Metro Memphis

At 92, retired Capt. Jerry Williams of the Memphis Police Department most likely will drive to his local precinct to vote in the Oct. 3 Municipal Election. And if by some chance he can’t continue his personal tradition, he’ll hitch a ride. Voting is that big of a deal to...
Shelby County Clerk Wanda Halbert on Wednesday said she is angry and frustrated with the way Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’ administration is handling a proposal to charge drivers more in vehicle fees if they own more than two vehicles. Harris’ plan would add $145 to each car registration, three...
by Wiley Henry Special to The New Tri-State Defender The name Linda Taylor Sengstacke was synonymous with the Black Press in the 1970s and ’80s. She was the editor-in-chief of the Tri-State Defender during that time and followed the tradition of attacking issues head-on without fear or favor, an approach to...
By Cole Bradley, High Ground News As many Memphis residents lament a lack of mayoral debates, BLDG Memphis is taking a different approach to capturing candidates' policy plans for the public record. “We hope to get a commitment from anyone who’s potentially going to be in office for the next four...
Memphis Magazine caused quite a dustup over the weekend, with a cover image that conjured images of racial stereotypes in its depictions of mayoral candidates Tami Sawyer and Dr. Willie W. Herenton Jr. The magazine was quickly pulled from shelves, and its publisher has issued multiple statements backtracking the decision....
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 added to the county’s code...
By A.J. Duggar III, High Ground News In September, High Ground is kicking off its official On the Ground: Hickory Hill embedded neighborhood coverage. For three months, our team will be reporting on the people and organizations on the ground in Hickory Hill through articles, photo essays, videos, live interviews,...
It was 400 years ago when the first Africans arrived in Jamestown, Va., marking the beginning of institutionalized slavery.  To commemorate this historical moment locally, the Memphis Branch of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History gathered at LeMoyne-Owen College on Monday (Aug. 19) to reflect on...
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, who represents Super District 8,...
By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press A truck driver who threatened to "shoot up" a church in Memphis and said he was haunted by "spiritual snakes and spiders" people put in his bed was arrested in Indiana, less than a week before the day of the planned attacks, authorities said in...