Main Street Journal - Thursday, March 15, 2012

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Memphis City Schools’ Deputy Superintendent Irving Hamer has announced his resignation, effective at the end of April. WMC’s story names the executive assistant involved and clears up the timeline of events; ABC24 also names her. More reports from the Flyer, WREG, ABC24 and the Commercial Appeal. Fox13 has the report on the Glankler, Brown investigation. School superintendent Dr Kriner Cash has not yet publicly commented.

Memphis Animal Shelter: Interim director James Rogers’ efforts to address problems with staff at the shelter appear to be gaining favor with animal activists. The Advisory Board recommended installing a camera in the euthanasia room.

Shelby County Commission: Fox13’s Les Smith profiles Commissioner Henri Brooks and the outrages she’s accused of starting.

Homelessness: The latest government-funded count of the city’s homeless is a record: 2076.

TN Air National Guard: The Memphis fleet of C-5As will be upgraded to eight C-17s in the new fiscal year.

Republican Presidential Primaries: Was Super Tuesday the last gasp of Newt Gringich? GOP voters in Mississippi “turned out in droves” Tuesday.

Mo’ Money Taxes: The Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has sued the company, claiming they filed false, inaccurate returns and charged hidden fees. Company cofounder Markey Granberry is now producing a video to “will set the record straight”. More from Fox13 and the Commercial Appeal.

BlueCross BlueShield of TN: The company will pay a Federal penalty of $1.5 million to “settle potential violations of patient information rules”, from a 2007 case.

Business: The Daily News presents Today’s Events. And the Commercial Appeal covers both People in Business and What to Do.

Reynolds American: The company will reduce its American workforce by 10%, but this won’t affect Memphis operations.

Theatre Memphis: They have announced their 2012-2013 season, which includes Fiddler on the Roof and A Chorus Line. Theatre Memphis website.

DeSoto County: More on the “Walk Against Fear” march for immigration. The Hernando Farmers Market is adding two more dates this year. Police are searching for a gang of burglars behind at least a dozen break-ins around Horn Lake. When human are evicted, pets also suffer, sometime cruelly.

Local analysis of Tuesday’s primary results. There were problems with the election, mostly related to old equipment, and hundreds had problems with voter registration.

West Memphis 3: An anonymous donor has doubled the reward for information leading to the “real” killers in the case.

West Tennessee: The current and former mayors of Henning are at odds when the current mayor removed the name of the former mayor, Mary Ann Jarrett, from a building.

Financial: Regions Financial plans to use the proceeds of its $900 million common stock offering to repay its remaining TARP debt. The stock offering was priced at $5.90/share.

US Senate: US Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are pressing the Obama administration over the IRS’ questioning of tea party groups. More from the Associated Press.

Allergies: A prematurely warm Spring is triggering an early allergy season.

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BREAKING! INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! Commissioner Roland Demands an Apology! On Tuesday of this week, Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland released a letter to the president and CEO of Scripps demanding that Commercial Appeal columnist Wendi C. Thomas apologise to the suburban communities.

NEW! ONLINE EXCLUSIVE! Presidential Economic Plans, Part II: Financial contributor Chuck Bates continues his examination of the economic plans of the four Republican presidential candidates. You can read part one here.

NEW! ONLINE EXCLUSIVE! The Main Street Journal proudly welcomes Andria K. Brown to our ranks. She’ll be writing Southpaw and in Being Memphisotan she introduces herself.

Internet Exclusive: Farewell, Andrew Breitbart: Mick Wright pens a remembrance of the “iconoclastic provocateur”, the man who showed us the way.

Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr: A Commercial Appeal report on the first day of his confirmation hearing for appointment to a U.S. District Court vacancy for the Western District.

Beale Street Landing: The Riverfront Development Corporation has announced the restaurant they’ve chosen: Riverside Grille & Dockside Bar. It will open mid-Summer. More from the Commercial Appeal

Memphis Police Department: An unidentified police officer has been relieved of duty after “inappropriate radio communications”. He was reportedly having sex in his patrol car.

