The justifications for reducing hours do not make sense. Using their budget without true financial cutbacks or their vet's hours for more possible surgeries which will not come with a lesser chance to view the animals are not logical. Banning photos of animals was illogical and subsequently overturned. Killing an animal after their 3-day hold is expired is illogical and determines this as a high-kill shelter instead of one that should take steps toward becoming a No-Kill shelter like what many others are doing across the country. If these are examples of this man's logic and the mayor agrees, then this just shows how logic and good leadership are so rare, or non-existent in Memphis.
Lee Harris could at least bring thoughtful arguments to the Pub/Teabagger controlled State Senate. Even some of them can be shamed into behaving like human beings. With Ophelia, they can just laugh and say "Stupid Memphis people" and go about doing trying to turn the State back to the 19th century.
How can we get more people through there to adopt animals? Cutting hours is not the answer. It seems like they are trying their hardest to make things more difficult for people who care and are trying to make the city better and help Memphis animals.
A. You're cutting hours to save money.
B. You're not cutting employee hours or hours of operation.
C. The only way to save money by cutting hours is by reducing the number of animals in your care.
D. If you reduce the number of hours in which you move animals out the door into homes.
E. You're moving animals out the door in garbage bags.
I am so tired of this shelter going backwards. It almost seems as if they hate animals and want to rid the city of all pets. All we need is a compassionate director with shelter experience and a focus on positive outcomes. It's not that hard. We could turn this into a positive for Memphis so easily, but the city just refuses. The taxpayers have invested millions in this state of the art shelter where all they do is kill. It's disgusting and cruel.
That's okay CHG. That's probably how people sanction anything they want from the Bible too.
Give it a try: But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.
i just don't understand the logic for this decision. How can you be a public service, paid by public funds, but not be public friendly? How are the animals in your care suppose to find homes when you're restricting the adoption hours? Why are you denying those that work (tax payers that pay your wages) the opportunity to search for their lost pets or to adopt without having to arrange to leave their jobs early?
The BAD politics behind this action is so blatant that I don't understand why there hasn't been a call for a special election to remove the mayor and therefore those he has appointed. Is the "good old boy" network so strong that they don't care what is really happening to the city as long as they get their due? Don't they understand that a bad political atmosphere is not conducive to attracting business aopportunities, i.e. more jobs in the city/area which lead to more revenue for the city.
When will the rational leaders of the city take action to correct what has become a national platform on "the steps not to take on running a city animal shelter". Why does Memphis have to be know as having the worst reputation for administrating the city's animal shelter? Why can't we have the one of best in the nation instead?
What should we expect from an administration that will lie and steal from retirees--some of who have medical issues due directly to the service of this city. If our mayor will encourage the city council to do this, why would we be surprised when his man Rogers speeds up the killing of puppies and kittens to save the taxpayers the cost of feeding them. To add to the cruelty, they cut the afternoon hours to prevent those puppies and kittens from being saved through pet adoption. There has to be some reason they fight so hard to keep these animals from being adoption. Are they so petty they want to retaliate against the animal advocate group? Do they truly hate animals that much or is there some reason that the taxpayers haven't yet been allowed to find out?
Shocking, repulsive, heartless, hateful.
I am an animal advocated and I AM A TAXPAYER. I live IN Memphis and I pay to help run MAS.
MY access - my PUBLIC access - is being CUT by 9 hours a week because I am not looking for my lost pet (Sun and Mon) and I am sure as heck not surrendering a pet (Tues/Sat mornings)! Therefore I am NOT ALLOWED in the shelter at ANY of those times - I am ONLY allowed in on Tuesday - Saturday from Noon to 5 pm.
The city IS cutting off access of the PUBLIC by 9 hours a week. Period.
They don't need to "reduce any overtime" for cleaning, etc. - they have VOLUNTEERS that help with that, and they would have MORE if they actually treated them decently.
Also, they have INMATES from the county doing cleaning almost every day!! And that costs NOTHING.
And to say that they will save time and money by KILLING ANIMALS QUICKER? How can anyone be that disturbingly cruel? The subliminal message - it's easier (less work) to kill animals than to feed them and clean up after them.
