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.
22. Shelby County Budget Shuffle Endures - Friday, July 01, 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.23. Long-Term Issues Push County Budget To Deadline - Wednesday, June 29, 2016
It’s not the basics that are keeping Shelby County Commissioners from a majority vote on school funding in the new operating budget.
It is the broader questions and budget assumptions some commissioners want to change in the process.24. Two of 'Three Gs' Surface Again in SCS-Germantown Talks - Wednesday, June 22, 2016
When Germantown and Shelby County Schools leaders got together in May to talk about a new annual lease for the use of ballfields in Germantown by SCS schools within Germantown, the talks returned to a familiar topic – the three Gs.25. County Commission Delays Budget Votes, Germantown School Talks Surface - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Shelby County Commissioners delayed final votes on all of the budget matters before them Monday, June 20, until a special meeting next week.
And a proposed sale of two Germantown schools surfaced in the middle of another marathon budget session for commissioners.26. Schools Funding Again Center Stage For County Commission - Monday, June 20, 2016
Shelby County commissioners could wrap up most of the formalities Monday of their budget season.
But it will probably take a while.
The biggest issue of the season – school funding – appeared to be resolved with a compromise last week in committee sessions.27. County Schools Funding Compromise to Be Tested - Friday, June 17, 2016
Fragile is probably the best way to describe the compromise that emerged this week from county commissioners to fully fund the Shelby County Schools budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The plan that closes a $27.4 million gap between what the school system wants and what Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell proposed in April had eight votes on the 13-member commission in Wednesday, June 15, committee sessions.28. Commission, Shelby County Schools Leaders Talk Funding - Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Shelby County Commissioners set the stage for a Wednesday, May 25, budget committee session on school funding by holding up $2.8 million in redirected Shelby County Schools funding at its Monday meeting.29. Weirich Gets Body-Cam Help Until July - Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, May 9, three temporary positions for the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office toward the rollout of Memphis Police Department body cameras.30. County Commission Debates Body Cam Compromise, Minority Business Contracts - Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, May 9, three temporary positions for the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office toward the roll out of Memphis Police Department body cameras.31. County Commission Debates Body Cam Compromise, Minority Business Contracts - Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, May 9, three temporary positions for the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office toward the roll out of Memphis Police Department body cameras.32. Commission Debates Full Bill for Police Body Cameras - Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Most Shelby County commissioners expressing an opinion say they favor body cameras for Memphis Police.
But the opinions begin to differ significantly when comes to who pays for the back-office system to handle the recordings and how much the whole bill will be.33. Hopson Reviewing School Closing Options - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson hadn’t planned on proposing any closures for the 2016-2017 academic year after several consecutive years of closing underutilized and underachieving schools.34. Shelby County Commission Releases Disparity Study - Wednesday, April 06, 2016
In a unanimous vote, Shelby County commissioners waived their legal privilege Wednesday, April 6, and approved the public release of a disparity study that is expected to show minority businesses get a low percentage of county government contracts.35. Commission to Vote on Disparity Study Release - Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Shelby County Commissioners meet in special session Wednesday, April 6, at 9:30 a.m. to vote to make public the disparity study the commission received March 23.
The study examines the amount of county government contracts that go to minority-owned businesses.36. Billingsley Calls for Release Of County Disparity Study - Saturday, April 02, 2016
Shelby County Commissioner Mark Billingsley says county government leaders should release to the public a disparity study the commission reviewed privately Monday, March 28.
The study by Mason Tillman Associates is an overview of contracts and specifically how much of the county’s business is with minority-owned businesses.37. Billingsley Calls for Release of County Disparity Study - Friday, April 01, 2016
Shelby County Commissioner Mark Billingsley says county government leaders should release to the public a disparity study the commission reviewed privately Monday, March 28.38. Commission Takes Second Vote on Term Limits Referendum - Monday, March 28, 2016
Shelby County Commissioners take up the second of three readings Monday, March 28, of an ordinance that would ask voters to do away with term limits for the commission, the office of Shelby County Mayor and five other countywide elected positions.39. County Commission Questions City Figures on Deannexation - Friday, March 18, 2016
Some Shelby County Commissioners are skeptical about City Hall’s estimate of how much city government would lose in revenue if a deannexation bill in the Tennessee Legislature becomes law.
The commission’s discussion at Wednesday, March 16, committee sessions came as Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was in Nashville to lobby against the bill in the state Senate.40. Luttrell Exit for Congress Likely Would Not Lead to County Special Election - Wednesday, March 09, 2016
There probably won’t be a special election for Shelby County mayor if current mayor Mark Luttrell gets elected to Congress later this year.41. Commission Votes Down Term Limits Referendum On First Reading - Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Shelby County Commissioners voted down a referendum ordinance Monday, March 7, to eliminate term limits in county government.
