematic speed.
Red Light Traffic Cameras: The city of Oak Ridge (outside Knoxville) is still fighting over RLTCs, months after installing them.
City of Memphis: A look at how the City’s residency requirements are financially ruining one (now former) MLG&W
City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove: She talks with Eyewitness News about the origins of her addiction problems.
Politics: An Associated Press story on the qualifications of the Republican and Democratic Party gubernatorial candidates.
Collierville: The Board of Mayor and Aldermen blinks over new utility guideliness after MLG&W objects.
Memphis Black Arts Alliance: They are presenting their Arts-A-Fire Youth Theater Troupe’s production of The Me Nobody Knows this weekend. A-A-FYTT encourages youngsters to pursue the arts.
Harold Ford Jr: NEW! Strong rumor out of New York that Ford may run for the junior US Senate seat recently taken by fellow Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. Sorry, Ninth District Tennessee! His new book, More Davids Than Goliaths, is available for pre-order. It’s part auto-biography — including lessons learned from his family — and part exploration of his future.
Bartlett: Senior Judge Freeman Marr has a proposal to cover the vacant municap judge seat until next year’s regular election. St Francis Hospital is moving their sports rehab facility from the City’s rec center later next month.
Overton Park: Planning for the heavy rains of a hundred-year storm.
DeSoto County: The Olive Branch Humane Society is encouraging responsible pet adoption for the holidays to help relieve overcrowding. A schedule of the various holiday parades around the county. Parents of kids in Horn Lake Intermediate school are taking classes along with their kids.
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!
Christmas & the Holiday Season: The Baddour Center’s A Christmas Spectacular is next week. Local holiday light shows, including Starry Nights. Salvation Army kettles will now take electronic forms of cash.
Memphis City Schools: Thirty percent of City school kids live in poverty, versus 9 percent in the County. The City’s school district is the 17th poorest in the state.
Mud Island: The Daily News’ Bill Dries looks over the history and attempted name changes of this Downtown institution and plans for its future. Aaron Shafer, who is a tireless advocate for the Mud Island Skate Park, talks about its benefits.
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital: They are teaming up with Malco Theatres for the annual “Wrapped with Love” fundraiser, which will continue through Christmas.
Business: A look at how local restuarants are changing to deal with the recession. Instead of mass arrests on site of illegal immigrant workers, the Federal government turning to immigration audits of companies. What the changes in the Industrial Development Board’s PILOT program will mean.
Crittenden Regional Hospital: The CEO, Jamie Carter, is very cognizant of his ties with Memphis hospitals like The MED for trauma and emergency treatment.
Real Estate: Thirty-year mortgage rates are now tied for their lowest level since record-keeping began. Nationally, new home sales rose 6%; 23% in the South alone. Memphis-area commercial sales also rose.
WRVR Toy Truck: With BancorpSouth, they are teaming up to give presents to kids for Christmas and to benefit Porter-Leath. Donations site is listed in the story.
ArtsMemphis: They have announced eight new board members and a new board director.
Mississippi: Governor Haley Barbour’s proposed budget for next year continues to worry State workers. State employee’s union fears Governor Barbour’s job cuts will affect their jobs. The Mid Delta Empowerment Zone Alliance goes away with December and a new non-profit agency will replace it. The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is readying for acorn-producing oak tree sales. The question of taking away voting rights from some felons but not others is being debated. A look at the “greening” of jobs in the state.
Millington: With City funding unable to support the Parks and Recreation Department, they are looking to State funding to help.
Financial: The third quarter picture for Memphis area banks is “not pretty”.
Picture of the Day
|Thanksgiving family portrait, from knots by Ed Arnold. © 2009.|
Opinion and Blogs
Fertile Ground: Many folks went shopping on Friday, but Team Oster went on a long slow canoe trip down the Ghost River. With great, late Fall pictures of the river!
55-40 Memphis: A very positive review of the movie Precious.
Air Traffic Mike’s: Thanksgiving away from home.
Asley La Rouge: Thanksgiving apart.
Bigger Than Your Head: Thanksgiving wines, twenty-five years ago and today.
Born-Again Hippies: Full contact shopping and other miseries.
Blue Collar Republican: Would you endure bad service for great prices and selection?
Downtown Memphis Blog: A downtowner looks at two solutions to the problems of “panhandling”.
Gilmour Girl Goes Memphis: Things to be thankful for.
I’ll be the one in heels: Her turkey record remains intact.
Jen-sized: She’s about to cut the cord to her non-digital past.
Tre Hargett: “Cause-related marketing” is a good idea, but let the buyer beware of the fine print. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Jane Roberts: A wide-ranging look at the plans and hopes for the effects of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant. (via the Commercial Appeal)
James Overstreet: Sings of serious problems yet to blossom in the housing and credit-card debt sectors. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: More photos than you probably want of Memphians in Snuggies for a Saturday pub crawl. More random photos of various Downtown folks.
George E. Hardin: The need for straight journalism in a world of advocacy journalism. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Rev Dr Wendell Anthony: What America’s urban centers need are jobs, jobs, jobs. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Brittany Jackson: Advice on choosing a college major. (via the Tri-State Defender)
John Branston: A wish-list of game-changers for Memphis. (via the Flyer)
Memphis News: Some suggestions to help improve Mud Island.
Commercial Appeal: They support civilian trials for the 9/11 suspects and hope for the best. Strong, onerous laws and a heavy police presence are good for social order in economically and politically important areas. Farewell, Tommy West. If the people of Collierville are willing to pay for it, what’s the problem? Placing tough burdens and heavy expectations on teachers. Noting the Federal deficit. Noting the correlation between Section 8 housing vouchers and increased crime in some apartment complexes and … that’s it.
Wendi C. Thomas: Meritan, formerly Senior Services, struggles to meet the growing needs of our growing elderly population. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Chris Peck: The man who reports all the bad news reminds you to look for the simple, good, gifts. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Steve Basar: Three suggested priorities and a plan for Mayor A C Wharton as he moves Memphis forward. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Peter Nelson: The Mid-South’s agricultural history can be harnessed to the new “bioeconomy” for our profit. (via the Commercial Appeal)