The 'justifications' and 'rationalizations' for these changes are nonsense and defy all rational common sense.
The real reason for the proposed changes? It is a DIRECT retaliation against the people who stood up and spoke out about the "no photos" policy. Instead of working WITH the community, the city decides to work even more AGAINST the community (the people who PAY their salaries!).
Mayor Wharton - you want a "progressive city"? Not with "policies" like these!
MAS already has the WORST reputation NATIONWIDE. This will only make that reputation even more horrible.
FIRE Rogers and FIRE HOOKS!
The City Administration and Council "broke it", so....who is suppose to pay for it???...why of course...the rank and file employees...why????...because they should not have worked for the City to begin with...because they should have known 25-30 years later the suits they worked for were going to f^ck them over....
Don't know why baseball just doesn't award World Series home field advantage to the team with the best overall record. It works in the NBA and NHL.
"Christians can marry outside their own race." Obviously you didn't sit in the same pews I did and listen to all the chapters and verse condemning it. And not one Israelite in the house.
I have been a volunteer at Shelby Farms since 2008. I have also been an amateur genealogist since that time. I became interested in the Mann family gravestone, and here is what I have found. The narrative is first, followed by the documentation for those interested in that much detail. This is an open investigation, and I hope to turn up more in the future.
Bill Wilson (not the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous)
Mann Family History
This is the husband and wife whose gravestone is in the eastern part of the park.
Robert W. Mann, 37, Mary S. “Mollie” Mann, 32, and their three children, Willie, 10, Ora, 6, and Douglass, 4 lived in the 7th Civil District of Shelby County at the time of the 1880 census. Robert was a farmer.
Robert was born on April 4, 1843 in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. His father, George Mann, had been born in Virginia in about 1802, and his mother, Agrippina, in Alabama in about 1812. Her name is unusual and suggests that her family was educated and familiar with ancient Roman names. George was a farmer whose real estate at the time of the 1860 census was worth about $7700 in today’s money. The family had been in Pontotoc County since at least June 1, 1850, when the census for that year was taken.
A Robert Mann served as a sergeant in the Second Battalion (Harris's), Mississippi State Cavalry, which was formed in 1863 in northeast Mississippi. At least two of the four companies were raised in Pontotoc County. The battalion was eventually merged into Armstrong’s Brigade of Confederate cavalry and fought at Selma, Alabama in early April 1865. Many were killed and wounded. The survivors went back home and were paroled under the capitulation of May 4 by Lieut. Gen. Richard Taylor.
Robert married Mollie Twyford in March 1869 in Shelby County, Tennessee. The date is uncertain, but their marriage license is dated March 10. Mollie is a common nickname for Mary. Their first child, Willie, was born about a year later, and was followed by Ora in about 1874 and Douglass in about 1876.
Mollie’s father, William S. Twyford, was born in Kentucky on January 5, 1802, and her mother, Jane Conn in about 1810, also in Kentucky. They were married on August 25, 1825 in Wayne County, Kentucky. They were living in Shelby County, Tennessee at the time of the 1830 census. By 1850 William’s real estate was worth about $63,000 in 2013 dollars, but by the time of the 1860 census was worth only about $51,000. He died in 1860 in Germantown, Shelby County, Tennessee. Jane was still living as of June 1, 1880, but appears to have died later that year.
Robert was involved in several real estate transactions in Shelby County between 1878 and 1886. Some involved auctions of property seized for nonpayment of taxes in which he bought the property; others involved mortgages, warranty deeds, and quitclaim deeds. All were purchases. Many of the available (online) images are illegible. Some of the land was in the city of Memphis, about 17 miles from the property that became Shelby Farms.
Robert and Mollie died within a few days of each other: he on November 25, 1891 and she on December 5, probably of an infectious disease that could be prevented or cured today. They may be buried at the eastern end of the park. At least they share a gravestone. The inscription gives their names, dates of birth and death, and the words “In memory of our Father and Mother.” There is no trace of their children after the parents’ deaths.
