News - Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Mid-South Fair: Negotiations between the Fair and the County over holding the 2010 Fair in Southaven should be complete by week’s end.
Race to the Top: Governor Phil Bredesen credits two Memphians — Tomeka Hart and Teresa Sloyan with much of the success of the State’s application.
Metro Charter Commission: A task force is recommending that areas to be annexed be allowed to vote before the annexation.
City of Memphis: More on the X-52 oil additive flap and the City funds that paid for it.
Holiday Schedules: Between Good Friday, Easter, Passover and the MLK observance, trash pickup schedules will change for many. (And other Shelby County news in the article.)
The Wharton Administration: Mayor A C Wharton is weighing whether or not to get involved in the firing of J. D. Sewell. WMC has Sewell’s police employee file. Fire Station 16, where an inflammatory picture of the mayor was posted, honored him yesterday by naming a fire engine after him. More from WMC.
DeSoto County: The Boy Scouts’ Camp Currier is in line for $7 million in renovations. A decision on the site for the new County jail is expected in about a month. DeSoto now ranks third in population for the state’s counties; more from Eyewitness News. (stories via the DeSoto Times Tribune) Walls town clerk Carol Grace is resigning. More on the County’s discount prescription card plan.
Politics: Democratic State Representative Mike Turner, who is also a Nashville fire captain, was caught speeding and driving on an invalid driver’s license, so he called for a fire truck to drive his car to the station? The Associated Press story. Captain Ben Leming is now the Democratic candidate in the Sixth Congressional District.
Germantown: Riverdale Park will host an innovative playground design.
University of Memphis: The Faculty Senate passed a motion to urge the school to stop subsidising athletics; more in the Commercial Appeal. Cutbacks in the McWherter Library’s hours are driving late-night computer students to the UC Lab and a Facebook protest. The campus chapter of NORML is looking forward to April activities. (stories via the Daily Helmsman)
West Tennessee: Community churches are banding together to help the needy by creating the non-profit Ken-Tenn Foodbank. (via NWTN Today)
Real Estate: Memphis-area home sales fell over 6% in February.
FedEx: Subsidiary FedEx Express continues to expand its international economy and economy freight services around the world. More from the Commercial Appeal.
Main Street Journal March 2010 Issue: Senior writer Michael Roy Hollihan interviews County Commission candidate Chris Thomas in the first of an ongoing series on various County candidates. Mick Wright looks at the two major factions of the tea party movement in Shelby County. Table of Contents is here.
Main Street Journal: Jonathan Devin takes us inside The Grove as Faith Baptist goes to camp.
UPDATED! Zoo & Overton Park: A collision of Sprink Break for Memphis schools and a record-breaking free day at the Zoo leads to fights, and then random gunfire in the neighborhood and the park leads to a police presence.
UPDATED! RebuildGovernment: Anti-consolidation group Save Shelby County (website here) have offered an ethics primer to the “Metro Charter Commission discussion support” group. County Commission candidate Terry Roland issued a press release stating his opposition to the Metro Charter Commission and RebuildGovernment as agents of consolidation.
Memphis v. Nashville: Nashville’s alternative transportation experiments continue with WeCar, an open-membership, vehicle-sharing program.
Shelby County Commission: Commissioner Henri Brooks sparks up and gets into high dudgeon.
David Kernell: The judge hearing the case of Kernell’s alleged hacking of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s email account has denied a request to dismiss a charge from defense attorneys. More from Eyewitness News. The Main Street Journal has an archive of early stories on this case.
Germantown: The Kiwanis Club’s famous all-you-can-eat Pancake Day is this Saturday! The Tennessee Shakespeare Company is bringing an all-female Julius Caesar to City Hall this week. (stories via the Germantown News)
Tennessee: A breakdown of the potential numbers and costs of national health care and increased TennCare. A majority of students across the state are reading at or below proficiency. Thirty-eight people have been charged with defrauding TennCare.
Television: Former area native and now television producer Cal Boyington is trying to bring some shows to the Mid-South. Emma Armstrong of BBDO, speaking to the American Advertising Federation Memphis, says broadcast television is far from over.
iAirport Cities Conference and Exhibition: A major delegation from the city and county is headed to Beijing for this international trade show, and to accept the hosting duties for the 2011 exhibition. In fact, landscaping work is already underway out at the airport.
Business: Swoozie’s (which operates one Mempis store) has gone out of business. National Drayage Services will handle intermodal services for Carrier Services of Tennessee. GlaxoSmithKline is launching a free vaccine service.
National Federation of Independent Business: They are warning businesses in five Mississippi River states that the Federal government will inspect 180 businesses for violations of illegal immigrant hiring laws.
Mississippi: Entergy has gotten State approval to raise rates but couple with another approved change rates will balance out. More from WMC. Tax collections for March may actually exceed projections! And the State’s unemployment rate dropped to 12%. The governor signed new laws for releasing people acquitted via insanity.
Financial: BankTennessee has formalised their lending and credit oversight arrangement with the Federal Reserve of St Louis. More from the Daily News, the Commercial Appeal. Paragon National Bank is marking their fifth anniversary by helping customers donate to one of five different charities.
Recording Academy Memphis Chapter: They will host a one-day professional development conference in April.
Picture of the Day
|Spring leaves are appearing everywhere, from Brain Release Valve by Zachary Whitten. © 2010. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
Norococo: She introduces you to Jennifer, a Memphis woman who is travelling to Cambodia to meet and help women she doesn’t know.
Quite Swimmingly: A catch-up post that is, unfortunately, mostly bad news.
The Intersection of Madness and Reality: Lamont Sanford: a true black American loser-hero. (mild language alert)
The Conservative Zone: Thoughts on politics, hate speech and labels.
Steve’s Nude Memphis Blog: This post is all over the place but entertaining along the way. Maybe.
What is a Carbunkle Trumpet? His favorite shirt nears the end of its life.
Joe Spake’s Weblog: Thoughts on the never-happened Midtown Target.
Vegan Crunk: Her second vegan cooking demonstration was a huge success!
The MakeShift Revolution: Now that she’s the mother of a bolter, she’s not so judgmental of moms who use a leash.
Commercial Appeal: Blaming former mayor Herenton for a lack of administrative oversight.
Beverly Marrero: The State Senator disagrees with the Freedom from Coercion Act just passed in the Senate. (via the Commercial Appeal)
DeSoto Time Tribune: Looking to Tennessee and their successful “Race to the Top” application.
Jackson Sun: Now that the State has won the “Race to the Top” results are expected.
Tennessean: Decrying the “violent tone” in politics, but mostly blaming Republicans.