Katherine Burgess, Commercial Appeal

Katherine Burgess

Commercial Appeal

Memphis, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Katherine:

In Arkansas, former Bellevue youth pastor charged with multiple counts of sexual assault

The filings detailed assaults against three victims and solicitation of sexual contact with a fourth victim who was under the age of 15. → Read More

Drag show at MoSH shut down after protesters appear

The drag show at MoSH garnered the attention of right-wing media for weeks, resulting in death threats and doxxing of the performers. → Read More

Rep. Mark White to file legislation seeking easier recall of Wanda Halbert

The legislation, if passed, would reduce the number of signatures for a recall election from 15% of registered voters to 1%. → Read More

Makeda's Butter Cookies to reopen Airways location, closed since Young Dolph's death

Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies will reopen its original location about two months shy of the one-year anniversary Young Dolph’s fatal shooting → Read More

Mickell Lowery, Miska Clay Bibbs to lead Shelby County Commission

It's the second year that the commission will be led by two Democrats, rather than both a Democrat and a Republican. → Read More

17-year-old gunshot victim killed in separate incident from citywide shooting spree, police say

Police are asking the public for information about the shooting death of 17-year-old Corteria McKinnie. → Read More

Regional One Health needs millions to update facilities for Memphis residents

Shelby County's public hospital, which includes the area's only level 1 trauma center, needs replacement. Here's why. → Read More

Search for Eliza Fletcher ends after 4 days, teacher found deceased in South Memphis

Eliza Fletcher, known as 'Liza,' was found deceased less than a mile from where Cleotha Abston, who's charged with her kidnapping, washed out a vehicle. → Read More

Van Turner, NAACP president, former commissioner, starts run for Memphis mayor

Turner is an attorney whose is known for being instrumental in the takedown of confederate statues in Memphis. → Read More

Top officials could see increased partnership as new Shelby County leaders take oaths

Four years after a "blue wave" swept Shelby County, the county is even bluer, with all top elected positions now held by Democrats. → Read More

Comptroller: Shelby County Clerk Wanda Halbert in Jamaica as office closes to handle backlog

Shelby County Clerk Wanda Halbert is in Jamaica, according to the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. That's despite her staff working on a backlog. → Read More

County Clerk to close offices for two separate weeks in continued backlog saga

The offices of the Shelby County Clerk will close for two separate weeks in a "blackout," according to a Monday email from Clerk Wanda Halbert. → Read More

'There’s been no cooperation': Shelby County to ask state to intervene in Clerk's Office

Shelby County Clerk Wanda Halbert was reelected last week despite long lines for customers to renew license plates. → Read More

Shelby County Clerk Wanda Halbert reelected — despite long lines, controversy

Halbert, a Democrat, was elected as county clerk in 2018. She had previously been elected to the Memphis City Council, serving there from 2007-2015. → Read More

Incumbents hold onto seats in mostly uncontested Shelby County Commission race

Although eight of the races did not have general challengers, three incumbents faced challengers and prevailed. → Read More

Shelby County ousts Amy Weirich, elects progressive prosecutor in Steve Mulroy

Steve Mulroy seized an early lead Thursday night in the race for Shelby County District Attorney over incumbent Amy Weirich. → Read More

Four more years: Lee Harris reelected as mayor of Shelby County in extension of blue wave

Republican Worth Morgan didn't have enough votes Thursday night to defeat incumbent Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris. → Read More

South Memphis' Metro Shopping Plaza gets $3.5 million commitment from Shelby County

The long-neglected Metro Shopping Plaza was once considered 'the center of Black excellence' and an anchor of the South Memphis neighborhood. → Read More

Lee Harris and Worth Morgan both want a better Shelby County. They disagree on how to get there.

The two men have fundamental disagreements on the best ways to tackle crime, healthcare and economic development. Morgan is challenging incumbent Harris in August. → Read More

Amid abortion debate, Mulroy points to Weirich's advocacy for 'fetal assault' bill

Amid the debate on abortion, Mulroy points to Weirich's advocacy for the 'fetal assault' bill. The bill lasted from 2014-2016 in Tennessee. → Read More