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Maximizing Manhood Symposium crafted to change outlook on manhood

What is manhood? What are the ways in which it is lacking? How can I, as a man, better myself for my home? Those are just a few questions posed by organizer Lakethen Mason that he hopes can be answered during the Maximizing Manhood Symposium...

Chancellor modifies early voting order; all locations will be open on July 17

Now hear this: Early voting starts on Friday (July 13) and five sites will be open. Then on Tuesday (July 17), all 27 early voting locations will be open to cast ballots for the Aug. 2 election. The fact that all early voting sites will be...

Early voting marathon hearing ends with win for NAACP, Shelby County Democrats

Another layer was added on Monday to the early voting mess that is spilling onto the Aug. 2. Elections. Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins Monday evening ruled in favor of the Memphis Branch NAACP and the Shelby County Democratic Party. Each group filed a lawsuit challenging the...

Traffic stop yields felony drug, misdemeanor charges against activist Keedran Franklin

Well-known Memphis activist Keedran Franklin walked out of the jail complex at 201 Poplar with dozens waiting for him late Saturday night after his arrest on multiple drug and driving charges. The charges include possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana (with intent to...

Election Commission target of two early-voting suits

The Shelby County Election Commission took a 1-2 punch combination on Friday as the NAACP Memphis Branch and the Shelby County Democratic Party filed Chancery Court lawsuits in the wake of controversy about early voting sites. Early voting begins July 13. Multiple voting locations will...

Choice of Agricenter as lone early voting location causes stir

The Shelby County Election Commission is taking heat from Shelby County Democrats steaming over the decision to make the Agricenter the only early voting location open during the first few days that ballots can be cast. “It’s a willful blindness,” Corey Strong, Shelby County Democratic...

ALICE MARIE JOHNSON: FINALLY FREE! “I have an appreciation I’ve never had before.”

“I’m not trying to be famous. I’m trying to be free.” Alice Marie Johnson, 63, didn’t expect to have her life story catapulted into the global spotlight. A former felon enjoying newfound freedom after spending 22 years of what could have been a life sentence...

Memphis teen imprisoned for ‘safekeeping’ released on bond

Rosalyn “Bird” Holmes was released Wednesday afternoon on a $60,000 bond after spending 43 days in pre-trial, pre-indictment detention in a women’s prison, miles from her hometown of Memphis. Just a few days after turning 16, Holmes was sent to the West Tennessee State Penitentiary...

Strickland’s pitches budget for a ‘Safer Memphis’

Mayor Jim Strickland took the wraps off of his third budget on Tuesday, telling the Memphis City Council that what he proposes for the next fiscal year is crafted to build off of progress his administration has made in its “drive to run an...

Mayor rolls out ‘HireMemphis’ for youth

Mayor Jim Strickland unveiled “HireMemphis” Wednesday, a hiring initiative to get more young people working in the city. “In Memphis alone, there are 30,000 youth ages 16-24 who are neither employed nor in school,” Strickland said. “I see this as an additional byproduct and cause...