Candice Ludlow

Candice Ludlow

On hot summer days, like today, people line up at Wells Station and Reed in East Memphis to get a cool tasty treat.  Lines are often to the street outside the bright pink and turquoise building that used to be a Sinclair Gas Station.  You can still see remnants of the car wash here, but that’s from a long time ago because Jerry’s Sno Cone is in its forty-sixth year.

A Jerry’s Sno Cone is not your typical snow cone in a cone-shaped cup with a rounded scoop of ice one top.  No.  It’s served in a Styrofoam cup with a spoon. 

Tensions are mounting yet again in regard to school consolidation.  The Shelby County Commission filed suit to stop referendums on municipal schools, alleging that part of the intent is to create racially segregated schools.  All parties will appear before federal Judge Hardy Mays on Monday.

Candice Ludlow

Education is the key to social mobility in the United States.  This fact was not lost on African Americans who were enslaved and later sharecroppers in the South.  In the 1880s one-room schools sprouted up throughout the region.  Many of them are now gone forever and just a distant memory.  But Flagg Grove School in rural West Tennessee is an exception. 

The Memphis City Council will vote on a budget for 2013 on Tuesday.  Mayor AC Wharton’s proposal includes a one-time property tax hike and cuts to city services, but council members have other ideas.  Some council members want to cut taxes and dip into city reserves. 

Candice Ludlow

Solar energy only accounts for 2 percent of Tennessee Valley Authority’s energy portfolio.  That doesn’t sound like much, but in 2008, the amount of solar produced in the state wasn’t enough to power one house.  By the end of this year, the Tennessee Solar Institute predicts a production increase of 21 megawatts.  That’s enough to power 2,100 homes.  A lot of the solar construction you see around West Tennessee was indirectly funded with stimulus money.

Justin Fox Burks

Bianca Christian isn’t your typical young person aging out of foster care.  She scored 25 on the ACT and was headed to college.  With the help of her Transitional Living Specialist, Christian chose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  But then in her freshman year, she got pregnant, and didn’t know what to do.  So she contacted her Transitional Living Specialist.

Candice Ludlow

It looks like the suburbanites of Shelby County will not get to vote on whether or not to form their own school districts, at least not in May. 

Eleanor Boudreau


Shelby County will have its first elected female District Attorney. Republican Amy Weirich and Democrat Carol Chumney will vie for that position August 2nd.

The property assessor Cheyenne Johnson trounced her opponent in the Democratic primary with 80 percent of the vote. She’ll face off against Republican real estate appraiser Tim Walton. Walton won his three-way primary with 38 percent of the vote.

It’s election time again in Tennessee.  Tomorrow the polls are open from 7 to 7, and this time, voters are casting ballots in the Republican and Democratic presidential and county primaries.  Locally, one of the most hotly contested races is on the Democratic side for Shelby County General Sessions Court Clerk.

The young duo of Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale met two years ago.  They were both performing solo acts in Los Angeles nightclubs and soon realized they could go further together.  They spent about a year working out their beautiful blend of guitar picking and harmonies to create The Milk Carton Kids.