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1. County Commission Ready for Budget Analysis -

Shelby County Commissioners begin their detailed look at the county’s consolidated budget proposal Wednesday, April 16, for the coming fiscal year.

The budget committee, chaired by commissioner Heidi Shafer, begins its hearings with a look at the budgets for the offices of Sheriff, Trustee, Register and the Juvenile Court and its Clerk’s office.

2. Early Voting Opens in County Primaries -

Shelby County voters begin deciding Wednesday, April 16, who holds 11 countywide offices, including Shelby County mayor and district attorney general, as well as 13 seats on the Shelby County Commission drawn with new single-member district lines.

3. Mayoral Contenders Differ on Economic Development -

Economic development incentives including property tax breaks look to be the real dividing line among the three contenders for Shelby County mayor in the May county primaries.

That’s where Deidre Malone, Steve Mulroy and Kenneth Whalum showed the most friction in a Thursday, April 10, forum and debate in the airport area sponsored by the Shelby County Democratic Party.

4. Commission Budget Season Begins Quietly -

Shelby County Commissioners began their budget season quietly with a first look in committee sessions last week at a $1.2 billion consolidated county budget proposal by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

5. New Perspective -

When the U.S. Postal Service closed its branch office at 826 Mississippi Blvd. near E.H. Crump Boulevard in 2012, workers carted off an oil painting that hung there for several decades with little thought about the man portrayed in the painting.

6. Commission to Discuss Budget, Schools Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners offer their first public comments Wednesday, April 9, on the budget proposal by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and a request by Shelby County Schools leaders for $52.6 million in capital funding.

7. Luttrell Wants Suburban Schools Consideration in Funding Split -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has a pretty good idea what is on the $52.6 million capital spending “ask” list Shelby County Schools is sending his way.

8. Hooks Institute Honors Civil Rights Legacy -

In an effort to bring the American civil rights movement to life for Memphians, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, located at the University of Memphis, will host the “Join Hands for Change Gala: The Civil Rights Movement's Influence on Music, Fashion and Culture” April 26 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Hotel Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

9. Hooks Institute Honors Civil Rights Legacy -

In an effort to bring the American civil rights movement to life for Memphians, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, located at the University of Memphis, will host the “Join Hands for Change Gala: The Civil Rights Movement’s Influence on Music, Fashion and Culture” April 26 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Hotel Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

10. Sustainability is a Win for All -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

This April marks the third annual Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County. It has been remarkable and rewarding to watch the growth in activity and awareness around this important issue.

11. Coleman Resigns as County Corrections Head -

Shelby County Corrections Division director James Coleman has resigned effective immediately, citing “personal reasons.”

12. Coleman Resigns as County Corrections Head -

Shelby County Corrections Division director James Coleman has resigned effective immediately, citing “personal reasons.”

13. Clash of Contenders -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says his political plans last year didn’t include running for county mayor in 2014.

He was on U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s short list of recommendations for an open federal judgeship, a White House appointment he said he knew he might not get “the first time.”

14. Coleman Resigns As County Corrections Head -

Shelby County Corrections Division director James Coleman has resigned effective immediately citing “personal reasons.”

15. School Board Approves $52.6 Million Capital Ask -

Shelby County Schools board members have approved 25 sets of attendance zone changes for the first school year of the demerger and sent a $52.6 million capital “ask” for the current fiscal year to the Shelby County Commission for consideration.

16. Brown Contempt Jailing Maps Political Challenge -

The arrest of the Democratic nominee for Shelby County district attorney general Monday, March 24, is the best indication yet of the tumult within the local Democratic Party as it attempts to win countywide offices four years after losing every race to Republicans.

17. Commission Votes Down Family-Planning Rebid -

Shelby County commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally funded family-planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

Some commissioners branded Commissioner Steve Mulroy’s effort to urge County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration to rebid the contract as a political effort. Mulroy is taking criticism from former Commissioner Deidre Malone in the three-way Democratic primary race for county mayor for his vote in favor of the contract in 2011.

