Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:29 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:29:32 GMT
(WMC) - Tuesday, a woman is charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect after police say she beat her six children with an extension cord, choking one of them. Neighbors say the family moved intoMore >>
A Memphis woman is charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect after police say she beat her six children with an extension cord, choking one of them. More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:20 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:20:22 GMT
(WMC) - A new plan to serve as a "safety net" for City of Memphis employees and retirees rolled out during Tuesday's council health care oversight committee meeting. Their "Healthcare Assurance Plan"More >>
A new plan to serve as a "safety net" for City of Memphis employees and retirees rolled out during Tuesday's council health care oversight committee meeting.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:54 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:54:45 GMT
(WMC) – A job fair specifically geared toward veterans is being held on Wednesday, July 30 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111 in theMore >>
A job fair specifically geared toward veterans is being held on Wednesday, July 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111 in the 1st Floor Entrance Meeting Room C.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - The presidents of the Memphis police and fire unions are up in arms over a new report that calls the current city pension fund unsustainable.
They say it is a scare tactic the city administration is using to change the pension plan and put more of the financial burden on city employees.
The city recently reversed a 4.6 percent pay cut just weeks ago. But as the City of Memphis ended one clash with police and fire unions, a new battle is rearing its head.
Union leaders say the city's new plan to reform the city employee pension system is an even bigger battle than the recent salary fight.
"All we're hearing is about killings and murders and robberies and rapes, yet you want to cut police services?" said Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams.
City Chief Administrative Officer George Little says the pension's unfunded liability is growing faster than taxpayers can afford.
"The [pension] plan that we have right now is not sustainable, certainly not without an increase in taxes or cuts in services," said Little.
The city is leaning toward a pension system that functions more like a 401k plan.
"They want to place the burden of the fund itself on the employees," said Williams.
The unions say if the city changes the plan retirees would have to rely too much on the unstable stock market, which they believe would cause a revolving door.
"What is to keep anybody here if somebody down the road comes up with a better package? They take their stuff and leave and go with them," said Memphis Fire Association President Thomas Malone.
Little says the State of Tennessee is concerned about the current pension model and that market conditions are forcing cities around the country to make a change.
"Even the State of Tennessee recently moved to a hybrid plan. We feel our salary and benefits are competitive," he said.
The unions say that is not a sustainable option for their members.
"We're going to have 80-year-old fire fighters? 80-year-old police officers? I don't think the citizens of Memphis are prepared for this," said Malone.
This is just the beginning of the conversation. The city will meet with union leaders Friday and talk with the City Council October 1.
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:31:11 GMT
The Neshoba County fair began Monday, offering attendees hay rides, food and fun. "I grew up with the fair, I was about a week old when I came to my first one," said Dan Jordan, an attendee. JordanMore >>
The Neshoba County fair began Monday, offering attendees hay rides, food and fun.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:08:54 GMT
(WMC) - Maurice Brown Sr., who is accused of murdering his 3-year-old son, will stand trial beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Maurice Brown Jr. was reported missing on July 1, 2012. His fatherMore >>
The trial for Maurice Brown Sr., who is accused of murdering his 3-year-old son, began Tuesday morning in Memphis. More >>