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1. County Commission Votes on Big Pay Raises -

The pay of 19 Shelby County government elected officials would go up in September 2018 for those elected in the August 2018 county general elections under proposals the county commission considers Monday, Oct. 16, on the first of three readings.

2. Harris To Run For County Mayor, Leave State Senate -

State Sen. Lee Harris is running for Shelby County mayor starting with the May Democratic primary and will not seek re-election to the Senate.

3. Harris In Race For County Mayor, Exiting State Senate -

State Senator Lee Harris is running for Shelby County Mayor starting with the May Democratic primary and he will not seek re-election to the Senate.

4. Harris In Race For County Mayor, Exiting State Senate -

State Senator Lee Harris is running for Shelby County Mayor starting with the May Democratic primary and he will not seek re-election to the Senate.

5. Lenoir Starts Bid for County Mayor with Mix of Optimism and Challenge -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir’s campaign for Shelby County mayor will talk about the economic resurgence in Memphis and Shelby County as a challenge to address longstanding problems.

And as Lenoir formally launched the long-anticipated bid Thursday, Sept. 28, in East Memphis, he touted his business experience and background as well as his two terms as county trustee.

6. Ford Opens Commission Bid as Lenoir Prepares To Launch Mayoral Bid -

Campaign season for local, state and federal offices on the 2018 ballot has started.

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Jr. kicked off his bid for the Shelby County Commission at the offices of an East Memphis law firm. Meanwhile, Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir rallied supporters in advance of formally kicking off his bid for Shelby County Mayor at a Thursday, Sept. 28, announcement.

7. Last Word: Political Tide Comes In, First Tn and Pinnacle Settle and The No Compete -

In East Memphis Thursday afternoon, Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will formally announce what has been evident for some time – he is running for Shelby County Mayor in 2018 starting with the May Republican primary. The primary field includes Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland and Juvenile Court Clerk Joy Touliatos. Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism is the only declared Democratic mayoral contender as we speak. Look for that to change.

8. Ford Opens Commission Bid as Lenoir Prepares Formal Start of Mayoral Bid -

Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Jr. kicked off his bid Wednesday, Sept. 27, for the Shelby County Commission on the 2018 ballot at the offices of an East Memphis law firm as Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir rallied supporters in advance of formally kicking off his bid for Shelby County Mayor at a Thursday announcement.

9. County Delays Convention Center Funds -

Shelby County commissioners again delayed passage Monday, Sept. 25, of a resolution that would allow the city of Memphis to use surplus hotel-motel tax revenue for Memphis Cook Convention Center renovations.

10. Commission Again Delays Convention Center Hotel-Motel Tax Flow To City -

Shelby County Commissioners again delayed passage Monday, Sept. 25, of a resolution that allows the city of Memphis to use surplus hotel-motel tax revenue to go toward Memphis Cook Convention Center renovations.

11. Council Delays One Downtown Advance, Approves Another -

Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Sept. 19, delayed for two weeks a vote on a $10 million advance to start renovation design work on the Memphis Cook Convention Center, seeking more specific information. City chief operating officer Doug McGowen said he would provide the council with a timeline and specific work to be done.

12. Last Word: The Brooks Question, Boyd's Answer and Tigers In the Polls -

Art as a real estate consideration. One of the more unusual of many considerations as the Brooks search for a new site – a possible new site, I should add, becomes the city’s favorite topic. So from the CRE vantage point – here are two more possible sites to think about if you haven’t already – Cossitt Library and the Fairgrounds, as well as right where it has been for the last century.

13. Boyd Drops Beale Contract, But Says It Wasn't A Conflict of Interest -

Memphis City Council chairman Berlin Boyd ended his company’s fundraising contract with the Beale Street Merchants Association Tuesday, Sept. 19. But he again insisted the contract was not a conflict of interest in his duties as a council member voting on items involving the entertainment district.

14. Touliatos Set To Make Run For Shelby County Mayor -

Since her office is not term limited, Juvenile Court Clerk Joy Touliatos could stay for a while in the clerk’s position she has held for nearly two terms.

