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With the stroke of a pen, Mayor Jim Strickland signed Memphis 3.0 into motion via an executive order, Tuesday. The signing occurred despite the handful of protestors outside of the South Memphis development center where the ceremony took place. They chanted, “Just say no to 3.0.” The 20-year comprehensive plan...
The Shelby County Democratic Party has called a special meeting to determine the fate of its recently elected chairman. The decision was made Thursday during the executive committee’s first meeting since Michael Harris was elected chairman in April. Party member Sanjeev Memula motioned for a meeting in 20 days to reconsider...
The survey results are in and nearly 2,000 Memphians have vocalized the issues that matter to them in the upcoming October 3 election. It’s a part of an online survey distributed by organizers of the People’s Convention, a non-partisan grassroots initiative that is seeking to galvanize residents around a group...
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Boxing at the Pipkin 3 has evolved into an all-Memphis thing, with its organizers declaring, “This boxing event has really taken on momentum.” The youth-oriented affair at the Fairgrounds (940 Early Maxwell) is set for the evening of April 3 (beginning at 7 p.m.) and is the latest in a...
by Dena S. Owens -- What Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration call “a clerical error” is turning up the heat on what already was a hot mayoral race-issue: the amount that the City of Memphis spends – and should spend – in minority-and-women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) contracts. “Our MWBE...
With the goal of “nothing less than to be a pioneer in pretrial services,” Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has appointed Llana Greer as executive director of Pretrial Services for Shelby County. “We plan to expand the use of efficient, accurate, and unbiased tools. We want to make an impact...
District 7 Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer chose to announce her decision to run for mayor of Memphis first in The New Tri-State Defender last week. Since then, Sawyer has formally unveiled her candidacy at Makeda's Cookies' downtown and followed that with a rally at historic Clayborn Temple on Saturday. With incumbent...
Using a Facebook post headlined "KEEPING YOU INFORMED," the Memphis Police Department has announced that an officer who shot and wounded a driver last year has resigned, and three others have been given unpaid suspensions. According to MPD, 26-year-old Jamarcus Jeames resigned last week during an administrative hearing. Police have said...
Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael on Friday carved out a portion of his third annual State of the Court address to say that he welcomes juvenile justice reform being promoted by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and the Shelby County Commission. “I know we’re all looking forward to new facilities,” Michael...
Tributes to civil rights “giant” and attorney, Russell Bertrand Sugarmon flooded the Internet Monday as news spread quickly of his death. One of the most touching tributes came from his daughter, Elena DeCosta Williams, who took to Facebook to express her love and admiration. “To the world, he was Judge Russell...