News - Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Memphis Animal Shelter: Already suspended former animal control supervisor Ivan Russell has now resigned. More in the Commercial Appeal.
Memphis City Council: They are meeting today.
“Food Deserts”: A County program is helping grocers open markets in under-served neighborhoods.
Shelby County Commission: Picking a successor for retiring Judge Ann Pugh is likely a partisan affair.
Community Foundation of Greater Memphis: Their two main philanthropic funds had spectacular rates of return, which is good news for local agencies.
Flooding: FEMA assistance in the first week totalled $28 million. Forty-two counties are now qualified for Federal disaster relief. About 18,000 statewide have applied for disaster relief. Which State offices are closed for today. The Federal Housing Administration has put a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures in the flood disaster areas. Dozens of dogs and cats are waiting to be reclaimed by flood-displaced families.
DeSoto County: The City of Horn Lake is looking toward grant money to help low-income residents buy a home. A look at Hernando’s curbside recycling program after one month. (both stories via the DeSoto Times Tribune) Regional officials are hoping the International Trade Corridor study will provide a planning path for the area into 2040.
Local Media: E. W. Scripps, parent company of the Commercial Appeal, posted almost $900,000 in Q1 losses, which was less than a year ago. Newspaper revenues continue to drop. The Daily News was awarded for their website, and reporter Andy Meek won the Malcolm Law award.
Business: Sitel is closing operations in Memphis; more in the Commercial Appeal. More on the Rum Boogie and its importance to Beale Street. Wright Medical Group is renovating a building in Arlington.
Airlines: Pinnacle Airlines Corporation’s two subsidiaries reported differing, mixed results. A simple rule change has suddenly made the unionisation of airline and railroad workers much easier, prompting a threat of lawsuit.
Memphis Symphony Orchestra: Music Director Mei-Ann Chen was awarded a League of American Orchestras Grant as an Outstanding Woman Conductor.
Tennessee: The State Supreme Court has extended its filing deadline due to the flooding.
Main Street Journal May 2010 Issue: Table of Contents is here. Editor and publisher Jonathan Lindberg hopes you remembered: On Voting.
Main Street Journal: Jonathan Devin tries to wrap his head around the gender-swapped production of Julius Caesar from the Tennessee Shakespeare Company.
County Mayoral Race: Republican Mark Luttrell and Democrat Joe Ford face off today in their first debate; more in the CA. Gale Jones Carson, co-chairman of the Democratic Party campaign, urged Democrats to “hold your nose” and support the party’s nominees!
Bartlett: Difficulty in obtaining right of ways from owners along Appling Road has led to condemnation procedures to get the land.
Hickory Ridge Mall: One side-effect of the re-opening of the neighborhood anchor is the return of mall walkers.
Cooper Young Development Corporation: Executive Director Sutton Mora Hayes is resigning for a state-level policy organisation.
Politics: Republicans present a budget plan that relies on cutting one-time bonuses, rather than more tax increases. Still more on the NRA rep speaking to the House Republican Caucus just before a vote on the “gun carry in restaurants” bill.
Downtown: The Center City Revenue Finance Corporation meets today.
Governor’s Race: Now that the legislative session is ending, Lt Gov and State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is preparing to raise funds. Republican Bill Haslam has a new ad, stressing civility and issues; the Nashville City Paper calls it “begging for mercy”. When he was Knoxville’s mayor, Haslam pushed a property tax increase which he must now live down. Democrat Mike McWherter has logged thousands of miles across the state, so why is his profile so low? Three of the four major gubernatorial candidates appeared at a Nashville forum.
Arkansas: Nine counties have been filed for disaster relief by Governor Mike Beebe. An agreement between the Attorney General and Entergy will mean both higher rates and lower bills for most consumers.
Real Estate: Signs the local condo market is beginning to turn around.
Survey Says: Gas prices statewide are up 7 cents/gallon in the past two weeks.
Picture of the Day
|A cuppa joe, from Oh, It’s Amanda by Amanda Raney. © 2010. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
One Half Amazing! How to embed your Tweets on your website!
Secret Agent Mom: She decides to get back in shape and shares her experience.
sharp stick in the eye: A whole lot of before pics of the new home.
Lori Turner: Don’t be afraid to let your company’s personality shine through. (via the Daily News)
Richard Grant: Government interference in the law of supply and demand. (via the Tennessean)
Bill Theobald: Sorting out what’s important in the state’s “worst-ever natural disaster”. (via the Tennessean)
Richard Locker: Good thing Lt Gov Ron Ramsey didn’t “give the boot” to these money-laden Washintonians! (via the Commercial Appeal)
Chick Chat: In a very trying time, her church helped her carry the load. (via the Commercial Appeal)
short + rose: An update on how her (plentifully planted) garden is doing.
Steve’s Nude Memphis Blog: Five ways to tell if your guy is lying, and a lot of extra tips.
The Intersection of Madness and Reality: Meet Walter Fitzpatrick, great American? Look closely at his photo.
Vegan Crunk: Three generations on a Mother’s Day picnic.
Thoroughly Modern Medusa: Let her tell you how much she loves her job.
The Seaberry Experience: Graduations, Mixers, and Mourning: the weekend wrap-up.
The Morgans: The most amazing Mother’s Day present, a day late.