Editorial Results (free)
1. Timing Key Element of County Tax Rate Debate
- Tuesday, July 01, 2014
More funding from Shelby County government for prekindergarten classrooms is a matter of timing, say those on both sides of the property tax rate question on which the $2.8 million in additional funding hinges.
2. County Budget Season Not Over Yet
- Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The Shelby County Commission defeated two competing versions of the county property tax rate for the new fiscal year on the second of three readings Monday, June 16.
But they both advance to third and final readings when the commission meets in July.
3. Commission to Vote on Budget, Tax Rate
- Monday, June 02, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners take final votes Monday, June 2, on a $1.1 billion operating budget and a $75 million capital budget for Shelby County government, and the first of three votes on a new property tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
4. Commission Prepares Final Budget Moves
- Wednesday, May 28, 2014
When Shelby County Commissioners make the last adjustments to the county budget in committee sessions Wednesday, May 28, they will likely increase the 2.5 percent pay raise county Mayor Mark Luttrell proposed for county employees to 3 percent.
5. Schools Funding Compromise Avoids Legal Complications
- Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Don’t expect to see construction work begin immediately at a school near you. But the Shelby County Commission’s approval Monday, May 12, of $52.1 million in capital funding for all seven of the public school systems in the county breaks the two-year intermission on schools construction funding that began with the 2011 move to a schools merger in Shelby County.
6. Commission Approves Compromise $52.1 Million in Schools Capital Funding
- Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, May 12, an immediate infusion of $52.1 million in capital funding for Shelby County Schools and the six suburban school systems.
The compromise resolution worked out with leaders of the suburban school systems includes $4.8 million in capital projects at five of the six suburban school systems. It also keeps the $47.3 million in capital projects for Shelby County Schools a majority on the commission recommended in committee sessions last week. The Shelby County Schools list includes a new roof for Millington Central High School which is in the sixth of the six suburban school systems.
7. Schools Wish List Comes to $51 Million
- Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners take their first budget vote next month on a $51 million capital list for Shelby County Schools in the current fiscal year.
And the recommendation from the administration of Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell to the commission in committee sessions next week might not be the same wish list submitted by Shelby County Schools leaders and approved by the school board earlier this month.
8. County Commission Ready for Budget Analysis
- Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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.
9. Commission Budget Season Begins Quietly
- Monday, April 14, 2014
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.
10. Coleman Resigns as County Corrections Head
- Saturday, March 29, 2014
Shelby County Corrections Division director James Coleman has resigned effective immediately, citing “personal reasons.”
11. Coleman Resigns as County Corrections Head
- Friday, March 28, 2014
Shelby County Corrections Division director James Coleman has resigned effective immediately, citing “personal reasons.”
12. Coleman Resigns As County Corrections Head
- Thursday, March 27, 2014
Shelby County Corrections Division director James Coleman has resigned effective immediately citing “personal reasons.”
13. Commission Votes Down Family-Planning Rebid
- Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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.
14. Commission Votes Down Family Planning Services Rebid Resolution
- Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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.
15. Commission Debates Pay for County Offices
- Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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.
16. County Commission Approves Three More Schools Pacts
- Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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.
17. Obama, Clinton Families Pay Tribute to JFK
- Thursday, November 21, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama paid tribute Wednesday to former President John F. Kennedy's legacy, joining former President Bill Clinton to lay a wreath at Kennedy's grave and presenting a freedom medal that Kennedy conceived before his assassination 50 years ago this week.
18. Commission Begins Debate on Pay for Elected Offices
- Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Nov. 18, to keep their annual pay at $29,100 for the term of office that begins Sept. 1, 2014, after the August county general elections.
The ordinance passed on the first of three readings.
19. Commission Considers County Pay Raises
- Monday, November 18, 2013
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.
20. Ritz: Commission Should Block City’s EDGE Appointments
- Monday, October 28, 2013
Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz wants to hold up county approval of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s nominees to the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE).
And he will press the issue of money the city of Memphis pledged in the creation of the joint economic development body with a resolution on the agenda for the Monday, Oct. 28, meeting of the county commission that would effectively block the city appointments.
