Tag: Tennessee

Memphis Police Charge 3 Mississippi Men With Civil Rights Intimidation in Parking Garage Attack

Three Mississippi men have been charged with civil rights intimidation and attempted robbery after allegedly attacking two black men in a downtown Memphis, Tenn. parking garage earlier this month. According to the Associated Press, citing court documents, Christopher Elder, Joshua Matheny and Michael Matheny confronted both victims on Sept. 2. Advertisement One of the victims, […]

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‘It Consumes You’: Tennessee Man Sues Popeyes for Running Out of Beloved Chicken Sandwich

Craig Barr of Chattanooga, Tenn., is suing Popeyes for false advertising, deceptive business practices, and wasting “countless time” in his pursuit of their very good chicken sandwich, which was put on hiatus after hordes of fried-chicken-enthusiasts caused the franchise to sell out of the beloved sandwich. According to the lawsuit, Barr was wandering the desert […]

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How to Cut College Dropout Rates

“She’s like my older sister”— that’s not how most undergraduates think about their advisers. But it was the first thing that came to Elodie Oriental’s mind when she described Hanna Tenadu. “I go to her to explain everything I’m going through,” said Ms. Oriental, a daughter of Haitian immigrants who, with her twin sister, Ismaelle, […]

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I Was the Only Black Woman to Testify Against an Abortion Ban. They Cut My Mic.

Last week, lawmakers in Tennessee held hearings for Senate Bill 1326, which would redefine fetal viability in attempts to implement a near-total ban on abortion. Over the course of several hours, members of the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee heard from speakers for and against the bill, who were each instructed they had 10 minutes to […]

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YouTuber’s Surprise Discovery Gives Parents Last Look at Son They Lost

For two years, Robin McCrear wondered what happened to the last video footage her son recorded before he died. Her son, Richard Lee Ragland III, 22, drowned in June 2017 near a waterfall in Foster Falls State Park in Tennessee, she said. It was a devastating loss for Ms. McCrear, 51, who described her son […]

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Cyntoia Brown Releases Debut Book Cover, Says She’s ‘Loving Every Single Thing’ About Her Freedom

Image: Atria Books Two weeks after her release in prison, Cyntoia Brown is sharing what’s she’s been enjoying the most about her freedom: the simple things. In an exclusive statement to NBC News, Brown-Long (shortly after being granted clemency, she married singer J. Long of the group Pretty Ricky), said she’s been relishing being able […]

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This Tennessee Lawmaker Claims a Fetus Can Survive Outside the Womb at Conception

In August, a Tennessee lawmaker filed a proposal to ban all abortions once “a viable pregnancy” has been detected. All that takes, according to the measure, is the detection of the hormone that’s usually found by an at-home pregnancy test, within just a few weeks of conception. Experts, however, say the language in the bill […]

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Our Dog ‘Doesn’t Like Black People’: Tennessee Church’s Sorry Excuse for Denying a Black Housekeeper a Job

Photo: iStock The Catholic Diocese of Memphis (Tenn.) is facing backlash after a black housekeeper lost out on a cleaning job after church staffers reportedly claimed a priest’s dog “doesn’t like black people” and therefore she’d need to find work elsewhere. According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal (ah, Tennessee), housekeeper LaShundra Allen and a white […]

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In Southern Appalachia, Searching for the ‘Big Bang’ of Country Music

ImageA scene outside Bristol, Tenn., where the famous Bristol recording sessions showcased future stars of the country music scene.CreditMike Belleme for The New York Times While the rest of America was roaring to jazz during the ’20s, in a small corner of the South, where back roads snake through early-morning mist and porches are used […]

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Tennessee Store Clerk Faces Up to 60 Years for Murdering a Black Teen Over a $2 Beer

Photo: iStock Seventeen-year-old Dorian Harris shoplifted a $2 beer from a local corner store and it cost him his life. Now, the store clerk responsible for shooting and killing the teen is facing up to 60 years in prison after being found guilty of murder in the second degree. Lawyers for Anwar Ghazali argued the […]

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She’s Married Now: Cyntoia Brown Gets Hitched to Christian Rapper J. Long Behind Bars—Via a Stand-In

Cyntoia Brown, shown in this May 23, 2018, file pool photoPhoto: Lacy Atkins (The Tennessean via AP, Pool, File) Cyntoia Brown came home after spending 15 years in prison for killing a man to a brand new life of freedom—and a new husband. Tennessee prison officials confirm that Brown got married while still behind bars to […]

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She’s Married Now: Cyntoia Brown Got Hitched to Christian Rapper J. Long Behind Bars—Via a Stand-In

Cyntoia Brown, shown in this May 23, 2018, file pool photoPhoto: Lacy Atkins (The Tennessean via AP, Pool, File) Cyntoia Brown came home after spending 15 years in prison for killing a man to a brand new life of freedom—and a new husband. Tennessee prison officials confirm that Brown got married while still behind bars […]

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Cyntoia Brown Is Finally Free

Screenshot: NewsChannel 5 After serving 15 years behind bars, Cyntoia Brown is finally free. CNN reports that Brown, who has spent almost half of her life incarcerated, was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women on Wednesday, according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections. In January, then-Gov. Bill Haslam granted her clemency as one of his […]

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Nashville Police Officer Resigns After Video Surfaces of Him Brutally Slamming Black Woman Against a Car

Screenshot: News Now DC A Nashville police officer who is under investigation for using excessive force during a traffic stop has submitted his resignation. The Tennessean reports that on July 3, officer Barrett Teague was involved in an altercation with a female motorist after he stopped her for driving with expired tags. From the Tennessean: […]

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Tennessee Says Internet-Ordained Ministers and Marriage Don’t Mix

The house in Chattanooga, Tenn., was the perfect venue for the quiet wedding the two men were planning for August. They would hold the ceremony in the glass-clad sunroom of the house, set on two acres that backed up to the woods. They started to write their own vows. The owner of the house, the […]

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Back-to-School Sales Tax ‘Holidays’ Lure Shoppers Despite Slim Savings

If you missed out on the blitz of deals offered early this week by many online retailers, don’t despair: There may be additional savings on the horizon, as more than a dozen states gear up for their annual summer sales tax “holidays.” This year, 16 states are offering back-to-school promotions, exempting many items, including clothing, […]

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Tennessee Gov. Declares Day Honoring Slave Trader and Early Leader of the KKK

Mary Barra, General Motors Chairman and CEO, speaks with Bill Lee, Governor of Tennessee.Photo: Bill Pugliano (Getty Images) Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee tipped his hand, and it’s racist AF. For some reason that only Southern states will understand, Lee signed a proclamation declaring July 13 Nathan Bedford Forrest Day. Who in the fuck was Forrest? […]

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Preaching Faith in Democracy

By Courtney E. Martin Ms. Martin is the author, most recently, of “The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream.” As Rotary Clubs ready their parade floats in small towns and Macy’s prepares its multimillion-dollar fireworks show in New York, there’s a quieter, more reflective kind of patriotism beginning to spring up in cities throughout […]

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