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A war of words took place Friday between two Memphis City Council members following accusations that one of them was being shut out of community redevelopment discussions. A war of words took place Friday between two Memphis City Council members following accusations that one of them was being shut out of community redevelopment discussions.
Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove says she was on the outside looking in on Thursday night when she showed up late to a town hall meeting in Whitehaven. Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove says she was on the outside looking in on Thursday night when she showed up late to a town hall meeting in Whitehaven.
It was being hosted by her council colleague, Edmund Ford Jr. It was being hosted by her council colleague, Edmund Ford Jr.
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(WMC) - A war of words took place Friday between two Memphis City Council members following accusations that one of them was being shut out of community redevelopment discussions.

Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove says she was on the outside looking in on Thursday night when she showed up late to a town hall meeting in Whitehaven. It was being hosted by her council colleague, Edmund Ford Jr.

"I'm the super district person in this community. Harold Collins is the district person. We were not invited," said Fullilove.

Ford invited residents and Memphis Housing Authority Director Robert Lipscomb to discuss the future of Whitehaven.

"He has a hidden agenda, and we're going to find out exactly what it is," she added.

Ford says every city council member was sent an email invite.

"Where's her factual evidence to back up all of her claims?" asked Ford.

Fullilove's anger may be fueled by a city council vote against funding the redevelopment of Whitehaven's Southbrook Mall.

"He voted against it the first time," she said. "The second time it came up, he walked out like the little punk that he is."

"Even though it was dropped that does not mean that we stop the conversation," Ford responded.

Ford wants Fullilove to put the name calling aside and says he has already invited her to his next town hall meeting that is being held on June 12.

"After this interview, unless it effects my constituents, I will not be even discussing hearsay with Miss Fullilove because it's a waste of time," said Ford.

The town hall meeting being held on June 12 will begin at 6 p.m. It will be held at Koinonia Baptist Church Family Life Center, located at 4283 Millbranch Road.

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