MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Four young children were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in suburban Memphis on Friday, and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department has charged their mother, Shanynthia Gardner, with first degree murder as well as other charges.
56. Shelby County Budget Shuffle Endures - Friday, July 1, 2016
By the end of Shelby County government’s budget season, a lot of paper was being passed around the County Commission chambers.
It was in keeping with the rules set by chairman Terry Roland going into the Wednesday, June 29, session that stretched on for seven hours: All amendments had to be put in written resolution form.57. County Budget Done – Mostly - Thursday, June 30, 2016
Shelby County commissioners put most of their budget season to rest Wednesday, June 29, with $5 million from the county’s reserve fund after they added $13 million in amendments to the $1.1 billion county operating budget during a seven-hour session.58. Lack of Major State Races Tempers Political Picnic - Tuesday, June 14, 2016
'Hot' can be a political term. It can describe a close race or a very competitive race for elected office. When former Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism held his 16th annual political picnic Saturday, June 11, it was hot. And few of those at the Westwood gathering, other than perhaps the candidates, would describe this election season that way.59. Haslam Signs Law That Overhauls Higher Education Boards - Friday, June 10, 2016
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In a move that will transform higher education in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill that overhauls the governing boards of some of the state's universities.60. Local Democrats’ Differences Remain - Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Local Democratic Party leaders who backed pursuing a criminal complaint against former party chairman Bryan Carson said last week they hope to put the controversy over party finances behind them.61. Local Democrats’ Differences Remain - Monday, June 6, 2016
Local Democratic Party leaders who backed pursuing a criminal complaint against former party chairman Bryan Carson said last week they hope to put the controversy over party finances behind them.62. Pope New Democratic Chairman as Party Pursues Complaint Against Carson - Friday, June 3, 2016
The interim chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party became the new chairman of the party Thursday, June 2. And the local party’s leadership voted to file a criminal complaint with the District Attorney General’s office against former chairman Bryan Carson over party finances.63. Pope New Democratic Chairman as Party Pursues Complaint Against Carson - Friday, June 3, 2016
The interim chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party became the new chairman of the party Thursday, June 2. And the local party’s leadership voted to file a criminal complaint with the District Attorney General’s office against former chairman Bryan Carson over party finances.64. Downtown Memphis Commission Taking Safety Actions - Tuesday, May 31, 2016
At its May 26 board meeting, discussions at the Downtown Memphis Commission dove into the death of a teenager who was shot at the corner of Second Street and Peabody Place.
“I feel this personally,” said Terence Patterson, president of the Downtown Memphis Commission. “We’re really focusing on it and making sure we’re doing everything we can, but we have to have collaboration with MPD (Memphis Police Department). But we know that we’ve got to do more.”65. Council Tallies Damage in 'Day of Bad News' - Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd summed up City Hall’s attitude Tuesday, March 15, during the council’s executive session. “Today is the day of bad news,” he said after a briefing from Mayor Jim Strickland on the deannexation bill approved the night before by the Tennessee House. 66. Bratcher Shooting First Test of Local Pact With TBI - Monday, February 1, 2016
That was followed by more details on the estimated $60 million it will cost to replace the entire radio system for local first responders from the radios to the towers used to transmit their signals.
The first fatal police shooting since local law enforcement and prosecutors adopted a policy of sending such cases to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is being watched closely.
And a quick initial account by the TBI is a change from the agency’s normal posture of not making any comments and abiding strictly by a state law that seals all of its records from the public unless by court order or subpoena.67. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 - Saturday, January 2, 2016
When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.68. Stewart Incident Triggers Systemic Shift - Thursday, December 31, 2015
For six months this year the Black Lives Matter movement in Memphis grew in an ebb and a flow governed largely by the growing list of fatal police encounters in other cities.
There was also an equally volatile and varied set of reactions by civic leaders in those cities as well as protestors.69. Questions Remain About Effectiveness of CLERB Ordinance - Thursday, November 5, 2015
Before the Memphis City Council gave final approval Tuesday, Nov. 3, to a reconstituted Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board, councilman Alan Crone had a question that wouldn’t go away.70. Armstrong Ponders Mayoral Transition - Tuesday, November 3, 2015
When outgoing Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said last week that Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong plans to retire at year’s end, what followed was the best representation of the off-kilter relationship between the mayor’s office and police brass.71. Nashville and Knoxville Police Oppose TBI Investigations - Monday, October 26, 2015
The police chiefs of Nashville and Knoxville have come out against a proposed state law that would automatically send fatal police-encounter investigations to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.72. DOJ To Monitor Darrius Stewart Investigation - Saturday, October 24, 2015
The U.S. Justice Department is monitoring the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced Monday, Oct. 19.73. Justice Department To Monitor Stewart Investigation - Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The U.S. Justice Department is monitoring the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced Monday, Oct. 19.74. TBI Probe Of Fatal Police Shootings Becomes Policy - Monday, October 19, 2015
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has become the go-to agency for the Memphis Police Department in the last year when it comes to investigations of police conduct. And that’s a policy.
MPD director Toney Armstrong, Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham and District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced Thursday, Oct. 14, they have signed an agreement with the TBI to automatically turn all such investigations over to the TBI.75. County Term-Limit Changes Proposed - Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Just as the ballot was set for the October Memphis elections last week, some politicos were laying the groundwork for the 2016 election season in Shelby County.
