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POLITICS 2019: Don’t overlook the sales-tax referendum

Memphis police and firemen are taking their push for better benefits directly to the voters with a referendum on the Oct. 3 ballot that would approve a half-cent city sales tax increase. The increase would restore city benefits to police and firefighters that the city...

New Chicago group taking Memphis 3.0 concerns to court

The head of a New Chicago advocacy group says she has filed a lawsuit in federal court to prevent the Memphis City Council from going forward with approval of the Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan. The New Chicago Community Partnership Revitalization CDC and a coalition of...

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolls into Memphis with fix-government pitch

With Memphis-born Aretha Franklin's "Respect" playing, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the stage at Douglass High School Sunday afternoon as her presidential bid rolled into a Southern swing. The event at Douglass High was an organizing event and the first stop of a sweep through...

Yes, Dr. Willie W. Herenton is serious about wanting to be mayor of Memphis, again

As the incumbent talks about accelerating momentum, and a first-term Shelby County Commissioner rides an out-of-the-gate buzz about “we can’t wait,” former mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton is putting things in place to “do it again.” It’s been almost a year since Herenton, who has...

Millennials must answer ‘how will you lead’ question, summit speaker says

“Nobody can do this for us but us.” To Dr. Wes Bellamy, a city councilman from Charlottsville, Va., that statement by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the rendezvous point for picking up where King left off in the fight for social justice for all. “We...

‘Unabossed & Unapologetic’ regional summit kicks off for black millennials

The Sage Restaurant was abuzz Friday night with Tennessee Regional Black Millennial Convention members, who came out to meet and greet each other in the kickoff of Memphis’ first gathering of the organization. The convention -- dubbed the “Black Millennials Unbossed & Unapologetic Summit” --...

Tennessee Regional Black Millennial Political Convention set for this weekend

Looking for something exciting to do this Friday and Saturday? How about a crash course in grassroots community organizing and politics? It’s available Friday and Saturday at the Tennessee Regional Black Millennial Convention’s “Black Millennials Unbossed & Unapologetic Summit” that kicks off with a Friday...

Commission selects Althea Greene for SCS District 2 seat

The Rev. Althea Greene was excited and charged up by her appointment to the vacant Dist. 2 slot on the Shelby County Schools Board Monday. After the unanimous Shelby County Commission vote in her favor, Greene said she thinks her experiences as a teacher...

Juvenile Court Judge Michael shares his state-of-the-court view

Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael on Friday carved out a portion of his third annual State of the Court address to say that he welcomes juvenile justice reform being promoted by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and the Shelby County Commission. “I know we’re all looking...

Harris sees county’s future stronger with MATA connection

In his first State of the County address, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris voiced his intention to ask the Shelby County Commission to invest in public transit for the first time. “Public transit is one of the most important assets we have,” Harris said in...