News - Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Carlton W. Kent: This Memphian is only the 16th Sergeant Major in Marine Corps history. He has a Wikipedia page! His official Marine Corp biography and an earlier profile.
Weekend Storms: Governor Phil Bredesen has declared 52 of the State’s 95 counties disaster areas; official press release. More on the declaration, from Eyewitness News and the Commercial Appeal. A list of State facilities that will be closed today. Elections in Davidson County (Nashville) will be delayed until May 18; the press release. The State House cancels most activities until Tuesday or later. Twenty-one confirmed dead in TN, KY and MS; 18 in Tennessee. Opryland will be closed “for months”. Shelby County EMA is out assessing the damage. Here’s the latest update from the Office of Emergency Preparedness. (As of last night.)
Millington Flooding: Because of flooding, the Navy has suspended promotions worldwide. Town is “struggling” but recovery begins. MLG&W will have to check out some areas before power is restored. Salvaging what they can, from WMC. Hundreds of families are still displaced. An auto dealer’s car lot is underwater. Looters are showing up, so be careful. Many had dropped their flood insurance.
Mary Winkler: WMC has an interview with the notorious widow.
Kadima Memphis Jewish High School: This year’s graduating class is both their first and last, unfortunately.
Business: Floratine Products Group will combine operations in one, new building. The recession is causing furniture stores to adapt or die out. The merger of United and Continental airlines may be good news for Memphis.
Airline Industry: Baggage fees were a lucrative $2.7 billion revenue source.
FedEx: They are dropping their sponsorship of the Orange Bowl.
West Tennessee: Elections are still on in Madison County. A roundup of storm news for Madison and Gibson Counties, from the Jackson Sun. State Senator Lowe Finney has flood relief information, and video of a flyover of the Jackson-area flooding. From the Dyersburg State Gazette, reports on the storm damage in Dyer County; road closures; and the declaration of a state of emergency; and school closures. Rising flood waters from the Forked Deer River. A report from Tipton County, via Eyewitness News; also a road collapse there. More on Tipton County roads from WMC and the Commercial Appeal.
Industrial Development Board: Expect to see more retention PILOTS in the future.
Leadership Memphis: They will honor graduates from their 2009-2010 program tonight.
VOTE TODAY! 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)
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.
SNEAK PEEK: May’s Main Street Journal: Editor and publisher Jonathan Lindberg reminds us of our civic duty, On Voting.
Shelby County Elections: Primary campaigns end today and voting is from 7AM to 7PM. You can get election, voting and results information from the Shelby County Election Commission. Will Democrats cross over to vote in Republican primaries? Eyewitness News profiles sheriff candidates Randy Wade and Bobby Simmons. How will storm woes affect turnout?
Collierville: A contract has been let for the widening of Houston Levee Road. (via the Collierville Independent)
Metro Charter Commission: More on the move away from a civil service model.
Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: They are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.
Politics: Two people with differeing opinions on the “gun carry in restaurants/bars” bill. Possible complications of the “English-only drivers license” bill. A bill that would ensure deputy sheriffs can run for office is headed for passage; more from the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Bartlett: A look at the Crime Suppression Unit. (via the Bartlett Express)
Oakland: Chris Patterson has been approved as the new City Attorney. (via the Oakland News)
DeSoto County: Next year’s school budget will be $17 million smaller; more in the Commercial Appeal. Olive Branch residents were surprised by the sudden waters. One possible jail location is struck from the list and a final decision is postponed. County residents tell Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organisation they want to preserve open spaces. The County was spared nearly all of the weekend storms’ fury.
Real Estate: A building across the street from 201 Poplar could become retail and office space. Mid-America Apartment Communities is going to repurchase some preferred stock. Declining risk index may be sign of recovering housing market.
Survey Says: Gasoline is averaging $2.76/gallon across the state. Consumer spending rose faster than income in March! A National Restaurant Association index is showing signs of a dining turnaround. Tennessee is rated number three for business.
Picture of the Day
|A Nashville-area couple struggles in the flooding. Their names and fate, unknown. Photo source also unknown. © 2010.|
Opinion and Blogs
La vie Quotidienne: Mom is finally satisfied and so she takes you on a tour of Sylvie’s room.
I Love Memphis: Since mud is an inevitable with the Beale Street Music Festival, some folks learn to embrace it.
From the Rainbows: Smart enough to stay home during and after the storms.
Doug Johnson at Work: It’s a Downtown parking idea so crazy it just might work!
Cute Stew: Because she needed it, she started her Monday with some happy!
Lori Turner: How to avoid marketing “misfires”. (via the Daily News)
Joe Royer: Memphis risks losing a lot of people if it doesn’t get greener and more progressive. (via the Flyer)
Chick Chat: Bashing misguided men. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Notes from Memphis: A delicious looking lamb couscous.
MemphisShelbyInform: Joe points out some of the hidden taxes you’re paying.
The Suggs: Someone had a play date!
Memphis Outsider: Yes, Midtown Video is permanently closed.
The Chubby Vegetarian: He’s got a recipe for a strawberry-rhubarb crumble and then he praises Jamie Oliver’s show and adapts a meatless sloppy joe recipe.
Midtown Stomp: A weekend dinner with friends and some Washington state wines.
One Half Amazing: In one quick chart, the difference between Marketing, PR, Advertising and Branding .
Steve’s Nude Memphis Blog: He went driving through rural West Tennessee and North Mississippi during the flooding.
Pretty in Pink Megan: She and her husband just celebrated their one year anniversary, so she offers some bridal dress advice.
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: His lovely Downtown gets trashed up with Beale Street Music Fest “idiots”.
The Soundcheck and the Fury: He was REJECTED BY THE NORMAL SCHOOL, whatever that means….
The MakeShift Revolution: This week’s mother of invention is Jenni from Memphis.
The Chockley Blogs: Meet the newest member of the family — Gidget.