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Materials that should not be put in a compost pile include meat, cheese, fatty foods, dog and cat manure, and plants with diseases.
The BOE can: • Affirm, lower or raise a property’s assessed value.
The BOE cannot: • Reduce your property’s assessed value simply because you are paying more taxes than your neighbor. • Remove penalties and interest for late payment of property taxes. • Reduce your taxes due to your inability to pay. • Change tax rates. • Grant or deny exemptions.
The County Trustee calculates and collects taxes on your property based upon its assessed value.
The County Board of Equalization is a completely independent entity that handles the "appeal process and hearing" of your disputed assessment valuation. The Board is separate from and independent of the Assessor.
You may appeal the assessor’s valuation of your property by timely filing a complete appeal petition with the County Board of Equalization. There is no fee charged for filing an appeal. You may file your appeal by one of the following methods:
PROPERTY OWNERS WITH ONE (1) REAL PROPERTY APPEAL WILL BE ALLOWED TO SCHEDULE THEIR HEARING DATE PROPERTY OWNERS OR REPRESENTATIVES WITH MORE THAN 100 APPEALS MUST FILE ONLINE
You may contact the BOE at 901-222-7300 or BOE@shelbycountytn.gov
When gathering evidence and formulating arguments, it is important to keep in mind that, by law, the Assessor is presumed to be correct. The burden of proof is on you to show that the Assessor’s determination of value is incorrect.
To receive copies by mail, please call (901) 222-3921.
Elevation Certificates must be prepared and certified by a registered professional engineer, licensed land surveyor, or registered landscape architect who is authorized by state or local law to certify elevation information. Community officials who are authorized by local law or ordinance to provide floodplain management information may also sign the certificate.
We can help you to develop a safety plan, access social services for you and your children, and refer you to longer-term treatment sources.
Our Citizen's Dispute department is available to process orders of protection. We are located at:1750 Madison Ave., Suite 100Memphis, TN 38104(901) 222-4013
Call (901) 222-3950 for more information.
Divisions 1 - 4 are on the fifth floor,Divisions 5 - 8 are on the sixth floor, and...Divisions 9 - 10 are on the seventh floor.
Our main office number is (901) 222-3200. Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Your involvement will help our organization to improve current programs and create new ones such as family enrichment, counseling, vocational training, arts and crafts, spiritual growth and more. Your services will not only benefit our client population, but will help to benefit everyone in the community as a whole.
Teaching clients the proper life skills - how to make decisions, setting goals, planning financially, continuing education, exploring talents, and growing spiritually - will offer them a second chance in society while investing in your own future for the purposes of humanity. Help us raise awareness and the public's perception of institution life by becoming a teacher, tutor, counselor, mentor, role model, leader, helper, or friend.
Satellite Offices: Hickory Hill Office (Inside Hickory Ridge Mall) 3768 S. Hickory Ridge Mall, Suite 514 Memphis, TN 38115 Hours: M-F 8:00am-4:15pm 901-222-3667
East Office 1075 Mullins Station – Bldg. 115W Memphis, TN 38134 Hours: M-F 8:00am-4:15pm 901-222-7905
Symptoms of disease vary depending on how the disease was contracted, but symptoms usually occur within seven days. Cutaneous Most (about 95%) anthrax infections occur when the bacterium enters a cut or abrasion on the skin, such as when handling contaminated wool, hides, leather or hair products (especially goat hair) of infected animals. Skin infection begins as a raised itchy bump that resembles an insect bite but within one to two days develops into a vesicle and then a painless ulcer, usually 1 - 3 centimeters. In diameter, with a characteristic black necrotic (dying) area in the center. Lymph glands in the adjacent area may swell. About 20% of untreated cases of cutaneous anthrax will result in death. Deaths are rare with appropriate antimicrobial therapy. Inhalation Initial symptoms may resemble a common cold. After several days, the symptoms may progress to severe breathing problems and shock. Inhalation anthrax is usually fatal. Intestinal The intestinal disease form of anthrax may follow the consumption of contaminated meat and is characterized by an acute inflammation of the intestinal tract. Initial signs of nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, fever are followed by abdominal pain, vomiting of blood, and severe diarrhea. Intestinal anthrax results in death in 25 - 60% of cases.
