Thursday, May 13, 2021

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County Commission opens door on FY 2022 budget hearings

by James Coleman -- Budget hearings got underway with Shelby County Commissioners Tuesday (May 11), kicking off three days of case-making by various agencies for funding requests for FY 2022. Both the commission and the administration of Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris are hoping to shoehorn...

‘Director’ Davis gets Council’s OK

by James Coleman -- C.J. Davis’ first day on the job as director of the Memphis Police Department will be June 14. The Memphis City Council voted 11-1 to approve the hiring of Durham, North Carolina’s former police chief at its meeting on Tuesday (May 4)....

Council delays pipeline vote; Takes up ban on eviction set-outs

by James Coleman -- In regulating pipeline construction in Memphis now is in delay-mode until July in an effort to calm rising tensions between Memphis City Council members and Plains All-American Pipeline over construction of the proposed Byhalia Connection Pipeline. The delay, which was agreed upon...

McConnell vs. The 1619 Project

by Curtis Weathers --  I was minding my own business last week, all set to dive into the issue of state testing and learning loss in our schools.  Suddenly, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and 37 of his Republican colleagues showed up on my doorstep with...

A ‘Black Caucus’ evolves at the County Commission

by James Coleman --  A resolution establishing a Black Caucus drew unanimous support from the Shelby County Board of Commissioners during its Monday (April 26) meeting.  The group will focus on the concerns of the county’s African-American communities. “It’s not just about Black communities – even though...

Reflections of a Black pastor and protestor after the verdict

by the Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Ph.D. -- First and foremost, my heart goes out to the family of George Floyd. Despite the verdict, they still have been forced to live with the loss of a loved one – a life that was snuffed out...

Pipeline ordinance delayed as crafting continues

by James Coleman -- An ordinance curtailing the construction of pipelines carrying hazardous materials – including crude oil – within city limits was put on the back-burner after the Memphis City Council opted to continue crafting the resolution during Tuesday’s (April 20) meeting. The proposed statute,...

Strickland’s pandemic-tinged budget draws early opposition

by James Coleman -- Mayor Jim Strickland unveiled his proposed bare-bones $716 million operating budget for 2021 to the Memphis City Council during Tuesday’s meeting. The proposal reflects a slight increase over the previous year’s budget of $708.6 million and includes an $89 million capital budget.  “Even...

‘The State of our School District is Strong!’

by Curtis Weathers -- Shelby County Schools Supt. Dr. Joris Ray, in his second State of the District address last Friday, enthusiastically declared that “THE STATE OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS STRONG!” I missed last year’s presentation, so I was not quite sure what to expect...

Revisiting the 1619 Project

Something remarkable occurred in American journalism on August 20, 2019.  Civil rights journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, in collaboration with the New York Times, dropped an incredible piece of journalism in the laps of the American public that continues to this very day to enlighten readers and...