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1. New Memphis Promotes Dakin to Pilot ‘Launch’ Initiative -

Frankie Dakin has been promoted to director of strategic initiatives at New Memphis, a role in which he’ll pilot the organization’s new Launch: Campus to Career program. The initiative, which builds on New Memphis’ Summer Experience, connects college students with professional opportunities and networks to inspire them to launch careers in Memphis. Dakin will lead the program, encouraging area students to find and prepare for internships with local employers.

2. County Commission Renews Opioid Legal Skirmish with County Administration -

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Dec. 4, to hire another attorney to represent it in an ongoing legal battle with county mayor Mark Luttrell over opioid litigation. And the commission approved a resolution declaring opioid abuse a “public nuisance” as an opening to legal depositions of opioid manufacturers and distributors.

3. County Primary Filing Opens With Paperwork Flurry -

A total of 37 prospective candidates in the May 2018 county primaries pulled qualifying petitions last week on the first day of the filing period Friday, Nov. 17.

And the first contenders through the doors at the Shelby County Election Commission in a period that extends to a February deadline confirms a few trends.

4. Opioid Lawsuit Filed as County Dispute on Legal Action Goes to Court -

UPDATE: Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle ruled Tuesday, Nov. 14, that the Shelby County Commission overstepped its role and powers within county government when the commission hired a law firm and had its own attorney file a lawsuit in Circuit Court against pharmaceutical companies over opioid abuse.

5. County Commission Ratifies Opioid Lawsuit Decision -

Shelby County Commissioners ratified Wednesday, Nov. 8, the decision of commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer to hire a law firm for a possible county lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over the nation’s opioid addiction problem.

6. County Commission Ratifies Opioid Lawsuit Decision -

Shelby County Commissioners ratified Wednesday, Nov. 8, the decision of commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer to hire a law firm for a possible county lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over the nation’s opioid addiction problem.

7. County Commission OKs Emissions Fee Hike -

Shelby County commissioners advanced on the first of three readings Monday, Oct. 30, an ordinance that would increase the county’s air pollution emission fee and the major and minimum source permit fees for non-automobile emissions.

8. County Commission OKs Emissions Fee Hike -

Shelby County commissioners advanced on the first of three readings Monday, Oct. 30, an ordinance that would increase the county’s air pollution emission fee and the major and minimum source permit fees for non-automobile emissions.

9. Shelby County Commission Short of Votes for Pay Raises -

Proposed pay raises for 19 of Shelby County government’s top elected positions don’t appear to have the nine votes necessary to pass on third and final reading in two weeks.

So Shelby County commissioner Van Turner is looking for a compromise that might put the double-digit percentage raises to voters in a 2018 referendum or tie future raises to any pay increases other county government employees get.

10. County Pay Raises Short of Votes, In Search of Compromise -

Proposed pay raises for 19 of Shelby County government’s top elected positions don’t appear to have the nine votes necessary to pass on third and final reading in two weeks.

So Shelby County commissioner Van Turner is looking for a compromise that might put the double-digit percentage pay raises to voters in a 2018 referendum or tie future pay raises to any raises that county government rank and file employees get.

11. Mickell Lowery Uses Lessons From Council Race in Commission Bid -

Two years to the month after he conceded defeat in his first political outing, Mickell Lowery is returning to the local political arena – albeit a different part of the arena.

Lowery is running in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County Commission District 8, the seat held by Democrat Walter Bailey, who is term-limited and cannot seek re-election in 2018.

12. Last Word: Paying the Piper, Sewer Regrets and The New Incumbent's Strategy -

Grizzlies over the Rockets 98-90 after being down 12 on the road in Houston. There is just something in the Memphis sports ethos that happens at halftime or between quarters. The Grizz are 3-0 in this young season. And for the second consecutive game some extracurricular action on the court. Mario Chalmers of the Grizz and James Harden of the Rockets scuffled after Chalmers got floored by Harden after Harden got swarmed by him and James Ennis. Harden got the foul and he and Chalmers each got a technical for what followed.

13. Last Word: T.A. Talks Memphis, EDGE Debate and Politics, Lots of Politics -

Grizz season opener at the Forum Wednesday is a win over NOLA 103 – 91. And Tony Allen’s Grizz jersey is retired. The day before, Allen wrote a piece for The Players’ Tribune on the Memphis experience and it is just about the best thing that will happen to you all day. He just walks right off the court and into the soul of this place.

14. County Commission Advances Pay Raises -

Shelby County Commissioners advanced pay raises Monday, Oct. 16, for 19 elected offices including their own, but vote totals on the three separate pay ordinances varied.

Ranging from 32.4 percent for sheriff to a 10.3 percent hike for county commissioners, the pay raises would take effect with the winners of the August 2018 county general elections. That’s if each of the ordinances gets the required nine-vote, two-thirds majority on third and final reading.