The anthrax vaccine is manufactured and distributed by the BioPort Corporation in Lansing, Michigan. The vaccine is a cell-free filtrate vaccine, which means it contains no dead or live bacteria in the preparation. The final product contains no more than 2.4 milligrams of aluminum hydroxide as adjuvant. Anthrax vaccines intended for animals should not be used in humans.
The anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program in the U.S. Army Surgeon General's Office can be reached at (877) GET-VACC (1-877-438-8222).
Note: Pregnant women should be vaccinated only if absolutely necessary.
FEES ARE ESTABLISHED BY STATE AND LOCAL STATUES FOR RETAIL GROCERY STORES, MEAT MARKETS, ETC. FEES RANGE FROM $57.50 TO $622.50 AND ARE BASED ON THE SQUARE FOOTAGE OF THE ESTABLISHMENT.
Immunization against hepatitis A is also recommended. The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department has vaccine for children and adults. Currently the vaccine for children ages 2 - 18 years of age is free. The adult vaccine is $45 per dose. The children and adult vaccine requires two doses six months apart.
Do not give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms. Giving aspirin to children or teenagers with influenza can result in a rare, but serious illness called Reye Syndrome. Children or teenagers with the flu should take medicines that contain no aspirin to relieve symptoms.
Influenza is caused by a virus; therefore antibiotics (like penicillin) do not work to cure it. The best way to prevent the flu is to get flu shot each fall, before flu season begins. In this community the best time is during the months of October and November, since the worst part of our flu season is usually January and February. Since influenza viruses can change each year, influenza vaccines must be developed for each season, and yearly influenza vaccination is needed for protection.
Additionally, stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Also, washing your hands often will help to prevent the spread of germs. Wash all surfaces, including the backs of hands, wrists, between fingers, and under fingernails for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm soapy running water. Rinse well and dry hands with a clean towel, paper towel, or air dyer.
Non-DEET products provide some protection from mosquito bites but may not last as long as DEET products. Persons who are concerned about using products containing DEET may wish to consult their health care provider for advice.
Protect infants less than 10 months of age by placing mosquito netting over infant carriers when outdoors. Children over 10 months of age may use products that contain 10% DEET or less.
To contract Lyme disease, you have to be bitten by an infected tick. Although the percentage of people who are bitten by a deer tick and actually get Lyme disease is small, proper precautions should still be taken in areas where ticks live. Increased awareness and prevention methods are key to helping keep the number of Lyme disease cases to a minimum.
If you're bitten and the infected tick stays attached to your skin for an extended period of time, bacteria can travel from the tick's gut to your bloodstream. Soon the bacteria migrate to parts of the body where symptoms later may occur.
Symptoms of Lyme disease may disappear spontaneously, but that doesn't mean the disease is gone. Left untreated, Lyme disease can spread to the rest of your body within six months to two years, causing arthritis and nervous system problems.
The blood test most often used to screen for Lyme disease is called an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). It detects antibodies to the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. A diagnostic test to confirm a positive blood test has been developed as well, the Western blot.
If the disease has progressed to a later stage, the brain, nerves, heart, or joints may be affected. Hospitalization may be necessary in some cases.
Viral meningitis is generally less severe and resolves without specific treatment, while bacterial meningitis can be quite severe and may result in brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disability. For bacterial meningitis, it is also important to know which type of bacteria is causing the meningitis because antibiotics can prevent some types from spreading and infecting other people.
Before the 1990s, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis, but new vaccines being given to all children as part of their routine immunizations have reduced the occurrence of invasive disease due to H. influenzae. Today, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis are the leading causes of bacterial meningitis.
In newborns and small infants, the classic symptoms of fever, headache, and neck stiffness may be absent or difficult to detect, and the infant may only appear slow or inactive, be irritable, have vomiting, or be feeding poorly.
As the disease progresses, patients of any age may have seizures.
However, sometimes the bacteria that cause meningitis have spread to other people who have had close or prolonged contact with a patient with meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis (also called meningococcal meningitis) or Hib. People in the same household or day care center, or anyone with direct contact with a patient's oral secretions (such as a boyfriend or girlfriend) would be considered at increased risk of acquiring the infection. People who qualify as close contacts of a person with meningitis caused by N. meningitidis should receive antibiotics to prevent them from getting the disease. Antibiotics for contacts of a person with Hib meningitis disease are no longer recommended if all contacts 4 years of age or younger are fully vaccinated against Hib disease.
College freshman, especially those who live in dormitories are at higher risk for meningococcal disease and should be educated about the availability of a safe and effective vaccine which can decrease their risk. Travelers should receive the vaccine at least one week before departure, if possible.
