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1. Early Vote Turnout Lags Behind 2010 -

Early voting turnout in advance of the Nov. 4 Election Day was running about 17,000 voters behind the early vote turnout four years ago for the same election cycle through the second and final weekend in the early voting period.

2. McDonald Re-Elected at Filing Deadline -

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald was re-elected to another four-year term of office at the noon Thursday, Aug. 21, filing deadline for candidates in four sets of suburban municipal elections on the Nov. 4 ballot.

3. Bartlett Mayor McDonald Re-Elected at Filing Deadline -

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald was re-elected to another four-year term of office at the noon Thursday, Aug. 21, filing deadline for candidates in four sets of suburban municipal elections on the Nov. 4 ballot.

4. Wine Referendums Down to Final Day -

The deadline for signatures to be gathered on the still-forming proposed referendums to allow wine in grocery stores is Thursday, Aug. 21.

The deadline for candidates to file in the set of Bartlett, Germantown, Collierville and Millington municipal elections on the November ballot is at noon the same day.

5. Commission to Have Different Look After Election -

The first post-election appointment for the winners of the 13 Shelby County Commission races on the Thursday, Aug. 7, election ballot is a Friday luncheon with commission Chairman James Harvey.

6. Start of School Features Historic Change -

A child ready for his first day of school Monday, Aug. 4, in the new Bartlett City Schools system mistakenly got on a bus bound for Shelby County Schools that ran close to the route he was supposed to take.

7. Republicans Rally In Bartlett -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told a group of several hundred Republicans in Bartlett Monday, Aug. 4, that he would like to see a statewide turnout in the August Republican primaries of 750,000.

Haslam and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander have been on a statewide bus tour since last week to pump up overall Republican turnout even as they face opposition in the GOP primaries for governor and the U.S. Senate. The goal is to also boost the turnout for Republican candidates in local general election races on the ballot.

8. Buses Roll for First Day of School -

Buses rolled as scheduled for the most part for all seven of the city’s public school systems on opening day, Monday, Aug. 4.

The seven school systems each contract with Durham Transportation for bus transportation. But Durham is still in negotiations with union drivers who voted down the company’s most recent contract offer.

9. Council Aims to Strengthen Local Medical Device Firms -

Shelby County medical device manufacturers are known for their innovation. But it took about three years of meetings before officially forming the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council this July.

“The industry was not used to coming together and sitting down,” said Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce president John Threadgill. “They’re competitors. And to get competitors in the same room to talk about their issues, there’s some reluctance. But the fact is, they’re all having the same issues. The cat’s out of the bag.”

10. Suburban Candidates File First Petitions -

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald has made it official, filing his qualifying petition to run for another four-year term.

11. First Suburban Candidates File Petitions -

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald has made it official, filing his qualifying petition to run for another four-year term.

12. Candidates Pull Petitions in Suburban Mayoral Races -

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald and Germantown Alderman Mike Palazzolo are on the cusp of entering the mayoral races in their respective communities.

13. Demerger Debate -

In five months, a new school year will begin in Shelby County. And for a second straight academic year, many parents will be able to say it is unlike any in their lifetimes.

The first and last school year of the unified Memphis City and Shelby County Schools systems will be followed by what educators are calling the “demerger.”

14. Dunavant Awards Symposium Set for April 21 -

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

15. Bartlett Mayor’s Son to Lead McDonald Insurance -

Brooks McDonald is leading McDonald Insurance of Bartlett following the retirement of his father, Keith McDonald, after 32 years of running the firm.

16. Bartlett Mayor’s Son to Lead McDonald Insurance -

Brooks McDonald is leading McDonald Insurance of Bartlett following the retirement of his father, Keith McDonald, after 32 years of running the firm.

17. New Questions -

The winter break for students is usually when parents look for word of what changes are ahead in the next school year.

Changes in attendance zones, school closings, new programs, existing programs that might be moving or discontinued – those are the details for the school year to come in August that parents are looking for at the halfway point in the current school year.

18. Nominations Open for Dunavant Public Service Awards -

The 11th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards in 2014 will be awarded against a backdrop of the largest election ballot in Shelby County history.