15. 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.

16. Week Ahead: Oct. 9-15 -

Hey, Memphis! The real NBA and college basketball seasons creep closer with teasing events this week and the schedule of fun things to do is highlighted by the second annual Memphis Food & Wine Festival Saturday evening. Here’s toasting to a great week.

17. Monuments Controversy May Mean Long Haul of Lawsuits, Negotiations -

When the Tennessee Historical Commission votes Oct. 13 on a waiver that would permit the city of Memphis to remove Confederate monuments from two city parks, it won’t be anywhere near the last word on the matter.

18. County Commission Joins City Call to Remove Confederate Monuments -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday, Sept. 11, backing the city’s efforts to remove Confederate monuments with a waiver from the Tennessee Historical Commission. The resolution by commissioner Walter Bailey also backs the Memphis City Council’s move to an ordinance that could take down the monuments after the Oct. 13 decision if the historical commission does not grant the waiver.

19. Heidi Shafer Claims Commission Chairmanship With Consistency -

Heidi Shafer was first elected to the Shelby County Commission in 2010. But when she is talking about the way county government works, she often goes further back than that to her experience as an aide to her predecessor on the commission, Dr. George Flinn.

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. Budget Amendments, Tax Rate and Juvenile Court Top County Commission Agenda -

Shelby County Commissioners will have lots of amendments to the county’s proposed operating budget Monday, June 26, and at least one bid to change the proposed county property tax rate of $4.10 approved on first reading earlier this month.

28. County Commission Debates 3-Cent Tax Rate Cut -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a 3-cent reduction in the county property tax rate Monday, June 12, on the first of three readings but delayed a vote on the operating budget resolution for more discussion about how to account for the tax-rate cut.

29. County Commission Continues Tax Cut Calculations -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a three-cent reduction in the county property tax rate Monday, June 12, on the first of three readings but delayed a vote on the operating budget resolution for more discussion about how to account for a cut in the tax rate.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. State: Planned Parenthood Condom Funding Required -

The Tennessee Department of Health says Shelby County government is required to fund a grant to Planned Parenthood for the distribution of free condoms as part of larger effort to combat the spread of the HIV virus.

33. Planned Parenthood Condom Grant Issue Returns to County Commission -

Shelby County Commissioners consider their options Monday, Feb. 6, on a stalled Planned Parenthood grant for a free condom distribution program.

The options include going to court and a clash with state government over the $115,000 pass through of state money.

34. Protests Define New Interest In Activism -

Usually when the Shelby County Commission’s committee room is filled, it is with those from various county government divisions making presentations during budget season. Or it might be filled with representatives from several organizations seeking or getting county grants.

35. State Says County Must Fund Planned Parenthood Condom Contract -

The Tennessee Department of Health says Shelby County government is required to fund a grant to Planned Parenthood for the distribution of free condoms as part of larger effort to combat the spread of the HIV virus.

36. 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.

37. Minority Contract Percentages Get Approval -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Dec. 19, to a resolution that sets specific percentages for specific minority and other groups for getting a share of county government contracts.

38. County Commission Approves Specific Minority Contract Percentages -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Dec. 19, to a resolution that sets specific percentages for specific minority and other groups for getting a share of county government contracts.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. Lawsuit Challenges 2008 Charter Changes -

An unsuccessful effort in 2015 to reverse term limits on five countywide elected officials through a referendum vote has turned into a legal challenge of the county charter changes approved by voters in 2008.

43. 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.

44. Schools Funding Again Center Stage For County Commission -

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.

45. 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.

46. Corrections Officers Want Commission to Increase Pay -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable county property tax rate of $4.37 Monday, June 6, on the first of three readings and set the stage for final budget deliberations in committee sessions next week.

47. Last Word: A Different Aftermath and Trolleys Aren't Just for Tourists -

A week that will likely end with the funeral of a Memphis Police officer began with a discussion about violent crime that is even at this early point proving to be different from the past discussions we’ve had at times like these.

48. Commission Adds To Budget Decisions, Backs Herenton Juvenile Offender Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable county property tax rate of $4.37 Monday, June 6, on the first of three readings and set the stage for final budget deliberations in committee sessions next week.

49. Commission Adds To Budget Decisions, Backs Herenton Juvenile Offender Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable county property tax rate of $4.37 Monday, June 6, on the first of three readings and set the stage for final budget deliberations in committee sessions next week.

50. Last Word: ServiceMaster's Choice, Democrats Regroup, Oprah Goes To Church -

The ServiceMaster headquarters search is over and the pick is a real surprise as office spaces goes – Peabody Place – not the office building but the shuttered mall south of the Peabody hotel.

51. Civil Rights Museum Highlights Lorraine Hotel’s Storied History -

The balcony is usually the part of the National Civil Rights Museum’s exterior that is the center of attention.