Information on areas for which meningococcal vaccine is recommended can be obtained by calling the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at (404) 332-4565.
Almost all MRSA skin infections can be effectively treated by drainage of pus with or without antibiotics. More serious infections, such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections, or bone infections, are very rare in healthy people who get MRSA skin infections.
Locations where the five Cs are common include schools, dormitories, military barracks, households, correctional facilities, and day care centers.
You can protect yourself by:
When MRSA skin infections occur, cleaning and disinfection should be performed on surfaces that are likely to contact uncovered or poorly covered infections. Cleaning surfaces with detergent-based cleaners or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered disinfectants is effective at removing MRSA from the environment. Bleach and water is an inexpensive way to clean, and spraying it on surfaces is very effective. It is important to read the instruction labels on all cleaners to make sure they are used safely and appropriately. Environmental cleaners and disinfectants should not be used to treat infections. The EPA provides a list of EPA-registered products effective against MRSA.
Students with active infections should be excluded from activities where skin-to-skin contact is likely to occur (i.e., sports) until their infections are healed, however as long as the infection site is well covered, the student may attend regular classes.
In the troposphere, the air closest to the Earth's surface, ground-level or "bad" ozone is a pollutant that is a significant health risk, especially for children with asthma . It also damages crops, trees, and other vegetation. It is a main ingredient of urban smog.
Motor vehicle exhaust and industrial emissions, gasoline vapors, and chemical solvents as well as natural sources emit NOx and VOC that help form ozone. Ground-level ozone is the primary constituent of smog. Sunlight and hot weather cause ground-level ozone to form in harmful concentrations in the air. As a result, it is known as a summertime air pollutant.
Weather plays a key role in ozone formation. The highest ozone levels are usually recorded in summer months when temperatures approach the high 80s and 90s and when the wind is stagnant or light.
High levels of ozone pollution often affect healthy people who work or exercise outdoors and can cause breathing difficulties, eye irritation, and reduced resistance to lung infections and colds with exposure for prolonged periods. It can worsen pre-existing health conditions for many individuals with various respiratory illnesses.
The Mid-South Clean Air Coalition is an open gathering of public and private organizations working collectively to improve local air quality. The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department Air Pollution Section and state and federal agencies work in concert with the coalition to focus on two primary areas: compliance and public outreach.
The Mid-South Clean Air Coalition is asking citizens to take care of their summer air by making voluntary changes in behavior to ensure that Shelby and Crittenden County have clean air and meet federal air quality standards.
Ozone season runs from April through September. During this time, the Mid-South Clean Air Coalition will work with meteorologists at the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department to issue Ozone Action Alerts, notifying the public when ozone levels could potentially reach unhealthy levels. During an ozone action alert, you can make a special effort in taking some simple actions including:
The symptoms of pertussis occur in phases. The first phase, which lasts one to two weeks, is usually with mild upper respiratory symptoms (cold like symptoms with occasional mild cough). During the second phase, which lasts one to six weeks, the cough can progress to severe spasms often with the characteristic respiratory whoop, followed by vomiting. Fever is minimal. Older children and adults may have persistent cough with no whoop. During the third phase, which can last for several months, there is gradual reduction of the coughing spasms. Generally, the duration of pertussis is six to 10 weeks with more than half of the cases lasting less than six weeks.
All children should receive a series of five doses of a vaccine containing pertussis such as Diphtheria, Tetanus, and acellular Pertussis vaccine (DTaP); Diphtheria, Tetanus, and acellular Pertussis vaccine (DTP); or combinations of other vaccines that contain DTaP or DTP.
Register online at TN Volunteer Mobilizer. This is a secured website. You will be asked a series of questions that include your street address, date of birth, specialized skills, and a contact number that you can be reached at 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For medical professionals, license number(s) and expiration date(s) will also be needed.This process takes about five to 10 minutes to complete.
When the virus enters the blood stream, it may localize in the brain causing inflammation of the brain cells and surrounding membranes. The brain tissue swells and can cause destruction of nerve cells, bleeding within the brain, and brain damage.
To contract SLE, you have to be bitten by an infected mosquito. Although the percentage of people who are bitten by an infected mosquito and actually get SLE is low, proper precautions should still taken in areas where culex genus mosquitoes live. Increased awareness and prevention methods are key to helping keep the number of SLE cases to a minimum.
