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Pop-up shop Downtown May 15 will have clothes, Muddy’s and vinyl records

A unique pop-up shop is coming Downtown next month.

Oxford’s The End of All Music independent record store is setting up shop at Hoot + Louise May 15. The pop-up shop will feature treats from Muddy’s Bake Shop, Hoot + Louise’s unique brand of threads and accessories, plus new and used vinyl records from The End of All Music.

The record store will be peddling some record store swag plus some other unnamed exclusive items only available at the shop.

When: May 15, from noon to 7 p.m.

More details: http://theendofallmusic.com/pop-up-shop-in-memphis-at-hootlouise-on-may-15th/

The Shrine, The Park and Other Things

In my Internet travels, I came across this blog post from the Washington Post.

If nothing else, it shows that we are not the only community that has debates, discussions and controversies about monuments to history.

The blog post is about the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo which was ordered built by the Japanese Emperor in 1869. That is about the time Nathan Bedford Forrest’s post Civil War life was unfolding here in Memphis. And like the earlier parts of his life, it would be just as controversial as his past as a slave trader and a Confederate Army General.

screen shot from Washington Post blog

That said, the ad hoc Parks Committee put together by the city council for recommendations on what to call Forrest, Confederate and Jefferson Davis Parks will hold its next meeting April 29 at 3 p.m. at City Hall.

 

Arkansas Medicaid Expansion Alternative Clears State Legislature

Arkansas lawmakers in the state’s Republican-controlled legislature last week endorsed a plan to accept federal Medicaid money under the Affordable Care Act, but to use the new money to buy private insurance for eligible residents.

The Obama administration and federal officials haven’t approved the Arkansas plan, but the outcome is sure to be closely watched in Tennessee.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam also has said he will not expand TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program. Haslam favors a model similar to the one proposed in Arkansas: the state would use federal funds to purchase private insurance for residents who can’t afford it. Ohio also is seeking permission from the Obama administration to pursue a similar option.

The TennCare expansion would have covered an estimated 140,000 of the state’s 1 million uninsured residents, the Associated Press reported. Haslam has said leveraging federal dollars to purchase private insurance will insure 175,000 state residents.

FedEx Wins $10.5 Billion U.S. Postal Service Contract

FedEx Corp. said today it won a $10.5 billion contract to provide domestic air transportation services for the U.S. Postal Service.

The Memphis-based shipping giant had previously warned that the contract could be transitioned to another provider, like rival UPS, and that the terms and conditions of the new arrangement could be “less favorable” than the current contract, which expires in September 2013. The new contract begins in October 2013.

FedEx will keep the Postal Service contract to provide airport-to-airport transportation of Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail for another seven years.

“Following a rigorous evaluation of technical aspects, pricing, and other factors in the proposals, the Postal Service determined that the FedEx proposal represented the best value,” the agency said in a prepared statement.

The new deal allows for service improvements, capacity flexibility and other operational benefits, the Postal Service said.

The Parks Debate and The Other Suggestions

 

Our story on the latest in the name game for the city’s three Confederate-themed parks is coming up in the Wednesday edition of The Daily News which goes up Tuesday afternoon.

The ad hoc committee trying to come up with recommendations to the City Council on what to do with the parks did what happens in most efforts like this. They did an Internet poll on what anyone who could find the survey would pick as the new names for the three parks.

The group got 525 responses and in the case of each park – Confederate, Jefferson Davis and Forrest – 463 to 484 of those responding said they wanted the parks to return to the names they had before the council voted earlier this year to give each of them temporary names.

Some on the panel complained that the survey was gamed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans group and other similar organizations. Others questioned how many of those responding lived in Memphis. Still others said the results may not be scientific but reflect generally a widespread sentiment.

More on the other suggestions further down.

This group of nine citizens, two of them city council members, have a lot of ground between them on this issue. As you will read, this controversy also features a fascinating difference of opinion among historians who for many years have had their own debate about many of these points that has been largely out of the political spotlight.

There is some common ground – not much, but some around the edges. No one at the table this week suggested that the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest should be removed from the park bearing his name as well as the burial site of Forrest and his wife.

Most on the panel expressing an opinion agreed that would be impractical. And some in the group favored never going back to the old names but suggested new names that retain a general Civil War theme.

Now, to the online suggestions that lagged far behind the old names in their totals – most getting no more than one suggestion.

They included Peace Park, John Wilkes Booth Park, Traitor President Park, Historical Parks 1-3, Battle of Memphis Park, Unity Park, Brighter Future Park, Lost Cause Park, Ruby Wilson Park, The Park Down By The River, Dr. Lemuel Diggs Park and Eternal Confederate Park.

There was a whole subcategory of park name suggestions that involved current city council members as well as Mayors Wharton and Luttrell. Committee co chairman Bill Boyd didn’t include two of the suggestions on the list saying they were “off-color.”

Dansette

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