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  • Police officers assigned to MATA buses to handle “unruly” kids

    10/01/2014 12:46:12 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 18 replies
    WREG ^ | 9/30/14 | Ashley Crockett
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Police Department is assigning officers to ride city buses to help control “unruly juveniles” after school for the next two weeks. WREG has confirmed officers will be assigned to a MATA bus that leaves North Main and travels to American Way. Officers will also assigned to a bus that leaves White Station and Summer, then drops kids off at Jackson and Hollywood, as well as a third bus that leaves North Main and stops at Lamar and Lowell. One officer will be on the bus near the driver, with a second following in a squad...
  • A teen mob strikes again in Memphis

    09/29/2014 11:54:59 AM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 111 replies
    WREG News Channel 3 Memphis ^ | 9/28/2014 | Michael Quander
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A mob of teenagers reportedly attacked once again in Memphis. Police said a large group of teens flooded the streets near Central High School Friday just before 10:00 p.m. “Had I had been armed we would have had a lot of kids laying in the Bellevue street that night,” Sharon Mourning said. Mourning said she would have done whatever she needed to protect herself, “So we just driving and all of a sudden all of the kids ran into the middle of the street.” Mourning and her daughter Princess were driving on Bellevue Friday evening. “It was...
  • Memphis,TN. SSA Office Transforms IA's into "Documented" in One Day

    09/10/2014 6:17:31 PM PDT · by magna carta · 4 replies
    Stop the Magnet ^ | September 10,2014 | Liz Theiss
    This citizen story came to my attention on Facebook on September 9,2014, it had been filmed a few weeks prior. Stop the Magnet is here to assist in getting this valuable insight out to the grassroots activists and beyond. I will simply post Mike Morrison's narrative of the event. The three videos are available for your perusal. Please note also recent headlines illustrating Obama's "Memorandum Agreements" with Mexico. It appears the free traders are blowing off sovereignty full stop.
  • Actor James Woods calls for Attorney General to investigate Kroger mob attack as hate crime

    09/10/2014 5:15:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Commercial Appeal ^ | 9/10/14 | Wendy C. Thomas
    Hollywood actor James Woods issued a call on Twitter for U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to investigate Saturday’s mob attack at Kroger in which the assailants were black and two of three injured victims were white. “This is a direct challenge to Eric Holder: Are you, Sir, going to Memphis, TN to address the Kroger racial hate crime? #holderchallenge,” Woods wrote Tuesday in a message that was retweeted more than 4,500 times. On Wednesday, Woods added a second hashtag to his demand. “Mr Holder,” Woods wrote, “stand above politics and address the cancer of ALL racism in America. Go to
  • When a Hate Crime Against a Memphis Teenager Isn't a Hate Crime

    09/10/2014 3:31:33 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 24 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/10/14 | Steve Berman
    A seventeen year old boy in Memphis faced a nightmare while he was working a shift at Kroger.  A mob was attacking people in the parking lot.  This thin teenager tried to run but was caught and pummeled into unconsciousness, then viciously kicked and beaten as he lay helpless.  As is the custom these dark days, bystanders caught it on video, which was posted to the Internet and picked up by local television. Todd Starnes reported on this for Fox News: The thug who attacked Mr. Sauser’s son is a teenager with a lengthy criminal history. So far 11 people...
  • 10 teens, 1 adult charged in brutal Kroger parking lot attack

    09/09/2014 5:09:35 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 58 replies
    Officers arrested and charged 10 teenagers and one adult as of Monday evening in the attack that happened in a Kroger parking lot. Police arrested and charged Raheem Richardson,19, with aggravated assault and aggravated riot. Additionally, a 16-year-old was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated riot, and acting in concert to wit aggravated assault. Eight teenagers, from 14 to 17 years old, are charged with aggravated riot. A 15-year-old boy arrested Sunday and charged with similar crimes. Three people were injured Saturday night by a large group of teenagers who came from a nearby CiCi's Pizza restaurant. Two Kroger employees, ages...
  • A question for Mississippi FReepers: is the Delta safe for a tourist?

