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The Week in Review

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Confederate general and slave trader Nathan Bedford Forrest made his exit from Health Sciences Park last week. During a Friday, June 11, announcement at the park, those involved in the controversial multi-year plan to remove the Forrest statue and the remains of Forrest and his wife — buried beneath the statue — said the remains had been located and removed. The remains will be taken to a Confederate museum in Columbia, Tennessee, for reinterment.

Also last week, budget preparations for the new fiscal year that begins July 1 moved toward conclusion at both the city and county levels. The County Commission approved a 1-cent property tax increase as part of its budget process, and Memphis City Council member Martavius Jones called for a 29-cent increase for city property owners. Jones’ proposal will be voted on at the Tuesday, June 15, council session.

And legal maneuvering is afoot in a couple of high-profile local cases. Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of slain NBA star Lorenzen Wright, will get a July 6 hearing on her petition to have her guilty plea in connection with Wright’s death thrown out. Also, the trial of state Sen. Katrina Robinson and two codefendants on federal wire fraud and money laundering charges was postponed to give attorneys more time to prepare.

Finally, Shelby County Schools announced it was ending its contract with Porter-Leath for early childhood education, prompting complaints from Porter-Leath officiails who said the organization has provided quality services for the actual cost of the services. — Ron Maxey

 

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The announcement of the removal of the remains was made Friday, June 11, in Health Sciences Park, where Forrest and his wife had been reinterred for more than 100 years after originally being buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

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Commission also gives greenlight to reappraisals every two years

The tax hike requires one more vote by the commission after notice is given to the public and the Board of Equalization with a chance for public comment. The commission also approved $1.3 million in recurring funding for the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

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Martavius Jones says he will push for the increase at next week’s council session. 

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Sherra Wright wants a judge to toss her 2019 guilty plea in connection with the slaying of her ex-husband, former NBA star Lorenzen Wright. 

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Shelby County Schools is ending its seven-year relationship with Porter-Leath for early childhood education.

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The trial for state Sen. Katrina Robinson and two others has been postponed after attorneys told the court they need more time to prepare.

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The County Commission’s vote approving a one-cent property tax hike and the City Council’s consideration next week of a 29-cent city property tax hike were the dominant topics in a reporter’s roundtable on “Behind The Headlines.”

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Gadson “Will” Perry, a Memphis lawyer, has been appointed as the new Shelby County Chancery Court judge in Memphis. 

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