Instead, Touliatos is running as a Republican for Shelby County Mayor in 2018 on a platform calling for cooperation among elected officials, lower taxes and smaller government.

15. Lane Touts Luttrell Endorsement in Sheriff's Race -

Republican contender for Shelby County Sheriff Dale Lane is touting the support of every suburban mayor in the county, current Shelby County Mayor and former sheriff Mark Luttrell, and former county mayor Jim Rout.

16. Commission Votes Down Health Coverage Change -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a switch Monday, Aug, 28, of the county’s health insurance administration contract from Cigna to an $11 million, two-year contract with two one-year renewal options with Aetna.

17. County Commission Votes Down Health Coverage Change -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a switch Monday, Aug, 28, of the county’s health insurance administration contract from Cigna to Aetna in an $11 million two-year contract with two renewals of one year each.

18. Joy Touliatos Will Run For Shelby County Mayor -

Juvenile Court Clerk Joy Touliatos formally announced Thursday, Aug. 24, she is running for Shelby County mayor in the May 2018 Republican primary.

Touliatos is serving her second term as clerk, elected in 2010 and 2014, and has been a county employee for 22 years.

19. Joy Touliatos to Run for Shelby County Mayor -

Juvenile Court Clerk Joy Touliatos formally announced Thursday, Aug. 24, she is running for Shelby County mayor in the May 2018 Republican primary.

Touliatos is serving her second term as clerk, elected in 2010 and 2014, and has been a county employee for 22 years.

20. Commission Tries to Stop Charter School Plan -

Shelby County commissioners called on a charter school that planned to open in Memphis but instead wants to set up shop in Bartlett to stick by its original plan or put off opening Gateway University Charter School next week.

21. County Commission Calls For Halt to Gateway Charter Plans in Bartlett -

Shelby County Commissioners called on a charter school that planned to open in Memphis but instead is setting up shop in Bartlett to stick by its original plan or put off the opening of the Gateway University Charter School next week.

22. Political Differences Endure After $4.11 Shelby County Tax Rate Compromise -

Shelby County commissioners were still calculating Monday, July 17, after they passed a compromised, $4.11 county property tax rate that appears will stay put long enough for the commission to take a final vote Wednesday at a special meeting.

23. County Commission Approves Compromise $4.11 County Property Tax Rate -

Shelby County commissioners compromised on a $4.11 county property tax rate Monday, July 17, on the way to a final vote on the compromise tax rate at a special meeting Wednesday that would bring down the curtain on the county budget season.

24. County Budget Talks Reveal Political Divide -

When Shelby County Commissioners convene Monday, July 17, it will be their third meeting in a week – following committee sessions Wednesday and the special meeting to approve a county operating budget two days before that.

25. County Commission Leans Back to $4.13 Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners took a step Wednesday, July 12, toward taking back a 3-cent cut in the county property tax rate.

And in the budget committee session, commissioners favoring the tax cut to a $4.10 tax rate said they would reopen this week’s contentious budget debate if the $4.13 tax rate appears to have traction when the full commission meets Monday, July 17.

26. Commission Goes Back to $4.13 County Property Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners took a step Wednesday, July 12, toward taking back a three-cent cut in the county property tax rate.

And in the budget committee session, commissioners favoring the tax cut to a $4.10 tax rate said they would reopen this week’s contentious budget debate if the $4.13 tax rate appears to have traction when the full commission meets Monday, July 17.

27. Attorneys in SCS Investigation Define Structure of Probe, Seek Information -

The attorneys investigating allegations of grade changing, corruption, intimidation and other misconduct within the Shelby County Schools system have set up a hotline and email account for information on the allegations.

28. Shelby County Commissioners Question Ending DOJ Agreement -

The first reviews from Shelby County Commissioners Wednesday, June 21, of the idea of dropping Justice Department oversight of Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court were highly critical.

