Memphis City Schools and Kids: A study by the Centers for Disease Control says that two-thirds of kids have had sex. More startling numbers. A link to the CDC reports. Vandals attacked 25 City school busses Monday night. Students fear “the catwalk” near Woodale High School.
The finalist for principal at Westside Middle School, Dr Rodney Peterson has withdrawn his name. He faces charges of wife-beating in Boston; his estranged wife is former ABC24 anchor Dee Griffin.
Suburban School Districts: All six municipalities will have their referenda on school districts placed on the August 2 ballot. Early voting will start on July 13.
General Session Court: The candidates for Court Clerk are a very different group, being protected by their parties.
Transition Planning Commission: Tomorrow’s meeting could produce the final blueprint for an operating plan for the Unified Shelby County schools.
Chisca Hotel: The Center City Revenue Board approved the project’s 20-year PILOT and a loan for a parking garage.
Arkansas: Forrest City will use corporal punishment in public schools.
Murfreesboro Mosque: Construction is in limbo and a judge has forbidden the County to issue an occupancy permit. Two men at the center of the struggle. Governor Bill Haslam’s appointment to the Economic and Community Development Commission, Samar Ali, is drawing some opposition from tea party groups for her perceived Islamist fundamentalism.
Business: Industrial real estate operator and developer ProLogis has sold ten properties in Memphis, which weren’t identified.
Delta Air Lines: A special forum called for tomorrow to discuss high airfares out of Memphis by industry heads, City officials and tourism administrators will not include Delta. They were just recently ranked number three in a J.D. Power survey of customer satisfaction.
NuCor: Company officials lowered their 2nd quarter profit forecast because of foreign steel import and foreign political turmoil.
AutoZone: They have hired a new CIO: former Hewlett-Packard executive Ron Griffin.
FedEx: The company is building a new distribution center in Minnesota.
Transportation Security Adminsitration: Congressman Marsha Blackburn says the TSA has too-low standards for hiring of screeners. She learned that the TSA is hiring thieves and pedophiles. Three loaded guns have been found so far this year. Blackburn is interviewed by WREG’s Live@9, with relevant links.
Mississippi: There will be 150 jobs coming to Byhalia, thanks to the Roxul, Incorporated; more from the Business Journal. Prescription drug abuse and robberies are on the rise across the State. Congressman Bennie Thompson will speak at a White House forum on government policy and African-Americans
Tennessee Elections: The House District 57 race is one of the tests of the power of a tea party endorsement in Tennessee. Another such story as the Tennessean looks at the House District 45 Republican primary challenge. The TN Democrats’ insistence there are “missing records” in County Election Commissions has now gone Statewide. The scripts for a couple of TV/radio ads for Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann’s re-election; and a Chattanooga Times Free Press story on the wider race.
Youth Employment: There are fewer opportunites for teens to find jobs this year than ever.
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NEW! INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! All Is Not Lost–Democrats Matter! Tennessee Democratic Minority Leader and State Representative Craig Fitzhugh takes exception to media portrayals of Tennessee Democrats.
NEW INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! The Mayor of Collierville, Stan Joyner, writes an open letter to the people of Colliverville, supporting the creation of a school district for his town, calling it a “transformational” decision.
Shelby County Schools: Superintendent John Aitken is having his contract placed under a microscope.
City of Memphis: Mayor A C Wharton will host a “training camp for dads” this Father’s Day.
Collierville: The fight over the location for a dog park is heating up.
Interstates: An ongoing Memphis police crackdown on interstate speeders is leaving motorists with tickets and high blood pressure.
MLGW: They will hold their annual sign-up and screening for the free AC unit program at the Neighborhood Christian Center at 785 Jackson Avenue. There are requirements.
Nashville: Five charter schools will appeal their rejection by the Metro school board. Great Heart Academies is also appealing their ruling but may not change the decision. Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall is criticising Mayor Karl Dean’s proposed budget and its funding for his deputies. The Beacon Center finds that 68% of Davidson County residents opposed Dean’s budget. Read their poll.
Emergency Management: The City is unconcerned about taking over some emergency management functions from the County.
R. Allen Stanford: The disgraced and now convicted tycoon will be sentenced today.
MATA: Today is a Code Orange Ozone Alert day for the County. People with respiratory problems and the elderly are cautioned about being outside. Bus fares are 25 cents all day.
Politics: A group of activists from State Senator Stacey Campfield’s old high school are seeking to remove him from their Hall of Fame. Former State Senator for District 8 and “turncoat” caucus member Mike Williams is still claiming to be a TN Republican; the party disagrees. State Senator Jim Kyle calls for increasing the grocery tax cut and freezing tuition increases with the State’s tax revenue surplus. The TN Highway Patrol will make its arrest database available to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
Second Amendment: The news that State Representative Curry Todd will get to keep his handgun carry permit isn’t sitting well with some citizens. The Associated Press reports on the case, which is still pending. A tiny bit more from Fox13.
DeSoto County: An enthusiastic crowd turned up to offer suggestions on tweaking the Hernando Parks and Recreation master plan. The County’s realtors need to present a united front to Jackson and Washington, DC. The County is hiring a spokesperson in a year of budget cuts. The Hernando Chamber of Commerce is thriving under new director Susan Fernandez.
Dutch Treat Luncheon: At this Saturday’s meeting, they have Woody Degan, candidate for TN Senate District 32, as the featured speaker. The DTL website.
National Weather Service: The agency is short $36 million for its budget, which may mean furloughs for two weeks this Summer.
Tennessee: Beginning July 1, the State’s drug courts will be the purview of the State Department of Mental Health. The governor’s press release. The Board of Regents has recommended tuition increases for State colleges and universities; more from the Nashville City Paper. The tuition increase must still be approved. The State’s many attraction are bringing in record crowds.
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Opinion and Blogs
a girl, a fork and a spoon: She likes the fries and the patio at the Slider Inn. Also, a shout-out to Kwik Chek. She give blog props to Seth at Best Memphis Burgers.
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.
Dale Lilly: Life with a real alpha male. (via the Desoto Times Tribune)
Sid Salter: It’s Midwest corn and soybeans versus Southern rice and peanuts for the Federal government’s largesse. (via the Desoto Times Tribune)
Bill Minor: The State’s “right to work” status is a hard, high hurdle for unions to overcome. (via the Desoto Times Tribune)
Rays of Wisdom: From an investment standpoint, not all home improvements are wise. (via the Daily News)
I Swear: He answers reader mail. (via the Daily News)
David Popwell: The executive vice-president of First Horizon National Corporation defends their and First Tennessee’s reputations as they are being sued. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Wendi C. Thomas: Her derision for Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland continues unabated as she tries to correct an electoral mistake that brought him to office. (via the Commercial Appeal)
Pretty in Pink Megan: Various fashion and beauty hints. A Tony Burch giveaway. She is ready for Summer.
Vegan Crunk: She found vegan food at Bonnaroo.
Urf! He’s decided to read local this Summer.
Thoroughly Modern Medusa: You are not special, and neither is your kid.
The Suggs: A Summer update and a new car.
The Intersection of Madness and Reality: Rippa has some potentially provocative and well-argued thoughts on “stand your ground” and Trayvon Martin.
The Daddler and Me: An exciting travel opportunity sets off a memory jag.
Taming Insanity: Weird past-times.
Rachel and the City: Word to the wise.
No Rococo: She blogs about Lomography with a stunny array of photos, and offers her readers a chance to win a La Sardina camera! Food trucks, food truck fare and the Food Truck Alliance and the next Food Truck Rodeo. Food truck!