News - Friday, December 4, 2009
Memphis Animal Shelter: The task force, led by Lucy Shaw, has produced its report and recommendations for action; more from the Commercial Appeal. A dog owner claims there are still problems with the shelter.
The Wharton Administration: The Tri-State Defender reports on the mayor’s violence town hall meeting. So does the Flyer’s Jackson Baker, among other things political; and the Daily News has a report. Wharton plans to treat community violence as an “illness”.
Bloggers: New rules from the Federal Trade Commission regarding acknowledging the receipt of free products that you then write about are now in effect.
WKNO: A consortium of six TN public television stations will pool their content into a weekly four-hour block of programming to air twice a week.
Politics: Tim Rudd, a member of the TN Republican Party Executive Committee, sent out a graphic comparing House Speaker Kent Williams to Judas at the Garden of Gethsemane. More on the Gethsemane graphic here. State Rep. Stacey Campfield writes of a meeting with Shelby County and West TN Republican legislators, about Williams returning to the State Republican Party, that went so badly similar meetings with with Middle and East TN Republicans were cancelled. Why wasn’t this reported locally? The Washington Examiner’s Michael Barone examines Tanner’s challenges and wonders if more national Democrats won’t also step aside. More from the Politico.
Financial: An interview with Duncan Williams of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Tire Bounty: As citizens wait for the new program of “tire bounties” to go into effect, tires are piling up around the city.
MLG&W: The much touted “smart grid” program will roll out, but it is now severely scaled back.
Rock-n-Romp: The very last one of the year! If you like good local indie rock and have kids, it’s the perfect venue. The acts are kid-friendly, as are the volume and the venue, but the refreshments are adult. Website here.
Tennessee: AccessTN will accept uninsurable kids and those with chronic/acute conditions to the State’s health insurance plan. The Tennessean looks at the closing of enrollment for CoverTN and CoverKids.
Literacy Council: They will be merging with Mid-South Reads to become Literacy Mid-South.
Farris Bobango Branan: Seven attorneys with the firm have been listed with the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Amie Vanderford: The local photograher is drawing acclaim for her project to shoot portraits of locals every day for a year. Some of her work has also been featured on the Photograph of the Day at the Main Street Journal website. In a related story, the Wolf River Harbor fish kill she discovered and documented last month turns out to have been caused by the Corps of Engineers and a dredging operation!
Shelby County Clerk’s Office: The investigation still continues with three more felony indictments, including the owner of Fleet Equipment and Leasing. More from Fox13, WMC, WREG, Eyewitness News and the CA.
Real Estate: The Memphis Area Association of Realtors credits the first-time home buyers tax credit with boosting October home sales; more in the CA. Randall L. Churchey is the new CEO of the Education Realty Trust.
Norfolk Southern: Developer William Adair and others talk about protecting the Wolf River when selecting a site for the company’s massive new intermodal rail yard.
United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis: After nearly closing their doors a year ago, they survived and rebounded.
Collierville: The City is selling raked leaves to the highest bidder.
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!
Joe Saino on Consolidation: Main Street Journal contributing writer Joe Saino runs some preliminary numbers on consolidation and sees a lot of red ink coming from pensions. He also shares these presentations on the history and the reality of school consolidation. (PDF documents)
US Rep. John Tanner: The seismic tremors from his decision not to run again continue to roll through TN politics. Was a sickly grandchild the true reason he’s retiring? Will the trickle of Democratic retirements turn into a flood?
Downtown: Differentiating between the vulnerable homeless and “aggressive panhandlers”.
Arlington: In a Facebook posting, Mayor Russell Wiseman claimed President Obama’s Afghanistan War speech was timed to block the Peanuts Christmas special and its Christian message.
Arkansas: Dr Trent Pierce, the victim of a still-unsolved car bombing, received a suspicious package at his home. More from WREG and the CA. Following the late October storms, 37 counties have been declared disaster areas. A former judge is criticising Governor Mike Beebe for not appointing African-Americans to the State Supreme Court.