Since 1968, the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department's Mosquito Control Program has been actively involved in SLE surveillance by measuring antibodies to the virus in the blood of wild birds and chickens. These animals serve as a reservoir for the St. Louis encephalitis virus. Positive antibody testing serves as an early warning signal.
Although mosquito control is an important means of decreasing transmission of SLE to humans, personal protective measures are also important. Individuals can help by flushing any standing water in birdbaths, small wading pools, and pets' water bowls, and by adding fresh water daily. This will decrease the potential for mosquito breeding sites.
Although the majority of the cases reported during the outbreak were older adults, young children should not be considered low-risk, since they are a target population by being outdoors frequently.
Symptoms that are serious enough to cause emergency medical attention may also include loss of consciousness, poor responsiveness, coma, seizures, muscle weakness or paralysis, sudden severe dementia, and memory loss (either short term or long term).
Remember, not all people with SLE develop the same symptoms, if any.
Additionally, a cranial MRI or a CT scan of the head may be used to determine the presence or absence of internal bleeding or edema.
If the disease has progressed to a later stage, hospitalization may be necessary in some cases. Rest, nutrition, and plenty of fluids allows the body to fight the infection. Emotional support may also be helpful. If brain function is severely affected, physical therapy and speech therapy may be necessary after the acute illness is controlled.
You can decrease your chances of contracting St. Louis encephalitis by following some simple precautions:
WIC provides the following:
WIC participants must be present at each certification.
* Commission meetings are held on select Mondays at 3:00 p.m. * Committee meetings are held on Wednesday prior to the Monday's Commission meeting. Committees generally begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn once all agenda business has been conducted.
Meetings are held at the Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building, located at160 N. Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103. For meeting dates and additional information, please open the Commission & Committee Meetings Schedule above.
For more information, visit our Birth Certificate page.
Contact Ms. Antoinette Knowlton at (901) 222-7605 for pre-screening and to receive an application or download an application at this link: /DocumentCenter/View/31602/APPLICATION---REHAB
Be prepared to submit the following with an application:
1) Proof of income for each person in the household that is over 18
If Employed: (6) six most recent check stubs or employer printout SS, SSI, Retirement, and/or Pension (award letter).2) Proof of current mortgage Most recent statement, which shows next due date, last payment, escrow and late charges (if applicable)3) Proof of current homeowners insurance Copy of policy, which shows current coverage dates
No, not at this time. Please check the webpage for the specific Housing program that interests you. You will find an application that can be downloaded on that page or contact information for how to have an application sent to you. Completed applications cannot be returned via email.
From the time of application approval, the process could take at least 2.5 months before work is started on your home.
If you are approved for work on your home through the Shelby County Rehabilitation Program, you will not pay for anything or pay back anything unless you want to sell the house within the lien period. For the Rehabilitation Program, the lien period if 5 years.
No. All projects are bid out to certified contractors in a competitive sealed bid process.
If you had work done on your home through the Lead Hazard Control Program, contact Ms. Sydney Wright at (901)222-7601.
If you had work done on your home through the Rehabilitation Program, contact Ms. Antoinette Knowlton at (901) 222-7605.
To file a complaint contact the Tennessee Human Rights Commission by visiting their website www.tn.gov/humanrights/
If you are seeking legal assistance contact Memphis Area Legal Services at 901-523-8822 or The Memphis Fair Housing Center at 901-432-4663.
Contact Mr. Israel Henry at (901) 222-7616.
If you live in the City of Memphis, you may qualify for the Shelby County Lead Hazard Control Program. Contact Mr. Safranski Durr at (901) 222-7603 for more information or click on the Lead Program tab.
Only citizens in Shelby County outside of the city of Memphis may qualify for the Shelby County Rehabilitation Program.
Other organizations that you may contact:
Habitat for Humanity- Aging in Place Program: (901) 322-3500
MLGW- Project Care: (901) 528-4188
City of Memphis- Weatherization Assistance Program: (901) 636-7366
MIFA- Various Family Programs: (901) 527-0208
Contact Tom Fletcher at (901) 222-7608 for information or follow this link: http://www.shelbycountytn.gov/3453/Contract-Opportunities
The Shelby County Department of Housing does not administer a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program. Contact the Memphis Housing Authority for information on their Housing Choice Voucher Program at (901) 544-1347.
The Shelby County Department of Housing does not provide emergency housing assistance.
