So you want to know when the City of Memphis will pave your street? The Memphis Public Works and Memphis Information Services divisions worked in tandem to provide the above street paving map. It tells paving that is upcoming this year and also in the future. Major Tennessee highways and state routes are also included.
Power to the People!
2016 was a historic year for politics in the United States and more citizens have become involved in political action than there have been in a long time. To assist those interested in sharing their opinions with our representative politicians, this list identifies the key players in national affairs representing the region served by our fair institution, the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. Once you know who your representative is, you can contact them to voice your opinion on important matters, whether it concerns federal, state or local issues. This list will not be exhaustive, that is, it will not cover every possible government agency of every layer of government within the covered counties (so, for some examples, if you are wanting to petition the office of the mayor of Lake City, Arkansas, the school board of Independence High School in Tate County, MS or the powers that be in Yum Yum, TN, then I encourage you to do your own research into how you may contact those bodies). This list is a good start if you want to, for example, call your congressman to try to get them to vote the way you expect them to. To compile this list I used the region covered by the counties served by our LINC/211 service.
Each of the three states are listed alphabetically and include contact information for U.S. Senators and Congress members. Note that these representatives only accept and respond to constituents living within their own districts, so if you don’t live there, don’t waste your time trying to contact them directly.
The state senators for Arkansas are:
John Boozman: https://www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/home
Tom Cotton: https://www.cotton.senate.gov/
Crittenden County is in Arkansas’ 1st congressional district, represented by Rick Crawford.
The state senators for Mississippi are:
Thad Cochran: http://www.cochran.senate.gov/public/
Roger Wicker: https://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/home
Desoto and Tate counties are within Mississippi’s 1st congressional district, and are represented by Trent Kelly: https://trentkelly.house.gov/
Tunica County is within Mississippi’s 2nd congressional district, and is represented by Bennie Thompson:
The state senators for Tennessee are:
Lamar Alexander: http://www.alexanderforsenate.com/
Bob Corker: http://www.bobcorker.com/
Memphis and much of Shelby county is in Tennessee’s 9th congressional district, represented by Steve Cohen: https://cohen.house.gov/
Parts of Shelby County, as well as Tipton, Lauderdale, Lake and Obion counties are in Tennessee’s 8th congressional district, represented by David Kustoff:
Memfacts is a new website from the City of Memphis that contains a lot of statistics about the city. The headers of Public Safety, Neighborhoods, Youth, Economy, and Government are a click away from providing data on multiple subjects. These include robberies and burglaries, Fire response times, EMS response times, crime, employment, household income, GDP growth, poverty, code compliance, pothole repair, delinquent weed cutting, and much more.
A new website connecting individual volunteers with organizations in Memphis was just launched. It is the country’s first “virtual volunteer fair”. The website provides an interactive platform and engaging videos. The 90-second videos of the organization can be found on the site. Then, a potential volunteer can then click on the “I’m Interested” button. A link to the organization’s website and a map of where it is located is also shown.
Every November, The Best Times Magazine prints its Mid-South Senior Retirement Housing Guide. The Guide provides information on retirement facilities, independent and assisted living homes. Their services, features, and amenities, along with the number of units and their the monthly fees are also included.
From the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, this site gives tons of statistics for census, unemployment, manufacturing, and many other subjects. The information includes an overview of the United States, along with results for all fifty states, not just Indiana. Comparisons by state are listed for the economy, education, income & taxes, population & housing, along with the workforce. State comparisons include: the number of patents issued and county business pattern establishments under the economy listing. The number of members of unions can be found under the workforce tab. Population, housing, income, and labor force statistics are listed by county and metro area. Much more information is also included on the site.
The Leapfrog Safety Group releases a hospital safety score survey for the United States quarterly. From the site, “The survey assesses hospitals on three key areas: how patients fare, resources used in caring for patients, and leadership and structures that promote patient safety. This website also includes information on hospitals’ hospitals safety score.” Searches can be done by city/state, state, zip code, or hospital name. From there, each hospital provides information such as maternity care, high risk surgeries, hospital-acquired conditions, and general information. The safety score is done by the Group and ranges from the letters A, B, C, D, and F, with A being the best. Some hospitals not being scored, an example being children’s and cancer hospitals. But, more than 1,200 hospitals are rated throughout the nation.