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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | July 1st, 2016 12:05am CST | 1 Comment

This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.   By Jimmie Covington The average daily attendance ratio declined just over one-half of a percent in Shelby County […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 15th, 2016 2:02pm CST | 2 Comments

  This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.  This was previously published there. By Jimmie Covington Surprising that the city population of Nashville has surpassed that […]

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This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, educational, and demographic issues. He is now a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.  By Jimmie Covington The assessed value of property for tax purposes is up this year for all areas […]

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by (RSS) Regionalism, Trends and Issues | April 26th, 2016 12:51am CST | 18 Comments

            This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.  This article was previously published there. By Jimmie Covington Recently released U.S. Census […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | April 11th, 2016 12:43am CST | 2 Comments

  This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.  This article was published there By Jimmie Covington With a financial liability pending for creation of a fund […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 15th, 2016 1:41pm CST | 2 Comments

In celebration of today’s federal holiday, we post our friend Jimmie Covington’s yearly rant to set the record straight: By Jimmie Covington It’s just wrong, wrong, wrong. Despite what advertisers, marketers, banks and a lot of public officials, calendar-makers and many news people say, the federal holiday observed on the third Monday in February is […]

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            This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.  This article is published in this month’s issue. By Jimmie Covington The beginning […]

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by (RSS) Shelby County government | November 4th, 2015 12:05am CST | Comments Off on We Rise For A Point Of Privilege About Minutes and Attorneys

Recently, we posted a commentary about how the Shelby County Board of Commissioners is trying to fundamentally change the form of government approved by voters and that subject sparked a discussion about the hiring of attorneys for local legislative bodies and the way that approval of the minutes have been used in inappropriate ways.  To […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | September 10th, 2015 3:02pm CST | Comments Off on County Plan Shortchanges Municipal Schools

This post was submitted by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school and demographic issues. He is now a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.    By Jimmie Covington Although taxpayers in suburban cities will pay almost 30 percent of the cost of more […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | August 6th, 2015 4:15pm CST | 3 Comments

            This post was submitted by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school and demographic issues. He is now a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.   By Jimmie Covington The way the funding and taxes break down, property […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | May 11th, 2015 3:11pm CST | 1 Comment

By Jimmie Covington Memphis lost about 21,000 residents to outward movement to other counties in the United States during 2010-2014, according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The estimates reflect a strong continuation of net loss to outmigration that has been occurring for decades. Census and birth-death numbers reflected that about 80,000 more people […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | January 28th, 2015 2:08pm CST | Comments Off on Incomes Paints the Portrait of a Tale of Two Regions

Germantown and Collierville are among Tennessee’s top cities in household income, U.S. Census Bureau survey estimates released in December show. Germantown at $109,674 in median household income and Collierville at $101,000 trail only the Nashville suburbs of Belle Meade ($202,125) and Brentwood ($134,443) and the Chattanooga suburb Lookout Mountain ($110,208). And Belle Meade with 2,987 […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | October 3rd, 2014 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on African-American Out-Migration, Hispanics Fuel Memphis Growth

Note:  Earlier this week, we posted a story about the out-migration of people from Memphis and Shelby County previously published in The Best Times  byJimmie Covington, our resident expert on Census data.  We’re following it up with this post from The Best Times about the out-migration of African-Americans from Memphis. Numbers from the last four decennial […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | September 30th, 2014 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on Shelby County Loses 15,000-20,000 In Population In Last Five Years

Editor’s Note: The Best Times recently published an article by Jimmie Covington, our resident expert on Census data, and we’re publishing it here as well because it speaks to the outmigration from Shelby County.  We found it particularly timely since a recent story in The Commercial Appeal said that Shelby County had a net loss […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 3rd, 2014 3:34pm CST | Comments Off on Memphis MSA Headed To Become First With African-American Majority

The African-American population in the nine-county Memphis metro area has not yet reached a majority but it has surpassed the number of non-Hispanic white residents, recently released Census Bureau estimates show. The racial breakdown estimates for July 1, 2013, released June 26, are black , 624, 184 (46.5 percent); non-Hispanic white, 607, 274 (45.3 percent), […]

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By Jimmie Covington The assessed value of property for tax purposes in Memphis and Shelby County has dropped overall for the second year in a row, according to certified tax roll figures released recently by the Shelby County Assessor’s Office. However, the drop was lower than in 2013, a reappraisal year, and was expected as […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | February 26th, 2014 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on Suburbs Lead in Household Income

From the Best Times: Germantown, Collierville and Arlington lead the way in household incomes among cities in the Memphis area, recently released U.S. Census Bureau numbers show.   Germantown and Collierville are both above $100,000. Households in Lakeland and Bartlett also have higher median incomes than Olive Branch, which has the highest median in DeSoto […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 17th, 2014 3:00pm CST | 2 Comments

It’s that time of year again. Advertisers, marketers, banks, the news media, public officials and others combine to misinform the American public that the federal holiday that occurs on the third Monday of February is named Presidents Day. Since the 19th Century, the federal holiday observed in February has always been George Washington’s Birthday. It […]

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