In committee sessions Wednesday afternoon, June 21, commissioners complained of not being consulted before county Mayor Mark Luttrell, Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael and Sheriff Bill Oldham made the request to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

29. Last Word: Cyber Attacks, Second Farmers Market Downtown and The Council Way -

It’s on. Shelby County commissioners coming out Wednesday in committee against the idea of ending Justice Department oversight of Juvenile Court. And the discussion was, as always, an interesting one including not only critics like commissioner Van Turner but commissioner Terry Roland and County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

30. Juvenile Court Settlement Meets Resistance on County Commission -

The first reviews from Shelby County Commissioners Wednesday, June 21, of the idea of dropping Justice Department oversight of Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court were highly critical.

In committee sessions Wednesday afternoon, commissioners complained of not being consulted before County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael and Sheriff Bill Oldham made the request to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

31. Juvenile Court Settlement Meets Resistance on County Commission -

The first reviews from Shelby County Commissioners Wednesday, June 21, of the idea of dropping Justice Department oversight of Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court were highly critical.

In committee sessions Wednesday afternoon, commissioners complained of not being consulted before County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael and Sheriff Bill Oldham made the request to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

32. Shelby County’s Certified Property Tax Rate Set at $4.13 -

Shelby County Commissioners set the certified county property tax rate at $4.13 Monday, May 22, a 24-cent drop from the current tax rate of $4.37.

The resolution approved reflects the state-approved estimate of a tax rate that will produce the same amount of revenue for county government as the current tax rate following the 2017 countywide property reappraisal.

33. County Certified Property Tax Rate Comes In At $4.13 -

Shelby County Commissioners set the certified county property tax rate at $4.13 Monday, May 22, a 24-cent drop from the current tax rate of $4.37.

The resolution approved reflects the state-approved estimate of a tax rate that will produce the same amount of revenue for county government as the current tax rate once new property values from the 2017 countywide property reappraisal are factored in.

34. Luttrell: Mend Issues That Divide Region -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says his hope for a more civil national political discourse may be “a little Alice in Wonderland.” And there are times when he sees local discussions veering in the direction of “Nashville and Washington,” he told the Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday, May 16.

35. Last Word: Spring Votes, Those Tax Bills and Tim McCarver on Baseball Changes -

Look for more details on the specifics of the “Gateway” project to start to emerge now that a crucial if overlooked piece of the geographic puzzle in the north Downtown area has come into public view. The city’s largest hotel, also the city’s original convention center hotel, is about to change hands and go back to flying the Marriott flag.

36. Early Voting in District 95 Primaries Begins Friday -

Early voting opens Friday, April 7, in the special primary elections for state House District 95 as other elections – including some 2018 races – already show plenty of signs of political life.

37. Commission Debates Use of $20M Surplus -

The Shelby County Commission delayed a vote Monday, April 3, on a $120 million refinancing of the county’s capital bond debt for two weeks.

Commissioners are specifically eyeing a $20 million surplus in the county’s debt service fund – the fund that pays down the county’s debt.

38. Roland Critical of Alexander’s Opposition to Clean Line -

Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland is critical of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s opposition to including wind energy from a “clean line” in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s energy portfolio.

39. Last Word: Veep Visit, Women and Baseball and Civil Rights Cold Cases -

Game time at FedExForum for the NCAA South semifinals and Vice President Mike Pence is expected to be here to cheer on the Butler Bulldogs. The Butler mascot – a live bulldog – was already in town Thursday making the rounds. I think March Madness requires that all involved up their mascot game if they get this far. So UCLA, we expect to see a live bear roaming Beale Street. You might be able to work a deal with the zoo on this. But if there’s a cost split make sure you nail down those percentages.

40. Roland Critical of Alexander’s Opposition to Clean Line -

Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland is critical of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s opposition to including wind energy from a “clean line” in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s energy portfolio.

41. County Commission Won’t Appoint Lovell Replacement -

Shelby County commissioners will not appoint someone to the open state House District 95 seat in advance of the June 15 special election for the seat.

The commission voted down by a 5-6 vote Monday, March 20, a move to start the appointment process by taking applications.

