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1. Southbrook Mall Plans Simmer -

If the city is going to spend money on a renovation of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven, it should be part of a larger plan for Whitehaven and tie in to the aerotropolis concept.

That’s what city Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb said Tuesday, April 15, as he outlined a $6.5 million plan for turning the mall into a “town center” that includes some city government offices and private retail.

2. Council Questions Five-Year Wharton Plan -

It’s usually a quick bottom line for any local government budget proposal – does it mean a property tax hike?

The $596 million operating budget submitted to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 15, by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. does not include a property tax hike.

3. 2014 Campaigns Hit the Streets -

With the April filing deadline behind them and early voting for the county primaries a week and a half ahead, those running for elected office in Shelby County this year kept a full weekend schedule.

4. City, Schools Agree To Mediation on Funding -

The city of Memphis and Shelby County Schools have agreed to an “official mediation process with a third party mediator” to resolve the $57 million claim and judgment the school system has against the city and the $89 million counterclaim the city is pursuing against the school system for capital funding.

5. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

6. City, Schools Agree To Mediation on Funding -

The city of Memphis and Shelby County Schools have agreed to an “official mediation process with a third party mediator” to resolve the $57 million claim and judgment the school system has against the city and the $89 million counterclaim the city is pursuing against the school system for capital funding.

7. Filing Frenzy -

Until Tuesday, no one was running for the District 7 seat on the Shelby County Schools board. No one had pulled a qualifying petition from the Shelby County Election Commission until just two days before the filing deadline for candidates on the August election ballot.

8. Council Unhappy With Budget Plans So Far -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. got a rough reception at the Tuesday, April 1, Memphis City Council session as it set the stage for Wharton’s budget proposal to come in two weeks.

9. Candidates Commit as Deadline Nears -

The first day of spring was March 20, but, after months of fundraisers and petition filings, the last day of the month served as the start of this year’s political season.

With the filing deadline for the August state and federal primaries, as well as nonpartisan Shelby County Schools board and judicial positions, Thursday at noon, candidates began Monday, March 31, making the set-in-stone decisions that will point election efforts toward voters and away from the groundwork.

10. Council to Weigh Pension, School Funding -

Memphis City Council members take a closer look Tuesday, April 1, at recommendations to cut city spending and use the savings to devote to the city’s unfunded pension liability.

Meanwhile, the council votes on a resolution that would set aside $4.8 million a year for the next 12 years to pay the $57 million city government owes Shelby County Schools for cutting city funding to the legacy Memphis City Schools system in 2008.

11. City Pension Change Outlined for 2015 -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. made its formal proposal of a “long-term solution” and change in the city’s pension plan to a 401(k) style plan this week with specific terms Wharton has long said would be included.

12. City Council Continues Pension Talks -

Memphis City Council members continue their discussions Tuesday, March 18, about the city’s unfunded pension liability as well as possible changes in city employee heath care benefits.

But there is still no action on any part of the issues on the council agenda for a vote.

13. Council Rethinking Streetlight Fee -

Memphis City Council members are rethinking the streetlight fee Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division has been charging.

The monthly fee has several different rates for homeowners, renters, small commercial property owners and large commercial property owners.

14. Council Rethinking Streetlight Fee -

Memphis City Council members are rethinking the streetlight fee Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division has been charging.

The monthly fee has several different rates for homeowners, renters, small commercial property owners and large commercial property owners.

15. Council Tours Pyramid, Weighs City Offices In Two Malls -

Memphis City Council members heard Tuesday, Feb. 18, that the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to move some city government offices into the Soulsville Town Center in South Memphis and is weighing whether to renovate or tear down and build anew on the site of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

16. Harris Questions Ford’s Guns-in-Parks Vote -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris started raising funds and gauging support for a challenge of state Sen. Ophelia Ford last week by bringing up Ford’s vote earlier in the week in favor of the bill allowing guns to be carried in parks regardless of whether a local government bans the practice.

17. Ophelia Ford Pulls Re-Election Petition -

Democratic State Sen. Ophelia Ford has pulled a qualifying petition for the August legislative primaries.

Ford pulled the petition in District 29 Friday, Feb. 7, according to the Shelby County Election Commission, making her the last of the Shelby County incumbents in the Tennessee House and Senate to take the first step toward a re-election effort.

18. 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.