Visitors know the mid-20th century wrought iron railing and other features of the post-World War II Lorraine Motel’s motor court. It’s usually from pictures and videos of the April 4, 1968, assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a second-story balcony outside room 306.

52. Commission, Shelby County Schools Leaders Talk Funding -

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.

53. The Week Ahead: May 9-15 -

Alright, Memphis, grab your calendars! Whether you want to book it over to the Ruby Bridges Reading Festival or just baste in the scent of barbecue, there’s plenty to do this week. Here’s our roundup...

54. Commission Debates Full Bill for Police Body Cameras -

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.

55. The Week Ahead: April 11-17 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from New Memphis Institute's popular “Memphis 101” crash course to the music- and culture-filled Africa in April festival.

56. Commission to Vote on Disparity Study Release -

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.

57. Billingsley Calls for Release Of County Disparity Study -

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.

58. Billingsley Calls for Release of County Disparity Study -

Shelby County Commissioner Mark Billingsley says county government leaders should release to the public a disparity study the commission reviewed privately Monday, March 28.

59. Term Limits Referendum Loses Second of Three Rounds -

For a second time in three weeks, an ordinance to put a referendum on the August ballot to do away with county government term limits failed to get seven votes on the Shelby County Commission.

The vote at the Monday, March 28, commission meeting was 3-5 on the second of three readings with 11 commissioners present and three either not voting or formally abstaining.

60. Lifting Term Limits Referendum Loses Second Round Before County Commission -

For a second time in three weeks, an ordinance to put a referendum on the August ballot to do away with county government term limits failed to get seven votes on the Shelby County Commission.

The vote at the Monday, March 28, commission meeting was 3-5 on the second of three readings with 11 commissioners present and three either not voting or formally abstaining.

61. Commission Takes Second Vote on Term Limits Referendum -

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.

62. County Commission Questions City Figures on Deannexation -

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.

63. Commission Votes Down Term Limits Referendum -

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 under the commission’s rules of procedure despite the first vote.

64. Commission Votes Down Term Limits Referendum On First Reading -

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.

65. County Commission Weighs Referendum Lifting Term Limits -

At the first Shelby County Commission meeting since the March primary elections, commissioners will consider a move to eliminate all term limits for elected county officials.

The issue could be put to county voters on the August ballot.

66. County Commission Ends Year With Nonprofit Grants -

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.

67. County Government Standoff Moves To Negotiations -

It was all smiles at the Shelby County Commission Monday, Nov. 23, between county Mayor Mark Luttrell and commission chairman Terry Roland.

68. Hamlet Offers Plan For Global Ministries Foundation's Inner-City Apartments -

Global Ministries Foundation founder Richard Hamlet has a multi-million dollar recapitalization plan to make extensive renovations at three inner-city apartment complexes his company owns.

69. County Commission Weighs Apartment Conditions -

After a tour last week of three apartment complexes owned by Global Ministries Foundation, Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday. Oct. 12, on a resolution that asks GMF to show what it is doing to improve conditions at Goodwill Village Apartments, Tulane Apartments and Warren Apartments.

70. County Commission to Discuss Fire Coverage -

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.

71. County Commission Votes on Hiring Attorney in Schools Funding Lawsuit -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Aug. 24, on hiring an attorney to be the body’s special counsel in a statewide education funding lawsuit.

The commission specifically votes on hiring the law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith LLP to represent and advise it “on adequate and equitable school funding from the state of Tennessee.”

72. Scott Sharpe Named CAO Of District Attorney General’s Office -

Scott Sharpe recently was named chief administrative officer of the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office following the departure of longtime CAO Priscilla Campbell.

73. Judge D’Army Bailey’s Legacy Spans Streets, Courtroom -

Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey was more than a robed courtroom figure. In the wake of his death Sunday, July 12, from cancer, Bailey is being remembered for a life of activism in which the judge had roots as a radical.

74. Circuit Court Judge D'Army Bailey Dies At Age 73 -

Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey died Sunday, July 12.

Word of the 73-year old jurist’s death comes less than a year after Bailey returned to the bench, winning election to Circuit Court after retiring as a Circuit Court Judge in 2009.

75. County Commission Takes Long Way to Budget Approval -

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.

76. County Commission Tax-Rate Debate Picks Up Volume -

Shelby County Commissioners hit a big political divide Monday, June 1, and as a result will discuss in two weeks that most volatile of political topics – the property tax rate.

Commissioners approved on the first of three readings an ordinance to keep the property tax rate at the current $4.37.

77. Extra Schools Funding Request Gets Good First Reviews -

Shelby County Schools officials took a request Wednesday, May 6, for $14 million in new funding to Shelby County Commissioners and got lots of general support.

