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1. Needs of Homeless Change During Holidays
- Tuesday, December 03, 2013
The needs of the homeless and the hungry rise in prominence during the holidays.
But those who work with those problems year round are always quick to say the problems are still there after the attention wanders once the holidays are over.
2. Audit Critical of Company Hired to Manage Assets
- Friday, November 15, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the state has benefited from a company hired to manage its assets, despite a comptroller's report that suggests the company may have benefited from its own advice, creating a conflict of interest.
3. New in Rural Tennessee: Discovery Park of America
- Friday, November 01, 2013
UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The gleaming white building with curved exteriors and a spaceship-like tower emerges from the flat landscape of West Tennessee like something out of science fiction, but it's not a villain's lair or superhero's headquarters.
4. Dimmer View of Economy Makes Fed Pullback Unlikely
- Wednesday, October 30, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – A lot can change in six weeks.
When the Federal Reserve last met in mid-September, almost everyone expected it to start reducing the stimulus it's given the U.S. economy to help it rebound from the Great Recession.
5. Blume Named to Tennessee Real Estate Commission
- Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Gary Blume, a veteran agent with RE/MAX Real Estate Experts, has been appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to a five-year term on the Tennessee Real Estate Commission. Blume is a past president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors and has served twice as president of the Tennessee Real Estate Educational Foundation.
6. State Architect Named to Head General Services
- Friday, August 09, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has named Robert E. Oglesby to become the new commissioner of the state Department of General Services.
Oglesby, who currently serves as state architect, will replace Steve Cates, who is leaving the Cabinet on Aug. 20 to return to private business.
7. Judge: Nineteenth Century Club Owners Can Raze Building
- Thursday, July 25, 2013
A judge ruled Wednesday, July 24, that the owners of the historic Nineteenth Century Club building on Union Avenue can move forward with plans to demolish the property.
General Sessions Div. 14 Court Judge Larry Potter said that because no Chancery Court suit alleging an improper sale of the property was filed by Wednesday that he had little choice but to allow the Union Group LLC to move forward with plans to raze the building at 1433 Union Ave.
8. State Delays Office Lease Announcement
- Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Groups hoping to garner the state’s real estate needs Downtown will have to wait a little longer to find out if they placed the winning bid.
The state had originally planned to issue a notice of awarding the lease for its office space needs Tuesday, July 23, but that date has been changed to Aug. 19, when the executive subcommittee of the State Building Commission meets.
9. Five Groups Bid for State Office Space
- Monday, July 08, 2013
Five groups have submitted bids to become the new home to roughly 900 state workers.
JP-Memphis, Memphis Commerce Square Partners, Peabody Tower GP, Peabody Place Gold GP and Hertz Memphis all submitted bids for the state’s real estate needs.
10. Eastward Bound
- Thursday, July 04, 2013
Another Memphis park may be getting a name change just as the controversy over three Confederate-themed parks starts to move again at City Hall.
But unlike the controversy surrounding those parks, there doesn’t appear to be any disagreement about the changes for Columbus Park, a tiny patch of land at Adams Avenue and Third Street.
11. Judicial Election Process Muddied
- Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The Judicial Nominating Commission had a busy last few days before it went into limbo last week.
The commission sent Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam two slates for each of the three appeals court vacancies to come a year and two months from now when three appellate court judges opt not to run for re-election and end their terms.
12. Deadline Arrives for State’s Office Space Needs
- Tuesday, July 02, 2013
The future of the state’s role as a major employer and user of office space Downtown could become much clearer next month.
Proposals are due Tuesday, July 2, for 100,000 square feet of office space that will become vacant when the state abandons the Donnelly J. Hill State Office Building Downtown.
13. The Ghost Of Claude Rains
- Friday, June 21, 2013
SHOCKED, SHOCKED. You know who Claude Rains was, don’t you? Played Captain Renault in the 1942 classic “Casablanca”?
Sure you do.
