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1. Tennessee finally designs a new state license plate. It's not half bad — a misty scene of mountains and lakes that's certainly better than the one mounted on vehicles now, which looks like it was drawn by a third-grader. And not a very artistic third-grader at that.

2. Shelby County's director of homeland security announces his department will install some 700 video cameras at bridges, ports, industries, and other strategic spots around town. We certainly hope they aim most of the cameras at Libertyland. If terrorists ever attack that (and we believe it would be a high-priority target, considering the name), it will be a devastating blow to this nation's morale. If we can't even defend Libertyland, democracy is doomed.

3. Developers announce plans to turn The Pyramid into an elaborate theme park, complete with roller coaster and, in the future, an adjacent hotel. Just one word of caution, people: "Rakapolis." Remember? (If you don't, you're lucky.)

4. Budget cuts may mean the end of Amtrak service between Memphis and New Orleans. Now, how will we get to Mardi Gras?

5. Collierville officials decide not to help build an ice-skating rink. Guess, this means the Flyer hockey team will have to practice in Southaven. 

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