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1. Plans for Boutique South Main Hotel Move Ahead
- Friday, May 05, 2017
A new South Main restaurant, an up-and-coming boutique hotel brand and a Medical District mixed-use development all got the green light from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board Wednesday, May 3.
2. Hits and Misses in UT’s Quest for JuCo Gold
- Friday, April 28, 2017
Things were supposed to be so easy for Jonathan Kongbo. He arrived at the University of Tennessee last year as the No. 1-ranked junior college prospect in the nation. He had the combination of size and speed that everybody wants in a defensive lineman. The sky was the limit.
3. Downtown Developer Charged in Public Corruption Case
- Friday, February 17, 2017
John Wessman, the real estate developer who plans to turn two Downtown Memphis buildings into boutique hotels, has been charged with bribery in a Palm Springs, California, corruption case.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint Thursday, Feb. 16, against Wessman, developer Richard Meaney and former Palm Springs Mayor Stephen Pougnet.
4. CCDC Approves Grants for Downtown Apartments, Public Art Project
- Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Wessman Development’s plans to convert a long-vacant historic building in Downtown Memphis into luxury apartments, a high-end basement bar and coffee shop took another step forward Wednesday, Feb. 15.
5. Panel OKs Downtown Project, Midtown Changes
- Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved two Downtown projects and changes for Belz Enterprises mixed-use development at Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard in Midtown on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
6. New Vols Coach Ready to Rebuild
- Saturday, December 19, 2015
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes isn’t complaining about the shortcomings of his basketball team.
7. From University Labs to the Marketplace
- Saturday, September 12, 2015
The health care industry contributed $38.8 billion to Middle Tennessee’s economy in 2014, according to a study released by the Nashville Health Care Council, which is a 32.9 percent increase from the 2010.
8. 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.
9. Take a Right at Candyland, Cruise Down Memory Lane
- Saturday, September 27, 2014
Bill Decker has confessed to committing an “old Nashville” act. The founder of Decker Wealth Management admits he recently gave a friend directions to a certain destination that included a turn at a now-demolished Nashville landmark.
- Saturday, July 26, 2014
American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Saturday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Champion Hills at Windyke Apartment Homes, 3788 Links Drive. All blood types, especially O negative, B negative and A negative, are needed. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 for donor requirements and appointments.
- Friday, July 25, 2014
UCAN of Memphis will hold its Dare 2 Dream teen conference Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BRIDGES, 477 N. Fifth St. The anti-bullying conference will include inspirational speaker presentations, workbooks, snacks and school supplies. Cost is $50; parents are encouraged to attend for no additional cost. Visit ucanofmemphis.org.
12. 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.
13. Henneberger Joins First State Bank Small-Business Lending Division
- Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Sean Henneberger has joined First State Bank’s small-business lending division as vice president/business development officer in the Memphis market. In his new role, Henneberger will help small businesses pursue loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program.
14. ‘Judge-Sicle’ Murder Mystery Thrills to the End
- Thursday, January 31, 2013
How could I not read the latest David Rosenfelt novel, “Airtight?” How could I not?! The author’s very publicist himself sent me an advance reading copy, asking that I do so. That, plus the book starts out with the murder of a judge, and I obviously want that case cracked, right?
15. Garland Sells Real Estate to Beat of His Own Drum
- Friday, November 09, 2012
Chris Garland was drawn to the hustle and bustle of the real estate business in his early teens.
16. DiCello Tackles Tough Talk in Business Book
- Friday, November 02, 2012
Bridget DiCello is quick to disabuse people of any notion that she’s one of those executive coaches and speakers, the ones who put on razzle-dazzle presentations filled with flash and sizzle.
What she is, rather, is a speaker, author, coach for C-level executives and customized leadership trainer who has just published a new business resource book and who proudly asserts that she’s “not one of those motivational hoo-rah speakers.”
17. Goldin Overturns Millington Tax Vote
- Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The results of the Aug. 2 election on a Millington sales tax hike were changed Tuesday, Oct. 9, to show the tax hike for a municipal school district was approved by 12 votes instead of losing by three votes.
18. Lawsuit Filed Contesting Millington Referendum Results
- Monday, August 27, 2012
The second legal challenge of the Aug. 2 election results was filed Friday, Aug. 24. in Shelby County Chancery Court.
Millington Mayor Linda Carter, alderman Michael Caruthers and Douglas Dakin, the chairman of the pro municipal schools group People for the Advancement of Millington Schools are suing the Shelby County Election Commission. Caruthers role as chairman of the Millington Municipal Schools Transition Committee is also noted.
19. Terms of Consolidation Still Taking Shape
- Wednesday, September 14, 2011
There is still some uncertainty about the exact terms of the transition to a consolidated countywide school board.
And that was reflected in questions preceding this week’s appointments to the board that takes office Oct. 1.
20. County Commission Completes New School Board
- Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Shelby County Commissioners made seven appointments Monday, Sept. 12, to the new countywide school board that takes office Oct. 1.