The once-every-eight-year August ballot features not only county races held every four years but judicial offices for terms of eight years, U.S. Senate primaries and primaries in the governor’s race.

19. Leadership Selections Next for Suburban School Boards -

For five of the six municipal schools boards that began taking office this week, their only formal involvement in the talks that led to agreements on school buildings and ending the federal lawsuit that threatened to hold up their start dates was to approve the agreements already negotiated.

20. Schools Agreements Involve Art of Settlement -

Technically, the suburban Shelby County governments that have reached tentative agreements with Shelby County Schools are not paying, in those agreements, for school buildings.

They are paying $10 each in quitclaims for the buildings and much larger amounts to settle all claims in general, notably the pending lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

21. Bartlett, Collierville Reach Tentative Schools Deals With County -

There are now four tentative agreements between Shelby County Schools and suburban leaders for the formation of suburban school districts.

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald confirmed Thursday, Nov. 21, that his city and Shelby County Schools have reached a tentative agreement in which Bartlett would pay Shelby County Schools $7.2 million over 12 years at $608,000 a year.

22. Old Schools Questions Resurface in Germantown -

The questions are ones Germantown leaders faced from the outset as they began weighing their options after the March 2011 Memphis referendum vote approving a merger of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

23. Goldsworthy Pitches Germantown Schools Alternatives -

The Shelby County Schools board’s first look Wednesday, Nov. 6, at a specific plan by Germantown city leaders to transfer the three public schools within the city and named for it into a Germantown municipal school system indicated the school board probably wasn’t swayed.

24. Details of Municipal School Districts Shift -

The closer suburban school systems come to reality, the more the specific terms of their existence shift and move.

Voters in the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County go to the polls Thursday, Nov. 7, to elect school boards for their six school systems.

25. Suburban Mayors, Schools Leader Discuss Negotiations -

Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy is still “hopeful” that Germantown Elementary, Middle and High schools can remain part of the coming Germantown municipal school district under some kind of negotiated agreement between the Germantown school board and the Shelby County Schools board.

26. Building Negotiations Likely to Stray for Schools -

The Shelby County Schools board approved a specific framework Monday, Oct. 28, for negotiations with each of the future six suburban school systems on school buildings within their boundaries.

The specifics are 40-year leases for a specific list of schools for a “negotiated sum” that would “assist in offsetting the health and life insurances costs of currently retired school system employees.”

27. Private Legal Talks Underway on Schools -

As Bartlett citizens got an update this week on the move by it and the five other suburban towns and cities in Shelby County to form their own school systems, Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald fielded a pointed question with an interesting answer.

28. Election Aftermath -

At least one suburban leader wants to explore the idea of a shared superintendent for several of the municipal school districts to come.

Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman raised the possibility the day after voters in all six suburban cities and towns approved in special elections the formation of separate suburban school systems.

29. Early Voting Opens for Municipal Schools -

Early voting in advance of the July 16 special elections on forming suburban school districts opens Wednesday, June 26, at the Shelby County Election Commission offices Downtown at 157 Poplar Ave.

30. Ritz, McDonald Clash on Suburban Schools Talks -

The Shelby County Commission and the county’s suburban mayors agree in writing and in a court proceeding on something related to schools.

But that remains the exception to the rule, particularly on issues beyond the first year of the schools merger – namely separate suburban school systems.

31. Funding From Suburbs Suggested -

Countywide school board members are not the only players in the schools merger feeling pressure, although they may be feeling more pressure than others.

Shelby County Commissioners whose districts include suburban towns and cities have also been hearing a lot from parents in the suburbs who not too long ago had made peace with the idea that they would be part of the consolidated school district for at least the first school year.

32. Ending of Schools Talks Still Rankles Both Sides -

When all sides in the school merger court case gather Monday, Feb. 25, before federal court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays, they will have lots of time to talk over municipal school districts.

The status conference is the only item on Mays’ calendar Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

33. Mays Schedules Monday Schools Case Conference -

Memphis Federal Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays has called a Monday, Feb. 25, status conference in the Shelby County schools merger case. All sides in the 2-year-old lawsuit are scheduled to appear before Mays at 9:30 a.m.

34. Mays Schedules Monday Schools Case Conference -

Memphis Federal Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays has called a Monday, Feb. 25, status conference in the Shelby County schools merger case.

