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He’ll Be Home For Christmas
Memphis City Council: A council committee voted down a 2.7% hotel/motel tax increase proposed by Councilman Edmund Ford Jr. Ford says our hotel/motel tax rate is not in line with other similar cities. Hotel industry representatives came and expressed their opposition.
Overton Square: The Council passed the $16 million “financial incentive” to fund a water detention facility under a parking structure built by Loeb Properties. Councilman Harold Collins noted that other parts of the city, such as Elvis Presley Boulevard have similar problems, but don’t get similar funding or attention. More from WREG and the Commercial Appeal.
Memphis City Schools: The Tennessee College Access & Success Network will subsidise the ACT and pay for tours of local colleges for students at Hamilton High School to increase college participation. Many questions, much contention and a very tight deadline for the MCS Engineering Lab.
Shelby County Commission: They are considering stricter laws, even spay/neuter, for “aggressive breeds” of animals.
Whistleblowers Lawsuit: A suit alleging wrongful termination for Cynthia Banks-Harris by Memphis mayor A C Wharton has finally made it to court. She and her former boss, John Todd, claim they were trying to “expose operational and financial mismanagement” in Homeland Security.
Memphis Police Department: Officer Michael Sinnock arranged to purchase 20 Lortab and 200 pounds of marijuana with the alleged intent to sell them. He was on-duty and in uniform at the time. A statement from Police Director Toney Armstrong. More from WMC and WREG and Commercial Appeal.
TN Higher Education Commission: The system that controls the State college system is asking legislators to approve an ambitious and expensive plan to fund capital improvement projects.
Politics: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running a robocall operation in US Representative Stephen Fincher’s district. Looking for a gift to give this Christmas? Congressman Marsha Blackburn suggests 100 watt incandescent bulbs!
DeSoto County: Ohio-based The Pizutti Company has been chosen as the master developer and development adviser for the proposed large-scale industrial park development in Olive Branch. The Board of Supervisors dissolved the Summerhill Fire Protection District and the tax supporting it.
Tri-State Bank: Some changes to the executive management team were made.
Temporary Service Interruption: The Main Street Journal Online will not update today but will return on Friday, December 23, 2011.
NEW! INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! Our Tea Party contributor Ed “Doc” Holliday looks at the Republican presidential candidacy of Newt Gingrich and wonders if his past baggage can–or should–be overcome in tea party eyes.
Internet Exclusive: Chuck Bates is fired up this month and lets loose a cri de couer of frustration at a mass media that’s telling Republican voters whom to vote for before they’ve even met all the candidates honestly. It’s a firecracker of a column.
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.
Shelby County Office of Preparedness: They are preparing for deep cuts in Federal funding in the next year.
Holiday Closings: The Commercial Appeal has the list.
Memphis Fire Department: Another fire department officer, Lt Nick Molinaro, has been busted, by the family of New York 9/11 victim (and fellow Fire Department worker) Carl Molinaro for claiming a blood relationship that doesn’t exist.
Mississippi: Governor Haley Barbour last State budget revives some ideas he’s proposed before, including school district consolidation. In the State redistricting effort, US Representative Alan Nunnelee is sad to see three Counties moved from his First District.
Dyersburg State Community College: A two-year audit has found “significant financial misstatements” about school funds classification.
Business: Unemployment rates fell in 43 states in November. Shoppers appear to be increasing their holiday spending this year.
International Paper: The United Steelworkers have reached an agreement for 5700 employees that means a raise.
Delta Air Lines: When the airline had a sale on flights to New York, they forgot to include Memphis, even as they are touting their Atlanta hub.
Mahaffey Fabric Structures: They have been named one of the nation’s 100 fastest-growing inner-city businesses.
Real Estate: The National Association of Realtors is scheduled to release revised data for the past five years. An error in the formulae for computing the Multiple Listing Service is blamed but the extent of the misstatement is unclear.
Shelby County District Attorney: They will be using “DNA indictments” to stop the clock on statue of limitations.
Arkansas: Officials will lift lane restrictions on a 10 mile stretch of I-40 for the holidays. A student at Earle High School was beaten up for resisting joining a gang, and was suspended for fighting back.
Internet Exclusive: Why Shelby County Needs Single-Member Commission 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.
Picture of the Day
|“Psychobilly” band Th’ Empires stage an impromptu show outside the Buccaneer (more here) from Flickr by Jackie Ellison. © 2011. Used with permission. His professional website is here.|
Opinion and Blogs
The Chubby Vegetarian: Triple tomato soup (with onions) and white cheddar croutons, and all the recipes. And, some how to make some classic Christmas cookies.
Yeah, and another thing: She’s a capitalist but she doesn’t subscribe to the credo of unrestrained consumerism.
Vegan Crunk: Christmas at Me-Maw’s.
Urf! A review of Charles Mingus: Beneath the Underdog.
This Classical Life: A history of the Twelve Days of Christmas and some free printable downloads.
The Intersection of Madness and Reality: The “critical misunderstanding” in talking about immigrants and immigration.
Steve’s Nude Memphis Blog: A two-fer! Cops using Taser crotch shots and how new headlight placement (of high intensity beams) is blinding drivers.
Staging by M: Some simple but dramatic gift-wrapping ideas.
Memphis Foodie: Taking the Kookamunga burger challenge at the Kooky Canuck. And a visit to Spindini.
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.
Memphisotan: Her experience with jury duty.
sarah fortune: Baby Iris is now two months old. And cute!
Reginald Milton’s A Fresh Look: An open letter to County Commission chairman Sidney Chism.
readmorewritemorethinkmorebemore: An intensive review of the George Clooney film, The Ides of March.
Guerrilla Sales & Marketing: “To blog or not to blog?” she asks. (via the Daily News)
Small Business Advocate: Being an avowed Scrooge isn’t all that bad. (via the Commercial Appeal)