    09/08/2014 7:44:52 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 38 replies
    Self | 9/8/'14 | Zionist Conspirator
    Because of my heritage as a descendant of Southern Unionist Republicans, I used to really admire Black Americans and their culture, going all the way back to the works of Joel Chandler Harris and B.A. Botkin. Because of this I've long been a fan of traditional acoustic country blues, especially from the Mississippi Delta (Charlie Patton!). I've been longing for years to visit the Dockery Plantation between Ruleville and Cleveland, which is where the blues was allegedly born and where so many of the great Delta bluesmen played and/or worked as farm hands. Several years ago I actually took a...
  • Suspect charged in connection with Kroger assault

    09/08/2014 6:59:40 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 24 replies
    Wreg News 3 Memphis ^ | September 8, 2014 | Christian Ailsworth
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police have arrested and charged a juvenile in connection with Saturday’s attack of three people in a Kroger parking lot. The suspect’s age has not been confirmed at this time. Police have said the suspect is the individual seen in witness video wearing a lime green shirt. He is charged with aggravated riot, and acting in concert: to wit aggravated assault.
  • Racially motivated assault at Kroger in Memphis, TN

    09/07/2014 8:15:40 PM PDT · by Cedar · 51 replies
    News2014/youtube ^ | Published on Sep 7, 2014 | News 2014
    "This fight happened on September 6, 2014 at the Kroger at Poplar and Highland in Memphis, Tennessee. According to witnesses, a mob of teens attacked store employees at the front entrance to the store."
  • Racially motivated assault at Kroger in Memphis, TN

    09/07/2014 4:49:39 PM PDT · by gop4lyf
    I especially like how the young "lady" who is videoing this, most likely with her cell phone, wonders out loud why no one is calling the cops.
  • Racially motivated assault at Kroger in Memphis, TN

    09/07/2014 12:45:43 PM PDT · by Wilderness Conservative · 101 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | 9/7/14
    This fight happened on September 6, 2014 at the Kroger at Poplar and Highland in Memphis, Tennessee. According to witnesses, a mob of teens attacked store employees at the front entrance to the store, and later an elderly customer in the parking lot. Video was uploaded to facebook and deleted since.
  • Group of teenagers caught on camera beating man in Kroger parking lot

    09/07/2014 11:50:14 AM PDT · by ebshumidors · 77 replies
    MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC) - A video of a group of teenagers beating a Kroger employee in the store's parking lot is circulating on Facebook. A Kroger employee tells WMC Action News 5 that the attack happened at the Kroger near Highland Street and Poplar Avenue. Accroding to police, three people were jumped by a large group of teenagers who were chanting "fam mob." The group, who came from CiCi's Pizza, reportedly attacked a 25-year-old customer as he left his car to enter Kroger. Two employees, ages 17 and 18, were attacked while trying to stop the fight. Both were...
  • Child found chained up in home

    07/05/2014 7:46:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    WREG NEWS 3 ^ | Ashley Crockett and Wayne Carter,
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police found a child restrained in a southeast Memphis home Thursday. Police say a girl inside the home called them and said her brother was chained up. Officers arrived and found an 8-year-old boy restrained inside the home. Neighbors say the girl got a hold of a cellphone when her mother went to the grocery store. Valerie Golden lives nearby and said her son played at the home and returned home to say the children there were hungry and one boy was chained to a fence one day and locked inside a shed another. “My son has...
  • VA SCANDAL: Disabled, homeless veteran living in car; Memphis VA says it can’t

    06/24/2014 6:42:42 AM PDT · by GailA · 10 replies
    WVLT ^ | 6/18/14 | NA
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — A disabled veteran and father is living out of his car, because he said the Memphis VA will not help him. Lonnie Whitfield was living with a friend, but ran out of options when that person decided to move. The VA sent WREG a statement explaining the programs they have in place to help people like Whitfield. They have vouchers for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA Supportive Housing Program, or HUD-VASH as it is called. However, they only had 380 vouchers for the Memphis and Jackson areas, and said they are currently...
  • Memphis Imam Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi: Muslims Have a Right to Kill and Steal From Christians