All sides in the 2-year-old lawsuit are scheduled to appear before Mays at 9:30 a.m.

35. Mays Sets Monday Conference in Schools Merger Case -

Memphis federal court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays has called a Monday, Feb. 25, status conference in the Shelby County schools merger case.

All sides in the two-year-old lawsuit are scheduled to appear before Mays at 9:30 a.m.

36. Suburban Districts Back in Federal Court -

The faded red kick ball that is the issue of metropolitan school districts in the Shelby County suburbs is now back in Memphis federal court after about two-and-a-half months of private mediation talks.

37. Suburban School Talks End -

Private talks between the Shelby County Commission and the county’s six suburban mayors on suburban school districts have ended, according to Shelby County Commission chairman Mike Ritz and Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald.

38. The Next Steps -

About a half hour before the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays in the municipal school district lawsuit, the chairman of the countywide school board called for his board and the school boards for the six suburban municipal school districts to get together.

39. Luttrell to Reassess Local Air Quality -

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.

40. Tax Hike Latest Shift in Funding Puzzle -

The suburban cities and towns that raised their local sales tax rates in August will adapt with little trouble if the rest of Shelby County approves a countywide sales tax hike on the Nov. 6 ballot.

41. After the Vote -

As 400 supporters of municipal school districts rallied just off the Arlington town square in July, conversations about the ballot outcome turned to one question – how Federal Judge Hardy Mays would rule in the legal challenge to the state law governing the establishment of a municipal school district.

42. Consolidation Debate Heats Up as Election Nears -

For more than a year and a half, the reformation of public schools in Shelby County has followed a flow chart all sides in the historic movement agreed were likely moves before everything was decided.

43. Cost Analysis Sparks Little Reaction -

Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz noted that before he finished his presentation Wednesday, May 16, on how much municipal school systems in the suburbs could cost, other commissioners had already emailed the proposal to suburban mayors backing the move to municipal school districts.

44. Board Representation at Stake in Bill -

In the legislation passed by the Tennessee General Assembly last week allowing suburban referendums this year on forming municipal school districts there was another part of the bill.

And it completes some important terms for the Nov. 6 school board elections that would follow the planned Aug. 2 referendums on forming school districts and levying a half- cent local option sales tax rate increase if voters approve both questions.

45. Tennessee Legislature Could Decide Muni Districts -

This could be the week that the Tennessee Legislature decides the timing of the rise of suburban municipal school districts in Shelby County.

The issue is an amendment to a Senate bill on school bullying that would permit the suburbs to call referendums this year on forming such school districts.

46. Schools Planning Commission Weighs, Rejects Stand on Schools Bill -

The schools consolidation planning commission considered Thursday, April 19, but voted down a resolution that would have urged the Tennessee legislature not to pass the bill that would allow suburban towns and cities to hold referendums this year on forming municipal school districts.

47. Reactions to Schools Legislation Changing in Nashville -

Tennessee legislators from outside Shelby County got a look at where the Shelby County schools reformation discussion was in January this week on Capitol Hill in Nashville.

And they didn’t like the idea that their counties could be living with Shelby County rules.

48. Consolidation Planning Remains in Flux -

The way some on the schools consolidation planning commission see it, the group has some momentum going in its goal of selling a still-forming consolidated school system plan to parents – urban and suburban.

49. Municipal Schools Bill Amendment Surfaces -

As the Tennessee House education subcommittee was meeting in Nashville Wednesday, March 29, it was where most of those involved in the local schools reformation saga were focusing their attention.

And the center of their attention was a bill lifting the statewide ban on the creation of municipal school districts.

50. Bill Lifting Muni School Ban Advances -

A bill in the Tennessee Legislature to lift the statewide ban on creating municipal school districts is moving as the legislative session nears an end.

The House Education subcommittee approved the bill Wednesday, March 28, on a voice vote with the House Education Committee to consider the bill next week.

51. Municipal School District Bill Moves In Nashville -

A bill in the Tennessee legislature to lift the statewide ban on creating municipal school districts is moving as the legislative session nears an end.

The House education subcommittee approved the bill Wednesday, March 28, on a voice vote with the House education committee to consider the bill next week.

