Katherine Burgess, Commercial Appeal

Katherine Burgess

Commercial Appeal

Memphis, TN, United States

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Past articles by Katherine:

Sheriff Floyd Bonner, Memphis mayoral candidate, sues Election Commission over residency

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Chancery Court, asks that a judge declare a five-year residency requirement void and say that Bonner is an eligible candidate for mayor. → Read More

Janika White, former DA candidate, likely to be Shelby County Commission special counsel

White was one of three candidates for the Democratic nomination for Shelby County District Attorney General, losing in the primary to Steve Mulroy. → Read More

Shelby County to raise bus monitor pay to $15 an hour, part of Mayor Harris push for living wages

Bus monitors are the last group of employees related to Shelby County Government who do not receive a $15 minimum wage, a county employee said Wednesday. → Read More

After Tyre Nichols, Memphis passes police reform on traffic stops, data transparency

The ordinances require the release of data on traffic stops, that officers primarily use marked vehicles and more. However, it's possible that they could change. → Read More

City of Memphis plans to release nearly 20 hours of additional video from Tyre Nichols' beating

The city will release nearly 20 hours of footage Wednesday afternoon. The announcement came alongside the revelation 8 officers were fired or retired. → Read More

Majority voting at Collierville United Methodist want to leave UMC, but vote still fails

Collierville United Methodist Church fell short of the 67% needed to leave the denomination, which has lost thousands of churches since 2019. → Read More

Former Bellevue youth pastor pleads guilty to 13 sex crimes involving children in Arkansas

Keenan Hord was sentenced to 60 years for the crimes, but will be eligible for parole in 15 years, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. → Read More

Shelby County to study reparations to descendants of slaves, allocates $5 million

The reparations subcommittee will look at areas including affordable housing and homeownership, healthcare, the criminal justice system, career opportunities and financial literacy. → Read More

Special adviser will analyze issues, offer solutions in Clerk Wanda Halbert's office

An earlier resolution that would have called for an attorney to investigate Halbert was tabled, although some commissioners indicated they may return to it. → Read More

Shelby County Sheriff's Office won't release video of 'altercation' before inmate's death

Gershun Freeman died in October after a 'physical altercation' with officers. An attorney says he was beaten, but the Sheriff's Office won't release the video. → Read More

United Nations experts to visit US to address police brutality after death of Tyre Nichols

A letter from attorneys representing Nichols' family has been forwarded to the Special Rapporteur on torture and the Special Rapporteur on summary executions. → Read More

City of Memphis seeks designer for new 901 FC Stadium to replace Mid-South Coliseum

The City of Memphis has put out a request for designers for a proposed $52 million stadium that would replace the Mid-South Coliseum → Read More

Memphis Fire Department employees fired in Tyre Nichols death appeal, may keep pensions

The three former Memphis Fire Department employees could retain their pension benefits after being fired in connection to Tyre Nichols death. → Read More

Autopsy: Inmate at 201 Poplar had bruises, cut after 'physical altercation' with officers

Gershun Freeman died in October at the Shelby County Jail. A newly released autopsy says he suffered cardiac arrest after an 'altercation' with correctional officers. → Read More

Shelby Co. DA will review all cases involving MPD officers charged in Tyre Nichols' death

The Shelby Co. District Attorney did not specify how many cases he would be reviewing, but said they would review "all prior cases." → Read More

Memphis City Council moves ahead on reform after Tyre Nichols, but activists want more

The City Council passed resolutions, including one on camera misuse and excessive force, and moved forward ordinances to address police interactions with the public. → Read More

Seven additional Memphis police employees are under investigation in Tyre Nichols' case

Members of the Memphis City Council grilled MPD Chief Cerelyn "CJ" Davis Tuesday about the investigation into the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols. → Read More

Solar to power two Shelby County buildings, part of commitment to a greener county

The solar arrays will power the Construction Code Enforcement Building and the East Data Center. The arrays are the latest in an initiative to make the county greener. → Read More

Sheriff's Office to use Nichols video in training; Commission makes other requests

The Shelby County Commission made multiple requests of the Sheriff's Office as well as Congress. The requests stem from the death of Tyre Nichols. → Read More

Q&A: Mayor Jim Strickland on Chief CJ Davis' leadership before, after Tyre Nichols' death

The Memphis mayor talked about the leadership of the police department before and after the death of Tyre Nichols → Read More