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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...

County Commission seeks update on troubled County Clerk’s Office

Shelby County Commissioners closed their Monday (Nov. 13) meeting requesting an update on the current investigation into Shelby County Clerk Wanda Halbert’s management of her office and to inform them whether official replacement proceedings should be considered. The add-on item was the latest pitch in...

City Council members skeptical of proposed solid-waste fee increase

With Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration nearing its end, skeptical Memphis City Council members Tuesday (Nov. 7) cast doubt on the timing of a proposed rate increase for bulk waste pickup. The fee-increase discussion came during the council’s Public Works, Solid Waste & General Services Committee...

City Council delays final vote on runoff and partisan elections

Memphis City Council members Tuesday (Nov. 8) delayed a third and final vote for a pair of election-related ordinances, regarding partisan city elections and runoffs in citywide elections.  “What I am asking is for us to hold it in committee, until the next meeting. The...

Time-hampered City Council steps toward police advisory board

With time of the essence, Memphis City Council members Tuesday (Oct. 24) approved on second reading an ordinance to create a police advisory board to replace the soon-to-be abolished Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB). A sense of urgency was created earlier Tuesday during the...

Land Bank could make room for a new Shelby County entity

Dissatisfied with the current setup, Shelby County Commissioners Monday (Oct. 16) took another cautious step towards creating a real estate division to oversee the sale of tax-delinquent properties.  The move to replace the current Shelby County Land Bank passed 6-4 in its second reading, with...

Opposition surfaces as City Council probes ‘Smart City’ fiber-optic plan

Flanked by advocates and experts, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland elaborated on his proposal to expand high-speed internet throughout Memphis, including its low-income communities, to Memphis City Council members during the Tuesday (Oct. 10) session. Strickland, whose term ends Jan. 1, made the presentation to council...

Young elected mayor declaring “we’re going to be better”

On the strength of a positive message, political neophyte Paul Young captured the race for Memphis mayor Thursday (Oct. 5). With 17 candidates in the race, no runoff, and no incumbent (Mayor Jim Strickland is term-limited), Young won the mayor’s seat with 28 percent of...

Tracking deputy-motorist encounters gets OK; County Commission nixes pretextual-stops move

With public safety and civil rights caught in a balancing act, Shelby County Commissioners Monday (Oct.2) passed a pair of data-related ordinances to keep tally of incidents involving sheriff’s deputies and motorists.  The ordinances also call for the monitoring of the use of specialized units. However,...