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Wharton: Memphis is moving in right direction

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said the city is moving to new unprecedented heights in his annual State of the City address Thursday.

"Our city is more essential to the culture and economy of our world than ever," said Wharton.

Wharton touted a long list of success stories, including a record low crime rate and a record number of new jobs.

"We are putting thousands of new jobs in easy reach of the folks who need those jobs most," said Wharton.

The mayor said there are still many battles to fight.

"We cannot allow one more of our young lives to slip into the oblivion of violent crime," he said.

Wharton has yet to pick a side on the city schools charter surrender debate, but is firm that voters should determine their children's future.

"We will not jeopardize the resources from the Gates Foundation or Race to the Top," said Wharton.

After the address, Wharton engaged in what appeared to be a lively conversation with city school board member Martavius Jones.

"Obviously it was about the school situation," said Wharton, "and just some of the questions that are developing almost by the hour."

The mayor said he has yet to discuss those questions in depth with Memphis City School Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash.

"We're going to start talking about that just as soon as we can get time on our schedules," said Wharton.

Wharton said he is withholding his opinion until outside experts advise him on what is best for the students.  He said he will make his opinion known before voters go to the polls.

The start of early voting on the charter surrender is about a month away.

Do you think the mayor is right? Do Memphians have reason to be positive about the state of the city? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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