18. Commission Votes Down Family Planning Services Rebid Resolution -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally-funded family planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

And the commission rejected an August referendum item on eliminating any residency requirement from the Shelby County Charter for county government employees as well as Shelby County Schools teachers.

19. School Board to Vote on $52.6 Million Capital Funding -

Shelby County Schools board members take up a $52.6 million capital funding request Tuesday, March 25, that superintendent Dorsey Hopson would take to the Shelby County Commission for funding.

And the board votes as well Tuesday on setting attendance zones for the school year that begins in August – the first school year of the demerger into six suburban school systems as well as a Shelby County Schools system that becomes the city of Memphis and the unincorporated areas of Shelby County.

20. Homelessness Drops in Shelby County -

Officials say homelessness in Memphis and Shelby County has dropped because of a campaign aimed at reducing the number of people who live on the streets.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell and members of the Community Alliance for the Homeless said late last week homelessness is down 21 percent overall since 2012.

21. Commission Delays Fire Promotion Review -

Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, March 10, delayed for two weeks a resolution that would have urged County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration to delay Shelby County Fire Department promotions in order to open talks about a better promotion system.

22. Commission Delays Fire Promotion Review -

Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, March 10, delayed for two weeks a resolution that would have urged County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration to delay Shelby County Fire Department promotions in order to open talks about a better promotion system.

23. Crosstown Funding Comes With Questions -

The Memphis City Council’s approval of $15 million in city funding for the Crosstown redevelopment project last December was supposed to be the last piece of a $180 million funding puzzle for the mammoth undertaking.

24. County Commission Approves Crosstown Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, March 10, $5 million in county funding for public infrastructure on the $180 million Crosstown redevelopment project.

The 11-1 vote came after it appeared twice that commissioners, including those supporting the funding, were ready to delay the decision for two weeks.

25. Commission to Vote on Crosstown Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners will vote Monday, March 10, on $5 million in public infrastructure funding for the Crosstown redevelopment project.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

26. May Primary Ballot Almost Complete -

The ballot for the May Shelby County primary elections isn’t quite set, although the Shelby County Election Commission has certified 81 candidates.

Still awaiting a decision at a special meeting Wednesday, March 5, are three would-be candidates whose residency is being formally challenged.

27. Consolidation Talk Surfaces as Races Come to Life -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says he would pursue city and county government consolidation if elected Shelby County mayor.

Mulroy made the comment at a Cooper-Young fundraiser as campaigns leading into the May county primaries came to life this week.

28. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August -

One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.

29. Dunavant Awards Symposium Set for April 21 -

When the 11th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service awards are given out in April, the University of Memphis will also host the awards’ second annual symposium on public service.

30. Burress Appointed Interim Shelby County Fire Chief -

Dale H. Burress is the interim fire chief of the Shelby County Fire Department following last month’s retirement of Clarence Cash.

31. Burress Appointed Interim Shelby County Fire Chief -

Dale H. Burress is the interim fire chief of the Shelby County Fire Department following last month’s retirement of Clarence Cash.

32. Democratic Commission Majority Could Be Safe in Elections -

With a week to the filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 Shelby County primary elections, it looks as if Democrats will retain their seven-member majority on the Shelby County Commission.

The commission switches to a set of 13 single-member districts with the 2014 elections instead of the current structure of one single-member district and four districts each represented by three commissioners.

33. Luttrell Begins Re-Election Bid for Mayor -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell made it official Tuesday, Feb. 11, filing his qualifying petition with the Shelby County Election Commission to run for a second term of office.

34. Commission Sets Up in Temporary Space -

Shelby County Commissioners will serve out the remaining seven months of their current four-year term of office by staying upstairs at the county administration building in their committee room.

The Monday, Feb. 10, commission meeting was the first in the expanded committee room as the ground floor chambers where the commission normally holds its twice-monthly voting meetings is renovated.

35. Democrats Still Pondering Unity After 2010 Defeats -

After hearing from the four contenders in the Democratic primary for county mayor outline the boundaries of what could be a lively campaign for the right to challenge Mark Luttrell in the August general election, Democrats last week got another look at an intraparty discussion that still hasn’t been settled.

