Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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Primary election results set up Harris vs Lenoir race for County Mayor

State Sen. Lee Harris will face Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir in the race for Shelby County mayor this August, according to Wednesday’s complete but unofficial election results. Linda Phillips, administrator of elections, said a total of about 75,000 Shelby County residents cast their votes...

Get-out-the-vote push built for the long haul

A group of community activists and leaders gathered at the National Civil Rights Museum Thursday to urge every eligible Memphians to turn out at the polls May 1. Pastor Earl Fisher, senior pastor of Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church in Whitehaven, said you have to speak...

Candidate’s removal has local Democrats fuming

Controversy swirls within Democratic Party leadership on the state and local levels concerning a recent decision by Mary Mancini, chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, to remove candidate M. LaTroy Alexandria-Williams from the ballot in the District 9 congressional race against Rep. Steve Cohen. Norma...

Crime, education, jobs top issues for county mayor candidates

It is an inspiring thought. All of the candidates in the Shelby County mayor’s race agree that the way forward for the county is to get a better handle on crime, education and economic development in the city. While they may approach the problem with different...

Sheriff’s race draws varying vows to bring about change

Chief Deputy Floyd Bonner has noticed a major uptick in crime, especially among juveniles and young adults in Shelby County, he said in a recent interview with The New Tri-State Defender. The increased involvement of juveniles in crime will be a major challenge for...

Five jockeying for shot at Juvenile Court Clerk’s office

It is an office that runs on paperwork and affects a large number of the juveniles who come from broken homes and who get into legal trouble in Shelby County. That makes the clerk of the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County one...

GoFundMe push on after GOP lawmakers ‘punish’ Memphis for removing statues

The city of Memphis had not asked for and did not expect to get any state funding to help finance the bicentennial celebration next year, according to a spokesperson for the city. The Republican-dominated House voted Tuesday to punish Memphis for removing Confederate monuments from...

DR. WILLIE W. HERENTON: The Once and Future Mayor?

Dr. Willie W. Herenton, a five-term mayor of Memphis, on Wednesday said much has been made of his recent decision to run for mayor again in 2019, at age 77. But Herenton, who was interviewed as part of the “Brian Clay Chronicles Lecture Series” podcast,...