The appointment process completes a 23-member board that is to take office Oct. 1 with the seven appointees joining the nine current Memphis City Schools board members and the seven current Shelby County Schools board members.
21. Jackson’s Suspension, Lawsuit Point Out State Law Paradox
- Monday, August 08, 2011
After he was indicted last month by the Shelby County grand jury on four counts of official misconduct, General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson said voters put him in office and only they could take him out of office.
22. Patterson Strikes Right Balance Between Legal Duties
- Thursday, April 14, 2011
The legal profession is often depicted by the scales of justice. That image is an appropriate one for Chris Patterson, who balances his time as a member with the Memphis firm Wiseman Bray PLLC and as town attorney for the city of Oakland, in neighboring Fayette County.
23. Davison Joins Bailey & Greer Law Firm
- Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Nicole Gibson Davison has joined the law firm Bailey & Greer PLLC, where she will provide expertise in personal injury, malpractice and liability cases.
24. County Commission Tightens Attorney-Client Rules
- Wednesday, April 06, 2011
The Shelby County Commission could keep legal documents out of the hands of some of its own members if they talk to the public about what happens in closed attorney-client meetings.
The commission passed the resolution Monday establishing that and other sanctions including censure that would have to be enacted with a majority vote.
25. Commission Rejects Paid Leave Restrictions
- Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Shelby County commissioners were short of the votes Monday to specifically prohibit county employees from getting paid leave for Christmas shopping days or in exchange for donating blood and other charity work.
- Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Metamorphoses Inc. will hold a community event to draw attention to new programs designed to help troubled youth Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Ridgeway Assembly of God Church Family Life Center, 3150 Ridgeway Road. The event will highlight a three-month pilot program conducted in cooperation with Memphis City Schools set to launch March 23. For more information, call 552-3260.
27. A New Era
- Monday, October 25, 2010
As the Grizzlies mark their 10th season in Memphis, whispers of “contender” and “dark horse” can be heard in the halls of FedExForum.
The positive outlook is an encouraging sign for a team that sat at the bottom of the league just two seasons ago and has endured a bumpy ride during its decade-long tenure in Memphis.
28. Metro Charter Group To Complete Work Monday
- Monday, August 09, 2010
The Metro Charter Commission will complete its work Monday on a proposed consolidation charter.
The 9 a.m. meeting at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building is the last one for the group with began its work last December.
29. GOP Carries Countywide Offices
- Friday, August 06, 2010
The only thing Republican candidates in Shelby County were denied in the Aug. 5 elections was a majority on the Shelby County Commission. The local GOP slate swept every countywide partisan race on the ballot with Thursday’s election results.
Voter turnout – early and Election Day – was almost 30 percent of Shelby County’s 600,000 voters. All election returns will be audited and must be certified by the Shelby County Election Commission.
Republican Bill Oldham, the former chief deputy of the Sheriff’s Department under outgoing Sheriff Mark Luttrell, beat Democrat Randy Wade in the race for sheriff.
The unofficial returns with all precincts reporting were:
Oldham: 89,613 (52%)
Wade: 82,981 (48%)
Wade, who was the Democratic nominee for sheriff in 2002, linked his 2010 campaign to the re-election bid of Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen. Wade, a former sheriff’s deputy, is Cohen’s district director.
Oldham campaigned on continuing the policies of Luttrell. But his campaign faltered when Oldham was forced to resign his job as chief deputy – the No. 2 position in the department – following a complaint to the U.S. Justice Department that his candidacy violated the Federal Hatch Act.
The civil complaint investigated by the Justice Department’s Office of Special Counsel left Oldham with the choice of either quitting the job or quitting the race. To keep both could have jeopardized federal funding the department receives.
The complaint was unique because deputies and high-ranking officers running for sheriff has been a regular feature of the sheriff’s race for decades. It wasn’t until 2002 that those in the department were required to take a leave of absence if they ran.
In other general election races, challenger Ken Hoover lost to Shelby County School Board Chairman David Pickler in the race for the District 5 seat on the seven-member board.
Pickler has been chairman for 11 of the 12 years the school board has been an elected body. Pickler ran on his record as chairman. Hoover also ran on Pickler’s record, saying his leadership style was too autocratic and not transparent enough.
The unofficial results were:
Pickler: 5,123 (51%)
Hoover: 4,956 (49%)
In the two other contested school board races, former Bolton High School principal Snowden “Butch” Carruthers beat Millington parent Charlene White in District 1. And political newcomer David Reaves beat fellow newcomer Lara A. McIntyre, both of Bartlett, for the District 3 seat.
White and McIntyre both called for change in school board methods during their campaigns.
District 7 school board member Ernest Chism ran unopposed.
The even-numbered district school board seats are on the 2012 county ballot.
