Memphis-based Varsity Spirit founder Jeff Webb this week endorsed Manny Sethi’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
According to a press release Sethi emailed Thursday, Webb built Varsity Spirit from startup to annual revenues approaching $2 billion with 8,000 employees in all 50 states. He also founded and chairs American Populists, a political organization dedicated to restoring America’s middle class. Read More
The University of Memphis recently announced that its football players will wear helmets with a Black Lives Matter sticker for every game during the upcoming season.
“This season, for every game, our student-athletes’ helmets will have a BLM sticker,” Ryan Silverfield, head coach of the school’s football team, wrote on Twitter. Read More
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) called for the impeachment of U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr during a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week.
In a statement released before the hearing, Cohen claimed the Department of Justice “has clearly been corrupted” under Barr’s leadership. He pointed to the recent removal of Geoffrey Berman, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the Justice Department’s request to dismiss its criminal case against Michael Flynn as evidence of corruption. Read More
The Memphis government is mandating the use of masks in many instances, with detailed instructions on when to do so or who may be exempt.
Mayor Jim Strickland signed a mask ordinance Thursday, WREG reported. The city council approved the ordinance 9-4 last week. Read More
Tennessee’s largest county reported Saturday its highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, though officials were trying to figure out if the jump represented a surge in people getting sick or delayed results from testing laboratories.
The Shelby County Health Department in Memphis reported an increase of 385 cases of the new coronavirus, eclipsing the previous single-day spike by more than 100 cases. Read More
Gov. Bill Lee announced a new “TN Strong Mask Movement” Thursday with the goal of making face masks more “fun.”
According to a press release from the governor’s office, the Economic Recovery Group developed the new program along with more than 30 “flagship brands” across the state, including Amazon, Bridgestone, Bristol Motor Speedway, Graceland, Jack Daniel’s, several professional sports teams and universities, and many others. Read More
An illegal alien who evaded capture for nearly three years was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison last week for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to a Monday statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee, a federal jury in February found Carlos Landeros-Salcedo guilty after a three-day trial and just 40 minutes of deliberation among the jurors. U.S. District Court Judge Sheryl H. Lipman sentenced him to 60 months in federal prison on June 10. Read More
Officials with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released statistics Thursday showing what they call “a staggering increase in unemployment for each of Tennessee’s 95 counties” in April. This, as many businesses closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, according to a TDLWD press release.
“The unprecedented and historic spike in unemployment impacted some counties more drastically than others, but no area of Tennessee escaped the pandemic’s effect on the state’s workforce,” the press release said. Read More
The Shelby County Health Department in Tennessee has issued a drug overdose spike alert lasting from April 6 to May 7 after seeing an unexplained increase in drug overdoses between that time.
Recent data showed that seven separate spike alerts were triggered between those dates, with the most recent reporting 20 suspected overdose events, four of them fatal. Read More
Local officials from Tennessee’s four major cities this week formed a Tennessee Major Metros Economic Restart Task Force to plan and coordinate the restoration of business activity currently suspended due to COVID-19. Read More
Tennessee State Rep. John DeBerry, a black Shelby County Democrat, is an independent thinker, which at the moment makes him Public Enemy No. 1 in the eyes of the state’s Democratic Party.
Earlier this month, with most Americans distracted by the media’s nonstop coronavirus coverage, Janeita Lentz, another Shelby County Democrat and co-chair of the Memphis-Mid South Democratic Socialists of America, advanced a racist, cultist agenda. Her mission: to oust a black Democratic incumbent deemed too uppity for the Tennessee Democratic Party (TNDP) and its white overseers. Read More
At the top of the second hour on Monday’s Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy, all star panelist Clint Brewer weighed in on the recent coup against Memphis State Representative John DeBerry and commented that he finds the whole situation to be very troubling. He further went on to express his concern stating that we may have reached a point in this country where you could be removed from your party because you are working across the aisle with other legislators. Read More
Live from Nashville, Tennessee Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Tennessee state Representative John DeBerry (D-Memphis) joined host Michael Patrick Leahy on the newsmakers line. Read More
Live from Nashville, Tennessee Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Memphis, Tennessee state Representative John DeBerry joined host Michael Patrick Leahy on the newsmakers line. Read More
The Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) sent a letter to every mayor in the state Friday asking them to request authority from Gov. Bill Lee to issue shelter-in-place orders for their communities.
Lee has thus far declined to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order, which prompted more than 2,000 health care workers to sign a petition asking him to change course, The Tennessee Star reported. As of Sunday, 26 states had issued stay-at-home orders, including the neighboring states of North Carolina and Kentucky. Read More
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, assigned to the Area Port of Memphis, seized nearly 2,000 counterfeit driver’s licenses and two fake passports at an express consignment facility over the past week. Read More
At least 2,000 health care workers have signed a petition asking Gov. Bill Lee to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Read More
Democrats in the Tennessee Senate asked Gov. Bill Lee to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order Monday to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Read More
Members of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission say they formally oppose Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s Constitutional Carry bill.
