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Tennessee voters pass amendment barring mandatory union fees

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee voters have approved a change to the state Constitution that reinforces the state’s existing law freeing workers from being required to pay union dues. Tennessee has had a law prohibiting the requirement on the books since 1947, and the outcome of...

Jerry Lee Lewis, outrageous rock ‘n’ roll star, dies at 87

by Hillel Italie -- Jerry Lee Lewis, the untamable rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose outrageous talent, energy and ego collided on such definitive records as “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and sustained a career otherwise upended by personal scandal, died Friday...

Tennessee man violently arrested claims racial profiling

by Adrian Sainz -- SOMERVILLE, TN. -- A Tennessee man whose violent arrest for alleged traffic violations is under investigation by state police said Monday that he was stopped because he was a young Black man driving a nice car. Brandon Calloway and some of his...

Witnesses describe shooting that set off Memphis rampage

by Adrian Sainz -- A man testified Tuesday that he saw an acquaintance shoot his friend and business partner, unprovoked, outside his Tennessee home in a killing that authorities said sparked a daylong crime rampage that paralyzed Memphis and led to an intense manhunt. Marcus Cash was...

As election nears, Tennessee Gov. Lee won’t debate Martin

by Kimberlee Kruesi -- NASHVILLE (AP) — Less than a month before Election Day, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has no plans to participate in a debate against Democratic opponent Dr. Jason Martin. “I’m most focused on being the governor right now,” the Republican told reporters this...

For Whoopi Goldberg, ‘Till’ release comes after long wait

by Jonathan Landrum Jr. — LOS ANGELES — When Whoopi Goldberg was invited to help produce an Emmett Till project, the actor thought she knew everything about the Black teenager’s 1955 kidnapping and lynching — until she learned the untold stories about how his mother handled the...

Bakery where Young Dolph was killed reopens

The cookie shop where rapper Young Dolph was fatally shot in a daylight ambush 10 months ago has reopened. Makeda’s Homemade Cookies welcomed customers Saturday for the first time since Young Dolph, 36, was killed Nov. 17 in a shooting at the bakery’s flagship location...

Locked up: the prison labor that built business empires

by Margie Mason and Robin McDowell --  More than 150 years ago, a prison complex known as the Lone Rock stockade operated at one of the biggest coal mines in Tennessee. It was powered largely by African American men who had been arrested for minor offenses –...

Obamas return to the White House, unveil official portraits

by Darlene Superville -- WASHINGTON – Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, returned to the White House this past Wednesday, unveiling official portraits with a modern vibe in an event that set humor and nostalgia over his presidency against the current harsh political...

Jackson water crisis forces residents to find alternatives

JACKSON, Miss. — The water pressure at James Brown’s home in Jackson was so low the faucets barely dripped. He couldn’t cook. He couldn’t bathe. But he still had to work. The 73-year-old tree-cutter hauled bags of ice into his truck at a gas station...