    04/28/2014 9:27:13 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 47 replies
    Winds of Jihad ^ | 04/28/2014 | Sheikyer Mami
    Because Muhammad did it; and he was the perfect man, uswa hasana, al insan al kamil, and to emulate him is the obligation of every Muslim. Something is wrong with the idea that its only ‘a tiny minority of excremists’. At his mosque in Memphis, the Yale-educated Yasir Qadhi has been informing his flock that Christians are filthy, and that Muslims have every right to kill them and steal their property.
  • Judge Joe Brown arrested, sentenced to jail

    03/24/2014 5:04:09 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 16 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | MARCH 24, 2014 | QMI Agency
    Judge Joe Brown is now on the other side of the law. The former TV judge was arrested for contempt of court in Memphis, Tenn., according to TMZ. Brown was there to represent someone in a child custody case, but allegedly became enraged after being told they had no record of the case. Brown reportedly became verbally abusive with the judge and ignored his order to quiet down.The TV judge was cited five times for contempt of court and ordered to spend five days in jail.
  • Senators Tell Kellogg to 'Act Swiftly' to End Memphis Lockout

    03/07/2014 3:31:40 PM PST · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 3/07/2014 | Mike Hall
    A group of five U.S. senators have joined the growing chorus of influential voices, telling the Kellogg Co. to end its nearly five-month lockout of more than 220 workers at its Memphis, Tenn., cereal production facility.The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 252G members who make Frosted Flakes®, Froot Loops® and other breakfast favorites were locked out as part of the drive by the company to replace steady, middle-class, full-time jobs with casual part-time employees who would make significantly lower wages and substandard benefits.In a letter to Kellogg’s CEO John Bryant, Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Robert Casey Jr....
  • Neighbors Say Planned Parenthood’s Billboard Goes Too Far

    02/01/2014 10:12:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    WREG ^ | Melissa Moon
    (Memphis) A Planned Parenthood billboard has only been up a week in one South Memphis neighborhood, but some people there already want it to come down. They say the billboard, which includes the message “Getting It On Is Free” and a picture of a condom, is too graphic. “I was shocked. I was appalled that anyone would put up a picture of condom,” said Karen Wallace. Karen Wallace works at a church nearby and has to drive by the billboard every day. She said what is worse it’s right next to an elementary school cross walk. “The graphic was not...
  • Sebelius Brings Health Care Talk to Town

    11/01/2013 5:08:47 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 11 replies
    Memphis Daily ^ | 11/1/13 | Andy Meek
    Forty-eight hours after a congressional committee grilled her over problems related to the new health insurance website, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Memphis, flanked by defenders. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, told press gathered Friday, Nov. 1, for the secretary’s visit to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library that “change is hard” but, “Get over it. Barack Obama is president, and the Affordable Care Act is the law.”
  • TN:Homeowner Puts Burglar In The Hospital

    10/03/2013 7:51:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    wreg.com ^ | 30 September, 2013 | Melissa Moon
    Police say the man was shot by a homeowner who caught him coming through his bedroom window. (snip) Police say the homeowner heard a noise coming from his bedroom, grabbed his gun and shot a man as he was coming through his window. Police say the burglar tried to run for it, but the homeowner was able to get the drop on him and hold him in the backyard until officers arrived.
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • Thousands honor Elvis Presley at Graceland vigil

    08/16/2013 9:39:17 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 19 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | August 15, 2013 | Adrian Sainz, Associated Press
    <p>MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley fans from around the world made their annual pilgrimage to Graceland on Thursday to pay their respects to the rock n' roll icon with a solemn candlelight vigil on the 36th anniversary of his death.</p>
  • Media blackout: Nurse shot to death on the streets of Memphis

    08/13/2013 8:00:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Examiner ^ | August 13, 2013 | The Examiner
    In the early morning hours of Aug. 12, police in Memphis arrested Dondre Johnson, 19, Mario Patterson, 23, and Jerrica Norfleet, 23, only minutes earlier, reportedly shot and killed a 27-year-old man on South Main Street. The victim, David Santucci, was walking home after attending a birthday party at a bar on Beale Street, when the suspects pulled their vehicle alongside him. The Commercial Appeal reported:
  • Memphis Woman Robbed at Gunpoint Twice, Buys Gun, Stops Third Robbery (VIDEO)