But the budget committee session probably means more specific questions to come through emails and phone calls before a majority on the commission considers putting up the extra money. “We have made the tough choices,” SCS board member Chris Caldwell told commissioners, referring to 17 school closings in the last three years. “There’s a method to our madness. We’re not just saying we need more money.”

78. Memphis & The Law -

Before there was Law Week, there was Law Day.

The observance by the Memphis Bar Association as well as bar associations and attorneys across the country was created in the mid-1950s as a way of promoting the legal community and its impact.

79. Aramark Corrections Center Food Contract Approved -

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.

80. Haslam: "No Regrets" on Insure Tennessee, Problems Still Exist -

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.

81. Haslam: "No Regrets" on Insure Tennessee, Problems Still Exist -

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.

82. Health Care Records Make Fertile Field for Cyber Crime -

Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands.

Names, birthdates and – more importantly – Social Security numbers can help hackers open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create false medical records. And health care businesses can lag far behind banks, credit card companies and retailers in protecting such sensitive information.

83. Anthem Breach: A Gap in Federal Health Privacy Law? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Insurers aren't required to encrypt consumers' data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age – an omission that seems striking in light of the major cyberattack against Anthem.

84. Boyd Gets Encore as City Council Member -

After serving less than a year on the Memphis City Council in 2011, Berlin Boyd is back on the council and working toward a longer stay.

Boyd was the pick of the other 12 council members Tuesday, Jan. 20, to fill the District 7 vacancy created when Lee Harris resigned to take his seat in the state Senate.

85. County Commission Endorses Haslam Plan -

At the first Shelby County Commission meeting of 2015, all but one of the 13 commissioners voted for a resolution backing Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion plan, “Insure Tennessee.”

That included some vocal Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act in general.

86. Harris Goes to Nashville -

At his last Memphis City Council session, Lee Harris reflected this week on his three years on the council and the group of politicians he joined.

87. County Sees New Faces, New Directions -

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.

88. Election Year Marks Passing of Generations -

There were more than a few indications of the passing of political generations in Memphis this past year.

Political leaders left the scene to return to life out of office, got elected to other offices and, in some cases, passed away.

89. Graceland Plan Clears Main Local Hurdles -

Elvis Presley Enterprises attempted to secure private financing of its plan for a 450-room resort hotel and a remake of its plaza area, but those attempts failed, said Graceland’s bond counsel, because it is difficult for borrowers to get conventional financing for a hotel project.

90. Shelby County Commissioners Agree to Drop Lawsuit -

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.

91. Fairgrounds Project Linked to Schools Lawsuits -

Attorneys for the city of Memphis and for Shelby County Schools are trying another round of court-ordered mediation before the Thanksgiving holiday in the six-year-old lawsuit over school funding.

And if the mediation doesn’t resolve the legal stalemate on claim and counterclaim, the Shelby County Commission might make a settlement of the lawsuit a condition for endorsing the city’s plans for financing a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

92. Commission Compromise Promises to End Rules Lawsuit -

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.

93. County Commission to Consider Fairgrounds Deal -

The idea of reconfiguring the Mid-South Fairgrounds as a public recreation area financed by the city of Memphis with sales tax revenue from retail development has come back to life under new terms.

94. The ‘Meh’ Generation -

ALL THIS IS GETTING OLD. Mitch McConnell is 117. Across the aisle, Harry Reid is 132, same age as Nancy Pelosi over in the House, and John Boehner is 98.

The last time any of them had an original idea, they had to call it in on a rotary phone. The way they get somewhere, or fail to, is as antiquated as our infrastructure, as much in danger of collapse as our bridges.

95. Kyle Offers First Take on County Commission Dispute -

Less than two months after he left the Tennessee Legislature to become a Chancery Court judge, Jim Kyle found himself in familiar territory.

96. Kyle: Nothing to Rule On in Commission Lawsuit -

Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle ruled Thursday, Nov. 6, that the current Shelby County Commission has no permanent rules of order and so he has nothing to rule on in the pending lawsuit pitting seven of the 13 commissioners against chairman Justin Ford.

97. City, County Take Different Paths on Insurance -

City of Memphis human resources director Quintin Robinson came from City Hall on the other side of the Main Street Mall last week to watch how Shelby County government handled changes to its health insurance plan for employees.

98. County Commission Approves Health Insurance Changes -

Shelby County Commissioners approved changes to county government employee health insurance coverage Thursday, Oct. 30, that raises employee premiums by 5 percent and drops working spouses who are offered equivalent coverage of the county’s bronze plan by their employers effective Jan. 1.

99. Commission Chair Sued by Seven Members -

Seven Shelby County Commissioners are suing commission chairman Justin Ford for stopping them from adding items to the body’s agenda.

100. County Commission Differences Remain -

Shelby County Commissioners still have a problem with each other. And the problem at the center of all of the complexities of what are normally routine items remains a Democratic county commissioner elected chairman in September with the votes of all six Republican commissioners and himself.