General Session Court Clerk Otis Jackson Jackson, who was given a 60-day suspension with pay by a three-judge panel, has now hired an attorney to file an injunction on the judges’ ruling. He had been charged with four counts of official misconduct.
Memphis City Council: Several Council members are upset with school officials for giving out raises to administrators as well as teachers when only teachers got the State-mandated 1.6% raise.
Endless Election Season: There will be a mayoral election in Arlington on September 15. The Election Commission certified election ballots Thursday. There are 14 candidates for the uncontested City Council seat in District Seven.
The Wharton Administration: Mayor A C Wharton is presenting a pension overhaul to hopefully implement it by October 1. The City pays $21,000/month for cell phones for employees. He is warning Memphians about the heat.
Memphis City Schools: Seven thousand teachers had mandatory in-service training on the new evaluation program.
Heat Deaths: A Memphis police officer, Anthony Rahming, is believed to have died early Thursday from heat exposure on Wednesday. He left work early, feeling sick. Police now want a change in the hot weather policy. More from WMC.
Shelby County Commission: New committee heads were announced.
Politics: Despite being a spending-cut pioneer, US Senator Bob Corker remains on tea party hit lists.
Internet Exclusive! Lies, Damned Lies and Political Rhetoric: Financial Correspondent Chuck Bates believes that too many politicians are willing to play rhetorical games with the high-stakes Federal budget debate. He longs for the days of statesmen.
Internet Exclusive: Corporate Welfare and Government Waste: The Tennessee Center for Policy Research is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization that has just released their 2011 Pork Report on State government waste, fraud and mis-spending. The report can be read here.
Internet Exclusive: Herman Cain for President: Mississippi Tea Party activist Doctor Ed “Doc” Holliday says the only man who stands a chance of defeating President Barack Obama in 2012 is Republican candidate Herman Cain, and he lays out why.
Unemployment: Memphis unemployment rose to 10.9%.
Millington: Mayor Richard Hodges says he’s not talking with certain department heads since an investigation was launched in the town.
Memphis Animal Shelter: The owner of the dog who allegedly died while in custody of animal control officer Demetria Hogan the day she would be disciplined, is angry Hogan will not be disciplined.
Grizzlies: If the NBA lockout continues, it will affect revenues enough the City and County will have to pony up some money to make bond payments.
Tennessee: The State’s bonds will keep their top Moody’s rating now that a deal has been reached on the debt-ceiling in Congress.
Business: Memphis’ publicly-traded companies were in the red yesterday. The owner of Mortimer’s is now an unemployment benefits reform activist.
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|Elizabeth, Maxwell and Murphy, cousins and Summer friends, from Marcie M. Maxwell. © 2011.|
MemphisShelbyInform: Three things that still need reforming in Memphis: the line of duty disability provision of the pension; health care for retirees; and health care costs at MLGW.
Wendi C. Thomas: She naturally focuses on the race and class issues of the Memphis Farmers Market situation last weekend. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Beth Brock: The president of the Memphis Farmers Market board explains just what happened at last Saturday market. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Commercial Appeal: Mortgage foreclosure and copper theft–insult to injury.
FUNdraising: Economic impact and charitable giving at your family reunion. (via the Daily News)
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.
Flyer: They wish the President had used the “two trillion-dollar coin” solution to the national debt crisis. Ohhhhh-kay….
John Branston: When government jobs are “the backbone of the middle class in Memphis” maybe you’re doing something wrong? (via the Flyer)
Because I Said So: Fitting “our circular summer selves into the square peg holes of school days. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Memphasis: A bowl of hope at Caritas Village. (via the Daily News)