News - Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Shelby County Commission: They approved the spinoff of the Health Loop clinics from The MED.
Shelby County Election Commission: Former Shelby County Election Commission administator James Johnson is the County’s newest election commissioner, replacing Shep Wilbun.
Center City Commission: They are considering diverting money from parking garages into sidewalks and other street infrastructure.
City of Memphis: Despite all the problems with the Workforce Investment Network and the Summer Youth Employment Program this Fall, they will get $11 million for another jobs program. An activist group, the Tennessee Clean Water Network, is threatening a lawsuit against the City over wastewater discharge.
Second Amendment: The ruling of the Nashville Chancery Court in the gun carry in restaurants case is now available to read online.
Politics: Democrat Luther Mercer II has announced his candidacy for John Tanner’s US House seat. His parents are well known in Jackson political circles. State Rep. Jimmy Naifeh says he won’t run for the seat.
Memphis Police Department: More on the effort to dismiss nearly half of red light traffic camera tickets because they recorded the wrong traffic crime.
Arkansas: More on the State investigations into the towns of Jericho, Turrell and Jennette.
Fayette County: A look at the tight, tangled and contentious world of the County school system, where the superintendent, Myles Wilson, had his contract bought out.
H1N1 Virus: More on the vaccination program in the City schools.
University of Memphis: Are finals stressing you out? Then you need “Whack-A-Car” relief. The Annual Giving Program hopes to get donations from 12% of alumni next year. Right in the middle of Exam Week, the City is repaving roads around campus, adding to stress levels. Republic Coffee declines to host a student’s “theater performance” as it conflicts with their “chill” atmosphere.
Real Estate: Roost.com website has added Memphis real estate listings.
Unemployment: The new online applications for extended jobless benefits should be available by Friday.
Survey Says: The recession has changed spending plans for this holiday season. “Very few” CEOs plan to hire in the next six months. The lessons of the recession seem to be taking, as consumer borrowing declined for the ninth straight month.
NEW! Main Street Journal December Issue: Senior Writer Michael Roy Hollihan looks at the many task forces, transition teams and other commissions and wonders: How Many Mayors Are We Electing?
The Table of Contents is here.
Memphis City Council: The request from Sooner Investments to begin demolition in Overton Square will be on today’s agenda.
Christmas & the Holiday Season: WMC and the Memphis Food Bank are collaborating on a holiday food drive that will benefit other agencies helping the needy.
Tennessee: A “severe shortage” of teachers in TN is predicted by 2013.
MLG&W: Eyewitness News has the story of a power pirate.
DeSoto County: New subdivision that gets regular flooding has trouble finding who is responsible for fixing the flooding problem. (Similar problem near Coldwater.) Flooding shut down a number of roads around the County on Tuesday. State Senator Merle Flowers wants lawmakers to find ways to keep personal information off State websites. The fire and police departments warn citizens to keep safety in mind during the holidays.
Business: Losses for 3Q and low expectations for FY09 sent Kroger stocks down; the Daily News has more details, and the Commercial Appeal. Autozone’s 1Q income is up nicely; more in the Daily News, the Commercial Appeal. Walgreen’s will begin selling beer at some Memphis locations.
Agriculture: The state’s harvest is nearly in and it’s been a “decent year, considering….”
The Humane Society: Tennessee has relied on the national HS more than any other state because of a lack of local dedicated resources.
Lamar Avenue: Preliminary findings of the Lamar Avenue Corridor Study have been presented.
Southwest Tennessee Community College: They are sponsoring the Child and Adult Care Food Program which provides food and snacks to kids and adults at various care centers.
Picture of the Day
|Woman in front of her home that’s draped in butter beans; Memphis, 1938. From Shorpy by Dorothea Lange. © 1938. Look closely to the left for a young girl hiding behind the door. (Much clearer in the larger version at the link.)|
Opinion and Blogs
The Chubby Vegetarian: Now that it’s cold again, here are a pair of recipes for two different vegetarian chilis.
The English Major Bookstore: A bit of family news and then she unveils the Lending Library.
Smart City Memphis: Carol Coletta is speaking today on “What Makes Cities Successful?” for Leadership Memphis.
Quite Swimmingly: Can someone answer definitively, is Linden Avenue two lanes or four?
Mick Wright: Thoughts on the Russell Wiseman Facebook kerfuffle and some surprising information about Wiseman.
Only in Memphis: Tiger Woods versus Willie Herenton.
Downtown Memphis Blog: Sig is very impressed with his new apartment building, Metro 67, and shares some pictures.
Confessions of a West Tennessee Liberal: Brad breaks down the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center’s side of the “homeless sweep” story.
Doug Johnson at Work: The perfect biscuit.
Fertile Ground: Eight women, eleven kids and the run of the Tsunami kitchen? It must be a cookie party! With bonus fudge cookie recipe.
Geoff Calkins: A fascinating story of the road to citizenship. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Gwynn Bradley: Holiday season trivia. (via the Daily Helmsman)
Memphis Lagniappe: Some thoughts on WMC’s news coverage.