News - Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Memphis City Schools: The City schools took over Chimneyrock Elementary three weeks early yesterday; more in the Commercial Appeal. Administrators unveiled their plan to spend Race to the Top funds on troubled schools.
The Midtown Plan: A series of public meetings, beginning Thursday, to revamp zoning plans in Midtown to create more walkable sidewalks, streetscapes, etc.
The Wharton Administration: Mayor A C Wharton and business/civic leaders are in Mexico City on an economic development mission; more from Eyewitness News. There will be a “greenbreaking” for the Tiger Lane Public Green Space Project this Wednesday morning. After a weekend incident involving Arthur Adams, a City vehicle and DUI, Mayor Wharton is revising policies on take-home and daily-use City vehicles.
Summer Heat: Tips on not becoming a victim of the Memphis heat this Summer. Memphians are keeping their cool. Protecting pets and other animals. Shelby County is trying to help citizens and has AC units to give out. A local family of seven was left in the heat when MLG&W shut off their electricity over a paperwork snafu.
Prince Mongo: He’s baa-aaack … in Memphis.
“Help Us Help You”: More on the County program to help parents behind on child support payments to work out a payment plan — and avoid jail.
National Black MBA Association of Memphis: A novel approach to job recruiting this Friday — a train trip to New Orleans!
Business: Talk Shoppe and the Small Business Chamber are offering a “speed networking” event on June 30. The new regulations for the small business tax credits have been released. Beginning next month, Starbucks will offer free wifi at all US company-owned locations; more in the Commercial Appeal. Does a rebound in pickup truck sales portend an economic recovery?
Arkansas: The latest death toll from the weekend flood is now 20. The latest victim was a young girl; more from WMC. Officials are confident they’ve accounted for everyone now. Forecasters did issue warnings just ahead of the flood.
Financial: Trust One Bank will soon be under the charter of Synovus Financial, one of 28 total.
DeSoto County: They now have a tire recycling program. More on the new fees for unkempt lots in Olive Branch. A black bear has been spotted in Horn Lake! Tuition will be going up for some students at Northwest Mississippi Community Colllege. There is little public sentiment over the Hernando annexation of the new County jail site.
Survey Says: The airlines rank right down there with cable/satellite television in customer satisfaction.
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.
Glankler, Brown: A look into the decision process that led them to abandon Downtown for East Memphis.
Shelby County Elections: The biggest race on the August ballot will have 21 people running for the General Sessions Court Judge Division 7 position! Information on upcoming debates/forums, via the CA’s Eye on Politics blog.
Environmental Protection Agency: Two local road projects — one City and one County — are cited.
Commercial Appeal: The daily reports on the coming departure of Editorial Page editor Otis L. Sanford, who will be taking a job with the University of Memphis.
Army Sgt Israel O’Bryan: O’Bryan, from Newbern, was fatally wounded Friday while on patrol in Iraq.
Memphis v. Nashville: Metro Nashville is one step closer to a “living wage” for some Metro employees.
Bartlett: Nicholis Williams, who pulled a gun at a Little League game, and is now out on bond on charges relating to that, has had his handgun permit suspended.
Politics: Legislation that passed both houses unanimously created a “small business advocate” position in State government. House Speaker Kent Williams reflects on his two year term at the top. State Rep. Janis Sontany insults Republican women and eventually issues a sort-of apology; more from Tom Humphrey of the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Governor’s Race: Republican Zach Wamp is calling on his rival Bill Haslam to release his total Pilot Oil Company earnings from sales of State lottery tickets.
Previously Posted: The Daily News on the County Commission vote on property taxes.
Real Estate: A small uptick in the commercial real estate market, but a long way to go still. Colliers Wilkinson Snowden, a commercial and industrial real estate firm, is about to rebrand itself as Colliers International. Mack Browder, an affiliate broker with Crye-Leike’s commercial division, came late to real estate.
Picture of the Day
|The Midtown North Community Garden; Mary Norman, proprietor and garden leader, from Adam Guerrero © 2010. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
Former Mean Girl Seeks Same: Harriet’s Big Day Out is one hilarious tale of getting to visit the pet groomer.
What is a Carbunkle Trumpet: Yeah, it’s a lot late, but some fun photos from the BBQ Fest. Remember when it was sunny but not hot?
David Waddell: Is the coming business quarter a time for worry? (via the Daily News)
Stephen George: Another editorial bashing the Legislature for spending too much money on themselves. (via the City Paper)
Tennessean: Allegations of sexual abuse at youth development centers demand immediate attention.
Bryce Ashby and Michael J. LaRosa: The “failure” of immigration enforcement and a call for Federal action on immigration, but no plan is proposed. (via the Commercial Appeal)
MAKE IT HAPPEN: The women of Los Locos and Terrapins party down.
Just A Girl in the World: The “summer of the spinster”? Uh-oh? Maybe not.
Jen-sized: Being reminded of an ex stirs up a storm of emotions.
Dining With Monkeys: An entertaining breakfast story about Cockadoo’s, until the surprise at the end!
Bill Jones IV: When your lawyer gives you advice, do what he says.
Can’t Stop: A course preview for the DragonFly Triathlon at Sardis Lake.
I’ll be the one in heels: Her profile photo shows a wild head of dense curls. Wait until you see her new straight hair!
I Love Memphis: You should check out The Hot Pink Paper Clips. After the success of the Breakfast Challenge, Kerry is going to try a Barbecue Brackets to find the best ‘q in Memphis. Do y’all even agree with her initial choices?
Haaaaave You Read My Blog? Lots of lists of TV shows of 2009-2010.
From the Rainbows: The new owners and the inspector come by and then there’s the garage sale.
Doug Johnson at Work: He reports back from a Caribbean cruise, and wait ’til you read the explanation of the post’s title!
Divers and Sundry: A little bit of G. K. Chesterton for you.