You remember what the corrupt Captain said when he closed the casino – where he gambled every night – in Rick’s Café Américain, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”
14. Lawsuit Seeks Restoration of Confederate Park Names
- Friday, May 31, 2013
A group of nine Memphians called “Citizens To Save Our Parks” is taking the city of Memphis and the Memphis City Council to court over the council’s February decision to temporarily rename three Confederate-themed parks.
15. Jones Awarded Honor at Riverside Military Academy
- Monday, May 27, 2013
John Paul “Jack” Jones, former publisher of The Daily News, is the recipient of the President’s Philanthropy Award from Riverside Military Academy.
16. State Zeros in on Downtown Office Space
- Monday, May 13, 2013
The future of the state’s role as a major employer and user of office space Downtown could become much clearer this week.
Proposals are due Thursday, May 16, for 100,000 square feet of office space that will become vacant when the state abandons the Donnelley J. Hill State Office Building Downtown. A recent request for proposals from the agency that handles state real estate appears to put the state’s focus entirely on Downtown.
17. Argent Financial Sees Growth in Memphis, Beyond
- Saturday, March 02, 2013
Argent Financial Group hasn’t let its foot off the gas since arriving in Memphis.
The Louisiana-based wealth management firm, which is now responsible for more than $5.5 billion in client assets, has continued to expand both in Memphis and beyond.
18. Gun Ban Would Protect More Than 2,200 Firearms
- Tuesday, February 19, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.
19. Pickler Cleared of Conflict Allegations
- Friday, February 15, 2013
A countywide school board ethics committee recommended no board action Wednesday, Feb. 13, against board member David Pickler on conflict of interest allegations made by fellow board member Martavius Jones.
20. Countywide School Board Renews MASE Charter
- Thursday, January 31, 2013
The first charter school in Memphis and in the state of Tennessee had its charter renewed Tuesday, Jan. 29, by the countywide school board.
Memphis City Schools administrators had recommended non-renewal of the charter of the 10-year-old Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering based on a drop in student achievement test scores.
21. Final Bell
- Saturday, January 19, 2013
From the moment he became Memphis City Schools superintendent, Kriner Cash had competition.
“I’ve been fighting since I got here,” he said in the early stages of what winds up as a five-year tenure that officially comes to an end July 31.
22. US Still Faces Political Fights on Spending, Debt
- Thursday, January 03, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – A last-minute deal will keep the U.S. from driving off the so-called "fiscal cliff," but higher taxes and continued political fighting in Washington threaten to shake the fragile economy well into 2013.
23. US Economy Could Handle Short Fall Over 'Cliff'
- Thursday, December 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The economic threat that's kept many Americans on edge for months is nearing reality – unless the White House and Republicans cut a budget deal by New Year's Day.
24. So What Happened to Auburn?
- Monday, December 17, 2012
For years I have been telling my clients that if you desire or need to change something in your life you basically have three options: You can change something about yourself (the least used, most effective option), you can try to change something about someone else (the most used, least effective option), or you can change something about your environment. With this in mind, I recently had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine who happens to be a serious Auburn University football fan.
25. Jones Center Fulfills Dream at First Assembly Christian School
- Wednesday, November 21, 2012
If the walls could talk in the log cabin on the campus of First Assembly Christian School in Cordova, they might tell stories of home life in 1836 or of the visiting missionaries who used to stay there.
26. Development Accelerator
- Friday, November 16, 2012
The city of Millington didn’t have a city engineer until 2008 when it had to have one in order to have local control over the Veterans Parkway road construction project.
“I thought it was kind of my cross to bear since I was hired in 2008,” Millington City Engineer Darek Baskin said this week of the road.
27. Most in US Won't be Able to Escape 'Fiscal Cliff'
- Wednesday, November 14, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Everyone who pays income tax – and some who don't –will feel it.
So will doctors who accept Medicare, people who get unemployment aid, defense contractors, air traffic controllers, national park rangers and companies that do research and development.
28. Lawmaker Calls on Governor to Oust Children's Services Chief
- Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A Tennessee legislator who repeatedly asked the Department of Children’s Services for information is calling for the commissioner’s ouster.
State Rep. Sherry Jones, D-Nashville, is asking Gov. Bill Haslam to remove DSC Commissioner Kate O’Day.
