Main Street Journal - Thursday, May 3, 2012

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Shelby County Commission: In committee, they approved the 13 single-member district plan (called 2J). They will vote on that plan at this Monday’s meeting. The commission is also hoping for 9 “aye” votes, which would remove any questions about its passage.

Municipal School Districts: Now that State government has approved their timeline and procedures, the suburbs are scrambling to meet the timetables laid out. A date has been set for the referenda to create the MSDs: August 2.

Memphis City Council: Council members are still pursuing other options to meeting the budget deficit than a tax increase. Other actions from Tuesday’s meeting.

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis: The judge originally hearing his case involving a traffic stop last month, Judge Billy Lantrip, recused himself at Davis’ request. They also asked that the prosecutor be recused. More from ABC24 and Fox13. The Southaven Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved his receiving a new car.

“Check Auto” Light: Fees for fixing the annoyance for auto inspection are a concern for many Memphians.

Charter Reforms: State Department of Education officials will be in Memphis today to hear appeals from charter school applicants.

Shelby County Sheriff: They want to buy two unmanned aerial vehicles to aid their work, but some commissioners fear the increasing militarisation of the police.

Collierville: A town firefighter was reprimanded for using town equipment and town property to build a mini-golf course.

Tennessee: More businesses in the Nashville area are suing the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal government over last year’s flooding.

Memphis Police Department: A woman is alleging she was raped by a police officer. She had difficulty get the MPD to accept her charge. WMC takes viewers on a tour of the old Memphis police HQ.

Business: Chief Executive magazine rates TN as one of the top five states in which to do business. More and more businesses are discovering the power of social media.

People on the Move, in the Business Journal. People in Business and What to Do, in the Commercial Appeal. And Today’s Events, in the Daily News.

Wright Medical: Net income was up 28%, but net sales were down by 6%. More from the Daily News.

Thomas & Betts: Shareholders have accepted a buyout offer from ABB Ltd.

Valero: Unions representing workers at the Memphis plant will press stockholders on their health and safety concerns.

Fostering: Youth Villages is leading a push to find more foster parents.

Germantown: A pre-vote story on waiting the Legislative vote on municipal school districts.

DeSoto County: Cinco de wha? Legislation authorising a possibly-illegal hotel tax in Horn Lake may die with the end of the Legislative session, leaving the town in a legal limbo. A Taste of Hernando is coming this Friday. Southaven’s Board decided to have City Prosecutor Mark Sorrell give up his City Attorney post.

Summer Movie Series: The Orpheum Summer Movie Series starts later this month, with a second track of movies programmed by Indie Memphis and featuring “cult” movies. More information here from IM.

Mississippi: The State Senate approved its redistricting plan, despite some objections. Charter school reform is in limbo. Tuition at the state’s public colleges and universities could go up 10% next year.

Arkansas: The State’s tax collections are $93 million ahead of projections for the year so far. Two women are fighting over a million dollar lottery ticket.

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Internet Exclusive! Southpaw: As she argues rather persuasively in this week’s column, our musical heritage in Memphis is both our blessing and our curse.

Internet Exclusive! Conservatives Cannot Afford To Be Silent and Republicans Cannot Afford To Let Them is the message in this month’s column from our political/financial contributor Chuck Bates. It’s do or die.

Internet Exclusive! Our Tea Party contributor, Ed “Doc” Holliday has a monumental post likening the 2012 election campaign to the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War! And President Barack Obama is…General Robert E. Lee?

Biking: The City of Memphis has launched its own biking blog. You can also download the 2012 State of Memphis Bicyling Report. (PDF document)

Internet: Hundreds of thousands of Americans may lost their internet connections in July. Are you affected?

Memphis City Schools: Superintendent Dr Kriner Cash says there’s a “very good chance” he’ll leave before his contract runs out in 2013. Cash also talked to Fox13 about school security. The man in charge of student nutrition, Anthony Geraci, is shifting the schools’ emphasis to fresh, locally-grown produce.

MLG&W: April 2011’s storm restoration set a record for outages.

Isaac Hayes: The Cordova (former) home of the Memphis soul legend was consumed in a fire yesterday. Three people in the house were not injured. More from WMC.

Morgan Keegan: The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling that the company was not responsible for broker “misconduct and misrepresentation”. More from the Commercial Appeal.

Eduardo Marmolejo: He’s been accused of the murder Memphis Junior Academy principal Suzette York and his doctor says he needs more time to complete a mental evaluation.

Governor Bill Haslam: Some bills will become law without the governor’s signature, limiting the number of foreigners hired by charter schools. And others he flatly vetoed: Punishing Vanderbilt University for its “anti-bias” policy. Religious conservatives are being urged to oppose that veto. More on that veto from the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Nashville City Paper, and the CA.

Politics: Applicants for public benefits will now have to prove their citizenship beforehand. ALEC hasn’t left Tennessee politics altogether, it seems.

107th General Assembly: Democrats are “less cheery” about the session just ended. In the final days, a “flurry of bills”. More reports on the end of the session from the TN Report, the Tennessean, the Commercial Appeal.

Tennessee will not be joining the multi-state health care exchange because there weren’t enough legislators to have a vote. A law from Chattanooga, attacking gangs via racketeering laws, was passed. More legislative briefs.

Allergies: The Allergy Foundation of America rates Memphis as the worst place for allergy suffers.

Second Amendment: The Republican leadership wins and “gun storage in parking lots” doesn’t even come up for a vote as the session ends.

Real Estate: Memphis is the fourth lowest performing real estate housing market in the country. The office real estate market is changing…for the better. CB Richard Ellis reports a “promising increase” in inquiries from companies looking at Memphis.

Regions Financial: They will repurchase the warrant the Treasury Department issued as part of TARP.

Tennessee Regulatory Authority: The utility agency has been overhauled and will now be part-time.

Picture of the Day

Nooo! Birthdays are supposed to be a happy day, from Triple M Photos by Marcie Maxwell. © 2012. Used with permission.

Opinion and Blogs

Paul Ryburn’s Journal: There were tube tops and bikinis involved, so you know he covered the Beale Street Wine Race.

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

Fox13 Insiders: Ben Ferguson and County Commissioner Walter Bailey discuss County redistricting and more (via Fox13)

Commercial Appeal: But now that all the college students have been kept in school, how will they do and how much more will have to be spent on them? Naturally, their solution involves keeping the brick downtown.

Robert Lee Long: Embracing our neighbors makes us all family. (via the Desoto Times Tribune)

Michael Graber & Jocelyn Atkinson: Growth is an attitude you have to be prepared for. (via the Daily News)

I Swear: The “bill” or the “check”? (via the Daily News)

Rays of Wisdom: Eating locally-grown produceDaily News)

The Chubby Vegetarian: Homegrown and homemade strawberry ice cream….

Smart City Memphis: Would re-regulating the airlines lower prices at Memphis International?

Taming Insanity: A small request of Facebook.

The Changing Newsroom: A dangerous idea for “pushing the boundaries of journalism”.

The Daddler and Me: Warfare with household spiders.

This Classical Life: Years of patient linking finally pays off. Her April reading list.

Thoroughly Modern Medusa: Ain’t nobody got time for bronchitis.

Vegan Crunk: She took part in last week’s Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale.

Weeden Arts Watch: Thoughts on building better public arts programs.

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