News - Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Miserable: The non-issue that won’t be allowed to die, as Mayor A C Wharton publishes an open letter to Steve Forbes and his magazine. More from the Daily News, Fox13, WMC, the Daily News.
Memphis Police Department: Three officers arrested for taking bribes from a club owner have now resigned. The State’s nuisance law helped capture them. And now a police sergeant, Betty Carter, has been charged with animal cruelty.
City of Memphis: City employees are facing a 20% or higher increase in their insurance.
Regional Medical Center: A series of town hall meetings have been scheduled to both inform the public of what’s going on and solicit their ideas. Governor Phil Bredesen’s administration is exploring possible 2-to-1 Federal matching funds for Shelby County’s payments to The MED.
Save Shelby County: A new group has formed to oppose consolidation efforts and Rebuild Government.
Memphis Animal Shelter: Three shelter employees, suspended since October last year, are still drawing paychecks! Former shelter director Ernest Alexander failed to appear in court yesterday; more from WMC, WREG. And it was new director Matt Pepper’s first day on Monday.
Tennessee: The CoverKids State insurance program opened its enrollment again on Monday. The state is 42nd in per capita funding for public health care. We are among the top three states in the running for Race to the Top funding. The State hotline on H1N1 information has been closed.
Real Estate: A bit of irony as the headquarters for Roebuck Auctions is foreclosed due to the collapsed real estate markets.
American Advertising Federation Memphis: Saturday’s ADDY awards event was a show in itself.
SurveyMemphis: The latest polling still show broad negativity in the outlook, but less so than December’s numbers.
Business: A change of management for the Union City Goodyear plant. Discount Muffler & Brake is opening their fourth store in Memphis. And Z-Market will open their 13th store on Hacks Cross Road.
Smith & Nephew: The lawsuit involving three former sales agents has been transferred back to Texas.
FedEx: CEO Fred Smith is among the invited to a White House luncheon brainstorming session.
West Memphis Three: Crittenden County Sheriff Bob Paudert says critics of the convictions haven’t presented any new, alternative evidence.
DeSoto County: Southaven alderman George Payne wants to outlaw feeding ducks and geese. The final group of bonds to be sold for school construction was approved last night. Opposition to Olive Branch’s annexation plans continues to gain strength. More on Hernando’s Steve Fogelsong and his fight against erosion.
Main Street Journal February 2010 Issue: Senior writer Michael Roy Hollihan asks What is Harold Ford Jr Up To? Shelby County School Board President David Pickler warns of The Washington Agenda for Shelby County Schools. The Table of Contents is here.
NEW: Main Street Journal: Joe Saino has some Questions Concerning Consolidation.
Shelby County: Eyewitness News reports $62 million in unpaid, uncollected taxes owed to the County.
Church Health Center: They are teaming up with Methodist University Hospital to open an outpatient pharmacy serving a wider population of patients.
Harold Ford Jr: He announces he’s not running after all! More from the Associated Press, via WMC. He responds to that New York Times story. The Flyer’s Jackson Baker opines and summarises. He will be giving the keynote speech to the Bermuda International Business Association on Thursday.
Mississippi: The State House passed a resolution honoring an event for white athletes only. An animal cruelty bill appears set to die in the House. Midwifery advocates oppose a bill banning births at home. All four of the state’s US Congressional races are now being challenged; similar story in the CA.
Public Library: The Friends of the Library will holds its annual Spring book sale this Friday and Saturday.
Second Amendment: Starbucks nationally allows open and concealed gun carry in their stores and now a petition drive hopes to end that.
Politics: Did Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam slight the tea party movement? Haslam responds. Why he is getting such harsh treatment, along with other Southern Republican gubernatorial front-runners. Zach Wamp talks about being a Democrat until Ronald Reagan came along. All the gubernatorial candidates — Democratic and Republican — will appear next week at the Children’s Advocacy Days forum.
West Tennessee: River Oaks Hospital in Jackson is laying off 30 people. The Dyersburg Union Mission is holding its Mission Festival of Songs on March 7. The Dyer County Task Force of the Mississippi River Corridor Tennessee saw the proposed greenbelt trail and discussed funding. (both stories (via the Dyersburg State Gazette) The formation of Reelfoot Lake wasn’t as simple as most folks think. (via NWTN Today)
Southwest Tennessee Community College: A grant from the Follett Higher Education Group will help them build a Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology facility.
Picture of the Day
|Memphis legend Sivad, your “monster of ceremonies” for Fantastic Features, as portrayed by Michael McLendon, by Jon W. Sparks. © 2010. Used with permission. Info on the Sivads of March Festival here and the Lil’ Film Fest 13 call for submissions here. Watch the opening of Fantastic Features here. If you dare!|
Opinion and Blogs
The Tale of a Southern Belle: Part two of her answers to readers’ questions.
The Ominous Comma: That “psychiatric scourge of Memphis”, Dr Harold Toboggans, continues to torment the good folks at the Church Health Center Wellness. This is part five, Night of the Livid Nutrition.
The Changing Newsroom: A defense of journalism as a career and journalism schools.
Rustmeister’s Alehouse: His new dog can scale a six foot fence and he’s looking for ideas about fixing the fence.
A. C. Kleinheider: The State of Tennessee shouldn’t be involved in party primaries. (via the Nashville City Paper)
James W. Brosnan: He critises Senator Alexander for not acting like a pro-health care reform Democrat.
MemphisShelbyInform: A proposal to save millions on auto inspections.
MemphisConnect: Kelli and Joe Carson gave up a middle-class life to work with Memphis’ homeless, purely on faith and prayer.
Lean Left: Who knew Pachelbel’s Canon in D could be this funny? Your funny video of the day.
Smart City Memphis: A better report on the Elkington/Performa financial audit than you’ll read in any paper! So… control the kids while they’re young and you’ll own them as adults?
I Love Memphis: You’re invited to a party!
Gilmour Girl Goes Memphis: “Can you ever have enough reasons to do a 5K?”
Cwabs! A lot of work for a bad pun. (Slight language alert.)
Can’t Stop: Those of you who are runners or marathoners: some good advice.
Bring me penguin dust: A progress report on Weight Watchers.
Blue Collar Republican: Pleasantly surprised by Starbucks, not that it will do any good.
AlphaPatriot: Thoughts on the post-Obama space program.
Bigger Than Your Head: Wine of the week.
Brain Release Valve: This is one funky and mind-blowing map.