Thursday, February 25, 2021

Tri-State

by Travis Loller and Adrian Sainz --  A group of Tennessee doctors that has been pushing Gov. Bill Lee for a statewide mask mandate turned its attention to the legislature Tuesday, the first day of the 2021 legislative session. Speaking to...
The Byhalia Connection Pipeline has released donation numbers to Mid-South charities indicating that 2020’s benevolent giving totaled $1 million. Nonprofit organizations and community outreach entities in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi received monetary donations of up to $25,000 and other in-kind...
Gov. Bill Lee is doubling down on his decision not to issue a statewide mask mandate, despite rising COVID-19 cases throughout the state.  During a call with local newspapers on Tuesday (Dec. 22), Lee pleaded for Tennesseans to wear masks,...
As the first coronavirus vaccines were given this week in Tennessee, a legislative push is under way to weaken a state law requiring them for school, even though convincing skeptics to get the shots might be the quickest way...
Former state Rep. John DeBerry Jr., who said he was defeated in the Dist. 90 race because he was forced to run as an independent in this year’s election, has accepted an appointment as senior advisor to Gov. Bill...
A church, a collaborative and a foundation have partnered to spread awareness of Sickle Cell Disease. This month, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee (TSCF), Mount Zion Baptist Church, and HEAL Collaborative will host Sickle Cell Disease: A Community Conversation. Within...
by Kimberlee Kruesi --  NASHVILLE — A Tennessee trial court judge improperly reduced a Black inmate’s death sentence to life in prison last year, a state appeals court has ruled. Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman (AHB’-dur-RAK’-mahn) was scheduled to be executed in April, but...
Former Democratic state Rep. John DeBerry Jr. begins work today as a senior adviser to Gov. Bill Lee. Lee’s office made the announcement on Monday. DeBerry will be on the Republican governor’s executive leadership team and he will have an...
Holly Springs, Miss. – Rust College has announced the retirement of Dr. Ishmell Edwards, vice president for college relations and director of athletics, as of June 1, 2021. Edwards’ retirement caps a higher education career spanning five decades, including leadership...
Giving a COVID-19 update, Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday told The New Tri-State Defender and other members of the Tennessee Press Association that he has “a great deal of hope,” linking that optimism to an awaited vaccine. Tennessee is one...