29. Department of Children’s Services Seeks $8 Million From State
- Friday, November 09, 2012
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Children's Services requested more than $8 million on Thursday to hire new staff and make other improvements to the agency that has been highly scrutinized over children's deaths.
- Friday, November 02, 2012
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31. Child Sex Trafficker Draws 14-Year Prison Sentence
- Monday, October 15, 2012
A Bartlett woman who pleaded guilty to federal child sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion was sentenced Thursday, Oct. 11, to 14 years in prison.
The sentencing of Kala Bray, 19, by U.S. District Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays drew reaction from U.S. Justice Department officials in Washington who have made such cases a priority and have highlighted investigations of the trafficking by Memphis federal prosecutors and FBI agents.
32. Deberry Defends Head of Department of Children's Services
- Wednesday, October 10, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – A Democratic lawmaker who played a role in the formation of the embattled Tennessee Department of Children's Services says the agency's commissioner shouldn't be blamed for deeply rooted problems that she inherited.
33. Cherry Back to Roots at Dunavant Enterprises
- Thursday, September 06, 2012
Russel Cherry, longtime general counsel at Dunavant Enterprises Inc., grew up in a family that raised sporting dogs and had originally planned to be a veterinarian.
34. For the People
- Monday, September 03, 2012
It’s well-known that the Memphis area’s population suffers from a host of chronic health issues, from obesity to hypertension to Type 2 diabetes, making it ground zero for students and researchers dedicated to finding solutions to public health issues.
35. Board of Bankrupt Pinnacle Airlines Gets Update on Headquarters Costs
- Friday, August 24, 2012
Pinnacle Airlines Corp.'s board opened a two-day meeting Wednesday, but isn't expected to decide yet whether to keep company headquarters in Memphis.
36. County Sees 21.6 Pct. Voter Turnout
- Monday, August 06, 2012
Slightly less than 127,000 Shelby County residents – or 21.6 percent of 584,443 registered voters – cast ballots in the Aug. 2 elections.
The turnout in early voting and election day combined was a higher percentage than the 15 percent turnout four years ago in the same election cycle, but it was well below the 44-year high of 39.4 percent set in the August 1992 elections.
37. More Work Follows Schools Plan Approval
- Monday, June 18, 2012
The plan for a consolidated countywide public school system isn’t finished just yet despite last week’s vote by the schools consolidation planning commission.
What was already a complex and unprecedented process gets more complex and involves more people going forward in addition to the 21-member planning commission.
38. State ASD Charter Schools Unveiled
- Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Memphis City Schools officials formally turned over the school buildings Tuesday, June 5, that will become part of the state-run Achievement School District starting with the new school year in August.
39. Suburbs Move Forward With School Districts
- Thursday, May 31, 2012
All six suburban towns and cities are just about set to vote starting in mid-July on forming municipal school districts.
Boards of aldermen in each of the six suburban towns and cities took votes Tuesday, May 30, that sent the requests for the ballot questions to the Shelby County Election Commission.
40. Scott Joins Methodist South as Chief Medical Officer
- Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Dr. Howard Scott has been named chief medical officer at Methodist South Hospital. Before joining Methodist South, which is part of the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, Scott served as chief medical officer for West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami. He has also maintained an active private practice for 29 years.
41. Jones Seeks AG Opinion on Municipal Schools
- Monday, May 14, 2012
Countywide school board member Martavius Jones is seeking through a state legislator from Shelby County a legal opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General on the municipal school districts legislation signed into law last week by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.
42. Teacher Surplusing Would Go In Schools Merger Recommendation
- Friday, May 11, 2012
The schools consolidation planning commission is weighing a set of recommendations for teacher hiring, retention and evaluation that would do away with the practice of surplusing teachers.
The recommendations from the group’s human resources committee presented Thursday, May 10, include “not guaranteeing jobs to teachers whose positions have been eliminated.” Under current Memphis City Schools procedures, when a teacher’s position is eliminated at a school or the teacher is not retained at that school, their seniority can allow them to “bump” another teacher at another school if the teachers without a position has more seniority.
