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Memphis City Schools: State officials met with area farmers to set up local produce production for City schools this Fall, to the tune of $10 million.
Voter ID: If you need assistance getting to a driver’s license center for ID sufficient to vote, you can get transportation from Commissioner Henri Brooks’s office and more than half-a-dozen area churches.
Transition Planning Commission: They have hired the firms of Red Deluxe Brand Development and Trust Marketing to handle their PR needs.
West Memphis Three: The latest film on the murders of three boys and the court case and prison odyssey since, West of Memphis, had its Nashville premiere Wednesday night. with many of the principals–including Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin–attending.
Shelby County Commission: Events this week were a seismic shift for the commission.
French Quarter Suites: More on the finally announced sale to the Memphis Regional Design Center, who will turn it into a Comfort Suites.
Morgan Keegan: The retention packages from Raymond James Financial aren’t as sweet as many expected and many financial advisers may not stay on. Top advisers are traveling to Florida next week to hear what’s being offered. More from the Commercial Appeal.
Memphis Redbirds: They have released their 2012 schedule of promotions for the season. Block parties, fireworks, giveaways, a special Faith and Family Night on June 16, and more! It’s a full schedule of fun. Redbirds site.
MATA: A new activist group, the Transportation Task Force, will document the impact of the most recent changes that MATA has implemented. They are hosting a town hall meeting tomorrow.
Strip Clubs: Now that the new laws on strip clubs are in place, the Flyer surveys the room and reports the new landscape.
Tourism: Officials and businessmen connected with the State tourism industry, the Tennessee Tourism Committee, met in Memphis to brainstorm ways to improve tourism via State funding.
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The March 6 Election: There are now five Democratic candidates in the General Sessions Court Clerk primary race, including late entrant Karen Woodward.
Mayor A C Wharton: The Tri-State Defender reports on the mayor’s State of the City speech.
Suburban School Districts: State Representative Curry Todd’s bill to turn over City/County school buildings to any potential municipal school districts is, according to State Senator Mark Norris, dead for the session. Were a variety of elected officials working to slow the bill down? Shelby County mayor Mark Luttrell is reportedly angry at the bill; more.
2011 Floods: One homeowner finds himself trapped between government agencies and his mortgage company in trying to get help with his flood-damaged home.
Winter Illness: Are you sick right now? Are your friends? You’re not alone this Winter.
DeSoto County: Citizens in Southaven have formed a citizens group to form a watchdog group focused on the Mayor Greg Davis situation. They want the law changed so they can recall the mayor. More on MS Department of Transportation freezing millions of dollars in public funding until the troubles are sorted out–all of it. More from WMC. When the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall comes to town in May, volunteers are needed.
Business: Nearly 700 jobs will be lost with the closing of the Briggs & Stratton plant in Newbern. The Collierville plant of Carrier air conditioning was rated by IndustryWeek as one of America’s top ten manufacturing plants on several measures.
Delta Airlines: Delta CEO Richard Anderson “resolutely dodged” all questions about Memphis International Airport’s place in future plans.
Bartlett:Town officials will tour some school districts in East Tennessee to learn more about starting their own school district.
Mississippi: A a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees indicates that charter schools have a bright future in the state. The only person still missing in the pardons scandal is Joseph Ozment, who now has a reward on his whereabouts.
State Redistricting: The governor, mid-week, signed off on the Congressional and State House plans for redistricting. The Senate plan awaits his signature.
Nashville: House Judiciary Chairman Eric Watson wants the Occupy Nashville protesters off War Memorial Plaza but a lot of parties are trying to bird-dog the proposal. More on the State investigation and audit of Davidson County Clerk John Arriola, who is accused of taking money illegally from people and poor record keeping.
Real Estate: 2011 was the worst year ever for new home sales.
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|As beautiful as this doll is, there’s also something deeply unsettling. From Flickr by Melly Kay. © 2012.|
Eleanor Scott: When graffiti gets the imprimatur of government and public arts groups. (via the Knoxville Metro Pulse)
Frank Cagle: The rise, arc and fall of Gloria Ray and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. (via the Knoxville Metro Pulse)
John Branston: For one brief shining season, Shelby County had a single school district. (via the Flyer)
Memphasis: If Muhammad Ali fought the County Commission, “he’d have a hard time deciding which dope to rope”. (via the Daily News)
FUNdraising Think before you agree to serve on a non-profit’s board. (via the Daily News)
Money Matters: Some of the top financial challenges facing business owers and professionals. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Carlee McCullough: “Compliance is the key” when contracting with any level of government. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Tarrin McGee: Positive parenting is the key to unlocking your child’s potential. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.
Green Thumb: The Lichterman Nature Center will have its first seed swap this Saturday. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Jan Knight: When you come home from work make being with your children your priority. (via the Desoto Times Tribune)
Knoxville News-Sentinel: They support a small number of elected and unelected officials appointing your judiciary. The Trustee’s Office scandal should be used by the charter review committee as motivation to tinker with the City’s charter?
Ina Hughs: God doesn’t punish mothers through their pregnancies. (via the Knoxville News-Sentinel)
Flyer: Are there glimmers of light from the end of the housing market crash tunnel?