News - Wednesday, 21 July, 2010
Memphis City Council: A Council committee passed along without recommendation the anti-discrimination ordinance to the full Council. Councilmembers’ opinions on the ordinance. More reports on the discussion and vote from Fox13, Eyewitness News, WMC, WREG, the Commercial Appeal.
Bass Pro Shops President Jim Hagale presented interior renderings of their project for the Pyramid. More reports from the Commercial Appeal, Eyewitness News, WMC.
The Council settled on language for a referendum asking voters if the City should make payments to the City schools.
City Court Clerk: Clerk Thomas Long wants a tow truck and some boots to try collecting the $40 million in parking fines.
Shelby County Interim Mayor Joe Ford: The County’s ethics officer, Danny Presley, is investigating the mayor following a complaint that County employees are campaigning for him full-time. Nephew Harold Ford Jr is going to come to Memphis to endorse his uncle.
Cohen v. Herenton: While the Congressional Black Caucus won’t endorse US Rep. Steve Cohen in the Ninth District race, many of its members will. The forgotten candidate of the Ninth District, Republican Charlotte Bergmann, who will face either Cohen or Herenton later this year.
Germantown: Sunday work on the Everybody’s Tree House play area has been cancelled.
Downtown: A look at the Madison Hotel’s Thursday night rooftop parties. The Center City Development Corporation will discuss $150,000 in development incentives for various businesses and projects at today’s meeting.
MIFA: They have announced new board members and officers.
Christ United Methodist Church: The church is replacing senior minister Steve Dodson in the hopes of stanching the flow of congregants away from the church.
Mississippi: The University of Mississippi will offer classes on auto plant operations. Attorney General Jim Hood says there’s “no viable legal cause of action” for the State to stop a Choctaw casino. In the State’s Congressional races, all the incumbents hold a significant lead in cash.
West Nile Virus: It has been identified in Shelby County. Spraying is underway.
Politics: The AP’s Erik Schelzig reports on the use of personal wealth in election campaigns. The TN Democratic Party has high hopes for itself. A Crossville Democrat has been denied a vote in the Republican primary.
Eighth Congressional District Race: Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland cuts an ad for Republican candidate Dr George Flinn that’s “pure D O” in your face advertising. State Senator Ophelia Ford is name-checked! And Flinn has released his own “nasty, negative, disgusting” ad. Follow the Federal farm subsidy dollars!
Real Estate: A CBRE report sees the office, retail and industrial real estate markets all doing better.
Governor’s Race: The race is entering the home stretch. The Chattanooga Times half of the Times Free Press endorses Republican primary candidate Bill Haslam. Divisions within the Democratic Party over Mike McWherter’s campaign continue. Republican Ron Ramsey has been endorsed by the TN Firearms Association. Republican Zach Wamp is claiming the momentum is moving his way.
Lambuth University: Cash problems continue for the university, including meeting payrolls, but university president Bill Seymour says a deal is near.
Survey Says: The state suffered the nation’s thrid-worst job losses between May and June.
Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board: At today’s meeting they have a trio of industrial revenue bond requests to discuss.
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.
Memphis City Schools: Five hundred teachers from twelve countries are in town for the Laptop Institute.
Memphis Housing Authority: They have received $2.5 million in Federal dollars to move the residents of Cleaborn Homes.
Regional Medical Center: Wrestling is on tap at a Saturday fundraiser.
Metro Charter Commission: Their first suburban presentation is tonight, in Collierville.
Shelby County Elections: Elections for the Coiunty mayor are almost always a blow-out win for the victor. The CA’s Zack McMillin analyses the early voting numbers. Fox13 looks at the County school board race between David Pickler & Ken Hoover. Candidate for Shelby County Clerk Corey Maclin has property tax problems.
ScheduleMemphis: They provide the communication and organisation that local businesses and cultural institutions don’t usually achieve through their website.
Hispanic Memphis: Two men, John Lenahan and Matthew Bearden, have been arrested for a string of apartment robberies targeting Hispanics.
DeSoto County: Don’t worry about the new cameras along MS highways, they are for commercial trucking “weigh-in-motion” stations. County employees ae getting a small refund from personal contributions to their retirement account. More on the brewing “election/census” crisis. (via the Desoto Times Tribune) Sam’s Snack Express in Southaven has been closed for selling “synthetic drugs”. Ribbon-cuttings for the new County schools is August 4th. Hernando’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed the possible lawsuit opposing annexation of the new jail property.
Business: Mueller Industries saw a 47% increase in sales over 2009; more in the Commercial Appeal. Veterans might win a free franchise from Kitchen Tune-Up. Cracker Barrel gets high marks in a customer survey. More on SurgiVision’s upcoming IPO.
Pinnacle Airlines: The role of a City “economic development” fund in negotiations to keep the airline in the city.
Norfolks Southern Corporation: They are preparing to break ground on their Rossville intermodal facility as they begin the “environmental assessment” phase.
Memphis and Shelby County Industrial Development Board: The Greendiesel project was removed from the agenda of yesterday’s meeting.
Tennessee: The US Chamber of Commerce praised our State’s Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber for his job creation efforts. Only three weeks remain to apply for physical damage assistance due to the storms and flooding ealrier this year. The First to the Top Coalition kicked off hopes to raise parent awareness and student efforts in education, even as they warn about lower TCAP scores coming. Former State Medical Examiner Bruce Levy has been indicted for possession of marijuana.
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Opinion and Blogs
Cecily’s Random Ramblings: The suit certainly makes the man, but also being good-looking never hurts.
Notes from Memphis: Some tasty uses for cucumbers and photos from around the neighborhood.
I Love Memphis: Kerry ranks the top ten patios.
Doug Johnson at Work: Thoughts on local elections, the Best of Memphis awards and doing the tourist chaperone thing for family!
Thoroughly Modern Medusa: She and summer camps didn’t agree.
theology & geometry: Going through auto inspection.
The Morgan Update: Harper is learning her words but it looks like she’s already got “cute” figured out!
Steve’s Nude Memphis Blog: “IDH”, Democrats, BP and Mad Men all get connected somehow in this very un-PC, NSFW rant. (Language alert)
Pretty in Pink Megan: She still misses the good ol’ college days, which this photo-filled post makes pretty attractive!
Vegan Crunk: Pokeweed foraging.
Mike Donohoe: The Gulf oil spill presents a historic opportunity to better adapt out national emergency planning and response. (via the Daily News)
Lori Turner: Discovering the real power of Generation Y. (via the Daily News)
David Hampton: Is Arizona the new Mississippi? (via the Desoto Times Tribune)
Tennessean: Suicide prevention specialists want safety changes to the Natchez Trace Bridge.
Leslie A. Newman: With all the health-care changes looming, consumers need to beware of potential scams in health-care plans. (via the Tennessean)
Ashley Smith: Breast is best. (via the Commercial Appeal)