News - Tuesday, June 8, 2010
City / Performa Settlement on Beale: A last-minute settlement resolves the lawsuit against John Elkington’s Performa Entertainment. Performa will no longer manage Beale and leaves with no cash payments. More in the Commercial Appeal. Mayor A C Wharton calls the deal “a good day for Memphis”. Elkington speaks. An early report from Monday and Eyewitness News. The City now hopes to gain more revenues.
Memphis City Schools: The “If I Had a Hammer” program, started by Perry Wilson, along with Streets Ministries, is deceptively teaching students math skills as they build model homes.
Mississippi: State and Federal Emergency Management Agencies have approved over $4.6 million in disaster aid.
Shelby County Commission: Because three members were absent, a debate on the budget has been delayed; more from the Commercial Appeal. They did agree to fully fund the Extension Service. And they decided to keep Judge Ann Pugh as her own interim replacement.
Memphis Animal Shelter: Seven months after being suspended, employees Tina Quattlebaum and Angela Middletonfinally had administrative hearings. Results will be known later.
Memphis Aviation Career Education Academy: This camp for teens encourages careers in aviation and related industries.
Business: ArborGen (affiliated with International Paper) is encountering resistance with its plans to plant large forests of genengineered eucalyptus trees. Chism Hardy Enterprises, a local bottler, is seeking to buy a new plastic bottle-making machine.
Shelby County Schools: Five more schools are being added to the Title I list for increased Federal funding.
Cordell & Cordell PC: This law firm, specialising in men’s issues in divorce and custody, is opening a Memphis office.
Governor’s Race: The Knoxville News-Sentinel’s Tom Humphrey has a look at campaign news across the state.
West Tennessee: Hurricanes will not drop Gulf oil onto West TN. The Dyer County Special Summer Food Service Program started up yesterday. The Dyersburg Farmers Market opens this Saturday with a lot of hoopla!
Children’s Museum of Memphis: The Catholic Heart Workcamp is helping to spruce the place up ahead of its 20th anniversary celebration.
DeSoto County: Weekend car shows in Scale Park are a concern for neighbors and now the police. Due to construction delays, DeSoto Central Primary School will not be ready on time this Fall. Once again, the Board of Supervisors delays a decision on the new jail site; this time until tomorrow. The Horn Lake Chamber of Commerce has already begun its annual school supplies drive.
DeGarmo and Key: Dana Key, one-half of the groundbreaking Christian rock duo, passed away suddenly Sunday night.
Main Street Journal May 2010 Issue: Chuck Bates’ On The Money column can be read here. 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 Exclusive: County Commissioner Mike Carpenter offers his alternative proposal for a Shelby County budget.
Shelby County Government: One of Interim Mayor Joe Ford’s task forces is recommending property maintenance codes and a land bank authority.
Nashville v. Memphis: Metro schools have made lucrative sponsorships and business-education partnerships.
Cohen v. Herenton: Former mayor Willie Herenton professes not to care about purported polls showing him incredibly far behind US Rep. Steve Cohen.
Metro Charter Commission: They are beginning the work of assigning services to taxing districts.
Tiger Lane at the Liberty Bowl: Supporters swear that the new entrance to the Liberty Bowl will be ready by football season.
Arkansas: The Democratic US Senate candidates campaigned in West Memphis yesterday and are trying to win the black vote. Today is primary run-off day. Governor Mike Beebe has used his Disaster Fund to find one million dollars in aid for the State. The race is heating up in its last hours.
United Methodist Church: The congregation at the former Union Avenue United Methodist Church was formally merged into the St Luke’s United Methodist congregation yesterday.
Pets: Thanks to two grants, Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services can offer subsidised, low-cost services to certain individuals.
Tennessee: With the Great Recession at its nadir (or peak) why haven’t hospitals around the state been inundated by poor patients? Congress’ failure to stop cuts in Medicare payments to doctors will have a devastating effect across the state.
Red Light Traffic Cameras: Brian McCrary of Bluff City (Sullivan County in far eastern Tennessee) was angry with local police for a red light traffic camera speeding ticket, so he took over their website and is now mocking them!
Politics: A look at a trio of bills targeting illegal and unassimilated immigrants. Were you aware that last year’s State budget still hasn’t been reconciled yet?
Real Estate: Continued tenant departures from One Commerce Square spell trouble for the Downtown office tower. The founders of Crye-Leike Realty are trying an experiment in flat-fee agency payments with Adaro Realty.
Picture of the Day
|Awesome Seventies Impala action! Where are Starsky & Hutch, Baretta and Rockford when ya need ‘em? From scribblescrawl by Kerry Vaughan. © 2010.|
Opinion and Blogs
What is a Carbunkle Trumpet? He was a Pronto Pup carnie for the Beale Street Music Fest.
Notes from Memphis: Where in the world is the Memphistanista?
Chick Chat: Grandma’s advice on being a good employee. (via the Commercial Appeal)
A Right Perspective: Fond memories of Al and Tipper Gore. (via the Commercial Appeal)
John Branston: He’s been doing a disaster tour of the Florida Gulf coast and here’s his report. (via the Flyer)
Tennessean: Repeated emergencies and disasters call for fresh response thinking from school systems.
David Waddell: Guarded caution about the markets this Summer. (via the Daily News)
Ken Whitehouse: Ridicule for supporters of Second Amendment rights. (via the Nashville City Paper).
Jeff Woods: Strongly mischaracterising the last two years of the Legislature in the hopes that this will cause voters to change their minds. Or something. (via the Nashville Scene’s Pith in the Wind)
Ramblings of the Mad Cow: Your “cute kittens being cute” video of the day.
West TN Conservative: Methinks he reads too much into this photo of a trio of Republican candidates, but that’s politics!
sharp stick in the eye: Mmmmm… blackberry muffins! With easy-peasy recipe.
The Soundcheck & the Fury A writer succumbs to the 140 character straitjacket of Twitter.
The MakeShift Revolution: Rules of the road for mothers and six-year-old sons.
scribblescrawl: There is no day like Sunday.
short + rose: Broccoli and chocolate … but not together.
Student: Revisited: Just some interesting odds and ends.
The Intersection of Madness and Reality: Some very complex thoughts on sexual and racial stereotyping among black men and black women.
The Changing Newsroom: The value of copy-editing and verification for news sources.
MemphisShelbyInform: If you own a business along certain Memphis streets, you should be aware that the Office of Construction Code Enforcement may be coming to visit you soon.
Just A Girl in the World: “There’s a distinct chance the Green Bean is invincible.”