Alice Johnson, a Memphis grandmother whose life sentence on federal drug charges was commuted last year by President Donald Trump at the urging of Kim Kardashian-West, spoke Thursday at the Republican National Convention.
Mayor Jim Strickland vetoed an ordinance Tuesday evening that removed the issue of police residency from the November ballot, but councilors immediately voted to override the veto, effectively ending the effort to expand police residency requirements.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and Congressman Steve Cohen came together Monday to urge more people to return their census forms to ensure Memphis and Shelby County get the appropriate amount of federal funding for the next 10 years.
Tennessee lawmakers wrapped up a three-day special session this week by passing controversial measures that include strengthening penalties against protesters and providing liability protections to businesses.
The Tennessee General Assembly will convene Monday, Aug. 10 for a special session aimed at providing legal clarity and certainty for health care providers, businesses, schools, non-profits and others with regard to the novel coronavirus.
Governor Bill Lee signed a bill Monday he said is “arguably the most conservative, pro-life piece of legislation in the country,” but it wasn’t long before a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order, blocking the new law from taking effect.
Gov. Tate Reeves continues to stand behind his claim over the weekend that recent increases in coronavirus cases here are tied to protests that happened here, and he says the same is true nationally as well.
The Republican governor said in a press release that the Capitol Commission would meet July 9, but no agenda was posted. However, Lee later told reporters that the group would address the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust.
Legislators in Mississippi made history Sunday, voting to remove the controversial state flag containing the Confederate battle emblem and allowing Mississippians to decide a new flag design later this year.
A bill banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected is on its way to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s desk. The Tennessee Senate passed the bill early Friday morning with the vote splitting down party lines.
Senator Raumesh Akbari of Memphis will present a budget amendment Thursday that would provide emergency relief funding to school districts struggling with local budget shortfalls while also preparing to make up classroom time with their students that was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.