Monday, November 29, 2021

Shelby County Government

by James Coleman -- The Shelby County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution opposing Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order requiring school districts to allow parents and families to opt out of mask mandates in Tennessee public schools. The adoption came...
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has chosen DeAndre Brown, executive director of the nonprofit organization LifeLine to Success, as the acting executive director of the Shelby County Office of Reentry. Brown, who spent nearly two years in prison, founded the...
There is ample evidence that Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer has sought to be a “servant leader” with impact for what she calls “marginalized communities.” The desire to do even more of that, she said, prompted a decision not...
by James Coleman -- A resolution to purchase ballot marking devices failed to gain approval from the Shelby County Board of Commissioners, with a majority opting for hand-marked paper ballots. Commissioners made the decision during their Monday meeting. The add-on commission...
Fielding yet another request to direct a journalist seeking Dr. Michelle Taylor, a guard on duty at the Vasco A. Smith Jr. County Administration Building remarked, “She must be an important person.” For the guard and many others in Memphis...
by James Coleman -- County property taxes inched up one penny to $3.46 for 2022 after Shelby County commissioners approved the hike on a protracted 7-5 vote during their Monday (June 7) meeting.  The additional revenue – nearly $2.3 million –...
A small, but enthusiastic crowd of supporters gathered at the Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection Park for the kickoff of Linda Harris’ 2022 run for District Attorney in Shelby County. Harris touted her extensive background in civil rights and...
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...
by James Coleman -- The business relationship between Shelby County and healthcare provider Wellpath remains on life support after the Shelby County Board of Commissioners gave the OK to a pair of extensions to provide services to the county’s jail,...
by James Coleman -- A measure that would have asked the federal government to put a hold on the proposed Byhalia Connection Pipeline project failed on 5-6 vote by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners on Monday. In a related matter,...