Thursday, January 20, 2011

Year of the Khat

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 8:27 AM

There's a new drug on the streets of Memphis. Louis Goggans reports.

Know-Nothings?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 8:24 AM

A column from the editor about history, guns, surface-to-air missiles and the people who love them.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Memphis Tigers Beat Southern Miss 76-75

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 8:28 PM

It took a last-second three-point shot from Charles Carmouche, but the Tigers knocked off Southern Miss in Hattiesburg Wednesday night, 76-75.

Today Show: "There are no ob/gyns in Shelby County"

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Did you know that Shelby County has no ob/gyn physicians? We didn't either, until an "expert" on the Today Show set us straight.

MCS Board Votes to Reject SCS Compromise

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 7:51 AM

The Memphis City Schools board voted 7-2 Tuesday night to put a decision to surrender its charter to city voters. John Branston has a report.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Warren Peace?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM

The Memphis City Schools board has a new compromise proposal to consider at tonight's meeting. John Branston has details.

Fire Department and Labor Union Continue Debate Over Alternative Response Vehicles

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 11:20 AM

The Memphis Fire Department’s impasse with its union over buying eight alternative response vehicles (ARVs) isn’t over yet.

Both sides had their say at Tuesday’s latest Memphis City Council Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee meeting, but committee chairman and city councilman Jim Strickland tabled the fire department’s request once more for further consideration.

The disagreement over buying the ARVs began at a council meeting on January 4th, at which fire officials proposed buying the utility vehicles to save money on maintenance, fuel, and other costs. Union officers expressed concerns about longer response times during emergencies.

Tuesday’s discussion appeared to have lost its edge, except that each side still clung to its main arguments.

Alvin Benson, director of Memphis Fire Services, maintained that buying the ARVs would save money on maintenance and other costs. He also pointed out that the department’s response times to various emergencies comply with national standards more than 90 percent of the time.

“The standard is to respond in five minutes or less,” Benson said. “The standard is actually five minutes and 20 seconds.”

Strickland asked Benson if it matters what kind of vehicle responds first to an emergency, and Benson responded that it doesn’t.

However, union members maintained that sending ARVs to emergency calls could present a danger in more complicated cases. The ARVs are only able to respond to medical calls, whereas much larger fire trucks are equipped to handle all kinds of emergencies.

“It’s our goal to send the closest resource to every emergency, not just medical,” said Robert Kramer, a representative of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1784. “That’s what we feel is wrong with this total concept.”

For the time being, Strickland moved to approve the fire department’s request to buy other kinds of vehicles while saving the ARV discussion for one more airing. The issue will be taken up again at the council's February 1st meeting.

Monday, January 17, 2011

You Don't Know Jack ...

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 10:25 AM

She's worried her son might get indoctrinated into a church, but Jack Waggon sets her straight.

Blessed Distractions

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Sports can take your mind off the world's troubles, says Frank Murtaugh.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Grizzlies Thump Mavs, 89-70

Posted By on Sun, Jan 16, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Despite the (brief) return of Dirk Nowitzki, the Memphis Grizzlies handily disposed of the Dallas Mavericks Saturday. Chris Herrington has an analysis.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tigers Pound Marshall, 77-61

Posted By on Sat, Jan 15, 2011 at 2:35 PM

The Memphis Tigers got a much-needed victory over Marshall at FedExForum Saturday. Frank Murtaugh reports.

Partisans Debate Schools Issue at LeMoyne-Owen

Posted By on Sat, Jan 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM

John Branston reports on the latest schools merger debate at LeMoyne-Owen.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Coming Attractions

Posted on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Hannah Sayle reports on Paulette’s move and Urban Farms’ Farm to Table Conference in Food News.

"Be an MC. That's what it's about."

Posted on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 11:41 AM

In Music this week: Chris Herrington on local promoter Kaviar Lewis and this weekend's Hip-Hop Unification Summit.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Crime Rate Falls in Hickory Hill

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Crime rates fell significantly in three once-troubled Memphis neighborhoods, including, most notably, Hickory Hill.
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