19. City Council Talks Rules and Elections -

Memphis City Council members could vote in two weeks on a resolution expressing “no confidence” in Shelby County Elections Administrator Richard Holden.

20. City Council Talks Rules and Elections -

Memphis City Council members could vote in two weeks on a resolution expressing “no confidence” in Shelby County Elections Administrator Richard Holden.

21. Harris to Lead Council’s Budget Committee -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris will be chairman of the council’s budget committee for 2014.

22. Harris to Lead City Council Budget Committee -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris will be chairman of the council’s budget committee for 2014.

23. Commission Accepts Grant to Replace Ward Bridge -

Shelby County Commissioners set the stage Monday, Dec. 16, for a new Ward Road Bridge in north Shelby County.

The commission accepted a $982,485 state transportation grant for construction and engineering of the replacement of the bridge over Big Creek. The acceptance includes a $1.3 million subcontract with Dement Construction Co. LLC. In addition to the state grant, funding for the project includes $407,160 in state gas tax funds.

24. City Council Questions Pension Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. plans to ask the Memphis City Council sometime in February or March to close the city’s defined benefits pension plan to new hires and those city employees with less than 10 years of service.

25. Council Opens Unfunded Liability Plan Talks With Questions -

Memphis City Council members again rejected Tuesday, Dec. 17, an increase in the city’s monthly solid waste fee and affirmed a 2.1 percent hike in the Memphis Light Gas and Water Division water rate hike.

26. Commission Accepts Grant to Replace Ward Road Bridge -

Shelby County Commissioners set the stage Monday, Dec. 16, for a new Ward Road Bridge in north Shelby County.

The commission accepted a $982,485 state transportation grant for construction and engineering of the replacement of the bridge over Big Creek. The acceptance includes a $1.3 million subcontract with Dement Construction Co. LLC. In addition to the state grant, funding for the project includes $407,160 in state gas tax funds.

27. Commission Rejects School Board Pay Raises, Keeps Other Pay Levels Same -

In six hours, Shelby County Commissioners voted down the first of three readings on a proposed $20,000 pay raise for Shelby County Schools board members and kept the pay of the county Mayor, Sheriff, Trustee, Register, County Clerk and Assessor at the same level they are now.

28. Crosstown Effort Shines as Development Example -

Construction documents for the $180 million revitalization of the Crosstown building were scheduled to be finished Friday, Dec. 6, with the project moving toward closing and construction in the next months.

29. Ballpark Deal Back on Council’s Agenda -

After getting a rough reception last week, the deal for the city of Memphis to buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals to buy the Memphis Redbirds baseball team returns to the Memphis City Council Monday, Dec. 9, for a vote.

30. Council Weighs Crosstown, AutoZone Park Deals -

Memphis City Council members could complete financing Tuesday, Dec. 3, of the Crosstown project. And there will be a move by some on the council to delay any decision on the proposal for the city to buy AutoZone Park.

31. Dixon Hughes Hires Eight in Memphis -

The Memphis office of Dixon Hughes Goodman has made eight hires.

Dixon Hughes, the largest certified public accounting firm based in the South, has hired Jessie Austin, Lee Harris and Jack Kaler as associates in the firm’s dealer services group, which focuses on the specialty accounting needs of automotive and heavy truck dealerships. Mack Widder, Lauren Leone and Kimberly Kirkland have been hired as associates in the firm’s tax department, and Domina Cox and Lawson Kilpatrick are associates in the audit department.

32. Council OKs Crosstown, Debates Schools Lawsuit -

Memphis City Council members approved the Crosstown planned development Tuesday, Nov. 19, marking the latest move through local government for the $180 million project with construction scheduled to begin late this year or early next year.

33. Council Approves Crosstown Plans and Water Rate Hike -

Memphis City Council members approved the Crosstown planned development Tuesday, Nov. 19, marking the latest move through local government for the $180 million project with construction scheduled to begin late this year or early next year.

34. Elkington, Harris Talk of Beale Street Nonprofit -

The next manager and developer of the Beale Street entertainment district should be a nonprofit entity similar to the Downtown Memphis Commission that focuses on improving the district and planning for its expansion, according to longtime Beale Street developer John Elkington and Memphis City Council member Lee Harris.

35. Dixon Hughes Hires Eight in Memphis -

The Memphis office of Dixon Hughes Goodman has made eight hires.

