This Friday is “Grizzlies Friday”

Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr. has declared this Friday to be “Grizzlies Friday.”

The mayor also has said he’ll have a special announcement Thurs., May 23. From the mayor’s office:

“As we prepare for the first-ever NBA Western Conference Finals Game in Memphis, SHOW YOUR SUPPORT WHEREVER YOU ARE by wearing TEAM COLORS and GRIZZLIES ATTIRE on FRIDAY.”

Newby’s accepting donated items for Oklahoma tornado victims

Newby’s, at 539 S. Highland St., is setting up a Red Cross Oklahoma tornado care drop-off to serve as a collection point for items that can be delivered to victims of the deadly tornado there.

Newby’s also is asking for volunteers to help receive items, organize, box, tape, label and load them. The goal is to have items boxed and trucks full and ready to deliver on Thursday. Volunteers can call Todd Adams at 901-870-7633.

Items needed that are going to be delivered to Moore, Oklahoma, include:

Bottled water
Gatorade
Wipes
Diapers
Baby formula
Hand towels
Individually wrapped snacks
Work gloves
Money
(No clothing)

Some random Robert Pera-related news

Here are a few recent tidbits related to Grizz Nation’s favorite Photoshopper-in-chief:

Robert Pera’s company, Ubiquiti Networks Inc., is still moving forward with installing some of its wireless Internet products at FedExForum. In response to a tweet last week asking whether that’s still happening, Pera tweeted in response: “Yes! Installations and testing going on as we speak. SSID [blog note – the public name of a WiFi network] should be “FedExForum WiFi Test.” It will be perfect before next season.”

Meanwhile, CNBC’s Jim “Mad Money” Cramer gave a shout out to Pera’s company on a recent episode of his TV show. Cramer, during one of his recent “Lightning Round” segments on the show, said of Ubiquiti – “I happen to like this kind of company.”

Ubiquiti’s stock has been on an upward trajectory over the past couple of months, climbing from $13.88 a share March 1 to $15.06 May 1. It stood at $19.75 at the end of the day on May 20.

Pera also recently rejoined the list of U.S. billionaires, according to Forbes.

Amro honors music educators

Amro Music is filling out the walkway to its Poplar Avenue store with a permanent “Walk of Fame” honoring music educators.

Nominations will be made by the public and chosen each year by a committee based on the educator’s impact, years of service and other contributions. For the tribute, a large granite centerpiece will be surrounded by bricks engraved with the names of each inductee.

No more than 10 candidates will be chosen each year. Click the photo below to make a nomination.

Haslam Vetoes Ag-Gag

 

Just tweeted this a few minutes ago. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has issued his first veto and it is of the bill nicknamed the “ag-gag” law, which made it a crime to record alleged animal abuse of livestock and conditions that violate animal abuse laws and not turn it over to law enforcement within 48 hours.

Here is Haslam’s veto message in its entirety.

“Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Tennessee.  Farmers play a vital role in our state’s economy, heritage and history.  I understand their concerns about large scale attacks on their livelihoods.  I also appreciate that the types of recordings this bill targets may be obtained at times under false pretenses, which I think is wrong.

Our office has spent a great deal of time considering this legislation.  We’ve had a lot of input from people on all sides of the issue.  After careful consideration, I am going to veto the legislation.  Some vetoes are made solely on policy grounds.  Other vetoes may be the result of wanting the General Assembly to reconsider the legislation for a number of reasons.  My veto here is more along the lines of the latter.  I have a number of concerns.

First, the Attorney General says the law is constitutionally suspect.  Second, it appears to repeal parts of Tennessee’s Shield Law without saying so.  If that is the case, it should say so.  Third, there are concerns from some district attorneys that the act actually makes it more difficult to prosecute animal cruelty cases, which would be an unintended consequence.

For these reasons, I am vetoing HB1191/SB1248, and I respectfully encourage the General Assembly to reconsider this issue.”

 

 

Dansette

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