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Rate hikes for utilities back on City Council agenda

Utility bills for residential customers could go up if the Memphis City Council approves an increase rate proposal presented by the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division on Tuesday. In the executive session committee meeting, MLGW leaders laid out details of a plan that include...

‘Pain Into Power’ links families dealing with police-involved deaths

“From the trauma, anger and stress I felt after losing my son, I would have just took (sic) myself out if I didn’t change my focus.” Mike Brown Sr. said he’s still grieving six years after losing his 18-year-old-son, Mike Brown Jr. The unarmed teen...

NOW IS THE TIME: Early-voting underway for City Council District races

Early voting for runoff elections for Memphis City Council District 1 and District 7 is now underway. Meanwhile, Shelby County Election Commission officials are scrambling to get more voters added to their roll while local advocacy groups are pushing to get more voters to the...

POLITICS 2019: Easter-Thomas welcomes union backing in District 7 runoff

Dozens of union representatives pledged their support for District 7 Memphis City Council candidate, Michalyn Easter-Thomas, during a reception in her honor Thursday evening. The city workers are hoping that their collaboration will help Easter-Thomas, a Shelby County educator, unseat her opponent, incumbent Councilman Berlin...

POLITICS 2019: Unfinished business awaits voters in two City Council districts

Two segments of Memphis voters will head back to the polls in November to cast ballots in Memphis City Council races that were not settled during Municipal Election voting on Oct. 3. While seven council members were re-elected October 3, two others landed in mandatory...

Strickland – ‘Everybody’s mayor’ – wins big

In a landslide victory, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was re-elected for a second term, easily defeating his two highest-profile opponents, former mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton and Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer. “Thank you, Memphis,” Strickland shouted to a vibrant room of supporters gathered at...

Election Day means one last chance for candidates, voters

With more than 52,000 early votes cast in Memphis’ Oct. 3 Municipal Elections, campaigners revved up the push for voters on the eve of Election Day. On street corners, parking lots and places in between and beyond, candidates and designated representatives pitched hard to get...

Harris takes MATA plans to Frayser

With the Frayser Exchange Club meeting as the setting, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris on Thursday pitched his plan to fight poverty by way of a new transit proposal. Harris has proposed directing $10 million for Memphis Area Transit Authority by adding a fee for...

ELECTION 2019: With one week to go, Memphis early voting numbers lag behind 2015

With early voting still underway at sites throughout the city, reports obtained this week showed that older voters are the largest group to have voted thus far. According to turnout data released from the Shelby County Election Commission, 21,983 voters had cast their ballots during...

Tami Sawyer mending fences, pushing forward amid controversy

Tami Sawyer has experienced her share of criticism and controversy since announcing her bid to run for mayor of Memphis, but this time, she told The New Tri-State Defender on Tuesday, the backlash is different. After several old tweets resurfaced from her personal Twitter account,...