News - Friday, May 28, 2010
MAIN STREET JOURNAL Online is taking the Memorial Day weekend off. We will return to regular updates on Tuesday, June 1. Have a safe and happy holiday!
CVS Pharmacy: The developer showed up at a Memphis Heritage informational meeting to present their plans for the building to go up on the corner of Union Ave. and Cooper St. They have already filed with the Land Use Control Board. More reports from Fox13 and again, Eyewitness News, WREG.
Memphis City Council: The struggle to create a budget continues. Mayor A C Wharton is defending City employees’ salaries from Council budget cuts. A budget “compromise”. More from Eyewitness News. The Council may revive the City’s “speed bump” program.
Regional Medical Center: The Flyer’s Jackson Baker presents a comprehensive study of the local and State forces at work in State funding.
Unemployment: The unemployment rate for Shelby County in April was 10.3%, down slightly from March. In a related story, extended unemployment benefits will run out early next week unless Congress extends them for the fifth time.
Sanitation Workers: A Tri-State Defender report from the AFSCME town hall on sanitation workers.
West Tennessee: The settlement of a Federal lawsuit means substantial changes for the Lauderdale County Juvenile Detention Facility. The TN Highway Patrol will be conducting a “safety checkpoint” in Dyer County this weekend. Dyer County officials will use some of their Race to the Top funds for Camp EXCEL this Summer. Jimmy Williamson, the man behind Cates Landing’s failed application for a TIGER grant is “aggravated” and trying again next year.
Memphis Police Department: Meth labs busts are rising dramatically in Memphis and Shelby County.
Politics: The budget fight in Nashville comes down to a fish hatchery and punishing the House Speaker, Kent Williams, for the treachery that got him the job. More from Tom Humphrey of the Knxoville News-Sentinel, the Tennessean.
Mississippi: How Tunica gaming has changed the Mid-South. A Federal lawsuit filed in the state seeks to expand the number of seats in Congress to make representation more equal. Mississippi Power Company has gotten permission to build a new coal-power electrical plant. Some public schools will test “same sex” classrooms.
DeSoto County: The DeSoto Times Tribune got all three Republican candidates for the First Congressional District seat (currently held by Democrat Travis Childers) to sit down for a group interview. Then they produced individual profiles on all three: Angela McGlowan, Alan Nunnelee and Henry Ross. A must-read for anyone in the district. A mailer critical of Nunnelee sparks a reaction from him.
Financial: Mortgage rates dropped sharply this week, their lowest rate of the year; more in the Commercial Appeal. This will be a critical year for Cadence Financial, depending on how an $80 million dollar common stock offering goes.
Previously Posted: More on the setback for GTx after a clinical trial failure for new drug therapy tormifene and a related story from the Commercial Appeal. Herb Hilliard is the new chairman of the board for the National Civil Rights Museum.
Forest Hill Funeral Home: Former Citigroup broker Mark Singer, whose recent trial over charges of laundering money ended in a deadlocked jury, has now been hit with $1.5 million in penalties by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
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.
MAIN STREET JOURNAL Online: Long-time contributing Finances & Economics writer Chuck Bates, host of News & Views on the Information Radio Network, has his column, On The Money, available on the website. Read it here.
NEW! Mick Wright Files: Regular contributor to the Main Street Journal Mick Wright has pulled a petition to run for Bartlett alderman. A Commercial Appeal story on the Bartlett elections.
“Facebook Free” Friday: A day of privacy-rights protest where you don’t use Facebook today. Good luck with that.
Memorial Day: Governor Phil Bredesen and members of the State and national armed foces and reserves and National Guard held a ceremony honoring the 20 Tennesseans in the military who have died since last Memorial Day. Some tips on boating safety. The Elvis Motor Classics International Car Show is this weekend!
Tennessee: The Future Farmers of America have agreed to maintain a statue of former governor Ned McWherter ater its built.
