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Re: “America Divided: Whose History? at the Brooks

Baker- Union supporters and sympathizers from Memphis were not defined entirely by African Americans. The 1860 election results give a good intro to local and regional loyalties. Bell (who opposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act) & Everett won Shelby Co. on their pro-Union, pro-Constitution platform. By February 1861, Memphians were more evenly divided, but still held multiple "torchlight processions" for the Union. The city voted against secession despite the threat of social and economic isolation and/or potential invasion. An excerpt published in a local paper on February 10, 1861: "We tell the people of Memphis that in less than one week from today they will begin to feel the effects of a vote that will eventuate, if not speedily reversed, in the total destruction of prosperity, Alabama and Mississippi and Arkansas have other outlets for trade besides Memphis, and they will no more think of building up its interest than they will those of Cincinnati or Boston".
Of course, that version of Memphis was destroyed by the yellow fever epidemic a decade later.

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Posted by barfolomew on 01/16/2019 at 4:36 PM

Re: “'Pork Report' Targets ServiceMaster, County Commission, Megasite

Both locations sound great but neither would be able to attract a manufacturing operation of the size and scale of the new Toyota-Mazda plant in Huntsville. The new Toyota-Mazda plant occupies a site composed of 2,400 acres. This footprint includes the pre-existing 1,200 acre Huntsville megasite and an additional 1,200 acres that was assembled as part of that deal. If the property were square in shape, the dimensions would be very near 2 miles by 2 miles.

By comparison, the International Harvester site is composed of 86 acres. You would need to grow it 28 times over to provide a similar footprint. For more scale and keeping with the International Harvester site: if you subtracted the existing schools and parks, the area needed would be everything from Stage/Delano on the south, Watkins/Hwy 51 on the east and north and the Loosahatchie/Mississippi floodplain on the west. It would eat up about 1/3 of Frayser.

The current port area on President's Island occupies around 1,000 acres. The remaining portions of P.I. are within the floodplain and consist of around 5,500 acres. The Toyota-Mazda plant would require raising almost half the island above the floodplain or building a new 5 mile long Army Corp. of Engineer scale levee (plus pumping station to keep the protected area dry). In addition, employers on P.I. already complain about poor access between the port and I-55 which would also be a hurdle in trying to attract a major manufacturer there.

As far as the state goes, I'm not sure what the level of involvement is once the new employer has been attracted to the site. If we already had 5,000 manufacturing jobs, why were we not able to keep those jobs and/or plants operating here?

Posted by barfolomew on 01/16/2019 at 3:03 PM

Re: “'Pork Report' Targets ServiceMaster, County Commission, Megasite

I am beginning to think the West Tennessee/ Memphis megasite has turned into a slush fund for some friends of state officials.
I don't understand why the state and the city of Memphis hasn't turned the International Harvest complex and surrounding acreage into a shovel ready industrial site. There is enough acreage in that area that would've supported the Toyota/ Mazada plant that settled in Huntsville. Unless they have other development plans for that area.
President Island is another area with thousands of acres of unused land that would be suitable for a real Memphis megasite. Unfortunately past Memphis and Shelby County leaders didn't see a need a create solid industrial sites that would attract manufacturing companies. In addition, the state didn't think Memphis or West Tennessee deserved any manufacturing jobs, because as you can the state's recruitment was for the Middle and Eastern section of the state. When Haslam was governor had a huge increase in industrial jobs, but Memphis lost 5000 industrial jobs.

Posted by Lacy Lacey on 01/16/2019 at 9:01 AM

Re: “America Divided: Whose History? at the Brooks

There were thousands of Memphians and Southerners who enlisted to fight for the Union right here in Memphis, after the Union "occupation" of the city. Lee Millar never seems to mention those Southerners, nor does he mention the complete lack of memorials and statues dedicated to them. Of course, they were black men, so that might explain why their dedication and service were purposely ignored by Memphis leaders when Confederate statues were being erected, and why Lee Millar and the SOCV continues to ignore them. Oh, they'll pull out a random Holt Collier predictably, to prove blacks "fought" for the CSA, but they never question, if it's all about "history," why much of that history was and is ignored by them.

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Posted by Bakerspond on 01/16/2019 at 8:13 AM

Re: “America Divided: Whose History? at the Brooks

#TakeEmDown is a feature documentary based on the local and national movement to pull Confederate statues from public spaces. It tells a "People's History" focusing on grassroots activists. and #Take Em Down The Doc on Facebook.

