News - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Overton Square: Owner Univest Capital have reportedly halted their plans for the Square; a public meeting will still be held, though on the wider topic of a “Midtown development plan”. More from Fox13 and the Commercial Appeal. “Dead in the water”, says the Daily News.
Election Day: Today is Election Day if you live in State House District 83, where voters will choose between Republican Mark White (press release), Democrat Guthrie Castle, and independent John Andrueccetti.
Memphis Animal Shelter: They are closed a few days this week so staff can receive training on new systems to deal with previous problems. And now Mayor A C Wharton is facing threats from animal “lovers”.
Memphis Police Department: Four recruits have been fired from the Police Academy since September, on a variety of charges. Former police officer Bridges McRae is on trial this week in the beating of transgendered prostitute Duanna Johnson.
Memphis Union Mission: The cold weather meant increased donations to the shelter.
MemphisShelbyInform.com: Main Street Journal contributor and the Memphis/Shelby Watchdog Joe Saino is starting the website as a volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan expansion of his government watchdog activities. Website here and press release here.
Shelby County Commission: The Flyer’s Jackson Baker with an early-Monday report on the day’s Commission meeting. Johnnie Turner will finish out her husband’s term in the State House; more from Eyewitness News, WMC, the Daily News and the Commercial Appeal. And John Pellicciotti will finish out Matt Kuhn’s District 4, Position 3 term; more from the CA.
Mid-South Fair: They appear to be headed back to Southaven for the 2010 fair.
Arkansas: The City of Turrell continues without an operating budget.
Sanitation Workers: Almost one-third of the City’s sanitation work force didn’t work Friday but got paid for it, citing a cold weather clause in their contract. More from WMC and the Commercial Appeal.
Business: Lakes Entertainment is partnering with a MS firm to develop a new casino in Tunica; more from Eyewitness News, WMC and the CA.
Pinnacle: An analyst expects the airline to miss its 4Q earnings in a report next week.
Delta Air Lines: They are raising checked bag fees.
Mid-South Eye Bank: They have moved their offices to the campus of UT Health Science Center.
Madison Avenue: Councilman Shea Flinn is proposing to shut down Madison from Front to Cooper on Sundays from 5 AM until noon, to create an “urban trail” for hikers, walkers and bikers.
DeSoto County: Unkempt lots and presentations from the United Way were topics of discussion at the most recent Board of Supervisors meeting. The Southaven Police Department is accepting applications for the next Citizens Police Academy, in late February. (stories via the Desoto Times Tribune) More on the grant to fix flooding problems at Autumn Woods subdivision in Southaven; and still more from WREG. A re-airing of an episode of America’s Most Wanted is generating tips on the unsolved shootings of two Olive Branch police officers.
Survey Says: Gasoline prices are at their highest in 15 months.
NEW! Main Street Journal January 2010 Issue: A new year and a new issue for you. The Table of Contents is here.
Publisher and Editor in Chief Jonathan Lindberg holds his nose to look into the health care reform political process.
MLG&W: Beginning Thursday, their “cold weather moratorium” on power cut-offs will end.
Memphis City Council: Courtesy of the Daily News, the agenda for today’s meeting. The meeting is expected to be “brisk”. The Council will vote on the “30-10-10″ plan to give funds to the City schools.
University of Memphis: Finance professor Ronald Spahr argues that the high US corporate tax rate is holding us back.
Memphis City Schools: A majority of the School Board is in favor of a separate police force for City schools.
Politics: Donn Janes’ jump from Republican primary to “Tea Party candidate” in the 8th District race was prompted by the National Republican Congressional Committee. A Democrat has now entered the race for Zach Wamp’s 3rd Congressional District seat, Brad Parish.
Real Estate: Memphis home prices could rise 1% in 2010. Peabody Place Hotel Company has sold their Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis Beale Street to Fairwood Capital.
Mississippi: County District Attorneys say budget cuts could lead to inmate release before trials. The Legislature is considering stricter penalties for passing school busses; more in the CA. The State Senate agrees to give Governor Haley Barbour more flexibility in budget cuts. He will give his State of the State speech on Thursday. The Associated Press looks at how Governor Barbour is balancing his office with his duties in the Republican Party.
H1N1 Virus: After last Fall’s big scares and shortages, did government make too many doses after all?
Woodgrove Subdivision: The developer of this Collierville project is confident of success.
Medical Education and Research Institute: They have received accreditation from the American Association of Tissue Banks.
Memphis Drum Shop: Following a December fundraiser, they donated $10,000 to the Kroc Center scholarship fund.
Willie Herenton: He will formally launch his campaign for the Ninth Congressional District seat on Saturday, February 6.
Tennessee: Counties are resisting pressures from the State to assume part of the costs of juvenile detention. TVA set records last week for energy usage. The TN Wildlife Resources Agency has unveiled a new website. If the auto industry turns around enough, GM might reopen their Spring Hill plant.
Picture of the Day
|The “sputnik” sign from Joe’s Liquors in Midtown, from Isaac Singleton. © 2010. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
16 Balls in the Air: The four year old is now a Clint Eastwood fan, and it’s a turning point. Oh, and I want one of those, too.
Bless the Printing Press: It’s all the spaces in your life where your best, furry, friend used to be….
Dining With Monkeys: A review of Overton Park Pizze Stone.
Grand Divisions: GLBTs need to find something more constructive than hatin’ on Harold.
Jen-sized: She shares a fitness secret some of you can use.
MAKE IT HAPPEN: The Shelby Angel story may have a happy resolution coming.
MemphisConnect: A quick profile of Christian preacher and activist Shane Claiborne.
Oval Soul Journey: The potential boyfriend passes the important dog test.
Pretty in Pink Megan: She goes for it and makes a Mardi Gras King Cake.
Pulled Before the Push: Sarah captures a strange, maybe supernatural moment in her backyard.
The Tale of a Southern Belle: An “easy peasy” recipe for creamy spinach and water chestnut dip that’s perfect for cold weather.
The Soundcheck and the Fury: Bob Dylan and his bodyguards.
The Chockley Blogs: Mother and daughter matching aprons. Joy!
short + rose: On hats and cakes and staying warm.
sharp stick in the eye: Gone over to the fashion dark side.
Shane of Memphis: Trading “forever” for “for now”.
Chick Chat: Just being there is often all it takes. (via the Commercial Appeal)
A Right Perspective: Rights to diversity must go both ways. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Rustmeister’s Alehouse: As the 2010 Census begins, some useful warnings and advice.