Genealogical Details and Documentation
Robert W. Mann
Born 04 Apr 1843 in Tennessee
Died 25 Nov 1891, buried in Cordova, Tennessee
Inscription on gravestone: In memory of our Father and Mother
Source Citation: FindAGrave.com, Robert W. Mann, Find A Grave Memorial# 85752234
He and his family lived in the 7th Civil District of Shelby County, Tennessee as of 01 Jun 1880; the U.S. Federal Census for that year was taken on 15 Jun 1880:
• R. W. Mann, W/M, husband, age 37, farmer, born in Mississippi, father born in Virginia, mother born in Alabama
• M. S. Mann, W/F, wife, age 30, born in Tennessee, both parents born in Kentucky
• Willie Mann, W/M, son, age 10, born in Tennessee, father born in Mississippi, mother born in Tennessee
• Ora Mann, W/F, daughter, age 6, born in Tennessee, father born in Mississippi, mother born in Tennessee
• Douglass Mann, W/M, son, age 4, born in Tennessee, father born in Mississippi, mother born in Tennessee
• Billy Pitman, W/M, servant/laborer, age 23, born in Mississippi, father born in Alabama
• Henry Pitman, W/M, servant/laborer, age 21, born in Mississippi, father born in Alabama
• Paul Woods, B/M, servant/laborer, age 21, born in Tennessee
• Edward Dill, B/M, servant/laborer, age 23, born in Tennessee
Source Citation: U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: District 7, Shelby, Tennessee; Roll: 1278; Family History Film: 1255278; Page: 162B; Enumeration District: 121.
He was involved in several real estate transactions in Shelby County, Tennessee between 1878 and 1886. Several involved auctions of property seized for nonpayment of taxes in which he bought the property; others involved mortgages, warranty deeds, and quitclaim deeds. All were purchases. Many of the available images are illegible. He may have been a real estate speculator, as some of the land was in the city of Memphis, about 17 miles from the property that became Shelby Farms.
Source Citation: Shelby County, Tennessee Register’s Office, book 126, page 150; book 127, page 33; book131, page 170; book 131, page 172; book 146, page 41; book 159, page 34; book 170, page 102; book 180, page 419; book 425, page 61; http://register.shelby.tn.us/ (accessed 13 Jul 2014).
He also appears in the 1891 Enumeration of Male Voters in Tennessee.
Source Citation: Ancestry.com. Tennessee, Enumeration of Male Voters, 1891 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-One Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891. Election Returns (State, County, and Local), 1796–Present. RG 87. Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.
He also appears in the 1860 census for Pontotoc County, Mississippi, taken 12 Jun 1860.
• George Mann, M, age 52, farmer, born in Virginia, value of real estate $300 ($7669 in 2013 dollars, per The Inflation Calculator, http://www.westegg.com/inflation/), value of personal property $150 ($3834 in 2013 dollars)
• Agrippina Mann, F, age 39, born in Tennessee [this is inconsistent with the 1880 census, but that is common over multiple censuses]
• Lucy C. Mann, F, age 24, born in Alabama [Lucy may have been a daughter-in-law, wife of the Manns’ oldest son George, who was not in the household]
• Eliza N. Mann, F, age 17, born in Mississippi
• Robert W. Mann, M, age 16, born in Mississippi
• Henry D. Mann, M, age 13, born in Mississippi
• Lightfoot Mann, M, age 7, born in Mississippi
• Jane H. Mann, F, age 4, born in Mississippi
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: , Pontotoc, Mississippi; Roll: M653_590; Page: 491; Image: 11; Family History Library Film: 803590
He appears in the 1850 census for Pontotoc County, Mississippi, taken 01 Nov 1850.
George Mann, M, age 41, born in Virginia
Agripina (sic) Mann, F, age 38, born in Alabama
George Mann, M, age 12, born in Mississippi
Eliza Mann, F, age 7, born in Mississippi
Robert Mann, M, age 6 , born in Mississippi
Henry Mann, M, age 4, born in Mississippi
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: , Pontotoc, Mississippi; Roll: M432_380; Page: 167B; Image: 341.
During the Civil War he probably served as a sergeant in the Second Battalion (Harris's), Mississippi State Cavalry, which was formed in 1863 in northeast Mississippi, where he was born. He would have been 20 years old at the time.
National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007; Film Number M232, roll 25.