After running for Probate Court clerk three other times, Democratic nominee Sondra Becton could not claim the office on her fourth try – even with the incumbent she campaigned against the three other times out of the race. Republican contender Paul Boyd easily beat Becton in the race for the office Chris Thomas gave up to run for and win a seat on the Shelby County Commission.
Becton lost to Thomas by 604 votes four years ago and was among the four Democratic challengers who unsuccessfully challenged the results in Chancery Court. This time she lost by more than 6,500 votes.
The vote totals were:
Boyd: 82,259 (52%)
Becton: 75,702 (48%)
Republican Tom Leatherwood easily defeated Democratic challenger Coleman Thompson to remain Shelby County register. The two faced each other in 2006, with Leatherwood winning.
The results Thursday were:
Leatherwood: 96,531 (58%)
Thompson: 68,784 (42%)
As early voting began, Thompson’s Pyramid Recovery Center was evicted from its longtime South Memphis space that was also an early voting site and an election day polling place. The landlord agreed to leave the voting sites up and running. But the possibility of a change in polling places served to highlight Thompson’s financial problems.
Late publicity about financial problems took a toll on another Democratic contender.
Newcomer Corey Maclin began campaigning early for Shelby County clerk, with incumbent Republican Debbie Stamson not seeking re-election. Maclin lost to Republican nominee Wayne Mashburn, the son of late county clerk Sonny Mashburn.
The unofficial returns were:
Mashburn: 88,619 (55%)
Maclin: 72,651 (45%)
Stamson’s husband, Steve Stamson, retired as Juvenile Court clerk, setting up the race that was won by Republican nominee Joy Touliatos, the chief administrative officer of the clerk’s office. She beat Democratic nominee Shep Wilbun, who won appointment to the clerk’s office in 2000 but lost to Stamson in the 2002 election and was beaten by Stamson again in 2006.
With all precincts reporting, the numbers were:
Touliatos: 85,849 (51%)
Wilbun: 73,345 (44%)
The remaining votes went to independent candidate Julia R. Wiseman.
Also seeking a return to countywide office was Minerva Johnican. Johnican, the Democratic nominee for Criminal Court clerk, lost to Republican nominee Kevin Key, the son of outgoing Criminal Court Clerk Bill Key and an administrator with the Circuit Court Clerk’s office.
The results were:
Key: 79,755 (49%)
Johnican: 74,831 (46%)
Independent candidate Jerry Stamson: 8,581 (5%)
Johnican, also a former Memphis City Council member and Shelby County Commissioner lost the clerk’s job in 1994 when she was upset by the elder Key.
Incumbent Republican Circuit Court Clerk Jimmy Moore easily defeated Democratic challenger Ricky Dixon. Although Dixon was part of the effort by Democratic party leaders to get voters to vote the entire party slate, Moore continued to show up at Democratic functions and make his case for crossover votes.
Regina Morrison Newman, the third Shelby County tustee in four years, lost her bid for a full term in the office to Republican challenger David Lenoir. It was an impressive political debut for Lenoir, who had heavy backing from the local GOP.
The results were:
Lenoir: 77,166 (49%)
Newman: 72,618 (46%)
Independent candidate Derrick Bennett: 6,353 (4%)
Newman was appointed to the office by the Shelby County Commission following the 2009 death of Trustee Paul Mattila. Mattila was appointed to the office and won a special election for the position following the 2008 death of Bob Patterson. Patterson was re-elected to a four-year term in 2006.
In the judicial races:
Attorney Bill Anderson Jr. emerged atop a field of 20 candidates for General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Div. 7 with 15 percent of the vote. Assistant County Attorney Janet Lansky Shipman was second and the only other contender to go into double digit percentages. The 20 candidates were the largest field in any race – primary or general – on the Shelby County ballot.
Prosecutor Bobby Carter, who had the backing of District Attorney General Bill Gibbons and former District Attorney General John Pierotti, was elected judge of Criminal Court Div. 3 in a close race with attorneys Glenn Wright and Latonya Sue Burrow.
Carter got 26 percent of the vote to Wright’s 25 percent and Burrow’s 24.7 percent.
The results in the three other special judicial races saw the three appointed judges rejected by voters.
- Lee Wilson, the appointee to General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Div. 10, lost to former General Sessions Court Clerk Chris Turner by more than 64,000 votes. Turner’s victory was the strongest proof of the strong Republican turnout for races across the general election ballot. Turner had been the General Sessions Court clerk until 2006, when he was upset by Democratic challenger Otis Jackson. He is also a former Republican state legislator.
- Lorrie Ridder, the appointee to Circuit Court Judge Div. 4, lost to attorney Gina Higgins by about 5,000 votes.
- Rhynette Northcross Hurd, the appointee to Circuit Court Judge Div. 8, lost to attorney Bob Weiss by more than 12,000 votes.
Ridder and Hurd had been appointed to the Circuit Court vacancies by Gov. Phil Bredesen, who picked them each from a list of three finalists from the Judicial Nominating Commission. Bredesen even taped a robo-call on behalf of Hurd, his first robo-call for any candidate in the state.