Flood Recovery: The US Department of Labor will send $4.7 million to create 2400 temporary jobs in cleanup. A benefit for flooding victims in Millington. Residents of a Millington trailer park are still waiting to move back home.
Lambuth University: A letter of intent has been signed with the new investors.
Girls Inc.: They will be the local outlet of the State’s IMPACT program, which fights infant mortality.
Business: International Paper has entered into a resource management agreement with Natural Resource Partners. Nucor is expanding with a new steel testing facility. The Gulf oil spill is beginning to have an effect on availability of seafood in local restaurants.
Delta Air Lines: A vote to unionise is delayed because a court challenge to new unionising rules, that make unionising easer, must be decided first.
Arkansas: The AR Municipal League will help the town of Alexander pay off an award in a racial-profiling case. The State Supreme Court will soon have live broadcasts and recording of oral arguments. Nearly fifty dogs are still in danger of being euthanised at the Marion Animal Shelter; more from WREG.
American Advertising Federation Memphis: Jen Drexler, founder of Just Ask A Woman, spoke about marketing to women.
Memphis Bioworks Business Association: At their luncheon, officials from the Mid-South eHealth Alliance spoke about the rising use and acceptance of electronic health records.
Shelby County Schools: The board rejected the application for the Second Chance Academy, from the Humanitarian Outreach Development Group.
Survey Says: Bloomberg Markets magazine rated Region Financial’s former CEO, Dowd Ritter, one of the “least valuable leaders” of a financial institution.
Local Media: The latest Nielsen ratings are out and both WREG and WMC have reasons to brag.
Governor’s Race: All four major candidates (Haslam, McWherter, Ramsey and Wamp) will appear at a TN Bar Association forum on legal issues and concerns. The Washington Post has, basically, written off Democrat Mike McWherter’s run for governor; the McWherter campaign responds. More on McWherter from the Nashville Scene’s Pith in the Wind blog, who fervently hope it’s not true. Pilot Travel Centers advertise as “casinos” and that may become an issue for Republican Bill Haslam.
Community Foundation of Greater Memphis: They have approved new grants of $77,500 and will also distribute another $150,000 among local non-profits.
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Opinion and Blogs
Notes from Memphis: Michelle has a guest blogger who is reporting from Tunisia, this year’s honored country for Memphis in May. Check out the photos.
MemphisConnect: Mike’s two cents on closing golf courses.
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: Poker night in the Underdog Room at Bardog.
La Vie Quotidienne: I think I smell a tyke conspiracy here.
Joe Spake’s Weblog: A bit of history with Machine Gun Kelly and Memphis.
Gotta Be Gritty: A late night group bike ride turns into an encounter with Johnny Law.
Essays For Nobody: Indecisive thoughts about the daily paper running the photo of the dead teen in the West Memphis shooting.
The MakeShift Revolution: She calls her own parenting style “a comedy of errors”.
Downtown Memphis Download: Tonight is the re-imagined South Main Trolley Tour with fire jugglers and much more.
Can’t Stop: If you’re a runner or biker, you need this item.
what would you ax it: Just a reminder about his new blogs.
Secret Agent Mom: Another fantasy to-do list.
Former Mean Girl Seeks Same: Meet Harriet the dog and you decide who rescued whom.
Thoroughly Modern Medusa: A birthday party in a spectacular downtown condo with incredible views.
Secondhand Underground: Dave actually went to this thrift store a year ago, and can’t remember now why he took half the pictures.
The Conservative Zone: Thoughts on iPads v. laptops v. the Newton.
James J. Pohlman: Talking about the Education That Works program. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Emily Williams: Memorial Day is supposed to be a day for reflection and remembrance. (via the Union City Messenger)
Gail Kerr: Comparing Country Music Festival fans with the TN General Assembly and finding the legislature wanting. (via the Tennessean)
Brittany Jackson: She is, at long last, a high school graduate. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Ophelia Ford: The State Senator says the National Civil Rights Museum is much more than budget pork. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Dan Conaway: Memphis,“the city with a beat”. (via the Daily News)