News - Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Memphis Symphony Orchestra: They have appointed Mei-Ann Chen, formerly of Baltimore, as their latest music director. More in the Commercial Appeal. MSO website and the official press release.
Memphis Police & Sheriff: The investigation continues into Memphis Police Association president James Sewell. County Sheriff Mark Luttrell addresses the murder suspect on bond who walked out of a court hearing; more from WMC.
Public Transit: Nashville mayor Karl Dean has unveiled a multi-year, multibillion-dollar effort to renovate Middle Tennessee’s mass transportation system”.
The MED’s Funding: The Flyer’s Jackson Baker walks us through the current situation, regarding Commisisoner Mike Ritz’s Federal discrimination complaint. Background information from MemphisShelby Inform. Interim County Mayor Joe Ford remains optismistic that a funding solution will be found.
Willie Herenton: Mediaverse calls his new campaign website “pathetic”.
Shelby County Health Department: In collaboration with Cawthon Public Health Dental Clinic, they are offering free dental clinics for children. Schedule link in story.
Downtown: AmeriCorps volunteers spruced up a lot with the Vance Avenue Collaborative. The Exchange Building is now in foreclosure. The Memphis College of Art is buying a warehouse on South Main as a graduate school. The Center City Revenue Finance Corporation meets today.
Business: The use of gift cards helped to slightly boost January retail sales.
Bartlett: Dispute over municipal court schedule reveals some political fault lines.
Arkansas: The FBI has launched an investigation into a West Memphis police officer who may have improperly accessed police officers’ personal computer files.
Stanford Financial Group: The glitz and opulence should have been a warning sign, says financial planner.
Survey Says: In a Gallup / Healthways poll, Tennessee was ranked 42nd among the states on well-being.
Harold Ford Jr: Is the anti-Ford backlash gaining momentum? The New York Post has turned against him. The issue of his paying New York taxes continues to stick. And he reminds people he’s not officially running yet. More on his Meet The Press appearance, from the Politico.The New York Times on the relations between Ford and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
NEW! Main Street Journal February 2010 Issue: The new issue is out and packed with meaty reading. The Table of Contents is here.
NEW: Main Street Journal January 2010 Issue: Senior writer Michael Roy Hollihan delves into his past to answer What is Harold Ford Jr Up To?
The 3R Project: This Shelby Count program, part of Operation: Safe Community, helps hundreds of former inmates to build constructive, non-recidivist lives.
Memphis City Schools: One dad, Will Garner, fought the administration to keep a bus route for his disabled son … and won! The School Board decides to close Caldwell Elementary, which forces River City High to move.
Ducks Unlimited: In association with the Memphis Barbecue Network they are hosting a three-day ‘cue competition in March, before Memphis in May.
Tax Season: A reminder to be careful with your choice of tax preparer.
Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center: Problems still remain, as WREG learns that thousands of DNA rape kits have never been tested.
Tennessee: Memphis QSource has received Federal funds to “help health care organizations transition to electronic medical records”; more in the Commercial Appeal.
The UT Medical Group: They are opening a Comprehensive Gynecologic Center in the Medical District.
Politics: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter talks with WATE-TV in Knoxville. Republican Zach Wamp campaigned here in Memphis.
Memphis Coalition for Advanced Networking: They will, along with Oak Ridge National Laboratories, establish a 10 gigabit/second network for research communiations.
Millington: Funding for USA Stadium has fallen below projections and may necessitate a hotel/motel tax.
Real Estate: The membership rolls of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors has fallen by 30% since its 2007 high. Still, the MAAR will continue with its centennial celebration this year. Poor January home sales are blamed on the rainy, cold weather.
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|From the way-left side of the FM dial, WEVL’s all-volunteer radio, from I Love Memphis. Photo by Sean Davis. © 2010. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
Can’t Stop: He walks you through the training for and amazing experience of the Ironman competition. Also, four incredible paths converge.
Buck Daddy’s Blog: Good news on the employment front!
Bring me penguin dust: On Memphis, snow and Weight Watchers.
Downtown Memphis Download: Valentine’s Day 2010.
Fertile Ground: A report from Sunday’s jamboree/fundraiser for the Citizens to Preserve Overton Park.
From the Rainbows: An update, post Asheville trip, with some pre-Lenten observance.
Commercial Appeal: The wish of a large number of Ole Miss students to bring back the Colonel Reb is dismissed outright. MCS should move past the idea of their own police force and start studying other plans.
Chick Chat: Too bad for you, John Mayer. (via the Commercial Appeal)
La Vie Quotidienne: Sylvie is learning to fall.
What is a Carbunkle Trumpet? The dangers and stupidities of social media.
The Ominous Comma: Dr Harold Toboggans inflicts himself on the Church Health Center Wellness in Enter the Wellness.
Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease: Fibromyalgia sucks.
Sassy Molassy: Dogs are from Mars, cats are from Venus.
Pretty in Pink Megan: What happened on her Valentine’s Day.
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: A rally on Wednesday in support of the anti-panhandling ordinance.
Memphis Cobblestones: Thoughts on a City budget and revolving credit.
MAKE IT HAPPEN: The triathlon is not a team sport, but a team is important to training.
MemphisConnect: Explaining Memphis abroad.
Meredith Jubilee and Madeline Jane: Your “Awwwww” moment for the day.
North Mississippi Commenter: A huge legal mess in New Albany.
Vegan Crunk: A combo plate with Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year at A-Tan.