History of the 2nd Battalion State Cavalry (Harris’), aka Harris’ Battalion
(from Dunbar Rowland’s “Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898”; company listing courtesy of H. Grady Howell’s “For Dixie Land, I’ll Take My Stand’)
Company A -- Weatherall’s Company (raised in Pontotoc County, MS)
Company B -- Wood’s Company (raised in Pontotoc County, MS)
Company C -- Moore’s Company (raised in Monroe County, MS) & Rye’s Company (raised in Pontotoc County, MS)
Carpenter’s Company (no letter designation or county of origin specified)
Major -- Thomas W. Harris. Adjutant -- James Moore. Quartermaster -- Carroll Ferguson. Surgeon -- John E. Turner.
This battalion was first organized for State service, in the fall of 1863 in Northeast Mississippi, Second Battalion State Cavalry, and reorganized under the direction of General Gholson and transferred to the Confederate States service May 1, 1864. Aggregate, March, 1864, 177.
General Forrest, in May, sent Major Harris to confer with Gen. S. D. Lee. "Major Harris is anxious to fill up his battalion to a regiment, and has several companies on their way to him." The battalion was consolidated in June with Ashcraft's Battalion, to form Ashcraft's Regiment, with Harris as Lieutenant-Colonel. (See Ashcraft's Mississippi Cavalry and Ashcraft's Consolidated Mississippi Cavalry).
Source Citation: Access Genealogy, Mississippi Civil War Regiments, Rosters and Muster Rolls, http://mississippiscv.org/MS_Units/2nd_bat_st_cav_Harris.htm, accessed 10 Jul 2014.
After the battalion was merged with Lt. Col. Thomas C. Ashcraft’s regiment, it was assigned to Armstrong’s Brigade, Chalmers’ Cavalry (Feb 1865). The regiment was with Armstrong's Brigade in the campaign occasioned by the raid of Gen. J. H. Wilson through Alabama and Georgia, April and May, 1865. The brigade made a gallant and stubborn defense of the works at Selma, Ala., April 2, 1865, fighting as infantry, and many were killed, wounded and captured. Those who escaped returned to their homes and were paroled under the capitulation of May 4 by Lieut. Gen. Richard Taylor.
Source Citation: Access Genealogy, Mississippi Civil War Regiments, Rosters and Muster Rolls, http://web.archive.org/web/20100516034910/http://mississippiscv.org:80/MS_Units/Ashcrafts_Con_MS_Cav.htm, accessed 11 July 2014.
The Shelby County, Tennessee Register’s Office recorded a marriage license record for R. W. Mann and Mollie Twiford (sic) dated 10 Mar 1869, Book 7, page 112. This is very likely to be the couple buried in Shelby Farms. Mollie is a common nickname for Mary, and the date is consistent with the probable birth year of their oldest child Willie, who was 10 years old as of 01 Jun 1880, as listed in the census for that year.
Source Citation: Shelby County, Tennessee Register’s Office, 10 Mar 1869, Book 7, page 112, http://register.shelby.tn.us/ (accessed 11 Jul 2014).
Mary S. Twyford Mann
Born 22 Jun 1848 in Tennessee
Died 05 Dec 1891 in Tennessee
Inscription on gravestone: In memory of our Father and Mother
Source Citation: FindAGrave.com, Mary S Mann, Find A Grave Memorial# 86238128
She married Robert W. Mann in March 1869 (see information for marriage license, above). She and their children appear in the 1880 census (see above under Robert’s information).
She is listed in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census for the 7th Civil District of Tennessee, taken 19 Sep 1860.
• William Twyford, M, age 50, farmer, born in Kentucky; value of real estate $2000 ($51,125 in 2013 dollars , per The Inflation Calculator, http://www.westegg.com/inflation/), value of personal property $1000 ($25,563 in 2013 dollars)
• Jane Twyford, F, age 50, born in Kentucky
• James F. Twyford, age 24, born in Tennessee
• Nancy Keller, age 18, born in Tennessee
• John Twyford, age 16, born in Tennessee
• Fannie Twyford, age 15, born in Tennessee
• Mary Twyford, age 13, born in Tennessee
• William Keller, age 3, born in Tennessee
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: District 7, Shelby, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1273; Page: 331; Image: 669; Family History Library Film: 805273.
