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The Week in Review

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Memphis started down the path — sort of — toward consolidation last week as City Council members approved forming a committee that will determine if the council wants to move forward with a consolidation charter commission.

The joint city-county committee will look at whether there are steps short of consolidating city and county government that should be considered or if the next step should be having the city and county mayors appoint a charter commission.

The county also began looking at redistricting, as an ad hoc committee made its first decisions on drawing new lines for the County Commission and the Shelby County Schools board.

And Memphis City Council member JB Smiley Jr. threw his hat into the ring for the Tennessee governor’s race. Smiley will seek the Democratic nomination for the right to run against likely Republican nominee Bill Lee, who is well-positioned to win the GOP nomination in his bid for a second term. — Metro editor Ron Maxey

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The first-term City Council member claims the numbers are there to first win the August statewide primary and then the November general election. That’s despite no Democrat winning statewide office in Tennessee in 15 years.

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Strickland said he had been experiencing mild symptoms including congestion that prompted him to get tested with the results being positive Friday.

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Parents staged a protest at the SCS Board of Education to follow up on their concerns about the safety of their children and what they said was distasteful mistreatment in a meeting led by Deputy Superintendent John Barker.

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The council votes to appoint a study committee to weigh whether the city should pursue drafting a charter that would consolidate city and county governments if approved by voters. 

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Judge cites need to “protect the right of the accused to a fair and impartial preliminary hearing” and to “promote public trust in the integrity of the criminal justice system.”

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Now she wants the 10 deputies involved to go on trial.

In an interview exclusive to The Daily Memphian, Kesha Gray described how the encounter turned her “life upside down” and how she’s ready “to fight to make things right.” 

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A ruling is expected before the temporary restraining order expires on Sept. 17.

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The County Commission’s working group on the once-a-decade redrawing of district lines got down to business Wednesday, Sept. 8, to set not only commission district lines but those of the Shelby County Schools board.

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The special assistant to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland talked about his exploratory campaign for mayor Wednesday, Sept. 8, and sounded very much like he is in the race while taking a few jabs at incumbent Mayor Lee Harris.

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State Sen. Katrina Robinson was indicted last year and charged with theft and embezzlement involving government programs and wire fraud.

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