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Posted on: November 15, 2022

THE 6TH ANNUAL SOULSVILLE USA HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING WITH SOUTH MEMPHIS COMMUNITY

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Shelby County, TN – On Saturday, November 19, 2022, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris will join Chairman Mickell M. Lowery, South Memphis Alliance Founder Reginald Milton, and community members to host the sixth annual Soulsville USA Holiday Tree Lighting.

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Posted on: November 3, 2022

COMMISSIONER REGINALD MILTON TO LEAD THE OFFICE OF EDUCATION AND YOUTH SERVICES

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Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has appointed Reginald Milton to lead the Shelby County Office of Education and Youth Services. Milton will serve under Director Dorcas Young Griffin at the Division of Community Services. The Department

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Posted on: October 25, 2022

MAYOR LEE HARRIS URGES STATE OF TENNESSEE TO IMPLEMENT MINIMUM WAGE OF AT LEAST $15 PER HOUR

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Shelby County, TN – Today, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris released his administration’s recommendations for the upcoming session of the Tennessee General Assembly. Mayor Harris’ priorities center around legislative actions that support youth and families,

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Posted on: September 22, 2022

HARRIS ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES “OUR NEXT ERA” PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

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Shelby County, TN – On Friday, September 23, 2022, at 4:00 p.m., the new “Our Next Era” planning committee will meet for the first time at the prominent Burch, Porter & Johnson law firm in Downtown Memphis. Modeled after Harris’ 2018 Transition Team, over

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

SHELBY COUNTY MAYOR LEE HARRIS ANNOUNCES COUNTY’S FIRST ARTS AND CULTURE LIAISON

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Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announces that Nykesha Cole, an experienced non-profit agency leader, has been named the first-ever arts and culture liaison for Shelby County Government. In this role, Cole will be responsible for

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Posted on: August 15, 2022

MAYOR LEE HARRIS ANNOUNCES OUR NEXT ERA TRANSITION TEAM CO-CHAIRS, OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY

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Shelby County, TN – Today, newly re-elected Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announces the formation of the Our Next Era Transition Team. Modeled after his 2018 Transition Team, two dozen community volunteers will dedicate ten weeks to researching and

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Posted on: July 28, 2022

MAYOR LEE HARRIS AND OFFICE OF RE-ENTRY TO HOST COMMUNITY TOWN HALL MEETING ON TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

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Shelby County, TN – On Thursday, July 28th, at 5:30 p.m., Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and DeAndre Brown, director of the Shelby County Office of Re-Entry, will host a town hall meeting to discuss plans for a transitional home for re-entry clients.

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Posted on: July 28, 2022

MAYOR LEE HARRIS ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF THE SHELBY COUNTY COUNCIL ON GUN SAFETY

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Shelby County, TN – Today, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announces members of the Shelby County Council on Gun Safety. The council will bring together community members in a collective effort to reduce gun deaths and act on gun safety. Council members

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Posted on: July 25, 2022

“901 Student Passport” Kick-Off Celebration

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Shelby County, TN – The “901 Student Passport” program kicks off this month, complete with nine historic sites and cultural institutions ready to provide free admission to Shelby County’s school-aged children and their families. YMCA of Memphis and the

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Posted on: June 30, 2022

SHELBY COUNTY GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES GUN SAFETY COUNCIL

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Shelby County, TN – Today, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announced a new effort to reduce gun deaths in Shelby County. The Shelby County Council on Gun Safety will be comprised of both adult and youth representatives from the community at

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Posted on: June 27, 2022

MAYOR LEE HARRIS AND THE OFFICE OF RE-ENTRY TO HOST TRANSITIONAL HOUSING COMMUNITY KICK-OFF

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Shelby County, TN – On Monday, June 27, the Shelby County Office of Re-Entry will kick off the first in a series of community events to share plans for new transitional housing in South Memphis. The Office of Re-Entry connects ex-offenders to programs,

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Posted on: June 22, 2022

MAYOR LEE HARRIS INVITES LEADERS FROM AGENCIES THAT SERVE RESIDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

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Shelby County, TN – On Thursday, June 23, Mayor Lee Harris will host, in partnership with The Memphis Center for Independent Living, a forum to discuss measures that can help empower and enhance the lives of Shelby County residents with disabilities.

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Posted on: June 14, 2022

MAYOR LEE HARRIS’ BIPARTISAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, “FAIR CHANCE TO SERVE,” PASSED BY COMMISSION

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The Fair Chance to Serve ordinance, sponsored by Republican Commissioner Mick Wright and Democratic Commissioner Van D. Turner, Jr., makes it easier for individuals with a criminal history to serve on volunteer boards and commissions.

