Memphis, Meet Rep. Hank Johnson

Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s press conference Friday has people talking about his congressional race again and his qualifications for the job.

Say what you want about him. I don’t think the former mayor would tell an admiral – as this congressman does in this clip – that he’s afraid the arrival of too many people might capsize the island of Guam.

Bigger Than Your Head

I still don’t know what the title means, but Fredric Koeppel’s blog has been nominated for an American Wine Blog Award 2010. Fredric writes about wine and the restaurant industry for us in our weekly edition (and online).

His blog is www.biggerthanyourhead.net.

The voting for the award is taking place here.

Congratulations, Fredric.

Clip of new Memphis TV show

See how many Elvis/classic Southern stereotypes you can spot in this promo clip for TNT’s upcoming new show “Memphis Beat” about a cop played by Jason Lee.

CDC: Pool water often unsafe

However hot summer may get this year, you might want to check out the water before you leap into a pool.
The CDC this week issued a report on the incidence of pathogens in public pools. The CDC found that one out of eight public pool inspections in 13 states during 2008 resulted in the pool being closed.
Read the report: www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2010/r100520.htm

TV Forum Coming For GOP Candidates For Gov.

The four Republican contenders for governor will be in Memphis Tuesday May 25 for a live television forum that will be seen across the state.

The joint appearances have been common for Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Chattanooga Cong. Zach Wamp. But the fourth candidate Joe Kirkpatrick has made few campaign appearances.

As the year began there have been fewer joint appearances as Haslam, Ramsey and Wamp have focused on establishing their individual identities with voters.

The forum on WKNO Channel 10, moderated by Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News, will air Tuesday from 7pm-8:30pm and again at midnight. It will also be repeated May 29 at 6:30 pm and May 30 at 2:30 pm on WKNO2.

Journalists from across the state will question the candidates for 90 minutes in the forum sponsored by the Tennessee Public Television Council and the League of Women Voters of Memphis and Shelby County.

You can also submit questions for the candidates at TNdecides@wkno.org

No Democratic forum is planned since Mike McWherter is the only candidate left in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary. There are plans for a general election television forum between McWherter and the winner of the Aug. 5 GOP primary.

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