News - Friday, April 30, 2010
Memphis City Schools: Another fight, with injuries, at East High School. Sex crimes are on the rise in our schools. Student video of the fight outside Wooddale High School last week, from WREG.
In good news, students at East High School will restore a historic one-room school house rescued earlier this year from President’s Island. Joe Spake has a bit of background.
Shelby County Elections: The Tri-State Defender offers their endorsements. And The Flyer’s Jackson Baker once more surveys the races. Fox13’s Les Smith bemoans the low turnout. Eyewitness News profiles Democratic sheriff’s candidate Reginald French. The Commercial Appeal profiles the County Commission District 2, Position 2 race between Henri Brooks and David W. Vinciarelli.
Memphis City Council: A Council committee met last night to discuss the Capital Improvement Program budget.
Metro Charter Commission: Gerald Nicely, representing Nashville’s Metro government, is talking to the commission about their experiences.
Beale Street Music Festival: There’s now a smart-phone app for Memphis in May. Weather today will make the show touch-and-go.
Cohen v. Herenton: US Rep. Steve Cohen is touting his 100% rating from an environmental activist group.
Shelby County School Board: Sparks fly over the special funding district bill.
Michael Hooks Jr: The third part of their epic interview with Hooks, this part focused on jail time, release back into the world and life since.
Politics: How the disappearing “medical marijuana” bill got turned around in the Legislature. Who were the State Senators who voted against the “enhanced coverage assessment “?
Mississippi: MSU is promoting and facilitating bike usage on campus. Governor Haley Barbour says he’ll use private funds coordinated with a non-profit Hurricane Katrina account to help with damage from last weekend’s tornados. The State is preparing for the arrival of the oil slick in the Gulf.
Wolf River Conservancy: They have bought the Hall-Franklin tract along the Ghost River.
Governor’s Race: With the three major Republican candidates coming to Memphis to earn his endorsement, Shelby County Attorney General Bill Gibbons is using the opportunity to press his crime concerns. But former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kim McMillan has endorsed Mike McWherter; the press release. (DOC format) Republican Zach Wamp has now released his tax returns, as has McWherter. A look at Republican Bill Haslam’s stance and accomplishments on education.
Holly Springs: A “Main Street meet’n'greet” has shown public interest in the downtown-building program. The City is either finishing up or starting a number of new road projects. (stories via the South Reporter)
Main Street Journal April 2010 Issue: Table of Contents is here. Publisher and Editor in Chief Jonathan Lindberg is encouraged when Memphis Pushes Back. The Shelby County Watchdog, and regular contributor here, Joe Saino discovers you’re being well over-taxed for The Three Hour Wait for vehicle inspection.
VOTE! Main Street Journal Sample Ballot: The Main Street Journal offers its endorsements for the May 4 Primary in Shelby County. Whether you agree or disagree, be sure to vote May 4. Your vote counts! Download here. (PDF document)
SNEAK PEEK: May’s Main Street Journal: Editor and publisher Jonathan Lindberg reminds us of our civic duty, On Voting.
BREAKING! David Kernell Guilty: Kernell has been found guilty on two of the counts against him: misdemeanor unauthorised computer access and felony obstruction of justice. He was acquitted on one charge. The other was declared mistrial: felony identity theft. The possible sentences he faces. More reports from the Flyer, WMC, Eyewitness News.
Downtown: As expected, work began yesterday on the elevated pedestrian bridge connecting the Humphreys School of Law and Confederate Park; more from WMC. An update on the Poplar & Cleveland redevelopment project that never happened. New Uptown development seeks to bring in mixed-use business.
The MED Foundation: The Daily News talks with executive director Tammie Ritchey.
Commercial Appeal: The Newspaper Guild of Memphis will vote on the final contract offer from the paper next weekend.
MATA: Expecting further cuts in funding from the City, they will again reduce routes in August and institute new fares.
DeSoto County: One neighborhood in Southaven faces a rash of auto burglaries. The site study committee for the new County jail says it will consider many sites, beyond just the ones approved the the State Attorney General. Information on the observance of the National Day of Prayer in Hernando.
Metro Charter Commission: Suggestion they’ll recommend no civil service in the new metro government is angering a lot of City and County workers.
Shelby County Sheriff: Two deputies who got into a fight over politics have been relieved of duty.
Volunteer Mid-South: They honored 21 people at their Spirit of Giving Awards.
Arkansas: For the first time, Dr Trent Pierce is talking about the car-bombing that nearly took his life, via WMC.
AFSCME Local 1733: New union president Warren Cole promises to fight further privatisation of City jobs.
Marketing Fast Forward: Sponsored by Lipscomb & Pitt, this free workshop — part of a professional development course — focused on branding and loyalty.
Business: Hilton Hotels has announced six new locations for their Home2 Suites brand. Revenues were up, but profits down, for International Paper; more from the Daily News and the Commercial Appeal. Medtronic agrees to buy ATS Medical; more in the CA.
FedEx: Congress has again delayed the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization law, this time until July 3.
Mid-South Angel Network: This partnership between Innova Memphis and the Memphis Bioworks Foundation seeks to help others co-invest in promising start-ups.
Memphis Business Group on Health: Their annual awards luncheon recognised local hospitals for “best odds of survival” for high-risk surgery.
Financial: Shareholders of BancorpSouth voted against annual board elections. Morgan Keegan has been granted an administrative hearing on charges of fraud and misleading investors; more in the Commercial Appeal.
Picture of the Day
|“Peek-a-boo” says the red panda, from kuku4pandas by D. Schultz. © 2010. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
Joy’s Life and Times: Some wedding pictures.
Jen-sized: Some sharp criticism of the Memphis in May / Beale Street Music Fest organisers.
Former Mean Girl Seeks Same: “Life handed Dearick Stokes lemons, eggs, a pie crust, eagle brand milk, a preheated oven and sugar; and you know what he made with it? A puddle of yellow gloop on the sidewalk.” Today’s must read.
Can’t Stop: Team McGraw at the Country Music Marathon.
North Mississippi Commentor: How to make a “modified” scofflaw and homemade grenadine.
One-Half Amazing: He’s seriously soliciting your opinions on what to do with his website.
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: I don’t think this is going to end well.
The Intersection of Madness and Reality: Thoughts on Sandra Bullock’s real life The Blind Side.
Rustmeister’s Alehouse: Best. Endorsement. Ever.
The MakeShift Revolution: The importance of neighbors.
Thoroughly Modern Medusa: Homemade pop tarts.
Vegan Crunk: She tries some Kungaloosh iced teas.
Reginald Tate: The State Senator talks about two bills in the Legislature focusing on crime. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Brittany Jackson: As her senior year winds down, she talks about the experience. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Maia Ajanaku- Locke: Thoughts on the power of words. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Dan Conaway: Racial reconciliation begins man to man. (via the Daily News)
Persian Pit Bull: The agony of defeat in the Wine Race.
Bring me penguin dust: How not to fart in public.