News - Friday, January 15, 2010
Willie Herenton: After a hearing on Thursday, his child support adjustment case has been scheduled for April 1, after completion of a financial audit. More from WREG and the Commercial Appeal.
Education Reform: Governor Phil Bredesen’s legislative package cleared both House and Senate committee votes (near-unanimously) and likely face full House and Senate votes today. If matters bog down in K-12 debate, though, House Speaker Kent Williams says he may push the vote back into next week. More from the Tennessean’s In Session blog and the Commercial Appeal.
Second Amendment: In a story about “tourism groups” opposing the “concealed carry in restaurants that serve alcohol” law, the only business owner interviewed doesn’t even appear to understand the law. The story in the Tennessean she seems to be working from. State House Speaker Kent Williams wants to let court cases get decided first before the Legislature passes new or modifying laws.
Memphis City Council: Chairman Harold Collins reiterates that the Council will wait for all legal issues to be settle first, before budgeting MCS funds. The Daily News notes that the appeal court ruling raises other questions.
H1N1 Virus: A new national ad campaign is hoping to encourage African-Americans to get their vaccinations.
Memphis Fire Department: They are studying fire risks and response times with an eye to re-allocating their resources among fire houses. Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford opposes merging the City and County Fire Departments.
Sanitation Workers: Eyewitness News presents time sheets showing workers sometimes work 3 to 5 hours but get paid for a full 8 hour day.
Metro Charter Commission: Commission members are not concerned about the slow pace of their work.
Arkansas: The state’s new area code is 327.
Politics: Former Harold Ford Jr for (TN) Senate adviser Carold Andrews is now advising the campaign of Roy Herron for the Eighth District seat. More on Andrews’ past here.
Fayette County: A new home in Somerville actually generates enough solar energy to sell some back to the utility company!
Millington: A financial audit shows the City ended fiscal year 2009 $862,000 in debt, most in uncollected fees and fines. Still, Water and sewer fee increases are now likely. And the City’s Parks and Recreation Department is increasing its services, in response to civic demand.
Harold Ford Jr: How tense are things between Ford and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand? Look at this photo, from New York magazine. Gillibrand says, “I will take a back seat to no one.” The New York Times interview from Tuesday. Former State Senator Rosalind Kurita, who was once in a similar position to Gillibrand with Ford, talks about her experiences. Is Ford planning an independent run? The Flyer’s Jackson Baker with some Ford background and John Branston with some more.
DeSoto County: County Schools Superintendent Milton Kuykendall warns that dangerously lean times are ahead, budget-wise. The County hopes a new online sign up program will increase participation in the school lunch program. All municipal, County and State offices are closed for Martin Luther King Day.
Memphis Shelby Inform.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.
Main Street Journal January 2010 Issue: A new year and a new issue for you. Publisher and Editor in Chief Jonathan Lindberg holds his nose to look into the health care reform political process. The Table of Contents is here.
A note: The Main Street Journal website will not update on Monday, in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday. See y’all on Tuesday.
HAITI: Tennessee Task Force 1 is ready to go; more from Eyewitness News, WREG and the Commercial Appeal. Mid-South American Red Cross volunteers are on stand-by. FedEx is sending aid.
Memphis City Schools: Union bus drivers employed by are protesting a number for firings — for reasons unknown — of drivers. Report cards at some schools have “glitches” — that may affect college acceptance!
The Regional Medical Center: Interim County Mayor Joe Ford debuted a possible plan for a completely rebuilt, $318 million campus. A related story on the “next generation” of health care leaders from Memphis.
Martin Luther King Holiday: A schedule of events for the day.
Trucking Industry Defense Association: The Commercial Appeal interviews Leo Piovarcy, the association’s new president and its first from TN.
Higher Education: The Memphis Flyer offers help to adults looking to return to school, deciding what your purpose is in going to school and choosing the right area school for you.
Business: Corrections Corporation of America, which also manages TN prisons, has lost one of its contracts with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. More on the delegation from Manitoba touring Memphis’ logistics and transportation industry.
Memphis International Airport: Customer with complaints will now find the Department of Transportation’s website easier to navigate.
Grizzlies Academy: They are teaming up with Bosco’s Squared to offer a “pizza and beer” promotion that raises money for school scholarships.
Real Estate: Memphis’ November foreclosure rate was up, year-to-year; related story on Shelby County numbers. Tennessee residential foreclosure filings were down in 2009, according to RealtyTrac. Record year nationally, driven by unemployment. The sale of the failed renovation project Bella Vista may lead to renewed attempt.
Mississippi: The State Economist briefed the Legislature on the sluggish economy. Toyota isn’t making payments to the State on expensive State-issued bonds and legislators are getting angry. State Senator Doug Davis proposes to merge the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges with the board of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.
Lakeland: The City has created a YouTube channel for all its City videos and for future announcements and proceedings.
West Tennessee: Dyer County (with other counties around the state) are concerned about new rules regarding paying for juveniles in State custody. Today begins the third anual Food Pantry Feed the Need drive. The Dyer County Regional Planning Commission may revisit the County’s major road plan. (all via the Dyersburg State Gazette) Architects are in Union City to see about restarting construction on Discovery Park of America. (via NWTN Today)
Picture of the Day
|Charlie Wood performing a concert in someone’s home, from Joe Spake. © 2010.|
Opinion and Blogs
Secret Agent Mom: Trying to strike a deal with January’s weather.
Bigger Than Your Head: Frederic reviews the Fifty Great Wines of 2009.
Barefoot in Memphis: A revised version of his wedding voews.
at home she feels like a tourist: She mourns the passing of musician Roland S. Howard and, it turns out, is a huge fan of The Birthday Party!
Air Traffic Mike’s: Condolences on the passing of his brother, Bruce Andrew Walker.
55-40 Memphis: He reports the result of his survey on a la carte basic cable choices.
Ryan Poe: The new editor-in-chief is proud of his newspaper. (via the Daily Helmsman)
George E. Hardin: The lives of our centenarians tell of the profound changes in our country. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Renee S. Frazier: Learn to hate the sugar. (via the Tri-State Defender)
John Branston: What some of the other property owners of Overton Square think. (via the Flyer)
The Flyer: They’re happy with the way the County Commission is behaving of late.
Ray Brown: Memphis needs a “vision plan” to attract “young creatives”. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Reginald Milton’s A Fresh Look: There will be a League of Women Voters forum on Monday with the chairmen of the local Republican and Democratic Parties talking “Visions for 2010 and Beyond”.
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: Exactly why he’s proud to be a Downtowner.
Memphis Rock-n-Romp: The next show is this Saturday, with Gustafer Yellowgold, The Kindergarten Circus and the Yazoo Shakes.
Mediaverse: Looking over the local news coverage of the Haiti tragedy.
Lean Left: A short course on fallacious arguments from authority.
16 Balls in the Air: Her bathroom has been invaded by prehistoric creatures.
Blue Collar Republican: John thinks the TN tea party movement has lost its way.
Fertile Ground: Oops! Forgot to post!
Friends for Our Riverfront: A reminder about the open community meeting on a Midtown redevelopment “template” or “overlay”.
From the Rainbows: Allan gets good news on the eye exams and they get ready to finally sell the house.
I’ll be the one in heels: She notes that its National Delurker Day, so go over there and delurk!
Joy’s Life and Times: She’s listening to her body and taking a break from Ironman triathlons this year.