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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,...

Voter registration, education pitched as deadline looms for Oct. 3 elections

With less than a month left to register to vote in the Oct. 3 municipal elections, voter registration organizers are working to avoid an all too familiar happening.  More than 500,000 people are registered to vote in Shelby County, but historically only a small fraction...

Push to ban plastic bags at groceries falls short

by Erica R. Williams, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Plastic bags will still be used in grocery stores, despite some Memphis City Council members’ efforts to ban them. Tuesday, the council rejected an ordinance that would have required grocery stores to ban the use...

Young professionals group looking to hook up with ‘local change agents’

During a "takeover," young professionals gathered Saturday to discuss ways to transform Memphis and Shelby County. Despite the event’s title, "YP Takeover," the group of attendees -- mostly 40 years old and younger -- said they’re not trying to take over, per se. Instead, they...

POLITICS 2019: Herenton picks up more union backing

Mayoral contender Dr. Willie W. Herenton on Thursday picked up the endorsement of IBEW Local 1288, which also announced its support for a slate of other candidates running for city council, county clerk and municipal judge seats in the October 3 Municipal Elections. IBEW Local...

POWER & POLITICS: With the ballot set, it’s time to zero in on the candidates

Early voting for the Oct. 3 Municipal Elections begins Sept. 13, with Sept. 3 the last day to register to get in on the ballot cycle. Last week, The Shelby County Election confirmed the contenders qualified to run. Eleven candidates are vying for mayor, with...

Big push on to make young professionals young voters

Music resounded in the background as dozens of ‘young professionals,’ mostly under the age of 40, circulated the room. Some shook hands over brief introductions while others engaged in presumably intense conversations, their voices elevated as they struggled to speak over background tunes. The...