Dixon Hughes, the largest certified public accounting firm based in the South, has hired Jessie Austin, Lee Harris and Jack Kaler as associates in the firm’s dealer services group, which focuses on the specialty accounting needs of automotive and heavy truck dealerships. Mack Widder, Lauren Leone and Kimberly Kirkland have been hired as associates in the firm’s tax department, and Domina Cox and Lawson Kilpatrick are associates in the audit department.

36. Tax Dead Dilemma -

The brick church at 299 Chelsea Ave. in North Memphis shows up in records at the Shelby County Assessor’s office as “vacant land.”

37. Fullilove’s Funding Push Raises Legal Questioning -

Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove pushed hard for $1.5 million in city funding for the renovation of Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

38. Council Delays Funding For Southbrook Mall -

Memphis City Council members held up Tuesday, Oct. 15, on approving the portion of the minutes from their Oct. 1 meeting that would set in motion $1.5 million in city funding for a renovation of Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

39. Council Delays Funding for Southbrook Mall -

Memphis City Council members held up Tuesday, Oct. 15, on approving the portion of the minutes from their Oct. 1 meeting that would set in motion $1.5 million in city funding for a renovation of Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

40. Council Approves Beale Deal, Delays Highland McDonald's -

Memphis City Council members sent a plan Tuesday, Oct. 15, to settle the last barrier to direct day to day city control of the Beale Street entertainment district to a federal bankruptcy judge.

The council approved a resolution that would use $400,000 from a dormant city fund related to the abandoned Midtown interstate corridor and $100,000 in revenues it has collected from the Beale Street district to pay off a loan Beale Street developer John Elkington took out for improvements he made to Handy Park.

41. Events -

The fifth annual Mike Conley Bowl-n-Bash, benefiting the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes, 1576 S. White Station Road. Individual tickets are $125; teams of four are $500. Visit methodisthealth.org/bowlnbash to register.

42. City Pension Crisis Goes Silent but Still Moving -

City Council member Lee Harris said it was the subject at hand Tuesday, Sept. 17, during the day of committee hearings and council session at City Hall.

43. Council OKs Statue Move, Demolition Moratorium -

Memphis City Council members approved a four-month moratorium Tuesday, Sept. 3, on any new demolition permits for city properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

But the resolution was amended to not apply to any demolition permits already issued, including the one for the Nineteenth Century Club building in Midtown. The planned demolition of the property by its new owners to make way for a restaurant is on hold, pending a Chancery Court decision on whether the club’s sale of the property was legal.

44. Council OKs Statue Move, Demolition Moratorium -

Memphis City Council members approved a four-month moratorium Tuesday, Sept. 3, on any new demolition permits for city properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

But the resolution was amended to not apply to any demolition permits already issued, including the one for the Nineteenth Century Club building in Midtown. The planned demolition of the property by its new owners to make way for a restaurant is on hold, pending a Chancery Court decision on whether the club’s sale of the property was legal.

45. Funding for Untested Rape Kits Sparks Debate -

The Memphis City Council’s sharpest debate during a Tuesday, Aug. 20, council agenda with several major issues wasn’t about Smart Meters or changes in garbage pickup.

It was about “several thousand” rape kits Memphis Police have – some dating back to the 1980s – that investigators never processed.

46. City Council to Consider Smart Meters -

The Memphis City Council’s long-running debate over the use of Smart Meters by Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division with time-of-use rates is expected to reach a critical phase at the council’s Tuesday, Aug. 20, session.

47. City Council Approves MATA Funding Shift -

The Memphis City Council approved a change Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the current fiscal year’s budget that would take $469,040 in city funding for the Economic Development Growth Engine organization and instead allocate it to the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

48. Council Approves October Sales Tax Hike Referendum -

Memphis City Council members won’t be holding a referendum on a half percent hike in the city sales tax rate in November when suburban voters are electing school boards.

The council instead approved on third and final reading Tuesday, Aug. 6, a referendum on a special election ballot some time in October.

49. Council Debates Restoring MATA Service -

A day before the board of the Memphis Area Transit Authority votes on significant cuts in bus and trolley service, the Memphis City Council will review $2.1 million in capital spending for the authority.

