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  • Court Overturns Ford Corruption Conviction

    04/14/2011 2:37:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    The Daily News (Memphis) ^ | 4/14/11 | Bill Dries
    Former state Sen. John Ford’s federal TennCare fraud and corruption convictions were tossed Thursday morning by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court specifically found that Ford’s failure to disclose that he was working as a consultant for a TennCare contractor while he was a state senator voting on policies governing TennCare wasn’t a matter for the federal courts. It was instead a matter for state government, the court ruled. A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the use of the “honest services” federal statute also figured prominently in a ruling that could mean Ford will be released...
  • Memphis radio personality John 'Bad Dog' McCormack loses battle with leukemia

    03/11/2011 3:33:25 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 5 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/11/11 | Michael Lollar
    Longtime Rock 103 radio personality John "Bad Dog" McCormack died shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday at Methodist University Hospital after he was admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit in critical condition earlier in the day. McCormack, 55, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009 and underwent a bone marrow transplant. He had relapsed and had been re-admitted to the hospital before his condition worsened Thursday. His WEGR-FM radio partner Tim Spencer posted a message from McCormack on the station's website. He said the words were written by McCormack to be published in the event of his death: "I have gone...
  • Memphis voters OK school charter surrender

    03/08/2011 10:15:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 22 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/8/11 | Zack McMillin, Jane Roberts
    Memphis voters spoke very clearly, if not with overwhelming volume: The city wants a unified Shelby County school system. The specific question on Tuesday’s schools referendum read: “Shall the Administration of the Memphis City School System, a Special School District, be transferred to the Shelby County Board of Education?” A total of 71,424 voters showed up to answer, and 47,812 of them (67 percent) pushed the “yes” button. Those who wanted MCS to remain as is turned out only 23,612 voters (33 percent). “The people were not led so much by fear as people thought they would,” said MCS board...
  • MEMPHIS: School-charter issue still in doubt as Election Day arrives

    03/08/2011 10:42:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/8/11 | Daniel Connolly
    Just 77 days have passed since the Memphis City Schools board chose to surrender its charter, and as voters set out today to confirm or reject the action, it's still unknown what a "yes" vote or "no" vote will really mean. Public bodies continue to push conflicting plans for a postvote future, and lawyers have prepared for a long struggle in court. Highlighting the uncertainty: More than 50 people have responded to a call for members of a proposed new, unified school board. The board might never exist. Applications continue to stream in ahead of the March 15 deadline. The...
  • Police Shoot and Kill North Memphis Man's Dog (8 month old Pit Bull)

    02/22/2011 10:17:27 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 54 replies
    WREG ^ | 02/22/2011 | WREG
    (Bartlett, TN 2/21/2011) An eight month old pit bull puppy was shot dead by Bartlett Police. Now, the owner wants answers. Police say they shot the dog because it charged them. The owner says police had no reason to shoot the puppy because it was asleep inside a bathroom at his house. "That was basically my best friend and they just came in here and killed her," said dog owner Maurice Flanagan. Flanagan is talking about Lexus, his eight month old pit bull puppy. He has cell phone video taken just days before he says Bartlett Police shot and killed...
  • General Forrest License Plate in Mississippi

    02/24/2011 2:05:32 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 51 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 24, 2011 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    "After all, I think Forrest as the most remarkable man our 'Civil War' produced on either side.”
  • In Memphis, old strife heats up over schools, race

    02/24/2011 1:07:45 PM PST · by flowerplough · 35 replies
    AP/World magazine ^ | 21 Feb | Sainz
    A bold bid by the struggling, majority-black Memphis City Schools system to force a merger with the majority-white, successful suburban district has fanned relatively routine fears over funding and student performance into accusations of full-blown racism. The fight over the fate of 150,000 public school students has stirred long-festering emotions in Memphis and surrounding Shelby County, creating a drama that has spread beyond school board meetings to union rallies, the state Legislature and federal court. On March 8, Memphis voters will decide whether to approve disbanding the city schools system and turning education over to the county district, which is...
  • Commissioner storms out of meeting on schools merger (MEMPHIS, TN)

