The President’s Seat Warmer

 

A crowd of 600 on hand for the Rotary Club of East Memphis 8th Annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards today.

The awards are sponsored by The Daily News and The University of Memphis. We’ll have more in Wednesday’s edition of the paper.

The honorees this year are Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich which we noted in a story last week.

The keynote speaker was Gov. Bill Haslam who offered some more behind the scenes material from President Obama’s visit one week ago today.

When the President got off Air Force One, he talked with Haslam and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. for a minute or two about flooding and other weather related disasters in the state before deciding he wanted to hear more during the ride to the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Haslam recalled Wharton remarking as the President moved on to meet the public at the Air National Guard base, “Did the President say he wanted us to ride in the car?”

As they took their seats in the car, Haslam accidentally turned on the seat warmer for the seat where the President would sit. Before he could react, Obama got in the car.

“And so, I had that instant quick decision, do I reach over and turn it off or do I just ignore it and act like it was already on,” Haslam said. “I reached over just as non- chalantly as I could and switch off his seat warmer. He looked at me like, ‘What are you doing?’

Haslam also said the atmosphere at the last Grizzlies game of the post season at FedExForum was the “most electric” sports environment he had ever witnessed.

Haslam was on hand for the seventh and deciding playoff game between the Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder that saw the Grizzlies season end.

 

Making Memphis Believe

Here’s a video recapping the Memphis Grizzlies’ 2011 Playoff Run from a North Hollywood, Californian.

It’s a great play by play of all of the obstacles the team overcame. This quote sums it up: “How unbelievably the attitude has changed from, ‘Please win a playoff game,’ to, ‘Man, please win game seven and get to the Western Conference Finals.’”

 

Child Advocacy Center Flag Raised

Each time a child in Shelby County dies as a result of abuse or neglect, the Memphis Child Advocacy Center raises its Children’s Memorial Flag both in mourning and as a call to action for the community to help prevent child abuse.

On Monday morning, a crowd gathered on the front lawn of the center, 1085 Poplar Avenue, as the flag was raised in memory of Lennon Lancaster, who was almost five months old when he died recently.

The baby’s mother, Lori Lewis, has been charged by the Germantown Police Dept. with criminally negligent homicide.

“Let us dedicate ourselves to be stronger than before on behalf of the children,” Virginia Stallworth, MCAC associate director said during the brief memorial service.

According to MCAC, an estimated one in nine cases of child abuse is never reported. Stallworth emphasized the importance of encouraging friends and neighbors to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect, and to enlist members of the community to help keep children safe.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich delivered the closing remarks.

“Thanks to all of you for being here, and thank you for being here everyday,” she said, addressing the staff of MCAC, a private nonprofit that delivers a coordinated community response when allegations of physical or severe sexual child abuse have been made.

The Children’s Memorial Flag will fly for one week in memory of baby Lennon.

And the Survey Says: No Housing Recovery Until 2014

Fifty-four percent of American adults say they believe a housing recovery won’t occur for another three years later, according to an annual survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults by Trulia and RealtyTrac.

Back in November, Americans were slightly more optimistic that a recovery would happen sooner – about 42 percent said they thought the market would turn around by 2012 or had already turned around.

But in the most recent survey in April, that number has now dropped to 23 percent who see a recovery in sight by 2012 and a majority who see a recovery further down the road.

“Most Americans, as our latest survey revealed, overestimated how quickly the housing market would bounce back, but when it does, it will likely be a long and gradual process,” said Trulia CEO Pete Flint. “Looking at the recent double dips in home prices, I expect the rest of 2011 to be volatile for real estate. On the flip side, mortgage rates won’t stay low forever and even if home prices continue to fall for a bit, now is still a good time to enter the housing market.”

In case you missed it: Great Memphis Food

NBC’s Today Show, with help from George W. Bush daughter Jenna, did a nice feature recently on Alcenia’s in Downtown Memphis.

Click here to watch.

Dansette

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