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Shelby County Housing Authority: The deeply mismanaged agency may be merged with the Memphis Housing Authority.
AutoZone Park: The City of Memphis may guarantee bonds issued by the Downtown Memphis Commission, backed by dedicated revenue streams, to pay down the debts accrued.
Hoodie: Fox13’s Scott Madaus put on a hoodie to “gauge people’s perceptions” of a hooded man.
Shelby County: All the County’s school busses should get a “green” diesel upgrade by this Summer. The County Land Bank has a number of properties it is trying to give to non-profits to, in turn, return to community use.
Chattanooga: The Volkswagen assembly plant will add 800 jobs by the end of the year. Eventually, 25% of all VWs sold in America will be assembled there. Governor Bill Haslam appeared on Fox News to tout the expansion, and avoid politics. More from the Associated Press.
Politics: The leader of the State Democratic Caucus, Representative Mike Turner, compared Tennessee to Afghanistan, Republicans to the Taliban, and said of Speaker of the House Beth Harwell he doesn’t “think she’s a nutjob”.
Scorecard: The current standing: 10 Democrats and 4 Republicans. That’s the number of State legislators who are retiring (some to run for other office). Republican State Representative Scotty Campbell is the latest.
Memphis Animal Shelter: Employees are getting retrained in animal handling. More from WMC and the Commercial Appeal. They have also partnered with the Humane Society. They will shortly be installing GPS systems on all shelter vehicles, so a repeat of the Demetria Hogan incident cannot happen.
Education Reform: SCORE is calling for the State to cultivate, train, prioritise and retain good principals. Governor Bill Haslam backs the legislative plan to keep teachers’ performance evaluation scores secret. The bill has passed the Senate and moves to the House.
Local Media: The Business Journal is launching Social Madness, their competition to find the best company with the “social media presence as it competes in a dynamic and unpredictable tournament-style challenge”.
Allergy Season: Memphis is the eighth-ranked Spring Allergy Capital, according to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
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NEW! INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! Memphis Bus Riders Union: A group of Memphis bus riders are tired of feeling left out of the decision-making process for MATA. They’ve taken action!
NEW! INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! Our tea party contributor, Ed “Doc” Holliday is still out on the primary trail. He asks, “What now, Republicans?” and sees possibilities between now and November.
NEW! INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! Southpaw: Memphis columnist Andria K. Brown wonders why do we expect politicians to be more than politicans with our most intimate and personal issues?
Internet Exclusive: Commissioner Roland Demands an Apology! Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland is demanding an apology from Commercial Appeal columnist Wendi C. Thomas to the suburban communities.
Howard Baker: The former TN Senator was honored in Washington DC at an event, “A Century of Service”, to honor a number of dignitaries.
Unified School Board: The board rejected a proposal that would have prevented any transfer of buildings or property unless “the price is right”.
State Redistricting: The NAACP insists their suit to stop implementation of the GOP-drawn map isn’t “a sour grapes move”.
Wounded Warrior: Marine corporal Christian Brown, seriously wounded in Afghanistan and still recovering in Maryland, is being helped by the Wounded Warriors but could still use your prayers and help. Wounded Warriors website.
Second Amendment: The TN Firearms Association has been consistently excluded from talks between legislators and other parties in the bill to allow gun carry in parked cars on business parking lots.
Memphis Police Department: Major Stan Eason is off “field duty” while a complaint filed at his second job in investigated. A TN Appeals Court ruled unconstitutional their practice of 48-hour holds, again.
Emerging 200 Program: There are still 17 slots available for the City-administered, Small Business Administration program for … well, small and medium sized businesses.
Business: The Memphis bioscience sector still suffers from a local skills gap that local businesses and educators are eager to close.
FedEx: Following yesterday’s news of a settlement with the Dept. of Labor over employment practices, shares fell in spite of an optimistic earnings report. The company’s 3Q net earnings were 126% higher than the year-ago quarter; more from the Commercial Appeal. No Memphis facilities were implicated by that settlement. More on the settlement from the Daily News, WMC and again, the Commercial Appeal.
Kroger: The chain is pulling the meat replacement called “pink slime” from its shelves and discontinuing its sale. They also had mislabeled and mispriced beef that, if you bought it, you can get refunds.
Mississippi: Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking a review by the State Supreme Court of former governor Haley Barbour’s pardons.
DeSoto County: Residents of the gated community Cross Creek may go public in order to get needed street repairs. The Southaven Board of Aldermen discussed the long-aborning Outlet Shops of the Mid-South project; more. A State budget proposal could mean a $5 million shot in the arm for County schools. The School Board, in their meeting, approved a number of 2011 storm-related repairs.
Memphis Zoo: The miscarriage of an elephant there is leading to a fuss with out-of-state animal activists.
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|Rain or shine for some guys…. From Itchy Shutter Finger by Jackie Ellison. © 2012. Used with permission.|
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.
Gary Goff: Guns have no place on campuses. (via the Knoxville News-Sentinel)
Ina Hughs: From dark times and terrible circumstances came a hymn whose words have far outlived their author: “Jesus loves me, this I know.” An incredible story. (via the Knoxville News-Sentinel)
Gail Kerr: The Legislature is trying to intimidate doctors into not performing abortions. “Period.” (via the Tennessean)
Joseph P. Fuhr: Government-run and -funded broadband isn’t wise in tight financial times. (via the Tennessean)
Tennessean: Making teacher performance scores available can only help the public.
Sid Salter: Expect the Justice Department to thoroughly block all voter ID reforms in the South. (via the Desoto Times Tribune)
Sean Phipps: Five ridiculously easy ways to brighten someone’s day. (via the Nooga.com)
Barbara Prescott: She argues for the system the Unified County Schools will be arranged under, the Multiple Achievement Paths. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Bernal E. Smith II: Only in Memphis! (via the Tri-State Defender)
Shannen Dee Williams: Hate speech is not a First Amendment right. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Money Matters: Exploring “key person” insurance. (via the Tri-State Defender)
Flyer: The Attorney General’s report is just another force wisely counseling a slow-down in the school merger process.
FUNdraising: Non-profit boards should be concerned with legalities in policy-making. (via the Daily News)
Memphasis: Remembering Pete & Sam’s. (via the Daily News)
Chattanooga Times: Government should allow free speech, no matter how inconvenient it might be to a community. They try to link Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law with the death of Trayvon Martin and the need to implement more gun controls.