VOL. 9 | NO. 36 | Saturday, September 3, 2016
September 2-8, 2016: This week in Memphis history
2011: The Shelby County Commission has a list of 100 citizens interested in being appointed to seven positions on what will be a new 23-member countywide school board.
The board, which will serve in the move to a consolidated public school system for all of Shelby County, includes all nine current Memphis City Schools board members and all seven Shelby County Schools board members. Meanwhile, appointments are also being made to the Transition Planning Commission, which will make recommendations on the structure of the schools merger.
1986: The lighting of the Hernando DeSoto Bridge is marked with fireworks on the Mississippi River, a $100-per-person gala on Mud Island and torch-carrying marathon runners. Pat Kerr Tigrett and Henry Turley are leading the effort to raise private funding to repay the $373,000 the city has paid for the lighting. Memphis Mayor Dick Hackett has given the leaders of the private effort three years to pay the city back.
SHERIFF BILL MORRIS (1975 Shelby County Sheriff’s Office yearbook)
1966: On the front page of The Daily News, new and returning county elected leaders are on the job after the Labor Day weekend following a burst of oath-taking at the Shelby County Courthouse. Among those in office are Bill Morris, who is re-elected sheriff. And Jesse Turner is among the new members of the Shelby County Quarterly Court. Among the elected officials returning to office are Quarterly Court chairman Charles Baker and Quarterly Court member Downing Pryor, County Register Guy Bates and County Trustee Riley Garner. All were elected or re-elected to office in the August elections.