Rep. Cohen on Delta’s “string of broken promises”

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, released a caustic statement Wednesday attacking Delta Air Lines in light of the carrier’s decision to end its direct Memphis-to-Amsterdam flight.

Cohen referred to the move as the latest in “Delta’s growing string of broken promises.”

“In a 2008 Judiciary Committee hearing about the proposed Delta Northwest merger, I asked Delta Air Lines Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson if the Memphis to Amsterdam flight would continue if the merger was approved, and Mr. Anderson gave me his word that it would continue,” Cohen said, in a statement from his office. “I was disappointed to learn last February that Delta planned to scale back the flight to a summer seasonal schedule but took Delta at their word that they would bring back the flight in the summer of 2013. Now that Delta has eliminated the flight altogether, I am disappointed that Delta has once again broken a promise they made to me and the people of Memphis.”

Cohen went on to say that airline executives assured him Memphis would not lose jobs or flights as a result of the Delta-Northwest merger – “two promises that have been broken.”


2nd Generation CLUE and Other Schools Decisions To Come


It looks as if the countywide school board is at the point where it will dive into the 172 recommendations made this past summer by the schools consolidation planning commission.

And for parents of students in both the city and county schools it can’t come soon enough.

Parents of children in the CLUE program and other programs for gifted students showed up in force for Monday night’s school board meeting, some believing the board would vote on the future of those programs in the merged school system at that meeting.

Board chairman Billy Orgel told them a decision is more likely early in 2013. But then the board approved a timeline that suggests the board might be in a mood to discuss and vote on all of the recommendations by the end of the year. If the board decides to go for it, look for more special meetings after the first one on Nov. 15 at 5:30 pm. The board, as we reported, is still considering a sight for the meeting.

The crowd at last night’s meeting confirms there will be a lot of interest and a sense of urgency continues to build.

Even if you don’t have children, it’s easy to understand the anxiety surrounding the need to have certainty for your child about what will happen when the new school year begins in August. In those terms, August is just around the corner.

And what to do with CLUE and the optional schools programs is not just a big general question, it’s also very complex. Several different kinds of optional school programs have evolved from the beginning of the programs in the 1980s.

What happens to both programs affects carefully made academic plans that stretch into college and even graduate school.

CLUE has been around so long that the school board heard from some parents of CLUE students who were themselves in the CLUE program when they were children.

School board chairman Billy Orgel is among them.

Much has changed since then in education in general. Orgel told a story about a recent trip to a school library where he picked several books off the shelf and began noticing that the last time many of the books had been checked out was 1998. An alarmed Orgel asked the school librarian if a lot of books were going unread. The librarian explained that students no longer signed a card in the book to check it out, but instead had the book scanned electronically. The old cards remain in some of the older books but it doesn’t mean no one has checked them out.

“Are you sure you were in CLUE,” fellow board member Jeff Warren joked.


New fellows inducted into Memphis Bar Foundation

Corresponding with my story in Thursday’s Daily News about the Memphis Bar Foundation, the 2012 class of Memphis Bar Foundation Fellows includes:

• Olen “Mac” Bailey, Jr., Bailey Law Firm
• Rebecca W. Ballou, AutoZone, Inc.
• David Blaylock, Glankler Brown, PLLC
• John A. Bobango, Farris Bobango & Branan, PLC
• Lucie Brackin, The Landers Firm
• Hon. Bobby Carter, Criminal Court
• Miriam L. Clemons, State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co.
• Robert E. Craddock, Jr., Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, LLP
• Scott J. Crosby, Burch Porter & Johnson, PLLC
• Angie C. Davis, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
• James R. Garts, Jr., Law Office of Jim Garts
• Kathy N. Gomes, Peppel Gomes & MacIntosh, PC
• Harriet Miller Halmon, United States Attorney’s Office
• Howard B. Hayden, Wiseman Ashworth Law Group
• Tim Hayes, Jr., The Hardison Law Firm, PC
• R. Layne Holley, Holley Elder & McWhirter
• David P. Jaqua, Butler Snow O’Meara Stevens & Cannada, PLLC
• Les Jones, Jr., Burch Porter & Johnson, PLLC
• Christopher G. Lazarini, Bass Berry & Sims, PLC
• Raymond J. Lepone, District Attorney General’s Office
• Shawn R. Lillie, Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, PLLC
• Howard B. Manis, Manis Law Firm
• Michael R. Marshall, Evans Petree PC
• R. Miles Mason, Miles Mason Family Law Group
• Minton P. Mayer, Wiseman Ashworth Law Group
• Edward J. McKenney, Jr., Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC
• Albert G. McLean, The Hardison Law Firm, PC
• Leland M. McNabb, McNabb Bragorgos & Burgess, PLLC
• Tabitha Francisco McNabb, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC
• Kimbrough B. Mullins, Law Office of Kimbrough B. Mullins
• Jerry O. Potter, The Hardison Law Firm, PC
• James M. Simpson, Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, PLLC
• Gerald D. Skahan, Shelby County Public Defender’s Office
• Josh B. Spickler, Shelby County Public Defender’s Office
• Elizabeth B. Stengel, Less Getz & Lipman, PLLC
• William Paul Tuberville, International Paper
• Shea Sisk Wellford, Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, PC
• Andre C. Wharton, The Wharton Law Firm
• Monica Wharton, Regional Medical Center
• James D. Wilson, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC
• Byron B. Winsett, III, District Attorney General’s Office
• Estelle Gaerig Winsett, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Cooper-Young Farmers Market Stays Open for Second Winter Season

Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market, the only year-round farmers market in the Memphis area, will host its second annual Winter Farmers Market starting Saturday, Nov. 3.

The Winter Market will feature the following producer only vendors: Bennett Burks Farm and Nursery, Bill’s Gardening, Boulangerie Olivier, Delta Sol Farm, Dickey Farms, Downing Hollow Farm, Farm House Barkery, GrowMemphis, Jones Orchard, Lady Bugg Bakery, Lazy Dog Farms, Midtown Herbs, Top of the World Farm, Tubby Creek Farm, West Wind Farms, Williamson Farm and Orchard and Yang Farm.

Vendors will have a variety of greens and vegetables, fresh baked goods, eggs, assorted jams, homemade pies, herbs, meats and more will be at the market each Saturday. Original art, jewelry and gifts from local artisans will also be available during holiday and artisan markets.

In addition, the Winter Market will host a Community Table with a home brew demo on Nov. 3 and cooking demo on Nov. 24.

The Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market provides the residents of Midtown and surrounding neighborhoods with a socially diverse, year-round marketplace that supports local farmers, producers and artisans.

To foster good health, development and food security in Memphis, the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market also partners with local organizations to provide community outreach, health and wellness education, and access to affordable, nutritious food.

Stock Market Wednesday?

The full effects of Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. economy won’t be known for days to come. But those effects are certain to spread broadly.

I talked to the chief executive of a local investment firm today who pointed to some ripple effects if the stock market’s closed Wednesday, for a third straight day.

“I am sure that there are many many dealers wanting to balance inventory positions and have a good ‘mark’ for month-end,” he said. “I doubt many traders went home last Friday thinking they would have to hold their current positions through month-end and price them as of last Friday’s close, but I could be wrong. Also, the last few days of every month are typically much busier than the first few days….this will also show up in revenue numbers…only catch here is that October had a lot of trading days in it already so the loss of revenues may not be as pronounced.

“Bottom line is that brokerages are no different than any other business….you have to be open to make money.”