21. Commission Weighs Fire and Ambulance District Legislation
- Monday, August 19, 2013
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.
22. Budget Vote Reveals Deep-Seated Differences
- Wednesday, June 05, 2013
It wasn’t about line items when the Shelby County Commission approved a county operating budget Monday, June 3, for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Despite a set of amendments to remove particular amounts from the budget, commissioners devoted most of their budget deliberations to a broader discussion about the role of government – county government in particular.
23. Commission Takes Up Property Tax Hike
- Monday, June 03, 2013
Shelby County Commissioners take the first of three votes Monday, June 3, on a 6-cent property tax hike as well as a 30-cent increase in the tax rate.
And four of the seven votes needed for the tax hike are there. So is a very vocal minority on the commission who see the recertified tax rate increase as a tax hike even before the 6-cent tax hike recommended by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is considered.
24. Differences Welcome County Budget Talks
- Friday, April 12, 2013
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell isn’t happy that the countywide school board hasn’t sent a budget proposal to the county yet.
25. Council Ups Ante in Auto Inspections Standoff
- Thursday, April 04, 2013
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.
26. City-County Swaps Grow More Complex
- Monday, April 01, 2013
Memphis City Council members and Shelby County Commissioners are talking about a swap.
The Memphis Animal Shelter would be run by county government if the city would continue funding Memphis police officers in Memphis schools after the merger of Shelby County’s two public school systems.
27. Commission to Disband Schools Capital Needs Group
- Monday, January 28, 2013
Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Jan. 28, on disbanding the nearly 10-year-old Needs Assessment Committee that advised the commission on funding school construction and renovation projects across both public school systems.
28. Due Process
- Saturday, January 26, 2013
One at a time. That is the most noticeable change so far at Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court as a result of a landmark settlement in November with the U.S. Justice Department. The children before the court come before the court magistrates one at a time. No more groups of juvenile defendants waiting for their case to come up as other cases are being heard.
29. Commission Finds Barriers to Comparing Pre-K
- Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The idea of universal pre-kindergarten in public schools across Shelby County – or at least an expansion of pre-kindergarten access with the coming August merger of city and county schools – is one goal of the schools merger that has a broad consensus.
30. Concerns Continue Over Heritage Trail Tax Increment Financing
- Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Shelby County officials have reservations about plans to create a tax increment financing zone for the city’s proposed Heritage Trails development area.
The reservations prompted county finance experts to move a recommendation against the proposed tax increment financing district to a private committee meeting last month.
31. Luttrell to Reassess Local Air Quality
- Friday, September 07, 2012
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is about to examine county government’s entire approach to air quality issues after the Memphis City Council voted last month to cut all city funding for vehicle inspections at the end of the current fiscal year on June 30.
32. Bankruptcy Judgeship Bill Passed In Congress
- Thursday, May 24, 2012
Congress has passed a bill that will allow a bankruptcy judgeship in Jackson, Tenn., to be filled after the retirement this summer of U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge G. Harvey Boswell.
33. West Tenn. Bankruptcy Judge Retires
- Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Everybody is having to do more with less these days – including bankruptcy judges in one of the busiest areas of the country in terms of bankrupt debtors.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge G. Harvey Boswell has announced his retirement effective July 8. Boswell’s court is in Jackson, Tenn., which is part of the Western District of Tennessee, the same district that includes the bankruptcy courtrooms of Memphis.
34. Commission Approves Balanced Budget
- Wednesday, June 22, 2011
No county property tax hike. No 2 percent pay raise for county employees. The full $400,000 in funding for the county office of early childhood and youth, and no cuts in funding to the Greater Memphis Chamber or Shelby Farms Park.
35. Commission Balances County Budget With No Tax Hike
- Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Shelby County Commissioners approved a balanced budget Monday, June 20, and approved on the second of three readings an ordinance that keeps the county property tax rate at $4.02.
The votes effectively ending county government’s budget season with the new fiscal year covered by the budget beginning July 1.
36. Commission Returns to Budget Process Monday
- Monday, June 20, 2011
Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, June 20, will pick up just a few steps beyond where they left off two weeks ago in the budget process.