43. New Owner For Bartlett Car Wash Property
- Friday, May 04, 2012
A former car wash site in Bartlett has traded hands. Nyan Jaf acquired the 0.71-acre lot at 5960 Summer Ave. from Mr. Carwash LLC for $65,000.
44. Mississippi Senate Adopts Its Redistricting Plan
- Thursday, May 03, 2012
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A majority of Mississippi senators voted Wednesday to approve the chamber's redistricting plan, despite complaints from a few colleagues who think they're treated unfairly because their districts are dramatically changed.
45. Fetal Heartbeat Bill Killed by Miss. Senate Chair
- Friday, April 27, 2012
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi Senate chairman on Thursday killed a bill that could have led to a homicide criminal prosecution for anyone performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is found.
46. Pending Bill Could Raise Solar Taxes
- Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The week that two solar farms located in Haywood County and Memphis were dedicated, a bill that would increase property taxes on owners of solar production facilities like the two arrays was undergoing more changes in Nashville and encountering increased opposition from the state’s solar industry.
47. Millington Candidates File for August Election
- Monday, April 09, 2012
The field for Millington mayor in that city’s Aug. 2 nonpartisan general election is three candidates following last week’s filing deadline.
It includes former Mayor Terry Jones, who lost a re-election bid four years ago to Richard Hodges; Kenneth Uselton and Debra Sigee.
48. Miss. Senate Passes Abortion Regulation Bill
- Thursday, April 05, 2012
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi lawmakers have passed a bill that would require any doctor performing abortions to be a board-certified OB-GYN with admitting privileges at a local hospital.
49. Crye-Leike Sells Properties, Land At Feb. Auction
- Friday, March 30, 2012
Multiple properties in the Memphis area have traded hands as a result of an auction held by Crye-Leike Auction Services in February.
Kays Nawaf Employee Pension Plan sold three flex warehouse buildings at 4652 Damascus Road, 4660 Damascus Road and 4668 Damascus Road, ranging from 7,450 square feet to 10,160 square feet. There was a published minimum bid of $83,000 each.
50. Group Weighs Schools Logistics
- Monday, March 19, 2012
The city charter requires Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division to provide water to the Memphis City Schools system at no charge.
When MCS consolidates with the Shelby County Schools system in 2013, the merged system may have to pay a water bill as well as electric and gas bills. Or the free water may flow to the former county schools as well.
51. Tennessee Granted NCLB Waiver
- Friday, February 10, 2012
Tennessee made another cut in the changing federal education reform scene: The state is one of 10 granted a waiver from No Child Left Behind standards.
President Obama said the waivers are a “green light to continue making the reforms that are best for them.”
52. School Building Sale Still Unresolved
- Thursday, December 15, 2011
The countywide school board member who thought about having a set of rules in place to specifically set the terms of selling or transferring school buildings to a separate suburban school district called off the move this week.
53. Richards Completes Trio Charged in Will Forgery
- Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Memphis firefighter Sandra Richards turned herself into authorities over the weekend on charges of tampering with evidence, aggravated perjury and forgery.
54. Partisans Debate State Voter ID Law
- Wednesday, November 02, 2011
If you voted early or on Election Day in the recent city of Memphis elections, you probably got a piece of paper from election officials about the next elections.
The new state law requiring Tennessee voters to have a valid state or federal government-issued photo ID goes into effect with the 2012 elections starting with the March primaries. And the poll handout was about the new state law and what the new ground rules will be.
55. School Board Takes Steps Back, Forward
- Thursday, October 27, 2011
The two public school systems in Shelby County used the same team to evaluate charter school applications this week in the first joint proposal the Memphis City and Shelby County School systems have brought to the board for approval.
56. Factory Output Rises on Truck, Airplane Demand
- Tuesday, October 18, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories produced more goods in September for a third straight month, the latest signal that the economy is rebounding from its summer slump.
They made more airplanes, trucks and home electronics last month to meet rising demand, the Federal Reserve said Monday.
