Millington City Manager At Odds over School Sign

Millington City Manager At Odds over School Sign

A fight is underway in Millington between certain residents and the city manager. It involves two things: a sign, and the fight for municipal schools.
MILLINGTON, TN (localmemphis.com) - A fight is underway in Millington between certain residents and the city manager. It involves two things: a sign, and the fight for municipal schools.

"I feel so strongly about this I will go to jail to keep this sign up. It's just that important," said Charlie Reed of the 36 foot sign.

He's getting the word out about the July election for municipal schools. He says City Manager Thomas Christie wants it down for more than legal reasons.

Other signs have been in the same spot.

"I don't understand. I don't understand," Reed said, "Maybe there is an axe to grind."

The city manager says he's all for Millington running its own schools but the city cannot afford them.

Louise Kennon disagrees.

"We have the money people," she said, "We have a half cent sales tax that will bring more than a million dollars a year so Millington doesn't have to have a tax increase to support schools."

Nothing will convince Charlie Reed otherwise, not even the citation he was threatened with if he didn't remove the sign.

"I don't care what you do. The sign is not going to come down."

The next stop for the Millington schools sign is Highway 51 and Veterans Parkway near the First Baptist Church; Charlie Reed plans to take it there Saturday.

The referendum for municipal schools will be July 16th.

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