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Shelby County Commission

Shelby Count calls for DOJ oversight of juvenile courts

BY: - September 27, 2021

On Monday, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution urging the U.S. Department of Justice to oversee the county’s juvenile detention centers after reports of racial disparities. According to the Memphis Shelby County Crime Commission, violent crime rates overall have risen by 12.1% in comparison to previous years. Violent juvenile charges have decreased […]

Shelby County Commission

Shelby County committee recommends DOJ oversight of juvenile courts

BY: - September 23, 2021

The Shelby County Law Enforcement, Corrections and Courts Committee voted to recommend the U.S. Department of Justice resume oversight of the county’s juvenile court system after concerns that current policies have failed to address racial disparities.  On Wednesday the Countywide Juvenile Justice Consortium (CJJC), a citizen-led board created to hold the juvenile justice system accountable, […]

The exterior of TIRRC's new building explodes with colorful murals. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee immigration advocates head to DC to urge pathway to citizenship

BY: - September 20, 2021

On Sunday, immigrant-rights advocates were disheartened to learn that a pathway to citizenship for thousands of immigrants in Tennessee was excluded from the congressional Democrats $3.5 trillion social policy budget. Earlier this month, the Democratic Party began the push to expand the nation’s social safety net focused on health care, child and elder care, education […]

Tennessee House of Representatives (Photo: John Partipilo)

Education committee drops discussion of Black history education

BY: - September 17, 2021

Chattanooga Democratic Rep. Yusef Hakeem says he is “surprised and disappointed” the Joint Legislative Education Committee won’t be discussing a bill he introduced during legislative session to provide the study of Black history to public school students.  In April, HB1460 was deferred to summer study, which typically means a bill has little traction. Hakeem wrote […]

Members of the House and Senate Democratic Caucus, including Sen. Jeff Yarbro, left, and Sen. Raumesh Akbari, next to him, slammed Gov. Bill Lee for the political firing of a leading health official. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Lieutenant governor appoints bipartisan redistricting committee

BY: - September 17, 2021

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally appointed a bipartisan panel Friday to draw new state and federal district maps, naming a Memphis Democrat as a chairman to the panel and ordering the group to focus on public input. Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, and Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, will be joined by Sen. Raumesh Akbari, chairman […]

Sen. Katrina Robinson hugs a supporter in April during legislative session. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Robinson trial to resume Friday in Memphis

BY: - September 16, 2021

The trial of state Sen. Katrina Robinson resumes on Friday in Memphis, after opening with jury selection on Monday.  Robinson faces charges of embezzlement and wire fraud stemming from an FBI investigation opened in 2016.  Robinson is defending herself against allegations that she improperly used funds awarded by the federal government to The Healthcare Institute, […]

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Four candidates charged by ethics and finance commission

BY: - September 15, 2021

The Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance of the Tennessee Ethics Commission on Tuesday filed suit against four local political candidates  for failing to comply with campaign disclosure rules. The commission has the authority to assess civil penalties against candidates for failing to file campaign reports that provide a public accounting of a candidate’s […]

Memphis residents are pushing back against the Byhalia Pipeline project. The proposed pipeline, has been the subject of controversy since 2019. The joint venture project would build a 49-mile pipeline between Memphis and Mississippi and would run through several Black communities in Memphis. VALERO Memphis Refinery (PICTURED) is located on along the Mississippi River's Lake McKellar in South Memphis. (Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht)

Memphis aquifer gains protection from Shelby Commission

BY: - September 13, 2021

Nearly a year of protests and political debates culminated in the Shelby County Commission passing a one-of-a-kind ordinance to protect the county’s sole source of drinking water. The Shelby County Commissions voted 10-0—Commissioners David Bradford and Amber Mills abstained—in support of an ordinance to prevent pipelines from being built within 1,500 feet of most residential […]

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COVID toll rises in Tennessee’s DIDD community

BY: - September 13, 2021

As the COVID-19 delta strain continues to infect more Tennesseans, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities supported by state programs, and the staff members who care for them, have seen a notable uptick in infections since July as well. DIDD programs serve a total of about 12,500 people with disabilities. At least 1,692 tested positive […]

Walter Hussman, CEO of WEHCO Media, owner of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. (Screen grab from YouTube.)

Chattanooga Times Free Press announces conversion to all-digital format

BY: - September 11, 2021

The Chattanooga Times Free Press, one of Tennessee’s largest daily news outlets, is converting to an all-digital format with the exception of a Sunday print edition, publisher Walter Hussman announced Saturday.  The daily print edition will cease by mid-2022.  Hussman announced the changes to newspaper staff Friday afternoon and editor Alison Gerber told subscribers in […]

The proposed pipeline, has been the subject of controversy since 2019. The joint venture project would build a 49-mile pipeline between Memphis and Mississippi and would run through several Black communities in Memphis. VALERO Memphis Refinery (PICTURED) is located on along the Mississippi River's Lake McKellar in South Memphis. (Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht)

Shelby committee approves pipeline setbacks

BY: - September 8, 2021

The Shelby County Commission Land Use Planning, Transportation & Codes Enforcement  committee members voted in favor of an ordinance to create distance between all future pipeline developments and residential areas, leading the way for an anti-pipeline ordinance to pass in the full commission meeting next week.  On Wednesday, an ordinance to create 1,500-foot setbacks for […]

Conceptual rendering of the Oracle campus in Nashville courtesy of Mayor John Cooper's office.

State Funding Board taps $65M for Oracle’s Nashville project

BY: - September 7, 2021

The State Funding Board on Tuesday approved a $65 million FastTrack Economic Development grant for Oracle Corp.’s Nashville project on the east bank of the Cumberland River. The funds are designed to offset expenses such as new construction and land acquisition, coming after the Metro Council approved $175 million for infrastructure improvements surrounding a 65-acre […]