Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. heads to Nashville next month as one of the headline speakers at the Tennessee County Services Association's (TCSA) annual fall conference.
Meanwhile, the Shelby County Commission is discussing a limited moratorium on new development in the county. In a roundabout way, the two events are related.
Combined, they offer a partial snapshot of the way broad economic woes are rattling things on a local level.
For his part of the TCSA gathering, to be held at Nashville's Renaissance Hotel and attached Convention Center, Wharton will be repeating the refrain from a tune he's sung over the years to as many local audiences as will listen. The county, he believes, has cut nearly every inch of fat from its budget and currently is struggling to beef up the revenue side of its operation.