Wilson was appointed to the General Sessions vacancy by the Shelby County Commission and adopted a domestic violence case docket for the court. ...
30. Charter Comm. Nails Down Final Details
- Monday, August 02, 2010
Metro Charter Commissioners continue closing in on the exact language of a consolidation charter with a meeting Monday.
The 4 p.m. meeting at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St., is one of only three the group has left to draft the charter that goes to voters on the Nov. 2 ballot.
31. Charter Commission Approves 25-Member Council
- Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Size matters in local government. Witness this week’s debate by Metro Charter Commissioners about the size of a metro council. The structure of the local legislative body is one of the most important elements of the proposed consolidation charter the group is drafting. The charter goes to voters on the Nov. 2 ballot.
32. Charter Commission Rolls Out Districting Maps
- Monday, July 26, 2010
The Metro Charter Commission meets Monday to make one of the most important decisions it will make in drafting a consolidation charter.
The group will consider what size a metro council should be and how the districts should be drawn.
33. Charter Commissioners Consider Metro Council
- Thursday, July 22, 2010
Metro Charter commissioners are about to have a big debate about what a metro council
or legislative body should look like.
The commission writing a proposed consolidation charter will hear Thursday from its task force on the matter. And the three-member task force will have three different views on it.
34. Lawmakers Debate New Wall St. Rules
- Tuesday, July 06, 2010
The summer reading season is now in full swing, which can mean anything from a person tearing through the latest James Patterson thriller or curling up with a selection from classic literature they’ve always meant to finish.
35. Charter Commission Continues Work on Mayoral Limits
- Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Metro charter commissioners wanted to do more than send a message last week as they set guidelines for the office of metro mayor in a consolidated local government.
Several commissioners felt they had to discourage voters from making choices based too much on simple name recognition.
A proposed limit of two consecutive four-year terms on the mayor’s office was the setting for the larger debate. The charter commission’s recommendation, which is preliminary, would allow someone to be elected and serve two terms, sit out four years and then run again.
Those are the term limits now in place for most county offices. The same limits take effect for Memphis mayor and the City Council in 2011.
Other charter commissioners cited the recent election of Walter Bailey to the Shelby County Commission this year. Bailey ran for re-election in 2006 despite term limits, but lost to J.W. Gibson. After sitting out four years, Bailey was elected to the County Commission again without opposition.
Gibson, who serves on the charter commission, is among those who say term limits should not bar someone from running again after sitting out a term.
But charter commissioner Rufus Washington said local voters are guided in too many cases solely by name recognition and endorsements made in ballots handed to them as they walk into polling places.
“They don’t know who they are voting for,” he said. “We don’t live in an ideal world. We live in a city and a community that has some of the most innovative businesses in the world. But I think our politics is about the 17th century. I said it and I’m glad I said it.”
“You have people that make statements, ‘Nobody can run this city but me’ (and) ‘God put me here.’ That’s offensive to me,” Washington said, referring to former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton. “Sometimes people don’t know what’s best for them.”
He also referred to Bailey’s re-election.
“You can’t tell me that these are the only people that have the ability to run this city. … I take issue with that. I take the same position at the national level. We need a house cleaning,” he said.
Former Collierville Mayor Linda Kerley said the problem isn’t limited to Memphis politics. She agreed the charter commission should try to interrupt the political pattern with the charter proposal.
“We need to somehow make a very strong statement,” she said. “We don’t need to put a person in a position where they can falter. … We are not looking at the integrity of the position.”
The Rev. Ralph White proposed a compromise of three consecutive terms with no option to then sit out a term and serve again if elected a fourth time.
But before any of the alternatives to two consecutive terms could be moved, the commission’s conversation veered into the requirement that candidates be 21 or older, and other qualifications.
White proposed raising the minimum age to run for mayor to 25 years old. That and another motion to leave the minimum age at 30 each failed to get enough votes, so the 21-year benchmark remained.
Commission vice chair Andre Fowlkes, who is 32, argued for a 25-year-old age minimum.
“That’s a pretty bright person. I mean, let’s really think about it. They are rallying an entire city to vote for them and give them the majority to win. … They must be doing something right,” he said.
Commissioner Chris Patterson saw problems in that argument.
“If the simple ability to get elected – to organize your friends – if that’s the test, then term limits is off the table and you can just drop to 18 (years old) by default. To me, that can’t be the reason that you do it,” he said.
Fowlkes argued a candidate younger than 30 years old for mayor would, as a matter of practical politics, have to convince older voters since voter participation is lower among younger voters.
Read more about the work of the Metro Charter Commission in the current edition of The Memphis News, which can be found at The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com. ...
36. How to Build a Government in 71 days
- Monday, May 24, 2010
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.