The commission has a budget proposal for the new fiscal year that begins July 1 that is essentially balanced, $4 million in the red, or has a surplus of just less than $1 million, depending on which of several dollar counts you pick.
37. Commission Delays County Budget Vote
- Wednesday, June 08, 2011
The Shelby County Commission will probably stay within the parameters of the budget compromise outlined by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration several weeks ago.
38. County Commission to Decide New Budget
- Monday, June 06, 2011
Shelby County commissioners reach the World Series of their annual budget season Monday, June 6, with a final vote scheduled on a county government operating budget.
The budget is for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.
39. Hiring Squeeze Highlights Budget
- Wednesday, June 01, 2011
The Luttrell administration takes a set of proposed budget cuts to Shelby County commissioners Wednesday, June 1, that will mean no 2 percent raise for county employees next fiscal year, no increase in health insurance for county employees and a tighter squeeze on county hiring.
40. Mayors Launch Office of Sustainability
- Tuesday, May 24, 2011
When Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell launch their joint office of sustainability this week, it will be the latest move in a continuing realignment of both local governments.
41. Reappraisal Appeals Increase County Red Ink
- Monday, May 23, 2011
As the week began, the Luttrell administration upped the gap between revenues and expenditures in its county operating budget proposal by approximately $4 million.
County chief administrative officer Harvey Kennedy told county commissioners Wednesday the amount of red ink has increased to a total of $16.6 million because of lower revenue estimates for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
42. County Red Ink Forecast Moves Up
- Wednesday, May 18, 2011
When Shelby County Commissioners meet Wednesday for a review by their budget committee, the Luttrell administration will revise upward the remaining amount of red ink in the operating budget for the new fiscal year.
43. Special Coverage: Mid-South Flooding
- Friday, May 06, 2011
DeWitt Spain Airport Inundated With Water
General DeWitt Spain Airport was inundated with flood waters early Thursday morning. Reports said around midnight, part of a berm washed out as well as part of North Second Street, which had already been closed because of rising water. A broken water main contributed to the high water.
44. $1.2B Budget Presented To County Commission
- Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The budget season began officially Monday morning as Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell took a $1.2 billion consolidated county government budget proposal to county commissioners with $22.7 million in red ink.
45. Luttrell Takes $1.2 Billion Budget to County Commission
- Monday, April 11, 2011
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell took his first budget proposal as mayor to Shelby County Commissioners Monday morning.
46. Commission to Consider County Leave Policies
- Monday, April 04, 2011
Shelby County Commissioners take another look Monday at county government’s policies for employee leave.
Earlier this year, an overhaul of the entire paid leave system backed by Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration was voted down by the commission. It faced vocal opposition from local municipal unions representing county workers.
47. Employee Benefits Issue Plays Out Locally
- Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The debate the Wisconsin Legislature is having about public employee benefits is an issue familiar to local elected leaders.
As Wisconsin’s stormy and emotional debate, which includes a generous helping of collective bargaining controversy not present in any of the local discussions, has played out nationally, the local efforts are moving ahead again.
48. County Commission Overrides Luttrell IT Veto
- Monday, January 03, 2011
Shelby County Commissioners voted Friday to override a veto by County Mayor Mark Luttrell of the ground rules for a new more centralized information technology (IT) system for county government.
49. Commission Approves Optional IT Centralization
- Friday, November 26, 2010
It could be called a virtual piece of political turf.
This week the Shelby County Commission found more than enough political considerations in the question of who should control county government’s information technology.
50. Committee Wants to Boost Joe Ford’s Pension
- Thursday, October 21, 2010
Shelby County Commissioners are recommending that former interim County Mayor Joe Ford get an increased county pension that counts Ford’s time as a City Council member.
51. Oldham Fills Top Sheriff's Positions
- Monday, October 04, 2010
Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham has named William S. Cash as his chief deputy and Robert L. Moore as interim director of the Shelby County Jail.
52. 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.
53. 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.
54. New County Commission, Mayor Go to Work
- Thursday, September 09, 2010
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell took his first batch of appointees to the Shelby County Commission Wednesday in the first committee sessions of the commission’s new term of office.
