Graphic Credit: Main Street Journal
MEMPHIS CITY SCHOOLS CHARTER SURRENDER: Before yesterday’s vote, board member Tomeka Hart posted this call to action on her blog.
The Immediate Fallout: Is the resolution now in effect? What’s the next step in the process? The Election Commission is scrambling to set up and be prepared for the vote. What happens next? Concern and confusion. The election is next.
Superintendent Dr Kriner Cash: At the press briefing Tuesday, Dr Cash was sad that a weekend agreement with Shelby County Schools was bypassed by the charter vote. (Raw video of the entire press briefing at the link.) Is his future now uncertain? He raises the issue of creating next year’s budget.
DeSoto County: District Attorney for the 17th District, John Champion, is getting the staff and money he needs. The OBC3 is a multi-denominational coalition of local churches pooling resources and people to improve the community. The City of Hernando took out a $1.25 million loan for some recent expenses. Leftover Christmas trees in Hernando will become artificial reefs in Arkabutla Lake. More on the redistricting dilemma and time constraints the County faces.
Millington: Local charities and aid agencies are having an especially rough time after having to deal with flooding last Spring.
A business profile of HTL Advantage, which markets West Tennessee megasites, from the Daily News.
FedEx: A quick tour of the SuperHub.
Electrolux: Memphis Chief Administrative Officer George Little is revealing the construction of the new facility involves some tight deadlines for the City.
Medtronic: The company says that Federal regulators have approved their aneurysm device.
Memphis International Airport: The past year is described as “stellar”.
Health Care You Can Live With by Dr Scott Morris: The award-winning physician who founded the Church Health Center now offers his thoughtful prescription for real health care reform. You can read the first chapter of his upcoming book here! (PDF document)
City-County School Consolidation: The Main Street Journal offers readers several of the documents central to the debate on this issue. A factsheet on Memphis City Schools surrendering its charter. An “information session” on special school districts for MCS from November. The 2008 49-page study from the University of Memphis on special school districts and the 11-page executive summary. (All are PDF documents.)
Shelby County Special School District: The Main Street Journal interviewed Shelby County School Board president David Pickler in 2009 about a school district for County schools.
Demographics and Census: The Hispanic population in Metro Memphis has hit 52,000.
Memphis Animal Shelter: The Friends of Memphis Animal Services try their best to rescue as many animals as their budget will allow.
Downtown: That office space the General Services Adminsitration has been searching out is for the Army Corps of Engineers.
Governor-Elect Bill Haslam: He named Huntingdon mayor Dale Kelley as the administration’s chief lobbyist. His new commissioner of the Department of Human Services will be Dr Raquel Hatter. The nominee for Finance Commissioner, Mark Emkes, has some close ties to corporate interests.
Shelby County Commission: Other bits of business from Monday’s meeting.
Holiday Cheer: A stranger was handing out $50 bills at the Shelby Drive Goodwill store.
Politics: Former Congressman Zach Wamp appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to talk about changing the tone of politics. The chief of staff for Lt Gov. Ron Ramsey, Matt King, is leaving with the new session.
Hope House: Medical advances since the identification of the HIV virus have turned the outlook of the facility toward hope.
Bartlett: The parent-preferred rezoning changes to Bartlett High School would overload the school. (via the Bartlett Express)
Local Media: Finally, a website dedicated to amusing or amazing comments in the Commercial Appeal from their readers.
Picture of the Day
|An office Christmas party game of charades, from triple m photos by Marcie M. Maxwell. © 2010. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
Vegan Crunk: Bianca and her family celebrate the Winter Solstice, which still involves giving gifts, even to cats. And some gift-giving with friends, and pitas.
No Rococo: Sophorn has applied for a contest/writing gig involving weeks of travel across Asia. Wish her luck!
Weeden Arts Watch: As head of UrbanArt, he’s learned the importance of following directions.
Tom Guleff: Joe Citizens: A Shelby Countian opposed to school merging has some demands for MCS.
Wendi C. Thomas: She views the school charter vote as a good thing, which also seems to mean an opportunity to tinker and snark at Republicans. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Better Business: Be very careful of the conditions and requirements when accepting a rebate or gift card.
Bill Theobald: US Senator Bob Corker wants the Fed to focus on keeping prices stable and fight inflation. (via the Tennessean)
John Branston: He clears up some myths about the charter surrender, and points out a few highlights from the Board of Education meeting. He also covers the surprising, passionate and controversial comments from Superintendent Dr Kriner Cash. (via the Flyer)
Light Their Fire: Building transparency between employees and management. (via the Daily News)
Guerilla Sales & Marketing: Top Ten sales resolutions for the New Year (via the Daily News)
Andrea Fenise: She got to live her dream of traveling to New York for a professional fashion styling job! Part one, Part two, Part three. And here is what she was working on–her television debut.
I’ll be the one in heels: She clicks her way through the wonderful world of online job applications.
theology & geometry: That back-to-work-after-vacation feeling.
The Chubby Vegetarian: Would you like to give some nice, handmade food gifts?
MemphisShelbyInform: Charter surrender and Mutually Assured Derision.
Secret Agent Mom: She looks at the birth of Jesus with a clear, sympathetic eye and comes to understand Mary’s situation.
Sig Cooks: He shows you how to make garlic-infused clarified butter!
MemphisConnect: Several upcoming events for the internet entrepreneurs out there.
I Love Memphis: 16 ways to ring in the New Year.
ForkBombr: He has a choice: keep the iPad or move to the 11.6″ MacBook Air?
A Merry Wife: She has a graphic with some of the many, many expenses involved in a big wedding.
What’s For Dinner? The school board vote for charter surrender was “momentous”. Thoughts inspired by the conjunction of the Winter solstice and a total lunar eclipse. A nice recipe for bourbon (or rum) balls.