Last month, Mayor W.W. Herenton announced a proposal to add 650 new officers to the Memphis Police Department, a move that came in response to an FBI report ranking Memphis the second most dangerous metro area in the country.
But if the City Council approves the 50-cent property tax hike needed to hire more cops, it may still be a few years before the extra officers will be able to make a dent in Memphis' high crime rate.
Also scheduled for discussion are the closing of the Davy Crockett golf course in north Memphis and the annexation schedule for Bridgewater and part of southeast Shelby County.
The Kroc Center would be a recreation and community center backed by a $48 million gift from McDonalds founder Ray Kroc and his wife. The exact location of the facility has not been determined, but it is a central piece of the plans for reinventing the fairgrounds.
Court Square Center was underway when a fire destroyed one building and damaged the Lincoln American Tower and the Rhodes Jennings Building earlier this month. Developers intend to rebuild.
This morning, Sheriff Mark Luttrell and District Attorney Bill Gibbons announced a new initiative giving new mothers a place to drop off unwanted newborn babies. The Safe Haven Awareness Initiative is based on a state law making it legal for women to drop off infants less than 72 hours old at a medical facility or any facility with a medical component, such as a police substation or fire station.
Though the laws been in effect for five years, theres been no effort to make women aware of the law in the Shelby County. Last year, 13 infants were discovered abandoned in unsafe places, according to Luttrell.
As a result, the sheriff and the D.A.s office have launched this educational campaign to let mothers know they can protect their anonymity and not face prosecution if they leave children at a medical facility.
Under the new initiative, new mothers can call a hotline (877-768-3473), and someone from the countys rural/metro ambulance service will give instructions on where to take the baby. Theyll even give the mother a free ride.
Nightshade Manor, located at 1301 Heistan Place just off Bellevue, offers spooky tours through film-quality sets with high-tech special effects. Its website promises a high-startle, low-gore haunted experience.
The house is open for tours every Friday through Sunday night through the end of the month, and its also open on Halloween night. Admission is $10 with two cans of food or $12 without. A portion of proceeds benefit the Memphis Food Bank.
For times, check the Flyers searchable calendar.
From the press release:
Our work shows that Six2 is critical to preventing the developing kidney from running out of stem cells and collapsing into a mass of underdeveloped tissue, said Guillermo Oliver, Ph.D., a member of the St. Jude Genetics and Tumor Cell Biology Department. Oliver is senior author of a report on this finding that appears in the online issue of The EMBO Journal.
Our discovery of Six2s role in the developing kidney suggests that a similar mechanism exists in other developing organs, said Michelle Self, the doctoral student in Olivers laboratory who did most of the work on this project.
The St. Jude team showed that the kidneys in developing mice lacking the Six2 gene were remarkably smaller than normal mice and were non-functional at birth. In addition, they produced an abnormal excess in the number of nephrons that in turn produced a useless mass of tissue. Furthermore, the remaining precursor cells underwent apoptosis (cell suicide), further depleting the population of stem cells that could give rise to differentiated cells needed to form the kidney.
The researchers also found that Six2 works by suppressing a cascade of genetic interactions normally triggered by a gene called Wnt4, which usually drives the normal development of kidneys.
Among the findings is that the number of reported crimes involving a firearm increased from 2004 to 2005 and that the number of juveniles prosecuted for violent crimes rose sharply during that period.
Wednesday's concert, from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature The Memphis Allstars.