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Voter ID: County Commissioner Henri Brooks announced a free transportation program for anyone who needs State-issued ID before the next election.
Pyramid: The demolition work is almost finished.
Suburban School District: Ahead of any official move by the suburbs, State Representative Curry Todd has filed a bill that calls for County school buildings to be transferred debt-free to any municipal school districts. More from Fox13, WREG.
Mississippi Pardons: Sorting out the pardons mess may be a “courtroom circus”.
Republican Presidential Primary: Former US Senator Fred Thompson is now backing candidate Newt Gingrich. State politicians who back Gingrich say Tennessee is poised to follow South Carolina’s example.
Politics: Will the State’s estate tax be reduced or moved to a higher tax bracket? GOP lawyer and party activist John Ryder has been playing a “quiet role” in Shelby County’s redistricting. US Representatives Scott DesJarlais (Republican, Fourth District) and Jim Cooper (Democrat, Fifth District) are combining on a bill to deny Congressmen their pay if they “miss deadlines for budget and appropriations bills”.
Germantown: The town will roll out its new policy allowing private streets to go public with the Devonshire Gardens Homeowners Association.
Memphis Botanic Garden: Fundraising will begin shortly on a permanent outdoor live stage for “Live at the Garden” and more projects.
Mississippi: In his first State of the State speech, Governor Phil Bryant outlined his legislative agenda.
Financial: A common stock sale netted $109 million for BancorpSouth.
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Triangle Noir: A public meeting is planned for January 30, on “best usage concepts” for the historic area downtown, slated for redevelopment.
Mayor A C Wharton: He is promising to revive the Metro Gang Unit as part of his “100 Days” plan.
Shelby County Commission: The “civility gap” laid bare. An animal welfare ordinance would allow non-profit animal welfare agencies to collect and forward, if they choose to, reports of animal neglect or abuse.
MLG&W: The State House turned to an arcane law to settle a dispute between Memphis and Shelby County over a $6 million payment.
DeSoto County: Volunteers are needed for the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall that’s coming in May. The Commercial Appeal’s Bulletin Board for the county. This Friday an historical marker will be erected for Springhill Cemetery, the County’s oldest.
Business: New rules further limiting the number of hours truckers can drive means rising costs for everything carried by trucks.
Buckeye Technologies: Good second quarter news as they reported higher sales and a sharp increase in net income as well as an increase in their dividend.
Regions Financial: The company reported a $602 million loss for the most recent quarter, due to charging off the acquisition of Morgan Keegan. The company ended with a loss for the year. More from the Commercial Appeal.
Whitehaven: Residents are worried about an expanded gas station, that would service 18 wheel trucks, that might overburden their neighborhood.
Warm Weather: The unusually warm winter means many bugs and pests think Spring is already here.
West Memphis Three: Amanda Hobbs, sister of murdered Steven Branch reacts to the latest news on the case.
Picture of the Day
|It takes some amount of courage (and some beer) to do a self-portrait, from Kip Gordon. © 2012. Used with permission.|
Opinion and Blogs
Creme de Memph: A remembrance of the old E. H. Crump Stadium at Central High School. The “architecturally impressive buildings” of the Memphis City Schools.
hootenany: Hokey smoke! Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Biking in Memphis: A lot of biking links of all types.
beth g. sanders: Some writing tips for you.
Bigger Than Your Head: The wine of the week.
Agitatrix: You always get the Haagen-Daaz. Always.
matters of merrymaking: A look at Target’s 2012 “look book”. Working a Navajo sweater.
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.
I’ll be the one in heels: Shelby (the dog) critiques the fashion “faux paws” of the Golden Globes.
In the South, it’s a religion: How she games the system to her financial benefit. Interesting ideas here.
Guerrilla Sales & Marketing: Trade show strategies. (via the Daily News)
A Merry Wife: Careful! She’s got a new sewing machine.