News - Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital: Tuesday marked both the opening of the new building and 58 years of operations! Parade reports from Fox13, WMC and the Commercial Appeal. Raw video of the entire parade, from WMC.
Metro Charter Commission: Their town hall meeting today will be streamed live on the web. More, on the involvement of Leadershiip Academy, MemphisConnect and Rebuild Government. A Commercial Appeal report. Real life experiences with May’s flooding help commission member and Millington Mayor Richard Hodges inform his task force’s approach to governmental relations.
Shelby County Mayor’s Race: Fox13 reports on the Greater Bartlett Council of Neighborhood Associations debate between Sheriff Mark Luttrell and current Interim Mayor Joe Ford. It got heated.
Memphis City Schools: A teacher was assaulted by a student at Trezevant High School. One of the programs funded by the Gates Foundation grant is the Envoy Program; complementary report from the Commercial Appeal. The eight lowest-performing schools in the system may have longer school days beginning next year; more. Chimneyrock Elementary is now officially a City school.
Shelby County Schools: Plans to secure funding for a new Collierville Middle School are underway even though no site has been chosen.
Germantown: Despite citizen complaints, the proposed senior living facility will go forward.
Memphis: An informative interactive graphic from Forbes magazine showing inbound and outbound migrations to Shelby County. (via Nashville PostBusiness)
Local Media: The new political editor of the Tennessean will be Clint Brewer, formerly of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, and with extensive Middle Tennessee newspaper experience.
Politics: Next Legislative session will see a vote for a new Speaker of the House to replace Kent Williams and the candidates are already lining up. Nearly two dozen State boards are in danger of sunsetting in a battle over how appointments to those boards are made.
DeSoto County: The first test of the new jail site will be attempting to annex the land the site is on. A look at the candidates for the empty County school board seat. And another look at Olive Branch’s new unkempt lawns law. (previous stories via the DeSoto Times Tribune) More on that law from the Commercial Appeal. Southaven’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen was expected to pass a ban on “synthetic pot”; Horn Lake and Southaven approved. The Foundation for Excellence in Education hopes to raise $50,000 for teachers. And plans to annex the new jail site land have been tabled!
Governor’s Race: Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam has topped $8 million in fund-raising. The campaign press release. A report from Monday’s Republican gubernatorial forum in Blountsville; more here. Nashville’s Pith in the Wind blog criticises Republican Ron Ramsey’s latest radio ad.
The MED: Local prisoners are now mixed with the other folks waiting in the emergency room.
Heat Wave: Bilingual tips on keeping your pets cool, from La Prensa Latina. The UT Extension Service describes the four warning signs of overheating. No AC at Ridgeway Crossing Apartments. Why fans may not be enough in a Memphis Summer. AC repairmen are jammed up! Hundreds have been calling for free County AC units and fans; more from WMC. Heat shelters have been opened.
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! Handgun Carry: Following an incident in Bartlett last week, people are asking what’s the law regarding carrying a handgun and when you can use it. Tom Givens, owner of Rangemaster and their chief instructor, gives you answers.
City of Memphis: The administrator who is in charge of City vehicles, Arthur Adams, who was charged with DUI while driving a City vehicle, has now retired.
Downtown: Hedge fund investment marketers Trestle Capital Partners will be moving Downtown if a loan from the Center City Commission is approved.
Cohen v. Herenton: A report on Willie Herenton’s appearance at the Voice of Raleigh and Frayser Community Action Network open town hall meeting. The Commercial Appeal story contains a lot of Cohen talking points.
Memphis Animal Shelter: An update on changes under new director Matt Pepper. Suspended/former veterinarian Angela Middleton is still on the payroll months after suspension. Advisory Board member Cindy Sanders is being sued for libel and harrassment by a night-shift employee.
The First Tee Program: This golf program for teens and kids has been struck by criminals again. You can help them recover.
Business: Twin Creeks Technologies broke ground on a solar panel manufacturing plant in Senatobia. The property under Memphis Biofuels’ production facility is being auctioned at foreclosure. Better Business Bureau advice on buying and selling gold. Net income was a slight riser for Best Buy in Q1.
Delta Air Lines: They are reporting a 20% jump in per unit revenues this quarter!
Mexican Trade Delegation: A report on the meetings and progress of City leaders and businessmen in Mexico City.
The Aetna Foundation: They and Aetna awarded $101,000 in community grants to four Tennessee recipients.
University of Memphis: A half-million dollar grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will train 30 school librarians.
West Tennessee: The State is awarding $2.6 million in Safe Routes to School grants to communities across the state. Three more counties (including Obion and Lake) are eligible for Federal natural agricultural disaster aid. Lambuth University has agreed to accept a loan from their prospective investors. Dyer County has received almost $2 million in FEMA aid so far. The Obion County Republican Party is ready to go. Reaction from family and friends on the death of Army Sergeant Israel O’Bryan in Iraq.
Real Estate: Speaking to the Memphis’ Certified Commercial Investment Members, Dr Rajiv Grover, dean of the Fogelman College of Business and Economics, said commercial real estate professionals need to watch for the hurdles to business growth. The largest multifamily deal of the year, Arbors of River Oaks, has sold for $16.3 million.
Previously Posted: More on the Memphis Zoo approaching their one millionth visitor.
Arkansas: Ten airports around the state will share a $1.2 million grant. Scientists are studying the campground where so many died in flooding over the weekend. Six properties have been added to the National Registry of Historic Places.
Picture of the Day
|Patrick in a rare still moment, from Boys In The ‘Hood by Ginger Spickler. © 2010. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
What is a Carbunkle Trumpet: It’s part two of his massive photo dump from the BBQ Fest. Oh, and he name-checks us! Thanks, CBT.
Vegan Crunk: She went to Bonnaroo for her paper and you get to see some great pictures.
The Soundcheck and the Fury: His rule on literary rules.
The Ominous Comma: Brent appears on a pocast talking about his faith.
Lori Turner: Experiential marketing can make for memorable experiences for your brand. (via the Daily News)
The Chockley Blogs: Another Memphis family on a Gulf vacation.
The Lynnster Zone: Trust me, it’s all part of your cat’s master plan.
16 Balls in the Air: Summertime things she’s grateful for. Cupcakes for capitalism!
Gilmour Girl Goes Memphis: A quick one while she’s away.
at home she feels like a tourist: She takes the Twitter plunge, though how her eloquence will get squished into 140 characters will be interesting.
One Half Amazing! What is HTML5 and why you should care.
Pretty in Pink Megan: Some Apple iPhone fail.
Rustmeister’s Alehouse: Your politics quote of the day.
Shaun Fossett: Thoughts on the rollout of HD newscasts on local television.
Speak to Power: Video of Prince Mongo fro 1981.
Notes from Memphis: Photos from a Lebanese beach.