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Posted on: May 27, 2022

SCG KICKS OFF THE THIRD SEASON OF THE RETURN OF THE SHELBY COUNTY COMMUNITY GARDEN AT SHELBY FARMS

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Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and the Shelby County Department of Parks and Neighborhoods recently welcomed gardeners who, for a third season, have claimed plots at the Shelby County Community Garden at Shelby Farms, making this

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Posted on: May 26, 2022

MAYOR LEE HARRIS APPOINTS LONG-TIME COMMUNITY LEADER HAROLD COLLINS TO SERVE AS CAO

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Shelby County, TN – Effective June 1, 2022, Harold Collins will take the reins as Shelby County’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the highest-ranking appointed official in Shelby County Government. As CAO, Collins will work closely with Mayor Lee

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Posted on: May 23, 2022

MAYOR’S OFFICE OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES PARTNERS FOR THE 2022 YOUTH SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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Shelby County, TN – The Shelby County Mayor’s Office of Education announced on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, its partner organizations for Shelby County’s first-ever Youth Summer Camp Scholarship Program. The organizations are the recipients of the Shelby County

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Posted on: May 17, 2022

MAYOR LEE HARRIS ANNOUNCES PLAN FOR NEW CHILDCARE BENEFIT FOR WORKING FAMILIES

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Shelby County, TN – On Wednesday, May 18, the Shelby County Mayor’s Office will announce “A Childcare Benefit for Working Families,” a new benefit for county employees. The benefit is expected to offset the rising cost and often overwhelming burden of

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Posted on: May 16, 2022

MAYOR’S OFFICE OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES PARTNERS FOR THE 2022 YOUTH SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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Shelby County, TN – On Tuesday, May 17, the Shelby County Mayor’s Office of Education will announce its partners for Shelby County’s first-ever Youth Summer Camp Scholarship Program. The selected summer camp operators applied for the 2022 Summer Camp

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Posted on: May 10, 2022

MAYOR LEE HARRIS APPOINTS VIJAY KALAGA TO THE EDGE BOARD

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Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has appointed Vijay Kalaga to the Economic Development Growth Engine Industrial Development board. Kalaga will be the first person of Indian descent to be appointed to the EDGE board. The EDGE board is

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Posted on: May 9, 2022

SHELBY COUNTY LEADERS WILL GATHER TO PROVIDE A COMMUNITY UPDATE ON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

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Shelby County, TN – Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 11, Mayor Lee Harris and Sheriff Floyd Bonner will convene leaders in mental health from across Shelby County to raise awareness about mental health supports available in our community and programs led by

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Posted on: May 5, 2022

SHELBY COUNTY LEADERS WILL GATHER TO PROVIDE A COMMUNITY UPDATE ON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

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Shelby County, TN – Next Wednesday, May 11, Mayor Lee Harris and Sheriff Floyd Bonner will convene leaders in mental health from across Shelby County to raise awareness about mental health supports available in our community and programs led by Shelby

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Posted on: April 21, 2022

SHELBY COUNTY MAYOR’S OFFICE OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM TO CREATE SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS

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Shelby County, TN – The Shelby County Mayor’s Office of Education is encouraging summer camp operators to apply for the 2022 Summer Camp Grants Program, a new initiative to allow more youth to attend high-quality summer camps throughout Shelby County.

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Posted on: April 12, 2022

EFFORTS TO EMBED TRAINED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WITH FIRST RESPONDERS

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Shelby County, TN – Today, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and Sheriff Floyd Bonner, Jr. announce a new effort that will place trained mental health professionals in the field with Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies. This will allow embedded clinical

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Posted on: April 7, 2022

SCG IS WORKING WITH LOCAL PARTNERS TO ENGAGE MORE COUNTY RESIDENTS IN THE BUDGETING PROCESS

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Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris will partner with the Shelby County Commission and the Moral Budget Coalition to host a virtual town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2022. The town hall meeting will launch the

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

MAYOR LEE HARRIS TO DELIVER REMARKS AT THE NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY LUNCHEON

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Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris will deliver remarks at the National Vietnam War Veterans Day Luncheon on today, Tuesday, March 29, at 11:15 a.m. at 280 Cynthia Place. The event is hosted by the Military Retirees Tri-State Area

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Posted on: March 24, 2022

SHELBY COUNTY MAYOR’S OFFICE OFFERS FREE ACT PREP CLASS FOR STUDENTS

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Shelby County, TN – The Shelby County Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and the Shelby County Youth & Family Resource Center will offer a free ACT test prep class for Shelby County students on Saturday, March 26.

