About Toby Sells
BiographyToby joined The Commercial Appeal staff in 2009. He primarily covers the business of health care, non-profits, retail/consumerism, green business issues and agriculture. Originally from Middle Tennessee, Toby has made his home in Memphis with his wife, Ansley. They live in the Cooper-Young neighborhood with their dog, Jack.
- Business reporter
02/22/2009 - current
'Scarlet letter' averted, but Memphis still has long fiscal road ahead
Published 05/22/2013 at 7:01 p.m.
The Memphis City Council meeting was tense. The deadline was tight. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton chose easy-to-understand metaphors to explain a complicated situation.
State comptroller Memphis debt warning prompts City Council moves
Published 05/21/2013 at 7:43 p.m.
Ballooning debt payments, approval of worker raises and no tax increase = fiscal problems.
Subsidized parking in Cooper-Young gets dim view from Council
Published 05/21/2013 at 4 p.m.
Despite approving parking subsidy in Overton Square, Council gives Cooper-Young garage cool reception.
Council committee votes to pull RDC funding on cobblestones
Updated 05/21/2013 at 6 p.m.
If full council agrees, Memphis would lose additional $8.9 million in state, federal funds.
City Council argues over Civil Rights Museum funds, Frayser park, RDC
Published 05/21/2013 at 11:09 a.m.
Councilman says Memphians taxed twice for museum.
Council upset at Wharton over $3.5 million for International Paper
Updated 05/21/2013 at 6:24 p.m.
Memphis City Council members said they were surprised to see a $3.5 million request in Mayor A C Wharton’s capital budget for improvements to International Paper’s budget and said surprising requests like it were “like a gun to our heads.”
Memphis' capital budget includes road paving, sewers, planetariums and lots of police cars
Published 05/19/2013 at 5:35 p.m.
A new parkaing garage in Cooper-Young? A new bridge over the Loosahatchie River? New developments for the south side of Greenbelt Park?
Memphis library proposal — shut old Downtown branch, put new one near Bass Pro
Updated 05/14/2013 at 10:29 a.m.
Library proponents say Memphis underfunding libraries and want new improved branch Downtown.
This week at Memphis City Hall: Budget hearings, impasse meetings
Published 05/13/2013 at 8:06 a.m.
This Week at City Hall: A fresh set of impasse meetings and budget hearings are on deck for the Memphis City Council next week.
Memphis employee pay issues consume budget-season debates
Published 05/12/2013 at 8 p.m.
Unions fight to get back a pay cut handed to Memphis city employees in 2011 but one council member thinks the employees have done pretty well over the past 5 years.
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