MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Violent crime will be a hot topic when Shelby County commissioners get together Monday afternoon.
The board is considering a new resolution declaring violence an epidemic across Shelby County.
“WHEREAS violence is an epidemic in Shelby County, Tennessee, and can benefit from strategies used for disease control … ” reads the beginning of a resolution to partner with a local group to help combat the problem.
As part of the proposed solution, the county health department wants to team up with a community outreach group to work with young people and keep them out of gangs.
The one-year pilot program would cost taxpayers about $640,000. A group called Heal 901 has been tapped for the job.
During Monday’s meeting, commissioners will also consider spending millions on a number of different construction and renovation projects.
We’ll post updates here as they happen.