52. Suburbs Consider Legal Challenges In Schools Fight -

After a race to call special referendum elections in May, suburban leaders this week may be in a race to get to Chancery Court in a legal challenge of the Tennessee attorney general’s opinion that last week stopped the referenda move.

53. Decision Could Go Until August In Bartlett -

Two of the five suburban towns and cities pursuing municipal school districts have their May 10 referendums on the ballot and a second one scheduled for Aug. 2.

The May ballot question is about a municipal school district, not the half-cent local sales tax hike that is the other part of forming such a school district.

54. New Schools Plan Has Multiple Autonomy Options -

The group drafting the blueprint for the structure of a new consolidated countywide school system will discuss Thursday, March 8, a new plan that is a mix of two other options it had been considering.

55. Planning Commission Reworking System Structure -

The schools consolidation planning commission isn’t quite ready to vote on a structure for the consolidated countywide system to come. That milestone vote may come Thursday, March 8.

The hold up is how the new system will handle decisions that are already being dictated by other events in education reform like charter schools and the state’s Achievement School District.

56. ‘Wheel’ Now in Motion for New School System -

Those on the schools transition planning commission called it “the wheel.” Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald called it “the wheel of education.”

57. Planning Group Hears of Structure Proposal -

Next school year, a group of 112 schools in the separate Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools systems will operate outside the framework used by each of the school systems for governing their other schools.

58. Schools Planning Group Hears Specifics of School Structure Proposal -

The group drafting the blueprint for the structure of a consolidated countywide public school system got several dozen PowerPoint slides and a briefing Thursday, Feb. 23, on the idea of a two-track school system that includes a “path to autonomy.”

59. Schools Discussion Hits Two Points -

The Arlington board of aldermen takes a final vote Tuesday, Feb. 21, on a May 10 referendum on a municipal school district.

If the referendum ordinance is approved, it would be the first of several moves to the ballot by Shelby County’s suburban municipalities who are considering each creating their own school systems.

60. Suburban Schools’ Train ‘Has Left the Station’ -

The six suburban mayors say the train to municipal school districts is on the tracks and has no time to stop to consider whatever plan the schools consolidation transition planning commission comes up with for a merged public school system.

61. Suburban Mayors Hear Lots Of Concerns From Schools Planning Commission -

The group drawing up the blueprint for a consolidated countywide public school system will plan for a school system that covers the entire county including the suburban towns and cities.

That’s what the chairwoman of the schools consolidation transition planning commission told all six suburban mayors Thursday, Feb. 16, as the planning commission talked with the mayors about their plans to create municipal school districts.

62. Turbo-Traders Take Bank of America for a Ride -

NEW YORK (AP) – On a normal day, 4 billion shares of stock change hands on the New York Stock Exchange. One in 10 belongs to a single company. It's not McDonald's or IBM, both of which have been on a tear.

63. Schools Consolidation Group Wants Meeting With Suburban Mayors -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell warned the schools consolidation transition planning commission that it cannot ignore the issue of suburban municipal school districts as it draws up the blueprint for a consolidated countywide school system.

64. Bartlett Mayor McDonald Oversees Growth, Possible School District -

Editor’s Note: This is a Daily News series featuring past winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards, which annually honor one elected and one non-elected government official. The 2012 awards will be presented Feb. 22.

65. Annexation Returns to Forefront in Schools Discussion -

It keeps coming back to the issue of turf between the city of Memphis and the six suburban municipalities.

The complex questions of who paid for what, how much they paid and who gets it predates the ongoing move to schools consolidation by years. And it has everything to do with whether Shelby County has one or multiple public school systems at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

66. Bartlett Explores Own School District -

If Bartlett moves forward with its own municipal school district, the city’s school board would have to immediately begin making plans for a new high school.

And it would need to forge a cooperative agreement with the countywide school system or another municipal school system that would include Arlington High School and Bon Lin Elementary School and other territory outside the city that Bartlett students now attend.

67. Schools Consolidation Dominates 2011 -

The year 2011 ended politically the way it began – with lots of questions about schools consolidation.

But at the start of 2011 the questions were centered on whether there would be a consolidation of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

68. Memphian Cobb Joins MIFA As Meals on Wheels Director -

Trentwood Cobb has joined Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association as director of MIFA Meals on Wheels, which provides hot meals to senior citizens in the greater Memphis area.

