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In first meeting, Memphis City Council approves three appointments from Mayor Paul Young

With 17 posts to fill within the city of Memphis government, Memphis City Council members Tuesday (Jan. 9) unanimously approved three of new Mayor Paul Young’s nominees, including a holdover from the previous administration. With same-night minutes approval, the current Memphis Fire Department Chief Gina...

Chairman JB Smiley Jr.: Memphis City Council seeks to proactively tackle city’s woes

As a historic majority-female Memphis City Council prepares for the body’s first meeting of 2024 Tuesday (Jan. 9), the five new members will face a variety of decisions inherited from the previous council. Jerri Green, Pearl Eva Walker, Philip Spinosa, Janika White, and Yolanda Cooper-Sutton will...

Funding for Rugby nets approval from County Commission and City Council

With the clock winding down on 2023, Shelby County commissioners Monday carried across the goal line a much-debated resolution to fund a $1.1 million rugby field on the site of the old Vance Middle School. After weeks of haggling and stalled votes, commissioners voted 13-0...

City Council OK ushers in future for Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium

Memphis’ namesake university is the proud proprietor of a football stadium after members of the Memphis City Council Tuesday (Dec.19) agreed to transfer ownership of Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium to the University of Memphis. Council members voted 8-2-1 to transfer the deed to the U...

Rate hike: Monthly MLGW bill to jump about $5 for most customers

Seeking to improve reliability and mitigate outages, Memphis City Council members Tuesday (Dec. 5) agreed to a 12 percent electrical rate increase spread over three years. The increased funds will be used to update Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division’s aging infrastructure and to trim...

County Commission plugs funding gap for Whitehaven Stem Center

Shelby County Commissioners Monday (Dec. 4) unanimously agreed to provide an additional $1.55 million to shore up a funding shortfall on the soon-to-be construction of the Whitehaven High School STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Center. While funding for that student-based project received a green light,...

Area crime concerns reverberate amid pain and need for solutions

Fielding questions as family members and supporters of victims of violence gathered for the annual Season of Remembrance event, Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy outlined law enforcement efforts to address soaring violent crime rates in Memphis, including the city’s record-setting homicide rate. The AG’s...

Council steps into the scratchy issue of higher salaries

As the clock winds down on the city’s legislative calendar – and terms in office – the Memphis City Council has given first-step passage to a proposed ordinance to adjust the mayor’s salary. The affirmative vote (Nov. 21), without discussion, on the proposal was approved...

Bringing Rugby to the old Vance Middle School site in 38126 is a work in progress

With details to iron out and language to be added, Shelby County Commission members kicked a proposal for a $1.1 million expansion of Memphis Inner City Rugby (MICR) at the abandoned Vance Middle School campus back to committee. While generally viewed in the positive, the...

Runoff election was winning time for Green, Walker and Easter-Thomas

For the first time since the current form of government was adopted 55 years ago, women will wield a majority on the Memphis City Council after a trio of female candidates won office during the runoff election held on Nov. 16. The first City Council...