42. County Commission Passes on State House Appointment -

Shelby County Commissioners will not appoint someone to the open state House District 95 seat in advance of the June 15 special election for the seat.

The commission voted down on a 5-6 vote Monday, March 20, a move to start the appointment process by taking applications on a 5-6 vote.

43. County Commission Passes on State House Appointment -

Shelby County Commissioners will not to appoint someone to the open state House District 95 seat in advance of the June 15 special election for the seat.

The commission voted down on a 5-6 vote Monday, March 20, a move to start the appointment process by taking applications on a 5-6 vote.

44. Mills Looks To Spread Republican Reach in City -

The Shelby County Republican Party is becoming more diverse and working to get back non-voting Republicans, its new permanent chairman says.

“For the longest time, we’ve talked about going into the African-American community, talked about going into the Hispanic community,” Lee Mills said. “But we haven’t actually done it and that’s our fault. We’ve got to reach out to them and we can’t reach out to them without going to them. So, we’re going to go to their communities and we’re going to find ways to do that.”

45. Mills Looks To Spread Republican Reach in 2018 County Elections -

The chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party says the local party has to become more diverse and work to get back non-voting Republicans.

“For the longest time, we’ve talked about going into the African-American community, talked about going into the Hispanic community,” Lee Mills said. “But we haven’t actually done it and that’s our fault. We’ve got to reach out to them and we can’t reach out to them without going to them. So, we’re going to go to their communities and we’re going to find ways to do that.”

46. Commission Debates Interim Appointment to State House -

Shelby County commissioners have to decide Monday, March 20, whether or not to appoint someone to the vacant state House District 95 seat until special primary and general elections are decided in three months.

47. Last Word: There Goes the Off-Election Year, Pinch Plans Move and No Permit -

Here we go again. When the new year began, 2017 looked to be an off-election year in most of Shelby County. Some Arlington aldermen and school board races were the only elections on tap for the year. But the months leading up to the September elections in Arlington are filling up.

48. County Commission Backs Medical Marijuana, Opposes School Vouchers -

Shelby County Commissioners endorsed state legislation Monday, Feb. 20, that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, came out against a school voucher bill by state Senator Brian Kelsey of Germantown and turned away a social media use policy for county employees.

49. County Commission Approves Planned Parenthood Grant -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $115,000 grant Monday, Feb. 6, to Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region on a 7-5 party line vote.

The vote on funding for a free condom distribution program that is a federal grant passed through the state drew a capacity crowd in commission chambers Downtown. Some of the partisans in the audience saw the controversy as a reflection of the country’s post-election political divide.

50. Strickland Proposes 7 Areas for Possible De-Annexation -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wants to at least discuss de-annexing seven parts of the city and reducing the city’s square mileage by 8 percent and thus increasing the city’s population density.

51. Strickland Proposes 7 Areas For Possible Deannexation -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wants to at least discuss de-annexing seven parts of the city and reducing the city’s square mileage by 8 percent and thus increasing the city’s population density.

52. Luttrell Says Amendments Coming To Gov. Haslam’s Gas Tax Proposal -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says he supports Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed gas-tax hike coupled with a roll back of other taxes.

53. Deannexation Group Gets Dollar Figures on Leaving Memphis -

If South Cordova, Windyke and Southwind leave Memphis, the city should get to keep sales tax and property tax revenue generated by commercial properties in those three recently annexed areas.

That, says Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland, is the deal to be had in ongoing deannexation discussions.

54. Last Word: The Return of First United Methodist, T-STEM at East and Road List -

For more than a decade, the skeleton of First United Methodist Church’s return on the northeast corner of Second Street and Poplar Avenue has been standing. It went up shortly after the last of the original church’s façade crumbled, dashing hopes that some of the blue-gray stones of the original church might survive following a disastrous 2006 fire. And now there are signs the church is about to return.

55. County Commission Renews Bolton Contract -

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Jan. 9, to renew a contract with attorney Julian Bolton after some debate about whether Bolton’s position is necessary.

