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The Week in Review

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The already complicated path toward a possible split between Memphis Light, Gas and Water and the Tennessee Valley Authority took a new twist last week when the Memphis City Council rejected the MLGW board’s choice for a consultant to help with the process.

MLGW board members followed up by saying “no, thanks” to an offer to meet with council members over the issue. And, a parliamentary maneuver keeps options open should the council reconsider its vote.

Also last week, the City Council considered a measure that could affect the future look of one of Memphis’ most eclectic and, some would say, most interesting streets, Summer Avenue. In Nashville, Tenn. Gov. Bill Lee said legislators should look at possible changes to the emergency powers of future governors. — Metro editor Ron Maxey
 
 
Governor could acquiesce to loss of emergency powers
 

Gov. Bill Lee agrees the state Legislature should review the executive branch’s executive powers during a state of emergency and appears willing to give up some of the office’s authority.

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City Council rejects MLGW consultant contract
 

Memphis City Council members have rejected a Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division contract with a power industry consultant to explore what it would take for the utility to leave the Tennessee Valley Authority. The vote stops the two-year old process, at least for now. The MLGW board could have a response Wednesday morning at its regular meeting.

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MLGW board won't meet with City Council over stalled look at TVA exit
 

Attorneys for the utility board warned against a joint meeting with City Council members the day after the council rejected a contract to move ahead with a look at replacing TVA as MLGW’s electric power supplier.

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MLGW-TVA discussion must move faster, city council member says
 

Memphis City Council member Jeff Warren on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast says there could still be an agreement on the next step in the MLGW-TVA issue. He also warns that the Tennessee Legislature could close the door on a possible MLGW exit from TVA if there isn’t a shorter timeline.

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Salvation Army could use a little help saving Christmas
 

Local Salvation Army leaders brace for contributions to drop this year. But donors can still give dollars at kettle901.org or adopt an angel at angeltreememphis.org.

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Summer Avenue rezoning process for church preservation gets started
 

The resolution approved Tuesday by the Memphis City Council for two areas along Summer is designed to make it more difficult to demolish a set of four churches for other kinds of development. It’s similar to a recent rezoning of part of Lamar Avenue but with a slightly different motivation.

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Bartlett, Germantown school leaders see more students returning soon
 

Germantown Municipal Schools District Superintendent Jason Manuel and Bartlett City Schools Superintendent David Stephens talked on “Behind The Headlines” about changing local health department requirements that require students in schools to wear masks and be 6 feet apart at all times.

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KIPP Memphis moves toward return to campus
 

The move back to school buildings would make KIPP one of the first public schools in the city to reopen after starting all remote. The return to in-person learning is outlined in a letter from the charter network’s CEO Kendra Ferguson. 

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New COVID relief funding targets minorities, women, veterans
 

Gov. Bill Lee’s Administration unveiled $50 million more Wednesday, Oct. 7, in federal COVID-19 relief funds, this time designed to help businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans.

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Bradshaw, Hagerty duel over canceled debate
 

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw is calling for a debate with Republican Bill Hagerty after their only scheduled event was canceled, saying she wants to face off, while his campaign accuses her of pulling a “political stunt.”

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