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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press with additional reporting by Lee Eric Smith, The New Tri-State Defender JACKSON, Miss.  — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won a divisive Mississippi runoff Tuesday, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist and defeating a former federal official who hoped to become the state's first African-American...
By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee has named three Cabinet members and six senior staffers for his new administration, including investment company chairman Stuart McWhorter as finance commissioner. The list released Tuesday unveils the first wave of picks by Lee, the Franklin GOP businessman now...
NASHVILLE—The Tennessee House Democratic Caucus today elected its leadership positions for the upcoming 111th General Assembly of the Tennessee House of Representatives. Rep. Karen Camper of Memphis was named House Minority Leader.  Camper is the first African-American and the first African-American woman to hold the position.  Camper said, “I am honored by...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PMfCx45F6s By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Mississippi says he would bring experience of "diversity" and "inclusion" to the job, and he thinks the Republican he's trying to unseat has a background lacking in those qualities. Democrat Mike Espy spoke Saturday about...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PMfCx45F6s JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted support Sunday for U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, calling the Mississippi Republican an "outstanding person" the day before he planned to campaign with her ahead of Tuesday's runoff election. Trump heads to Mississippi on Monday to campaign for Hyde-Smith — his second trip...
Memphis East 69, Olive Branch 50 The University of Memphis were the winners of a major recruiting battle, with the declaration from the number one high school prospect in the country James Wiseman. Wiseman announced his intentions to play for the Tigers next season on the day his team, the East...
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The 2018 Midterm Elections are two weeks in the rearview mirror. A record turnout of voters nationwide gave control of the U.S. House of Representatives to the Democratic Party, while the GOP will narrowly retain control of the Senate. How narrow that margin is will be settled next Tuesday, Nov....
Tennessee’s education chief is leaving state government to lead a nonprofit organization focused on attracting, developing, and keeping high-quality educators. Candice McQueen, 44, will become the CEO of National Institute for Excellence in Teaching in mid-January. Gov. Bill Haslam, whose administration will end on Jan. 19, announced the impending departure of...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – William (Bill) Dean Johnson, president and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority, announced his retirement from the federal agency today (Nov. 14). Johnson, who joined TVA in 2013, will turn 65 in January. He is TVA’s second CEO. The TVA Board is actively conducting an internal and...
A Tennessee Democrat is under fire for making controversial comments saying that the state is racist and its Republican base is uneducated. But where is the lie? —Michelle Obama begins arena tour in talk with Oprah— Democrat London Lamar, who was newly elected and ran unopposed in House District 91, posted a Facebook...