George Brown, WREG-TV (Memphis), January 2, 2008
In his annual address, Mayor Willie Herenton promised Memphis and Shelby County will be consolidated.
“The city and county must make some tough, strategic decisions,” according to Herenton. The mayor said he prefers a “metro” form of consolidation including schools and law enforcement. Herenton says it is simply too expensive to maintain both forms of government.
Mayor Herenton also said people need to accept Memphis is a majority black city and people need to get use to it, “. . . black people ain’t going nowhere.” The mayor said too many black people are low income and must be brought up or things will not get better.