Contact Metropolitan Interfaith Association (MIFA) to inquire about the following programs:
Emergency Services- assists seniors on fixed incomes and the working poor who have experienced temporary crisis with rent, mortgage payments, utilities, and food.
Phone: (901) 527-0226
Emergency Shelter Placement- helps families with minor children secure temporary shelter if homelessness cannot be avoided through mediation.
Phone: (901) 529-4522
Homeless Hotline- 24-hour hotline helps connect homeless families with minor children in Memphis and Shelby County to shelter.
Phone: (901) 529-4545
Rapid Rehousing- helps eligible homeless families quickly obtain permanent stable housing.
Phone: (901) 529-4524
Contact the Memphis Fair Housing Center to inquire about other emergency housing services at (901) 432-4663.
The Shelby County Department of Housing does not provide mortgage or utility assistance. Contact the Shelby County Community Services Agency at (901) 222-4315 for information about utility assistance or (901) 535-2200 for information about mortgage/rent assistance.
For any type of infestation issue contact the Shelby County Health Department at 901-222-9000.
For any service that is not listed, call the Shelby County 311 service by simply dialing 311. You can file a complaint and your complaint/inquiry will be routed to the proper agency.
If you are a United States Citizen, a resident of Shelby County and at least 18 years of age, you are eligible to be summoned for jury duty. The United States Constitution guarantee all individuals, regardless of race, creed, religion, sex, national origin or economic status the right to trial by jury of one’s peers. In order to uphold this guarantee, we need those summoned to participate in the jury process to ensure every citizen’s right to have his/her case decided by a fair and impartial jury selected from a pool of prospective jurors.
A master list of prospective jurors for the County of Shelby is compiled from the Tennessee Department of Safety. The list includes all citizens over the age of 18, who have either a driver’s license or a state ID. Your name is electronically and randomly selected from the list of names collected from the master list.
Yes. There is no longer an age exemption for individuals 70 years old or older. If you have a medical issue that you feel will create a hardship if required to serve, you may submit or have your physician submit documentation regarding his/her concerns. After documentation is submitted, if you do not receive a response by mail, text or email confirming dismissal, it is your responsibility to contact the Jury Commission for further instructions or you may appear to speak with a judge at Jury Qualification.
You will choose a period of one (1) week to serve, usually beginning on a Monday. This is a one week or one trial jury system. Once seated on a jury trial, your appearance will be required until the completion of the trial. Most cases are only 2 to 5 days in length. Rarely do we have trials which exceed 5 days. If not called to a jury trial by Wednesday of each week, over 85% of the jury pool is dismissed.
A juror is only required to serve once every ten years. If you are summoned before your ten years are up, simply call the Jury Commission to speak with a representative to verify your previous jury service. This does not include serving Federal jury duty.
To qualify for jury service, a person must:
Only individuals who are legally exempt or disqualified can be excused from jury service, they include:
All individuals claiming a legal exemption or disqualification must submit appropriate documentation prior to the Jury Qualification date listed on the summons. After submitting your documentation, if you do not receive a response by mail, text or email confirming dismissal, it is your responsibility to contact the Jury Commission for confirmation or for further instructions. If you do not submit documentation or have not been excused, you MUST APPEAR before a judge at Jury Qualification.
If you are not a resident of Shelby County, you are not eligible to serve as a juror. You must submit one or more of the following to verify your current residence, prior to the appearance date on your summons:
After successfully completing the questionnaire, you should be prompted to choose a future week to serve jury duty. Once your week is selected, your qualification process is complete. You will not be required to appear for Jury Qualification on the date noted on your original jury summons. You will only be required to report for jury service on the date you have chosen.
If you completed the on-line questionnaire and chose a week to report, you are not required to appear for Jury Qualification. You only need to appear for your jury duty service on the date you chose on-line.
On the date you are scheduled to serve jury duty, you must report to the Shelby County Office Building at 157 Poplar Avenue, in the Jury Assembly Room #134.
There are no designated parking areas for jurors. The following parking lots and garages are available at discounted rates:
Please pay attention to all signs & be sure to insert or pay the attendant the correct amount to cover your parking time. The Jury Commission is not responsible for any tickets, tows and tire boots.
The jury commission does not reimburse for parking, nor are we responsible for any tickets, tows or tire boots. To avoid any issues, we recommend you park at the discounted locations listed above.