57. Economy Adds 103,000 Jobs, But It's Not Enough
- Monday, October 10, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The jobs crisis isn't getting worse. But it isn't getting much better, either.
The economy added just enough jobs last month to ease fears of a new recession. But hiring is still too weak to bring down unemployment, which has been stuck at about 9 percent for more than two years.
58. Wharton, Fullilove & Conrad Re-Elected -- Harris-Ford to Runoff
- Friday, October 07, 2011
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. won a full four-year term of office as mayor Thursday, Oct. 6, two years after he claimed the mayor’s office in a special election.
And all 12 of the Memphis City Council members seeking re-election won new four year terms in the city election cycle, marking the largest return of incumbents to the 13-member council in the 43-year history of the mayor-council form of government.
59. A Summer Many Investors Would Rather Forget
- Monday, October 03, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – It was a stomach-churning summer that most investors would like to forget.
The United States lost its top-of-the-line credit rating for the first time. The financial system of Europe seemed ready to collapse. Money managers sifted through data for signs that the economy was about to slide into a new recession.
60. Schools Planning Commission Begins Work
- Thursday, September 29, 2011
The 21-member schools consolidation planning commission goes to work Thursday, Sept. 29, in a conference room at the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement in Shelby Farms.
61. First Schools Meeting Addresses Blueprint
- Friday, September 23, 2011
The two groups that will do much of the political and organizational heavy lifting in the consolidation of Shelby County’s two public school systems first will do a lot of listening in the weeks to come.
62. Schools Consolidation: Mays Issues Ruling
- Monday, August 15, 2011
The Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools systems will be consolidated starting with the 2013-2014 school year.
“Here the controversy between the parties is a legal dispute, not a factual dispute,” Federal Judge Hardy Mays wrote in the detailed and lengthy ruling released Aug. 8.
63. Shelby County School Board Meets Wed. On Schools Case
- Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Shelby County school board members meet Wed., Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. in special session to weigh their next move now that a federal judge has ruled in the schools consolidation lawsuit.
The meeting comes two days before all sides in the lawsuit are to submit their proposals for a new countywide school board that would play a pivotal role in a transition to consolidating Shelby County's two public school systems by Aug. 2013.
64. House Nears Vote on GOP Debt Bill; Dems Oppose
- Monday, August 01, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Partisan to the core, Congress groped uncertainly Friday for a way to avoid a government default threatened for early next week. "We are almost out of time," warned President Barack Obama as U.S. financial markets trembled.
65. Harwell Stops Payment for Some Legislator Travel
- Tuesday, July 26, 2011
NASHVILLE – House Speaker Beth Harwell, who donates her own legislative expense payments to charity, has moved to curtail the expense money other state representatives collect for out-of-state traveling.
66. MCS-City Council Talk Money At 4 PM
- Thursday, July 21, 2011
As Memphis City Council members and Memphis City Schools board members prepare to talk for the first time since the school board voted to possibly delay the Aug. 8 start of the school year, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has offered to put $10 million in city funding on the table.
67. Consolidation Case Deadline Arrives
- Thursday, June 30, 2011
It’s been briefed several times over, unsuccessfully mediated three times and adorned with a fresh supply of depositions.
And Thursday, June 30, is the deadline for all of the material all of the sides in the schools consolidation case want U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays to consider in making a decision.
68. Stocks Advance on Greek Austerity Vote Hopes
- Wednesday, June 29, 2011
LONDON (AP) — Global stocks pushed higher Tuesday as investors grew hopeful that Greek lawmakers will pass a vote on another round of austerity measures that should stop any talk of the country imminently defaulting on its debts.
69. Study Session
- Monday, June 27, 2011
By the end of this week, the fate of Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., should be known. Thursday, June 30, is the day the private United Methodist Church-affiliated institution is scheduled to close.
70. MBA’s Tech Section Kicks Off With iPad CLE
- Thursday, June 16, 2011
A still relatively new section of the Memphis Bar Association – technology – will hold its inaugural continuing legal education (CLE) seminar Thursday, June 16.
Attendees will enjoy a veritable iDiscussion focused on Apple’s ubiquitous tablet computer.
