Rapper Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., (AKA) stage name Young Dolph, was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. The 36-year-old rapper was fatally shot after walking into MakedaÕs to purchase cookies. (Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht ©)

Memphis to honor Young Dolph with street naming

BY: - December 8, 2021

Rapper Young Dolph’s life was taken away in a city that he loved and cared for through charitable acts, said Memphis residents, who asked the Memphis City Council to rename a street after him. ““It wasn’t just his rap music. It wasn’t just a fact that he was a local star that became a nationally […]

Shelby County Commission. (Photo: Shelby County Government)

Shelby commission approves funds for refugee legal aid

BY: - December 6, 2021

The 25 Afghan refugees now living in Memphis need protection from deportation and the sooner they get legal protection, the better, said lawyers with a non profit legal organization. On Monday, the Shelby County Commission awarded $250,000 to the Community Legal Center to assist Afghan refugees in applying for permanent residence in the U.S. As […]

Children in Nashville during a recent rally. Memphis has received about 36 Afghan refugees while Nashville has received around 300. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Shelby Commission group recommends funds for Afghan refugees

BY: - December 1, 2021

Afghan refugees who fled their home country under Taliban rule still face deportation, said lawyers during a Shelby County Commission meeting. On Wednesday, members of the Community Legal Center met with commissioners at a committee meeting to discuss the funds they need to provide legal services to 36 Afghan refugees resettling in Memphis.  After the […]

Department of Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn, pictured at right with Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey, defends herself against questions about possible "Schwinnanigans."(Photo: John Partipilo)

Schwinn to hold final funding town hall Tuesday

BY: - November 29, 2021

Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn will hold a town hall meeting in Gainesboro on Tuesday, the final of eight meetings to discuss a revision of the state’s funding strategy of public schools. Jackson County Public Schools will host the meeting at Jackson County Middle School in Gainesboro. Event cohosts include White County Middle […]

Two women kiss during the Nashville Pride 2021 parade. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Human Rights Campaign Equity Index scores Jackson, Nashville highly for LGBTQ equity

BY: - November 26, 2021

An annual survey that evaluates American cities on measures of equality for members of the LGBTQ community ranked Jackson the highest of the state’s six largest cities.  The Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index released its 10th edition, which rates 508 cities across the county on 49 criteria including whether they offer employee benefits to […]

Artist Michael McBride with his mural at the corner of Commerce Street and 5th Avenue in downtown Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Artist McBride drew inspiration from John Lewis

BY: - November 23, 2021

Michael McBride and the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis had much in common. Both grew up similarly, in rural Southern farming communities: McBride in Medon, Tennessee, in Madison County, and Lewis in Troy, Alabama.  Both were members of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. McBride, a Nashville-based Black artist and professor at Tennessee State University, never had […]

Historic Metro Nashville Courthouse. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville mayor names transportation director

BY: - November 16, 2021

Nashville Mayor John Cooper has named Diana Alarcon, currently director of transportation and mobility for Tucson, Ariz., as director of the new Nashville Department of Transportation and Multimodal Infrastructure. Cooper launched NDOT in July and Faye DiMassimo, his senior advisor for transportation and infrastructure, has served as interim director. NDOT was formed after Cooper reorganized […]

"Absent friends." Photo by John Partipilo.

Labor leader Eddie Bryan dies at 88

BY: - November 16, 2021

Edward Lyle “Eddie” Bryan, longtime Tennessee labor leader, died Sunday at the age of 88. A Nashville native and graduate of Hume Fogg High School, Bryan began his career as an installer and repairman for South Central Bell, joining Communication Workers of America Local 3808 before working his way into labor leadership. He served as […]

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Shelby Commission shoots down pay raise for sheriff

BY: - November 15, 2021

In Memphis on Monday, Shelby County commissioners shot down a proposed pay increase for Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner, Jr.  Bonner was up for a salary bump from $148,485 to $199,500. Commissioner Edmund Ford said  although Shelby’s sheriff is the lowest paid law enforcement leader in the state, but commissioners weren’t buying the sales pitch, […]

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 7, 2020 -A supporter of Donald Trump yells at a Black Lives Matter supporter during a "Stop the Steal" rally, the same day President-elect Joe Biden clinched his win. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

Group hosts discussion on the First Amendment and disinformation

BY: - November 15, 2021

A Nashville-based civic engagement group will host a panel discussion on Thursday to probe the line between First Amendment rights and tensions arising from disinformation, called “Protected Speech and Fear in America.” As part of its “Conversationalist Series,” Millions of Conversations will share information from global conflict mediation expert Andrew Ladley and Deborah Fisher, director […]

Odessa Kelly works on the porch of her East Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Kelly picks up endorsements from national progressive groups

BY: - November 10, 2021

Odessa Kelly, Democratic candidate for the 5th Congressional District, has picked up two endorsements from national progressive organizations, her campaign announced on Tuesday.  Indivisible, which was founded after former President Donald Trump’s 2016 election and Working Families Party (WFP,) endorsed Kelly. WFP, founded in New York City in 1998, is a progressive grassroots political party […]

Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville (Photo: John Partipilo)

Bell bowing out from Senate in 2022

BY: - November 8, 2021

Fifteen-year legislative veteran Sen. Mike Bell said Monday, “It’s time,” in announcing he will not seek re-election in 2022. Elected to the state House in 2006, Bell, a Riceville Republican, moved to the Senate in 2010, representing Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk Counties. During his stint in the upper chamber, Bell became a member […]