The Commercial Appeal
25 years ago — 1998
NASHVILLE – Sen. John Ford, Dmemphis, calls them “clowns” and “liars.” Sen. Roy Herron, D-dresden, notes that they’ve “got a lot chutzpah.” Others want to know just why the state continues to send millions in taxpayer dollars to the two private behavioral health organizations that manage the state’s troubled $350 million Tenncare Partners program for the mentally ill.
50 years ago — 1973 WASHINGTON – The government’s $228 million dollar spending this year to help communities solve their desegregation problems will include subsidizing children’s television programs, dropout counseling and planning student transfers between city and suburbs, it was learned Wednesday. 75 years ago — 1948
Muddy waters from swollen Midsouth creeks and rivers swirled out over thousands of acres yesterday and brought death to at least one person. But weather observers, cheered by clearing skies, began predicting an early end to the steady rises of rivers. Meanwhile, defying the Weather Bureau’s forecasts of continued rainfall, the sun broke out in welcome brilliance over Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, giving river experts their first fair chance to predict dates and levels of flood crests.
100 years ago — 1923
NEW ORLEANS – The people of the South in accomplishing the reconstruction of the South after the Civil War “set the finest example that could be urged upon a war-wasted world today,” President
Harding declared in a letter made public tonight by Captain James Dinkins, chairman of the committee in charge of arrangements for the annual reunion of the United Confederate Veterans in New Orleans in April. The President wrote Captain Dinkins expressing his regret because of his inability to accept an invitation from the committee to attend the reunion.
125 years ago — 1898
The majority of the merchants of Memphis look with anything but favor upon the trading stamp companies that have recently begun to operate in this city, and very few of the larger merchants have entered into the scheme to secure cash patronage, although nearly every one of them has been approached by representatives of the trading stamp companies.