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MLGW revises proposed rate hikes; Council vote set for Feb. 5

Memphis Light, Gas and Water President and CEO J.T. Young on Tuesday presented the Memphis City Council with a proposed budget and several rate plan proposals to gradually raise utility rates over the next few years. MLGW’s initial proposal for a 2019 budget was voted...

Mayor Strickland – officially – going for two

A day after he officially rolled out word that he is seeking a second term, Mayor Jim Strickland fielded questions from The New Tri-State Defender, blending into his answers the basic tenet of his re-election pitch – to “keep the momentum going.” The first question...

County Commission says ‘whoa’ to first-step funding for juvenile justice facility

The Shelby County Commission on Monday sent a $1.3 million design proposal for a new juvenile justice facility back to committee after most members determined there were still questions to be answered before proceeding with the project. The Juvenile Justice and Education Center would include...

Harris gets committee-level OK for new juvenile justice facility planning funds

Now that a Shelby County Commission committee has recommended approval of $1.3 million for planning a new juvenile justice facility, the next step is consideration by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners. The funds would be for design and construction administration services to include housing, educational...

Council back to ‘full strength’ with three vacancies filled

The Memphis City Council filled three vacancies in the first meeting of the new year on Tuesday after wrangling over the District 1 position led to four members walking out on an election to fill that seat in December. The new council members are Sherman...

Former Assessor Johnson gets council’s nod for Super District 8-2

The Super District 8 Position 2 seat vacated when Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove resigned to serve as Shelby County Juvenile Court Clerk now is represented by Cheyenne Johnson. During a session where filling three vacant seats was a major order of the day,...

Council turns to Greer for District 1

After weeks of delay and controversy, the Memphis City Council on Tuesday found consensus around the choice of Sherman Greer to fill the vacant District 1 position. Greer, a Southwest Tennessee Community College administrator, moves into the seat vacated by Bill Morrison, who was elected...

IRV voting measure still stirring debate two months after referendum vote

A campaign finance report filed by a major backer of instant runoff voting has some decrying the election on the November ballot issue as “bought by outside interests.” Not so, say supporters of Save IRV, Inc., who counter that those voicing the claim are “looking...

Council fails to fill District 1 vacancy, again; vote put off to Jan. 8

The Memphis City Council, which has been entangled in a messy deadlock over filing the District 1 vacancy, has put off filling the seat and two others until Jan. 8. That decision came after wrangling over the District 1 vacancy seat prompted the council to...

Juvenile Court concerns flare anew

What should be done when a report by a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) monitor eyeing Shelby County Juvenile Court says that flaws remain and that they are harming African-American children? The report, which started circulating this week, comes after the DOJ put an end...