Editorial Results (free)
1. 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.
2. Baseball Gives Rebels Realistic Championship Shot
- Friday, June 13, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. – With breakthrough success comes the luxury of laughter, and the breathing room that allows Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco to say that reaching the College World Series took longer than he imagined.
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. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. Bell Ringer
- Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Bricks are not normally seen as a sign of age. But walk past Downtown’s Calvary Episcopal Church and the weathered bricks on the church’s north side begin to tell the story of the oldest public building in Memphis still in continuous use.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. $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.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. U of M Symposium to Discuss City’s Place in Law
- Thursday, February 10, 2011
Memphis over the years has been at the center of riveting, controversial and far-reaching court cases.
Many of them have either wound up in the history books or simply re-balanced the scales of justice for ordinary people.
28. University of Memphis Law Symposium Planned
- Friday, January 21, 2011
The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is hosting a symposium Feb. 11 on “Memphis in the Law” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will celebrate Memphis’ contribution to the legal community.
29. 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.
30. EMHC Moving to Appling Farms, Doubling in Size
- Friday, December 17, 2010
Emergency Mobile Health Care is more than doubling the size of its Memphis corporate headquarters.
EMHC has signed a 14,200-square-foot lease at 6972 Appling Farms Parkway. EMHC currently occupies 6,900 square feet at 5071 Wilfong Road, and also has an office in Jackson, Tenn.
31. 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.
32. Even in Liberal Bastions, GOP Sees Election Chance
- Wednesday, October 20, 2010
HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — In the congressional district that's home to the Kennedy family compound, a Kennedy public skating rink and a Kennedy museum, the heart of liberalism is beating uneasily.
33. 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.
34. 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.
35. Deimund Named Clinical Director of Methodist Wound Centers
- Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Sandy Deimund has been named clinical director for the Methodist North and Methodist South Hospital Comprehensive Wound Healing Centers.
Hometown: Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Education: Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) and a member of the American Academy of Wound Management
Work Experience: Nurse manager, Methodist South Comprehensive Wound Healing Center; registered nurse, Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Favorite quote: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
Last book read: “Love ’Em or Lose ’Em” by Beverly L. Kaye
Favorite music: I like a variety of music, from country to classical.
Favorite movie: “African Queen”
Sports team: Tennessee Titans
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Spending time with friends, sudoku puzzles, traveling, reading
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could pick stocks like Warren Buffet.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? All of the patients who have overcome obstacles in their lives, yet continue to persevere.
Why did you pursue a career in health care? I have always had an innate curiosity about medicine and people. As a child, my dolls were always sick or injured and needed “health care.”
What drew you to Methodist? The Christian atmosphere and multiple opportunities available for nurses.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Any time a patient hugs me or shakes my hand and tells me how much they appreciate my efforts is the greatest feeling.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Working with patients to facilitate their healing process.
36. Bredesen Takes Look Back at Tenn. Political Career
- Friday, July 02, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) – Term-limited Gov. Phil Bredesen says he once dreamed of serving in the U.S. Senate. No longer.
In a wide-ranging discussion about his political experiences with participants in a Girls State program at Lipscomb University, Bredesen said he's come "180 degrees" from his early Senate ambitions.
37. Obama: Health Care Reform Essential to Stability
- Thursday, July 16, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Praising and prodding Congress, President Barack Obama on Wednesday said a vast reform of the nation's health insurance system is required to head off instability to families, industry and the government itself.
38. House Democrats to Open Hearings on Health Bill
- Wednesday, June 24, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats are pushing forward with a partisan health care bill even as a key Senate Democrat labors to achieve an elusive bipartisan compromise on President Barack Obama's top legislative priority.
39. Senate Off to a Rocky Start on Health Care
- Thursday, June 18, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Wednesday began writing legislation to revamp the nation's health care system, but its historic first step was overshadowed by partisan anger and cost problems that troubled lawmakers on both sides.
40. US Senate Dems to Start Work Next Week on Health Care
- Wednesday, June 10, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats announced plans Tuesday to begin committee work next week on health care legislation designed to assure coverage for millions of Americans who now lack it, a key objective of the Obama administration.
41. From Overton Park to Shelby Farms, Newman No Stranger to Conservancy
- Thursday, October 11, 2007
Had he stopped with the famous case he helped win more than three decades ago, Charles Newman's legal career already would have reached a zenith other lawyers could only dream of matching.
As a young attorney in 1971, Newman fought Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The stakes were high; at issue was a decision by then-U.S. Secretary of Transportation John Volpe that would have seen the completion of Interstate 40 in Memphis slice through Midtown's Overton Park.
42. On Pressing the Flesh
- Monday, November 27, 2006
Reda Mansour, the 41-year-old Israeli diplomat who was appointed earlier this fall as consul general of Israel to the southeastern United States, is visiting Memphis this week.
His trip is part of a larger meet-and-greet that's taking him to every major Jewish community in the six states in his diplomatic territory. The Memphis visit includes a lecture Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Memphis Jewish Community Center (MJCC) about the current socio-political situation in Israel and the larger Middle East.
43. Lawler Uses National Recognition To Teach About Youth Villages
- Friday, November 10, 2006
Patrick Lawler keeps a list of about 20 questions he asks successful businessmen. The questions he feels are most important have stars beside them.
"Who do you learn from?" "How often do you meet with your top people?" "Do you have a crisis plan?"
- Monday, October 24, 2005
The Memphis Bar Association presents "How the Changes in the Bankruptcy Laws Will Affect Domestic Relations Cases" from noon to 1 p.m. today at Dowden Songstad & Worley, 6077 Primacy Parkway, Suite 102. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge David S. Kennedy is the guest speaker. Visit www.memphisbar.org.
45. 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...
46. Archived Article: Marketplace
- Monday, August 06, 2001
Debt settlement company hopes to offer new option Debt settlement firm hopes to offer new option By SUE PEASE The Daily News Credit card debt has surpassed the $500 billion mark for U.S. cardholders. Its a mind-boggling number, especially when consi...
47. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, April 15, 1998
David Shores has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of Ledic Management Group Inc David Shores has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of Ledic Management Group Inc. He formerly was executive vice president. Jo...