A former U.S. Senate candidate from Tennessee was arrested after allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill his uncle, CNN affiliate WJHL reports.
Thomas Ken Owens offered a man $500 as a down payment to kill the relative, who is a pastor and bailiff, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.
WJHL identified Owens as a one-time Senate candidate.
A message left by CNN at Owens' residence was not immediately returned. It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.
Using infographics, the Huffington Post points out "One Thing Red States Do Better Than Blue States."
Here's the nut of the matter:
"People who live in deeply religious regions of the country – the solid-red states of the Bible Belt and Utah – give more of their income to charity than those who don't."
So what city outgives the Bluff City?
Jiji, Inc., a Holiday Inn franchisee located in Batesville, Miss., violated federal law when it fired an employee because of her pregnancy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed Thursday (Aug. 22).
According to the EEOC's suit, Te'Shawn Harmon informed her manager of her pregnancy on her first day of work. That evening, the manager terminated Harmon and replaced her with a non-pregnant employee, the EEOC said.
Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The EEOC filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Oxford Division after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement. The suit seeks back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, reinstatement and injunctive relief.
Empowering Young Professionals is the founding principle of the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP) – hosts of the inaugural "Empowerment: Building Our Legacy" Conference held at the Hilton Hotel last Saturday (Aug. 17).
MULYP leadership designed the conference to solidify the group's 10-year legacy as the premiere organization to encourage and educate young professionals as the community, government and business leaders of the future in Memphis.
"There's never a great time to take a perfect opportunity," said Aaron Arnold, MULYP's Empowerment Conference keynote speaker. "I believe average people can create great things but I always wanted to be a part of something great."
It was exactly three months ago on May 21 when a federal grand jury indicted two businessmen for their roles in allegedly conspiring to defraud Swift Capital of Wilmington, DE, through the use of third-party "co-signers."
On Wednesday (Aug. 21), Judge Samuel H. Mays Jr. of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee dismissed the indictment against defendants Demarlon Simmons, 40, of Cordova and Bernal E. Smith II, 41, of Olive Branch, Miss.
"For good cause, the motion is GRANTED," the order of dismissal read.
Three "leading local educators"– including Interim Shelby County Schools Supt. Dorsey Hopson – on Tuesday helped participants and supporters of the Memphis Talent Dividend: College Attainment Initiative with a starting point for dealing with the higher education achievement gap among African-American males.
Hopson shared the spotlight with Dr. Lemoyne Robinson, who oversees several area charter schools as chancellor of Influence One Foundation, and Dr. Ernest L. Gibson III, a Rhodes College assistant professor of English.
The session unfolded at the Leadership Memphis Gallery downtown, with the moderating duties in the hands of Tomeka Hart, Teach for America's vice president for African-American Community Partnership, and former president of the now merged Memphis City Schools.