But the ordinance moves on to second and third readings despite the vote on first reading under the commission’s rules of procedure.42. County Commission Forms OPEB Committee - Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Shelby County Commissioners have created an ad hoc committee to talk over the health insurance benefits liability of the former Memphis City Schools system and who is responsible for it.
Commission chairman Terry Roland announced Monday, Jan. 25, he had formed the committee, which includes leaders of the Shelby County Schools system and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration.43. County Commission Ends Year With Nonprofit Grants - Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Shelby County Commissioners met for the last time in 2015 Monday, Dec. 7, in an hour-long session void of any arguments about money or attorneys. They focused on a set of grants for local nonprofits instead.44. Juvenile Court Reforms Changing System Slowly, Leaders Say - Monday, November 30, 2015
Two years into reforms of the local juvenile justice system, three leaders in those reforms say there has to be more contact with teenagers before and after they go through Juvenile Court.
And those leaders warn against a reliance on programs once a child is in custody as a total solution to juvenile crime.45. Commissioners Override Veto Of Legal Counsel Resolution - Saturday, November 21, 2015
With a vote to spare Wednesday, Nov. 18, Shelby County commissioners overrode county Mayor Mark Luttrell’s veto of their resolution to hire their own legal counsel.46. Commissioners Override Veto Of Legal Counsel Resolution - Thursday, November 19, 2015
With a vote to spare Wednesday, Nov. 18, Shelby County commissioners overrode county Mayor Mark Luttrell’s veto of their resolution to hire their own legal counsel.47. County Commission Overrides Veto of Legal Counsel Resolution - Wednesday, November 18, 2015
With a vote to spare Wednesday, Nov. 18, Shelby County commissioners overrode county Mayor Mark Luttrell’s veto of their resolution to hire their own legal counsel.48. Commission Cancels Veto Override Meeting - Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Shelby County Commissioners were set to meet in special session Thursday, Nov. 12, before calling off those plans less than 24 hours later.
The session was to consider overriding Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s veto of their plan to hire their own attorney.49. Shelby County Commission Continues Quest for Legal Autonomy - Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Shelby County commissioners have hired an attorney in their continued exploration of retaining their own permanent legal counsel independent of the county attorney’s office.
The body appointed former county commissioner Julian Bolton as special counsel in the matter Monday, Oct. 12. The commission has indicated Bolton is the attorney they’d like to hire on a permanent basis.50. Shelby County Commission Agrees to Budget Summit - Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Shelby County commissioners will meet with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in October to hold a budget summit.51. County Commission to Discuss Fire Coverage - Monday, September 28, 2015
Shelby County Commissioners answer the bell again Monday, Sept. 28, on plans to close a fire station that was resurrected in 2012 after being mothballed in the late 1980s.
Fire Station 60, at 5380 Egypt-Central Road, would be closed as part of a shift in fire services serving unincorporated Shelby County prompted by Millington’s withdrawal from an agreement to man the station for the county.52. Luttrell Pushes Budget Summit for New Commission Chair - Monday, September 14, 2015
When Shelby County Commissioners meet Monday, Sept. 14, the group will have a new chairman – but not a permanent one – and will try to set a date for a budget summit.
Chairman pro tempore Van Turner will be the acting head as the 13-member body tries to do what it couldn’t at its Aug. 10 meeting: elect a leader for the next year. Outgoing chairman Justin Ford’s one-year term ended Sept. 1.53. Shelby County Budget Summit Call Begins With Different Priorities - Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Shelby County government’s financial needs have changed in the nearly two months since the new fiscal year began.
And Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell called Monday, Aug. 24, for a “budget summit” with county commissioners and county trustee David Lenoir to explore the new budget realities.54. Luttrell Calls For County Budget Summit In Economic Growth Climate - Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell called Monday, Aug. 24, for a “budget summit” with county commissioners and county Trustee David Lenoir to look at new budget realities.55. Tax Revenue Reopens Budget Wounds - Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The largest portion of $22 million in extra tax revenue collected by Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will go to local public education, county commissioners said Monday, July 27.56. Commission Rejects Cordova Pay Day Loan Business, Spars Over Tax Collections - Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, July 27, renaming the Shelby County Courthouse at 140 Adams Ave. in honor of the late Circuit Court Judge and civil rights activist D’Army Bailey.57. Shelby County Commission Approves Stable Tax Rate - Saturday, July 11, 2015
Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable $4.37 county property tax rate Monday, July 6, on third and final reading and wrapped up other loose ends from its budget season.