Posted by Gary Moore on 01/15/2019 at 11:27 PM

Re: “Dress for Success Memphis presents The Little Black Dress Event

Hello Ms.Burke, I appreciate the work you and your staff are doing. My friend and I are interested in finding out more about DFS. Would like too have a DFS in smaller city. Minnie Jones e-mail

Posted by Minnie Jones on 01/15/2019 at 9:59 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Water Rights Hearing Postponed Until May

As a retaliation for this frivolous lawsuit the TN state legislature need to vote to make gaming legal in Tennessee so that two casinos can be built in Memphis. Memphis only need two to sponge off a 2/3 share of the millions Tunica is raking in.

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Posted by Lacy Lacey on 01/15/2019 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Commercial Appeal Moving to Peabody Place

It's sad with what the Commercial Appeal has become. They moved out of a large building they owned and into a smaller location where they will pay rent. They're going to develop that entire 12 acres they bought, on the cheap, from Gannett and it will probably be a residential, office, and hospitality park. I can see them building a couple of residential buildings on the front side of the CA building facing Union.

Posted by Lacy Lacey on 01/15/2019 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Adam McClelland

Don't miss this show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Tim McClelland on 01/15/2019 at 6:41 PM

Re: “A.M. Whiskey Trio

Must see these guys live!!!!!!

Posted by Tim McClelland on 01/15/2019 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Commercial Appeal Moving to Peabody Place

Even if month to month, I'd want rent fully paid at the close of the first week.

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Posted by barfolomew on 01/14/2019 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Commercial Appeal Moving to Peabody Place

They'll be on a month-to-month lease undoubtedly.

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Posted by Bakerspond on 01/14/2019 at 2:49 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Water Rights Hearing Postponed Until May

This situation screams out for a political solution rather than an adjudicated one. It IS a shared resource and should be treated as such. But "gimme" welfare state Mississippi wants basically a billion dollars instead. Which they would blow(if they win) just like they blew the tobacco settlement.
Suing-- it's the Miss-a-ssippee way a life.

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Posted by Bakerspond on 01/14/2019 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Media Group Proposes to Buy Gannett Co.

Will only serve to accelerate the evolution of The Daily Memphian from on-line startup to the region's paper of record.

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Posted by barfolomew on 01/14/2019 at 9:19 AM

Re: “200 and Counting: Thoughts on Memphis’ Bicentennial

Congrats to Calvin Farrar for his recognition.

He worked for years with local master artist Artiek Smith, who did a lot of window murals, as well as. other art projects for businesses around the city of Memphis and Shelby County.

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Posted by Salim Rivers on 01/13/2019 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Tigers 83, Tulane 79

I have come to the conclusion, that maybe this season's team isn't as good as we as fans think they are.

Coach Hardaway and staff had to come in at the last minute to get the players he got.

Plus, the players left over from Coach Tubby Smith didn't make the post season.

Perhaps what we are seeing from this team "Is what it is."

This season's team is a middle of the road AAC team and will have to win the AAC tournament to make it to the NCAA tournament.

I for one, am not upset about it. I will still watch the games, hope for the best, and in the mean time, wait patiently for next season's team and the potential it has on paper.

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Posted by Salim Rivers on 01/13/2019 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Works in Progress

I have heard this Chism candidate has filed bankruptcy multiple times. Can anyone provide proof? If they can't manage their own personal finances why would we want to elect them to represent us as taxpayers?

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Posted by Cary N Lou Melton on 01/13/2019 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Rude and Crude

Thank you, Bruce. It would great if the Democratic candidate for president were a regular person as you describe that person. But how, in this age of Citizens United, can any regular person afford to become president. Campaign finance reform must be on the agenda. And then there's the electoral college. So much at stake for this country and its citizens if the current president continues or, god forbid, is re-elected.

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Posted by memjmc on 01/13/2019 at 11:59 AM

Re: “All Saints Episcopal Church

Colonial Acres Music Academy has relocated to Circle Music. Music is no longer a mission of this church.

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Posted by Nancy Ditto on 01/12/2019 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Fresh Start: A New Year Means New Drinks

We have a very nice Viognier here at Black Mesa Winery in New Mexico. Our Abiquiu White is pretty darn good too. We also have an estate grown Pinot Grigio. We'd love to have you taste all of our white wines.

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Posted by Lynda Walling Burd on 01/11/2019 at 5:05 PM

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