Hometown: Memphis

69. Schools Planning Commission Begins Work -

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.

70. Arlington, Lakeland Residents Head to Polls -

The race for mayor of Arlington intensified via Facebook in the gap between early voting and Election Day.

Thursday, Sept. 15, is Election Day in Arlington and Lakeland. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

71. Pickler Picks Five for Consolidation Commission -

Shelby County Schools Board chairman David Pickler has selected the mayor of Bartlett, a county schools parent, the longtime head of the Shelby County Education Association, a reitred county schools administrator and a former Shelby County commissioner to serve on the schools consolidation planning commission.

72. Suburbs Weigh School Options -

Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy is recommending the city hire a consulting firm to research the creation of a municipal school district.

But in a written statement that is her first response to last week’s ruling in the federal court schools consolidation lawsuit, Goldsworthy said the exploration of a Germantown school district is one of several options the suburban city is weighing, including being part of a consolidated Shelby County school system.

73. Arlington Gears Up for Mayor’s Race -

Before Memphis voters go to the polls this October to decide a mayor’s race, voters in Arlington will decide a four-way race for mayor in the Sept. 15 elections there.

The Memphis field of 10 includes candidates like incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and challenger James Harvey, who are relying on sophisticated computer software and lots of volunteers to turn out tens of thousands of people in early voting and on Election Day.

74. ‘Changing the Scene’ -

The Memphis Minority Business Council wrapped up its fourth annual Economic Development Fair at the Memphis Cook Convention Center with a roundtable featuring the mayors of Memphis, Shelby County, Germantown, Bartlett and Collierville discussing the role of minorities and women in local economic development.

75. Econ. Development Fair Highlights MMBC Efforts -

The Memphis Minority Business Council is prepping for its fourth annual Economic Development Fair, focusing on diversity, inclusion and supporting the growth of minority and women-owned businesses to serve the needs of major corporations.

76. Econ Development Tops List For Arlington Candidates -

The town of Arlington has a four-way race for mayor. The pack is running in a wide open race as incumbent Mayor Russell Wiseman has decided not to seek a third term after eight years in office.

77. MLGW Unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Stations -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division officials Wednesday unveiled a set of 69 proposed sites for stations to charge electric vehicles.

The sites across Shelby County include seven Memphis public libraries as well as the Millington public library and seven MLGW facilities that would add the electric charging stations.

78. $25M Retirement Center Slated for Bartlett -

A retirement community center will begin construction this summer in Bartlett, Resort Lifestyle Communities announced recently.

Robinwood Retirement Community – a $25 million, 141-apartment adult living community for people 55 and older – will offer a selection of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom cottages, all of which include full kitchens, washer/dryer hookups, spacious living areas and ample storage.

79. Early Voting Barely Eclipses 3 Percent -

Votes approached the 13,000 mark through the last weekend of the early voting period in advance of the March 8 Election Day for the schools consolidation referendum.

Early voting across the city in the referendum and a one-candidate special election race for District 98 state representative ends Thursday evening.

80. Schools Forums Hit Other Notes In Controversy -

Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz says Germantown leaders and taxpayers should form a municipal school district now if they are going to.

“I think what they need to do is get immediately very selfish for themselves,” Ritz said at a Memphis Area Association of Realtors forum Thursday.

81. Rotary Seeks Nominations for Dunavant Award -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East is seeking nominees for its 8th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service Award, an event that honors distinguished work by public officials.

82. Split Vote Takes Down Metro Charter Proposal -

The metro consolidation charter won a narrow victory with Memphis voters Tuesday but was crushed by Shelby County voters outside Memphis.

The first consolidation charter to go to voters in 39 years had to win both in Memphis and outside Memphis in order to consolidate the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments.

83. Out of the Gate -

On the first day of early voting, Jack Sammons and Keith McDonald were together again.

84. Commission: Read the Charter and Vote -

Both sides in the consolidation debate are urging citizens to read the proposed metro charter and vote.

And as the campaign nears the Nov. 2 Election Day vote on the charter, each side is accusing the other of reading things in the charter that aren’t there.