37. Charter Commission to Examine Metro Mayoral Powers
- Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Metro Charter Commission will take a second look at a civil service system for a proposed consolidated government Thursday.
The group drafting a proposed consolidation charter for the November ballot will also discuss what powers a metro mayor should have.
38. Charter Commission Examines Personnel System
- Tuesday, May 04, 2010
The framework of a new civil service system in a consolidated local government has the preliminary approval of the Metro Charter Commission.
But it is not likely to be the last word on the complex and politically volatile topic.
39. Annexation Reserves Raise Concerns for Metro Charter
- Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Metro Charter Commission now has a lot of work for its drafting committee, as the group’s task forces continue to report at the body’s weekly meetings.
Still to come are the recommendations about how the services will be divided into urban and general services districts, each with their own tax rates. Those recommendations will be critical to the proposed consolidation charter.
“We’re not there yet,” commission chairwoman Julie Ellis told Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner last week as Joyner looked for some indication. “These are all of great concern to all of us.”
An urban services district would be funded by a property tax rate for people who live in Memphis.
A general services district would be funded by a property tax rate for the entire county, including Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington.
Joyner is among those most concerned about where the money will come from to pay for those services.
“Two-percent of our population uses any service that is offered by the health department – 2 percent,” Joyner said as charter commissioners brought up county services used by Collierville residents. “(Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division) – but we pay handsomely for that.”
Afterward, Joyner questioned how to prevent a metro council from taxing Collierville residents beyond what they actually use.
“They can do it now, though,” argued Charter commissioner Chris Patterson, who said Collierville residents now pay for more than the services they use from county government. “It’s the same animal.”
Joyner and other suburban leaders argue they should be taxed depending on how much their residents use facilities like The Regional Medical Center at Memphis and the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department.
Consolidation proponents, however, argue The MED and the health department are countywide services that should be funded by all county taxpayers because the services are available to all county residents.
Meanwhile, the commission has tentatively approved seven recommendations from a task force on central support services.
The recommendations would establish departments within a metro government for building security, fleet management, printing and local government property maintenance.
All recommendations go to a drafting committee that will craft charter language and then take the written provisions back to the charter commission for votes on the language as well as the general idea.
Charter Commissioner Damon Griffin, who headed the support services task force, said the departments would not be full-fledged city divisions with directors appointed by the metro mayor and a tier of deputy directors. Each might have two or three employees and then outsource some work.
The task force recommendations approved by the Charter Commission also call for:
- A chief information officer, appointed by the metro mayor, to oversee all IT operations.
- A metro public information office to be part of the executive powers of the metro mayor. The office would serve as the spokesman for all parts of a consolidated local government and not just individual offices or departments.
- Consolidated purchasing services as part of the department of finance and administration.
The charter proposal is due to be completed by mid-August with a vote on the November ballot....
40. Charter Commission Tackles Tricky Political Rules
- Monday, April 12, 2010
Members of the Metro Charter Commission are getting into some of the thorniest political issues involved in writing the blueprint for a consolidated city and county government.
At least for now, term limits, runoff elections, being current on metro taxes to qualify to run for office and a referendum for any metro council pay raise are in.
Out, at this tentative stage, is the idea of a vice mayor, staggered terms for council members, a city pension for council members and partisan primaries.
All of the proposals approved last week go to a drafting committee. The committee will write charter language and then come back to the full commission with the wording. The charter group will then take a final vote on the general proposal and the charter wording.
Still to be discussed is how big the metro council would be and what the districts would look like.
The charter commission also delayed votes on proposals to:
- Fill vacancies on the metro council with a majority vote of the council unless it is a vacancy of more than two years. In that case, the vacant council seat would go on the next available election ballot.
- Making the council chairman the “mayor pro tempore” if the mayor resigns or otherwise leaves office. The mayor pro tempore would serve for up to 180 days if there is a general or municipal election scheduled during that period. If no election is scheduled, a special election for mayor would be held within 90 days of the vacancy.
The delay came after lots of debate, with more debate certain.
“Is there any other way?” Charter Commission Chairwoman Julie Ellis asked at one point. “It just hasn’t looked like a very good system. … The public has had a lot to say about this, and it’s not been kind.”
Commissioner J.W. Gibson termed it a system of “hard knocks,” pointing out that part of the Shelby County Commission’s dilemma in picking an interim mayor last year was that it required seven votes – a majority of the 13 members – which proved difficult to collect with three commissioners not voting, because they had been nominated for interim mayor.
Gibson, who is a county commissioner, was one of the contenders. He lost to fellow commissioner Joe Ford.
Charter commissioner Randolph Meade Walker proposed not allowing the mayor pro tempore to run in a special election.
“An interim who is an insider is appointed by fellow insiders,” Walker said. “I think a major drawback to this whole area has been an exclusivity in government that we have people who are the same folks that keep playing musical chairs. We need some new ideas – some new people.”
Gibson, however, said it might mean a council member who wants to be chairman as a later stepping stone to serving as mayor might have to give up being chairman.