That foundation includes two proposed amendments that would undo two Shelby County government charter amendments approved by voters in 2008.76. Madeline Patterson Joins Burson Campaigns - Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Madeline Patterson has joined the Memphis office of Burson Campaigns, the corporate issues management unit of Burson-Marsteller, as a vice president. In her new role, Patterson will work with Burson clients on issues and crisis management, communications strategy, and integrated marketing and communications campaigns.77. Chism Political Picnic Offers Pre-Campaign Snapshot - Monday, June 15, 2015
Memphis mayoral contender Jim Strickland saw a face he didn’t recognize Saturday, June 13, in the southwest Memphis crowd at former County Commissioner Sidney Chism’s annual political picnic.78. County Budget Session To Return To Schools - Monday, May 18, 2015
Shelby County Commissioners meet again Monday, May 18, with Shelby County Schools officials in the ongoing county budget season.
Commission budget chairwoman Heidi Shafer called the 3 p.m. session to specifically look at the school system’s benefits liabilities as well as state funding of schools and what that means for the level of county funding.79. County Budget Season Reflects Priorities, Angst - Monday, May 11, 2015
It’s that time of year in Downtown’s Civic Center Plaza.
In late April, May and into June, the budget committee sessions of the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission become the stage for the priorities – political and financial – of both bodies.80. County Budget Proposal Includes $6 Million Dilemma - Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Some of the numbers crucial to the bottom line of Shelby County’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year are still expected with about four months left in the fiscal year.
But at the outset of county commission budget hearings that begin Wednesday, April 8, here’s what the dollar figures look like.81. Luttrell's $1.1 Billion Budget Plan Goes to Commission Wednesday - Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell takes a $1.18 billion budget proposal to Shelby County Commissioners in Wednesday, April 8, committee sessions.82. Undercover Jail Sting Exposes Problem - Wednesday, March 25, 2015
With the indictment last week of four Shelby County deputy jailers on charges of drug possession with intent to distribute, federal and local law enforcement leaders went public with an undercover sting that began in July.83. ‘Wake-Up Call’ - Thursday, October 16, 2014
Last week, Joel Hobson, broker-owner of Memphis-based Hobson Realtors, posted notes in the workplace and a message on the company’s website notifying clients that they may have to meet sales staff at the office or provide proof of identification.84. Commission Balks at Ford Appointments - Wednesday, September 24, 2014
When the Shelby County Commission moved back into its renovated chamber at the Vasco Smith Administration Building this month, the new chairman of the body, Justin Ford, had a new seating arrangement for the 13 members, including six newly elected commissioners. 85. Events - Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.86. Events - Monday, September 22, 2014
Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.87. Latino Political Profile Continues Rise - Monday, September 15, 2014
When Latino Memphis held its first annual Leadership Luncheon last week in East Memphis, the ballroom at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis included political and business leaders among the group of 800 people.88. County Leaders Make Transition to Governing - Friday, August 29, 2014
For government officials, the oath of office marks the boundary between the ability to get elected and the ability to govern.
But it’s not always apparent to those taking the oath what they have gotten themselves into.89. Democratic Chairman Apologizes as Party Parses Defeats - Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Democrats don’t consider it a successful campaign season unless there is some kind of intra-party dust up, the political axiom goes.
That conventional political wisdom loses its validity the more Republicans win, and it suggests that when the differences within the party aren’t mended by a Democratic victory, a bigger skirmish is likely on the horizon.90. Democratic Divide Widens in Election Results - Friday, August 8, 2014
Democrats have retained their seven-vote majority on the new single-district Shelby County Commission that takes office Sept. 1.
That and the re-election victory of Democratic incumbent Cheyenne Johnson in the race for Shelby County Assessor of Property were the only bright spots for a divided local Democratic Party that lost every other countywide partisan elected position to Republicans in the Aug. 7 county general election, just as they lost every countywide position to Republicans four years earlier.91. Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate - Friday, August 8, 2014
Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.92. Cohen, Luttrell, Weirich, Harris Take Early Vote - Friday, August 8, 2014
Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has taken the early vote over challenger Ricky Wilkins in the hard fought Democratic Congressional primary on Thursday’s Shelby County election ballot.93. Republicans Rally In Bartlett - Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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.94. Multiple Choice - Saturday, August 2, 2014
It could have been an election about the local criminal justice system. The set of once-every-eight-years judicial races was the perfect frame for competitive races for district attorney general and juvenile court judge as the main events.95. Democratic Sample Ballot Omits Some Names - Friday, July 25, 2014
Not every candidate who claimed the Democratic nomination in the May county primaries is on the Shelby County Democratic Party’s endorsement ballot that hits the streets this week.
With early voting underway in advance of the Aug. 7 election day, the sample ballot does not include Juvenile Court clerk candidate Henri Brooks, Circuit Court clerk nominee Rhonda Banks, Probate Court clerk candidate William Chism and County Clerk nominee Charlotte Draper.96. Weirich: Brown ‘Out of Touch With Reality’ - Saturday, July 5, 2014
Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich says a video posted Tuesday on the campaign website of Democratic challenger Joe Brown questioning her sexual orientation represents a “sad day” in local politics.97. Brown’s Campaign Has Included Many Turns - Friday, July 4, 2014
Democratic Party leaders bet a lot politically at the outset of the 2014 election season on retired Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown as more than just the party’s nominee for district attorney general.98. Weirich Says Brown ‘Out of Touch With Reality’ - Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich says a video posted Tuesday on the campaign website of Democratic challenger Joe Brown questioning her sexual orientation represents a “sad day” in local politics.99. Sheriff’s Race Reflects Different Law Enforcement Cultures - Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Bennie Cobb remembers how he got his first job in the local criminal justice system.
It was 1980, and Cobb – then 19 years old – went to apply for a job at the old City Jail.100. Chism Picnic Reflects Summer Campaign Tone - Tuesday, June 24, 2014
From the stage at County Commissioner Sidney Chism’s annual political picnic Saturday, June 21, you could almost see the Aug. 7 election day.