85. St. Francis Begins Bartlett Expansion -

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett will break ground Thursday morning for a multimillion-dollar expansion – the latest in a series of big hospital projects throughout the Mid-South.

The expansion will allow the hospital to add 96 beds and 83,000 square feet.

86. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “Mastermind Principle” from the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call 482-0354.

87. Whalum and Webb Draw Challengers In School Board Races -

Memphis school board members Betty Mallott and Martavius Jones were unopposed at Thursday’s filing deadline for the four Memphis school board races on the Nov. 2 ballot. Noon was the deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions in the school board races as well as three sets of municipal elections in Bartlett, Collierville and Germantown.

88. Certification Brings Next Steps in Election Process -

It has been two weeks since the Aug. 5 county general elections and the controversy over the vote count may become more intense Thursday as the Shelby County Election Commission meets to certify the results.

89. Luttrell Appoints CAO, Transition Team -

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.

90. Services Split Raises Suburban Questions -

The Metro Charter Commission took a first step last week toward defining which services of a consolidated government would go into which taxing district.

The listing of services in each of two taxing districts – urban services and general services – is a first step to determining the tax shift or split. (See June 3 story at www.memphisdailynews.com)

91. How to Build a Government in 71 days -

The idea of consolidation is a political perennial in Memphis, but the details of merging Memphis and Shelby County governments are much more elusive.

The Metro Charter Commission’s formation last year represented the most meaningful move toward consolidation in almost 40 years.

92. Foreclosure Moratorium Could Ease Flood Relief Efforts -

Before the floodwaters of May 1 rose in Shelby County, some homes in the Memphis area were already underwater.

The effects of the recession, including homeowners who owe more than their houses are worth, have complicated what is expected to be a long-term recovery from this month’s floods.

93. Events -

The 22nd Annual Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae Association Benefit Golf Tournament will be held Monday at 9 a.m. at The Links at Cottonwoods at Harrah’s Casino in Tunica. The tournament will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. To register, call Emily Terral at 485-3444 or visit www.rmhmemphis.org.

94. Consolidated Gov’t to Include New Divisions -

The list of new departments for a consolidated Memphis-Shelby County government continues to grow as the Metro Charter Commission moves a step closer to writing a consolidation charter.

But much debate is to come on the size of the proposed merger government.

95. Arlington Subdivision Coughs to Life -

After a few years of starts and stops, a host of liens and other financial woes, the Cambridge Manor Planned Development in Arlington is finally getting under way.

Grant & Co. paid almost $1.9 million for all 45 lots of the subdivision’s first phase and plans to bring a model home plus six speculative homes to the development within the next 90 to 100 days, said company president Keith Grant.

96. Former Bartlett City Attorney McCrary Passes Away; Services Held Today -

George D. McCrary III, former city prosecutor, city attorney and municipal judge for the city of Bartlett, died Thursday in home of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 66 years old.

McCrary received his juris doctorate from the University of Tennessee School of Law in 1970, and in 1979 opened his Bartlett-based private practice.

97. Beyond Halloween -

The signs are already up in some stores around the city – especially those open 24 hours a day. They remind Halloween minded patrons not to wear any kind of masks or face coverings into the stores or risk being mistaken for robbers. What we fear is the basis for Halloween as we know it. What we believe others fear is part of the evolving tradition. Combine the two and you are past Halloween and into a civic discussion that has a season of its own.

98. All in Favor: The forces behind the latest push for city-county consolidation -

For the first time in 30 years, government consolidation is moving to the ballot.

Although a firm plan doesn’t exist yet, the Shelby County Commission and Memphis City Council are poised to vote on creating a metro charter commission, possibly as early as next month. And the votes to make it a reality appear to be there on both bodies.

99. Tax Questions Arise During School Funding Talks -

Making Shelby County government the single source of funding for the city and county public school systems could mean a 53-cent increase in the county property tax rate over several fiscal years. It would also reduce the city property tax rate by 82 cents.

100. Eccentric Studios Brings ‘Strip to Fit’ To Exercise Mainstream -

The owners of one local small business have received a lot of exposure over the past couple of weeks. The local and national media reports about Eccentric Studios have kept the phones ringing at the Bartlett fitness studio, despite the fact the business possibly was not going to open.