VOL. 131 | NO. 31 | Friday, February 12, 2016
Last Word: Clinton in Whitehaven, Changes to Parkside and The Replacements Book
By Bill Dries
The Presidential primary caravan has arrived.
Former President Bill Clinton was in Whitehaven Thursday evening to campaign for his wife, former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton.
And it was a reminder of his political potency as well as his popularity in a city that went for Barack Obama over his wife in the 2008 Tennessee Presidential primary but which was solidly behind him in both of his successful bids for the White House in the 1990s.
Clinton spoke in a packed Whitehaven High gymnasium to more than 700 people for almost an hour and then worked the crowd that gathered near the podium for another 25 minutes before sprinting out a door to a waiting car.
We’ll be busy this weekend with the opening of the local Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters and we’re still waiting on that promised Donald Trump Memphis appearance.
And we expect to encounter lots of Republican presidential partisans at the local GOP's annual Lincoln Day Gala on the 20th.
Parkside at Shelby Farms Park won the approval of the Land Use Control Board Thursday with the support of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. There were some important changes in the conditions, most notably what had been up to nine stories for the three apartment towers in the original plans is down to six stories.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland making news on our WKNO TV program Behind The Headlines with his intention to move beyond a simple appointment of a police director.
Strickland said something Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams brought up in our weekly cover story on the importance of the appointment.
Strickland intends to offer a multi-year contract that begins with a substantial pay raise of as much as $100,000 a year. He says it is necessary to compete with other cities.
Tune in Friday evening at 7 p.m. to watch the full discussion which touches on other topics too including the adjustment that comes from being one of 13 council members to the mayor.
Industrial development in the Memphis area set a record in 2015, according to the data from Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors. The Memphis area for purposes of the data includes North Mississippi’s continued success as well as Memphis proper.
The voucher bill did not come to a vote in the Tennessee House Thursday. Those carrying the bill don’t have the 50 votes for it to pass, so another delay.
Last year when OneJet began service between Memphis and Indianapolis at Memphis International Airport, the carrier said it would be adding another “focus” city other than Indianapolis and that Memphis was being considered.
The OneJet service at Memphis continues. But the “focus” city designation went to Pittsburgh instead, a city that has been knocked around pretty good by the larger airlines including being dehubbed by US Airways in 2007.
The longer view emerges as the Warren and Tulane apartments head for next month’s move-out date.
The executive director of Just City weighs in on the ethics violation allegations against Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich in a letter to the editor in our Friday edition.
Just a note of explanation here about the timing of our editions. The hard copy hits the streets the day that’s at the top of the page. But the online edition goes up the previous afternoon. There will be a test on this later. And by later, I mean … never mind.
In his Press Box column, Don Wade looks at the future of the Memphis Open tennis tournament.
Baptist Collierville has a new drug and alcohol rehab center that doesn’t rely on doctor referrals and offers “partial detox” which is treatment for problems with what is called “safe substance abuse.”
The Washington Post has a Q&A with Bob Mehr, author of a new book about The Replacements, a storied band that recorded at Ardent, putting a Memphis dateline on several of the band’s stories. Mehr is also the music critic for The Commercial Appeal, the latest in a long series of gifted writers and reporters to hold that position.