Memphis

Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

Memphis-born, soulful singer Aretha Franklin died at her home in Detroit on Thursday, The New York Times reports. Franklin won 18 Grammy Awards, placed numerous songs in the top 10 pop singles chart and won a lifetime achievement award in 1994. Her career as a musical artist lasted for five decades and spanned many genres- including gospel, soul and pop. Franklin's hits included numerous solo songs as well as duets, including tracks with Whitney Houston, Elton John and George Michael. She battled advanced pancreatic cancer until succumbing to it at age 76.

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Woman Owned, Minority Firm Opens Nashville Office

A Memphis-based law firm, McCullough Law, PLLC, recently opened a Nashville office, The Tennessee Tribune reports. This woman-owned boutique firm is also a minority business; it employs 14 women in various roles from attorney to administrator. Carlee McCullough, founder of the firm, served as the legal advisor of the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission as well as the Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commission. The firm concentrates in a variety of legal areas including business, entertainment and many others. Christian West-Coleman is heading up the Nashville office.

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Citizens File Federal Suit Over Memphis ‘Blacklist’

Four of the 81 people on a list of individuals who require a police escort in Memphis City Hall filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Memphis, the Commercial Appeal reports. The suit seeks answers from the city about why people were included on the list, reasoning which the city has not yet revealed. Most of the names on the so-called “blacklist” are those of known political activists, which could put the city in violation of a federal decree.
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Lawsuit Says Memphis Council Violated Open Meetings Act

Two Memphis residents filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging the City Council and City Council Attorney Allan Wade violated Tennessee’s open meetings law on March 1. The residents claim the officials “worked covertly without public knowledge” when they voted to give a large part of Overton Park Greensward to the control of the Memphis zoo, The Commercial Appeal reports

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Lawsuit Says Memphis City Council Violated Open Meetings Act

Two Memphis residents filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging the City Council and City Council Attorney Allan Wade violated Tennessee’s open meetings law on March 1. The residents claim the officials “worked covertly without public knowledge” when voting to give a large part of Overton Park Greensward to the control of the Memphis zoo, The Commercial Appeal reports

Sen. Harris Expresses Interest in U.S. House Seat

The Tennessean reports Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, D-Memphis, may challenge U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the Ninth Congressional District Democratic primary in August. Cohen has held the seat since 2006. “The question becomes whether it is time to pull the curtain back,” Harris said.

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