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T-Minus 100 Days
Shelby County Commission: Plans to meet to discuss and approve a redistricting plan “collapsed dramatically” into another acrimonious meeting. What emerged late was a 13 single-member district plan that surprisingly found traction. (Read Commissioner Steve Mulroy’s proposal of the plan in the Main Street Journal.) They did agree to reduce the size of the Unified Shelby County school board from 23 today to 7 by 2013, then possibly growing back to 13.
Morgan Keegan: While the deal for Raymond James Financial to purchase the investment firm has been announced, the implications of the deal are just now coming into focus.
Republican Presidential Primary: The Fox13 Insiders discuss the state of the race.
Suburban School Districts: Both Collierville and Germantown began the process of starting their own school districts. Both Boards voted unanimously on different paths: Collierville to set up a public referendum and Germantown to begin mayoral talks with the new County school system. Germantown parents packed Houston High School to hear from the Transition Planning Commission.
Unified Shelby School Board: The Shelby County Election Commission can’t set elections for seven new school board members until the County Commission sets new districts.
Business: The average Memphis worker makes $40,170 a year, slightly less than Nashville. A 5% increase in business licenses for Shelby County in 2011 but a slight decline for Q4 2011 versus the year before..
Schwan’s Home Service: They are closing their Bartlett distribution center, taking fifteen jobs.
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Internet Exclusive: The Political Silly Season: Our political and financial contributor, Chuck Bates, is already growing tired of outrageous political ads and he’s still got to survive until November!
Internet Exclusive: Rick Santorum and the Tea Party? Our Tea Party contributor, Ed “Doc” Holliday went to New Hampshire for the nation’s first primary vote and argues that, now, Rick Santorum might be the last hope for the Tea Party movement in national politics.
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HOPE Scholarships: Students who don’t meet both requirements for a scholarship, but keep college requirements for two years would be eligible for a reduced award, under a new proposal. The Associated Press story.
Shelby County Schools: Auditors found dozens of infractons, some “material”, but nothing major.
Agriculture: Conservation Innovation Grants are available to farmers who apply by the end of the month for grants to cover “green” and profit-raising practices.
Politics: TN businesses are pleading for an end to the estate tax. The sausage-making that is government ground up State Representative Beverly Marrero. State Senator Mae Beavers has withdrawn her bill to strip State courts of the power to rule on the constitutionality of passed legislation. Two Republican State Senators have filed a bill to make it legal to display the Ten Commandments in public buildings; more.
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|Three Mississippi sidewheelers at the levee, circa 1900, from Shorpy. Be sure to click through to examine this photo’s marvelous details. © 2012. Used with permission.|
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.
Commercial Appeal: Pleading for Apple to return manufacturing to America but giving no reason to do so. The paper that led the crusade to impose the income tax a decade ago still wants to keep that option option.
The Worldly Investor: With the European crisis looming, keep an eye onthe details. (via the Daily News)
Giving Back: He brings your attention to the Samaritan’s Feet Shoe Distribution. (via the Daily News)
Georgiana Vines: Legislators are reluctant to go on the record supporting Open Meeting laws. (via the Knoxville News-Sentinel)
John Craig: Government isn’t always good about owning and maintaining buildings and should sell them when it can. (via the Knoxville News-Sentinel)
David Hunter: Americans are learning to fight draconian laws with the internet. (via the Knoxville News-Sentinel)
Frank Gibson: Another agrument for keeping government notices in newspapers. (via the Tennessean)