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Memphis Moments
3:03 am
Tue July 22, 2008

Memphis Moment: The Flatboatmen's War

Memphis, TN – Memphis Mayor William Spickernagle wanted to raise money for Memphis by charging a fee for all vessels using the Memphis wharf. To ensure the law would be enforced, he formed two militias and offered the wharf-master the incentive of 25% of all taxes collected. Nearly 500 flatboatmen, however, did not want to pay the tax, and the militias had to be called-in to protect the wharf-master, whose life had been threatened.

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Mid-South News
12:46 am
Tue July 22, 2008

Daily News: Memphis City Schools Funding War

Memphis, TN – Four hundred twenty three million dollars is still at stake while the Memphis City Schools suit against the Memphis City Council continues. Nicole Erwin spoke with reporter Andy Meek to find out what progress has been made.

To read more on the Memphis City Schools funding fight, go to the Memphis Daily News at www.memphisdailynews.com.

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Memphis Moments
2:50 am
Thu July 17, 2008

Memphis Moment: Annie Cook

Mid-South News
8:18 am
Wed July 16, 2008

Daily News: Memphis City Schools Funding Dispute May Have Surprising Consequences

Memphis, TN – Andy Meek covers city politics and city schools for the Memphis Daily News. He spoke with Candice Ludlow about what may come out of Thursday's hearing on the Memphis City Schools funding question.

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Memphis Moments
4:10 am
Thu July 10, 2008

Memphis Moment: The Murrell Clan

Memphis, TN – In the 1800s, the exploits and villainy of John Murrell and his clan of hundreds entertained and frightened Memphians and mid-southerners. The Murrell Clan was a secret society composed of members of influential families from nine states. In 1885, hunters near Huntington, TN, uncovered a cave which supposedly held a secret chamber used by Murrell and his gang. The discovery inside of mummified victims rekindled the sensationalism of the Murrell Clan.

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