The city schools board on Thursday backtracked, calling a meeting that could ultimately postpone the merger and give all voters in the county a chance to participate in a referendum on the matter. The state attorney general’s office has said that under the current plan, only voters within the city are eligible.
Meanwhile, state Sen. Mark Norris, whose district includes part of Shelby County, backed off his proposal to force county voter participation and slow the process, the Memphis Daily News reported. No matter. Local authorities, it seems, are warming to his idea.