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The Week in Review

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Memphis got a new police chief last week as the City Council confirmed Mayor Jim Strickland’s choice of Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis to replace retired Director Michael Rallings.

Davis’ confirmation came amid accolades from those who have worked with the “rising star” in other cities. At the same time, local advocates for police reform are already giving the new chief 100 days to begin tackling their list of 10 reforms.

Meanwhile, a subject on every home and business owner’s mind — property taxes — was addressed by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris. He said the county property tax rate shouldn’t rise above the new lowered rate that is expected based on higher property values under the recent reappraisal. But some county commissioners are exploring how much additional revenue could be generated by a property tax increase on top of the recertified rate.

Stay tuned for more as Shelby County and its municipalities wade through budget negotiations and setting tax rates. — Metro editor Ron Maxey

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As Durham Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis awaits confirmation from the Memphis City Council as the new leader of MPD, city leaders, former colleagues and activists from her past weigh in on her law enforcement career. 

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Personal injury lawyer Corey B. Trotz has been on television and billboards for so long, he’s now sort of a Memphis institution − and probably not at all who you think he is. 

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The local personal injury law marketplace is not for the faint of heart, as legitimate firms spend millions of dollars on advertising and “bad actors” in the profession engage in illegal solicitation of clients that has triggered the attention of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. 

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Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said on “Behind The Headlines” that the estimated drop in the county property tax rate to $3.50, accounting for increases in values, should be the line to hold on the county tax rate. But county commissioners this week reviewed numbers suggesting some want to raise taxes beyond that point.

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Four teens have been charged after allegedly shooting a Memphis police officer and an ATF agent Friday, May 7, in North Memphis as the Violent Crimes task force searched the area for a carjacked vehicle. 

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Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced Friday, May 7, that he is proposing bonus pay for police and firefighters over the next three fiscal years.

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With the flexibility of virtual learning, high school students have taken up part-time jobs and extra hours instead of returning to school buildings. 

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FDA advisory committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday, May 12. 

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Decarcerate Memphis, a criminal justice grassroots coalition, has given MPD’s new police chief 100 days to tackle reforms it says are needed to change the “culture and structure” of the department. 

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The 2006 sculpture honoring Tom Lee’s 1925 rescue of 32 people from the Mississippi River is a prominent part of plans to remake the popular park. But the fate of a 1954 monument that refers to Lee as a “very worthy Negro” is uncertain.

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