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Memphis City Council: Possibly increasing your sales taxes will be on the table at tomorrow’s meeting. The tax increase would be to plug a $47 million budget deficit. Would it solve future problems? It’s either higher taxes or fewer teachers? Councilwoman Janis Fullilove is not the only local politician with bankruptcy problems.
Wells Fargo: Are the lawsuits over? Memphis mayor A C Wharton says it’s “a good beginning”.
Transition Planning Commission: With a great deal of reluctance and unhappiness, they approved a plan that means budget cuts with room for even more.
School Merger: Germantown mayor Sharon Goldsworthy is interviewed by WREG about merging schools and creating their own school district.
Blight: Local developers Loeb Properties are funding the painting of murals on their Memphis properties, to improve appearances.
Mississippi: Attorney General Jim Hood is alerting citizens to a postal service scam. The body of kidnapper/murderer Adam Mayes remains unclaimed by his family; more from the CA, WMC. The State’s “anti-spoofing” law, a nationwide model, is working its way up the court system. Felons living in Mississippi, in some circumstances, can vote legally. “Abstinence-plus” sex education is causing controversy in Oxford.
Politics: Tom Humphrey of the Knoxville News-Sentinel dissects the intra-party sniping of incumbents going on this election season; related story from the Chattanooga Times Free Press. More on Republican “rally around the incumbent” efforts. Campaign fundraisers are becoming high-dollar affairs these day.
Memphis Medicine: The Daily News has an in-depth look at the realignments and consolidations sweeping the Memphis medical community.
Murfreesboro Mosque: Construction will continue on the Islamic Center, although another court order could stop that. The judge’s ruling. Some background and origins for this community fight, from the Nashville Scene from last year. Confused reactions to his ruling.
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NEW! INTERNET EXCLUSIVE: Achievement School District Blog 07: Monday’s announcement was of five new charter school operators coming to the Memphis branch of the ASD beginning in the 2013-14 school year. We have the list of operators and the full announcement for you.
NEW! INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! The Fight Against Synthetic Drugs: Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich writes how to recognise synthetic drugs, how they are sold, and what’s being done by County and State officials to fight the dangers.
NEW! 5th Annual Israel Fest: Coming on Sunday, June 10, is the free and family-oriented Fifth Annual Israel Fest, which has events, music and attractions for everyone. Learn more about featured speakers and the schedule of events.
Arkansas: People in four different communities across the State may have been exposed to the measles, by one infected person. Four neighborhoods in West Memphis are “plagued” by out of control violence.
Millington: A Facebook page with a nude picture of a 17-year old Millington High School student is still available online, despite being closed once, already.
Israel: The Bioworks Business Association will present a lecture tomorrow on entrepreneurship and trade in Israel.
Downtown: The long-aborning riverfront cobblestones rehabilitation is finally getting underway.
Elections: The Election Commission has reclassifed some 152,000 voters who haven’t voted nationally since 2006. After 8 more years, they may be purged. You can check voter information from the Shelby County Election Commission.
Nashville: The Hickory Hollow Mall, almost empty of clients anyway, is now having its last client evicted by owner CBL Properties. Twelve stores will be left. Mayor Karl Dean has criticised the rejection of KIPP Academy’s charter application and hopes that Great Hearts Academies can get in a revised application. Mayor Karl Dean’s office isn’t worried about the emails coming to his office saying its “50-50″ in favor of his tax increase.
Shelby County Health Department: With the County budget apporved , they can hire a “four-person community health team”.
FedEx St Jude Classic: They are trying to recruit a younger cohort of fans.
Business: Memphis is unlikely to join the ban on plastic bags. The Daily News shines their Small Business Spotlight on Semmes-Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute. From the Commercial Appeal, small business news.
International Paper: As a consequence of its acquiring Temple-Inland, the Justice Department is requiring them to divest themselves of three mills. Their TN-based mill will be bought by Hood Properties of Mississippi. More from the Business Journal.
West Tennessee: A 1000 acre man-made lake is nearly ready to go near Huntingdon, in Carroll County.
Tennessee: We do a better job than most States at maintaining our bridges.
DeSoto County: The County Animal Shelter is getting overcrowded. Local hospital leaders are awaiting the Federal Supreme Court ruling on health care. Hernando’s new water tower is about three weeks to completion. Hernando’s study of “brownfields” will be funded with Federal money. The Olive Branch Emergency Food Pantry celebrated 25 years by doubling its space. The incoming planning dicector, Jared Darby, for Hernando, is getting settled in to a growing demand. The County Board of Supervisors will discuss the budget for 2013 tonight.
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Rachel Wise: Blogging, and posting to social networks, is covered by the First Amendment. (via the Knoxville News Sentinel)
Knoxville News Sentinel: Property tax increases, for the schools in this case, are written off as “less than a quarter a day”.
Joyce Richman: Imagining what else could be done with the 10 billion dollars spent by PACS and Super PACS in elections this cycle. (via the Knoxville News Sentinel)
Tennessean: They call on Senator Lamar Alexander to lighten the student debt loan and bring all parties to a solution.
Dr Manoj Jain: He talks about the treatment of botulism. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Geoff Calkins: Recovering frombotulism. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Andre K. Fowlkes: Learning the lessons in the origins and history of Memphis in May. (via the Commercial Appeal)
John Branston: Some thoughts on the personalities and issues of the school merger issue. (via the Flyer)
Tom Humphrey: Despite presenting no evidence to support his idea, he argues that Tennessee Democrats will “self-suppress” in this year’s elections. (via the Knoxville News Sentinel)
The Insiders: Ron Hart takes on the top issues of the day. (via Fox13)
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.
Chattanooga Times: With the returning economy, Hamilton County public employees need a raise .
Jackson Sun: Governor Bill Haslam’s bureaucratic reforms will improve State government.
Tom Bohs: Our current approach to education is a century old, and broken. (via the Jackson Sun)
Memphis News: Homeownership isn’t for everyone and local government should keep an eye on Wells Fargo, just in case.
Smart Stuff 4 Work: Building memory is an important thing for businessmen. (via the Daily News)
Commercial Appeal: Advice, based on openess and transparency, about the discussion–or flap–over the next schools superintendent. A call for more funding for the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The arcanities of college sports are unfair to “student-athletes”. Now that funding is coming in for Mayor Wharton’s juvenile violence program, they add their voice to the calls against gun “mayhem”. Welcoming the soon-to-open Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center of Memphis.
Wendi C. Thomas: The details the crimes of wage theft. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Small Business Advocate: The challenge of turning Facebook’s users into customers. (via the Commercial Appeal)