August 23-August 29, 2013: This week in Memphis history

Saturday, August 24, 2013, Vol. 6, No. 35

2012: Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell vetoed a referendum on a half-cent countywide sales tax hike and the Shelby County Commission overrode the veto putting the item to voters in the city of Memphis and the unincorporated county on the Nov. 6 ballot. Voters defeated the sales tax hike.

1993: With Shelby County Mayor Bill Morris already running in the 1994 race for Tennessee governor, Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton announced he was considering a bid to run for county mayor in the 1994 elections as a move to consolidate the two local governments. If elected, Herenton’s tentative plan was to then surrender the city’s charter. “The county mayor’s race provides a vehicle for me to take a leadership role in causing the public debate and if we can work out all of the legalities and the timing, then I would seriously consider running for the chief executive officer of a newly created form of government,” he said. The idea ran afoul of charter provisions on holding more than one office.

1963: The Memphis State football team opened practice for the coming season under coach Billy “Spook” Murphy. The season opener was Sept. 14 against Mississippi Southern at Jackson, Miss. It was the start of an undefeated season for the Tigers, whose home field was Crump Stadium in Midtown.

Among the new merchants licenses listed in The Daily News, East Memphis Rubber Stamp Co. at 3727 Southern Ave.