Gov. Bill Haslam ceremonially signs the “Tennessee Works Act” on Tuesday, surrounded by Democratic legislators including House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, and Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, who were lead sponsors of the measure.
House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (l) and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner (r) square off in a preliminary to “Fight Night 2010,” a preliminary to “Fight Night 2012” at the War Memorial Auditorium. The event was a fundraiser for Not Alone, a not-for-profit organization that helps former soldiers and their families. (Photo passed along by Mark Brown.)
From WPYT in Memphis:
Would you spend $1,000 for a picture of yourself to hang on your wall? Well, if you’re a Memphis taxpayer, that’s what you’re spending for a picture of someone you may not even know.
Each of the 13 City Council members gets that much to spend on his or her official portrait.
Perry Melloh said, “I couldn’t imagine any portrait costing $1,000.” Melloh runs 494 Studio in Memphis. Melloh says his average portrait runs $250, and that includes the frame.
“For something that is going to be hanging in the city council chambers forever, no listen to me, that’s a cheap price,” Council Chairman Myron Lowery said.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011, the Memphis City Council will consider a resolution that would limit portraits to full-time city council members. Councilman Bill Boyd sponsored the bill, saying he doesn’t think someone who will be in office for just a few months should qualify for a portrait.
Berlin Boyd was recently elected as interim council member for district seven, Barbara Swearengen Ware’s former seat.
The folks at TNReport reveal that the Honorable Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, behind the podium, is actually Barefoot Beth.