    08/03/2013 3:56:08 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 29 replies
    Guns.Com ^ | Aug 3, 2013 | Jennifer Cruz
    A business owner in Memphis had her sporting goods store robbed at gunpoint twice in less than three months. But when the would-be robbers came back again, the woman refused to be a victim for the third time. “I guess after they got money the first time, they thought we were easy target, that they could come get money from us any time,” the woman, who did not wish to be identified, told a local news station. “Sometimes, you know, you just don’t think, you react. You got the fear, but you also got the anger. Because you’re tired of...
  • Blues Legend Bobby "Blue" Bland Dies

    06/23/2013 7:28:55 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    WREG Channel 3 Memphis, Tennessee ^ | June 23, 2013 | Matt Peace
    (Memphis) The Memphis Music Foundation confirms well-known blues musician Bobby "Blue" Bland has died ... He is best known for hits like "Turn on Your Love Light", "That’s the Way Love Is" and "I Pity the Fool" ...
  • Let's Save Forrest Park, Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park in Memphis

    04/03/2013 3:25:29 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 72 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 3, 2013 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Did you know that three Memphis, Tennessee parks named for our great Southern leaders Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest-Forrest Park, Confederate President Jefferson Davis-Jefferson Davis Park and Confederate Park were changed?
  • White House 'Memphis Soul' Concert to Feature Justin Timberlake, Al Green, Queen Latifah, and Others

    04/02/2013 4:12:01 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 2, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    Next week Justin Timberlake, Al Green, Queen Latifah, and many others will perform at the White House in a "Memphis Soul" concert, the White House announced today. "As part of their 'In Performance at the White House' series, the President and First Lady will invite music legends and contemporary major artists to the White House for a celebration of Memphis Soul music. The program will include performances by Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Al Green, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples and Justin Timberlake, with Booker T. Jones as music director...
  • KKK, Crips Gang Members Team Up To Stop Memphis KKK Rally

    03/03/2013 3:01:18 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 29 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | March 1, 2013 | Cicely Mitchell
    If you are looking for a story that travels to the realms of disbelief, then this is the story that does so. It appears that a group of Memphis, Tennessee Ku Klux Klan members and the Grape Street Crips are teaming up to stop an upcoming KKK rally. Dajuan Horton, a Crip Gang member who lives in Memphis apparently heard of the rally happening. Being totally and unequivocally against it, he decided to work on a rally to combat the coming KKK rally. He told a local news station that instead of meeting the opposing rally members with violence, he...
  • MPD officer killed in hail of bullets

    12/15/2012 6:37:47 AM PST · by GailA · 20 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 12/15/12 | Kristina Goetz
    Female LEO Link only
  • Memphis in Color, 1944

    10/20/2012 8:09:54 PM PDT · by djone · 56 replies
    retronaut.com ^ | Chris Wild
    Photograps of Memphis Tennesse in 1944. See whats playing at the Palace Theater or the New Daisy. Or get some chop suey.... the Cake Box
  • B.B. Cunningham, Jerry Lee Lewis' Keyboardist and Hombres Member, Dead at 70 in Shootout

    10/15/2012 8:44:49 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 25 replies
    E! online ^ | 10 - 15 - 2012 | by Josh Grossberg
    B.B. Cunningham, a longtime keyboardist and backup singer for legendary rocker Jerry Lee Lewis as well as leader of his own band the Hombres, was gunned down early Sunday morning in Memphis. He was 70. Per Memphis' Commercial Appeal, Cunningham had been working as a security guard at an apartment complex in the southeast part of the city when he heard a gunshot in the neighboring Cherry Crest Apartments around 2 a.m. and went to check it out. Upon arrival, officers found the bodies of the musician and an unidentified 16-year-old boy, both of whom sustained gunshot wounds. Authorities are...
  • Officer and family have differing stories over shot dog

