Gerald Harris, WLTX

Gerald Harris


Jackson, MS, United States

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Past articles by Gerald:

Sandra Bland memorial marker placed in Prairie View seven years after her death

"She clearly has touched the world and I’m grateful to be her mom, I’m grateful to be the one that God saw fit to use for her to come forth,” Bland's mother said. → Read More

‘TISA’ marks a victory for Gov. Bill Lee’s education funding plan

A new education funding formula has been secured in the Volunteer State. The overhaul won’t be in place until a couple of years down the road. While there is heavy support, some say all the questions about the bill haven’t been answered. → Read More

TN legislature passes Governor Lee’s education funding formula plan

Governor Bill Lee’s signature education achievement is one step closer to becoming law. The Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement passed the Senate and the House Thursday. → Read More

Education advocates protest TN bill requiring state review of books in libraries

If signed into law, HB 2666 would require local school districts to submit a list of books and instructional materials to the state textbook commissioner for final approval. → Read More

House passes bill lowering age requirement for handguns to 18 in Tennessee

If you’re 18, it is unlawful to smoke or drink before turning 21, but Tennessee House lawmakers want to give 18-year-olds the right to carry a gun. → Read More

House GOP member criticizes Titans stadium funding, wants funding instead for rapist to serve 100% of sentences

Tennessee’s Speaker of the House calls them “Truth in Sentencing Bills” where offenders will serve 100% of the time behind bars with no chance of early release. But left off are some cases of rape, which has one lawmaker pushing state leaders to focus on violent criminals rather than sending $500 million to the Titans for a new stadium. → Read More

Homeless advocates react to bill that would fine, criminalize camping on public property

Tennessee lawmakers have cleared a bill to Governor Bill Lee’s desk that would penalize the homeless who camp on public grounds. Those opposing the bill say it does nothing to address the root of homelessness, the lack of affordable housing. → Read More

Lawmakers seek to add criminal penalties to those who ‘tether’ dogs outside during severe weather

Tennessee lawmakers are looking to add to the penalties for a person who knowingly restrains a dog outside during severe weather. → Read More

Tourists could fund percentage of a new Titans stadium through hotel tax

Nashville tourists could be on the hook for funding part of a new Titans stadium. Lawmakers are putting forth a plan that would allow Davidson County to increase the hotel tax to generate revenue for a new covered stadium. → Read More

Senate bill could finally ban restraints on pregnant prisoners in Tennessee

If passed, Tennessee jails and prisons will be prohibited from shackling pregnant detainees on state and local levels, including during labor, transport to a medical facility, delivery, and postpartum. → Read More

TN bills targeting transgender athletes ‘inherently problematic,’ trans woman says

More bills aimed at transgender athletes cleared the state legislature and are waiting for the signature of Governor Bill Lee. One trans woman athlete said the bills are just more discriminatory tactics. “There is a kind of pervasive consistent discriminatory attitude in these bills that is inherently problematic,” Dahron Johnson said. → Read More

Common-law marriage bill amended to add age requirement while still being considered

A bill that would create a common-law marriage between “one man” and “one woman” is advancing in the Tennessee State Capitol. But the bill is the center of controversy as the original draft did away with age requirements for the new form of marriage in Tennessee. → Read More

TN education commissioner faces questions regarding governor’s new funding formula proposal

Republicans and Democrats are working to figure out what ‘TISA’ means for communities across Tennessee. → Read More

Hagerty blames Biden for rise in fentanyl deaths, but TN health report shows year-over-year rise since 2016

According to a Tennessee Department of Health study of drug overdose deaths, from 2016 until 2020, overdose deaths rose from around 1,600 to over 3,000 deaths. → Read More

TDOT continues emergency pothole repairs for portions of Middle Tennessee

TDOT is continuing emergency repairs on some Middle Tennessee interstates plagued with potholes. → Read More

TN leaders express concerns over Ex-Vanderbilt nurse conviction

Backlash against Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk—from nurses to Tennessee’s Capitol Hill—continues. → Read More

Legislative leaders signal support for $500 million bond proposal for new Titans stadium

A new Titans stadium is the center of some conversation on Capitol Hill and Thursday, legislative leaders signaled some support for Governor Bill Lee’s $500 million bond proposal to go towards a new stadium. → Read More

TN bill to fully legalize marijuana effectively dead for 2022 legislative session

Marijuana legalization is effectively dead this year at the State Capitol. That means Tennessee could be left behind as the states surrounding it are passing some form of cannabis legalization. → Read More

GOP-controlled House moved to limit debate and passed bill to ban ‘obscene’ books

The Tennessee House passed a book ban bill prohibiting school districts from making “obscene materials or materials harmful to minors,” available to students. → Read More

‘A get out of jail free card’: GOP bill would eliminate age requirements for marriages in Tennessee

A proposal making its way through the state legislature would establish a common-law marriage between “one man” and “one woman.” Opponents of the bill (HB 233) say it would eliminate an age requirement, and in some instances, open the door for a coverup of child sex abuse. → Read More