VOL. 121 | NO. 64 | Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Filers navigate tricky waters under new law
It's a scorching afternoon outside, but attorney Jimmy McElroy's air-conditioned office provides a haven from the heat and bustle of the world beyond. Its dim lights, flickering TV images and book-lined walls can only be described as calming.
If you're seeking the path to enlightenment, spiritual peace or oneness with the universe, you might not think of Memphis as the best place to start.
Shelby County Mayor AC Wharton Jr. and former assistant city attorney Dorothy Osradker have been selected for the Rotary Club of Memphis East's Bobby Dunavant Public Service awards. Wharton has served in local governments for more than 20 years, and Osradker served in city government for 61 years.
As America's suburbs sprawled outward from the cities, the beautifully landscaped 1920s-style parkways gave way to 1960s-era speedways designed to move people to and from the urban core as quickly as possible.
As Cordova has grown ... and grown ... and grown, its well-traveled thoroughfares have sustained the addition of thousands of new commuters and vehicles. Meanwhile, its rapidly swelling pool of residents has borne the brunt of an increasingly under-equipped roadway system - particularly when attempting to reach the East Memphis business district during rush hour. Between the two areas lies a 4,500-acre expanse of land that holds both a dear spot in the hearts of Memphis and Shelby County outdoor enthusiasts and a great deal of untapped promise for exasperated commuters.