She is also listed in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for the 7th Civil District of Tennessee, taken 04 Nov 1850:
• Wm S Twyford, M, age 48, born in Kentucky, value of real estate $2270 ($62,648 in 2013 dollars , per The Inflation Calculator, http://www.westegg.com/inflation/)
• Jane [Conn] Twyford, F, age 40, born in Kentucky
• Wm Twyford, M, age 17, born in Tennessee
• James Twyford, M, age 15, born in Tennessee
• Martha Twyford, F, age 13, born in Tennessee
• Nancy Twyford, F, age 10, born in Tennessee
• John Twyford, M, age 8, born in Tennessee
• Penny Twyford, F, age 5, born in Tennessee
• Mary Twyford, F, age 1, born in Tennessee
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: District 7, Shelby, Tennessee; Roll: M432_895; Page: 145B; Image: 496,
William Twyford had died before 01 Jun 1880 (a family history site on Ancestry.com says he died in Germantown, Tennessee in 1860); Jane Twyford, age 70, appears in the U.S. Federal Census for 1880, taken on 15 Jun 1880, as head of household, widowed, and living with a niece, Delma Deane, age 18, in the 7th Civil District of Tennessee. William Keller, born in Arkansas, who was probably her grandson, then age 21, was a farmer living with his wife Nettie, age 18 and born in Tennessee, on an adjoining piece of property.
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: District 7, Shelby, Tennessee; Roll: 1278; Family History Film: 1255278; Page: 162A; Enumeration District: 121.
William Twyford came to Tennessee between 07 Aug 1820, when the U.S. Federal Census for that year was taken in Wayne County, Kentucky, and 1830, when the U.S. Federal Census for that year was taken and he and Jane were living in Shelby County, Tennessee. He and Jane had married in Wayne County, Kentucky, on 25 Aug 1825. He owned 23 slaves at the time of the 1840 U.S. Federal Census.
Source Information: Dodd, Jordan. Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.
Source Citation: 1830 US Census; Census Place: , Shelby, Tennessee; Page: 14; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 181; Family History Film: 0024539
Source Citation: Year: 1840; Census Place: , Shelby, Tennessee; Roll: 530; Page: 228; Image: 1038; Family History Library Film: 0024547.
Breaking Bad: an oldie but a goodie. http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/breaki…
Dinner was delicious and a huge success. The family raised over $3,000 for the repairs to the fire damaged monastery.
Oh come on now. Everybody knows that "religious freedom" is only for god lovin', bible thumpin' christians.
But CHG, what if your worldview is based on a ruse designed to sell you a product (redemption, salvation, Oxyclean for the soul) that costs nothing to produce in infinite quantities and generates debilitating dependency in the user?
I really hate when people quote the founding fathers out of context, and I really hate when they merge two completely different quotes to make them say something completely different. What is the Commandment - "Thou shall not bear false witness"
The John Adams quote listed above is the latter.
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. We have no government armed with power capable of contending with passions unbridled by morality and religion."
This part is from a letter on October 11th, 1798 to the Officers of the Massachusetts Militia.
It was following with these lines -
"Oaths in this country are as yet universally considered as sacred obligations. That which you have taken, and so solemnly repeated on that venerable ground, is an ample pledge of your sincerity and devotion to your country and its government."
However, the above poster decided to follow it with -
"Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand."
This Adam's line is from another letter on June 21, 1776 to Zabdiel Adams.
It was followed with these lines -
"The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, They may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty. They will only exchange Tyrants and Tyrannies."
If you want to check my work, here it is - http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Adams
Haven't heard of it. What's it about?
If there are no absolute, objective morals in an atheistic or humanistic worldview; upon what basis makes any action good or bad, i.e. condemning one to an eternity of fire and brimstone. By the way; Christians can't determine who will suffer in hell; only God can do such. Christians can marry outside their own race. You are confusing the Old Testament laws when only Israelistes could marry within their race. Take up the right to hold office presupposes that atheism had no godly standards; take that one up with the writers of the Tennessee State Constitution.
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