Monday, January 25, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Memphis, Ending Dispute with Mississippi Over Water Rights

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 6:08 PM

MLGW president Jerry Collins announces decision Monday as Mayor Wharton, officials, and legal aides look on. - JB
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  • MLGW president Jerry Collins announces decision Monday as Mayor Wharton, officials, and legal aides look on.

The five-year legal dispute between Memphis and neighboring Mississippi over the city’s use of water from the underground aquifer shared by the two entities is over and done with — in the city’s favor. So said the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled Monday in favor of Memphis, MLGW, and the state of Tennessee.

The Court denied Mississippi’s petition to appeal its lawsuit against the city and MLGW, previously heard by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and also denied Mississippi’s request to file an original lawsuit with the High Court.

What the Magnolia State had claimed was that the City of Memphis and MLGW were taking more than their share of water from the underground aquifer. The appeals court had ruled last year than Tennessee had to be named as a party to the suit and that only the Supreme Court could rule on the issue. The High Court’s action Monday finally put an end to things.

Both Jerry Collins, MLGW president and CEO, and Mayor A C Wharton hailed the decision at a press conference Monday afternoon in the Hall of Mayors. Wharton said the city had been a “good steward” in its use of water from the aquifer and that the Supreme Court had recognized that fact in its ruling.

The mayor said the city’s legal defense had involved “quite a bit” of expense but had been cost-effective because the outcome dispelled a “cloud over our community,” and an adverse decision could have further imperiled an already strained budget and thwarted the city’s economic progress.

Wharton expressed gratitude both that Monday’s decision finally ended a period of serious contention and that the city was perhaps better provided for than any other by a natural and bountiful water source he called “God’s filtration and treatment system.”

How to Fix the NFL Pro Bowl? Play Touch Football.

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Frank Murtaugh cannot be accused of not thinking outside the box. Check out his prescription for fixing the pro bowl.

Mellow Mushroom and Charley's Grilled Subs

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Tigers Beat Houston, 92-77

Posted By on Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 11:07 PM

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The Messenger

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Was Calipari Worth It?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 4:59 PM

A new book says high-profile coaches are worth their price and more. John Branston takes a look.

Trade Talk

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 8:18 AM

There's lots of trade talk going on regarding the Grizzlies. Chris Herrington has some thoughts.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Skate Park Politics

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM

John Branston has some thoughts on the skate park brouhaha.

Tigers' Streak Ended by UTEP, 72-67

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 7:49 AM

Memphis fell short in its attempt to set the all-time record for consecutive conference victories. Frank Murtaugh has some thoughts.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Memphis Magazine Offers Appetizers

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Our friends over at Memphis magazine have changed things up a bit. The annual Readers' Restaurant Poll, usually published in January, will be on newsstands in February this year. As an appetizer to tide you over until the issue comes out, here are a few favorite dishes from foodie-minded staffers of the magazine and the Flyer.

Work It Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Today is the Flyer's monthly Work It Wednesday party. Come join the staff, readers, commenters, advertisers, etc. at Bluefin from 5 to 7 p.m. Oh, and we'll taking pics and looking for Hotties, as well.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Cost of News

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Bruce VanWyngarden blogs about the future of news gathering -- and Katie Couric.

"The Old Forest" to Become Protected Area?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 3:09 PM

A pair of state legislators are proposing a bill to designate a portion of Overton Park as a protected natural area. Mary Cashiola has details.

Bianca Knows Best ...

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... and helps a polyamorous woman.

Little Debbie Does Dallas

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Not really. But Susan Ellis has discovered that Little Debbie has led quite an interesting life. And if you look like her, well, that would be sweet.
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