Millington: In an effort to shore up water and sewer revenues (and the fund for treatment) officials are recommending not hiring an outside consultant.
Overton Square: The developers who hope to move their plan forward have hired Looney Ricks Kiss architect Frank Ricks, who is also a member of the Memphis Regional Design Center, to advise on and refine their current proposal. Here is an article on Sooner Investment’s retail construction strategies. (PDF document)
Comcast: Another channel, Newschannel3 Anytime, has been removed from the analog tier and made digital only. Upgrade now!
Fayette County: Thirty felons (some in other counties) were indicted for voter fraud, for voting in 2008.
University of Memphis: The Daily Helmsman runs a series of articles, looking at various forms of violence and abuse: Sexual abuse. Abuse in the workplace. Bullying and verbal assault. Domestic violence. Animal abuse.
St George’s Episcopal Church: They are holding a workshop on Saturday with a trio of Christian authors on incorporating prayer into physical activities.
West Memphis: They turned on a lighting project, the West Memphis Gateway Project that makes more of a grand entrance of the turn-off from I-40/59.
Business: November sales for Fred’s were disappointing; more in the Daily News. Luminetx Corp. will sell its assets to Christie Digital Systems; more in the Daily News and the Commercial Appeal. Macy’s November sales were down 6%. Smith’s Medical ASD is opening a distribution center in Olive Branch.
Freedom From Religion Foundation: Their co-president, Dan Barker, spoke here last night about keeping religion out of government. They are the organisation threatening to sue over prayers and invocations before City Council meetings.
National Civil Rights Museum: The AARP will sponsor a free day for seniors at the museum, this coming Tuesday.
Crime: The ZIP codes with the most burglaries in November.
Traffic: Traffic in the Downtown and Midtown area will be massively snarled most of the day as there are several marathon races taking place.
Picture of the Day
|A Christmas window display at Flashback, from I Love Memphis by Kerry Crawford. © 2009.|
Opinion and Blogs
Vegan Crunk: A teriyaki vegan hamburger and baked onion rings. OK, yeah, it’s a little different, but think of the calories!
The Tale of a Southern Belle: Her Christmas wish list.
Memphis Lagniappe: Want something to do this weekend? Here you go!
(Lang Wiseman) Random Thoughts: He urges you — yes YOU! — to get active in local politics.
I Love Memphis: The Breakfast Bracket Challenge reaches the end of Round One, with Front St Deli v. Blue Plate Cafe.
Fertile Ground: Wooden swords and rubber band guns?
Doug Johnson at Work: Thoughts on social media.
Confessions of a West Tennessee Liberal: Brad reveals the nasty underside of the drive to remove the homeless from the Downtown. Also, if you are interested in helping the poor, needy, homeless, drug-addicted and others on the margins, he helped produce The Memphis Survival Guide.
Air Traffic Mike: For you newbies to his blog, he explains his nickname and all the inside jokes for you!
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: Various bits and bobs and a tip on Comcast cable.
Moments in Time: Baby Natalie is now six months and, as the pictures show, just cute as a button.
Pretty in Pink Megan: Winter layering 101.
Gary Patterson: Small earthquakes are common in West Tennessee, but preparing for the Big One is common-sense planning. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Reneé S. Frazier: The ER is no replacement for a family doctor. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Linda S. Wallace: Dogs are a great teacher when it comes to teamwork. (via the Tri-State Defender)
The Rant: A rant on religious holidays, celebrations and observances, and commercialism. (via the Flyer)
Buck Daddy’s Blog: Thoughts on blogging and passion and growing your horizons.
Boy in The ‘Hood: Yes Walt, an excellent baby.
Ashley La Rouge: “It may be pot pie time.”
Barefoot in Memphis: Starting a new job has given him a new vitality.
Can’t Stop: There are three races in Memphis this weekend; psyching yourself up for one of them.
Complacencies of the Peignoir: Two scathing open letters to liberals and feminism.