Photo Credit: Alan Howell, Memphis Business Journal
Waiting & Watching, Tensely
Flood Coverage: Update pages from the Daily News. Dyer County news and photos from the Dyersburg State Gazette; Lake County news and photos from the Lake County Banner. There’s a discussion forum now, MemphisFlood.com. Aerial view, via WREG, of the flooding. Flood pictures gallery, from Fox13.
Flood Closings, Evacuations & Emergency Info: WREG’s main web page is filled with emergency services links. Maps of the flooding for Shelby, Tipton and Tunica Counties. Numbers to call to report flooding. FEMA’s disaster resources webpage. Website for the Memphis/Shelby County Emergency Management Agency. The Shelby County Emergency Preparedness website is here. MLG&W website. Flood impact maps by ZIP codes, from Fox13 and ABC24. Road closure warnings from ABC24. You can donate these items to flood shelters. Also, a listing of Red Cross shelters.
Second Amendment: The State House Judiciary Committee has sent the bill allowing permitted concealed carry on college campuses to “Summer study”, where it is believed dead for the session. More from the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Commercial Appeal. Campus police chiefs remain opposed.
Tunica Shutdown: All casinos in Tunica are now closed, at a considerable hit to the local economy as well as big losses for the casinos, 9300 idled workers and lower State tax revenues. Three hundred homes in the Tunica cutoff are flooded, at least. More from WREG, ABC24, Fox13, the CA.
City-County School Mediation: It appears that Judge Hardy Mays has taken to personally mediating the dispute, though details are not available from yesterday’s closed door court appearance.
Amazon.com State House Finance Committee chairman Charles Sargent and State Senate Finance Committee chairman Randy McNally are pushing legislation to force Amazon.com to collect sales taxes. A similar push in Texas cost them a distribution center, hundreds of jobs and millions in supplier contracts.
The Haslam Administration: Governor Bill Haslam is altering his budget–especially cuts and reductions–to take into account some revenue windfalls from a couple of sources. More from the Tennessean. The governor is hoping to convince the Legislature to find the funds necessary to fund a one-year takeover of Lambuth University’s campus by the University of Memphis.
Politics: Faculty at the University of Tennessee are asking the State to create a fund from which their raises could be drawn, and which would allow them to raise tuitions.
Survey Says: Memphis, the number 19 metro area in the nation, is rated the 44th for “gross metropolitan product” in a study by The Business Journals.
Osama Bin Laden: Elements from Fort Campbell’s 160th Special Ops regiment were part of the mission to take out Bin Laden. US Senator Bob Corker is asking the Obama administration to “explain Pakistan’s role” in the mission. Middle Tennessee Muslims separate themselves from “evil” Bin Laden. Commentators Ben Ferguson and Matt Kuhn discuss his death, on Fox13.
Online Exclusive: George Kuykendall: The executive director of Citizens for Community Values says that it’s Game Day for Memphis in its fight against strip clubs.
Online Exclusive: Joe Saino, the Shelby Watchdog: Memphis Mayor A C Wharton asked the public to offer suggestions about cutting the Memphis City budget and Joe is only to happy to provide Some Suggestions that would reduce it substantially!
Internet Exclusive: Chuck Bates: Our financial correspondent calms down the clucking Chicken Littles who are saying, The Debt Ceiling is Falling, The Debt Ceiling is Falling!.
State Education Reform: More on the late-Monday Senate passage of the legislation repealing collective bargaining for teachers unions (SB0113). For Republicans, this is an “historic opportunity”. Reports from the Tennessean, the Nashville City Paper, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Tennessee Report, WPLN.
Germantown: Aldermen appear to favor a City-owned and -run ambulance system.
Ulysses Jones Jr: Mystery, intrigue, money and a political revelation in a contest over his will.
Shelby County: The county’s pension fund has nearly returned to pre-recessions levels.
Memphis City Council: The council voted 6-5 to request Mayor A C Wharton not cut any jobs yet. They extended the moratorium on new Compensated Dance Permits, an effort to block Steve Cooper from turning his restaurant Stella Marris into a strip/dance club.
DeSoto County: Governor Haley Barbour declared the County a disaster area. Aldermen in Olive Branch passed a smoking ban in restaurants and public buildings, but only until 9PM. The County Board of Supervisors approved repairs to Holly Springs Road. Confusion and resistance serve to slow installing a new LED sign at the Civic Center.
Business: Cooper-Young’s Au Fond restaurant is closed after just 18 months. Facebook page announcement. More in the Commercial Appeal.
Electrolux: The State Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved the financial incentive package; more from the Daily News. Site Selection magazine calls the decision to move to Memphis one of their top North American deals. The Industrial Development Board has selected Allen & Hoshall as the project managers for the contruction project.
City Brewing Company: Their puchase of local Hardy Bottling Company is now completed. Operations are scheduled to begin in July. More in the Daily News, the LaCrosse Tribune. A beer historian urges the company to bring back the Goldcrest 51 brand.
First Tennessee Bank: Their parent corporation, First Horizon National, has disclosed the compensation package of retiring president Charles Burkett.
FedEx: The company is going to settle with the Justice Department over allegations they abused “delivery exception codes” in some government deliveries.
Internet Exclusive: Memphis Film Commission’s Linn Sitler: Main Street Journal contributor Mick Wright talks with Sitler about Getting Memphis Before the Cameras again.
Internet Exclusive: Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy: Commissioner Mulroy takes a few minutes to explain Why the Need for Public Secrecy? when it comes to County Commission business on public issues.
2011 Memphis Giving Guide: If you want to help but aren’t sure where to volunteer your time or donate your money, this free Memphis Giving Guide, from the Main Street Journal, can help you find the Christ-led ministries effecting social change in Memphis. (11 MB PDF document; right-click and save)
Picture of the Day
|Tree damage to the Lucas bungalow, from Singing Phillip. © 2011. His professional website is here and his Flickr stream is here.|
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: His site hits all the news from a variety of sources worth a look-in.
Susan Lynn: The former State Representative argues that changing the foreclosure notice process only helps banks and hurts homeowners. (via the Tennessean)
Tennessean: A long editorial piece on all the way Bin Laden has affected us, and how we responded and persevered.
Light Their Fire: Can your employees generate passion consistently about their work? (via the Daily News)
Guerrilla Sales & Marketing: Matching your business to a social cause that needs promotion can help everyone. (via the Daily News)