Memphis Budget: The City Council budget committee meets today to discuss whether to accept some form of Mayor A C Wharton’s budget or another budget that avoids raising taxes. More on Councilman Jim Strickland’s proposal to cut taxes and tap reserves (with a link to his plan).
Blight: Neighbors and residents in one southeast Memphis neighborhood are focused and determined in their handling of issues that affect them. Students skipping class at Northeast Prep Academy in Berclair are getting into dangerous mischief around the neighborhood. One intersection near Tillman and Sam Cooper Parkway is a breeding ground for snakes and large rodents.
Stella Marris: There are conflicting reports on whether restaurant operator Ronnie Grisanti has severed his relationship with Steve Cooper.
Local Media: The parent corporation of the Commercial Appeal, E. W. Scripps, reported another loss in the newspaper division but higher profits, thanks in part to the new subscriber paywall. Link to the corporate press release.
Collierville: The tragic tale of the destruction of a business and lives by the embezzlement of Kathy Tripp of $1.5 million from Seiler-Nabers Construction Company.
Politics: WMC reports on the law to allow citizens to expunge some crimes from their record by paying a $350 fee.
Nashville: The Beacon Center of TN breaks down Mayor Karl Dean’s proposed tax increase.
Arkansas: Governor Mike Beebe testified in a federal court about the State’s efforts to preserve black representation in the latest redistricting effort.
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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.
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.
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?
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office: They will have an volunteer open house in Arlington to recruit more volunteer reserve deputies, as well as Emergency Services and Senior Services.
Transition Planning Commission: With the merging of two school systems which have different opinions, they will have to decide on corporal punishment.
Memphis in May: Attendance was down almost 10-15%, despite the spectacular weather. Organisers are still upbeat, though, saying the drop “isn’t that significant”.
DeSoto County: Tourism is proving to be much more profitable than expected. A new committee formed from the success of Spring Cleanup aims to make County beautification a regular thing. More on the “dustup” over the motocross track. Mentors are desperately needed in the juvenile justice system.
Tennessee: April tax revenues were up 9.7%, almost $83 million above estimates. A study shows that rising costs in the past decade are keeping more and more people from seeing doctors.
Business: The National Federation of Independent Business small business optimism index rose slightly in April.
Monogram Foods: They are partnering with Johnsonville Sausage to produce a summer sausage meat stack.
Picture of the Day
|Cindy and Kyle are young, in love and getting married soon, from Thoroughly Modern Medusa by Melissa Sweazy. © 2012. Her Flicker stream.|
Opinion and Blogs
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: LUVMUD is coming up and he’s excited. Tuesday Downtown news post. A tubetop superstar in training?
Pretty in Pink Megan: New stuff in her blog sale.
The Daddler and Me: This post starts out on racquetball and, by the end, she’s talking enquiring about men’s health-insurance status.
The Soundcheck and the Fury: Thoughts on Cower Corners and writing.
This Classical Life: Thoughts on wanting to be chased.
Vegan Crunk: A report from a vegan dinner with biking and indie zines thrown in.
sharp stick in the eye: An eighth month update for baby Juliette that’s overdue and so loaded with a ton of photos.
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.
Guerrilla Sales & Marketing: Storytelling is a great sales tool–do you use it well? (via the Daily News)
Reginald Green: A member of the Transition Planning Commission talks about the importance of data. (via the Daily News)
John Branston: There are a lot of issues the unified school board, and the two school systems that will form it, need to get serious about. (via the Flyer)
Sid Salter: Micajah Purnell “Mike” Sturdivant was one of the best men never elected governor in Mississippi. (via the Desoto Times Tribune)