News - Tuesday, 20 July, 2010
Desoto County: Is it a dog or a chupacabra in Walnut? The Public Service Commission is asking citizens to participate in surveys on cell phone coverage in the northern part of the state. A collision of Census data, redistricting and political realities is coming. County citizens and businesses are coming together to obtain school supplies for County students. A second trial for Clarksdale Police Chief Gregory Hoskins.
Memphis City Council: In executive session, they are expected to study the fine print in the Performa Entertainment settlement, as there are questions about profits. They will also discuss a new City anti-discrimination ordinance. Copy of resolution here. (PDF document) Churches are already speaking out against it. The meeting agenda. More struggles between the City and our schools.
Cohen v. Herenton: Yacoubian Research is predicting a “landslide” win for Steve Cohen, though his sample size is small. (Poll results at link.) Bill Dries of the Daily News reports on Saturday’s early voting and campaign activities. Willie Herenton’s surprising campaign finance disclosure; more from WREG and the CA. Does US Rep. Steve Cohen have “the big mo’”? Herenton sits down with the Good Morning Memphis team, and is then interviewed by Mike Fleming.
Eighth Congressional District Race: Republican Dr Ron Kirkland is using attacks on Trent Lott as a proxy for fellow Republican Dr George Flinn. The AP’s Erik Schelzig reports on the uglier-by-the-minute race.
Shelby County Elections: What was behind the sudden resignation of former Chief Deputy Bill Oldham, and candidate for sheriff? Two words: Hatch Act. Good pace for early voting. The Memphis AFL-CIO Labor Council announce their endorsements. The Yacoubian poll mentioned above shows Republican Mark Luttrell with a small lead over Democrat Joe Ford for County mayor; more from the Commercial Appeal.
Business: Metro Logics of MS is greatly expanding their company, with a new facility in Utah. The Tower Room, atop Clark Tower, is being remade into a social and corporate event space. SurgiVision Inc rolls out their IPO this week. Surplus from Wurzburg Inc will be auctioned off later this month. Lambert’s Coffee has cleared up all their FDA issues.
Delta Air Lines: The 2Q of this year was one of the airline’s best in 10 years! AP story, via the Daily News and the Commercial Appeal. An industry analyst predicts a strong second quarter for almost all airlines.
Survey Says: Two Memphis hospitals — St Jude Children’s Research Hospital & Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare — made recent lists by US News and World Report.
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.
MLG&W: Rates will be rising for the sixth time in early August.
Memphis v. Nashville: How is Nashville’s “bike-path czar” doing?
Memphis City Schools: Several top administrators, including Superintendent Dr Kriner Cash, only rent homes in Memphis. A look at Downtown’s new charter school, the New Consortium of Law and Business. The School Board will assess a controversial new “oversight” fee on charter schools.
Wells Fargo Lawsuit: US Rep. Steve Cohen convened his House Judiciary subcommittee here in Memphis yesterday to take testimony from Shelby County officials. More reports from Eyewitness News, WMC and WREG and the Commercial Appeal.
Medtronic: CEO William Hawkins made $9 million in compensation last year.
Hickory Ridge Mall: The re-opening of the mall, while slow to build steam, has been a boost for the local business environment.
Real Estate: Education Realty Trust has announced two major developments in Austin and Baltimore. More on the upcoming demolition of Marina Cove apartments; further reports from the Daily News. Auctioneers have high hopes for the sale of Pie Factory Lofts units.
Governor’s Race: Questioning Republican Bill Haslam’s Republican roots. Republican Ron Ramsey’s latest ad, on guns, and an article on his faith in Jesus. Comparing the current gubernatorial race with the 2006 senatorial race.The Nashville City Paper interviews Haslam. And he defends Pilot Oil’s business practices.
Tennessee: A second infusion of cash into the State’s struggling Baccalaureate Education System Trust.
Politics: Governor Phil Bredesen says Federal stimulus funds would have been more effective if the government had trusted the States. Some Republican legislators are going to take the resolution supporting Arizona’s fight against illegal immigration to the AZ governor.
Picture of the Day
|Stax the dog doesn’t get Step One of “fetch”, from Kontji Anthony’s Twitpics account. © 2010.|
Opinion and Blogs
Fertile Ground: Their western vacation rolls on, with giant sequoias and cliff jumping, fishin’ and grillin’ with family, and then on to San Francisco! With dozens of pictures, of course.
Blue Collar Republican: Ron Reagan, Communists and Stephen Fincher, all in one political ad!
I’ll be the one in heels: An update on her hair. Yep. Hair.
Brain Release Valve: A major redesign of his other website.
AlphaPatriot: He’s posted his election guide.
artbutcher: Sounds like they got an earlier start to their evening than the post indicates.
Left Wing Cracker: Democrats are split on the McWherter issue. They are?
Just A Girl in the World: Being late for the wedding leads to … well, let her tell the story.
Jen-sized: Becoming fodder for your own fiction.
short + rose: One of the few good things about Summer is fresh fruits, which means pies and more!
MemphisShelbyInform: The truth about pensions and benefits.
Musings, Nits and Praises: Jason heads to a teachers conference in Arkansas where he entertainingly regales us with the litany of his misfortunes. And it’s only Day Zero!
One-Half Amazing: Easily create Facebook ads!
Pretty in Pink Megan: Just say “No” to Man Sandals.
Tom Waddell: The return of class differences. (via the Daily News)
Jackson Sun: Jabari Greer is turning his success and celebrity into an engine of community improvement.
John Branston: Welcome to “mail hell”. (via the Flyer)
A Right Perspective: Beware the ills of nationalised health care. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Reginald Milton’s A Fresh Look: Democrats are offering a cash reward to whomever is tearing down Democratic election signs.
Student: Revisited: An intriguing photo sets off some poetic speculations.