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Posted on: March 15, 2022

MAYOR LEE HARRIS PROMOTES DEANDRE BROWN TO PERMANENT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OFFICE OF REENTRY

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Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announces today, March 15, 2022, that DeAndre Brown, has been promoted to permanent executive director of the Shelby County Office of Reentry. Brown has served as interim executive director since August

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Posted on: March 10, 2022

10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE MEMPHIS MUSIC HALL OF FAME

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Shelby County, TN – On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Mayor Lee Harris will join the new Shelby County Music Advisory Commission and Memphis Rock and Soul board members to host an advance screening of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame 10th Anniversary Television

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Posted on: March 10, 2022

SHELBY COUNTY MAYOR’S OFFICE OFFERS FREE ACT PREP CLASS FOR STUDENTS

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Shelby County, TN – The Shelby County Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and the Shelby County Youth & Family Resource Center will offer a free ACT test prep class for Shelby County students on Saturday, March 12.

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Posted on: March 9, 2022

SHELBY COUNTY MAYOR LEE HARRIS ANNOUNCES FOURTH ANNUAL SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM

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Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is now accepting applications for the fourth annual Mayor’s Summer Work Experience Program. Applications are available now through Friday, April 8, 2022, at www.shelbycountytn.gov/mswe. Participants

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Posted on: March 2, 2022

SHELBY COUNTY MAYOR’S OFFICE OFFERS FREE ACT PREP CLASSES FOR STUDENTS

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Shelby County, TN – The Shelby County Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and the Shelby County Youth & Family Resource Center will offer in March free ACT test prep sessions for Shelby County students.

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Posted on: March 1, 2022

MAYOR LEE HARRIS BRINGS LEADERS TOGETHER FOR A CONVERSATION ON THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE

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Shelby County, TN – Mayor Lee Harris will host on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 a public awareness event to discuss the events in Ukraine and why communities like Shelby County should pay attention. Participants in the conversation will include P.J. Moore,

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Posted on: February 21, 2022

MAYOR LEE HARRIS AND JUDGE DAN MICHAEL TO DISCUSS DOUBLING THE NUMBER OF YOUTH COUNSELORS

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Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and Shelby County Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael will be available on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, to preview new legislation to expand the placement of youth counselors in police precincts. The proposed resolution will

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Posted on: January 11, 2022

SHELBY COUNTY GOVERNMENT CORRECTS DECADES-LONG PAY DISPARITY WITH RAISES FOR PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEES

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Shelby County, TN – Today, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has announced that the administration’s plan to raise the salaries of over 200 corrections employees has been approved unanimously by the Shelby County Commission. Shelby County corrections officer

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Posted on: December 20, 2021

SHELBY COUNTY MAYOR’S OFFICE HONORS PUBLIC SERVANTS WITH SHINING STAR AWARDS

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Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has named four new inductees to join the distinguished group of “Shelby County Shining Stars,” a special honor bestowed upon civic leaders who contribute to the betterment of Shelby County.

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Posted on: December 20, 2021

SHELBY COUNTY MAYOR’S OFFICE HONORS PUBLIC SERVANTS WITH SHINING STAR AWARDS

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Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has named four new inductees to join the distinguished group of “Shelby County Shining Stars,” a special honor bestowed upon civic leaders who contribute to the betterment of Shelby County.

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Posted on: December 20, 2021

$3 MILLION CONTRIBUTION TO MID-SOUTH FOOD BANK AND CELEBRATE VOLUNTEERS

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Shelby County, TN – On Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at 8:30 a.m., Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, Commission Chairman Emeritus Eddie S. Jones, Jr., and Shelby County Commission Chairman Willie F. Brooks, Jr. will deliver a $3 million check to the Mid-South

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Posted on: December 16, 2021

300 CHILDREN TO RECEIVE A $100 CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SPREE AT THE WHITEHAVEN WALMART

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Shelby County, TN – On Friday, December 17, 2021, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris will join philanthropists Steve and Samantha Bryson, with the Never Forgotten Foundation, at the Whitehaven Walmart to kick-off a Christmas toy shopping spree for 300

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Posted on: December 10, 2021

SCG BREAKS GROUND ON MASSIVE 40 MILLION DOLLAR FLOOD MITIGATION AND RECREATION PROJECT IN MILLINGTON

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Shelby County, TN – On Monday, December 13, 2021, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris will join representatives from the City of Millington, the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, and Naval Support Activity Mid-South to break

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Posted on: December 7, 2021

SHELBY COUNTY GOVERNMENT SET TO DOUBLE CAPACITY OF MENTAL HEALTH COURT

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Shelby County, TN – Today, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, General Sessions Court Judge Gerald Skahan, Chief Public Defender Phyllis Aluko, and District Attorney General Amy Weirich announce an expansion of Shelby County’s Mental Health Court.

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Posted on: November 18, 2021

Mayor Lee Harris' Update on Welcoming Afghan Refugees

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Since the end of the conflict in Afghanistan this August, federal officials say more than 123,000 Afghans have been airlifted out of their homeland. Thousands of Afghan evacuees were brought to the United States and some are now in Shelby County. It is my...

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