The days dwindle down to a precious few – so get to work, says Local 24 News’ Mike Matthews

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – This is the latest in a weekly blog by Local 24 News’ Mike Matthews. 

Bette Davis said it best.

In the movie “All About Eve,” Davis turned to her guests and said, “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

I’d suggest you buckle up for safety at the last two Memphis City Council meetings.

Every now and then total honesty comes out of a politician’s mouth.

At City Council, several are leaving office at the end of the year. They can say what they want, possibly as long as they don’t do a repeat of Berlin Boyd and say, “Ya’ momma.”

Six new members are waiting to take office in January. Everything is now being thrown against the wall.

One council member told me that it sure looks like Memphis Light, Gas and Water is going to get its rate hike. That’s probably the biggest issue they’ll deal with.

Letting you get a chance to vote on residency requirements for police and fire is another one.

What we are looking at is one humdinger of a final meeting of the year on December 17th.

Controversial issues, the last time any simmering feuds can be settled, or catch fire again.

There have been Memphis City Council meetings that have droned on all through the night until after midnight.

It happened last year when trying to appoint someone to fill a vacant council seat.

Funny thing: the lady who was involved with that marathon meeting was Rhonda Logan, who many on council wanted to be appointed.

She was defeated.

In November, however, she defeated the man who the council did appoint.

A bumpy night indeed.

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