    10/14/2012 9:03:24 PM PDT · by Altariel · 23 replies
    WMC-TV ^ | October 11, 2012 | WMC-TV Staff
    MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - A Memphis family is irate after a police officer shot their dog Thursday. But the police department says the officer was trying to protect a child. Quawan Branch, 9, described the attack by Memphis Police on his 1-year-old Labrador, named Pepper. "The police officer, he just came up and started shooting at my dog," he said. According to the Memphis Police Department, an officer was flagged down on Spottswood Ave. regarding a loose dog trying to attack a child. "I didn't see anyone flag him down. They must have done it a street over or...
  • Campfield claimed Memphis can’t destroy guns from buyback program

    09/26/2012 3:48:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    politifact.com ^ | 15 September, 2012 | NA
    Colorful State Sen. Stacey Campfield seems to court controversy, particularly in his blog, Camp4u. So it was no real surprise when he took a reproachful tone in blog posts on Sept. 11 about the "gas for guns" program announced the day before by the City of Memphis and the Memphis Police Department. The city held a press conference on Sept. 10 to announce that on Sept. 15, it would conduct an event in which it would give people a $50 Mapco gas card plus two tickets to a Memphis Grizzlies basketball game for turning in a gun. The idea was...
  • Grizzlies Offering Free Tickets In Exchange For Turned-In Firearms(Memphis TN)

    09/12/2012 8:54:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    slamonline.com ^ | 11 September, 2012 | NA
    A noble piece of NBA news this afternoon: The Memphis Grizzlies, who are in no need of increased fan attendance, are offering a promotion to help reduce violence in the city of Memphis. This Saturday, the Grizz will join forces with Bloomfield Baptist church in an effort to collect, and dispose of, unnecessary firearms currently on the streets. For every gun that is turned in—no questions asked and no background checks performed, of course—the “donor” will receive two free tickets to an upcoming preseason game. Via the Memphis Commercial Appeal: “The city of Memphis will trade gas cards and Grizzlies...
  • Jerry 'The King' Lawler collapses at WWE ringside

    09/11/2012 12:26:27 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 11 September 2012
    Wrestling legend and World Wrestling Entertainment announcer Jerry "The King" Lawler has been hospitalized after collapsing during a show in Montreal on Monday night, the show's producers announced. "Lawler suffered a heart attack while commentating during last night's broadcast of Monday Night Raw in Montreal," a statement on WWE's website said. "We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family." Lawler passed out at ringside and was given CPR in the locker room of the arena before being taken to a hospital, co-host Michael Cole...
  • Editorial: 'Gas for Guns' is sign of the times(barf alert TN)

    09/03/2012 5:10:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    commercialappeal.com ^ | 3 September,2012 | NA
    Brilliant — in a bizarre kind of way. What other way to describe the Gas for Guns trade scheduled for Sept. 15 at Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church in South Memphis? Modeled after similar programs in other cities with too much gun crime, Gas for Guns offers a $50 gas card and two tickets to a Memphis Grizzlies game to anyone willing to trade in an unwanted gun — no questions asked. Mayor A C Wharton, a number of Memphis-area radio stations, The Tri-State Defender newspaper and Bloomfield Baptist all have pitched in to make this event work — and...
  • Memphis city mayor, sponsors give $50 gas cards in exchange for guns(TN)

    09/01/2012 2:58:16 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 31 August, 2012 | Karen Thompson
    Everyone can use some free gas these days, right? As a part of his Memphis Summer Challenge Initiative, Mayor A.C. Wharton and several community conscious sponsors have joined forces to offer free $50 gas cards to citizens who turn in guns, as part of an effort to stop gun violence in the city of Memphis, particularly among teens. The event is going to take place on Saturday, September 15, 2012 in the parking lot of Bloomfield Baptist Church, located at 123 S, Parkway West, Memphis, TN 39109, from 10:00 a.m until 2:00 p.m. There will be no questions asked about...
  • Woman beats Little League coach with bat over molestation suspicions

