News - Friday, June 11, 2010
Beale Street: Mayor A C Wharton will announce in two weeks the members of a committee to decide the future of the business district. How safe is it on Beale?
Shelby County Commission: They are meeting in special session today to set the new property tax rate.
Memphis City Schools: Boundary and zoning changes mean new schools for hundreds of students next Fall. Mandarin Chinese is supplanting French in foreign language studies in City schools. More on the MCS Summer Debate Series next month.
Shelby County Clerk’s Office Investigation: Three men charged with bribery — W. Mark Welch, James Welch and Casey Newport — will go to trial in November.
Arkansas: Former Governor Mike Huckabee has endorsed Republican Senate candidate John Boozman.
Politics: Spared the budget ax, a look at the Office of Children’s Care Coordination and what it does. The Flyer’s Jackson Baker surveys the waning days of the Legislature. A wrap-up report from the Commercial Appeal. Governor Phil Bredesen praised the Legislature for its job handling education reform; the official statement. Even so, Bredesen still decried the “posturing”.
Burke’s Bookstore: They are celebrating 135 years of continuous business!
West Memphis Shootings: The Bonanza Steakhouse in West Memphis donated all tips and proceeds Wednesday to the families of Brandon Paudert and Bill Evans. More on how WM Police Chief Bob Paudert learned of the details of their deaths.
Governor’s Race: Insight and background into why Republican candidate Joe Kirkpatrick dropped out and then endorsed competitor Ron Ramsey. Democratic candidate Mike McWherter kicked off his “Mike Works!” campaign this week.
West Clinic: They are among the first to earn the American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification.
Collierville: Layoffs and some fee increases, but no property tax increase in next year’s budget.
Tennessee: President and CEO Jerry Collins of Memphis Light, Gas & Water is urging Congress to raise the debt limit for TVA above $30 billion. The names and Social Security numbers of more than 10,000 TennCare dental patients were on a laptop that’s been missing since March. TVA will be cleaning up campsites around the Nashville area where people are making their sites into permanent structures.
WUMR: Memphis’ only jazz station is beginning its weeklong “Jazz in June” radiothon this Sunday.
Memphis Zoo: Last night was the kickoff of the Summer Concert Series.
DeSoto County: The site along Old Highway 51 and Magnolia Drive will become the new County jail; more from Fox13, Eyewitness News, WMC. Citizens are demanding a stop light at US Highway 61 and Delta View Road. Former Republican rival Henry Ross is now backing primary winner Alan Nunnelee in the general election for the First Congressional District. A State Department of Environmental Quality grant helps to fund the County’s tire-recycling program.
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.
Downtown: The Center City Development Corporation will consider a couple of loans at its next meeting.
Bass Pro Shops / Pyramid: City development director Robert Lipscomb points out many flaws in the Public Accountability Initiative report.
National PTA Convention: The annual conference is in Memphis this year and giving Memphis a chance to shine.
Regional Medical Center: Interim County Mayor Joe Ford’s MED Task Force issued its report and Ford repeated his claim to have “saved The MED”. Ford claims they secured $47 million this year. More from Fox13, Eyewitness News.
Willie Herenton: After his big media event earlier this week, the local press is still reporting and analysing it. From Bill Dries of the Daily News, and Jackson Baker of the Flyer. Also the Tri-State Defender and the Daily News Blog. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton responds to Herenton’s characterisation of him, MSARC and the Animal Shelter.
Local Media: A “comprehensive partnership” between the Tri-State Defender and WMC-TV Action News 5 means sharing distribution channels, web sites, stories and audiences. WMC reports their side of the agreement.
Fayette County: To comply with a Federal desegregation order, an elementary school will be closed and students bussed to new schools.
HopeWorks: This private non-profit program hopes to turn around felons’ lives with career planning and job mentoring.
Business: Eighty-six jobs will be lost when International Paper closes its Jonesboro plant and moves to Olive Branch; more in the Daily News and the Commercial Appeal.
Delta Air Lines: They will offer first class seating on additional flights out of Memphis. The Commercial Appeal also has the story. Delta has expanded its reach into Southeast Asia with Vietnam Airlines.
GTx: The question is: Why has Pittco Investments (the investment arm of J. R. “Pitt” Hyde III) spent $2.45 million since early May buying a large stake in the company as its value has declined by two-thirds? More information from the Daily News.
