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The Week in Review


A top Memphis police official is leaving the department after news came last week that he lives in Georgia. Assistant Chief Shawn Jones is leaving MPD in a move that Memphis Mayor Paul Young said was about “broader direction” for the department. The Daily Memphian first reported July 2 that MPD Assistant Chief Shawn Jones lives in Georgia and voted twice in the state this year.

New Memphis-Shelby County Schools Superintendent Marie Feagins continues to make changes in the district. She announced last week that Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School in North Memphis, which was facing closure as a charter school under operator Memphis Scholars, will remain open as an expanded K-8 school. Feagins will mark her first 100 days in office this week with an event Wednesday night at Hilton Memphis.

And starting today, The Daily Memphian begins a series of stories to mark the Friday, July 12, start of early voting ahead of Election Day on Aug. 1. Reporter Bill Dries summarized the ballot, as well as pointed out the races that are already won. Looking ahead, he will cover the only race every Shelby County voter will see on their ballot — the one for General Sessions Court Clerk. We’ll also will report on the ballot’s other races, including five for the MSCS board as well as those for state and federal representatives.

— Metro editor Jane Donahoe

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The announcement comes after reports that MPD Assistant Chief Shawn Jones lives in Georgia and has voted twice in the state this year.

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