Tanner Latham

Authentic South Host

Tanner spent the first 10 years of his career in print as a travel and features writer for Southern Living magazine in Birmingham, Alabama.

He then transitioned into multimedia reporting, using sound, video, and photography to tell his stories.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Tanner is a world traveler, folk art collector, foodie, and he always tries the local beer on tap.

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A little over a week ago we met a rookie wide receiver trying to earn a spot on the Carolina Panthers. His name is Brenton Bersin. He's a long shot from Charlotte who signed as a free agent, meaning he wasn't drafted by any team. His next big hurdle is to make it through the team's first cut on August 27. 

When we first met Brenton Bersin, he was catching kickoffs in the Panthers walk-through practices down in Spartanburg at Wofford College. 

Those surroundings were very familiar. He had been a stand-out wide receiver at Wofford and graduated back in May.

The DNC originally blocked off 15,000 rooms for the week of the convention, and it announced Tuesday that 93 percent of those rooms have been booked. Overall, 7 percent is a small margin.

But releasing those rooms—a little over 1,000 in all—also means that some hotels beyond the 485 loop are left scrambling to recoup what could be a huge loss.

The Hampton Inn in Salisbury blocked out 80 percent of its rooms for the DNC to help Charlotte secure the bid for the convention. When the DNC released the hold on Monday, none of those rooms had been booked.

A new gunshot tracking system installed in the city by the CMPD went live Monday. The department is hoping this technology helps it respond faster and more accurately to shootings.

The system is called ShotSpotter, and it uses small antennae, these acoustic sensors, that activate as soon as a gunshot is detected. The sensors then triangulate to give a precise location of the gunfire. The CMPD dispatch center is alerted anytime that happens.

Persistent complaints about the 2011 property revaluation in Mecklenburg County enters a new phase this week. A private auditor, hired by the county to investigate the revaluation process, will hold a series of six public meetings. The first is Monday night in Matthews.

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We’re still talking about the chicken suqaar from Jamile’s.

Yes, the shrimp rolls at Ben Thahn (Vietnamese) were fresh and delicious. And the tres leches and flan from El Purgarcito (Salvadoran) sweetly capped our afternoon.

But Jamile’s (Somali) chicken suqaar—a stewed chicken dish prepared with greens, salad lettuces, and spongy bread called canjeero—was flat out phenomenal.