Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Restaurants and Food Stores TN state inspections.

Did you know that on the Tennessee.gov website that you can find the scores of your favorite restaurant?

About the Scoring System:
The Department of Health is responsible for regulation of food service establishments in Tennessee. State law, regulations, and the inspection program are designed to help ensure that food service establishments are safe places to eat. The law requires that restaurants have an unannounced inspection at least once every six months to determine if they are in compliance with applicable rules and regulations at the time of inspection. In addition to routine inspections, unannounced inspections are conducted in response to individual complaints.

Tennessee uses a 44 item inspection sheet with a maximum of 100 points. Thirteen of the items are considered critical. Critical items, found out of compliance, must be corrected within ten days. Follow-up inspections are conducted to determine compliance on critical items. Failure to correct critical violations or imminent health hazards result in closure of establishments until corrections are made. Serious or repeated violations may result in revocation of the establishment's permit.

Scores shown on this web site dated prior to April 9, 1998 do not include follow-up inspection scores. Those scores are from the original inspection and do not note any follow-up corrective action. Inspection scores after that date are either from the original inspection if no-follow up was required or are scores that resulted from follow-up inspections where points have been added to credit establishments for corrective action. An individual restaurant inspection score is a "snapshot" of the condition of the establishment at the time of inspection. A single inspection score is not necessarily indicative of the inspection history of the facility. The scores are used as a tool by the State and industry to place a value on compliance to the regulations, educate the operators, and thereby encourage corrective action.

Complete records of food service establishments are public records and are available for public viewing at your local health department.

To search online for a restaurant near you click here.

Food Store Scores:
The Department of Health is responsible for inspecting restaurants and other food services establishments, while the Department of Agriculture is responsible for inspecting grocery stores and convenience markets that sell food products. Agriculture inspects more than 8,000 retail food stores statewide at least once every six months. Compliance officers from the department’s Food & Dairy section look at standards in food storage, handling and disposal; employee hygiene; facilities maintenance and many other areas to determine a store’s rating. To view these scores, visit the Retail Food Store Scores website.


All of our state's nearly 8,000 retail establishments that sell food are required by State law to be inspected at least once every six months to insure compliance with all laws and regulations relating to food storage, facility sanitation and safety. Scores only provide a general indication of compliance; inspection reports better describe sanitation conditions and associated health risks and must be made available by the store to anyone requesting it. A score below 70 requires a follow-up inspection. Compliance standards are related primarily to:

food protection and temperature
employee hygiene
water and sewage services
toilet and hand washing facilities
waste disposal
pest control
cleaning and sanitizing of food equipment and utensils
maintenance of floors, walls, and ceilings
sufficient lighting and ventilation
proper storage and display of toxic materials

For more information click here.

One of the Kroger stores pharmacy in Cordova had a recent score:
Establishment Number: 30181
CORDOVA, TN 38018 April 8, 2008 score:70

For a list of the violations click here.

To search for a Store near you click here.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Irises - ARE IN BLOOM!

West TN Iris Society Garden

I visited the Iris Garden at West St. and Park, in Germantown today. For years, I have wanted to stop and get a close up view of all the very beautiful Irises that have been so lovingly planted there. The West Tennessee Iris Society can take all the credit for the lovely scene hundreds of drivers see everyday while the Irises are in full bloom. A quaint stop, a resting place complete with benches with beautiful Breaded Irises of all colors. Don’t do what I did and drive by, all the while wanting to stop. Take a few minutes, and do it. I believe you will be glad. I am, and I plan to do it again, soon.

A flower event, not to miss Sunday, April 26, Sunday at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, you may want to take time to visit The Memphis Flower Show:M3D On the Edge.

For details click here.

Iris Halo Everybody, Rogers 2

Iris, Peach


Iris, Yellow and white, bearded

Iris Blue and white

More Iris

Light Orange Iris

Yellow White, Iris

Black Velvety Iris


Bartlett TN has a new Library

I was looking for some Microsoft Office 2003 software how to books. To my dismay, after checking the library closest to where I live and the main library, it seemed that the Bartlett Library was where they would be, (computer books). I was wondering if Bartlett residence owned more computers per home or something.

Since moving to W.TN, the Library here has been one big disappointment. Extremely lacking to say the least. I was a bit surprised to see that Bartlett has a NEW Library. The surprise comes after just a few months ago, reading that Mayor Henrenton of Memphis had proposed to close several Library locations, yet Bartlett, part of the system has a new Library.

Memphis Mayor Wants To Close Five Libraries
Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton wants to close five of 19 branches of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, telling the City Council that the move—along with closings of four community centers—would save $1.5 million to $2 million a year. It's all part of a "repositioning of city assets" requiring more "hard decisions," Herenton said, according to the Commercial Appeal.

The announcement, on top of Herenton’s previous decision to appoint two nonlibrarians at the helm of the library, drew a firestorm of criticism in online comments and likely will engender debate before approval by City Council. The newspaper editorialized that, while “Herenton described the buildings as underused, deteriorating assets,” in nearly every case, they are neighborhood anchors. Some online commenters suggested that the announced closures were aimed to generate support for a tax increase.

Full article click here.

The new Bartlett library was easy to find and I did find a couple of books to review. It is all fresh inside, the new smell overwhelming, if you have allergies to new carpets and smells, I wouldn't visit anytime soon. However, everyone was nice and helpful. I picked up a paper flyer called "Come in & Read". Inside, is a quote from Bartlett Mayor A. Keith McDonald: "If a community is going to thrive, the public in that municipality has to continue to hone its skills, and that requries education. And the library is the best tool for continuing education and using people's minds."

New Bartlett library has more space, books
Commercial Appeal
The $3.7 million Bartlett Public Library at 5884 Stage is about a mile west of the former location next to City Hall. At 20,000 square feet, the library at Bartlett Station Municipal Center is about twice the size of the old facility.

Read the complete article on the April opening, click here.

TN Library Association doesn't seem to think too much of Mayor Herenton's choice of NON-Librarian leaders. Seems to be a political move, rather than a wise one.

TN Library Association Criticizes Memphis Mayor for Hiring Nonlibrarian Leaders
In an open letter to Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, the Tennessee Library Association (TLA) called his recent dismissal of longtime Memphis Public Library and Information Center Director Judith Drescher “a slap in the face” to library staff, given that “two political appointees, without any library science or library technology education, without any professional experience in libraries, without any experience in managing library staff,” are now heading a library which “gained a national reputation as one of the best in the country under Judith Drescher’s leadership.” The TLA criticized the mayor's failure to conduct a national search for Drescher’s replacement.

Eyebrows were raised in December when the seemingly sudden retirement of Drescher and two colleagues was announced. After all, Drescher had just led the library to win a National Medal of Museum and Library Service, awarded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in part for such innovations as the establishment of a 2-1-1 call center for community information. Herenton appointed as director Keenon McCloy, the city's director of public services and neighborhoods. Then the mayor appointed Michael Gray, a retired deputy director in public services and neighborhoods and former mayoral bodyguard, as deputy director. McCloy, not Drescher, attended the mid-January ceremony in which First Lady Laura Bush presented the IMLS award.

Click here for more.

If you decide visit the NEW Bartlett library here is some information for you:
Address: 5884 Stage Rd. Bartett, TN 38134
Phone: (901) 386-8968