50. Council Grapples With Attrition Plan Reality -

Every version of a city budget the Memphis City Council and Mayor A C Wharton Jr. considered in June included a plan to lose 300 city employees through attrition for long-term savings toward meeting rising future debt obligations.

51. City Budget Debate Shifts to Larger Issues -

When city leaders gathered last week for the groundbreaking of renovation work on the James Lee House in Victorian Village, the talk among them was bound to turn to the city budget season’s recent end.

52. Council Drops Inspection Exemption Ordinance -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris dropped final reading Tuesday, July 2, of his ordinance to exempt Memphis vehicle owners from auto inspections.

53. Council Drops Inspection Exemption Ordinance -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris dropped final reading Tuesday, July 2, of his ordinance to exempt Memphis vehicle owners from auto inspections.

54. Wharton Calls for 'Revenue Director' -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to hire a city “revenue officer” as a next step in efforts to change financial practices at City Hall.

Wharton also set a schedule of monthly goals through the end of 2013 to discuss with the council such major financial issues as pension plan obligations and employee benefits.

55. Council to Tackle Budget Leftovers -

Meeting for a third consecutive Tuesday, Memphis City Council members take up a few budget leftovers Tuesday, July 2, but also get to some items delayed because of the unusual budget deliberations.

56. City’s Car Inspection Debate Shifts Gears -

With the closing of the city’s four auto inspection stations Friday, June 28, a new phase begins in a political dispute that started its present path in the last year.

That is when the Memphis City Council voted to cut funding for the stations and the city employees who work in them.

57. Council Approves Tax Hike in $3.40 Property Tax Rate -

Memphis City Council members raised the city property tax rate Tuesday, June 26, by four cents above the recertified tax rate and put the rest of a turbulent budget season to rest.

The approval of the $3.40 property tax rate and city operating and capital budgets came in a council session that ended at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

58. Second Round Council Budget Plans Emerge -

Memphis City Council chairman Edmund Ford Jr. and council members Harold Collins and Lee Harris will have plans for the full council to consider when the body meets Tuesday, June 25, in special session.

59. Council Begins Action on Budget Year Items -

Memphis City Council members approved several budget items Tuesday, June 18, for the end of the current fiscal year before turning their attention to the budget for the coming fiscal year.

That includes a long promised Holmes-Tchulahoma Park in South Memphis. The council appropriated $1.5 million for the park’s construction in a contract with Wagner General Contractors Inc.

60. Council Begins Action On End Of Budget Year Items -

Memphis City Council members approved several budget items Tuesday, June 18, for the end of the current fiscal year before turning their attention to the budget for the coming fiscal year.

That includes a long promised Holmes-Tchulahoma Park in South Memphis. The council appropriated $1.5 million for the park’s construction in a contract with Wagner General Contractors Inc.

61. Council Mulls Exempting City Autos From Inspections -

The Memphis City Council approved on the first of three readings Tuesday, June 4, an ordinance proposed by council member Lee Harris that would exempt Memphis vehicle owners from auto inspections when city funding for the emissions testing runs out at the start of the new fiscal year.

62. Council Discusses Exempting City Autos From Inspections -

The Memphis City Council approved on the first of three readings Tuesday, June 4, an ordinance proposed by council member Lee Harris that would exempt Memphis vehicle owners from auto inspections when city funding for the emissions testing runs out at the start of the new fiscal year.

63. Wharton Proposes 15-Cent Tax Hike, Council Delays Budget Votes -

Memphis City Council members delayed a series of seven budget and tax rate-related votes Tuesday, June 4, at the end of a busy day at City Hall.

The day featured a new tax rate proposal from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. that includes a 15-cent city property tax hike above the recertified rate proposed by Wharton.

64. Luttrell: City Has Year Left for Auto Inspections -

The city of Memphis has a contract with the state of Tennessee and the Environmental Protection Agency to perform auto emissions testing through the next fiscal year, according to Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

65. Wharton Proposes 14-Cent Tax Hike Above Recertified Rate -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is proposing a 14-cent city property tax hike on top of the 25 cents added to the current rate of $3.11 to compensate for property value lost in the 2013 property reappraisal.

66. Auto Inspections Question Goes to Finish Line -

The new fiscal year for local governments begins in less than a month and with it city of Memphis funding for auto inspections ends, leaving the emissions testing requirement in limbo if there is no further movement.