That included passage of $1.3 million in grant spending to be divided equally among the 13 commissioners at $100,000 each.58. Commission Approves Tax Rate, But Longer-Range Budget Issues Linger - Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable $4.37 county property tax rate Monday, July 6, on third and final reading and wrapped up other loose ends from its budget season. That included passage of $1.3 million in grant spending to be divided equally among the 13 commissioners at $100,000 each.59. County Commission Takes Long Way to Budget Approval - Tuesday, June 23, 2015
In the space of five hours Monday, June 22, Shelby County Commissioners voted down an operating budget, a capital budget and an attempt at a continuation budget to keep spending at the same levels past July 1 and into the new fiscal year.60. Commission Budget Consensus Includes Tax Rollback - Friday, May 22, 2015
There is still some “cognitive dissonance” left in the county’s budget season, county commissioner Heidi Shafer said near the end of the marathon Wednesday, May 20, budget committee session she oversaw.61. Aramark Corrections Center Food Contract Approved - Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Aramark Correctional Services Inc. will take over food service at the Shelby County Corrections Center, four years after the private company did the same at the Shelby County Jail and Jail East.62. Haslam: "No Regrets" on Insure Tennessee, Problems Still Exist - Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam opened his State of the State address Monday, Feb. 9, where the special legislative session on Insure Tennessee ended last week – the defeat in committee of his Medicaid expansion proposal.63. Haslam: "No Regrets" on Insure Tennessee, Problems Still Exist - Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam opened his State of the State address Monday, Feb. 9, where the special legislative session on Insure Tennessee ended last week – the defeat in committee of his Medicaid expansion proposal.64. Wharton Administration No Show At Fairgrounds Forum - Friday, January 30, 2015
No one from the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. showed up Wednesday, Jan. 28, for a public forum on Wharton’s still-developing plan for the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.65. County Commissioners to Discuss Medicaid Expansion - Wednesday, January 07, 2015
In their first committee sessions of 2015, Shelby County Commissioners will discuss Wednesday, Jan. 7, the impact the proposed Insure Tennessee program will have on Regional One Health, Memphis’ public hospital.66. County Sees New Faces, New Directions - Thursday, January 01, 2015
There was a lot of moving around in Shelby County government in 2014, much of it the literal kind as the Vasco Smith County Administration Building was remodeled.
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell got new offices in the renovation and the Shelby County Commission chambers got an upgrade as well with the commission offices and committee room moving from the fourth floor to the sixth floor.67. Commission Sets Votes on Health Insurance - Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners may not hear a whole lot new in the way of answers between now and a Thursday special meeting to settle the politically volatile issue of changes to health insurance coverage for county government employees.68. Commission Moves Health Insurance Vote to Thursday - Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners moved a critical vote on changing health insurance benefits for county employees to a special Thursday, Oct. 30, meeting in a Monday session dominated by the proposed changes.69. 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. 70. County Commission Puts Hold on Ford Committee Assignments - Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The question of who will lead the Shelby County Commission isn’t completely settled, it turns out.
Two weeks ago, Democratic commissioner Justin Ford was elected the new chairman of the 13-member body with his own vote and the votes of all six of the partisan body’s Republican commissioners. The remaining six Democrats backed fellow Democrat Walter Bailey in the chairmanship fight.71. County Commission Starts School Bond Process - Monday, September 22, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Sept. 22, on a resolution that is the first step in issuing $120 million in general obligation bonds over the next two years to finance “public works projects, including schools,” according to the resolution.72. City Leaders Face Mixed Reaction to Poplar Plaza Attack - Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Memphis police had arrested and charged 11 juveniles by the end of the day Monday, Sept. 8, in the mob attack Saturday at the Poplar Plaza shopping center.
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said several parents had followed the advice he and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. gave Sunday and turned in their children after learning they may have been involved in the attack that injured two other teenagers working at the Kroger supermarket at Poplar Plaza.73. County Commission Begins New Term - Monday, September 08, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners elect a new chairman Monday, Sept. 8, for the next year at the first voting meeting of their four-year term of office.
And their agenda includes votes on appointments by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell to his second-term team of division directors and administrators.74. 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.75. Election Commission Certifies August Vote - Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The Shelby County Election Commission certified the August election results Monday, Aug. 25, at the beginning of a week that includes an early oath of office for those elected to county offices on the ballot.76. County Commissioners Bid Final Farewells - Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Shelby County Commission Chairman James Harvey began the group’s Monday, Aug. 18, meeting on a hopeful note.77. Harvey Offers Advice to New County Commissioners - Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Who swears in the judges who will be swearing in other county leaders later this month when they all begin their terms of office?