“Check Engine” Light: US Representative Steve Cohen is formally asking Governor Bill Haslam to help straighten out the problem with autos failing inspection because of problems with their “check engine” light.

City of Memphis: The Department of Housing and Urban Development is looking into the City’s HARP program and overcharged, shoddy work.

Downtown: More on the Segway tours coming to The Peabody. An unnamed developer has agreed to redevelop the Hotel Chisca. Memphis leaders were in Washington DC to pitch ideas for redevelopment for Federal funding in hopes of getting it.

Mississippi: Legislation intended to challenge Roe v. Wade, the “fetal heartbeat” bill, passed the State House, 78-36. And the bill requiring positive voter ID at the polls also passed. After many amendments from the Republicans, the illegal immigration bill passed the House. The Republican Senate also passed the bill to limit the State Attorney General’s powers, and they will stop the purchase of new vehicles by the State. Governor Phil Bryant is tackling teen pregnancy with a new program. The state’s unemployment rate fell to 9.9%, its first time below 10% since September 2009.

Politics: The House sponsor of the effort to cut HOPE scholarships, Rep. Harry Brooks, is supporting making those cuts contingent on lottery revenues. Memphis Representative Joe Brown made progress with a bill to prevent female athletes from showing their underwear. A bill to ban truck stops near neighborhoods failed. More on Rep. Antonio Parkinson’s bill to see that rapists serve their full jail terms. Two parts of Governor Haslam’s crime package won funding.

The House State and Local Government Subcommittee narrowly approved one Democratic-proposed change to the new Voter ID law, but delayed two others. The messy story of the narrowly-missed repeal of voter ID. Elections Coordinator Mark Goins expects the bill to die shortly. Much more on the story from the Knoxville News-Sentinel and another story. And the Commercial Appeal uses press reports.

Tennessee: The average Tennessean’s credit scrore is … average. Beginning in Brentwood, the State is rolling out “next generation” 911.

Millington: Southern Educational Strategies will present their analysis of a town municipal school system at a public meeting tonight.

Picture of the Day

A Buddha in the Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian, from Flickr by Chris Wieland. © 2012. Used with permission. Website for the Freer/Sackler Galleries of Asian Art.

Opinion and Blogs

Vegan Crunk: She asks, “What color is your smoothie?” An update on Freezer Week.

Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.

The Intersection of Madness and Reality: Thoughts on voter ID, Eric Holder and the constitutional right to vote. Selective activism and Kony 2012.

Yeah, and another thing: Signs that her anxiety is reaching crisis proportions.

Weeden Arts Watch: The A to Z of arts leadership is on the letter M, for Money.

Walls of the City: It’s not that “green” vehicles pollute less, they just pollute less here in America.

vibinc: Thoughts on mountain-top removal and the TN legislature.

This Classical Life: Some phototips for a family photoshoot. A recipe roundup in honor of her sister’s birthday.

theology & geometry: The line between the world that is and the worlds that could have been.

the vault is unlocked: Someone is thoroughly intoxicated by her visit to Rome. Beautiful post.

The Gates of Memphis: Urbans magnets and filling in the holes in Memphis.

Rays of Wisdom: Don’t confuse getting a discount with saving money. (via the Daily News)

I Swear: Prepare youself for crossword humor. (via the Daily News)

Sid Salter: The unaddressed, looming, problem that voters have yet to address. (via the Desoto Times Tribune)

Fox13 Insiders: They discuss the issues of the day.

Commercial Appeal: They balk at the idea of the City buying AutoZone Park. Farewell to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Wendi C. Thomas: The government taking charge of the mentally ill homeless, at least until the money runs out. (via the Commercial Appeal)

Because I Said So: Sometimes it takes a fictional family to remind us of what’s best in our own families. (via the Commercial Appeal)

County Commissioner Terry Roland: His letter to Scripps Howard demands an apology from Commercial Appeal columnist Wendi Thomas and threatens a boycott of their advertisers. (via Facebook; may require login; may have to scroll down)