News - Monday, March 22, 2010
Memphis City Schools: Dr Steve Perry spoke his mind on the state of Memphis city schools. School board and City Council members are upset with the salary of new hire Hitesh Haria, the new Deputy Superintendent of Business Operations. Four companies are competing for the City schools bus contract.
MLG&W: According to a recent survey, 99.8% of customers are satisfied with their service.
Memphis City Council: They will be presented a plan from the health care oversight committee which will raise insurance premiums 15% as well as increase co-pays and deductibles for current and retired employees. They will consider some changes at auto inspection stations, including only testing some cars and privatising inspections.
Second Amendment: A reporter for the Commercial Appeal polls select attendees at a local gun show for their opinions on some 2A issues.
Crime: Closing Dixie Homes pushed the “Fam” gang up into Raleigh where they are flourishing. An identity theft ring has left a lot of ruined credit behind them. Rhodes College and the Plough Foundation are fighting crime in the Hollywood - Springdale neighborhood.
Wolf River Greenway: An update on progress and hopes for the final plan.
Politics: Republican gubernatorial candidate and lieutenant governor Ron Ramsey is calling on 8th District Congressman John Tanner to remain a “no” vote on health care reform. He also released a statement calling for quick passage of the State’s Health Freedom Act. Ramsey also picked up his petition to run for governor. And now he’s going on the attack against Zach Wamp and Bill Gibbons. Republican Bill Gibbons issues a statement about cleaning up the Knoxville ash spill. Republican Zach Wamp’s “wild youth” once again gets a media going-over. A report on a gubernatorial forum on tourism Friday. The Commercial Appeal reports on Republican candidates for governor campaigning in Shelby County.
TN Eighth District: Independent, tea party, candidate Donn James is travelling to DC to lobby against health care reform. Luther Mercer II, a Democratic candidate, has dropped out, citing fund-raising problems.
Youth Villages: They are offering training for potential foster parents, of which Shelby County has a desperate need.
Salvation Army / Kroc Center: The groundbreaking ceremony is expected this morning.
Bartlett: Mayor Keith McDonald is supporting his police department in the shooting of Malcolm Shaw.
Grizzlies: Viewership of games on Fox Sports Tennessee is up 53%.
Collierville: Town officials believe they can avoid layoffs, but serious discussions on revenues or cuts will have to be had. A consolidation consultant will make a presentation to the community on April 20.
West Tennesee: Work resumes on Discovery Park of America in Union City, for a September 2012 opening. DPA website here. A reminder that outdoor burn permits are required. (stories via NW TN Today) An exclusive from the Weakley County Press, the TN Wildlife Resources Agency is sending notice the legislature may “sunset” them. Due to the particulars of the Dyer County Sheriff’s race, the Election Commission will use an even mix of police and deputies in the August election. (via the Dyersburg State-Gazette) The NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament and other sporting events at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex are expected to have a major impact on the Jackson economy. (via the Business Journal) The mayor of Bells, Harold Craig, is under State investigation for official misconduct.
Previously Posted: More on the Metro Charter Commission.
NEW! 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.
NEW! Main Street Journal: Jonathan Devin takes us inside The Grove as Faith Baptist goes to camp.
Shelby County: The arrest of the State’s medical examiner last week on felony drug charges shouldn’t affect operations at the County level.
Memphis v. Nashville: Nahsville is receiving $7.5 million in Federal stimulus funds to start up an obesity prevention program. Williamson County is The Daily Caller’s “most conservative friendly” county in America.
American Institute of Architects Memphis: Almost three-quarters of their 2010 Design Awards went to the archimania firm.
Tennessee: The new jobs package won’t do much to ease unemployment.
Real Estate: The Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ first Residential Economic Forecast and Planning Summit will be held next Monday. It’s open to the general public. Homeowners who took advantage of the Federal mortgage assistance program are discovering a nasty side effect. A twenty percent drop in foreclosures from January to February.
Business: Private sector employment decreased in January (versus one year ago) in all of America’s top 100 labor markets; Memphis lost 4.81%.
