A site plan of the Memphis Megasite. (Photo: Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development)

Memphis megasite to land $5.6B Ford plant

BY: - September 27, 2021

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday that Ford Motor Co. has selected the Memphis Regional Megasite for one of the largest battery and vehicle manufacturing campuses in the nation, a $5.6 billion investment creating 5,800 jobs. “West Tennessee is primed to deliver the workforce and quality of life needed to create the next great American […]

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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 […]

Afghan-Americans rallied in Nashville to urge the American government to push for human rights protections in Afghanistan. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee’s Afghan residents rally for support

BY: - September 27, 2021

On Sunday, about a hundred protesters crowded in front of the Estes Kefauver Federal Building and Courthouse in Nashville to advocate for their friends and family currently living under Taliban rule.  Zahra Rasuli, 23, stood among several women wearing hijabs, pondering on the nature of Afghanistan’s conflict ridden history. She is a product of immigrant […]

Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, center, and Sen. Kerry Roberts, right, chair the Joint Government Operations Committee. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Katie Beckett program for kids with disabilities falls short in first year

BY: - September 27, 2021

A program for Tennessee children with disabilities or complex medical needs has enrolled fewer than 1,000 children as it nears the end of its first year in operation, far short of the 3,000 children that state officials originally estimated would be served annually. The Katie Beckett program was signed into law by Gov. Bill Lee […]

State Sen. Katrina Robinson, D-Memphis, hugs Nashville activist Justin Jones at the Tennessee General Assembly in April. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Case against Sen. Katrina Robinson hits snag

BY: - September 24, 2021

In Memphis Thursday, federal Judge Sheryl Lipman debated with prosecutors the merits of the federal government’s fraud case against state Sen. Katrina Robinson. Lipman dismissed the jury immediately after prosecutors rested their case.  Robinson’s attorneys asked the judge to dismiss all charges, citing lack of evidence and fundamental flaws in the prosecution’s financial analysis. The […]

A customer at ABQ Guns in Albuquerque. Recent mass shootings have reignited the debate over gun legislation, including red flag laws and expanded background checks. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Bloomberg, Getty Images)

Governor discounts effect of constitutional carry law on Collierville Kroger shooting

BY: - September 24, 2021

A day after a disgruntled employee opened fire in a Collierville Kroger, killing one woman and injuring 14 others, Gov. Bill Lee said he believes there is no connection between the shooting and a constitutional carry law he signed this year. Lee called the incident a “terrible shooting” and tragedy, while expressing sorrow for victims […]

Odors and complaints of sickness from emissions from Bristol, Virginia’s landfill are coming from both sides of the border. (City of Bristol, Va.)

Tennessee lawmaker says Virginia needs to do more to fix Bristol landfill’s malodorous emissions

BY: - September 24, 2021

Not satisfied with how Virginia officials are handling the complaints, a Tennessee state senator wants his state agencies to investigate a Bristol, Virginia, landfill linked to air pollution and foul odors plaguing residents on both sides of the border. “In addition to the landfill causing odor nuisance issues, I believe it presents a health and […]

Shelby County Courthouse. (Photo:

Week two of Robinson trial in Memphis: Prosecutors call former THI employees

BY: - September 23, 2021

Trial continued in Memphis this week for state Sen.Katrina Robinson who is facing federal charges of embezzlement and fraud. The charges allege that she intentionally appropriated federal grant funds meant for her business, The Health Institute, which provides postsecondary education in nursing.  The week’s testimony has focused on discrepancies in annual reports made by The […]

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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, […]

Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tennessee on September 15, 2021. Kingsbury Middle School in Berclair neighborhood of Memphis. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

Tennessee sees student improvement from summer programs

BY: - September 22, 2021

Tennessee students who took part in summer camps improved in English and math, regaining some of their pandemic learning loss, after the Legislature pumped $160 million into new programs, according to new data the state released Wednesday. Test scores from 120,000 students who participated in the classes showed an improvement of 5.97 percentage points overall […]

London Moore, 6, at of Historic First Community Church in Nashville. (Photo by John Partipilo)

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing kids

BY: - September 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Within […]

Doherty, 19, and his mother, Tommi, at their Nashville home. (Photo: John Partipilo)

“I feel like the public schools have let us down.”

BY: - September 22, 2021

Last school year wasn’t easy, but with the help of his mother, Joey Doherty kept up with Zoom classes taught by the special education teachers he has known for years. This year, Joey – a high school senior who is 19 years old, blind in one eye, has Down Syndrome and a host of resulting […]