36. Editorial: Seeking a Better Solution for Local Economic Incentives -

There has to be a better and simpler way to play the incentives game when it comes to economic development.

If no one in the highest positions of authority really prefers the current arsenal of economic development incentives, why don’t they start to change them?

37. Democratic Mayoral Hopefuls Pitch Base -

The four likely contenders in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County mayor have already had their first debate. But there were no clashes among the quartet, at least not yet.

James Harvey, Deidre Malone, Kenneth Whalum Jr. and Steve Mulroy each spoke to the Shelby County Democratic Party’s executive committee two weeks from the Feb. 20 filing deadline for the May 6 primary election.

38. Four Democratic Mayoral Contenders Make First Joint Appearance -

The four likely contenders in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor have already had their first debate. But there were no clashes among the quartet, at least not yet.

James Harvey, Deidre Malone, Kenneth Whalum Jr. and Steve Mulroy each spoke to the Shelby County Democratic Party’s executive committee two weeks from the Feb. 20 filing deadline for the May 6 primary election.

39. Fields Begin to Gel for May and August Ballots -

With two weeks to the filing deadline for candidates in the May Shelby County primary elections and two months to the deadline for those in the August state and federal primaries and county nonpartisan elections, the fields have solidified enough that some political players are weighing their prospects for a late entry before the filing deadlines.

40. Mulroy Gets in County Mayor’s Race -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy considered a bid for Shelby County mayor for the second time in a year and Monday, Feb. 3, pulled a qualifying petition to enter the Democratic primary just more than two weeks before the filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 county primaries.

41. Destination: Memphis -

On a slow Sunday afternoon Downtown with the Broncos and Chargers NFL playoff game on a bar TV screen, a trio of 20-somethings – two men and one woman – watched the game, speculated about whether the Grizzlies were playing a few blocks away and quizzed one another about their plans for the future.

42. Haslam: Medicaid Expansion ‘A Clunker’ -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he understands critics of his decision so far not to accept a federally funded expansion of Medicaid in Tennessee. But Haslam said the terms of the increased funding wouldn’t provide better outcomes for users or providers.

43. County Commission Weighs Fairgrounds Opposition -

The relationship between city and county governments long has included overlapping interests with sometimes opposing positions on those interests.

Throw in years-old agreements involving real estate, and you have a recipe for uncertainty about how to resolve the differences to meet new arrangements.

44. Whalum, Harvey Pull Petitions for Mayor’s Race -

Shelby County Commission Chairman James Harvey and former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr. have pulled qualifying petitions to run in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor.

45. Whalum, Harvey Pull Petitions for Mayor’s Race -

Shelby County Commission Chairman James Harvey and former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr. have pulled qualifying petitions to run in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor.

46. Call Center ‘Gratifying’ for Local Office Sector -

Conduit Global’s announcement this week that it is locating a call center in Shelby County that will employ 1,000 people was a breath of fresh air for local office real estate professionals.

47. Telecom Company to Open Call Center in Shelby County -

A telecommunications-related company will locate a major call center in Shelby County, a project that will create hundreds of new jobs.

The company, which has been operating under the code name Project Moscow, will announce the deal that will employ over 500 people on Wednesday, Jan. 22, according to sources with knowledge of the project. The unidentified company would operate the call center for one of the nation’s largest telecommunications providers, Verizon.

48. Luttrell Says Timing Key to Schools Funding -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell refers to the start two years ago of the reformation of local public education as “chaos and confusion.”

49. Michael Opens Campaign for Juvenile Court -

Chief Juvenile Court Magistrate Dan Michael says he is prepared if his opposition in the race for Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court judge tries to make an issue of reforms underway at the court.

50. Commission Sets Pay of Four County Offices -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Jan. 13, to the ordinance that keeps the same salaries for the Shelby County property assessor, register, trustee and Shelby County clerk for the four-year term of office that begins Sept. 1.

51. City, County Differ on Fairgrounds Zone -

The city of Memphis and Shelby County governments have a difference of opinion about tax revenue and education funding.