67. Haslam Says State Won't Touch Auto Inspections -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has, through his chief of staff, told Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell that the state will not take over auto inspections in Memphis when city funding for the emissions testing runs out June 30.

68. City Council Mulls Ending Auto Inspections -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris will propose Tuesday, May 21, exempting Memphis auto owners for two years from required auto emissions inspections.

69. Property Tax Complicates Sales Tax Considerations -

Whether it is a tax hike or a tax rate hike, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s proposed 28-cent increase in the city property tax rate has complicated the idea of a half-percent city sales tax hike to go on the ballot later this year if the property tax hike sticks.

70. Police Budget Passes Early Council Test -

The Memphis City Council’s budget committee approved the largest budget for any single city division Tuesday, May 7.

But the committee debate before the vote set the stage for what is expected to be more discussion about how much the Memphis Police Department needs to protect and serve.

71. Test Drive -

When car sharing meets the parking and driving practices of Memphians on the streets of Downtown, the encounter could go so many ways between bad and good.

So when Zipcar parked four cars in four on-street parking spaces Downtown last month, there were a lot of questions first about how car sharing works but also about whether the national trend would apply to a city with a unique driving culture.

72. Council OKs Severance for Auto Inspection -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, April 16, a severance package for city workers at auto inspection stations as talks continue among the city, county and state governments about who will operate the emissions testing at those stations.

73. Severance Pay Ups Ante in Auto Inspections Stand-Off -

Some on the Memphis City Council weren’t certain Tuesday, April 16, about going ahead with a severance package for the city employees who now work at city-run auto inspection stations.

The council entered the budget season for the new fiscal year that begins July 1 just minutes earlier with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s budget address.

74. Council Approves Severance for Auto Inspection -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, April 16, a severance package for city workers at auto inspection stations as talks continue among the city, county and state governments about who will operate the emissions testing at those stations.

75. Wharton Pitches Budget With 28-Cent Property Tax Rate Hike -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. presented a $622.5 million operating budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 16, that would require a property tax rate increase of 28 cents.

That would bring the city property tax rate, currently at $3.11, to $3.39.

76. Council Ups Ante in Auto Inspections Standoff -

City funding of auto emissions inspections is still due to run out on June 30, the end of the current fiscal year at City Hall.

And Memphis City Council members are considering several options, including simply ending the inspections. The possible move comes after Shelby County government leaders announced last month the state has told them the state won’t assume responsibility for the auto inspections for at least a year, probably two. Until then, the auto inspections would apply only to Memphis vehicle owners and not those across the entire county.

77. Three-Way Race for Local Democratic Leadership -

Local Democrats gather Saturday, March 16, for what is already a high-profile race for the chairmanship of the Shelby County Democratic Party.

A straw poll earlier this month at an Overton Square bar featured several dozen teenagers bused in by one of the three contenders that has triggered an investigation by Memphis City Schools officials of the “field trip.”

78. Flinn, Harris Talk Schools Funding Prospects -

For several weeks, it has been an undercurrent feeding the roots of the various branches of the tree that is the Shelby County schools merger.

The thought is that the city of Memphis will come up with some amount of funding for the consolidated school district once the schools consolidation crosses over into the new fiscal year that starts July 1.

79. State Delays Auto Inspection Takeover -

The state of Tennessee has told the city of Memphis it will probably take two years for it to take over auto inspection duties in Shelby County.

But city funding for the auto inspection stations and employees runs out when the current fiscal year does, at the end of June.

80. City Council Approves Hickory Hill Intermodal Yard -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, a 30-acre intermodal container yard in Hickory Hill for the storage of the containers by The Marino Group/Container Maintenance Corp., which is working with Chism-Hardy Enterprises LLC on the new facility that will employ 94 people.

81. City Council Approves Hickory Hill Intermodal Yard -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, a 30-acre intermodal container yard in Hickory Hill for the storage of the containers by The Marino Group/Container Maintenance Corp., which is working with Chism-Hardy Enterprises LLC on the new facility that will employ 94 people.

82. City Council Approves Fairgrounds TDZ Request -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, plans for a tourism development zone to capture sales tax revenue in a large area for a renovation of the Fairgrounds property at first.

The boundaries of the zone go to the state for approval and city Community and Housing Development division director Robert Lipscomb said such a proposal could be at the state building commission in Nashville in April.

