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To Court It Is, Then….
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton: More on his swearing in on Sunday. He began unveiling his plans at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. He plans “getting rid of upper level management” to increase cost savings and improve efficiency. He is, in a word, calling for downsizing.
Suburban School Districts: East Shelby County lawmakers, mostly Republicans, will introduce legislation in Nashville that either makes it easier and cheaper or compels the Unified Shelby County School Board to sell suburban school buildings to new municipal school districts.
Shelby County School Board: Blogger MemphisShelbyInform finds a half-million dollar Memphis City Schools program being implemented called “No-Nonsense Nurturer (NNN)” a “Classroom Management/Culture Program”.
Memphis City Council: Some Councilmen raised questions about Electolux’ commitment to minority hiring during construction; more from Fox13. The Council approved parts of Mayor A C Wharton’s reorganisation plan. They also wants answers about the Rotary Club report on the animal shelter.
Flooding: Many homes in Frayer, destroyed in flooding back in May of 2010, are still standing, vacant … and abandoned.
EDGE: New president Reid Dulberger took over his job yesterday at the Economic Development Growth Engine and Industrial Development Board.
Business: After a decade of deterioration, the historic residential corner of East Parkway North and Summer Avenue may be sold … to a national retail chain. Construction of the new Poplar Plaza Kroger may again be underway. The site of Memphis first McDonald’s will yield to Subway.
Trane: More on the company’s lease for a 625,000 square foot distribution center.
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NEW ARTICLE! Regular Main Street Journal contributor Chuck Bates, on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, looks at the Republican field and wonders, “Are we headed to a brokered convention?”
2012 Republican Primary: 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.
The Main Street Journal Gets Social: We’re instituting some new ways for you to let your friends know about Memphis news in the MSJ. Look at the bottom of the left-hand column for sharing tools. And don’t forget the social media tools we offer in the right-side widget. We’ve also got a new Facebook page. (Will require Facebook login.) Share the news, with the Main Street Journal!
Chancery Court: Newly-sworn in Clerk, Donna Russell, has “rescinded” the political appoointment of chief administrative officer, Wanda Wright.
Memphis Animal Shelter: A Rotary Club report on the shelter failed to mention ties to dog-fighting rings and Public Services and Neighborhoods Division Director Janet Hooks says she hasn’t heard any evidence either. The City is now looking at privatising the shelter and the City Council wants answers. More on Council reaction from WMC and WREG. You can read the Rotary Club report. (PDF document) Mediaverse’ coverage of the Club’s report.
Local Media: The “Watchdog”, Mike Matthews, returns to local airwaves, now reporting for WPTY-ABC 24.
Politics: State district attorneys are pushing the Legislature for tougher sentencing laws.
State Redistricting: Republican legislators will release proposed maps for State legislative and Congressional districts today. House Democrats stand to lose nine seats. There will be five open seats. More from the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
DeSoto County: The Southaven Board of Aldermen decided the “vast majority” of the receipts turned in by Mayor Greg Davis were unjustified expenses. They also revoked the resolution that Davis used to justify the expenses and then apologised to the community. The Board will also redefine the mayor’s official role.
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|Ringing in the New Year the time honored way: with friends and fun. From Time Flies. © 2011.|
Opinion and Blogs
Mr Brame’s Blog: Another blogger lists his favorite reads of 2011, with some reviewing, too. His reviewed reading from December.
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.
Paul Proctor: Changing the name of Southern Baptists is wrong-headedly focusing on “branding”. (via the Tennessean)
Jamie P. Merisotis: College is a passport to a better life. (via the Tennessean)
Guerrilla Sales & Marketing: Ten smart marketing tips for 2012. (via the Daily News)
Martin Harshberger: Where jobs come from. (via the Daily News)
My Memphis Mommy: Another reminder, for new readers, about this incredible blog, offering coupons, discounts, free stuff, samples and so much more. Just start at the top and start scrolling.
I’ll be the one in heels: Tips on applying high-drama evening make-up.
In the South, it’s a religion: Are you LinkedIn? Any advice?
LeftWing Cracker: Fearing the worst when the new State redistricting maps are released today.
Listwork: Guess what? A list of books she read last year.
Living Loud in Midtown: His New Year’s Day was spent eating and shopping for books, and watching the new Sherlock Holmes.
Mediaverse: Thoughts on University of Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner.
MemphisConnect: Did you know this is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month? And you can become a part of it.
One Half Amazing: If you’re interested in iPhoneography there’s a workshop coming tomorrow.