It is over where the sales tax revenue would go within a tourism development zone the city wants to use to finance the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

52. Billingsley Is Newest County Commissioner As "Tax Dead" Program Advances -

Former Germantown alderman Mark Billingsley is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

On the second ballot Monday, Jan. 13, commissioners appointed Billingsley to fill the vacancy created by the resignation this month of Wyatt Bunker, who became mayor of Lakeland last year.

53. Luttrell Pulls Petition for Re-Election -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has pulled a qualifying petition to run for a second term in 2014.

54. Wilkins Pulls Petition to Challenge Cohen -

Attorney Ricky E. Wilkins has pulled a qualifying petition to run in the August Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District.

Wilkins would be challenging U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the primary, something Wilkins began considering last year.

55. Luttrell Talks School Funding as Reformation Continues -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says Shelby County has seen more change and movement in education than any other community in the country.

56. Luttrell: Financial ‘Perfect Storm’ Over -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell doesn’t see the storm he saw last year at about this time.

57. Wilkins Pulls Petition to Challenge Cohen -

Attorney Ricky E. Wilkins has pulled a qualifying petition to run in the August Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District.

Wilkins would be challenging U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the primary, something Wilkins began considering last year.

58. Electrolux Memphis Hosts Grand Opening Thursday -

Electrolux North America is hosting a grand opening for its Memphis manufacturing plant Thursday, Jan. 9.

Jack Truong, president and CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America, Gov. Bill Haslam, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will join other state and local officials to mark the grand opening of the $266 million plant, which will employ around 1,200 people once it reaches full production.

59. Malasri Promotes Importance of Young Memphis Leaders -

Jittapong “J.T.” Malasri, a civil engineer with Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, says his father probably knew his son would go into the engineering field long before he himself did. And his father, Siripong Malasri, should know – he was the dean of the School of Engineering at Christian Brothers University before returning to the classroom to teach and chair various departments.

60. Luttrell Names Ingram Interim County Attorney -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has appointed Marcy Ingram as interim Shelby County Attorney effective Jan. 1.

61. Luttrell Names Ingram Interim County Attorney -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has appointed Marcy Ingram as interim Shelby County attorney effective Jan. 1.

62. Events -

Healthy Shelby will launch its Safe Sleep initiative Monday, Dec. 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Saint Andrew AME Church community life center, 1472 Mississippi Blvd. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will speak. RSVP to rene.buttrey@healthmemphis.org.

63. 2014 County Candidates Continue to Surface -

Former Shelby County Schools board member Patrice Robinson has pulled a qualifying petition to run for the Shelby County Commission in the May Democratic county primaries.

64. Events -

Beth Sholom Synagogue will present Acoustic Sunday Live!, featuring Jesse Winchester, Mary Gauthier, Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith, Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the synagogue, 6675 Humphreys Blvd. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Buy tickets at bsholom.org.

65. Rayne Named Vice President at Chamber -

Changes at the Greater Memphis Chamber keep coming.

Shelby County Attorney Kelly Rayne is joining the chamber to serve as vice president of public policy, where she will focus on policy issues as they relate to the Memphis business community. Rayne will begin her new role Jan. 13.

66. Commission Debates Pay for County Offices -

Shelby County Commissioners appear to have another deadlock similar to the one that spilled over from 2011 into 2012 on drawing new district lines for the 13-member body.

This time the issue is what to pay those holding six countywide elected offices once all of the votes are counted next August in the county general elections.

67. County Commission Approves Three More Schools Pacts -

Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, Dec. 2, approved agreements for suburban school districts in Millington, Collierville and Bartlett, with little discussion at a special meeting of the body.

The commission approved similar agreements with elected leaders in Arlington and Lakeland in November.

68. 2014 County Candidates Continue to Surface -

Former Shelby County Schools board member Patrice Robinson has pulled a qualifying petition to run for the Shelby County Commission in the May Democratic county primaries.

69. Commission Considers County Pay Raises -

Shelby County Commissioners take up proposed pay raises Monday, Nov. 18, for the offices of Shelby County mayor, Shelby County sheriff and four other countywide elected officials.

The commission votes on the first of three readings, which also includes an ordinance to keep the pay of Shelby County Commissioners at $29,100 a year.

