Monday, January 17, 2022

Shelby County Government

Dubbed “Our Faithful Comeback,” a new grant initiative zeroes in on small, faith-based organizations, whose community outreach efforts have been made more difficult by the COVID-19 pandemic. Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, Shelby County Board of Commissioners Chairman Eddie Jones,...
by James Coleman -- As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its fourth-quarter rampage, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners this week adopted a pair of resolutions asking Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to provide relief to a beleaguered food-service industry and...
Utility assistance for 1,400 customers impacted by COVID-19 was made available through the Utility “Holiday” program powered by Shelby County Government and Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW). The Utility “Holiday” program served customers who owed $500 or less in...
Shelby County will be seeking a new approach to awarding contracts after the Shelby County Board of Commissioners voted to settle a discrimination lawsuit accusing the county of favoring minority over white-owned businesses to cap off its Monday meeting. Filed...
by James Coleman -- As communities across the country brace for another wave of COVID-19 infections with the onset of flu season, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners received a grim assessment of the months ahead during Monday’s meeting. The confluence...
Updates on technology, recruiting, dealing with COVID-19 and use of force were elements of a “State of the Sheriff’s Department” presentation Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. shared at the Frayser Exchange Club meeting this week. The Thursday afternoon virtual...
by James Coleman -- Efforts to reform the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department took a step back this week after resolutions aimed at curbing excessive force failed to gain enough support during a Shelby County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday...
James Coleman --  Wellpath LLC is suing Shelby County for $100 million for rescinding a contract agreement to provide healthcare services for adult and youth inmates and detainees in county jails. The lawsuit alleges the county pulled out of the deal...
James Coleman -- A slate of reforms designed to curb the use of excessive force and the procurement of military equipment by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and Shelby County corrections officers continued to be a focal point of discussion...
Declaring that the "need for transformative change has never been clearer" and that the way forward is equally so," Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris this week detailed plans for the first #SouthernJustice Summit to be hosted in virtual mode...