56. County Commission Continues Bolton Contract, Approves Legislative Wish List -

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Jan 9, to renew its contract with attorney Julian Bolton after some debate about whether Bolton’s position in necessary.

57. Commission Sets Meeting On Minority Business -

Shelby County Commissioners have set a special meeting for Dec. 14 to vote on the second reading of two ordinances that would change county purchasing procedures to both enhance the amount of locally owned small businesses that get county contracts and establish a minority and women business enterprise (MWBE) program.

58. Commission Sets Meeting On Minority Business -

Shelby County Commissioners have set a special meeting for Dec. 14 to vote on the second read-ing of two ordinances that would change county purchasing procedures to both enhance the amount of locally owned small businesses that get county contracts and establish a minority and women business enterprise program.

59. Shelby County Commission Votes Down Pot Ordinance -

The Shelby County Commission voted down Monday, Dec. 5, an ordinance that would have matched a city of Memphis ordinance allowing police the option of writing a civil summons or ticket with a $50 fine for possession of half an ounce or less of marijuana.

60. Commission Votes Down Pot Ordinance -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down Monday, Dec. 5, an ordinance that would have matched the city of Memphis ordinance allowing police the option of writing a civil summons or ticket with a $50 fine for possession of half an ounce or less or marijuana.

61. Pot Ordinance, County Ambulance Service Top County Commission Agenda -

There are seven no votes on the Shelby County Commission against an ordinance allowing Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies to write a civil summons with a $50 fine for possession of a half ounce or less of marijuana.

62. County Explores Legal Options to Fix Courts' Computer 'Ordeal' -

Shelby County Commissioners talked about possible legal action Wednesday, Nov. 30, against Tyler Technologies, the company supplying a new computer system for the local criminal justice system.

The prolonged discussion in committee sessions Wednesday is the latest development in a disastrous rollout of the new record keeping system for the local court system.

63. After The Vote -

If you stood in certain places during the last days of the 2016 campaign in Memphis you could see the 2018 elections even if you couldn’t see Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s national victory over Democratic contender Hillary Clinton.

64. Last Word: Underperforming At the Polls, Tenoke Plans and Poverty in Cordova -

Still parsing election numbers, although 24 hours after the polls closed in Shelby County, the Election Commission was still counting absentee ballots.

Here is a statewide perspective from Associated Press.

65. Commissioners Clash on Pot and PILOT -

A pot ordinance for unincorporated areas of Shelby County got only four votes Monday, Oct. 31, from the county commission but still advanced to second reading, and commissioners could not agree on a resolution opposing a Nov. 8 ballot question that would shift MLGW funds to the city of Memphis.

66. County Commission Split on MLGW PILOT Referendum -

Shelby County Commissioners couldn’t come up with seven votes, much less a unanimous vote, Monday. Oct. 31, on a resolution opposing the November ballot question that would change the balance of in lieu of tax payments by Memphis Light Gas and Water Division in favor of the city of Memphis.

67. Local Politicos Shift Focus to 2018 Given Expected Presidential Results -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism threw a masquerade party two nights before Halloween on an excursion boat.

68. Fixin’ To Lose -

RED STATES. RED HERRINGS. Earlier this year, I wrote about laws our state Legislature passed in their last session to solve problems that didn’t exist.

Statistically, you and I are much more likely to be struck by lightning while in the next door bathroom stall to a transgender person who just committed voter fraud, or sitting between an outraged counselor or therapist and a same-sex couple carrying concealed weapons in a college chapel pew than we are to fall victim to anything the Legislature has proposed or passed laws to protect us against.

69. Shelby County Commission Approves Ambulance Service Starting Jan. 1 -

In a two-month period, Shelby County government has decided to add ambulances to the services provided by the Shelby County Fire Department after years of regular debates about the wisdom of contracting with private companies for the service.

70. Early Voting Opens with Raw Election Appeals -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s choice of cap usually has some logo related to the University of Memphis or the Grizzlies and, occasionally, to baseball legend and childhood inspiration Minnie Minoso.

