Shelby County Government

by James Coleman -- Shelby County’s mayor, sheriff and county commissioners will receive pay hikes next year after the County Commission approved the increases in separate votes Monday (Dec. 20).  Beginning when the elected officials start their terms on Sept. 1: ■...
by Regina Morrison Newman -- Tis the season of gifting, giving and grifting. While most of us are caught up in the holiday spirit on the first two, scammers and thieves are busy figuring out how they can take advantage...
Under pressure from on-hand activists, Shelby County Commissioners on Monday approved three work-in-progress ordinances in their first reading to curb over-policing by Shelby County Sheriff Office’s deputies. However, the ordinances to ban specialized units, end pretextual traffic stops and create...
A development boom projected to draw more business, tourists and residents is unfolding in Downtown Memphis. At the same time, Memphis and it’s 60 percent African American population still carries America’s second highest poverty rate at 27.8 percent. As an...
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...
Three proposed ordinances written to check over-policing by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies moved ahead in their second readings during Monday’s (Sept. 11) Shelby County Board of Commissioners meeting. Only one of the items – a proposed ordinance to collect...
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...
by James Coleman -- District lines are set for the next decade after Shelby County Commissioners approved new commission district boundaries on an 8-5 vote during a special-called commission meeting Monday (Nov. 8).  While the approved final district maps did not...
Angered by the way local officials are handling a deputy’s fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man at an apartment complex two-plus months ago, a small group of protesters marched around the county government building after being denied access to...
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...