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  • Mississippi River could crest Monday at Memphis (Entitlement idiocy on display)

    05/09/2011 10:11:18 PM PDT · by Spktyr · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon May 9, 10:52 am ET | ADRIAN SAINZ
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Forecasters say the Mississippi River could crest late Monday at Memphis — hours sooner than previously predicted — but the mayor says the city's ready for it. Mayor AC Wharton said that despite the tightened timeframe, he's confident that precautions such as door-to-door warnings have prepared the city. "We don't have as much time, but fortunately we're ready for it," Wharton told The Early Show on CBS Monday.
  • Memphis Flood

    05/09/2011 8:18:44 PM PDT · by neverhome · 11 replies ^ | 05.09.11 | Alan Burkhart
    I shot this image today. It's from just west of the I-40 MS River bridge, before the Arkansas truck scale. An old school bus (perhaps converted for hunting/camping) had been left on the I-40 access road. It's a good bet that it's beyond salvaging at this point. Anyway, it gives a good perspective as to just how bad the flooding is right now.
  • The Great Memphis Flood of 2011

    05/07/2011 7:05:20 PM PDT · by Palladin · 24 replies ^ | May 7, 2011 | Staff
    Roads Closed Roads in Memphis / Shelby County Due to Flooding ■Old Mills S. of Watkins ■Chelsea west of McLean ■Evergreen south of Chelsea ■Highway 51 North bound and South bound lanes closed from Fite road to North watlkins ■Chelsea West of Evergreen ■Watkins @ Highway 51 (Alternative ways in and out of Northhaven and Shelby Forests use 51 to Rust Rd, Rust Rd to Woodstock-Cuba, Woodstock-Cuba to Locke, Locke to Walsh, Walsh to Fite, Fite to North Watkins) ■New allen @ Ridgemont – bridge ■Scenic Hwy @ James Rd ■Rivergate @ Riverport ■Beale and Riverside ■Belmont @ Blue Map...
  • Muslim leaders say they were taken off Tennessee flight

    05/06/2011 10:34:25 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 05/06/2011 | AP News
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two Muslim religious leaders say they were asked to leave a commercial airliner in Memphis on Friday and were told it was because the pilot refused to fly with them aboard. Masudur Rahman, who is also an adjunct instructor of Arabic at the University of Memphis, said by phone from the terminal at Memphis International Airport that he and another imam had already been allowed to board their Delta Connection flight to Charlotte, N.C., before they were asked to get off the plane. Transportation Security Administration spokesman Jon Allen in Atlanta confirmed the incident and said it...
  • Civil Emergency Message (Shelby County, Tn)

    04/30/2011 4:39:10 PM PDT · by TnGOP · 29 replies · 1+ views
    WREG TV Website ^ | 4/30/11 | National Weather Service
  • Jihad Returns to America---The Arkansas Shooting as Islamic Jihad

    06/04/2009 5:13:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies · 1,053+ views ^ | June 04, 2009 | Robert Spencer --Phyllis Chesler
    Jihad Returns to America By: Robert Spencer | Thursday, June 04, 2009 Jihad came once again to American soil on Monday, when an American convert to Islam, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, began shooting at soldiers who were standing outside the Army-Navy Career Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Muhammad murdered Pvt. William Long, 23, and gravely wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18. Muhammad was charged with capital murder and – in a departure from authorities’ practically reflexive dismissal of terrorism as a factor in virtually any act of violence by a Muslim -- sixteen counts of committing a terrorist act. Rather curiously,...
  • Converting our citizens against the non-believers

    03/10/2011 7:23:43 PM PST · by smokingfrog
    The Hill's Congress Blog ^ | 10 Mar 2011 | Melvin Bledsoe
    “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response” Committee on Homeland Security - US House of Representatives March 10, 2011 Thank you very much for allowing me to come here and tell the country what happened to my son. This hearing today is extremely important to begin the discussion about the issue of Islamic radicalization in America and my hope is that this Committee can somehow address this issue in a meaningful, productive way. First, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family of Private William Long, and to the wounded soldier,...
  • 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...