News - Monday, February 1, 2010
Wells Fargo Lawsuit: The Daily News looks into the history and details of the City-County lawsuit of “predatory lenders” in the local foreclosure crisis.
Memphis Budget Cuts: Just how many appointed positions does City government have? Good question, as it turns out.
Downtown: A new restaurant and fresh-foods market, the Trolley Stop Market is coming in April.
After the Snow and Ice: Shelby County schools are closed today; Memphis City Schools will decide before dawn. Snow day! Still going to church. WREG team coverage. Tree danger and another story on trees.
West Tennessee: A report (with photos and video) on the snowstorm in Dyersburg, from the State Gazette.
Politics: House Speaker Kent Williams, booted from the Republican Party after engineering his election as Speaker away from Republican Jason Mumpower, is allegedly looking for ways to backdoor into Republican primaries. Is Republican Rep. Beth Harwell considering running for the Speaker’s job?
Mississippi: The MS Supreme Court rules Governor Haley Barbour cannot constitutionally cut court funds in his budget-cutting process. Legislators consider the radical idea of reducing the size of the Legislature itself! No time for legislative toys. Failure to pass bill providing funding for District Attorney offices might mean furloughing ADAs. The legislature is now considering a State lottery.
Tea Party Nation Convention: Sarah Palin confirms she will appear at the convention. Judson and Sherry Phillips are speaking out over the media stories and complaints from former supporters. And the convention will be opened up to more media. In a related story, Nashville radio talk host Phil Valentine says the mainstream media don’t understand the true leaderless grass-roots nature of the tea party movement. (via the Marshall County Tribune)
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz: They are buying the old Pizitz Building in Birmingham for a new local headquarters.
UPDATED: Main Street Journal January 2010 Issue: We profile the outstanding The Margolin Hebrew Academy. County Commissioner Mike Ritz The MED offers some avenues for The MED to explore. Publisher Jonathan Lindberg looks into health care reform. Also, Joe Saino asks if you’ve ever done any boondoggling? The Table of Contents is here.
Memphis City Schools: Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin and Superintendent Kriner Cash are fighting to control an MCS police force. Superintendent Kriner Cash renewed his call for a school police force.
Governor Phil Bredesen: In tonight’s State of the State speech, expect “stark cuts” in services.
Shelby County Government: The Commercial Appeal profiles Interim Mayor Joe Ford’s chief of staff, Pamela Marshall.
Shelby County Republican Party: Their keynote speaker for the Lincoln Day Gala will be national Republican Party chairman Michael Steele.
Tax Season: More TN families will qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit this year.
Business: A business profile of Natural Stone Distributors, from the Commercial Appeal.
Memphis International Airport: Friday and Saturday’s icy conditions force cancellation of most passenger flights.
Local Media: The Commercial Appeal is sponsoring, along with First Tennessee Bank, a financial literacy essay contest among students. The deadline is in a month. Jon Alverson is the new editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.
Tipping: Part Three in the Memphis News’ helpful series on proper gratuities. This entry is on the amounts and reasons for tips.
South Main Association: Jodie Vance, publisher of the Downtowner magazine, will speak at their February meeting this February 9.
Harold Ford Jr: President Obama’s presidential campaign manager, David Plouffe, is going to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s aid. Gay rights protester calls him “snake-oil Harry” and a gay State legislator says he’s “to the right of [Dick] Cheney” on gay marriage. Is this why the Rev Al Sharpton is supporting Ford? The New York Post’s Cindy Adams give Ford a nod.
West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation: They received a $5 million donation for the Alice and Carl Kirkland Cancer Center in Jackson, from the couple.
HopeWorks: A fundraising breakfast later this month will feature guest speaker Sean Tuohy.
Karl Rove: A very short interview with president Bush’s former adviser, when he was in Memphis to speak at Rhodes College.
Arlington: The Daily News looks at the particular mix that makes the town attractive to developers.
