News - Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Memphis City Schools: Two large student fights yesterday — one at East High and the other at Northside Alternative. Since January 1, Memphis police have responded to eighty calls at each school! Dozens of students were charged. More on WREG and the Commercial Appeal.
Shelby County Commission: An attempt to censure some elected officials by Commissioner John Pellicciotti, himself in some trouble with the Commission, falls very flat after angry debate. General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson fires back. More from WMC and the Commercial Appeal.
Memphis Police Department: Demetrica Hughes claims an off-duty police officer, Diana Dickerson, beat her with her gun. Dickerson has been relieved of duty.
Property Taxes: Both the City and County over-estimated their property tax rates and over-taxed you slightly.
“Community Shred Day”: Sponsored by Cadence Bank and Cintas Document Management this Friday, businesses and individuals will have an opportunity to shred important documents safely. Paper only, please.
Auto Inspection Stations: The City is again extending hours.
Mississippi: The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi is using a new program to teach financial literacy to students; the CA has more. The Mississippi Economic Council meets later this week to discuss “Making the Most of Mississippi’s Heritage”.
Downtown: Carlisle Group is seeking a seven year PILOT freeze for the now-dead One Beale property.
Business: Q1/2009 was the slowest period for venture capital since 1993. The Great Recession isn’t quite over yet. Stocks of a majority of publicly-traded Memphis companies rose with the reviving Dow Jones.
Delta Air Lines: In a national Airline Quality Rating the airline dropped two places. In a somewhat related story, American Express says it has picked up 3000 new member merchants in its expanded American Express Delta SkyMiles program.
Oak Court Mall: Property owners Simon Property has named Mark Gianquitti as the new mall manager.
Hispanic Business: Representatives of the Memphis police and the District Attorney’s office held a fifth meeting with Hispanic business owners about crime. Another meeting is planned for May.
Binghampton: The Binghampton Development Corporation is building a massive commercial garden, with assistance from Christ Community Health Services.
Tennessee: A union activist group is attacking State politicians for not making sure the new VW plant in East TN was built with local labor. The Commercial Appeal chides the State for not being web-savvy. Cutting the state’s projected energy demand in the next few years could mean an additional 20,000 jobs?
Main Street Journal April 2010 Issue: Table of Contents is here. Publisher and Editor in Chief Jonathan Lindberg is encouraged when Memphis Pushes Back.
NEW! Main Street Journal: 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.
Special Tax District: Main Street Journal exclusive! County Commissioner Mike Ritz has sent a letter to the Shelby County legislative delegation, requesting they not pass a special taxing district authority for the County. (PDF document)
Memphis v. Nashville: Almost three years after the theft of computers from the Davidson County Election Commission, they are still working to secure data.
Unemployment: News that the Great Recession could drag on two more years is a concern for many Mid-Southerners. The National Black MBA Association is hosting a “Train Ride to Success” which will offer interviews with Fortune 500 company reps on a trip to New Orleans.
2010 Census: Compliance is lagging, especially in large cities and areas with large minority populations. There is no evidence of a “conservative boycott”.
Southland Park: They and their parent company have pledged $250,000 to Mid-South Community College to support sports.
Ronald McDonald House Charities: The upcoming 31st Annual Memphis Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show will benefit the charity.
Allergies: That yellow-green dust over everything outdoors is misery for some.
Germantown: Their German sister city, Koenigs Wusterhausen, has presented Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy with a Cross of the Order of Merit . The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the expansion of parking around City Hall and other properties.
TVA: The thrid straight fuel adjustment is yet another increase.
Politics: Middle TN radio talk show host Steve Gill is getting into a nasty fight with State Rep. Susan Lynn.
Governor’s Race: Mike McWherter — the Democratic candidate, mind you — is proposing small businees tax breaks; Republicans respond. Some of the history of TN politics and why you (ie. Zach Wamp) don’t miff certain people. From the Grand Divisions blog, a closer look at the candidates’ answers to the TN Newspaper Network’s question on adoption.
Eighth Congressional District Race: Democratic candidate Roy Herron, campaigning in Clarksville, talks debt and jobs. Republican candidate Dr Ron Kirkland sent out a press releae claiming “record-shattering” fundraising. The view on Republican George Flinn not moving into the district … from its heart, Jackson. Republican Stephen Fincher has another robo-call going out.
Picture of the Day
|Detailing a vintage golden car, from Norococo by Sophorn. © 2010. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
Joy’s Life and Times: She’s back in Memphis for a week, for her wedding, and she runs the Yellow Trail at Shelby Farms only to meet a shock!
Lang Wiseman’s Random Thoughts: He’s already over Tiger Woods.
Life is Awesome: Some thoughts and observations from her first online product launch.
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: A general Monday update.
Jean Harrison: “End of life” wishes should be made known as soon as you can decide. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Chick Chat: Realising and atoning for the bully she used to be. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Tom Humphrey: Lawmakers are “just looking for things to fight about” in this election year. (via the Knoxville News-Sentinel)
Jackson Sun: The city’s crime rating is dropping and they, too, worry about their national image.
ForkBombr: His review of the iPad.
Former Mean Girl Seeks Same: She wonders if a college degree is for everyone, and then passes on some of the lessons she learned from her college experience.
artbutcher: Dwayne posts some images from his multi-media exhibition.
Egotistical Whining: A quiz on racial resentment, with a humorous touch.
Doug Johnson at Work: Pollen, trivia and Tiger for your Monday.
dminmem: He remembered and wrote down a waking dream.
Brain Release Valve: For those of you curious about comics and/or graphic novels, Zach makes some introductory recommendations to you.
55-40 Memphis: A simple “if, then” proposition.
Andrew Earles: Oh my; he’s selling off a lot of his record collection.
Born-Again Hippies: Some tongue-in-cheek suggestions for the Master’s Golf Tournament.
Gilmour Girl Goes Memphis: A busy weekend of dog-sitting, lawn mowing and, of course, racing!