71. Commission Approves County Ambulance Service Starting Jan. 1 -

Shelby County government is in the ambulance business with a set of three resolutions totaling $7.5 million approved Monday, Oct. 17, by the Shelby County Commission.

The Shelby County Fire Department is to start providing ambulance service Jan. 1. That includes taking delivery of 12 ambulances and hiring 60 people cross-trained as paramedics and emergency medical technicians as well as firefighters.

72. Cohen Describes Clinton-Trump Contest as “Armageddon” -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen set stark terms for the presidential general election as local Democrats opened their Memphis headquarters for nominee Hillary Clinton.

73. Commission Eyes Bolton High as Ag Career Center -

When Wade Bolton was shot and fatally wounded in Court Square in 1869 by a former partner in a slave trading firm, it continued a long-running feud across several years in which eight people altogether would die violently.

74. Local Republicans Open Campaign HQ With Emphasis on Trump, Kustoff -

Republican Congressional contender David Kustoff couldn’t resist as several dozen people gathered for the opening of the local Republican Party’s campaign headquarters Wednesday, Aug. 31, in East Memphis.

75. Last Word: Heart of the Park, Tigers Opener Preview and Memphis In May Numbers -

“Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh, so mellow. Try to remember the kind of September when grass was green and grain was yellow.”

It would appear this is that kind of September you would otherwise be remembering.

76. Luttrell May Veto Ordinance on County Attorney -

Shelby County Commissioners have approved a ballot question for the Nov. 8 elections that would give them the final say if the county mayor moves to fire the county attorney.

But before the vote Monday, Aug. 29, by commissioners, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell indicated he might veto the referendum, saying he has a “concern” about what would be a limit on the power of mayors with the proposed amendment to the Shelby County charter.

77. Luttrell Has "Concern" About Charter Referendum On County Attorney -

Shelby County Commissioners have approved a ballot question for the Nov. 8 elections that would give them the final say if the county mayor moves to fire the county attorney.

But before the vote Monday, Aug. 29, by commissioners, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell indicated he might veto the referendum, saying he has a “concern” about what would be a limit on the power of mayors with the proposed amendment to the Shelby County charter.

78. Luttrell Has "Concern" About Charter Referendum On County Attorney -

Shelby County Commissioners have approved a ballot question for the Nov. 8 elections that would give them the final say if the county mayor moves to fire the county attorney.

But before the vote Monday, Aug. 29, by commissioners, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell indicated he might veto the referendum, saying he has a “concern” about what would be a limit on the power of mayors with the proposed amendment to the Shelby County charter.

79. Burgess New Chairman Of County Commission -

Melvin Burgess is the new chairman of the Shelby County Commission.

The second-term Democratic commissioner ran unopposed for the leadership post and was elected by the body at its Monday, Aug. 15, session.

80. Local Task Force Prepares For Return of Deannexation Issue -

You might call it round two of the deannexation battle.

In Nashville Monday, Aug. 22, a summer study committee of legislators picks up where the debate on a deannexation proposal during the Tennessee Legislature’s regular session ended earlier this year.

81. Burgess New Chairman Of County Commission -

Melvin Burgess is the new chairman of the Shelby County Commission.

The second-term Democratic commissioner ran unopposed for the leadership post and was elected by the body at its Monday, Aug. 15, session.

82. County Commission Ties Up Budget Loose Ends -

Shelby County Commissioners moved into the month-old fiscal year Monday, Aug. 1, with a few loose ends and issues from budget season.

Among the contracts approved by commissioners Monday were two road paving contracts totaling $3.5 million.

83. County Commission Pursues Budget Loose Ends -

Shelby County Commissioners moved into the month-old fiscal year Monday, Aug. 1, with a few loose ends and issues from budget season.

Among the contracts approved by commissioners Monday were two road paving contracts totaling $3.5 million.

