News - Tuesday, January 5, 2010
COLD! SNOW? Fox13’s Joey Sulipeck looks at the likelihood of snow later this week. “Dangerously low” temps. Road preparations. “Escaping” the bitter cold. Protecting pets and plants. Outdoor workers can’t avoid the cold. The Commercial Appeal is still predicting two inches of snow.
The Memphis Union Mission is the City’s official shelter for single men during the cold crisis.
MLG&W promises “no cut-offs” during the bitter cold. Protecting your pipes. Man who owes MLG&W over $1400 is now sleeping in his car.
Light snow in North MS cancels some schools.
Census 2010: If you are still out of work, the Census is hiring, starting at $12.75/hour locally.
Lifeblood: They are in critical need of platelet donors, ASAP.
H1N1 Virus: The disease is slowing down in Shelby County.
Millington: Already partnered with American Traffic Solutions and their red light traffic cameras, the City is now exploring a similar system based in a van that it will have to staff.
Business: Wilhelm-Schulz GMBH is building a pipe manufacturing plant near Tunica. More from Eyewitness News, the Daily News and the Commercial Appeal.
Tennessee: Douglass Elementary is one of six potential TN Blue Ribbon Schools Award nominees, given by the US Dept. of Education. Governor Phil Bredesen speaks on his upcoming education reform special session of the Legislature and health care reform costs. More from the Business Journal; much more in this WMC story and the Commercial Appeal. State teachers are “hopeful, but cautious”; and again, more from the Commercial Appeal. (via NWTN Today.com) The TN Housing Development Agency is making about $450,000 available for foreclosure counseling; more in the Commercial Appeal.
FedEx: The $28 million construction permit they pulled is for expansion of their hub.
West Tennessee: A Saturday morning fire has damaged the offices of the Dyersburg State Gazette. The Weakley County Election Commission approved a request by the County Democratic party for a county primary in May. (via NWTN Today.com)
Survey Says: December was the fifth straight month of growth in the manufacturing industry; more in the Commercial Appeal. Gasoline prices are rising after the holidays. Overall construction spending fell .6% last month.
Real Estate: Crye-Leike, REALTORS are purchasing and absorbing the Alabama Realty Group in North Central Alabama. (PDF document) Are housing prices due to drop off sharply in 2010? Four new downtown hotels are planned for Chattanooga, which may supplant Knoxville soon as the state’s third largest city.
NEW! Main Street Journal December Issue: We asked a number of Memphis and Shelby County leaders What A C Wharton Means for Memphis. The Table of Contents is here.
Holiday Fatalities: Fatalities on State roads were down for New Year’s and the year overall.
Malpractice: Tennessee doctors are successfully defending malpractice claims but at a rising cost.
Memphis Area Association of Realtors: An interview with incoming president Glenn Moore, from the Daily News.
Collierville: The Board of Mayor and Aldermen accepted and matched a grant to the Bess Morton Crawford White Church Museum of Collierville History. (via the Collierville Independent)
Politics: The first public forum to have both Republican and Democratic candidates for governor is scheduled for Nashville on January 14 and the subject will be education.
First National Tea Party Convention: Being held in Nashville on February 4 - 6, here is the list of speakers and scheduled participants, including Sarah Palin as the closing speaker. Tea Party Nation website.
Mississippi: More on the potential cutbacks on district attorneys in the Counties. Many charities are opening emergency shelters ahead of the freezing cold weather. A light dusting of snow in Clarksdale. The Commission on MS Education Structure is exploring school district consolidation as one way to meet the projected budget. And legislators expect cuts in State jobs and services.
Fayette County: The Tri-State Defender provides a different perspective with more details on the ousting of County School Supervisor Myles Wilson.
Media: Advocacy group Hispanic Nashville praises a story in the Tennessean for never using the word “illegal”, calling it “morally correct”.
Arkansas: The Attorney General, Dustin McDaniel, has rejected a voter ballot intiative to legalise medical marijuana in the state. More from Eyewitness News. Twenty-seven counties have been declared disaster areas after heavy Christmas rains.
Picture of the Day
|Meet baby Grace, a border collie puppy, from Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease by Bonnie Burgette. © 2010.|
Opinion and Blogs
Air Traffic Mike’s: The holidays are over and so is his time in Memphis, sadly. And a lengthy photo-report from the Liberty Bowl Parade.
Jesus Is Hot: The music that shaped her decade.
The Ominous Comma: Brent Diggs is full of surprises, like the band DangerCouch! Lots of Christmas songs performed live and some other smokin’ funky stuff.
Left Wing Cracker: His partner, Lauren, is gravely ill right now and he could use your thoughts, prayers and karma.
Loudersoft: Eric’s confessional post on records he should have listened to more in 2009.
A. C. Kleinheider: “Neutralizing … social [and] religious issues” will help Democrats return to power in Tennessee. (via the Nashville City Paper)
Cathryn Stout: High-tech dating gets weirder and weirder. (via the Commercial Appeal)
MAKE IT HAPPEN: Her Christmas reading club.
What is a Carbunkle Trumpet? He and his wife roll their own chicken and pork tamales; with lots of pics to help you. Bars, restaurants and other businesses that passed away in 2009.
Matthew Trisler: Not resolutions, but goal-setting.
Memphis Cobblestones: Some practical, affordable alternatives to the Beale Street Landing.
The Author of Y’all’s Destruction: Mr Conspiracy’s Top 11 Stories of 2009.
Weeden Arts Watch: Another creatively contributing blog goes on hiatus.