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‘New’ council positions itself for decisions on electricity rates, TVA

Pressing on the agenda was Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division’s proposed electricity-rate hike as six new members joined eight returning members for the first Memphis City Council meeting of 2020 on Tuesday. According to MLGW President J.T. Young, if the council doesn’t vote on...

‘Free’ at Christmas

As Cameron Brooks neatly wrapped his last Christmas gift, a slight smile formed on his face as he proudly examined his work. He and his high school peers had wrapped hundreds of toys that day to distribute to students at a nearby elementary school. “It...

City Council approves partial MLGW rate hike, solid waste pickup increase

On multiple occasions, Memphis Light Gas & Water has asked the Memphis City Council to increase utility rates to pay for long-overdue updates to MLGW’s infrastructure. And in the final meeting of the year, the Council said OK – mostly. Council members approved an increase...

Memphis minority spending yields benefits but questions about details remain

Brian Hampton acknowledged that it’s been a good year for his company, Network Construction. The owner of the small contracting company understands the plight most minority-owned business owners experience, including access to capital; but he said he’s been able to overcome many of the...

SC Mayor Lee Harris makes case for MATA investment to County Commission

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris believes that the county’s increasing poverty rate can be reduced by an investment in public transit. He spent Wednesday morning attempting to convince Shelby County Commission members to invest $10 million to support his proposal, Future for Transit. During an...

Memphis 3.0 gets City Council OK; solid waste fee hike rejected

After months of public debate and voting delays, the Memphis City Council on Tuesday approved Memphis 3.0 – the city’s first comprehensive land use and development plan in several decades. Final approval of Memphis 3.0 didn’t come without hesitation and was one of two key...

Memphis City Council mulls police residency; delays utility-rate action

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday decided to delay all votes on proposed MLGW rate hikes while the utility’s administrators figure out if changes in salaries and benefits will affect their proposed budget. In conjunction with that action, Council Chairman Kemp Conrad appointed a three-member...

Commission approves lead-test funding at dozens of SCS sites

The Shelby County Commission on Monday approved $80,000 to go towards on-site testing at dozens of Shelby County Schools system sites where there has been detection of potentially dangerous amounts of lead. The funds will be transferred to the Shelby County Health Department to test...

Runoff-election winners tout power of the people

Michalyn Easter-Thomas and Rhonda Logan – upset winners Thursday of the two Memphis City Council runoff elections – each attributed victory to a “power” surge. Easter-Thomas, an educator, beat out incumbent Berlin Boyd in a landslide victory for the District 7 seat. Raleigh community activist...

Rate hikes for utilities back on City Council agenda

Utility bills for residential customers could go up if the Memphis City Council approves an increase rate proposal presented by the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division on Tuesday. In the executive session committee meeting, MLGW leaders laid out details of a plan that include...