This, according to the Memphis-based WREG, which said this came about after members took a vote.
“The Crime Commission says 39 out of 49 participating members voted to oppose the governor’s gun plan,” the station reported. Read More
Nashville Mayor John Cooper confirmed a case of coronavirus on Sunday, making it the third in Tennessee, coming the same day Shelby County announced a case. Read More
The lead juror at Roger Stone’s trial said in a written questionnaire for prospective jurors that she was “not sure” whether she posted online about the Russia investigation or Stone, and that she “may have shared an article” on social media on the topics, according to a portion of the document reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
But Tomeka Hart’s Twitter feed shows that she indeed posted multiple times about the Russia probe and at least once about Stone, who was sentenced on Thursday to 40 months in prison in a case that stemmed from the special counsel’s investigation. Read More
Tennessee officials have charged people from Murfreesboro, Memphis, and Mississippi with TennCare fraud. Read More
FBI agents carried out search warrants Friday at a for-profit nursing school that State Sen. Katrina Robinson, D-Memphis founded, according to various media reports. Read More
Officials in Memphis and Shelby County reportedly want more corporate welfare to produce on-location film and television shows. Read More
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has set up shop in Memphis. Read More
Leftist firebrand Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) announced Monday he would not be attending Tuesday’s State of the Union address because, he said, President Trump “not worthy of the dignity and respect accorded to his predecessors.” Read More
The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Board of Commissioners has approved $1.5 million for a public art project. Read More
A Chicago-based nonprofit gives Memphis a C grade for its fiscal health. This same nonprofit, Truth in Accounting, gave Nashville something even worse — a grade of D. Read More
On January 29, the U.S. Congress’ Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing on whether the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is undermining the effectiveness of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which helps low- and moderate-income communities secure loans. At this hearing, it is critical that Members of Congress speak out against the decisionmakers who have thus far ignored the renaissance of Operation Choke Point throughout the country. The resurrection of this practice, sometimes referred to as biased banking, violates both the CRA and official OCC policy, and, if not stopped soon, will have severe ramifications for Memphis and the State of Tennessee at large. Read More
Nearly 60 private schools thus far want to participate in Tennessee’s new voucher program. Read More
Amazon is reportedly building a giant fulfillment center at the Frayser/Raleigh community border in Memphis, according to DailyMemphian.com Read More
Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Memphis on Sunday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read More
Memphis Democratic Mayor Lee Harris is fine with more refugees in his city, and he sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying as much. Read More
The Justice Department included Memphis as a city it is trying to reduce crime in with a new initiative Wednesday called Operation Relentless Pursuit (ORP). Read More
Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) received the statues of Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest Tuesday from a Tennessee nonprofit group almost two years after being removed from public parks in Memphis. Bruce McMullen, the city of Memphis’s chief legal officer, said in a statement that the… Read More
Memphis City Council members recently voted not to raise solid waste fees, and that means residents will have fewer trash services in January. Read More
Despite the city’s high crime rate and all the problems that go along with it, Memphis has a lot of financial momentum and part of that has to do with the strong national economy. Read More
Law enforcement nationwide is a less attractive career prospect because of the disrespect law enforcement officers have to contend with in modern times, said Memphis City Council member Worth Morgan. Read More
Memphis voters might get called upon next year to decide whether people who live up to 50 miles away from Shelby County can serve as police officers or firefighters. Read More
The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct has issued a formal reprimand to Memphis Criminal Court Judge Jim Lammey, who angered a coalition of left-wing activists with one of his recent Facebook posts. Read More
Tennessee Comptrollers have called out yet another assisted living facility for spending Medicaid dollars in ways not legally allowed, this time to the tune of nearly $96,000. Read More
Former State Sen. Reginald Tate, 65, has died, multiple outlets report. Read More
FedEx filed a $212 million building permit Tuesday for a new package sorting facility and hub in Memphis, MyNorthwest reported. Read More
The Memphis-based FOX 13 has uncovered what it says are major discrepancies between how many people listen to city’s taxpayer-funded podcasts versus how many people officials involved with it say listen. Read More
Tennessee State Rep. John DeBerry, D-Memphis, said Tuesday that his constituents have no problem with him supporting school vouchers. Read More
U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) joined officials in touring the Union Row development in Memphis Friday. Read More
Tennessee State Rep. London Lamar, D-Memphis, recently compared pro-life women to women who opposed their own right to vote, according to a national website that publishes pro-life news and commentary. Read More
Tennessee officials have charged more people with alleged TennCare fraud in two separate cases, including a woman from Arkansas. Read More
The students at White Station High School in Memphis have reportedly crowned a male student to the homecoming court, and he accepted the honor while wearing a dress and holding a bouquet of flowers. Read More
A man running for the Memphis City Council District 7 seat is in trouble after he reportedly pulled a gun at a Memphis polling station. This, according to FOX13Memphis.com. “According to MPD, the incident happened September 16 at the Dave Wells Community Center located on Chelsea Ave. Details surrounding… Read More