70. Lead Local -

The T-shirt is plain and black with a simple logo that reads “Eat Local,” and if you see someone wearing it, the chances are pretty good they work at a locally owned restaurant.

In recent years there has been a “Buy Local” campaign among some business leaders that’s been hard to miss. Less conspicuous but still easy to find is evidence of perhaps a more influential trend – how the city is moving toward what might be called a “Lead Local” preference based on some recent changes in leadership of some of the city’s most important institutions.

71. Events -

Poplar Pike Playhouse will present Neil Simon’s “Fools” Thursday, Nov. 14, through Nov. 23 at the theater, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Buy tickets at ppp.org.

72. 2014 County Campaigns Come to Life -

There was plenty of political activity when suburban voters went to the polls last week to vote in school board races.

And much of it had to do with a different set of elections, the county primary and general elections on the ballot in 2014.

73. Commercial Real Estate Market Reawakens -

After suffering through a prolonged slump, the Memphis commercial real estate market this year began to shake off the rust that gathered during the “Great Recession,” and brighter days could be ahead for the prime markets in the apartment, retail, office and industrial sectors, according to local experts.

74. Oldham Opens Sheriff Re-Election Bid -

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham opened his re-election campaign Saturday, Nov. 2, with something he didn’t have four years ago: a record.

75. Sheriff Oldham Begins Re-Election Campaign -

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham was scheduled to kick off his re-election campaign Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Balinese Ballroom in the Pinch District.

76. EDGE Board Remains on Political Hot Seat -

The next time Shelby County Commissioners gather to talk over funding for the Economic Development Growth Engine, they hope to have EDGE leaders and city leaders in their committee room.

The commission delayed action Monday, Oct. 28, on a resolution of intent that would have announced commissioners’ intention to block their confirmation of any appointees to the EDGE board by the city of Memphis.

77. Commission Delays EDGE Appointment Resolution -

Shelby County Commissioners put off a vote Monday, Oct. 28, on a “resolution of intent” in which the commission would withhold approval of city government nominees to the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine – or EDGE – until the city pays its full share of the cost of the economic development organization.

78. Shelby County Schools to Apply for Head Start Funding -

A larger Head Start program run by the Shelby County Schools system would have a much smaller front office than the one through which Shelby County government administers the $23 million program.

And it would align the early childhood curriculum in Head Start centers with the curriculum used when those children start kindergarten in the Shelby County Schools system.

79. Shelby County Schools To Apply For Head Start Funding -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson said Monday, Oct. 14, the school system will apply for $23 million in federal Head Start funding that now goes to Shelby County government.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said Monday, Oct. 14, Porter-Leath children’s service will also make a bid for the Head Start contract county government now operates.

80. Basar Looks to 2014 County Commission Election -

It may be the first time that a Shelby County Commissioner has given public notice of a barbecue.

Commissioner Steve Basar has held four at his house in the year that he’s been on the elected body. And he told political supporters at a fundraiser last week that he has “sunshined” all of them, a shorthand term to describe the public notice required by Tennessee’s open meetings law – or Sunshine Law – for any deliberative gathering of two or more commissioners.

81. Head Start Funding Deadline Looms for County -

Shelby County Commissioners will probably talk again Monday, Oct. 14, about who should apply for $23 million in federal funding for the Head Start program.

Last month the commission approved a resolution urging Shelby County Schools to apply for the early childhood development program now administered by Shelby County government.

82. Schools Move Focus to Early Childhood -

The date still isn’t firm for the Nov. 21 ballot. But the campaign for a half-cent hike in the city’s sales tax rate to fund an expansion of pre-kindergarten in the city of Memphis is underway.

So are the complications that have been a close companion of the idea since it was first proposed a year ago and approved by the Memphis City Council.

83. Wharton Names Eight to Pre-K Trust Fund Board -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. nominated eight people Monday, Sept. 23, to serve on the board of a pre-kindergarten trust fund that would be established if city voters approve a half-cent sales tax hike in November.

84. County Commission to Vote on Head Start Push to Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners consider a resolution Monday, Sept. 23, that encourages the countywide school system to apply to take over the $23 million federal government grant county government now gets to operate a Head Start program.

