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MCS Superintendent Dr Kriner Cash: The Charolotte Observer reported Sunday morning that Cash is one of three finalists for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent position. He will be interviewed tomorrow. The former superintendent of the CMS system, Peter Gorman, has spoken before the TPC about mergers. More reports from Fox13, the Commercial Appeal, ABC24, WMC and WREG.
Municipal School Districts: On Monday, the State Senate approved legislation allowing the County municipalities to hold referenda on creating MSDs this year. It further sets out the process for holding elections for school board members. The House has scheduled a vote on a version of the bill for tomorrow. A Berje Yacoubian poll suggests most wouldn’t want to pay for an MSD.
Transition Planning Commission: They are being lobbied by supporters of the MCS/Gates Foundation-led Teacher Effectiveness Initiative to keep the program in the unified district.
Shelby County Commission: Some news bits from an otherwise calm meeting last night.
Governor Bill Haslam: He stopped short of a full endorsement of Third District freshman Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, who is in a tough primary battle. Why did the TN State Employees Association do a sudden about-face to support civil service reforms? Haslam has received a 3200-signature petition asking him to not sign the so-called “evolution bill”. A decision is expected on that bill today. He also said he “understood” the motivation of legislators who want to drug-test welfare recipients, but didn’t explicitly support them. And he still hasn’t decided if he’ll sign the bill allowing “criticism of science” by teachers in the classroom.
Germantown: Signs of a returning residential market in the Elysium development. Six “bottle bombs” have exploded near Houston Middle School in the past week; more from WMC, WREG and again. Are they related to this urban legend?
Terminix: They will hold a third job fair on Wednesday, for 28 positions.
Del-Nat: A product recall for the Chaparral brand light truck tires.
Athens Distributing: Athens is buidling a new warehouse to expand and take advantage of better technologies.
Pinnacle Airlines: The big change–declaring bankruptcy–is over and now come a more predictable path of reorganisation. Questions abound about the company’s survival, though. The bankruptcy also creates some uncertainty Downtown.
International Paper: They are distancing themselves from the American Legislative Exchange Council’s non-business initiatives.
Mississippi: Citizens will soon be able to buy 8% beer; more in the CA. A bill in the State House would remove the last regulatory authority over AT&T phone lines. The State Department of Health has issued a new ruling that requires the Tdap vaccination for seventh graders. Almost a year later, parts of the state are still recovering from last year’s floods. An annexation battle is brewing in Clarksdale. It’s hoped that “hospital zones” will attract more business.
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NEW! INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Paul Morris makes the case that it’s now or never for the Hotel Chisca. Either we save it now or knock it down!
INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! Southpaw: When he came to Memphis in the days before his assassination, Rev Dr Martin Luther King saw the city as a launching point for radical change, a point mostly lost to popular history. We can still be those people and that city!
Internet Exclusive: What Is “Stand Your Ground”? Regular contributor Craig Harper looks at Tennessee’s “Stand Your Ground” law, telling you what it is and what it covers. Clear and factual information.
Trayvon Martin: Southern Baptist leader Richard Land is under fire for accusing black leaders of exploiting Martin’s death and “race baiting”.
Aerotropolis: Today is the 2012 annual conference for the Memphis area, discussing clustering of related industries around the airport, road and rail systems that they depend on. More from the Commercial Appeal, Fox13.
DeSoto County: Space next to the County’s tourism office in Southaven will be converted into a public park for tourists. The County’s planning office sees the early signs of economic recovery. The County Bulletin Board for Tuesday, from the CA.
Ninth Congressional District: WREG’s Live @ 9 interviews Republican primary candidate William Stooksberry.
Investment: The changes at Morgan Keegan/Raymond James Financial also portend changes to the investment landscape around Memphis.
Cordova High School: A video of students flashing cash and (supposedly) gang signs is an old video from Summer 2011 that has already been investigated.
Arkansas: The towns of Earle and Forrest City have lost their “fiscally distressed schools” designations. A replica of Fort Curtis, a Civil War-era fortification in Helena-West Helena is hoped to become a tourist draw.
Politics: The head of the TN Board of Regents, John Morgan, doesn’t see a need for a State regulation preventing colleges and universities from forcing private groups on campus to open their memberships without discrimination. Bills signed by the governor last week. News bits from yesterday’s session. More on the “parents’ report card” proposal.
Tennessee: According to a 2012 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps report, Shelby County was ranked 59 for “health outcomes”. Williamson County (Nashville) was ranked number one. A spike in traffic fatalities, tied with a Federal project, led to a State crackdown on traffic violations.
Internet Exclusive: First-time contributor B. R. Kuhn shares a harrowing tale of mental illness to illustrate the health care model TennCare should be funding.
Picture of the Day
|Watercolor sketch of a Bach concert at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, from Martha Kelly. © 2012. Used with permission.|
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.
Wendi C. Thomas: A profile of the kind of people who will adopt a minority child with severe disabilities. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Commercial Appeal: The Unified Shelby schools must be protected from competition from charter schools, which they are apparently too fragile to handle. They declare for the “boycott” of ALEC, but in their usual weaselly, wormy, cowardly way.
Pat Nolan: Why do so many Metro Nashville councilmen also want to serve in the General Assembly? (via NewsChannel5 in Nashville)
Brynn Waller College gives you a chance to rethink your worldview. (via the Tennessean)
Giving Back: Jeremy focuses this week on the Salvation Army. (via the Daily News)
Ron Riley: The cubicle, even redesigned and resized, appears to ever be with us. (via the Daily News)
The Fox13 Insiders: They discuss the issues of the day.