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Issues related to school vouchers, a new law some consider “voter suppression” and the federal government’s “real ID” statute dominated the agenda during the first Town Hall meeting that London Lamar hosted as the first-term state representative for District 91 on Tuesday. With Democrats in the minority and Republican Party...
NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – When Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover traveled to her hometown of Memphis on Wednesday, she had one goal in mind:  Bring back Tupac Moseley. Moseley had recently graduated valedictorian of his class at Raleigh-Egypt High School, and received $3 million in scholarships, all while homeless...
A mayor in Mississippi wants to get rid of dope and gangbangers so much that he’s willing to pay for it. Clarksdale mayor, Chuck Espy is offering gang members, drug dealers and “wannabe criminals” money to leave the area in order to limit crime in his town, according to Newsweek. READ...
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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An outspoken civil rights activist who was born to sharecroppers in the segregated American South and rose to become the first African American woman to win a mayor's race in Mississippi has died. Unita Blackwell was 86. She died Monday at...
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...
by Kimberlee Kruesi  and Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s House speaker pushed back Wednesday against calls to abandon his top legislative leadership post from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, releasing a plan intended to restore trust in his office. House Speaker Glen Casada has faced increased scrutiny after his...
By KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican Tennessee House speaker's chief of staff resigned Monday amid allegations that he sent sexually explicit and racist text messages, and after admitting he used cocaine inside a legislative office building when he held a previous job. Cade Cothren stepped down...
By JONATHAN MATTISE and KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Over the last four months, Tennessee lawmakers pushed through bills that would create a two-county expanded education voucher program, seek federal permission to overhaul TennCare through block grant funding and allow online sports betting in the state. The Republican-supermajority...
Luberta Elliott Smith, the widow of the first African American elected mayor of Holly Springs, Miss., and a long-serving teacher in the Marshall County Schools system, passed on Monday at Christopher’s Personal Care Home in Holly Springs. She was 84. The homegoing celebration will be at Asbury United Methodist Church, 225...
NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers have signed off on legislation that would prevent the state from revoking or suspending driver’s licenses over unpaid court costs. The Senate on Tuesday advanced a proposal allowing people to still have a restricted driver’s license while they pay off their court fines using a payment...