Meanwhile, commissioner Chris Patterson expanded on Walker’s idea by adding that those appointed to fill vacant council seats could not seek the seat in the next election for that seat.
Charter commissioner and Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland headed the task force that presented the recommendations. He wasn’t surprised by the debate on the 25 items.
“There are legitimate differences of opinion,” he told The Daily News at the end of the three-hour session. “The county’s been through three mayors in the last year. The city’s been through three mayors also. … The average person has been very aware of the process.”
Ellis questioned whether the metro council should have staggered terms with half of the members elected every two years.
Eight new county commissioners were elected to that 13-member body in the 2006 elections.
Before those political precedents, most council and commission seats changed hands because an incumbent decided not to seek re-election. That was also the case in the 2006 and 2007 election cycles.
The proposed charter is due by mid-August.
Voters decide whether to accept or reject the charter in a pair of referenda on the November ballot. It must win in the referendum within the city of Memphis as well as the referendum in Shelby County outside the Memphis city limits....
41. Wiseman Bray’s Patterson a ‘Rising Star’ in Construction Law
- Thursday, January 28, 2010
Chris Patterson, an attorney at Wiseman Bray PLLC, recently was selected by the industry journal Law and Politics as a 2009 Mid-South Rising Star in the field of construction litigation. Patterson was the only Tennessee lawyer listed as a rising star in this area of the law.
42. Howard Named Prez-Elect Of Collegiate Registrars And Admissions Officers
- Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Kate Howard has been named president-elect of the Tennessee Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
43. Fire Protection Latest Issue For Charter Commission
- Monday, December 07, 2009
The Metro Charter Commission has a “project manager” to help meet its tight deadline for a consolidation charter proposal.
The concept is a new one to government undertakings. But at its Thursday meeting, the group agreed to make Lou Etta Burkins, a project manager at FedEx Express, its project manager. The move was suggested by commission Chair Julie Ellis and adopted by the group with no objections.
44. Metro Charter Commission to Choose Chair
- Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The first order of business today will be selecting a leader. It’s become a familiar note in political daily planners these days.
The Metro Charter Commission holds its first meeting today on the third floor of the Shelby County Courthouse.
45. Commission to Revisit Charter Appointments Today
- Monday, October 12, 2009
Approving mayoral appointments to boards and commissions is usually the quickest part of the Shelby County Commission’s agenda. It’s normally a routine vote.
That won’t be the case today.
The commission will meet this afternoon starting at 1:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building Downtown. A full agenda for the meeting is available at The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.
46. Metro Charter Appointments Win Recommendation
- Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Shelby County Commissioners Wednesday recommended all 10 of County Mayor A C Wharton’s appointees to a metro charter commission.
The commission, which will include five people appointed by the Memphis mayor and confirmed by the City Council, will draft a charter proposal to consolidate Memphis and Shelby County governments.
47. Wharton Turns in 10 Names for Consolidation Commission
- Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has come up with 10 appointees to a metro charter commission and has sent the names to the Shelby County Commission for approval.
The commission will consider the appointments Wednesday in committee sessions. The full commission is scheduled to vote on the names later this month.
48. Wharton Turns in 10 Names for Consolidation Commission
- Monday, October 05, 2009
Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has come up with 10 appointees to a metro charter commission and has sent the names to the Shelby County Commission for approval.
The commission will consider the appointments Wednesday in committee sessions. The full commission is scheduled to vote on the names later this month.
The nominees are:
•Millington Mayor Richard L. Hodges
•Former Collierville Mayor Linda Kerley
•County Commissioner J.W. Gibson of Memphis
•Julie Ellis, an attorney at Butler Snow PLLC
•Lou Etta Burkins, FedEx Express project engineer of unincorporated Shelby County
•Andre Fowlkes, Memphis Small Business Chamber executive director
•Billy Orgel, Tower Ventures developer, of Memphis.
•Chris Patterson, an attorney at Wiseman Bray PLLC of Germantown
•The?Rev??Randolph Meade Walker, pastor of Castalia Baptist Church
•Rufus Washington, retired U.S. Marine and president of Southeast Shelby County Coalition
The charter commission is to draft the proposed structure of a consolidated city and county government. The draft will then be taken to voters in Memphis and Shelby County outside of Memphis in a pair of referenda set for Nov. 2010.
The proposed charter must pass in each referendum to become the new structure of local government.
The consolidation charter would not have the effect of consolidating the six suburban municipalities outside Memphis into the proposed new consolidated government. But it would probably affect the delivery of services to Arlington, Bartlett, Collerville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington and from what is now Shelby County government.
The Memphis mayor has five appointments to the metro charter commission. But in approving the creation of the commission last month, the City Council also said it would not vote on appointees by the Memphis mayor until its Oct. 20 meeting. That means whoever wins the Oct. 15 election will make the appointments.