Jurors are expected to dress in a manner that is respectful to the courts. You are encouraged to dress very comfortable. Business attire is not a requirement. Jeans, slacks, T-shirts and sweats are permitted. All pants must go below your ankles. The following items of clothing should NOT be worn:
There are times jurors are required to have long waiting periods while judges and parties related to a case are negotiating. We try to keep waiting times to a minimum, however, some circumstances are beyond the Court’s control. We recommend bringing reading material, crossword puzzles, knitting, lap tops or tablets, etc., to occupy your time while waiting in the Jury Assembly Room.
Jurors should prepare to be available for at least 8 hours each day. You should have child care, pet care, transportation, work schedules and other obligations in order prior to your appearance for jury service. You will not be excused or rescheduled for any of these reasons.
You may bring cell phones. They must be silenced during orientation and turned off prior to entering a courtroom. Should a family member have an emergency and need to contact you, please inform them to call the Jury Commission at 901-222-1650. We will get the message to you as soon as possible, even if in a courtroom.
Jurors are allowed to bring electronics such as lap tops, tablets, phone chargers and ipods. To the discretion of the security personnel, some electronics are subject to additional search.
Yes. Wi-Fi is available in the jury assembly room. The instructions to access connection will be given during orientation on your first day of service. Wi-Fi is not available in the courthouses.
According to the pay law, jurors are paid $11 for each day of jury service. Jurors who have been sworn by a Judge to serve on a sequestered trial will be paid $30 for each day of service, until the completion of the trial. Checks are mailed to the address on file 10-15 working days after Friday of each week.
If you are a full-time or part-time employee, your employer is required by Tennessee Code Annotated-Title 22 to pay your normal salary. (Please note: Your employer is not required to pay commission or overtime, even if you normally work overtime. If you need further information, you may call the Jury Commission to speak with a Coordinator.
You must notify your employer when you are scheduled to appear for jury service. An employer cannot terminate an employee for serving jury duty. An employer who penalizes, terminates or makes threats of termination is subject to contempt of court.
If you have an emergency arises or if you have questions regarding your jury service, you can call the Jury Commission at 901-222-1650, between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm. A representative is available to assist during regular business hours. Jurors should not use email to contact the Jury Commission in the event of an emergency.
Children are not allowed to come to jury duty. Please make arrangements for childcare, pick-up and drop-off, after school care, etc., prior to your jury service. Shelby County Government does not provide childcare of any kind while serving jury duty.
In the event of schools in Shelby County closing because of inclement weather, you are not required to report at your scheduled time. If you do not receive a text message or email from the Jury Commission, you must call 901-222-1650 before 10am, for further instructions. If you are serving on a trial, you will get instructions from the judge. You may also listen for court cancellations on your local news stations.
After receiving your summons in the mail, if you have access to a computer you can complete the questionnaire online. If you feel you are disqualified or should be excused from serving jury duty, you must submit documentation supporting your request to be excused or disqualified, prior to the Jury Qualification date listed on the summons. If you do don’t receive a response by mail, text or email confirming dismissal, it is your responsibility to contact the Jury Commission for confirmation or for further instructions, otherwise you will be required to appear for Jury Qualification as stated on your summons.
If you don’t have access to a computer, you must appear before a judge to present proper documentation and discuss reasons for dismissal.
You may complete the qualification process online to avoid appearing for your scheduled Jury Qualification. If you don’t have access to a computer and cannot appear for Jury Qualification, you must call the Jury Commission for further instructions.
THE DATE YOU CHOOSE IS THE DATE YOU MUST SERVE. You will not be excused or rescheduled due to any reason other than a medical emergency or the death of a family member. You can call the Jury Commission to speak with a Coordinator in the event of this type of emergency..
While understanding jury duty is not convenient and can cause hardships, it is still the duty and responsibility of every citizen of this country to serve when called. Failure to appear for jury service when summoned is a serious matter. If you do not complete the questionnaire online, do not appear for Jury Qualification or your scheduled jury service, your appearance before a court will be mandatory. You will be required to show cause for your failure to appear and/or be held in contempt of court.
Being declared disabled is not an exemption. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Shelby County Government is required to provide reasonable accommodations to all citizens call to serve jury duty. Any persons needing a special accommodation should contact the Jury Commission prior to Jury Qualification. If your physician feels you should not serve because of a medical condition, he/she should provide a letter to the courts prior to your scheduled Jury Qualification. If you do don’t receive a response by mail, text or email confirming dismissal, it is your responsibility to contact the Jury Commission for further instructions.
