Tuesday update: Why do your job when you can go to Jamaica, mon?

When the going gets tough, apparently the county clerk goes to Jamaica.

County clerk Wanda Halbert announced that her offices would be closed to the public this week so her staff could catch up on a backlog of work. However, Halbert is not at the forefront of this effort, fearlessly leading her team in the charge up a mountain of tasks to tackle.

She told WREG that she was on vacation. According to sources, she went to Jamaica.

She was evasive, saying she was “working from home” and when asked where “home” is, she said she could have a home anywhere she wanted.

The state comptroller commented that Halbert going on the trip shows “a complete lack of awareness” and “a lack of leadership and concern for her staff.” He also said it shows a lack of respect for the citizens who elected her and now find themselves without the services of the clerk’s office this week.

County Commissioner Mark Billingsley has consulted with the county attorney’s office to ask what would have to be done to recall Halbert.

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If you work at ALSAC, LeBonheur, Regional One, or Southern College of Optometry, check out MMDC’s Live Local program. It can provide up to $2000 toward a new lease in the Medical Center District or one of its surrounding neighborhoods.

The MMDC will hold a Fall Fitness Series in Health Sciences Park:

  • There will be Zumba in the Park with David Quarles Saturday, September 24 and October 29
  • Yoga in the Park will happen Wednesdays at 5:30 PM in September and October


A woman was shot to death on Madison Avenue in The Edge District yesterday.

The Redbirds host the Charlotte Knight tonight and it’s Nacho Average Tuesday. Every ticket includes a complimentary order of ballpark nachos. The first pitch is set for 7:05.

The Southern Lodging Summit comes to the Renasant Convention Center today and tomorrow.

Wyly Bigger plays the Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday from 9:00 to 11:30 AM.

That’s it for now. I’ll be out playing trivia at the Blind Bear tonight at 7:30. Back tomorrow with more news.