Joseph Lee, Edmund Ford and Willie Herenton get national attention

The ongoing scandal involving political power and the nation's "largest three-service public utility" is getting national attention today, as a result of a piece published in the New York Times.

The article, published in this morning's edition, chronicles recent events, outlining the federal investigation that revealed preferential treatment for City Councilman Edmund Ford, the acknowledgment and apology from utility President Joseph Lee and the response by Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, who refused to accept Lee's resignation.

Ford was apparently allowed to go several years without reaching balance on three different utility accounts registered in his name.  The New York Times piece cites brewing contention at utility payment locations where, increasingly, angry customers are making their feelings known to customer service agents collecting payments.

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