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Trump heading to Mississippi for civil rights museum opening

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will be traveling to Mississippi on Saturday to attend the opening of a new civil rights museum. That's according to a White House official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the trip before it is formally...

The man behind “Jack” was black

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Next time you enjoy a classic "Jack & Coke," pour out a little liquor for Nearest Green, a former slave who mentored Jack Daniel in the craft of making Tennessee whiskey. In a segment on CBS This Morning, author Fawn Weaver shared the untold story...

Supreme Court axes suit over Mississippi Confederate emblem

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from an African-American attorney who called the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag "an official endorsement of white supremacy." The justices did not comment as they ended a...

Plaza named for Mississippi State’s 1st black athletes

STARKVILLE, Miss. — A new plaza at Mississippi State University commemorates the legacy of the school's first African-American student-athletes, Frank Dowsing Jr. and Robert Bell. A university news release says a dedication ceremony was held Thursday for Dowsing-Bell Plaza, on the north side of Davis...

McQueen to convene third task force as Tennessee seeks to get testing right

For a third straight year, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen will convene a task force to examine Tennessee’s testing program in the wake of persistent hiccups with its TNReady assessment and perennial concerns about over-testing. McQueen announced Monday the members of her newest task force, which...

Five articles of impeachment against Trump introduced by House Democrats

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WASHINGTON — Tennessee’s Ninth District Rep. Steve Cohen was among a half-dozen Democrats on Wednesday who introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, accusing him of obstruction of justice and other offenses, in a long-shot effort that stands little chance in the Republican-led...

Slain activist’s family sees Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss.  — The family of a man killed in 1966 by the Ku Klux Klan received a private preview Friday of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum that is opening next month. Vernon Dahmer (DAY'-mur) of Hattiesburg was targeted because he...

Nashville caught in battle between growth, preservation

by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press NASHVILLE — Archaeologists are rolling high-powered radar gear through the thick outfield weeds and empty parking lots of an abandoned Nashville baseball stadium, looking for hints of unmarked graves of slaves and free black men who died building the war-battered...

HUSTLE! HARD!

LENS & LINES by Warren Roseborough, Special to TSDMemphis.com The Memphis Hustle, The Memphis Grizzlies G-League affiliate, kicked off their inaugural game on Saturday Nov. 4, pulling out all the stops! There were face paintings, giveaways, Grizz Girls, The Blue Bunch Dance Team, Grizz, activities for...

Police nationwide work on tactics for far-right rallies

By ERIK SCHELZIG and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Snipers perched on rooftops. Police helicopters and drones hovered overhead. Officers in riot gear lined the streets. White nationalists and counterprotesters screamed at each other from fenced-off pens, but the tactics employed by law...