Grizzlies: The sale of the team to communications tech entrepreneur Robert Pera has hit a snag, the New York Daily News reports, as Pera is no longer a billionaire! His stock’s value, for Ubiquiti Networks, was pegged at closer to $200 million, but friends insist he’s worth $800 million. More from AOL Sporting News, the Daily News Blog, WMC.
Memphis City Council: The first post-budget meeting will still have a lot of business going on, including raising the local sales tax by one-half cent. The meeting agenda and their website, for online streaming.
Shelby County Attorney General: The two main candidates for AG, the incumbent Republican Amy Weirich and Democratic challenger Carol Chumney had a face to face meeting at a question and answer event last night, sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
Beale Street: A counter-intuitive tactic, not controlling crowds in the entertainment zone, is paying off.
Shelby County Redistricting: The Daily New’s Bill Dries examines the echoes of the exclusivity footnote to the ruling by Chancellor Arnold Goldin.
Millington: The board approved an $11.5 million budget that held taxes the same and gave out raises.
Nashville: Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson has seemingly decided to accept the cuts to his department in the Dean budget. The Nashville Scene disputes the connection between police spending and lower homicide rates. A slightly altered version of the Mayor’s budget, from Councilman Sean McGuire, has cleared a Metro budget committee. That budget would cut $8.6 million and divert it to the rainy day fund.
Business: Almost a year in the remodelling, new restaurant Frida’s, on Madison Avenue should open next month.
Buckeye Technologies: They have completed the sale of their Brazilian subsidiary, Buckeye Americana, to Vicunha Participacoes S.A. The company had a serious fire at a Florida facility; more from the CA.
International Paper: They have been named to Computerworld’s Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT at number 45.
MATA: At last night’s public meeting they discussed route changes, which they characterised as “minimal”, and driver courtesy. MATA website.
Bartlett: City leaders are looking at next year’s budget with an eye toward collapsed property values driving tax revenues.
Goodwill: The charity agency is hoping to blunt a threatened boycott over their support of a sub-minimum wage policy.
Agricenter: The BioDimensions Delta BioRenewables will, after an investment from a biofuels company, sweet sorghum processing facility.
Mississippi: The plans for the new, upgraded Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Olive Branch were unveiled last week. Their story. Leading the new hospital as Chief Operating Officer will be David Baytos. The Tunica County Humane Society is being overwhelmed by adoptable dogs. Governor Phil Bryant says he’s “concerned” about possible union organising activity at the new Blue Springs Toyota plant. The Board of Supervisors decided to pull their request for November elections for fill-ins for the State Senate. The CA profiles new Horn Lake Chamber of Commerce head Diane Hill. The County Bulletin Board, from the Commercial Appeal. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office is trying to determine how many voters will need proper ID to vote later this year. A list of allowable ID types, from Fox13.
West Nile Virus: New cases are being reported in Cordova, Hickory Hill, and Kinsgbury.
President Andrew Jackson: Two hundred years ago, he declared war on Britain nad now his Tennessee home, the Hermitage, will mount an online exhibit of documents about the War of 1812.
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NEW! INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! Southpaw: Sweet Home Shelby-Co: Andria K. Brown is back from her Summer vacation, where trips to stomping grounds both old and new brought her to a realisation about herself.
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.
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.
Unified Shelby School Board: They will meet today and the subject of choosing a new superintendent may be broached. They will also hear and consider the Transition Planning Commission’s framework for the Unified system. There is hot disagreement on some of those proposals. Unified school board member Betty Mallot’s proposal for Memphis City School superintendent Dr Kriner Cash to “wind down” MCS operations before his contract is allowed to expire. Board member Martavius Jones wants to delay any action until after the August 2 elections, when the suburbs know if they’ll have their own school districts. More on the decision from WMC.
Shelby County Commission: They are, again, trying to tighten rules on paid days off.
Memphis Police Department: Another Commercial Appeal story on wasted police resources being used up on alarms calls and “loose dogs”. Lots of numbers in support of an unspoken thesis that we could do without a “full service” police force.
Beale Street Landing: The next phase of construction is about to start and the bidding process will have lower-cost alternatives built in, including reducing the three pick islands to just one. Three more cruise ships, operated by three new companies to Memphis, will begin docking several times a year.
Veterans Affairs: Memphis disabled veterans are having the pensions stolen by Department of Veterans Affairs workers. The VA is hiring 19 clinicians and some support staff. A weekend fundraiser managed to raise $5000 for therapy bicycles.
US Senator Lamar Alexander: At a TN Republican event complaining about Federal regulations, Alexander again reiterated his support for EPA pollution rules that the GOP wants to eliminate. The meeting was between State officials and legislators and Federal Tennessee legislators, at Middle TN State University, to discuss reducing regulations. More reports on the convocation from the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Later that same day, he spoke at the Chattanooga Volkswagen manufacturing facility, saying he’d oppose the Republican-led effort.
Civil War Sesquicentennial: There is a dispute over efforts to place four replica cannons in Confederate Park.
Politics: Lt Gov Ron Ramsey wishes TN Republicans were less “all or nothing” in their approach. State Republicans are hopeful about their own electoral chances after the Democratic/union rout that happened in Wisconsin. The Republican primary fight is growing sharper for State Senator Doug Overbey as his challenger, Scott Hughes, has launched a website called HowDougVotes.com.
2012 Election Questions: Republican State officials says they welcome an investigation into 11,000 voter records being requested by TN Democrats.
DeSoto County: County sheriffs are retraining neighborhood watch programs to make them more interesting.
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|The corner of Union Avenue and Barksdale in 1933, from Creme de Memph by Josh Whitehead. © 2012. For Memphis history buffs, a great site to aimlessly surf.|
Opinion and Blogs
arnnarn: Take a moment and learn something about mummers.
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.
Giving Back: This week he highlights MidSouth Sober Living. (via the Daily News)
Kim Heathcott: Take precautions against opportunitistic crimes against your car. (via the Daily News)
John Branston: After Friday’s dismissals at the Commercial Appeal, it was good news to hear there won’t be employee cutbacks or changes to the publishing schedule. (via the Flyer)
Gotta Be Gritty: A report from the Southeast Hardcourt Bike Regional Qualifier bike polo championships, with a whole set of action pictures!
Air Traffic Mike’s: Thoughts on Father’s Day.
Annabella Charles: The best father show knows is her husband.
Former Mean Girl Seeks Same: She got married! And everything has changed.