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Nashville Mayoral candidate Carol Swain visits mosque, expresses 'regret' for anti-Muslim rhetoric

"What would it take to make us admit we were wrong about Islam?"

It's a question Carol Swain asked in 2015 in an anti-Muslim column she wrote in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

The answer to her own question is apparently a mayoral election.

Swain, a retired Vanderbilt professor, visited the Islamic Center of Tennessee over the weekend in a move to repair relations nearly four years after her Tennessean op-ed — largely viewed as hate speech for its critique of Islam — was published.

The staunch conservative is challenging Mayor David Briley in the Aug. 1 election, along with state Rep. John Ray Clemmons and At-large Metro Councilman John Cooper.

Read more: https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2019/05/28/carol-swain-regrets-anti-muslim-islam-rhetoric/1262155001/

Nashville Police Union Loses (Again) in Legal Fight Against Community Oversight

The Tennessee Supreme Court has ended the local police union's effort to overturn the results of a 2018 referendum that led to the creation of the Community Oversight Board. On Monday, the high court swatted away a request to take up the Fraternal Order of Police's lawsuit on appeal.

Nashville's police union has already lost at the ballot box, the election commission, and two lower courts in its fight to subvert the historic victory of a decades-long fight to bring civilian oversight of the police to Nashville. The FOP's fight against the COB began with a plainly dishonest campaign against it. Despite that, the amendment creating the oversight board passed decisively with 58 percent of the vote.

"Once again, the FOP has been denied in their efforts to overturn the will of Nashville voters," attorney Jamie Hollin who, along with Daniel Horwitz, has represented the group Community Oversight Now in fending off the FOP. "Every court that has looked at this has ruled in favor of Community Oversight. We are very pleased."

Republicans at the state legislature did pass some restrictions on the board's power earlier this year.

Read more: https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/pith-in-the-wind/article/21069586/nashville-police-union-loses-again-in-legal-fight-against-community-oversight

White nationalist event at UT-Knoxville brings heavy police presence, protesters

Protesters outnumbered attendees more than 10 to one when white nationalist Rick Tyler came to speak at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville on Tuesday evening.

Tyler — who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2016 under the slogan "Make America White Again" and who came under fire for billboards showing the White House surrounded by Confederate flags — was scheduled to speak at the Alumni Memorial Building at 6 p.m.

More than 100 protesters gathered outside the event, carrying signs with slogans ranging from "Vol Means All" to "Nazis Suck." By the time Tyler began speaking around 7 p.m., nine people were sitting inside the auditorium. One man was promptly kicked out for heckling Tyler, and two more people were removed after they began chanting "No racists at UT."

Another person was escorted out for playing punk rock music on a cellphone.

Read more: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/education/2019/05/28/rick-tyler-tennessee-student-protest-white-nationalist-event/1204405001/

Leaving TVA Could Free up Memphis Light, Gas, and Water Funds for Infrastructure Improvements

Switching to another power supplier could help Memphis Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW) save money in one area, and invest in another, such as infrastructure, which could reduce power outages in the long run, says Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

After heavy storms hit Memphis on May 18th, approximately 27,000 MLGW customers were without power and some didn't have it restored until Tuesday, May 21st. Strickland said in his weekly newsletter last week that that’s “unacceptable.”

“First, let’s talk about power outages,” Strickland wrote. “We had too many of them for too long after Saturday night’s storm. It’s unacceptable. So, how to fix it?”

The mayor said the city’s electric infrastructure is “old and in dire need of an overhaul.”

Read more: https://www.memphisflyer.com/NewsBlog/archives/2019/05/28/leaving-tva-could-free-up-mlgw-funds-for-infrastructure-improvements

Harris survives attempt to remove him as local Democratic chairman

Michael Harris remains the chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party after an hour-long closed meeting Tuesday evening in Hickory Hill.

Harris himself called the meeting last month specifically to put to rest one way or the other efforts by some on the party’s executive committee to remove his as chairman.

The Tennessee Supreme Court suspended Harris’ law license in 2017 for five years retroactive to 2015. His law license was suspended after he agreed to ethics charges brought by the state’s Board of Professional Responsibility that included lack of diligence and communication, excessive fees, improper termination, failure to expedite litigation, failure to perform services he was paid for, unauthorized practice of law, dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

Harris was also ordered to pay nine former clients a total of $22,975 in restitution.

