News - Friday, May 7, 2010
MLG&W: The utility is seeking 1000 volunteers to use “smart meters” in a “Smart Grid” project rollout. MLG&W page on the project. Wikipedia article on “smart meter” technology.
Memphis City Council: Councilwoman Wanda Halbert is worried about leaks from Council staffers.
Rally for Rights: The pro-immigration rally was washed out last Saturday and has been rescheduled for tomorrow.
Metro Charter Commission: Differences are beginning to strain the work of the body.
Tennessee Flooding: Eleven more counties have received disaster declarations and then six more, raising the totoal to 27 on Thursday night. FEMA assistance for small businesses. (PDF document) More on Federal aid. Re-openings and closings of State offices for Friday. US Senator Lamar Alexander implies the Army Corps of Engineers mishandled some of the flooding. FEMA trucks are on their way.
Storm Scams: Beware of flooded cars being sold. From the Tri-State Defender, tips on donations and avoiding scams. The Tennessee Attorney General is warning businesses and individuals against price gouging. The State Commerce and Insurance Commissioner also has advice about fraud artists.
Millington and Northwest TN Recovery: Frustration in Millington. The community now enters the long and arduous recovery phase. The Humane Society is holding pets for families who have lost theirs in the storms and flooding; similar Dyersburg story from WREG.
Arkansas: The US Justice Department will sue the State’s system for helping the developmentally disabled, on ADA grounds; more from Fox13. Smoking in your car while carrying kids? That’s a ticket. US Senator Blanche Lincoln’s Democratic primary challenger, Bill Halter, says he’s raised nearly twice as much money. Calls for West Memphis police chief Bob Paudert to resign; more from Eyewitness News. I-40 will shift traffic to the new lanes on Thursday.
Politics: Lt Gov Ron Ramsey says TN Republicans will have a budget proposal next week; more from the Commercial Appeal.
Local Media: The daily paper’s union will vote on a contract this Saturday, but things are still grim for them.
Tennessee: State Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice Holder is urging attorneys to do pro bono work for victims of the flooding. Governor Phil Bredesen will still travel to China on a business mission next week; more.
Governor’s Race: Democratic candidate Mike McWherter is campaigning differently in Shelby County. Republican Bill Haslam announces an impressive list of local Republicans in his new Shelby County campagin office, including David Kustoff from the Bill Gibbons campaign; CA story. Haslam is also running a Memphis-specific campaign ad. He won’t pledge to return all Shelby County-raised Med funds back to The MED.
Main Street Journal May 2010 Issue: Table of Contents is here. Editor and publisher Jonathan Lindberg hopes you remembered: On Voting.
Main Street Journal Thanks You: Monday & Tuesday were the highest trafficked days in the history of Main Street Journal Online! Keep coming back for all the news and updates that matter to the Mid-South.
Aerotropolis: Graceland/GKX is taking the lead in work along Elvis Presley between Brooks Road and Shelby Drive. US Rep. Steve Cohen introduced a bill in Congress to secure Federal funding for the local effort; the Commercial Appeal also reports.
Gulf Oil Spill: The Federal government is working to assure consumers that Gulf seafood is safe to eat. The Attorneys General of the affected states have asked the Federal government for help in dealing with the spill.
House of Mews: This no-kill shelter for cats is in dire financial straits.
FedEx: They have contracted to buy 6 more Boeing 777 aircraft.
Business: A first-quarter loss for Verso Paper. Renal Advantage has opened two offices in Memphis. Good sales news in April for Fred’s; more from the Daily News and the Commercial Appeal. Smith & Nephew’s revenues fell just short of one billion dollars in the first quarter. A judge cleared the bankruptcy sale of Wurzburg to Amcor.
Social Media: A report on social media guru Chris Brogan’s visit to Memphis.
Memphis Heritage: They, along with AIA Memphis, will announce the winners of their “Our Youth: 2010 Design Competition” on Monday.
DeSoto County: Art programs will be a casualty of budget cuts in next year’s County schools. Three counties will have to cut back school budgets, even as they grow in population. Two big events this weekend: Springfest in Southaven and Mayfest in Olive Branch. (stories via the DeSoto Times Tribune) County deputies will soon begin using eCitation for ticketing. The County Board of Supervisors is considering the Hernando Board of Mayor and Aldermen resolution to put the new jail on an industrial site. More on school budget cuts from Fox13.
University of Tennessee Health Science Center: A $1.7 million grant from BlueCross BlueShield will support the Blues Project (BLUES), fighting infant mortality.
Survey Says: From the 2010 Economic Survey of Black America, a majority believe creating jobs is more important than reducing the deficit.
Real Estate: The Waterford Pointe Apartments and the Carrington Manor Apartments will both be sold at courthouse step auction. In Memphis, mortgage loan delinquency and late-payment rates are both up.
T. O. Fuller State Park: The historic golf course there is a victim of State budget cuts.
Previously Posted: More on Sonal Shah’s social-media driven visit to Memphis, at the invitation of the Allianace for Non-Profit Excellence. More on Air Tran’s new daily service between Tupelo and Atlanta; more from Eyewitness News.
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|One panel from a gigantic outdoor art installation by his MCA students, from artbutcher by Dwayne Butcher. © 2010. His professional website is here.|
Opinion and Blogs
I Love Memphis: Your brief guide to Memphis farmers markets in 2010.
Gilmour Girl Goes Memphis: Another testimonial for Tuesdays With Morrie.
A Life Chosen: I don’t know what P90X is, but she’s very excited by its results.
Life is Awesome: Do you censor your blog because of who you know reads it?
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: A new bar downtown: Absinthe Room Billiards.
Pretty in Pink Megan: iDork.
Student: Revisited: Devil + woman = an interesting and entertaining post!
sharp stick in the eye: She’s moved into the new house and wants some kitchen inspiration.
Akiddo: Two months away, filled with marijuana and British television and the XBox.
Boys in the ‘Hood: This day off was a home run. Well, not really, but the line was too good not to use….
Downtown Memphis Download: A short report from the Beale Street Music Festival.
theology & geometry: A family visit and yard work, which obviously go together. A passionate rant about social media and newspapers from someone with experience in each. Lazy cat + sexy music = weirdness!
The MakeShift Revolution: Want a free tour of an antebellum home… via photographs only, though.
The Author of Y’all’s Destruction: Someone has read a bit too much H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Anton Wilson.
Geoff Calkins: He talks with Joey Sulipeck of Fox13 about wall-to-wall weather coverage. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Dan Conaway: Memphis, Tennessee, Mississippi; it doesn’t matter as we’re all bound together. (via the Daily News)
John Branston: All the ethics rules in the world are useless when politicians themselves refuse to be ethical. (via the Flyer)
Flyer: Memphis dodged weather bullets that strafed the rest of the state.
Michael J. LaRosa and Bryce Ashby: A five-point plan to “aggressively” embrace legal immigrants that’s also silent on illegal immigration. (via the Flyer)
Bill Minor: Is the Mississippi Manufacturers Association running Lt Gov Phil Bryant for governor? (via the DeSoto Times Tribune)
Jackson Sun: The National Day of Prayer is good for the nation.
Tennessean: They call for the taxation of online sales.