If Wharton wins the special election, he could make those five appointments as well as the 10 he’s forwarded to the County Commission. But Wharton has said he would not make all 15 appointments in that scenario....
49. Mattila’s Visitation, Memorial Service Today
- Wednesday, September 09, 2009
About five months ago, Shelby County Trustee Paul Mattila stood in his backyard in Millington and told several dozen people he would be running in the 2010 county elections.
In the barn just a few yards away were signs for the coming campaign and from past ones Mattila had worked over the years.
50. Perry Enters Probate Clerk Race
- Thursday, March 26, 2009
Add another candidate to the already forming 2010 Shelby County ballot.
Clay Perry, deputy administrator to the Shelby County Board of Commissioners, is in the race for Shelby County Probate Court clerk.
- Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The Center City Development Corp. Board of Directors will meet today at 9 a.m. in the Center City Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St.
52. County Commission To Fill Vacancy
- Monday, February 23, 2009
The Shelby County Board of Commissioners should return to its full complement of 13 members today.
The commission is scheduled to select a replacement for David Lillard, a Republican who resigned from the commission this month following his appointment in January as state treasurer. Whoever wins the appointment will serve the year and a half remaining in Lillard’s four-year term of office.
53. Cohen, Blackburn Lead Local Election Winners
- Monday, August 11, 2008
More than half and possibly as much as 75 percent of Shelby County’s nearly 626,000 voters are expected to turn out for the Nov. 4 election that will be highlighted by the John McCain-Barack Obama battle for the White House.
54. Cohen Crushes Tinker - Jackson Upsets Turner - Charter Changes Pass-Fail
- Friday, August 08, 2008
Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen was the big winner in Thursday’s primary elections. Cohen, with 80 percent of the vote, crushed challenger Nikki Tinker in the hard fought 9th District Democratic primary.
The upset of the evening was the general election contest for General Sessions Court Clerk where Democratic challenger Otis Jackson beat Republican incumbent Chris Turner.
And only one of two sets of Shelby County charter amendments on the ballot were approved by voters.
Voter turnout was just under 16 percent in Shelby County. Voter turnout was clearly driven by the 9th District Democratic primary. More people voted in that primary which covers most but not all of Shelby County than voted countywide in the state Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. Turnout in the Democratic primaries was twice that of the Republican primaries in Shelby County.
All results are unofficial pending audit and certification by the Shelby County Election Commission and Tennessee election officials
9th Congressional District
Steve Cohen 50,284 79%
Nikki Tinker 11,814 19%
Joe Towns Jr. 914 1%
Not even close. Cohen won the primary for the open all Shelby County seat two years ago by 4,400 votes over Tinker and 13 other candidates. This time around he was the incumbent and Tinker’s challenge was more strident with a pair of controversial attack ads in the gap between the end of early voting and election day. Both were probably factors in the vote totals along with a smaller field of five candidates.
Cohen faces independent candidate Jake Ford in the Nov. 4 general election.
7th Congressional District
248 of 265 precincts reporting
Marsha Blackburn 29,158 65%
Tom Leatherwood 15,636 35%
These are the results district wide which includes not only the eastern part of Shelby County but a strip of Middle Tennessee up to the Kentucky state line. In Shelby County’s part of the 7th district, Leatherwood beat Blackburn with 62 percent of the vote. But it was 62 percent of just over 19,000 votes. Outside Shelby County it was always going to be difficult for Leatherwood.. The low voter turnout in Collierville and other eastern parts of the county made Leatherwood’s task impossible.
Blackburn faces Democrat Randy G. Morris on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Shelby County Charter Amendment #360
Yes 49,506 49.73%
No 50,043 50,27%
Closest contest of the night in Shelby County with a 537 vote margin and the highest turnout with 99,549 votes total.
This set of charter changes was to fix a legal problem noted in a recent Tennessee Supreme Court ruling. Another part of the package deal was increasing term limits for the county mayor and the county commission from two consecutive four year terms approved by voters in 1994 to three consecutive four year terms. The County Commission meets Monday to ponder whether it should offer another charter amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot that would fix the legal problem.
Shelby County Charter Amendment #361
Yes 65,548 68%
No 30,188 32%
This set of charter amendment includes provisions for recalling elected officials. It also establishes a new method for filling a vacancy in the office of County Mayor.
General Sessions Court Clerk
Otis Jackson 51,438 52%
Chris Turner 43,971 45%
The upset of the evening. Turner, the Republican nominee and the incumbent was seeking a fourth term. Jackson, the Democratic nominee, was making his fourth bid for county-wide office after coming close in a 2006 bid for County Clerk.
Paul Mattila 54,734 57%
Ray Butler 29,977 31%
Mattila beats Butler in a race featuring an energetic and misleading campaign by M. LaTroy Williams in which Williams billed himself as the “real Democrat.” He was, in fact, an independent candidate garnering 8 percent of the vote. Mattila fills the remaining two years left in the term of office of the late Bob Patterson, a Republican. Mattila, a Democrat, worked with Patterson. Butler, the Republican, was also a friend of Patterson’s and the race amounted to who would best continue to operate the office as Patterson did.
