News - Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Sexually-Oriented Business: The Appeals Court has finally declined to rehear an appeal of the County’s more restrictive ordinance on SOBs. More in the Commercial Appeal.
Did Steve Cooper finally tip his hand about Stella Marris going topless to a Tunica newspaper?
Cohen v. Herenton: Willie Herenton marks out two campaign issues: gay marriage and legalising marijuana; more from WREG. US Rep. Steve Cohen continues to oppose a resolution condemning the international reaction to the Armenian massacre. WYPL is pulling Cohen’s Congressional Report program during the campaign for the Ninth Congressional District; more from WMC.
Tire Bounty Program: While the City Council has set aside the money, a contract with the tire collection company hasn’t been ironed out.
City of Memphis: Despite the longer hours, it’s still a long, long wait at the auto inspection stations. The Housing and Community Development office wants you to participate in the housing and homeless survey.
Midtown: The Cooper-Young neighborhood will get a new piece of public art at the corner of Central and South McLean.
Miserable: Memphis continues to puff its chest out about some magazine’s tossed-off article and made-up poll.
City Sanitation Workers: There will be no pay raise, as the City and the workers will likely extend the current contract.
Memphis and Shelby County Health Department: They are warning people about “illegal food vendors”, ie. street vendors.
Earthquake! With Haiti, Chile and Okinawa earthquakes much in the news, a tiny temblor in NE Arkansas gets its fifteen minutes of fame.
Politics: With work on the State budget beginning, news that revenue collections this year will be down further.
Arkansas: West Memphis police are warning citizens to watch out for “fly-by night” churches.
University of Memphis: A “suspiciously noose-like” rope holding some art up is cause for removal. A consortium of libraries has placed the U of M’s library on probation; more in the Commercial Appeal. Mr. Philosopher’s blog just wants people to think and converse. Experts debate earthquake safety protocols.
Financial: Trustmark appears to be successfully navigating the recession. The Commercial Appeal looks at at the Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. Nationwide, bankruptcies were up 13% in 2009 over the previous year.
Germantown: A report from the recent Citizen Safety Coalition’s Forum on Crime. (via the Germantown News)
CASA of Memphis & Shelby County: You can help them get a $50,000 grant to help with court advocates for abused and neglected children, just by visitng a website!
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: The County’s pension fund slipped a little in January. The suburban mayors, who were not consulted on the County Health Department funding plan, decline to kick in funds. Eyewitness News reports there is $62 million in uncollected property taxes waiting to be claimed.
Memphis City Schools: The seven percent of Chimneyrock Elementary students who live outside of Memphis heard their options for schooling. Superintendent Kriner Cash is criticising the Memphis Police for how they handle student arrests. MCS officials claim 1200 students are homeless.
Memphis Police Department: The three officers — Lieutenant Timothy Green, patrolmen Christopher Crawford and Michael Young — charged with extortion and bribery were formally indicted.
Regional Medical Center: The members of the Task Force on funding remain hopeful.
DeSoto County: Citizens are asking for the repeal of a 2005 property tax “loophole” that is costing the County three-quarters of a million in revenue. Yet more on Steve Fogelsong and the erosion issue. More on the awarding of the last $15 million in school construction bonds. (stories via the DeSoto Times Tribune) The Board of Supervisors has approved further study of three possible routes for the Houston Levee/Center Hill Corridor road project. Ducks and geese in Southaven will continue to get their free meal. Despite higher call volume, the Sheriff’s Department is handling the load. Alliance Healthcare System has dropped its opposition to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s proposed hospital in Olive Branch.
Zippin Pippin: The Green Bay City Council has agreed to buy the Memphis landmark.
Tennessee: Records pertaining to the selection of the six TNInvestCo firms can remain sealed for five years, says a judge; more from the Knoxville News-Sentinel. For only the second time in almost 150 years, a second elk hunt has been approved.
Business: William “Bill” Arrington, of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, is asking the transportatio industry to help plan for national security concerns. Autozone’s Q2 profit rose six percent; more from the Business Journal and the Commercial Appeal. More on the headquarters foreclosure of Roebuck Auctions.
Harold Ford Jr: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand crows a bit about Ford dropping out of the race. Ford claims he could have beaten her. More from the Flyer. The Wall Street Journal decries newspapers helping candidates float and run trial candidacies in their pages. Whither Harold Ford now? Did Ford step aside for a more powerful candidate? Why is he still trash-talking other Democrats? He’s back to punditry on cable television news. More odd’n'ends of Ford news.
Memphis Animal Shelter: More on the indicted and suspended employees still receiving paychecks.
Picture of the Day
|The old Ford Motor Company plant, which seems to have been demolished recently with no fanfare or remembrance, from Joe Spake. © 2010. Used with permission. Be sure to click through for the larger versions of this panoramic shot.|
Opinion and Blogs
The Chubby Vegetarain: Twenty minute tamales — an idea so simple and helpful, you’ll be making them tonight.
The English Major Bookstore: A “riveting” update and a couple of quotations for you.
The Intersection of Madness and Reality: Thoughts on credit checks when applying for jobs.
What is a Carbunkle Trumpet? An open letter to Steve Forbes. (re: the “miserable city” index kerfuffle)
Brain Release Valve: Just how alone in the universe are we? Your mathematical equation of the day!
Bigger Than Your Head: Frederic’s three laws of blogging, of which he immediately roughs up Number Three to make a language point.
Geoff Calkins: Mayor A C Wharton: Memphis’ top cheerleader. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Grand Divisions: In the wake of Willie Herenton’s letter to black ministers, they find a very different message on gay rights from 2000.
Rustmeister’s Alehouse: A spoilery review of The Hurt Locker.
North Mississippi Commenter: If you live in the Magnolia State, a call to legislative action on animal cruelty.
Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease: A medical update and workin’ down on the farm.
Air Traffic Mike’s: Pancake breakfast at Bardog’s.
Downtown Memphis Blog: Wandering around Downtown on a Sunday afternoon.
Gilmour Girl Goes Memphis: The time v. distance illusion in running a marathon.