This is not an exemption or disqualification. You do not need to speak perfect English to serve as a juror. The courts use common, everyday language that can be understood and at times, will provide an interpreter if required to serve on a trial. If you can not understand English at all, you will need to appear before a judge at your scheduled Jury Qualification. You may bring a friend or family member who speaks English, to assist with your request.
No. The staff of the Jury Commission or the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will never call to ask for personal information such as social security, credit card or bank account numbers. Do not provide this type of information to anyone claiming to be associated with the Courts of Shelby County. Should you receive a call, contact the Memphis Police Department’s Fraud Unit at 901-222-5600. You may also call the Jury Commission for further information.
There are private areas at the Jury Commission and areas available upon request in the courthouse. Speak with the staff upon your arrival for assistance with this matter.
You must appear for Jury Qualification to discuss any hardships that you feel jury duty may create if required to serve. The judge will give you an opportunity to discuss your personal hardships and present any supporting documentation to show as verification.
When you have completed your jury service, you can log on to the website ejuror.shelbycountytn.gov to print verification of each day you've served. You may also come to the Jury Commission to get a letter or call 901-222-1650, to have it mailed or faxed to you.
No. If you legally reside in Shelby County, you are required to fulfill your jury duty obligations in Shelby County. If you own property, are registered to vote, have driver's license or state ID or have vehicles registered in Shelby County, you are required to serve.
Note: No appointment is necessary. The parent / guardian and the child should come to the court where they can receive assistance and/or referrals for appropriate services.
Juvenile Court is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30, excluding holidays.
CORRECTING BIRTH RECORDA correction of a birth record is different from a change of name in that an error has been made and needs correcting. For example, the birthday is the 5th instead of the 6th or the name was misspelled. You will need to bring your birth certificate and a second form of identification. The cost for correcting a birth record is $166.50.
NOTE: If you are changing the name of a minor child, both parents must be present OR have a notarized statement from the absent parent.
If you have questions that are not answered here please feel free to email our office at ProbateHelp@shelbycountytn.gov or call us at 901-222-3750. The Clerks Office will make every attempt to respond to your question within 48 hours.
Make an appointment with the Retirement Office no later than 3 months prior to your expected retirement date. Please contact our office at 901-222-1950, or you may e-mail our office at email@example.com.At the time of your appointment, you will be provided with a retirement packet and pension estimate. However, if you would like to download a packet ahead of your appointment, you may click on the link below.
Notify your payroll representative or office of your anticipated retirement date so that your final pay, vacation and bonus time may be properly calculated and paid out. It is best to notify your payroll office as soon as your retirement packet is turned in to the Retirement Office. Failure to notify your payroll office will delay the timely process of receiving your first pension payment.In order to facilitate meeting deadlines and not create an interruption in your health and life insurance benefits, your last working day should be the last day of the month, making your retirement date the first day of the next month. You will need to provide all required documents when you turn your retirement packet in to our office. We will not accept an incomplete packet. A complete list of required documents can be found in the retirement packet and listed below for your convenience. We do not require original documents, copies may be provided.
Once you have turned in your packet with all required documents we will begin processing your retirement. Your paperwork will then go before the Shelby County Pension Board for approval. The Shelby County Retirement System’s Pension Board meets the first Tuesday of each month, unless rescheduled for the second Tuesday. After approved, you will receive an “Option Letter” with an “Option Form” from our office directing you to sign, date and choose the appropriate pension option. You must return your “Option Form” as quickly as possible in order for us set you up for payroll. After we received your “Option Form”, we will then send you an “Award Letter”. Please review the letter for accuracy and notify our office of any discrepancies. You will be asked to supply a copy of this letter for various reasons to prove income, please retain for your records. No pension funds can be paid from the System until approved by the Pension Board. Click on the link below for a complete schedule of Pension Board meeting dates.Pension Board Schedule
You will need to call our office if you are going to retirement within the next three months to find out the amount. If you’re not retiring in the next three month, please email us with your anticipated date of retirement and we will happy to mail you an estimate within three to five days of receiving the email or use our Retirement Member Web Services Application.
You Vest by:
The following applies to employees who terminate employment: either by voluntary resignation, or terminated for cause.
Termination prior to your vesting period (7 ½ years of service) will result in a refund or rollover of your contributions plus interest. Taxes consequences apply to all refunds, please be sure to read the following.