84. County Commission Pursues Budget Loose Ends -

Shelby County Commissioners moved into the month-old fiscal year Monday, Aug. 1, with a few loose ends and issues from budget season.

Among the contracts approved by commissioners Monday were two road paving contracts totaling $3.5 million.

85. The Week Ahead: August 1-7 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first week of August and last week before the kids return to school, so try to enjoy it. Here are just a smattering of recreational outings planned this week at venues like the Metal Museum, Levitt Shell and on Broad Avenue, in addition to more official events on the agenda. And don’t forget to vote on Thursday; it’s your civic duty. 

86. Commission Sets Tax Rate, Debate Remains -

Shelby County Commissioners made it official Wednesday, July 27, keeping the county property tax rate the same – at $4.37 per $100 of assessed value.

But the vote didn’t end the debate among commissioners about the future trajectory of the tax rate.

87. Shelby County Schools Budgets – Past and Present – Amended -

The final numbers are in for Shelby County Schools and the quest for funding of the county’s largest public school system.

The SCS board approved Tuesday, July 26, the revised operating and capital budgets for the school system for the fiscal year that began 26 days earlier.

88. The Week Ahead: July 25-31 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! We’re wrapping up July with an eclectic mix of local happenings, from political campaigning to a celebration of all things Harry Potter. Plus, what you need to know about Tennessee sales tax holiday and much more…

89. Last Word: Return of the Balloon Note, SCS and Migrant Teens & Greensward Doubts -

One of the prime culprits in the housing bubble burst that played a role in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression is back – the adjustable rate mortgage.

Numbers from Chandler Reports, the real estate information company that is part of The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc, show the number of such loans has spiked in the first half of this year and are the highest they’ve been since 2008, the year after the bubble burst nationally.

90. Chism Readying 2018 Bid for County Mayor -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism wants to be the Democratic nominee for Shelby County mayor in 2018, and he plans to begin his campaign after the November presidential election.

91. Election Foes Clash Briefly About Budget -

For a few minutes last week you could see the 2018 race for Shelby County mayor as county commissioners were moving toward a resolution of their 2016 budget season.

It came as the commission began to compare what initially looked to be two different estimates of county revenues for the fiscal year that ended June 30 – one from the administration of county Mayor Mark Luttrell and the other from Trustee David Lenoir.

92. Roland Wants Revisit of Budget Cut -

The exact numbers always take a few weeks. That’s the nature of budgets forged by political compromise and groups of elected officials.

There are always changes and adjustments. And there are also second thoughts.

93. Reader: Investing in All Students is Overdue, Critical -

I’m super-thankful for the commitment of Shelby County Commissioners led by chairman Terry Roland and budget chairman Van Turner to add critically needed funds for the 2017 Shelby County Schools (SCS) budget approved Wednesday, June 29. I’m also very thankful to Superintendent Hopson and the SCS board members along with organizations like Stand for Children, Black Lives Matter and petition signers who advocated for a budget that refused to slash some core academic programs and staff.

94. Shelby County Budget Shuffle Endures -

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.

95. County Budget Done – Mostly -

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.

96. Long-Term Issues Push County Budget To Deadline -

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.

97. The Week Ahead: June 27-July 3 -

It's been a long time coming, but Friday is the kickoff for wine sales in grocery stores. While you're getting your corkscrews ready, check out what else is going on this week – from a deadline in the greensward mediation process to a special superhero stop at St. Jude...

98. Last Word: Farewell Northside, Roland's Stand and Wayne Jackson -

Northside High School is no more. The Klondike-Smoky City institution graduated its last class last month.

The Shelby County Schools board had voted that same month to give the high school one more school year.

99. Shelby County Budget Delay Centers on $3.5 Million for Schools -

Most of the declarations Monday, June 20, before the Shelby County Commission delayed final votes on local schools funding to next week came from the audience.

“For too long we’ve bled, died, cried and pled for education,” former Memphis City Council and Memphis City Schools board member TaJuan Stout-Mitchell told the commission.

100. County Schools Funding Compromise to Be Tested -

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.