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Memphis City Schools: The State Education Commission has identified 85 under-performing schools State-wide, and 68 are in Memphis. (List of schools at link.) They may be taken into the Acheivement School District.
University of Memphis Athletics: Former football coach Larry Porter was fired two years into a five year contract this weekend and will recieve at least two million dollars for leaving. His assistants will also get paid for early departure. Previous coach Tommy West is still being repaid. The Daily Helmsman reports the situation.
Crime: One stretch of Germantown Parkway is a magnet for bank robberies and the MPD is using billboards to fight back.
Tomeka Hart: Her primary challenge against Democrat US Congressman Steven Cohen is finally underway.
Memphis Animal Shelter: Two weeks after the release of a report from the Rotary Club, Mayor A C Wharton hasn’t taken any action at the Shelter.
Politics: More reports on the reduction of HOPE scholarships for future students. The ACLU-TN has launched an educational campaign to inform people of their internet “rights”. The Economic and Community Development Department is publishing draft guidelines on the next INCITE program phase.
Local Media: The Nielsen November ratings are in.
NEW INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! Bloomberg’s Money: What Does It Mean For Memphis? Correspondent Craig Harper returns to ask the difficult questions that no one else is asking about Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s use of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s money to fight juvenile handgun violence.
Internet Exclusive: Why Shelby County Needs Districts: County Commissioner Steve Mulroy explains his single-member district proposal for the County Commission redistricting–why it’s better and more responsive to community needs.
Internet Exclusive: Europe’s “Greece” Fire: Our financial contributor, Chuck Bates, looks at the Greek meltdown, what it will do to Europe and what it might mean to America.
Shelby County Government: Despite huge debt looming over the County, Mayor Mark Luttrell will give County employees bonuses.
Winter Worries: Who pays to fix the heater in rental units?
Mid-South Food Bank: Thanks to donations from local hunters and the Plough Foundation, “tens of thousands of pounds” of venison will be available.
Snow: Overnight and early morning were snow events but it was all gone by mid-day. And it was too late to set any records. But heavy snows in non-Shelby County West Tennessee meant extra work for TDOT workers.
Arkansas: Despite the cessation of “fracking” in the State, which was blamed for a rash of small earthquakes, a small one happened on Tuesday. More from WMC. The Labor Department says the Cargill Meat Solutions, near Springfield, discriminates.
Business: Cyber Monday shopping hit an all time peak of $1.25 billion. Memphis’s net loss because of The Great Recession is estimated at 703 jobs, according to the Business Journal.
Terminix: The company is hosting job fairs to fill 90 “inside sales jobs”.
Bartlett: Promotions and transfers for the police department.
Vance Avenue Collaborative: A repurposed MATA bus is being used to service neighborhoods classed as “food deserts”. The project will depend, at least initially, on private donations.
Grizzlies: The Flyer looks into the proposed deal the players’ union and the owners may sign.
Internet Exclusive: Mississippi Tea Party activist Ed “Doc” Holliday supports the Republican presidential candidacy of Herman Cain and says he brings “Rock Splitting Politics” to the race.
Picture of the Day
|Lily anticipates her pink cupcake, from Time Flies by Brooke. © 2011.|
Opinion and Blogs
Staging by M: The inevitable after-Thanksgiving blues and the long wind-up to Christmas.
Mary Wilder: The City must pony up the funds to build a detention basin under the Overton Square parking garage. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Guerrilla Sales & Marketing: Thoughts on the demise of Black Friday. (via the Daily News)
readmorewritemorethinkmorebemore: Thoughts on the internet as a material thing, an object in its own right.
sarah fortune: She giving away three sets of the What To Expect When You’re Expecting books to her readers!
Smart City Memphis: The Unified school board shouldn’t have rejected all the charter school applications.
The Soundcheck and the Fury: A short selection from his novel, The Long Gone Daddies, which is back in print.
The Chubby Vegetarian: A recipe for mushroom meat and an Italian variant. A vegetarian Syrian pizza.
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.
Weeden Arts Watch: The “alphabet series” continues with “D is for Design”, about the importance of art and intentionality in urban settings.
Walls of the City: ‘Tis the season and the Soldiers’ Angels could use your help.
vibinc: This is, indeed, the time for being thankful.
theology & geometry: Her own family’s first Thanksgiving.
The Daddler and Me: Not everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.