News - Thursday, June 10, 2010
Willie Herenton: The surprise of Herenton’s media appearance was his shot at Memphis Mayor A C Wharton. He also claimed US Rep. Steve Cohen “hasn’t achieved anything” and said he “didn’t give a damn” about the Memphis Animal Shelter crisis. Race entered into the discussion as well. Herenton announced his campaign’s theme: “Just One”, an allusion to the lack of African-American representation in the state’s Congressional delegation. He condescends to WREG’s Mike Matthews. Fox13’s Les Smith on Herenton’s campaign strategy. More from Eyewitness News and again, Fox13 and the Commercial Appeal. US Rep. Steve Cohen responds.
Fox13 has the raw video of the entire event.
MLG&W: The utility is encouraging citizens to report malfunctioning or burned-out streetlights with a simple but fun challenge.
Second Amendment: The Commercial Appeal reports another flawed study from the Violence Policy Center, an anti-gun group. The Tennessee Report reports on the Second Amendment stances of the four major gubernatorial candidates.
American Red Cross Mid-South Chapter: After being depleted by tremendous need following the May rains and flooding, they are seeking donations to replenish.
Land Use Control Board: Two different groups are hoping to start farmers markets in under-served neighborhoods.
Ave Maria Home: They finally won approval from the Shelby County Health Educational and Housing Facility board for $9.5 million in bonds for construction of four new buildings.
Arkansas: Unions try to explain their big defeat in Senator Blanche Lincoln’s renomination. The Flyer’s Jackson Baker brings the background and details. More from WREG. Over 53,000 people have already applied for AR lottery scholarships.
Airline Industry: While other airlines cut tens of thousands of jobs, Delta Air Lines added over 2000.
Business: The Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis released its Beige Book for the Eighth District and the reports were “modest”. Direct link to Beige Book summary.
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital: They continue their media campaign ahead of the opening of their new facility with a tour of the new building for the Flyer’s Mary Cashiola.
DeSoto County: The County Board of Supervisors has finally selected a site for the new County jail. More on Southaven and the banning of “fake pot”. Frustrating delays in getting a traffic signal at US 61 and Delta View Road.
Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce: A report on the on-going “Red Carpet Tour” for site selection specialists and media people.
West Memphis Shootings: AR State investigators are concluding their investigation into the shooting deaths by Jerry and Joseph Kane of West Memphis officers Brandon Paudert and William Evans.
Real Estate: CBRE is buying a regional mall in Columbus, MS. Law firm Glankler Brown’s move from Downtown’s One Commerce Square to the upcoming East Memphis Triad Centre was “tough call”. The lease behind that deal is also called one of the most significant commercial real estate deals of the year. While the rate of foreclosure notices nationwide is steady, the number of foreclosures hit a new record in May.
Survey Says: Wholesale inventories and sales were up in April.
Tennessee: FEMA says some renters may be eligible for flood assistance. Father’s Day buffets will be offered at a number of State parks. The city of Ripley has been certified a “Main Street community”. Information on random drug screening in schools around the state. The TN Wildlife Resources Agency has declared this Saturday a “free fishing” day! More on the upcoming Operation Roadcheck 2010.
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.
City of Memphis: The City is proclaiming June 22 as Arts Day. A number of events and business tie-ins are planned. Five million dollars was added to the City’s budget at the last minute, to use as business incentives. More on the larger than submitted Capital Improvement Budget from the CA.
Bass Pro Shops: The Commercial Appeal runs with a report criticising subsidies for BPS megastores, which are similar to subisidies for things like the FedEx Forum and the Pyramid itself.
Memphis Urban Debate League: They will be offering a free summer program to help students improve speaking skills.
Politics: Various groups spent almost $400,000 lobbying the Legislature. The TN Democratic Party will hold their Jackson Day dinner, with keynote speaker Vice-President Joe Biden, on July 16.
US Eighth Congressional District Race:Organisers of a candidate forum say the campaign of Republican Stephen Fincher is ducking their request. Fincher also responds to claims he received millions in Federal farm subsidies. Democratic candidate Roy Herron says he’ll work to remove portions of the new health care reform laws.
Trezevant Manor: A six-year $120 million major renovation and new construction project has reached fruition.
Governor’s Race: Lt Gov and Republican candidate Ron Ramsey praised his creation of a new governement office (for small business) in legislation in the House. Little-known Republican candidate Joe Kirkpatrick has stopped campaigning and endorsed Ramsey; more from WREG. Republican Bill Haslam is touting a poll showing him with a strong lead; more in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Republican Zach Wamp says voters will reject Haslam as moderate. Dave Ramsey, radio talk show host on financial matters, is endorsing Zach Wamp; more from Tom Humphrey in the Knoxville News-Sentinel. The Cherokee Nation’s donation to Wamp had nothing to do with its gambling interests, says their chief. Wamp also called for the State to lower its tax burden even further. And the bill to require disclosure by businesses of political spending passed the House.
Southwest Tennessee Community College: In an agreement with UT-Knoxville, students will be able to transfer credits from a handful of subjects from STCC.
Picture of the Day
|The Hi-Tone Cafe by day, from Sean Davis. © 2010. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
MemphisConnect: With the heat like it is this week, the Collierville Water Spray Park looks like the place to be!
Secondhand Underground: A visit to the Goodwill store on Austin Peay, with a literal ton of pictures to amuse you. (Mild language/subject warning)
MAKE IT HAPPEN: She has been a bad blogger.
Lang Wiseman’s Random Thoughts: A couple of his favorite quotes.
Joe Spake’s Weblog: The current condition of the Pyramid (at least the outside) is deplorable.
Cute Stew: She wishes you a lovely day.
Can’t Stop: “Awesome in a lung-searing, heart-rate-maxing kind of way.”
sharp stick in the eye: Thoughts on blogging your home.
Xspectre8: Your bit of samurai philosophy for the day.
artbutcher: He and his camera went for a walk around the Vermont neighborhood. When you’re an artist, this is what work looks like.
Dining With Monkeys: A very pleasant surprise at the Maharaja Cafe.
From the Rainbows: They move away in nine days.
Gilmour Girl Goes Memphis: The triathlon where she goes swimming with alligators.
Joe Sullivan: “Zach Wamp is reprehensible.” (via the Knxoville MetroPulse)
Ray and Dana Brandon: Your savings plan should leave room for your life plan, too. (via the Daily News)
Wendi C. Thomas: Yesterday there was a media event with former mayor Willie Herenton — you guess what she wrote about. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Because I Said So: Thoughts from a family vacation. (via the Commercial Appeal)