    02/24/2011 6:42:59 AM PST · by GailA · 10 replies
    WMC News 5 Memphis ^ | 2/23/11 | Kontji Anthony
    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Shelby County Commissioner stormed out of a meeting on the proposed Memphis City Schools/Shelby County Schools merger Wednesday, telling reporters the Commission was wasting taxpayer dollars. As always, members of the local Memphis media stood outside the Shelby County Commission committee room during their attorney-client privilege meeting. But in the middle of the meeting, Commissioner Terry Roland left, frustrated. "I'm going to let you all know," he said. "I'm going to let the folks know everything that's going on behind these closed doors." Roland said he was obligated to let his District 4 constituents know...
  • Alert pizza delivery driver saves customer's life

    02/22/2011 4:15:07 PM PST · by Track9 · 40 replies
    WMC-TV ^ | 2/22/11 | Nick Kenney
    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A pizza delivery driver was called a hero Monday after she likely saved an elderly woman's life. Before Monday's incident, most neighbors knew little about Memphis resident Jean Wilson, except that she's eaten pizza daily for the past three years. "We make her pizza every day before she even calls, because we know she's going to call," delivery driver Susan Guy said. Guy often delivers Wilson's regular order, one large pepperoni pizza, but recently workers at her restaurant noticed an unusual break in the pattern. "She hadn't called in three days," Guy said. "My boss told...
  • The Memphis "Pig" gets stuffed and replaced by a conservative-talk "Point"

    02/14/2011 11:56:25 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 13 replies ^ | 2/15/11 |
    Memphis owner George Flinn and talker Mark Skoda are collaborating on a Tea Party-friendly “Point", with the effect of banishing the adult alternative "Pig" format from the local airwaves, both AM (WMPS at 1210) and the simulcast on Flinn-owned low power TV WPGF-LP channel 6, at 87.7 FM. Skoda says he’s inspired by the growth of the Tea Party, and he will manage the new format through MPS Broadcasting. The schedule starts with Dirk Van’s “First Light”, the Nashville-based Steve Gill (regionally syndicated), Salem's Mike Gallagher, Matthew Hill (talkshow host and state legislator), “News and Views” with Dr. Larry Bates...
  • Memphis Council's unanimous vote OKs surrender of charter by city schools

    02/11/2011 6:31:06 AM PST · by GailA · 15 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 2/10/11 | Richard Locker, Amos Maki
    The Memphis City Council on Thursday accepted the decision by the Memphis City Schools Board of Education to surrender its charter, essentially wiping out the city school board in one vote. "The Memphis City Schools board will be dissolved upon the filing of this resolution (with the Secretary of State)," said Council Atty. Allan Wade. "They would continue to exist only for the purpose of winding up their affairs." The council instructed Mayor A C Wharton to deliver notification to the Secretary of State today. But it remains unclear -- even to many council members -- what the 10-0 vote...
  • Editorial: Vilification has no place in debate

    01/23/2011 2:23:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 1/23/11 | Editor
    U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, disgraced us all this week when he compared Republicans to Nazis in an almost empty House chamber. With the smell of gunpowder from the Tucson, Ariz., mass killings and President Barack Obama's words of reconciliation still hanging in the air, he derailed any steps toward civility in favor of partisan exaggerations beyond the bounds of decency. Cohen accused the GOP of lying about health care reform and then compared their tactics to those of notorious Nazi propaganda chief Josef Goebbels. He then said, echoing Republican former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, that the GOP was engaged...
  • The first primary? (ear on the ground)

    01/14/2011 8:14:41 PM PST · by ebshumidors · 8 replies
    When CPAC and other conventions run straw polls, the winner is usually determined by whichever candidate's supporters pack the house. The National TEA Party Convention scheduled for April 7-9 in Memphis will be doing a PPV where they expect 30K+ subscribers who will be able to vote. With this large a voting base, it should be a 'must attend' event for anyone thinking of running once they find this out. Herman Cain and Newt are already listed as speakers. I expect others to attend as soon as word of this straw poll gets out. It should give a beeter idea...
  • National TEA Party Convention April 7-9, 2011 Memphis, TN