That was one of the questions new Shelby County Commissioners had for outgoing commission Chairman James Harvey the day after the election last week.78. Commission Approves $4.37 Property Tax Rate - Saturday, July 12, 2014
The Shelby County Commission approved a $4.37 Shelby County property tax rate Monday, July 7, for the fiscal year that began July 1. The rate is 1 cent lower than the $4.38 rate the commission approved a year ago this month for the just-ended fiscal year.79. Commission Approves $4.37 Property Tax Rate - Wednesday, July 09, 2014
The Shelby County Commission approved a $4.37 Shelby County property tax rate Monday, July 7, for the fiscal year that began July 1. The rate is 1 cent lower than the $4.38 rate the commission approved a year ago this month for the just-ended fiscal year.80. 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.”81. Commission Takes Final Votes on Tax Rates - Friday, July 04, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners close out their budget season Monday, July 7, by making a decision on two competing county property tax rate proposals – both lower than the current $4.38 rate.
The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.82. 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.83. Bailey Continues Call for Shelby Farms Development - Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Walter Bailey is the only serving Shelby County Commissioner who was part of the 1970s debate on the commission about what to do with the farmland that was the old Shelby County Penal Farm.84. Commission Votes on Schools Funding - Monday, May 12, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, May 12, on $47.3 million in immediate capital funding for Shelby County Schools in a decision that pits a majority on the commission against County Mayor Mark Luttrell.85. Malone to Challenge Luttrell In August Mayoral Showdown - Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone will challenge incumbent Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in the August county general election after winning the Tuesday, May 6, Democratic mayoral primary.86. Malone Takes Early Vote In Mayoral Primary - Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone took the early vote in the three-way Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor.
The first results of the Tuesday, May 6, election night showed Malone leading rivals county commissioner Steve Mulroy and former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr.87. Schools Leaders Outline Budget Goals - Friday, April 11, 2014
The Shelby County Commission and Shelby County Schools leaders eased into what is likely to be the most difficult discussion of county government’s budget season – funding the county’s school district in the first academic year of the demerger.88. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline - Thursday, April 03, 2014
Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.89. County Commission Approves Crosstown Funding - Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, March 10, $5 million in county funding for public infrastructure on the $180 million Crosstown redevelopment project.
The 11-1 vote came after it appeared twice that commissioners, including those supporting the funding, were ready to delay the decision for two weeks.90. May Primary Ballot Almost Complete - Monday, March 03, 2014
The ballot for the May Shelby County primary elections isn’t quite set, although the Shelby County Election Commission has certified 81 candidates.
Still awaiting a decision at a special meeting Wednesday, March 5, are three would-be candidates whose residency is being formally challenged.91. School Board Restructuring Plan on Way to Mays - Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Two months after all sides in the federal court case over the reformation of public education in Shelby County settled their remaining differences over the formation of suburban school districts, the judge in the case is about to review a new part of the three-year-old lawsuit.92. Commission Approves Nine-District School Board - Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Feb. 24, a restructuring of the Shelby County Schools board to nine districts that take in all of Memphis and all of the unincorporated areas of the county but not the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County.93. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August - Friday, February 21, 2014
One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.94. Democratic Commission Majority Could Be Safe in Elections - Friday, February 14, 2014
With a week to the filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 Shelby County primary elections, it looks as if Democrats will retain their seven-member majority on the Shelby County Commission.
The commission switches to a set of 13 single-member districts with the 2014 elections instead of the current structure of one single-member district and four districts each represented by three commissioners.95. Fittes Opens Commission Campaign - Thursday, January 23, 2014
Retired Memphis Police Major Ron Fittes opened his campaign for Shelby County Commission Tuesday, Jan. 21, by telling a group of more than 80 supporters in Germantown that the commission will be his full-time job if elected.96. Bailey Pulls Petition For Circuit Court Return - Saturday, January 18, 2014
Retired Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey has pulled a qualifying petition to run for Circuit Court Division 1 judge in the Aug. 7 elections.
Bailey retired in September 2009 as Division 8 judge.97. Bailey Pulls Petition for Circuit Court Return - Thursday, January 16, 2014
Retired Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey has pulled a qualifying petition to run for Circuit Court Division 1 judge in the Aug. 7 elections.
Bailey retired in September 2009 as Division 8 judge.98. Newest County Commissioner Takes Seat - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The newest Shelby County Commissioner is not a newcomer to politics.
But there will be something of a learning curve for former Germantown Alderman Mark Billingsley because of the uniqueness of each local legislative body from boards of aldermen to councils to school boards. The uniqueness isn’t in the structures of those bodies as much as it is in the personalities that come together on them.99. Billingsley Is Newest County Commissioner As "Tax Dead" Program Advances - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Former Germantown alderman Mark Billingsley is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.
On the second ballot Monday, Jan. 13, commissioners appointed Billingsley to fill the vacancy created by the resignation this month of Wyatt Bunker, who became mayor of Lakeland last year.100. County Commission Expected to Fill Vacancy - Monday, January 13, 2014
The Shelby County Commission starts with a dozen members at the first meeting of 2014. But it should be back up to the full 13 members by the end of the Monday, Jan. 13, session.
The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.