FedEx: A deal with United Airlines to send personal flight luggage door-to-door via FedEx has analysts puzzled.
Lexus of Memphis: Next time you’re searching for an interesting space for your non-profit group’s meeting or fundraiser, they want you to consider them.
Elvis: The Newseum in Washington DC is doing an exhibition on the media phenomenon that was The King.
University of Memphis: A student group wants to introduce Project Safe Zone, to help GLBT students. The release of the Spring 2010 issue of The Pinch, the school’s literary magazine, was celebrated over the weekend.
St George’s Independent School: A landmark symposium, “Cultivating Citizens: How Schools Can Promote Civic Engagement in the 21st Century”, will be held this weekend.
Mississippi: A new law taking effect in July would allow courts to impose the costs of investigation upon the convicted. A rare weekend session of the State Legislature as they work to reconcile the budget. The State Personnel Board is approving furloughs for State employees. Casino earnings were up 15% over January. Falling ground water levels will mean changes for some Delta farmers. Could the state’s musical heritage be its next cash crop?
Tri-State Defender: They announced the appointment of Bernal Smith II as new president and publisher of the newsweekly.
Google Fiber Network: Supporters are working hard to make Memphis one of Google’s selections and now come the unreasonable promises and expectations for what it will bring. Germantown is also fighting hard to be selected.
Financial: SunTrust president and CEO Johnny B. Moore Jr is expanding their “footprint” in Memphis.
DeSoto County: Baptist Memorial Hospital - DeSoto has been named 2010 Hospital of the Year, for hospitals with more than 100 beds. An old landfill site on Star Landing Road may become a profitable methane gas producter. (stories via the DeSoto Times Tribune) State legislators are still looking for funds for the County school system before any more cuts are made. A report from Saturday’s Family Farm Festival in Olive Branch.
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Opinion and Blogs
Student: Revisited: A lot of photos from the John Mayer concert. Good ones!
Mediaverse: Thoughts on the Commercial Appeal supporting the effort to get Google Fiber for Memphis.
Oval Soul Journey: Grateful for her insurance and what it enables.
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: Some St Patrick’s Day pictures.
SlyBrand: The weight of gratitude.
Downtown Memphis Download: Birthday fun at the Peabody Hotel.
Fore Left! Is health care reform bad news for Tennessee by 2013?
Weeden Arts Watch: Are you an artist looking for a public art project? Inquire within.
The Chockley Blogs: Dealing with a pessimistic, unhappy child.
Barefoot in Memphis: Random bits on Tom Petty, the census and the travel industry.
The Adventures of Pete Big Bear: In a couple of weeks, he’s off to South Korea!
Steve’s Nude Memphis Blog: He makes a lot of lists that tell your more about him than you might like to know. (Mild language alert)
a field guide to urban memphis: Transfixed by the Facebook.
artbutcher: An enormous gallery of “conceptual” self-portraits, from the Memphis College of Art. Amazing breadth of work. (Mild NSFW warning)
Can’t Stop: Some endurance training trap doors to avoid.
Brain Release Valve: Your funny picture of the day.
Bigger Than Your Head: A wrap-up post on the wine-bloggers trip to Asti, Italy, and some suggestions for the future.
Tennessean: Lives depend on health care reform.
Jackson Sun: Health care reform is needed but the current Democratic approach is a “train wreck”.
Commercial Appeal: Ridiculing the effort to make sure the income tax stays dead. The MED and its money problems are far from “saved”. Working for a compromise between MCS and the MPD. They sound cool with the hiring of Hitesh Haria by the school system. Doesn’t this editorial contradict their previous support for the “living wage” ordinance?
Otis L. Sanford: He admits that his paper skipped an important story to focus on the Forbes “miserable” story instead. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Chris Peck: The Memphis University School is applauded for teaching students to get outside their comfort zones. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Wendi C. Thomas: Exploiting a personal story of tangled laws and regulations to argue for national health care reform. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Memphis News: The Shelby County Greenline and the Wolf River Greenway have the potential to change the community.