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The case for retaining the lone African-American on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

On the second page of the full August 7th ballot voters will find the name of the sole African American on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.
Her name is Camille McMullen. Appointed by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen in 2008 to fill a retirement vacancy, and after 12 years as a state and federal prosecutor, McMullen became the first African-American woman to fill such a vacancy. Judges serve eight-year terms.
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Curtis Weathers: Team Hamilton’s man in charge

A former NFL player-turned-principal, Curtis Weathers knows about the hope and promise that often accompanies a new season or year. In a few days, he will get to experience that sensation anew as the head of Hamilton High School.
After eleven successful years as the first principal to lead the charge at Memphis’ – and the state’s – first charter school, Memphis Academy of Health Sciences (MAHS), Weathers made the move to Hamilton in February. Seven to eight hundred students are expected to show up on opening day (Aug. 4th) for the beginning of his first full year at the helm of the historic high school that is now designated a Shelby County I-Zone (Innovation Zone) school.
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Hammering on Weirich’s record

With early voting for the August 7th election having now entered its second week, Judge Joe Brown says his “Law and Order” grassroots campaign will continue to zero in on the record of incumbent Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich.
That record, according to Brown, includes “Amy’s 8 Dirty Little Secrets She Does Not Want The Voters To Know.” Last week, Brown and his campaign alerted the media to those “Little Secrets” – eight cases they point to as instances in which Weirich’s performance was severely criticized by the presiding judges.
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Time to vote for the ‘Best in Black’

After receiving nearly 600 nominations during the two-week nomination period, the ballots have been set for The New Tri-State Defender’s 2014 Best in Black Awards competition and it is time for the public to vote for their favorites across 64 unique categories.
Online voting at www.bestinblackawards.com kicked off Friday (July 25th) and ends at midnight on August 9th. Each voter can vote one time per day during that time frame. The top three vote getters in each of the 25 top categories (based on total number of votes cast) will be invited to the Best in Black Pre-Awards VIP Reception (at Dorothy Mae’s at the Ernest Withers’ Gallery on Beale Street).
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Early voting kicked off Friday at the Shelby County Election Commission at 157 Poplar Ave. for the Federal and State Republican and Democratic Primary Election and Shelby County General Election. Voters can cast ballots at the site today through 4 p.m.

To vote or not to vote?

vote or not to vote
When the executive editor of The New Tri-State Defender learned that I would vote for the very first time in the Aug. 7th election, he declared me the “perfect” summer intern for the assignment of identifying and talking with two eighteen year olds with nearly polar opposite views of participating in the electoral process.
My conversations with Taira Boltze and El’Keenan T. Liggins are the fruits of my journey of discovery. 
Candidates with ‘righteousness, braveness and willingness’
Taira H. Boltze has taken all the steps needed to do something on Aug. 7th that she never has done before – vote.