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Hopson: “We’re Ready For History.”

“We’re ready for history,” interim schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson said this afternoon of Monday’s start of the school year.

But don’t look for him or his cabinet to go home for the weekend on a Friday afternoon.

Hopson himself continues to sweat the details of the new bus routes that came with the three bell times for starting school with the new school year.

He described it as “the thing that keeps me up at night.”

There are 470 different routes serving 48,000 students with a bus fleet that is a mix of buses the school system owns and buses run by a contractor the school system is working with.

It’s a hybrid arrangement that allows the school system to keep a fleet that it might use to become a contractor itself in providing transportation services to the suburban school districts to come as well as charter schools and similar paying customers.

Deputy superintendent David Stephens said his experience as a principal is that he was usually at the school until 11 p.m. the Sunday before the first day of school.

And while the leadership of the consolidated school system has repeatedly acknowledged parental concerns about some of the changes outside the classroom with the merger, Hopson and Stephens at the Friday press conference began to push back a bit.

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More on Parking In The Park

 

A follow up to our Friday edition story about parking and traffic at Overton Park.

The coming of bike lanes and on street parking on the south side of North Parkway bordering the Memphis Zoo could be the real game changer for some kind of parking garage at the zoo.

“I think that the zoo and the conservancy and probably the city all agree that a parking garage makes the most sense as a permanent solution to that greensward overflow parking,” Tina Sullivan of the Overton Park Conservancy told us. “But a 500-space parking garage may not be the solution.”

Some on our on line comments about the story have included some concerns about a massive landscape changing parking garage.

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Cohen Coda

 

Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen’s media blitz Monday, July 22, included a return to the place where the reason for the tour of cable news programs began – CNN’s “New Day” program.

It was “New Day” that broke the story last week that Cohen was not the father of Victoria Brink according to DNA testing done on Cohen, Brink and Brink’s natural father, John Brink.

And Cohen didn’t care for how the story was done initially.

But that seemed to be water under the bridge when Cohen sat down Monday morning with co-host Andrew Cuomo and offered more details about how he came to believe he was Brink’s father.

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Cohen On ‘Morning Joe’

Our story on this is coming. But here is the link to this morning’s appearance by Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis on the MSNBC show “Morning Joe.” It is the first in a round of media appearances Cohen is doing today in D.C. on the ongoing fallout from the paternity tests revealed last week that show he is not the father of Victoria Brink.

It covers a lot of ground on and off the central subject.

The Other Elvis Anniversary

 

How do you commemorate a storm that is not a hurricane or a tornado, but a derecho?

It turns out with a lot of rain.

It was 10 years ago today that the storm we all came to call “Hurricane Elvis” dropped in on Memphis suddenly with the straight line winds and heavy rains that define a derecho.

Here are some numbers from the safety of a decade later and the Shelby County Office of Preparedness that reflect what happened.

More than 300,000 homes were damaged and power out to 750,000 households in Memphis. Seven people died as a direct or indirect result of the storm and property damage was estimated at more than $500 million. Approximately 1,000 utility poles were snapped in the storm that clocked a top wind speed of 102 miles an hour Downtown. Three-fourths of the traffic signals in Shelby County were out or malfunctioning and the Northwest Airlines hub at Memphis International Airport closed.

Northwest Airlines? There’s another sign of the passage of time.

 

Dansette

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