Desoto County: Two snow days from earlier in the month will have to be made up. Reports on the weather and roads from the snow storm, from the Commercial Appeal. Olive Branch is reconsidering its 2007 annexation plan. The County schools are still fighting the H1N1 virus.
2010 Census: More and more people are not defining themselves by the racial categories of the US Census.
Picture of the Day
|Snow on the Main Street Mall, from Brad Kolodzaike. © 2010. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
polar donkey: He’s gone to considerable effort to map out where our councilmen and commissioners live and what that means for local representation. Plenty of fascinating info for the wonky!
Pretty in Pink Megan: A photo-report from the Women, Wine & Shoes benefit.
Running With Dice: It’s a new post, on D&D gaming under the 4th edition rules.
The Chubby Vegetarian: A milestone passed with a thank-you and a request for your vegetarian questions.
The English Major Bookstore: Hey y’all! She’s looking for part-time, night workers.
vibinc: He’s come to a conclusion about life, which he illustrates with marbles.
Amie Vanderford: Jack the cat may have just lucked into his new forever home!
Quite Swimmingly: A simple recipe for a filling beef stew. Yum!
MemphisConnect: The culinary safari continues, at the Mesquite Chophouse.
Memphis Daily News Blog: Do people outside Memphis see it better than those of us inside?
Just a Girl in the World: Encountering turbulence in the sea of Mr Risky Business.
Boys in the ‘Hood: Walt’s first time using sarcasm!
Brain Release Valve: Pinpointing the moment when we traded big fundamental science for micro-science.
Can’t Stop: Why life is like a marathon.
Divers and Sundry: Studying the new high school Bible curriculum guidelines and asking questions.
I’ll be the one in heels: Why do so many women deprecate themselves for others?
a field guide to urban memphis: Some interesting thoughts on socio-political boycotts and regionalism.
Akiddo: Remember, y’all, text files of howling self-pity are forever.
Snow Days! Plenty of blogging on the snow event. Snow day” shambles from 16 Balls in the Air. A sleet-covered hat from Cwabs! Snow or ice, from Divers and Sundry. Snow day video and photos in Overton Park from Fertile Ground. Icy flamingo from I Love Memphis. Remembering the ‘94 Ice Storm, from Kalisa. It’s not the snow, but the crazy Memphis drivers, says Not High Maintenance, Just High Mileage. Photos from an iced-over Downtown, Friday night, from Notes from Memphis. Artistic Downtown skyline photos, from Pulled Before the Push. A few spectacular photos of ice-covered trees, from Scribblescrawl. Cats, snow days and new stationery, from sharp stick in the eye. Her car, before and after ice, from Student: Revisited. Memphis on the rocks, says The Souncheck and the Fury. More iced-over plants, from theology & geometry and a time-lapse of the ice, from Chris.
Plenty of Flickr accounts to check out, too. Try Brad Kolodzaike, “Singing Phillip” Rynes, “Snocalypse” from redmuse_poet, Ed Arnold, Chip Chockley, and Cameron’s blog.
artbutcher: One of the great things about the new Playhouse on the Square is that it has art galleries!
Memphis News: However the Wells Fargo lawsuit goes, it’s sure to make a point.
Tom Humphrey: The special session on higher education reform was the easy part of this session’s legislative work. (via the Knoxville News-Sentinel)
Wendi C. Thomas: She’s hoping to build some support for the Grizzlies. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Otis L. Sanford: The Super Bowl is crazy and no place for anti-abortion ads. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Chris Peck: He hopes the iPad will have journalism and the economic model his industry is based on. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Bartholomew Sullivan: The nation’s Great Recession requires ambitious Great Depression-sized solutions. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Lucie Bridgforth: She argues for merging the State’s three historically black colleges and one women’s college under other universities’ administrations. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Commercial Appeal: The Legislauture shouldn’t waste time on junk legislation, except when it should. Supporting crackdowns on guns in schools. And the support the proposed new spay/neuter ordinance for pit bulls and pit-bull breeds. Mixid news on the recessions masks the fundamental need for jobs.