Archive for September, 2017

by (RSS) Shelby County government | September 20th, 2017 7:30am CDT | 1 Comment

                    We live in strange times. Shelby County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Heidi Shafer says her government may sue City of Memphis for its new policy that eliminates sewer extensions in the unincorporated area of the county. First, we’re not sure why she thinks county government […]

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                            Walker Percy said that the problem with culture is that we must wrest meaning from experiences that come to us prepackaged and disconnected from our own assumptions and expectations. Consumers today are being pulled in a multitude of directions by entertainment […]

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                                    Two years ago, when most attention was focused on the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in a prominent city park in the center of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences campus, we raised an issue about all the […]

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                Years ago, after listening to the latest idea for revitalizing downtown, former Beale Street developer John Elkington facetiously said Memphis is always chasing the latest trend, but “usually, it’s 10 years after everyone else.” Back then, his comment was met with knowing laughter, but maybe, just maybe, […]

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                    We can identify with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Greater Memphis Chamber when it comes to Amazon’s $5 billion competition.  It’s the same way we felt when the Powerball got over $600 million – faced with the equivalent of getting hit by lightning, we […]

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                  Graceland officials say that their new proposed 6,000-seat arena will not pull events and concerts away from FedExForum, but that only hints at the biggest question of all: does the new arena threaten Memphis and Shelby County’s non-compete agreement with the Grizzlies-operated arena? It is in […]

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                    If only Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland had been in office 35 years ago. Perhaps, he would not have signed the agreement that supercharged the sprawl that took Shelby County Government to the verge of bankruptcy and in the end dealt a blow to City of […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | September 1st, 2017 7:30am CDT | 4 Comments

                  I remember sitting as a child in Southern Baptist churches while the preacher said the Bible validated segregation and discrimination of African-Americans and how God was fine with the way things were because he created it this way. I remember sitting in a congregation while the […]

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