    08/23/2012 10:35:53 AM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    Michael Berry ^ | 8.23.2012 | Michael Berry
    A Memphis-area mother is facing aggravated assault charges after attacking her sons’ little league football coach with a baseball bat. According to the no-nonsense mother, the coach had molested her sons and, upon seeing him, she simply couldn’t control herself. The New York Daily News relates: “I didn’t intend to do whatever I did to him,” said [Lakeshia Richmond]. “I apologize, but I don’t apologize for what happened to my kids.” She claimed one of her sons told her Saturday that [Tony Massey] touched him inappropriately. “I said, ‘was it just you?’ and he said ‘no, it was some more...
  • Shelby County Commission seeks identities of newspaper commenters

    07/29/2012 12:35:45 AM PDT · by ebshumidors · 8 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 7/29/12 | Michael Lollar
    The Shelby County Commission has filed a subpoena in federal court asking for the identities of all online commenters in The Commercial Appeal's stories about suburban plans to create their own school districts. (snip) On June 26, the County Commission attorneys filed a federal court motion to block the Aug. 2 referendums to start school districts in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington. They argued that the people who arranged the referendums are trying to discriminate against African-Americans by carving out majority white suburban districts from the new unified school district. (snip) But, Levy said, "Let's hypothesize that people...
  • Memphis man indicted for helping teachers cheat on licensing exams in Tenn., Ark. and Miss.

    07/15/2012 1:18:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Republic ^ | 7/10/12
    Memphis man indicted for helping teachers cheat on licensing exams in Tenn., Ark. and Miss.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS July 10, 2012 - 6:19 pm EDT MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man has been indicted on federal charges that he was paid thousands of dollars by aspiring teachers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi to have other people take their teacher licensing exams. The federal indictment released Tuesday said 58-year-old Clarence Mumford hired a group of test takers, including Memphis City Schools employees or former employees, and used false documents during licensing exams in the three states. The Commercial Appeal reported that the...
  • City (Memphis TN) could ask non-profits (churches)to make tax payments

    07/02/2012 7:53:39 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 48 replies
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 7/2/12 | Amos Maki
    Memphis may join the growing list of cash-strapped cities that ask nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations to make payments in lieu of tax. The City Council will vote Tuesday on a resolution to form a committee to explore the idea. "We want to see if this is feasible, and if it is feasible, how much revenue it could generate," said council member Janis Fullilove, who sponsored the resolution. Fullilove said the committee, if approved, would focus on tax-exempt and nonprofit entities that gross $15 million or more annually. As municipal budgets have felt the crunch of the economic slowdown, cities across...
  • Commissioners seek to block August municipal school district referendum

    06/27/2012 12:49:50 AM PDT · by ebshumidors · 5 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 6/26/12 | Clay Bailey, Daniel Connolly,Michael Kelley
    The Shelby County Board of Commissioners filed a petition in federal court Tuesday to block Aug. 2 elections that could create six new suburban school districts, arguing that those who sought the elections are deliberately discriminating against black residents. The lawsuit alleges that "race was a motivating factor behind the enactment of the Shelby County Municipal School Acts and that such Acts are purposefully discriminatory." The filing is the latest step in a dispute over the proposed merger of the area's two largest school systems, the majority-black Memphis City Schools and the smaller, majority-white Shelby County Schools. The systems are...
  • Family worries about own survival after father suffers brain damage in baseball bat attack

    06/16/2012 8:13:24 PM PDT · by ebshumidors · 34 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | June 15, 2012 | Beth Warren
    Kadia Sy hovered over her husband's nursing home bed Thursday, stroking his cheek and forehead, and shaking his shoulder as if to snap him back to life. But her husband, beating victim Alassane Sy, 67, didn't respond. He suffered severe brain damage April 6 when prosecutors say a teen delivered two blows to Sy's head with a baseball bat over a parking dispute. While the victim's wife was desperate to wake him during a visit to Covington Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the couple's son, Djibril, 17, seemed more resigned. "He's never going to be the same," he said of...
  • Memphis Man Owes Child Support to 15 Women; Has 20+ Kids