71. Callan Joins Methodist as Perioperative Director
- Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Thomas E. Callan has joined Methodist University Hospital as administrative director of perioperative services.
Hometown: New York City
Education: I earned a master of arts in health care administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. I also received my bachelor of science degree with majors in nursing, biology and psychology from The George Washington University.
Work Experience: More than 39 years of progressive responsible experience in hospital, health system management and managed care from both a provider and a third-party reimbursement perspective. For the past 31 years, I have served as a program director, senior consultant, senior health system administrator and patient care administrator.
Favorite quote: “One is not defined by their abilities, but rather by their choices.”
Last book read: “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A. Heinlein
Favorite music: Blues and jazz
Favorite movie: “The Lion in Winter”
Sports team: New York Yankees
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I enjoy traveling and playing amateur softball.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? The person who has had the greatest influence on me is a former supervisor who taught me that it is all about taking risks in order to succeed.
Why did you pursue a career in health care administration? I chose a career in health care administration because I felt it was the most logical step to provide the maximum effect in health care.
What drew you to Methodist University Hospital? What attracted me to Methodist is the organization’s approach to patient- and family-centered care.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? I consider some of my greatest accomplishments to include managing major managed care contracts that exceeded revenues of $250 million; designing and implementing a specialty care transplant contract inclusive of pre-operative, operative and post-operative care; and performing as the corporate clinical resource for contract negotiations for other specialty care areas including HIV and thoracic surgery.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy having the opportunity to mentor other people.
72. CLC Hosts Fundraiser at Theatre Memphis
- Monday, May 30, 2011
A fundraiser Thursday, June 2, at Theatre Memphis for the Community Legal Center will feature a play and a silent auction.
The $40-per-person event features “Crazy For You,” a comedy laced with George Gershwin tunes and dance numbers. There is also a silent auction. And the 6 p.m. reception before the 7:30 p.m. curtain features food prepared by local attorneys with help from catering professionals and complimentary wine and beer.
73. Long and Winding Road
- Friday, April 22, 2011
When Millington leaders gathered in a field off Navy Road earlier this month, the city’s current mayor, Richard Hodges, and his two predecessors were together for a project in which all three played a major role.
74. Millington Breaks Ground on Veterans Parkway Extension
- Thursday, April 07, 2011
Millington leaders broke ground Thursday on the long-awaited $26 million extension of Veterans Parkway.
The three miles of five-lane road with three bridges, as well as sidewalks and bicycle lanes, has been 15 years and three mayors in the making.
75. Ramsey: State Should Run Failing Memphis Schools
- Friday, March 11, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said Thursday that the state should consider taking over failing schools in Memphis and possibly in Nashville.
76. Houston Joins Memphis Chemical & Janitorial Supply
- Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Ursula Y. Houston has joined Memphis Chemical & Janitorial Supply Co. as account executive.
77. Johnson Named City's Chief Ethics Officer
- Tuesday, March 01, 2011
The city of Memphis now has its first chief ethics officer.
The city’s eight-member board of ethics has appointed attorney Monika Johnson to the position.
Johnson comes to the position from being director of contract services for Memphis City Schools.
78. Lighting the Fuse
- Monday, February 21, 2011
Memphis voters have 22 words to weigh as they decide what is to become of Shelby County’s two public school systems.
“Shall the administration of the Memphis City School System, a special school district, be transferred to the Shelby County Board of Education?”
The words seem inadequate to cover what a “yes” or a “no” vote means after a state law and other factors changed the terms of a vote already scheduled for March 8.
Voters for schools consolidation may be against special schools district status but for letting some of the six suburban towns and cities try to go with their own municipal school system.
Voters may be against school consolidation and against special school district status if it includes taxing authority for the county school board, albeit with tax approval required by the Tennessee Legislature.
Some voters may see it as a way of ending reforms driven by MCS superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash. Others may see it as a way of ending Shelby County Schools board chairman David Pickler’s dominance of that school system.
School consolidation advocates are still urging citizens to vote “yes” and school consolidation opponents are still urging citizens to vote “no.”
