Erica R. Williams

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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,...

A CLOSER LOOK AT: Tami Sawyer: ‘The race is shaped up to be the past, present and future’

Updated: Profiles of all three of the leading candidates for Memphis Mayor are now live online.  Excellent reporting and writing by Erica R. Williams. Click to access the candidate of your choice: Former Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton Mayor Jim Strickland (Incumbent) Shelby County Commissioner...

A CLOSER LOOK AT: Jim Strickland: ‘More Memphians have hope now than four years ago’

Updated: Profiles of all three of the leading candidates for Memphis Mayor are now live online.  Excellent reporting and writing by Erica R. Williams. Click to access the candidate of your choice: Former Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton County Commissioner Tami Sawyer Memphis Mayor Jim...

A CLOSER LOOK AT: Dr. Willie. W. Herenton: ‘We’re heading back to City Hall’

Updated: Profiles of all three of the leading candidates for Memphis Mayor are now live online.  Excellent reporting and writing by Erica R. Williams. Click to access the candidate of your choice: County Commissioner Tami Sawyer Mayor Jim Strickland (Incumbent) Dr. Willie W. Herenton recalled...

Backlash sinks magazine cover deemed racist by many

Memphis Magazine has pulled its September issue after receiving backlash for what some have called a racist cover. The magazine featured caricatures of three mayoral candidates -- Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer, incumbent Mayor Jim Strickland and former Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton. But it’s the...

County Commission makes two moves regarding $15 minimum wage

Shelby County Commission approved an ordinance requiring them to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. The order was approved on final reading at the county commission meeting, Monday. Although a similar resolution was passed last year, this recent legislation ensured that it be...

POLITICS 2019: ‘Women for Herenton’ rally hears call to vote ‘in record numbers’

Hundreds of women gathered Saturday to support mayoral contender Dr. Willie W. Herenton at his first “Women for Herenton” rally. Between the sounds of soul music, chants and cheers, Herenton issued a call to action to the women who’d gathered at the event. He asked...

‘Women of Impact’ tackle issues, offer solutions

A panel of 10 women, including five candidates who are running for office in the upcoming municipal election, laid out their vision for the city of Memphis during the Women of Impact Forum held at Collins Chapel C.M.E. Church on Saturday. Moderated by Memphis radio...

Tennis Center gets council OK; priority question raised

After some controversy, Memphis City Council members approved a resolution appropriating $3 million of the $19 million needed for the expansion of the Leftwich Tennis Center at the University of Memphis. It’s a move that left one councilman questioning the appropriation of funds. Martavius Jones,...

POLITICS 2019: Moses still maneuvering to get on mayoral ballot

Local activist Pamela Moses wants her name on the October 3rd ballot and will move forward with a lawsuit against the Shelby County Election Commission and state of Tennessee despite a Chancery Court judge’s denial of her request for a temporary restraining order. The injunction,...