Editorial Results (free)
1. Brooks Plea Coda to Political Whirlwind
- Friday, February 27, 2015
It could have gone either way for Henri Brooks at just about this time a year ago. The Shelby County Commissioner had plans to continue a nearly 20-year political arc beyond a political track record that included seven terms in the state House and the two-term limit on the Shelby County Commission.
2. Justin Ford: ‘We’re On The Cusp Of Change’
- Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Shelby County commission chairman Justin Ford is running for Memphis Mayor in 2015.
Ford announced his intention to challenge Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. Monday, Feb. 9, joining former county commissioner James Harvey, city council member Jim Strickland, and former University of Memphis basketball player Detric Golden in the growing field.
3. County Commission Approves 3 Design Contracts
- Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Shelby County commissioner approved Monday, Nov. 18, a trio of design contracts totaling $850,851.
The contracts include design of a pedestrian bridge on Benjestown Road across the Looshatchie review as well as design of a widening of Macon Road and a widening of Houston Levee Road.
4. Shelby County Commissioners Agree to Drop Lawsuit
- Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Voices were raised and gavels were used to rule people and motions out of order. Motives were questioned and potential conflicts of interest were cited.
But Shelby County commissioners appeared Monday, Nov. 17, to have a compromise in place that will lead to the lawsuit filed by seven commissioners against chairman Justin Ford being dropped as early as Tuesday, Nov. 18.
5. Commission Compromise Promises to End Rules Lawsuit
- Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Shelby County commissioners appeared Monday, Nov. 17, to have a compromise in place that will lead to the lawsuit filed by seven commissioners against chairman Justin Ford being dropped as early as Tuesday.
6. Dyer Appointed to Shelby County Attorney Post
- Friday, November 07, 2014
The lead Memphis attorney for the Tennessee Attorney General’s office is the new Shelby County Attorney effective Dec. 1.
Ross Dyer’s appointment was announced Thursday, Nov. 6, by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, subject to confirmation by the Shelby County Commission.
7. 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.
8. Ford Chairmanship Continues Commission Tumult
- Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The Democratic Shelby County commissioner considered a swing vote on controversial items during his first term on the commission won the chairmanship of the body Monday, Sept. 8, for the next year in a decidedly non-party line vote – at least in terms of those in his own party voting for him.
9. Commission Reopens Anti-Discrimination Debate
- Monday, August 18, 2014
Six of the 13 Shelby County Commissioners attend their last meeting Monday, Aug. 18.
The finale of the four-year term of office will feature renewed discussion about a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance and attempts to make the residency requirement for county commissioners more specific.
10. Brooks Challenge Grows Toward End of Term
- Monday, July 14, 2014
The last six weeks of the current terms of office of the 13 Shelby County commissioners will be marked by a series of political challenges involving Commissioner Henri Brooks.
Meanwhile, Shelby County Attorney Marcy Ingram has resolved a residency challenge of Commissioner Justin Ford, concluding Ford’s “primary residence is probably” at Fairways Apartments, a South Memphis apartment complex in his district, even though Ford claimed in the investigation that he lived there for more than two years without utilities.
11. Brooks Residency Issue Grows More Political
- Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners seemed to settle one question Monday, July 7, about the residency challenge of Commissioner Henri Brooks.
They voted to make a determination of their own on whether she violated the residency clause of the county charter by moving out of the Midtown house she listed as her home address for years and continuing to use the address.
12. Commission To Hold Brooks Hearing, Sets Standardized Property Tax Rate
- Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners agreed Monday, to make their own determination about the residency of commissioner Henri Brooks probably toward the end of July in a proceeding that one commissioner described as a “question and answer session.”
13. Armstrong Rules Commission Can Weigh Brooks' Residency
- Thursday, July 03, 2014
Chancellor Kenny Armstrong ruled Thursday, July 3, that the Shelby County Commission can take up the question Monday, July 7, of whether Commissioner Henri Brooks lives in the district she represents.
14. Brooks Residency Case Resumes in Court
- Thursday, July 03, 2014
When Chancellor Kenny Armstrong takes the bench Thursday, July 3, to resume his hearing on the effort to unseat Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks, he will likely have the same basic question he had when the hearing recessed Tuesday in his courtroom.
15. Armstrong Questions Finding in Brooks Residency Case
- Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Chancellor Kenny Armstrong wants to know who made a specific finding that county commissioner Henri Brooks doesn’t live in the district she represents.
16. Residency Dispute Bigger Than Brooks Decision
- Monday, June 30, 2014
What surfaced rapidly in June as a Shelby County Commissioner with a residency problem added to other political problems is a complex legal question – and not just for Commissioner Henri Brooks.
17. Brooks' Attorneys Claim Different Address
- Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks still lives in her district but at a different address than the one she listed on numerous records, including her recent arrest report, according to her attorneys.
18. Brooks Ouster Recommended On Residency
- Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Henri Brooks is no longer a Shelby County Commissioner, according to the Shelby County Attorney's office.
A report from Shelby County Attorney Marcy Ingram released Tuesday, June 24, concludes that Brooks does not live in commission district 2, the district she has represented for the last eight years, and therefore cannot hold the office under terms of state law and the Shelby County government charter.
19. Brooks: Assault Charge Being Used by ‘Detractors’
- Thursday, June 19, 2014
The same day that she announced she was quitting her job at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks’ mug shot on an assault charge wound up on the top row of the front page of “Just Busted.”
20. County Commission to Discuss Brooks’ Residency
- Wednesday, June 18, 2014
A challenge of Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks’ residency is serious enough that her fellow commissioners are prepared to discuss it at a special meeting next week.
The Shelby County Attorney’s office is investigating whether Brooks lives in the district she has represented for the last eight years.
21. Brooks Residency Questioned
- Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The Shelby County Attorney’s office is investigating whether Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks lives in the district she has represented for the last eight years.
And the report to come at a special commission meeting, tentatively set for June 26, could determine whether the commission moves to oust her from the seat and appoint a replacement for the remaining two and a half months of her current term of office.
22. 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.
23. Budget Specifics Come In for County Commission
- Monday, April 28, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners are in that time of the year when crowded agendas yield to hearings and votes on a budget for the coming fiscal year.
So when the commission meets Monday, April 28, the agenda will be relatively light as commissioners begin to take in some of the details of the financial decisions they will make later.
24. Luttrell Names Ingram Interim County Attorney
- Saturday, December 28, 2013
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has appointed Marcy Ingram as interim Shelby County Attorney effective Jan. 1.
25. Luttrell Names Ingram Interim County Attorney
- Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has appointed Marcy Ingram as interim Shelby County attorney effective Jan. 1.
26. Luttrell’s Staff Filled With Familiar Faces
- Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Shelby County Mayor-elect Mark Luttrell is taking some of his team from the sheriff’s department with him when he switches offices Sept. 1
27. Luttrell Assembles Team
- Tuesday, August 24, 2010
As interim Shelby County mayor Joe Ford attended his last County Commission meeting, county mayor elect Mark Luttrell began naming the team he will go into office with on Sept. 1.
28. U of M’s Palazolo Receives Engineering Education Award
- Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Dr. Paul Palazolo, assistant dean and assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis’ Herff College of Engineering, has received the Peter G. Hoadley Award for Outstanding Engineering Educator from the Tennessee section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.