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The Week in Review


A ruling in Shelby County Chancery Court last week says that there’s no residency requirement to run for Memphis mayor, clearing the path for two candidates in particular who previously lived outside the city limits and are now seeking the city’s top job. Van Turner and Floyd Bonner Jr. both have declared themselves mayoral candidates even though they only recently purchased Memphis homes, Bonner in East Memphis and Turner in Binghampton. With Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins’ ruling making the job of Memphis mayor an open listing, the Daily Memphian’s Geoff Calkins had some fun calling out potential candidates. Leslie Jones? Justin Timberlake? The Rock? “If the leader of the city doesn’t have to show enough commitment to the place to actually live here, it definitely widens the talent pool,” Calkins writes.

In other news, a middle Tennessee judge rejected former state Sen. Brian Kelsey’s request to withdraw his two guilty pleas in his criminal campaign fraud case; Calvary Episcopal Church fell victim to vehicle theft (and lost a large number of organ pipes as a result); and activists want lifted a ban on their attendance at all Memphis-Shelby County Schools events.

For an inspirational read, check out coverage of the MSCS Project RESTORE program, which is aimed at helping students find healthy ways to resolve conflict. The Daily Memphian’s Aarron Fleming and Alicia Davidson sat in on some of the program’s “restorative circles” last week. About 200 children from 25 district schools are involved with RESTORE, including DeMario, a student at Douglass High School, who told his group that he wished gun violence would stop. “I wish they would just get rid of guns,” he said. 

— Metro editor Jane Donahoe

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Shelby County Chancellor rules Memphis does not have residency requirement

The two mayoral candidates, neither of whom have lived in Memphis for two years, and the City Council argued that a 1996 referendum repealed residency requirements.

Calkins: Now running for mayor of Memphis. The Rock? By
Memphis mayoral candidates react to the residency court ruling By
New mayoral poll shows Bonner, Herenton, Turner in lead, Young gaining By
Judge rejects Brian Kelsey’s request to withdraw guilty plea By
Calvary lost 2,000 organ pipes in rental truck theft over weekend By
Stolen truck with Calvary's organ parts found, but many pipes still missing By
ADAs told not to prosecute adults under 21 for having a gun without a permit By
Activists could pursue legal action against MSCS if ban isn't lifted By
Two rare Sumatran tiger cubs born at Memphis Zoo By
Tyre Nichols lawsuit is 'elephant in the room' during City Council budget hearings By
Judge pushes decision on release of more Tyre Nichols evidence By
Memphis police town hall addresses youth, crime, access, education By
City Council isn't taking a stand on residency in mayoral race By
MSCS Project RESTORE showing results just months after launch By


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