July 5-11: This week in Memphis history

Saturday, July 6, 2013, Vol. 6, No. 28

2008: In The Memphis News cover story, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Di Scenza on the Tennessee Waltz corruption cases and the origin of the sting investigation: “For years and years and years – people have been complaining about the fact that we have in essence a corrupt Legislature – that we had corruption that was well known and epidemic in local government. And nobody seemed to be able to do anything about it.”

1981: The Jacksons kicked off their national “Triumph” tour at the Mid-South Coliseum. It was the brothers’ most successful album since they dropped the Jackson 5 brand and became The Jacksons.

1973: Father Don Mowery made an appearance on the “Today” show to talk about his Youth Service USA program in Memphis-based program with a national reach that began at the Naval Air Station Memphis in Millington (now known as Naval Support Activity Mid-South) in the late 1960s and by 1973 reached nearly 20,000 youth at 80 military bases. Youth Service added the Bridge Builders summer conference program in the late 1980s for high school students from diverse backgrounds and in 1996 Youth Service became BRIDGES.

1943: On the front page of The Daily News, Edmund Orgill was appointed director of the Memphis and Shelby County War and Welfare Fund, a group of volunteers. Orgill, the president of Orgill Brothers, would go on to become mayor of Memphis, elected as a reformer after the death of political boss E.H. Crump.