“The lay of the land has changed, so will people consider the lay of the land or what? That statement stands. It’s on the ballot and everyone knows what it’s designed to do,” said Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery. “This occurred after the question was put on the ballot. If someone wants to make that stretch, they’re jumping over a lot of hurdles. This was not in place when this was put on the ballot.”
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., along with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, sought a transition period even as political positions began to harden. He doesn’t see what’s in the law as a transition period.
“The way it’s structured, there’s every incentive not to reach an agreement. It looks to me like it falls off the face of the earth,” Wharton said. “There was nothing in there that states where do you go if at the end of this (the planning process) there is nothing resolved.”
State Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, disagrees.
“The state has a compelling interest in assuring that the administration of schools is properly discharged,” Norris wrote in an op-ed piece for The Memphis News last week. “To do otherwise defies common sense and common decency.”
Pickler said if voters approve the question, he will quickly move to assemble a team to work on the transition. It’s a transition that Pickler has always emphasized will be controlled by the county school system. That is one point on which the attorneys seem to agree.
“Clearly we understand that this issue is not about educational outcomes,” he said during a WKNO forum last week. “We still do not believe that creating a mega district … doesn’t do anything to improve education.”
MCS board member Tomeka Hart, at the same forum, countered “We do here as an economic issue,” a reference to the University of Memphis study showing special schools district status could cost MCS half of the county property tax base it relies on for funding. “It’s time to rewrite all of this,” Hart concluded.
Here is the timeline – to date – of the ongoing schools showdown:
79. Strickland to Bring Message of Hope to Memphis
- Monday, February 21, 2011
Bill Strickland is widely admired for the many hats he wears; CEO, social entrepreneur, writer, speaker and visionary.
80. WKNO, TDN Host Schools Consolidation Forum
- Wednesday, February 09, 2011
WKNO and The Daily News will host a television forum Friday at 8 p.m. on the schools consolidation issue.
The hour-long forum will air as a special edition of “Behind the Headlines,” hosted by Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News. It will feature Shelby County Schools board chairman David Pickler, Memphis City Schools board members Martavius Jones and Tomeka Hart, and Memphis Southern Christian Leadership Conference leader Dwight Montgomery.
81. Schools Legislation Readies for Big Stage After Committee Approval
- Monday, February 07, 2011
If last week’s legislative committee sessions in Nashville are any indication, Democratic legislators from outside Memphis will be the most vocal critics of Monday’s floor votes on schools consolidation legislation.
82. Schools Standoff Bill Clears House Committee
- Friday, February 04, 2011
The state House education committee has approved the bill that would bar any consolidation of city and county schools until August 2013 and open the door to special school district status for Shelby County Schools.
83. Central Library Site of Latest Schools Forum
- Friday, January 28, 2011
A third of the Memphis City Schools board will be on the panel Friday for the latest in the growing list of public forums on school consolidation.
The forum by the child advocacy group “Voices for Memphis’ Children” at 10 a.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., features MCS board members Tomeka Hart, Martavius Jones and Kenneth Whalum Jr. It will also include Memphis Education Association president Keith Williams and Julie Coffey, deputy administrator of the Shelby County Office of Early Childhood & Youth.
84. Parkinson Wins District 98 Primary
- Monday, January 24, 2011
The Raleigh-North Memphis state house seat held by firefighter Ulysses Jones Jr. passed to another firefighter in last week’s special Democratic primary election.
Antonio Parkinson claimed the party’s nomination for the District 98 seat vacated last Nov. when Jones died.
85. District 98 Primary to be Decided Thursday
- Thursday, January 20, 2011
The race to fill the seat in the Tennessee legislature representing Raleigh and North Memphis will be decided Thursday.
Four candidates are on Thursday’s ballot in state House District 98’s Democratic primary.
86. MCS Board To Look At Compromise
- Friday, January 14, 2011
On the day that the Tennessee Election Coordinator caved and told the Shelby County Election Commission to put a Memphis City Schools (MCS) charter surrender on the ballot, the MCS board voted to hold a meeting at some date in the near future to consider a compromise.