85. Council Reappoints Bright to Head EDGE -

The Memphis City Council has approved the reappointment of Al Bright Jr. as chairman of the Economic Development Growth Engine. The Shelby County Commission had previously approved Bright’s reappointment by Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

86. Luttrell Spells Out Head Start Terms -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell confirmed weeks of speculation Wednesday, Sept. 18, saying he wants to hand off the $23 million federally funded contract county government has to provide Head Start services.

87. Luttrell Spells Out Possible County Head Start Exit -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell made it formal Wednesday, Sept. 18, before Shelby County Commissioners.

88. Council Reappoints Bright to Head EDGE -

The Memphis City Council has approved the reappointment of Al Bright Jr. as chairman of the Economic Development Growth Engine. The Shelby County Commission had previously approved Bright’s reappointment by Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

89. Wharton Scraps Handy Park Lease -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. scrapped a proposed lease of Handy Park in the Beale Street entertainment district Tuesday, Sept. 17, that would have settled the federal bankruptcy case involving control of the district.

90. Commission Reappoints Bright as EDGE Chairman -

Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, Sept. 9, approved the reappointment of Al Bright as the chairman of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine board.

But Commissioner Mike Ritz directed the county attorney’s office to begin drafting a resolution he intends to propose that would block future approval of appointments to the EDGE board until the city of Memphis pays its part of financing both local governments pledged to fund the work of the economic development agency.

91. Commission Appoints Avant To School Board, Keeps Shafer As Budget Chair -

Shelby County Commissioners appointed Shante Avant, a mother who has worked for the Women’s Foundation and other local nonprofits for 17 years, as the newest members of the countywide school board.

92. Commission Appoints Avant To School Board, Keeps Shafer As Budget Chair -

Shelby County Commissioners appointed Shante Avant, a mother who has worked for the Women’s Foundation and other local nonprofits for 17 years, as the newest members of the countywide school board.

93. Shelby County to Play Key Role in 2014 State Election -

As prospective candidates weigh special election races in the next three months for a state House seat and suburban school boards, there are also signs of life in Shelby County in the statewide races on the 2014 election ballot.

94. August 23-August 29, 2013: This week in Memphis history -

2012: Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell vetoed a referendum on a half-cent countywide sales tax hike and the Shelby County Commission overrode the veto putting the item to voters in the city of Memphis and the unincorporated county on the Nov. 6 ballot. Voters defeated the sales tax hike.

95. Northside School for Detained Juveniles Opens -

The charter school that opened for class Thursday, Aug. 15, in North Memphis is unique for several reasons.

A total of 130 children, all of them in the custody of Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court, are assigned to Thurgood Marshall High School of Career Development. Of that number, 86 had registered on the first day of classes at the school within a school at Northside High School.

96. Commission Weighs Fire and Ambulance District Legislation -

Shelby County Commissioners may go to Nashville with the new year, seeking state legislation to create a utility board and district for fire and ambulance service in unincorporated Shelby County, Lakeland, Arlington and Millington.

97. ‘It Will Get Better’ -

On a recent July morning, a full room of local business leaders gathered in a FedEx Corp. training facility on Airways Boulevard to learn more about Memphis International Airport and its operations.

98. Expanding Horizon -

The city and county mayors are aggressively pushing for support for a major expansion of Presidents Island, including a concerted effort to bring city and county legislators on board.

“It represents an opportunity, not just in the immediate years to come, but for decades to come,” Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told members of the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission during a Wednesday, Aug. 13, briefing at City Hall.

99. Malone Begins Campaign for County Mayor -

Four years after she left elected office, Deidre Malone says she has learned a lot.

And as a result, her second campaign to become Shelby County mayor will be different than the first one four years ago.

100. Historic School Year Opening Has Familiar Look -

Germantown High School principal Ted Horrell warned a busload of school board members, staff and interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson that they were about to see some confusion on his campus.

On the opening day of the first school year for the unified school system Monday, Aug. 5, Horrell stopped the group just outside the school’s cafeteria, which was in its third of four lunch periods of the school day.