Criminal Court Judge Div. 6
John Fowlkes 44,581 52%
Latonya Burrow 21,874 26%
Michael G. Floyd 12,071 14%
Claiborne H. Ferguson 6,240 7%
Fowlkes serves out the remaining six years left of the eight year term of office of Fred Axley who resigned from the bench shortly after winning re-election in 2006. Burrow finished a close second to Axley two years ago and again ran an energetic campaign this time around. But Fowlkes status in the legal community and his appointment to the bench by Gov. Phil Bredesen proved to be the advantage.
Assessor of Property
Cheyenne Johnson 59,637 60%
Bill Giannini 39,057 40%
Johnson, the Democratic nominee, easily beat Giannini, who is also doubling as local GOP chairman. Local Democrats keep the county-wide position in their column as voters go for the candidate endorsed by outgoing Democratic incumbent Rita Clark.
2,192 of 2,290 precincts reporting
Bob Tuke 54,613 32%
Gary G. Davis 37,193 22%
Mike Padgett 32,190 19%
Mark Clayton 30,359 18%
Kenneth Eaton 13,718 8%
Leonard Ladner 4,431 3%
These are the statewide results. Tuke got 42 percent of the Shelby County vote with Clayton finishing second. Tuke, the former state Democratic Party chairman, faces Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander, one of the most successful politicians in the history of the state, in the Nov. 4 general election.
Judicial Retention Races
All seven state appellate court judges, including two Tennessee Supreme Court justices, won their yes/no contests on the ballot across the state. That includes Tennessee Criminal Appeals Court Judge Camille McMullen of Millington who was just appointed to the bench in June by Gov. Phil Bredesen.
The Associated Press contributed to this story....
55. Filing Deadline For Elections Is Thursday
- Tuesday, April 01, 2008
A healthy voter turnout doesn't necessarily mean every race on the ballot gets the benefit. Politicos call it "ballot falloff." It means races such as those for president or mayor get voters to the polls. But those same voters might decide not to vote in the other races.
- Friday, May 18, 2007
The Memphis Regional Chamber holds its Leadership Luncheon today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. It is a members-only event and costs $25. RSVP to Tunga Lee at 543-3571.
57. Mud Island Project Enters New Phase
- Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Lenox Homes LLC, Bronze Builders and Chris Christian Homes LLC hit pay dirt when they set their sights 10 years ago on a picturesque stretch of land along the Mississippi River now known as Island Point.
58. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Le Bonheur Hires Two New Surgeons
Taylor Elected to TTLA Board of Governors
Chris Taylor was elected to the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors. Taylor, a shareholder in Hill Borens Memphis office, also will serve as a TTLA ...
59. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, April 07, 2003
Calendar of events April 7-13
Calendar of events April 7-April 13
Trinity United Methodist Church, 1738 Galloway Ave., hosts a support group for the families of military service personnel from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Morgan Keegan and W...
60. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, March 31, 2003
Calendar of events March 31-April 6
Calendar of events March 31-April 6
Trinity United Methodist Church, 1738 Galloway Ave., offers a support group for the families of military service personnel from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 2
61. Archived Article: Comm Focus
- Friday, April 26, 2002
By JENNIFER MURLEY Festival showcases South Main arts district By JENNIFER MURLEY The Daily News The banners were hung on the buildings with care, in hopes that the people soon would be there. OK, so its not the original verse. But, it is the South ...
62. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, August 06, 2001
Calendar of events: June 5 11 Calendar of events: Aug. 6-Aug. 12 Aug. 6 The "Gods of Ancient Memphis" will be on exhibit at the Art Museum of Memphis through Oct. 4. The exhibit presents a multifaceted image of the sacred world and everyda...
63. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, February 21, 2001
Jon Woods joined Chris Woods Construction Co Jon Woods joined Chris Woods Construction Co. Inc. as an assistant project manager/estimator. He earned a bachelors degree from Auburn University. Four community members were elected to the board of trust...
64. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, August 07, 1996
Ducks Unlimited has announced two recent appointments: John L. Haug as been appointed account representative for E. H. Clarke & Bro. Inc. Haug previously was director of advertising sales for Little Publications Inc. Ducks Unlimited has announce...
65. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, July 03, 1996
Boatmens Bank of Tennessee recently announced the election or promotion of several officers: Boatmens Bank of Tennessee recently announced the election or promotion of several officers: Robert was elected vice president and manager of the Raleigh br...
66. Archived Article: Govt Briefs
- Friday, June 07, 1996
The Shelby County Republican Party will sponsor a barbecue dinner June 22 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the home of Margo Dixon, 235 Meadowgrove Lane, to raise funds for the Aug. 1 general election. The Shelby County Republican Party will sponsor a ba...