55. Luttrell’s Staff Filled With Familiar Faces
- Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Shelby County Mayor-elect Mark Luttrell is taking some of his team from the sheriff’s department with him when he switches offices Sept. 1
56. Luttrell Assembles Team
- Tuesday, August 24, 2010
As interim Shelby County mayor Joe Ford attended his last County Commission meeting, county mayor elect Mark Luttrell began naming the team he will go into office with on Sept. 1.
57. Luttrell Appoints CAO, Transition Team
- Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Shelby County Mayor-elect Mark Luttrell has begun preparing to take office in just a few weeks.
Luttrell, who won last week’s election for Shelby County mayor, takes office Sept. 1.
58. Wiggins Ready To Grab YLD Baton
- Thursday, November 19, 2009
Kyle M. Wiggins is ready to get behind the wheel.
Today at the Memphis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting and Elections, current YLD president Freeman Foster, an attorney for the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, will pass the gavel to Wiggins.
- Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Talk Shoppe will present “The Impact of Foreclosures & the 2009 Tax Reappraisal” by Cleo Stevenson of Chandler Reports today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 257-6536.
60. Strip Clubs Prepare For New Reality
- Friday, April 25, 2008
The line forms at the Shelby County Clerk's office.
This week's federal court ruling denying a request by strip club owners to block enforcement of a new county ordinance governing them is set to take effect Wednesday.
61. Bankruptcy Court'sNew Judges Sworn In
- Thursday, July 06, 2006
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit July 1 swore in Paulette J. Delk and George W. Emerson Jr. as U.S. bankruptcy judges for the Western District of Tennessee at Memphis.
Judge Delk assu
62. Former FBI Agent, Attorney, Lobbyist, Security Expert to Appear on WKNO Program Monday
- Thursday, June 08, 2006
William "Bill" Carter says he's never planned anything; things just seem to happen in his life. Carter's career, so far, spans some 50 years, from serving as a Secret Service agent during President John F. Kennedy's administration to waging a legal battle with the U.S. government on behalf of the Rolling Stones, to acting as executive producer for a recent documentary on religious icon Billy Graham that was endorsed by the Graham family.
63. Jail Privatization Issue Draws Continued Debate
- Monday, December 19, 2005
He's a corrections officer who has worked at the Shelby County Penal Farm for 16 years, a career that, until recently, has been mostly spent out of the limelight and away from the public eye.
But in the last three years, Jeff Woodard - who has become one of Shelby County government's most outspoken, persistent critics - figures he's missed only five public meetings of the full County Commission.
64. Archived Article: Law Focus
- Thursday, June 05, 2003
Bankruptcy bill could add two judges
Bankruptcy bill could add two judges in W. Tenn.
By LANCE ALLAN
The Daily News
If all goes as hoped by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., bankruptcy judges in West Tennessee soon will see relief.
65. Archived Article: Law Briefs
- Thursday, October 17, 2002
Thomas R. Buckner and Henry L. Klein were selected for inclusion in the 2003-2004 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Both are members of Apperson, Crump & Maxwell. The Memphis Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants d...
66. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, October 14, 2002
Calendar of events Oct
Calendar of events Oct. 14-Oct. 20
The Jewish Community Center Theatre, 6560 Poplar Ave., hosts a lottery referendum debate at 7 p.m. Speaking for the lottery referendum is state Sen. Steve Cohen, Student Scho...
67. Archived Article: Comm Focus
- Friday, October 19, 2001
Concert for New York with a Memphis touch
Concert for New York has a Memphis touch
By MARY DANDO
The Daily News
Memphis mercantile maestro Paul Tudor Jones is about to pull off one of his greatest feats.
Saturday, some of the greatest...
68. Archived Article: Law Briefs
- Thursday, October 12, 2000
The American Bar Association Heroes Series continues Wednesday with Heroines: Role Models for Women in the Profession The 14th annual Bankruptcy Section Seminar, sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association, is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Memph...
69. Archived Article
- Thursday, December 05, 1996
Banquet will honor Brown, Wellford; install Chambliss Banquet will honor Brown, Wellford; install Chambliss Judge Bailey Brown, senior judge on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, will receive the Lawyers Lawyer Award, the highest award given by the...