News - Friday, July 16, 2010
Shelby County Elections: Early voting begins today; more from Eyewitness News and the Commercial Appeal. Shelby County Election Commission list of early voting sites.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Bill Oldham’s resignation after a Justice Department civil complaint creates precedent that will echo. He says he did it to avoid an expensive lawsuit.
WREG has video of Thursday’s County mayoral debate. And the Commercial Appeal has a report.
Anne Enoch has been charged with vote fraud for voting twice in the 2008 presidential election. More in the Commercial Appeal.
Metro Charter Commission: Their most recent public meeting shows that most Memphians and Shelby Countians still aren’t paying attention.
The Wharton Administration: Following last week’s announcement that the City missed millions in Federal bike lane funding, Mayor A C Wharton has directed City engineers to make budget cuts to make up the loss. Fifty-five miles of bike lanes and amenities are promised. The list of of streets affected.
Corporation for National and Community Service: They spoke to local non-profits and community agencies about trying to recruit more volunteers.
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis: Camp Phoenix on Sardis Lake takes in hundreds of Memphis kids to learn about Nature.
Mississippi: Foreclosures notices are on a downward trend in the state. Five potential new mascots have been announced for Ole Miss; more in the Commercial Appeal and again. Governor Haley Barbour is working to block a non-traditional Choctaw gambling center.
“Beat the Heat”: Ten different agencies are coming together to help with air conditioning for the elderly and needy. Their goal is $30,000; more in the CA. The Shelby County government received about $12,500 in air conditioner units for the needy. Ways to save on your utility bill. Spraying for mosquitoes.
Sgt David Holmes: The family of this Panola County, MS, soldier who was killed on June 26 in Afghanistan, wants folks to remember him. There will be a memorial service this Sunday.
MPACT Memphis: They are conducting “Feedback Chats” hoping to bring together various civic and City officials and business leaders to discuss what’s important to Young Memphis.
Politics: Democratic State Rep. Mike Turner filed an official complaint with the Department of Labor, over illegal workers at the Nashville convention center. The Tri-State Defender looks at the clash between the NAACP and local tea parties. The Mid-South TEA Party’s statement to the NAACP. The TN Republican Party also welcomes Vice-President Joe Biden (and other Democrats) to the Jackson Day dinner. The Commercial Appeal reports some campaign finance reports.
University of Memphis: They are one of a number of colleges and universities in the state to sell student information to businesses.
Tennessee: The state’s unemployment rate dropped again in June to 10.1%; the State press release. More in the Commercial Appeal. The State’s website, tn.gov, has improved access to government services. The State’s Lottery brought in $289 million this year.
Mimeo.com: More on the difficulties the local company is having finding even minimally competent employees.
Real Estate: The residential foreclosure rate was flat in the first half of 2010. US Rep. Steve Cohen filed a foreclosure assistance bill that neither the City nor County have the resources to carry out.
Governor’s Race: Mitt Romney’s PAC has endorsed Bill Haslam; more from the Nashville Post, the Tennessean’s blog. Republican Zach Wamp from the pulpit of Higher Ground Baptist Church in Kingsport. Knoxville’s MetroPulse interviews Republican candidate Bill Haslam. Haslam has a new ad touting experience. Republican Ron Ramsey will make a major campaign stop in Memphis today.
Germantown: Hey, come help build a treehouse! Well, a “play area” technically….
Previously Posted: Another look at the two jail escapees who broke free while being treated at The MED. More on the call by Education Secretary Arne Duncan to pass a particular bill or face losing thousands of teachers.
NEW! Main Street Journal July 2010 Issue: It’s out now. Table of Contents is here.
Main Street Journal Online: Senior writer Michael Roy Hollihan sits down with County Commission District 5 candidate Dr Rolando Toyos and introduces him to voters in The Swing Seat.
NEW! Main Street Journal Online Exclusive: Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter explains his plan to save County taxpayers money by changing the County’s paid leave policy.
Cohen v. Herenton: The Tri-State Defender’s Dr Karanja A. Ajanaku reports on the presidential endorsement of US Rep. Steve Cohen. The Flyer’s Jackson Baker calls the endorsement a “game changer”. Maxine Smith is now backing Steve Cohen.
Downtown: A number of applications at next week’s meeting of the Center City Development Corporation. The Downtown Neighborhood Associaiton will be celebrating 30 years soon, and a t-shirt contest is just the beginning. Jerry “The King” Lawler has licensed his name and likeness to a deli and store on the Main Street Mall.
Shelby County Commission: They are seeking public input on scaling back paid leave for County employees.
TN National Guard: More units from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment are returning home this week.
MATA: A profile of president and general manager William Hudson, from the Tri-State Defender.
Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South: They are partnering with Target to boost financial literacy in local students.
DeSoto County: Work will begin on Hernando West in a few months. Business people at the upcoming Nail Road and I-55 interchange are hoping it will bring business. With school registration approaching it’s also time for proof of residence. (previous stories via the Desoto Times Tribune) The Summer reading program is proving popular at Hernando’s First Regional Library.
The Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South: Their most recent workshop featured U of M professor Eric Brey talking about driving sales through experience.
Fayette County: The Chamber of Commerce there is warning people that a Texas company is calling in their name but it’s not legitimate.
Pinnacle Airlines: They are weighing competing offers from Memphis and DeSoto County for their new corporate headquarters.
Wurzburg, Inc: As they move to a new location, many real estate and surplus assets from the old one will be auctioned by the Morris Auction Group.
FedEx Ground: They have reached an agreement with the State of Massachusetts for $3 million in their dispute over contract drivers.
Memphis Farmers Market: They received a $100,000 grant from the State’s Agriculture Department. This Saturday’s market will feature a variety of activities. Website here.
Survey Says: Food prices are at their lowest levels in eight years.
National Association of County & City Health Officials: Their annual conference, being held here, ends today. The FDA will release new guidelines for restaurant nutritional information. A report on a CDC presentation.
Picture of the Day
|Beale Street at night, from Ian Prester. © 2010. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
Fertile Ground: Stacey continues her family vacation reports from their camp in the Sierras.
Commissioner Mike Carpenter: He lists his recommendations for the August elections!
Cute Stew: Ouch! She’s injured her foot.
Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease: She’s going to be co-hosting an internet talk show!
I Love Memphis: Goat tacos at Taqueria la Guadalupana. Yep. Goat.
Just A Girl in the World: Elizabeth is also in the BOM poll.
La Vie Quotidienne: “I don’t cook. I heat.”
MAKE IT HAPPEN: Just some random update stuff.
Tennessee Conservative: He wants to know what’s wrong with his street that it needs $1.6 million in repairs?
Pretty in Pink Megan: She’ll be in Tampa soon and wants eating and shopping recommendations from you.
Boys in the ‘Hood: Patrick is turning ten months and Dad is clearly smitten with him.
I’ll be the one in heels: Kalisa discovers she’s in the Best of Memphis poll in the Flyer.
Student: Revisted: Someone who won’t be happy to leave this city.
Mark Norris: The Senate Majority Leader takes Senator Jim Kyle to task for claims of closed-door dealings in the Senate.
Commercial Appeal: No surprise, as they recommend US Congressman Steve Cohen in the Ninth District primary.
Tennessean: What point is a law against texting while driving if it’s not enforced
A C Wharton: Memphis’ mayor presents an agenda for cultural and artistic change. (via the Flyer)
Dr Kenneth T. Whalum Jr: Why he doesn’t care about consolidation. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Bernal E. Smith II: A long, historical and interesting look at the ways that race has shaped events in Memphis politics. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Dan Conaway: Don’t overlook good news. (via the Daily News)