    11/16/2010 10:47:10 AM PST · by ebshumidors · 13 replies · 1+ views
    This is the preliminary list of speakers. More are coming on line daily. Some we freepers talk about all of the time. Book signings, workshops and some special off site events. This is going to be a lot of fun! Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, Dr. Larry Bates, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Deneen Boreli, Thomas Boreli, Andrew Breitbart, Anne Coulter, S.E. Cupp, Jack Dailey, Niger Innis, David Kirkpatrick, Michelle Malkin, Robert Spencer, David Webb
  • 'Al-Qaeda' gunman in college siege (Dyersburg State Community College, Tennessee)

    09/17/2003 4:31:30 PM PDT · by Brian S · 70 replies · 593+ views
    HOME > BREAKING NEWS > STORY 'Al-Qaeda' gunman in college siege From correspondents in Dyersburg, Tennessee September 18, 2003 A MAN with a gun and a knife claiming to be a member of al-Qaeda took a classroom of US college students hostage this afternoon. Four people were released several hours into the standoff, authorities said. Because the gunman claimed to be a member of an international terrorist organisation, the FBI has been called in, but Police Chief Bobby Williamson said authorities have no reason to believe the claim. A SWAT team and about five hostage negotiators were among the officers...
  • Yuengling Expansion Could Bring Tourism, Wider Beer Distribution

    10/15/2010 2:37:33 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 57 replies
    Memphis Daily News ^ | October 2010 | Tom Wilemon
    A brewery in Memphis will allow D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. to introduce its beer to new markets in the South and Midwest, said David Casinelli, the company’s chief operating officer. The Pottsville, Pa.-based company has signed a letter of intent to buy the former Coors brewery from Chism Hardy Enterprises LLC, but representatives of both parties are still negotiating the terms of a possible sale.... Although Yuengling is the nation’s oldest brewery, it currently sells beer in only 13 states. It has two breweries in Pennsylvania and one in Florida. The Memphis facility would give Yuengling a foothold to...
  • Mother arrested for reckless driving while 13 kids in car

    09/22/2010 6:33:02 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 51 replies
    WMC TV ^ | 9/21/2010 | Lori Brown
    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South mother is charged with reckless driving while having 13 children in the back of her Ford Explorer, but she says she did nothing wrong the night she and her children were arrested. Police responding to a fight at Crystal Palace say they saw Treshundra Barnes, 25, driving at a high rate of speed while serving back and forth. They say none of the 13 children in the car were wearing seat belts. Officers say Barnes nearly hit several children. "That never happened at all," Barnes said. "The only thing I was doing was hitting...
  • Memphis councilwoman Janis Fullilove apologizes for 'pole dancing' incident

    08/18/2010 4:41:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 66 replies · 2+ views
    Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/17/10 | Amos Maki
    Memphis councilwoman Janis Fullilove apologizes for 'pole dancing' incident“Yes, I was on the pole,” Fullilove says By Amos Maki Memphis Commercial Appeal Updated August 17, 2010 at 10:55 p.m. Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove sent a letter of apology to the president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials for what she described as "over the top" behavior at a party last week. Fullilove, regional director for NBC-LEO, said Tuesday that she engaged in dancing -- including pole dancing -- on a river cruise during the group's gathering in Memphis. "Yes, I was on the pole," said...
  • TBI Asked To Investigate Shelby Co. (Memphis) Voting Issues

    08/10/2010 5:32:14 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 7 replies ^ | 08/10/2010 |
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The district attorney general in Memphis has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into voting problems in Shelby County during last Thursday's election. SNIP The election commission reported that problems occurred after election workers accidentally loaded early voting information from the May election, prompting poll workers to incorrectly tell some people they had already voted in the August election.
  • BREAKING: Body of missing Memphis (NBA) basketball star Lorenzen Wright found

    07/28/2010 3:40:10 PM PDT · by GailA · 17 replies · 1+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 7/28/10 | Kristina Goetz, Beth Warren
    Law enforcement officials have found the body of missing Memphis basketball star Lorenzen Wright in a wooded area at Hacks Cross and Winchester in southeast Memphis. A law enforcement source confirmed the body was that of Wright, 34, who has been missing since July 19, though the Memphis Police Department won't officially comment. Police are referring to their investigation as a "death investigation." Curtis Wright, Lorenzen Wright's uncle told The Associated Press that police called the player’s father, Herb Wright, a couple of hours ago. According to sources, a 9-1-1 call was made from Wright's cell phone on July 19....