Refunds are subject to a 20% withholding tax deducted prior to you receiving your check, and may be subject to a 10% early withdrawal fee applied by the Internal Revenue Service.
You may choose to rollover your funds to another qualified plan, IRA, or the County’s Deferred Compensation Plan. No tax consequences apply when rolling funds over.
If you deceased while actively employed but married, your received your contributions plus interest
If not married at the time of death, your contribution will be paid to your designated beneficiary
No other benefit will be payable to your spouse or beneficiary
Vested with 15 Years or more of service:
Spouse and or child could be entitled to a monthly benefit
Children might be entitled could receive a benefit up till age 23 provided they remain in an accredited college or school; age 19 if they do not remain in school.
Designated beneficiary will receive your contributions with interest.
Shelby County Government currently allows for payment of unused sick leave to immediate or deferred retirements. Immediate retirements will receive their payouts within 6 weeks of retirement. Deferred retirements will not receive payouts until the date they become eligible to retire.
In order to be eligible for a sick leave payout your salary must be under $60,000for a period of 5 years prior to retirement. Sick leave payout is based on an annual salary amount of $20,000 and is only payable for up to 75 days. Payments are process by the Finance Department and will be mailed to the retiree in a separate check to their address on file. For further information regarding sick leave payouts, consulted your employee handbook. Sick leave payouts are not a pension benefit; therefore, the Retirement Office does not set the eligibility rules or process the payment.
Unused annual and bonus leave will be processed at the time of your final salary distribution. Failure to properly and timely notify your department will delay in payment of these benefits.
If you have had any unpaid leave during your employment, there will be an adjustment to your credited pension service credit time. Please make sure that you have considered the adjustment when preparing to retire. Falling short on credited pension service time will delay your eligibility to retire.
Member must be 65 or have 25 years of service time under plan C.
Early retirement is drawing a reduced pension for life.
Member must have 7 ½ years of credited service and is under the age of 55 at the time of departure from Shelby County.
You may deferred the pension up until your age 65, once you reach 65, you will have to draw the benefit.
*Note: must have benefits at the time of retirement
At the time of retirement, your pension is calculate and based on your age, your spouse’s age, and your final average earnings. Once you begin drawing your pension, your beneficiary can never change.
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Percentage and amounts cannot be increase.
Yes. It is mandatory that all Shelby County Employees participate in the retirement plan.
Yes. Direct deposit is mandatory for all retirees.
Once you approved for retirement, you can make an appointment with the Human Resources department to have a Retiree badge made.
Shelby County pension plans are defined plans. Disbursement of pension funds cannot occur until you retire or your employment is terminated with Shelby County.
Under Plan A and C, retirees have to be 65 before December 31 of the current year to be eligible for a COLA. The COLA is calculated based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The Retirement board and the County Commissioners approve COLA.
Your spouse at the time of retirement may keep your health insurance in the event of your death. If you remarry while in retirement, your new spouse cannot be added to the health insurance.
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Your child must have reached the age of three by September 30 (a date set by the Memphis City School Board) of any given year and be less than the age of six in order to be eligible for the Head Start program. To be eligible for the Early Head Start program, your child must be at least six weeks old and less than the age of three. For both programs, your family as a whole must meet the income requirements, which are based on the number of individuals living in your household. Because this is a program for low-income families, your annual income must be under the guidelines set by the federal government. Once you have met all of the above requirements, the next step is to choose the head start center you would like your child to attend and submit an enrollment form for each child that you are want to enroll. The completion of an enrollment form does not guarantee enrollment of your child. The enrollment form is reviewed and assessed accordingly. Please view our Enroll Your Child page to learn more and download enrollment forms.
In selecting the children and families to be served, the Head Start program must consider the income of eligible families, the age of the child, the availability of kindergarten or first grade to the child, and the extent to which a child or family meets the criteria established by Sec. 1305.3(c)(6).
Note: Priority is given to children from families whose pursuit of agricultural work required them to relocate to the Shelby County area within the previous two-year period.
To increase the general tax rate to pay for these tasks may not be effective, because the money within the general fund can be used for any government operation. To make sure that the money raised to prevent pollution and regulate discharges into stream and lakes, Shelby County set up a dedicated stormwater fund. This ensures that all of the money raised can only be used for the stormwater program items.
This fee also pays for two full-time equivalent staff members and a little overhead.