Germantown: The director of the Great Hall, Brian “Chip” Scott, has abruptly resigned just three weeks into the job. The other top choice for the job, Chuck Porter, will take over.
West Tennessee: Former First Lady Laura Bush will be guest speaker at Union University’s annual Scholarship Banquet in October. An Army assessment of the economic impact of American Ordnance’s operation of a plant near Milan. If you’re driving in Dyersburg, don’t be surprised by the police speed trailers. The Dyerburg/Dyer County annual Juneteenth celebration will be next Friday and Saturday. The group Veteran Defenders of America have “pinned” Jim Harding (State Senate District 27 Republican candidate) as a national spokesman.
Real Estate: The May foreclosure rate in Memphis was down over last year and last month. Rajiv Grover, dean of the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis, calls Memphis a “real estate city”.
Mississippi: The number of foreclosure actions dropped last month. President Barack Obama has nominatedMississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Picture of the Day
|Can you see The Pieta in this composition? That’s why he’s an artist! From madmolecule. © 2010. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
Vegan Crunk: Catching the Diana Ross show on the cheap and sneaky. (Doesn’t she resemble Paul Ryburn’s Nuh-Uh Girl?) And a picture of hugging carrots?
Fertile Ground: A visit to Putt Putt Golf and Games.
Cwabs! Another data point in the “Comcast sucks” tapestry.
Thoroughly Modern Medusa: She got the gig of photographing Noah and Amanda’s wedding and we get to see all the pictures!
The Intersection of Madness and Reality: Thoughts on the baffling Senate victory of Democrat Alvin Greene.
The Conservative Zone: Thoughts on gun control sparked by an article in the CA.
I Love Memphis: What’s your favorite song that name-checks Memphis?
Speak to Power: The three bloggers who run this site will speak to the Democratic Women of Shelby County this Saturday. Felons should be allowed to vote, even if they still owe society. None of this is illegal, but they’ll ask questions anyway! Thoughts on the Herenton campaign. Annexation in a consolidated Shelby County would be irrelevant, wouldn’t it?
Notes from Memphis: She’s still around the Alps and sends back these photos.
MemphisShelby Inform: An intriguing proposal to turn around Memphis schools.
Mediaverse: Taking local media to task for the Herenton press circus this week.
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: Read Paul’s mind, win a beer! Some food news and other downtown bits. The new media triumvirate: Twitter, Facebook and your blog. The secret to locking down a mayorship on Foursquare.
moodyredhead: A not-too-brief lesson in telephone manners.
MemphisConnect: As they celebrate twenty years, an interview with Pezz.
No Rococo: Her variation on a Cambodian rice noodle salad.
Quite Swimmingly: A long and photo-packed report on a trip to Peru. Lots of pictures of food, too. Also, how to win major points with your significantly-female other.
River City Mud Company: He thinks Herenton showed his true self at his media event, and Derek’s appalled.
Ramblings of the Mad Cow: Your cute kitty moment of the day. Check surrounding posts for more kitty-overdose.
scribblescrawl: This post captures the transcendence of a live rock show remarkably well.
Smart City Memphis: Some thoughts and a bit of “I told you” about John Elkington, Mayor Herenton and Beale Street. A look at the Mid-South Angel Network. Thoughts on politicians putting their names on construction signs.
Minrose Gwin: Fifty years of fighting against racial segregation and disparities has still produced only limited results, she argues. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Commercial Appeal: The DeSoto County jail site selection process was “government at its best”. Although Beale Street exists to cater to a range of baser desires, it’s bad business to let them run uncontrolled.
Dan Conaway: “Memphis is et up with unique.” (via the Daily News)
John Branston: Regarding the Pyramid and Bass Pro Shops, what other option is there? (via the Flyer)
Randy Haspel: A lefty looks at Ronald Reagan. (via the Flyer)
Flyer: Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron Ramsey has some catching up to do in Memphis.
Reginald Tate: The State Senator says Shelby County “fared well” in the recent State budget. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Carlee McCullough: Tips on starting a business from a City of Memphis Contract Compliance officer. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Ask Myron: Honoring some of the foundational artists of popular music. (via the Tri-State Defender)