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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) Uncategorized | June 9th, 2016 12:33pm CDT | No Comments

Project: Porch Swing, a Clinton, Mississippi-based startup, today launched its online shopping platform at projectporchswingmemphis.com. The site, which features select retailers among more than 300 national, regional and local partners in a variety of categories, will donate 60 percent of its revenue to fund public education in the Mid-South. “Education funding is a hot-button issue […]

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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 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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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | January 12th, 2016 12:27am CDT | Comments Off on Putting The Public In Public Safety

                Two of our favorite people in Memphis  are DeAndre Brown and his wife, Vinessa, who founded and operate Lifeline to Success, a model of an outreach ministry that is a significant player in the campaign to revitalize Frayser.  Its specific purpose is to help ex-offenders re-enter their […]

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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) Criminal Justice, Leadership, Trends and Issues | December 17th, 2015 12:01am CDT | 2 Comments

              Matt Timberlake is a Memphis communications consultant and one of our favorite writers.  His contributions to the blog are always appreciated and are widely read, such as his last post, 98.4% Awesome: Stopping Racism, which went viral.  This post is a reminder about the impressive, inspirational work of […]

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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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by (RSS) Education | October 8th, 2015 3:48pm CDT | 1 Comment

Memphis’ own Amy Howell, CEO of Howell Marketing Strategies, has co-written a valuable book that’s required reading for high school seniors looking to go to college, parents wanting to guide the wisest decision, a graduate confronting the interview process, and or a professor wanting to teach employable skills: The Future Belongs to Students in High […]

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by (RSS) Transportation | September 16th, 2015 3:26pm CDT | Comments Off on Sign Up: How Technology Can Connect People and Transit

CONNECTING PEOPLE & TRANSIT USING TECHNOLOGY   Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm Lost Pizza Company, 2855 Poplar Avenue An informal evening with TransLoc transit appmakers, MATA, and the Mayor’s Institute for Excellence in Government Innovation Team. ***  TransLoc will introduce its Memphis real-time bus arrival app, then lead a lively panel discussion […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | September 10th, 2015 3:02pm CDT | 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) Talent, Uncategorized | September 4th, 2015 2:00pm CDT | 3 Comments

Memphis MSA gains 62,796 people between 2000-13 who have bachelor’s degrees or higher and 5,445 people with degrees between ages of 25-34. Respective percentage increases are 4.4% and 2.4% (which are among the lower growth rates), but at least the region is in the positive. “It appears, the Rustbelt’s tide may well be turning. A […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | August 12th, 2015 3:00pm CDT | 4 Comments

By Gene Pearson, FAICP, Professor Emeritus of City Planning, The University of Memphis Warning: This post may damage some brain cells, but it’s for your own good. The following statement is from AC Wharton’s 2015 campaign web site: “The concept of a City of Memphis Planning Office will be evaluated to ensure that City issues, […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | August 6th, 2015 4:15pm CDT | 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) Neighborhoods, Poverty | July 1st, 2015 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Where Neighborhood Inequality is Most Severe and Home Ownership Going Down

The Urban Institute maps the growing income inequality and disparities across neighborhoods in Memphis, which ranks #18 among cities with more than 250,000 residents. Meanwhile, Memphis ranks #15 for MSAs with largest decrease in homeownership, dropping from 65.8% in 2006 to 60.1% in 2013.  To see rankings, click here. From Governing: It’s well known that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 25th, 2015 1:12pm CDT | Comments Off on Sierra Club “Speed Dating” Open Meeting

TITLE: “What is the Sierra Club? What do we do? How to get involved.” CONTACTS: Dennis Lynch, dmlynch@alum.mit.edu, 901-213-6088 WHAT: Sierra Club Open Meeting- Presentation and fun activities to inform and engage the public in the variety of environmental activities the Sierra Club is active in. The meeting will include brief presentations, and fun  Speed […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design, Transportation | May 13th, 2015 3:01pm CDT | 2 Comments

As you know if you’ve read our past posts about the MPO, we consider its current structure unrepresentative because it is weighted to the suburbs and it is racially unbalanced.  As a result, the organization has poorly served the city at its core and its negative impact on Memphis will continue until it is reformed. […]

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