83. Council to Discuss Pyramid Development -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Jan. 22, on the “Memphis Pyramid Planned Development” – the formal name for the conversion of The Pyramid to a Bass Pro Shops store with other attractions including a hotel.

84. Liberty Bowl Moves Raise Questions About Coliseum -

Memphis City Council members approved $12 million in funding Tuesday, Jan. 8, for the coming design and renovation of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to make it comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

85. City Liberty Bowl Moves Raise Questions About Coliseum -

Memphis City Council members approved $12 million in funding for the coming design and renovation of Liberty Bowl stadium to make it comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

And the architect working on that project as well as the overall Fairgrounds renovation for the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told council members Tuesday, Jan. 8, plans for the Mid-South Coliseum are still to come.

86. Council Reconsiders Golf Course Closings -

Four city golf courses were scheduled to close for the winter season on Dec. 1, with one of the four – Whitehaven – to close permanently.

That was the decision the Memphis City Council made last spring as it set the city budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

87. Harris’ Legal Career Leans On Desire to Help Community -

It seems like with so many people, Lee Harris’ eventual career interest was sparked by television.

“All I knew was what I saw on TV, and lawyers seemed very, very powerful and able to get things done,” he said.

88. Gay, Transgender City Workers Protected From Discrimination -

At the end of a long night at City Hall with a relatively short agenda, Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism told Memphis City Council members that their meetings looked like more “fun” than the commission’s meetings.

89. City Council to Vote on Discrimination Ordinance -

With a legal opinion from City Attorney Herman Morris in hand, Memphis City Council members on Tuesday, Oct. 16, again take up an ordinance that would ban the city from discriminating in hiring and promotions based on sexual orientation.

90. Property Tax Clinic Scheduled for Saturday -

The fifth of six scheduled tax clinics, sponsored by Memphis City Council member Lee Harris and the law firm of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP, will be held Oct. 13.

91. McNabb Turns Past of Adjectives to Legal World of Nouns, Verbs -

If not for a burst of pragmatism, Leland McNabb of McNabb Bragorgos & Burgess PLLC, may have become a successful poet instead of a successful litigator.

92. Council Delays Anti-Discrimination Ordinance -

When the Memphis City Council got to the real intent this week of the latest version of an anti-discrimination ordinance it has been debating off and on for two years, it wasn’t just a decision about including “sexual orientation” in the wording.

93. Council Delays Anti-Discrimination Vote For Legal Opinions -

The Memphis City Council amended an anti-discrimination ordinance covering city government to include banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

But the council then delayed a vote on the ordinance for a month after the city attorney and the council’s attorney raised questions about whether the addition amounts to a change in the city charter.

94. Non-Discrimination Up for Final Vote -

Memphis City Council members should have a full chamber Tuesday, Sept. 18, as the council takes a vote on third and final reading of a non-discrimination ordinance.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St.

95. Funding Approved for Felon Program -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration is retooling the city’s “Second Chance” program for felons just released from prison to become a joint city-county program with funding from the state.

96. Lee House Development Could Propel District -

In the 19th century, Victorian Village was home to Memphis’ elite.

Nowadays, the 10-square-block area in Downtown Memphis has one of the highest concentrations of historic structures in the city, with 24 properties on the National Register of Historic Places within four blocks.

97. Council Mulls Funds for Fairgrounds -

Memphis City Council members take a step closer to redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds Tuesday, Aug. 21, with $1.7 million in sales tax revenue generated in the Tourism Development Zone that includes The Pyramid.

98. B&B Could Spark Victorian Village -

Following years of due diligence, the James Lee House in Downtown Memphis could soon be the centerpiece of the Victorian Village master plan.

99. B&B Development Could Spark Victorian Village -

Following years of due diligence, the James Lee House in Downtown Memphis could soon be the centerpiece of the Victorian Village master plan.

100. Sales Tax Ballot Question Part of Busy Council Day -

Memphis City Council members take a final vote Tuesday, July 17, on a Nov. 6 ballot question that would raise the local option sales tax rate in Memphis by half a percent.

The vote at Tuesday’s council session is on third and final reading of the referendum ordinance. Meanwhile, the council is scheduled to vote on the second of three readings of another referendum ordinance that would create a 1-cent-a-gallon local gasoline tax with revenues going to the Memphis Area Transit Authority.