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                Year after year, some of the most important data released annually get no news media attention: the assessed value of property for tax purposes. The values influence the property tax rate – one of the two primary tax sources (sales tax is the other) for every government […]

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by (RSS) Data Points, Uncategorized | June 8th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 12 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.   By Jimmie Covington Nashville moved ahead of Memphis in city population […]

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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.    By Jimmie Covington Weighted average daily attendance in Shelby County Schools moved […]

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by (RSS) Data Points | April 20th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 3 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.   By Jimmie Covington Large numbers of people are continuing […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | March 14th, 2018 3:07pm CDT | 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 From the point the first Shelby County mayor took office in 1976 until A C […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | January 5th, 2018 7:30am CDT | 4 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.   By Jimmie Covington The latest census estimates, for the states, do not look good for Mississippi. More […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 18th, 2017 9:28am CDT | 17 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, where this appears in its latest issue.   By Jimmie Covington Primarily […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 3rd, 2017 12:24pm CDT | 13 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, where this appears in the April issue.  By Jimmie Covington Shelby County […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 10th, 2017 11:53am CDT | 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, where this initially appeared.   By Jimmie Covington Tennessee’s population grew slightly faster than the national rate in the […]

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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, where this initially appeared.   By Jimmie Covington Shelby County’s […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | July 1st, 2016 12:05am CDT | 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 CDT | 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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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Shelby County government, Taxation | June 2nd, 2016 12:26am CDT | Comments Off on Property Assessments Slightly Up (Except For Millington) But Wait Until Next Year

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 CDT | 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 CDT | 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 CDT | 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 CDT | 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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