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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...

Herenton hits campaign trail with opposition to Tom Lee Park redesign

"Asinine" and "elitist" are two of the words mayoral contender Dr. Willie W. Herenton spewed out when describing the plan to redesign Tom Lee Park and the people behind it during a press conference near the park on Thursday. The former mayor condemned the Memphis...

Memphis 3.0 plan slated for outside consultant review

The final vote for Memphis 3.0 could experience another delay after council members elected to hire an outside consultant to evaluate the comprehensive plan and its economic impacts on communities. During Tuesday night’s meeting, the council voted to spend $15,000 for a financial consultant to...

POWER & POLITICS 2019: Mayoral candidates gearing up for election-summer push

The Memphis municipal elections are less than 90 days away and the pool of contenders vying for the city’s top spot is full. So far, 15 candidates have pulled petitions for mayor, including incumbent Jim Strickland, Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer and former Memphis Mayor...

County Commissioners put a wrap on a $1.3 billion budget

Shelby County’s largest investment in Pre-K, new voting machines and funding for the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) are included in the $1.3 billion budget the Shelby County Board of Commissioners approved after a lengthy session Monday night. “I think there are some big impact...

Recovering-from-violence effort evolves from Frayser fatal shooting

Tennessee State Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D-Memphis) recalled the grim day that he witnessed violence outside of his apartment as a 4-year-old growing up in Los Angeles. “I remember seeing a man lying outside on the steps, and he was bleeding out,” Parkinson recounted. “My mother...

A call for ‘answers’ amid mixed emotions after fatal shooting by U.S. Marshals

Mixed emotions circulated the Frayser Exchange Club on Thursday as community leaders deviated from their scheduled agenda to focused on the events that had transpired in their community less than 24 hours before. Just blocks away, 20-year-old Brandon Webber was shot and killed by...

Commissioners move to decriminalize low-level marijuana offenses

Penalties for low-level drug offenses are too severe, according to some Shelby County Commissioners, who hope to petition the state to make changes once the legislative session reopens next year. Monday night, commissioners approved a resolution requesting the state to allow counties and municipalities to...