For elected officials, campaign contributions
rather than credit cards present the greatest opportunity to spend other people's money. For one thing, credit cards are scarce and getting scarcer. Shelby County mayor A C Wharton has called in most of the county credit cards that were abused in the previous administration. The city doesn't issue credit cards, even to the
mayor, although he has both a six-figure campaign fund and a personal expense fund paid for by private donors.
Tired of getting stuck in traffic when a train is stalled on the tracks? According to a proposal from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), that may not be a problem in the future. TDOT has outlined a new rail plan for West Tennessee that will reroute the five major rail lines that currently run through Memphis to a superterminal located at Frank C. Pigeon Industrial Park in southwest Memphis.
In a blistering report to the county attorney's office, an independent investigator recounts how a high-ranking county official warned Shelby County Assessor Rita Clark he would "ride your butt all the way to reelection" if she didn't back off on her criticism of his moonlighting business as head of a temporary employee agency.
GRIZZLIES ROLL TO SECOND STRAIGHT WIN
Veteran point guard Jason Williams and rookie Drew Gooden both had hot hands Wednesday night as the Memphis Grizzlies wasted no time building on their first win. The Grizzlies never trailed in a 117-99 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics, their second straight of the still-young season.
Tre Hargett of Bartlett, the newly elected leader of the Republicans in the state House of Representatives, eschewed crowing in favor of humility Monday night as he reflected on his victory over former minority leader Steve McDaniel of Parker's Crossroads and another challenger, Bobby Wood . of Harrison.
Earlier this month, the Republicans won what in some circles was an unexpected victory, but their pre-eminence at the national level -- by the most modest of majorities in Congress -- will be tested again in two years, when there will be a presidential election and new congressional and gubernatorial races. At state and local levels, meanwhile, neither Republicans nor Democrats have a clear edge.
LAKERS EKE ONE OUT AGAINST GRIZ
The Grizzlies thrilled a rare sellout crowd of 19,351 at the Pyramid by sticking with the world champion Lakers -- Shaq, Kobie, and all. Final score in overtime: LA 112, Memphis 106.
GRIZ BLOW ONE LATE
Alvin Williams gave the Toronto Raptors the lead, then made sure they never let it go.
Williams had a layup, two free throws and a key rebound in the final 38 seconds, lifting the Raptors to a 92-87 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at The Pyramid.