    06/14/2012 2:07:54 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    WREG ^ | June 13, 2012 | Sabrina Hall
    (Memphis) Latoya Shields says she had to sit down when she heard the news, “During the whole relationship, I only knew of four children.” When a prosecutor told her that the father of her child had 20 other children she said her knees buckled, “At that time, three years ago, my child was the 21st child. Yeah, that would be overwhelming for anybody.” She says after spending almost 8 years with Terry Turnage, she had no idea what he what he had been up to. WREG tried to find out by going to Shelby County Juvenile Court. Turnage had filed...
  • Three men sexually assaulted during home invasion

    05/04/2012 1:50:17 PM PDT · by massmike · 53 replies
    wmctv.com ^ | 05/04/2012 | WMCTV.com Staff
    At least one man is in custody after a violent sexual assault that happened during a home invasion. Three men were inside a home on Orr Street when four armed men forced their way inside. The intruders taped the victims' mouths, noses, and eyes. Their wrists and ankles were bound with plastic ties. One of the victims was taken to one room, while the other two were taken to another. According to a police affidavit, they were beaten with a baseball bat and broom handle. All three of the men were sodomized and sexually assaulted with the weapons. The incident...
  • Municipal schools referendum bill approved by Senate, headed to Tennessee governor

    04/30/2012 8:14:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/30/12 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE – The state Senate gave final legislative approval this afternoon to a bill allowing the Memphis suburbs to hold referendums and school board elections this year on new municipal school districts, despite charges that the bill is “part of a growing trend…of apartheid in Shelby County.” The bill now goes to the governor for his signature, which is expected soon. The House approved the same measure Friday, which was the critical vote. The Senate, which had approved virtually the same language in the bill last week, followed suit today, approving the measure on a 22-9 vote that was largely...
  • Black Students Beat Piñata Shaped Like White Woman (at the University of Memphis)

    04/21/2012 5:32:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 110 replies
    A piñata shaped like a white woman was strung up to a tree at the University of Memphis, then African-American students took turns beating it with a stick. Where is Al Sharpton when you need him? Isn’t this a shocking case of racism? No, actually it isn’t. Turns out the students involved were mere grade school kids, brought on campus for a special “Luau” party sponsored by the university. The piñata was supposed to represent a hula dancer. “We want to assure our community that no racial or gender animosity was intended,” said a university spokesperson. At worst, this...
  • Ex-cop says sex faked in broadcast over radio (Claims explicit talk was protest of racism)

    04/19/2012 2:49:59 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/19/12 | Kevin McKenzie
    Before resigning last month as the Memphis officer heard on a police radio allegedly having sexual relations with a woman, Dion D. Anthony claimed that the encounter was a charade. He claimed he faked sexually explicit comments and sounds with a woman and broadcast them to expose racism and unfairness in the Memphis Police Department. Anthony, 37, raised the issues in an interview during an internal investigation at the department of the 58 seconds of sex talk broadcast over an open microphone on the police radio about 8:40 p.m. on March 12. "I was not having sex on duty," Anthony...
  • Easter egg hunt ends in violence

    04/10/2012 6:20:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    UPI ^ | 4/10/2012 | UPI
    MEMPHIS, April 9 (UPI) -- Memphis police said an Easter egg hunt ended with a brawl between two families and a woman's arrest for taking a hammer to a man's head. Police said the man argued with Annette Pearson, 43, Sunday because he thought she was giving the children too much help finding the grand prize golden egg containing $7, The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Monday. The families broke into violence after the man slapped the woman twice and police said Pearson retrieved a claw hammer from her house and struck the man in the head, leaving a wound that...
  • Amid uneven metropolitan growth, city of Memphis sees ranks of employed dropping

    04/08/2012 7:40:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/8/12 | Tom Bailey Jr.
    The latest labor stats offer better news for the Memphis area than for Memphis. The number of people employed -- 563,640 -- in the eight-county Memphis metropolitan area is a 3.2 percent increase over February 2011 when 545,880 were working. But among Memphis residents, the number employed fell by 7,890, or 3 percent, from 270,000 to 262,110. Those numbers show that while local employment is on the rebound since the most recent recession, the growth is not evenly distributed across the metro area. The disparity, a local economist said, may result from a continued migration of people and wealth from...