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Strickland uses executive order to propel Memphis 3.0

With the stroke of a pen, Mayor Jim Strickland signed Memphis 3.0 into motion via an executive order, Tuesday. The signing occurred despite the handful of protestors outside of the South Memphis development center where the ceremony took place. They chanted, “Just say no...

Clock ticking as local Democrats re-think chairman’s election

The Shelby County Democratic Party has called a special meeting to determine the fate of its recently elected chairman. The decision was made Thursday during the executive committee’s first meeting since Michael Harris was elected chairman in April. Party member Sanjeev Memula motioned for a meeting...

People’s Convention shaping up as survey push continues

The survey results are in and nearly 2,000 Memphians have vocalized the issues that matter to them in the upcoming October 3 election. It’s a part of an online survey distributed by organizers of the People’s Convention, a non-partisan grassroots initiative that is seeking to...

All in one – Terri Carmichael Jackson

“Empowered women, empower women” --  the theme of this year’s annual Tribute Luncheon, hosted by the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis -- is also one of the mottos of the luncheon's keynote speaker, Terri Carmichael Jackson, the executive director of the Women’s National...

Bill governing voter registration groups keeps watchdogs on alert

Local organizers are calling a new bill moving through the Tennessee General Assembly a direct attack on minority voters. “It’s preposterous and intended to disenfranchise minorities from voting,” said Ian Randolph, a local organizer who also serves as a committee member for the Shelby County...

Herenton eyes those ‘left out of this economy’ as he launches mayoral run

The Staple Singers’ “Let’s Do It Again” resounded from a speaker before Dr. Willie W. Herenton emerged from the back of the room. He shook hands with people in the crowd as he made his way to the stage to address hundreds of attendees...

Immigration as an issue in Shelby County – Who’s listening?

More than a dozen local residents and community advocates gathered in the back of a quaint Summer Ave. restaurant last Friday evening. They’d come to hear from local leaders set to speak on issues surrounding immigration in Shelby County. One of the attendees was Carmelita...

Bishop E. Lynn Brown: ‘Present Crisis’

“Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.” Bishop E. Lynn Brown belted out words from the poem, “Present Crisis,” penned by American poet James Russell Lowe in the 1800s. He had a...

Rev. James L. Netters Sr.: ‘We can’t just do it by marching’

““They’ve killed my man.” The Rev. Dr. James L. Netters Sr. recalled the words he murmured after finding out that his hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had been shot. “I knew he was dead immediately after they said he’d been hit.” Netters, who is the longest...

PUTTING A FACE ON POVERTY: ‘Poverty is a constant pressure cooker’

The black chair Melissa Davis sat in looked like what it was: a basic salon chair placed oddly in the center of a small living room. Despite its simplicity, it stood out like a shiny piece of metal against the other discolored furniture that...