Read more: https://dailymemphian.com/section/metro/article/5343/Harris-survives-attempt-to-remove-him-as-local-Democratic-chairman

State Officials Working to Stop Telemarketers from Harassing Mississippians

Telemarketers harassing Mississippians could soon receive a dose of their own medicine from state officials. MPB's Jasmine Ellis reports.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission is developing methods to track down and prosecute telemarketers. Brandon Presley is northern district commissioner. He says the public service commission is going to turn the tables on people making unsolicited phone calls.

"We're doing such things as some of these home security services that are calling to install a home security system and they're violating the law... they shouldn't be surprised if they pull up to a job and it's a PSC investigator there," said Presley. "Because we're going to use every tactic that is legal and ethical to go after these people and to stop this harassment."

The Federal Communications Commission says they receive more than 200,000 complaints each year from consumers about unwanted calls.

Read more: http://www.mpbonline.org/blogs/news/2019/05/28/state-officials-working-to-stop-telemarketers-from-harassing-mississippians/

'We're getting a double hit': Mississippi farmers, slammed by weather and tariffs, still say they

‘We’re getting a double hit’: Mississippi farmers, slammed by weather and tariffs, still say they support president


Roger Campbell, age 67, who farms about 2,000 acres with his two brothers in Prentiss, Lee and Itawamba counties in northeast Mississippi, says he farms because “it is what I know.”

For 51 springs, he has put seeds in the ground, just as his father did.

But the combination of uncertainty caused by tariffs imposed on American farmers by China and the unusually wet spring is testing the nerve of most Mississippi farmers, including Campbell.

“I enjoy farming,” said Campbell, who farms with his brothers, Tony and Mike. “Of course, I don’t want to lose money. You can’t long in this business. The equipment is so expensive.”

Read more: https://mississippitoday.org/2019/05/28/were-getting-a-double-hit-mississippi-farmers-slammed-by-weather-and-tariffs-still-say-they-support-president/

What's happening at Millsaps College? Declining enrollment forces cuts, frustrating alumni and

What's happening at Millsaps College? Declining enrollment forces cuts, frustrating alumni and students

Majors in music, religion, education will be eliminated.
Faculty memo expresses lack of confidence in college leadership.
President says cuts will bring Millsaps inline with other colleges its size.



When Millsaps College recently announced it would slash three majors and downsize others, many in and around the small Jackson liberal arts school were stunned.

Students plastered signs around campus questioning the decision. Alumni voiced their displeasure on social media.

“By cutting programs, it affirms this idea that we've been hearing about, that Millsaps is failing, that Millsaps is not doing enough to stay afloat," said Lauren Ladner, a music major, one of the programs eliminated. "That’s really depressing.”

The announcement came in a May 3 letter from college President Rob Pearigen. It has since prompted questions over whether Millsaps is facing normal financial turbulence — as many other liberal arts colleges have in recent years — or if the consolidation is a sign of deeper money problems at the private Methodist campus founded in 1890.

Read more: https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2019/05/22/millsaps-college-jackson-mississippi-cuts-majors-programs/3692545002/

Lawmaker accused of punching wife because she undressed too slowly for sex issues statement

A Mississippi lawmaker accused of recently punching his wife has issued a statement, saying the incident has been misrepresented, although he did not say how so.

Authorities say state Rep. Doug McLeod was drunk and bloodied his wife's nose after she didn't undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex.

According to separate statements from the couple, each referred to "many fabrications and misrepresentations" in the media about the May 18 incident. McLeod, a Republican from Lucedale, says he would address the allegations once "the process is complete."

McLeod's wife asked the public to "reserve judgment" and "respect our family and our family's privacy."

Read more: https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2019/05/28/mississippi-lawmaker-accused-punching-wife-issues-statement/1256416001/

Jackson is the most politically segregated metro area in the US

The Jackson metro is more politically polarized than any other large urban area in the country, a new analysis finds.

Research by FiveThirtyEight, a politics and data news site, found the capital city's political segregation — Democrats living next to Democrats, Republicans by Republicans — is more pronounced than any other major city. The website used 2016 election results to determine its rankings.

Nine of the top-10 most politically polarized are in the South. Politically segregated cities tended to have higher proportions of black residents. (See ranking at bottom of story.)

Political experts frequently highlight the country's growing urban-rural political divide. But the FiveThirtyEight analysis shows how cities and their adjoining suburban areas tend to be highly divided, too.

Read more: https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2019/05/28/jackson-most-politically-polarized-metro-u-s/1208337001/
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