TN Historical Commission denies Memphis' waiver to remove Confederate statues

UPDATE: The Tennessee Historical Commission voted down Memphis' waiver to remove Confederate statues, despite a plea from Mayor Jim Strickland and other local leaders.
FOX13’s Greg Coy is in Athens at the hearing. Follow him on Twitter for live updates.
We could soon know if the Confederate statues in Memphis are coming down.
The Tennessee Historical Commission is holding a hearing in Athens, Tenn. Friday morning. The meeting comes nearly a month after the commission delayed the initial hearing.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will be at the hearing in Athens. He has been pushing for that statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis to be taken down in the Bluff City.
Mayor Strickland told FOX13 he will make a personal plea to commissioners for permission to take the statues down.

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“I’m optimistic that we can get the state historical commission to hear our case and allow us to remove the statue,” Mayor Strickland said.
The debate over statues has been widely discussed in Memphis and throughout the country.
This is a developing story. We will bring you updates as soon as new information becomes available.