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TSU Alumna and ABC Nightly News ‘Person of the Week’ dies at 102

by Emmanuel Freeman NASHVILLE - (TSU News Service) – Burnece Walker Brunson, a TSU alumna who was featured as ABC World News Tonight’s “Person of the Week,” has died at the age of 102. Family members said Brunson passed away Sunday at her home surrounded by family and friends. “They actually were having...

ON POLITICS: Gubernatorial candidate Craig Fitzhugh vows to put in the work that would make Tennessee better

Tennessee State Rep. Calvin “Craig” Fitzhugh, 67, has just begun his 24th year in the Tennessee General Assembly as the representative of Lauderdale, Haywood and Crockett counties. The House minority leader wants to be governor, which means first winning the Democratic Party nomination. That...

Immigrant tuition splits Tennessee governor’s field in forum

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By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Candidates for governor in Tennessee largely agreed on broad issues facing education during the race's first televised forum Tuesday, except for a partisan split on in-state tuition for immigrants whose parents brought or kept them in the...

Gov. Haslam touts $30M plan to fight opioid epidemic

By Jonathan Mattise NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam touted a $30 million plan Monday that focuses on prevention, treatment and law enforcement to attack an opioid epidemic that kills at least three people a day in Tennessee. The Republican governor released details of the 'TN...

Tennesseans are about to get their first good look at candidates for governor on education

For almost 16 years, two Tennessee governors from two different political parties have worked off mostly the same playbook when it comes to K-12 education. This year, voters will choose a new governor who will determine if that playbook stays intact — or takes...

Second annual Women’s March in Tennessee set for Saturday

NASHVILLE -- Last year, more than 30,000 Tennesseans marched throughout the state in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington. On the anniversary of that first march, supporters from across the state will gather again on Saturday, Jan. 20, to march from Public Square Park...

On to the White House, say ‘Black Farmers’

by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell Now is the time to strike – while the iron is hot, so to speak. A VIP invitation to leaders of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA) make them hopeful that more than $1.2 billion will finally be paid out...

London Lamar to seek election of TN Legislature District 91

Political dominoes are falling in Memphis and Shelby County. Lee Harris has announced his candidacy for Shelby County Mayor, opening his State Senate seat #29 — which State Representative Raumesh Akbari has announced her intentions to fill. And now, another young Democrat has announced she...

R&B’s Denise LaSalle dies at 78.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Singer and songwriter Denise LaSalle, whose hit "Trapped by a Thing Called Love" topped the R&B charts in 1971, has died. She was 78. Musician and producer Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, owner of Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, and a close family friend...

Akbari announces bid for Tennessee State Senate

Tennessee State Representative Raumesh Akbari (D. - District 91) has announced her candidacy for State Senate. Akbari is seeking election in Senate District 29, which is currently held by Lee Harris. Harris announced in 2017 his intention to run for Shelby County Mayor. In a statement,...
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