87. Early Voting Expands in State House Dist. 98 Primary
- Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Early voting in the special primary election for State House district 98 has expanded from Shelby County Election Commission headquarters at 157 Poplar Ave. to two satellite locations.
88. Local School Issue on Verge of Going Statewide
- Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Haslam knew the question was coming.
Haslam was in Memphis earlier this month to announce he was tapping District Attorney General Bill Gibbons for his cabinet.
89. Commission Won’t Vote Yet On Filling Jones’ Vacancy
- Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Shelby County Commissioners won’t vote on filling the vacant State House District 98 seat at least until voters have their say in the January special primary elections.
The vacancy was created by the November death of Democrat Ulysses Jones.
90. Election Next For Charter Surrender
- Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Next comes the delivery of the paperwork. And that is the sound of law books you hear opening not too far behind.
In the wake of Monday’s late-night vote by the Memphis City Schools board to go for a school system charter surrender, the resolution must next be delivered to the Shelby County Election Commission to put the question to Memphis voters 45 to 60 days from delivery of the paperwork.
91. MCS Board Votes To Surrender Charter
- Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The Memphis City Schools (MCS) board has approved surrendering the school system’s charter subject to a referendum by Memphis voters early in the new year.
The resolution was approved on a 5-4 vote by the MCS board after hours of often emotional debate in which even Supt. Dr. Kriner Cash took a stand.
92. Medtronic CEO William Hawkins to Retire in April
- Tuesday, December 21, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – Medtronic said Monday that Chairman and CEO William A. Hawkins will step down in April after three years leading the world's largest medical device manufacturer.
Medtronic’s Spinal and Biologics Business is based in Memphis.
93. MCS to Consider Charter Surrender Resolution
- Monday, December 20, 2010
Memphis City Schools board members may make the most important decision of their tenures Monday night with a resolution to surrender the school system’s charter.
If the resolution passes and is then sent to the Shelby County Election Commission, the charter would go to Memphis voters for a referendum sometime in March.
94. Charter Surrender Talk Tops MCS Meeting
- Monday, December 13, 2010
Memphis City Schools board members take a procedural but important step Monday evening in their consideration of surrendering the school system’s charter.
At the non-voting meeting, the board will set its agenda for the Dec. 20 meeting.
95. Loan Scam Serves as Reminder of Internet Safety
- Monday, December 06, 2010
Bill Oates was getting back to work after Thanksgiving when his business phone started ringing off the hook, but not with happy customers.
96. 'Walking Tall' Trail to Open Dec. 1
- Friday, November 26, 2010
A new travel trail along rural highways connects the life of legendary McNairy County Sheriff Buford Pusser with Elvis Presley and the Civil War battle at Shiloh.
Tennessee tourism officials will formally open the “Walking Tall Trail” Dec.1, with two events.
97. House Shift Could Change School Funding
- Thursday, November 18, 2010
As the new Republican majority in the Tennessee House caucuses Thursday in Nashville to decide the race for House speaker, Memphis City Schools (MCS) officials will meet here to talk about what the majority means for a long-time goal of Shelby County Schools.
98. Shelby Legislators Prepare Return to Nashville
- Thursday, November 11, 2010
Shelby County’s legislative delegation to Nashville remained intact following the Nov. 2 election.
But the group of 22 will return to the capital in Nashville changed by the death this week of veteran Democratic state representative Ulysses Jones Jr. The Shelby County Commission will appoint someone to fill the vacancy.
99. MSARC Shift Approved, Transition Begins
- Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center will begin its move to a different part of the organizational chart of Shelby County government.
The Shelby County Commission this week approved moving MSARC from the health department to the community services division. There was no opposition to the transfer, which comes more than a year after county government assumed control of the agency from the city.
100. MSARC Move Up for New Commissioners
- Monday, September 13, 2010
Shelby County Commissioners elected in the Aug. 5 elections hold their first meeting Monday of their four-year term of office.
Topping the agenda is confirmation of six top officials and division directors of County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration as well as a resolution to move control of the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center (MSARC) from the health department to the county division of Community Services.