News - Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Memphis City Schools: School board members call some kind of budget cuts unavoidable. City Council President Harold Collins says MCS is “lying” about why they’re cutting their budget.
Non-Profits: Hundreds of thousands of non-profit agencies across the county, including many in the Mid-South, face losing their non-profit status thanks to a new IRS deadline many are unaware of!
Shelby County Commission: Members revisit a debate on starting from scratch on a new emergency operations center at Shelby Farms.
Downtown: The Center City Development Corporation has four real estate incentives to consider awarding at today’s meeting. After years of neglect, $70 million in Federal funds will be spent in the Pinch District and on the Pyramid; more from WMC.
County Commissioner Mike Ritz Amends Complaint: Read his request to the Federal government to amend his Civil Rights complaint against Governor Bredesen and the State governement over funding The MED. His letter. (PDF document) The ruckus he’s stirred up in Nashville. A report from Nashville on the talks to get more MED funding. More stories from Eyewitness News and the Commercial Appeal.
Arkansas: Results from Tuesday’s primaries and elections. A report from the Commercial Appeal. Smaller reports on the races for lieutenant governor and secretary of state, from WREG. More than $10 million is coming to the State to preserve and maintain wetlands. Local police are helping curb fighting at West Memphis High School but some parents worry they’re going too far.
Flooding & Recovery: An enormous sinkhole appeared Tuesday morning in the eastbound lanes of I-24 between Nashville and Chattanooga! Local and State politicians have “coalesced” in the Millington recovery effort. State Senator Roy Herron wants currently-exempted “high hazard” dams to receive a safety inspection. It’s not just an ad, as the Tide Loads of Hope program arrives in Dyersburg!
Politics: Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle has presented the Democrats’ budget alternative. More on that plan from the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Tennessee: A Nebraska group has won a quarter-million dollar grant to improve racial healing in the state. The State Board of Nursing can take 14 months to revoke a nurse’s license; related story on nurses and drugs.
TVA: Newly released documents, obtained after Freedom of Information Act request, show that 17 top officials alone make $7.3 million.
Main Street Journal May 2010 Issue: Jonathan Devin on the gender-swapped production of Julius Caesar from the Tennessee Shakespeare Company. Table of Contents is here. Editor and publisher Jonathan Lindberg hopes you remembered: On Voting.
Family Action Council of Tennessee: Coming up on June 8, learn how to impact your community politically with Christian, pro-family values. (DOC format document)
Shelby County District Attorney: A brief report on a prodecural change to prosecuting felony meth cases.
Germantown: Celebrating the fixed ditch or, in this case, the expanded water treatment plant.
The Wharton Administration: Now Mayor A C Wharton is proposing to also close some libraries among many other cuts in his 2011 budget.
Shelby County Clerk Investigation: Southaven car dealer Leroy Gilliam has been arrested in the ever-evolving situation. He was the unnamed fourth indictment mentioned last week.
Forest Hills Funeral Home: Day five and still no verdict in the trial of Mark Singer.
Mississippi: There’s still money available in the appliance rebate program. A FEMA photographer was in the wrong for demanding some volunteers remove religious t-shirts. More and more towns are reviewing their alcohol sales ordinances with an eye to increasing tax revenues.
Business: Another disputed audit and reduced payment claim for AdvanceMed. A repurposed Wal-Mart store in Millington is now Open Marketplace, giving small businesses a new space to sell in.
Governor’s Race: Is Republican Zach Wamp ready to sign the pledge to support State funding for The MED?
Real Estate: The numbers don’t tell the true story of the industrial real estate market.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference: Squabbling between two factions over leadership has resulted in one side padlocking their HQ.
DeSoto County: More on the DUI cases being thrown out due to a paperwork technicality; public outrage. A second threat of violence against a student at Olive Branch Intermediate School. “Green” renovations at the DeSoto County Civic Center could save $100,000/year.
MLG&W: Techs who visit your house are now also being trained to study your children for signs of child abuse.
Youth Villages: Nicole Fannin has been promoted to director of their Dogwood Campus.
Tennessee Bar Association: The 4ALL campaign to increase legal access to the poor has won an ABA award.
Survey Says: CBRE says Memphis office vacancies are up slightly but still below national averages. However, distribution and warehousing are showing “robust” activity. TN is the eighth largest importer of coal in the nation.
University of Memphis: A group of researchers there will conduct a five-year study of dioxins thanks to a $1.57 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Picture of the Day
|A nice tableau, from Bigger Than Your Head by Fredric Koeppel. © 2010. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
Brain Release Valve: The revolutions are being televised.
Steve’s Nude Memphis Blog: What do you think of the growing trend of government micro-managing our lives?
Lamar Alexander: He points to certain dam projects that were considered “earmarks” that also saved lives and property.
Ray and Dana Brannon: Preparing your Financial Emergency Kit. (via the Daily News)
Ephie Ballard-Johnson: Teaching parents of small children the four basics of mentally healthy children. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Can’t Stop: A Memphis in May Triathlon course preview, for those of you planning to run it. Good luck!
The Seaberry Experience: Markus brings the weekend.
what would you ax it: A painful post full of confusion and fear.
What is a Carbunkle Trumpet? This Memphis in May BBQ Fest find raises lots of baffling questions.
Jen-sized: Falling into the coffee pot, blearily.
Doug Johnson at Work: Some contrarian thoughts on spending for the Pinch to protect St Jude.
Former Mean Girl Seeks Same: Women make plans and babies spit up all over them.
Listwork: Thoughts on the cancellation of favorite TV shows.
dminmem: How the Gulf oil spill might actually benefit marine animals.