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‘New Chicago’ push prompts delay of first Memphis 3.O vote

With several dozen North Memphis residents on hand for " a show of force," the Memphis City Council on Tuesday put off its initial vote on a proposed land use and development plan envisioned as a 20-year road map. New Chicago CDC spokesperson Dr. Carnita...

New TSDRadio podcast: ‘God, grace and guts’

Small business owner Nyah Nile talks “God, grace and guts” on “Where Do We Go From Here?” on TSDRadio. Nile, the founder, CEO and administrator of PremiereChoice, a West Memphis-based, in-home care services company, shares here faith-based journey with TSD Publisher/Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku. Small...

With confidence and ‘courage,’ Tami Sawyer declares candidacy for Memphis mayor

Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer has made the decision. She is running for mayor, taking a “social leadership stance.” The first-term District 7 representative will “expound on plans to drive progress and change and broaden impact for Memphis” during a press conference at Makeda’s Homemade...

‘TVALiteracy’ is a work in progress for Mark Creech, the power agency’s new local voice

Four months into his new role as TVA’s executive director for Memphis, Mark Creech already has seen and heard enough to know that he has some work to do to address the “TVALiteracy” gap. He made good use of Black History Month, combining the opportunity...

TSD-WLOK partnership — ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’

The histories and traditions of WLOK and The New Tri-State Defender are examined on the most recent segment of "Where Do We Go From Here?" The show, hosted by TSD Associate Publisher/Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku, aired last Sunday on TSDRadio on WLOK.   The conversation involved...

Mayoral wannabes – What should we ask them?

One asks for the chance to keep momentum going. Another asks for a chance to pick up where he left off years ago. And, still another, well, that sentence can’t quite be completed, yet. The election of the next Memphis mayor is still several months away. The...

Next on TSDRadio: Author Sheila Whalum, SCS Interim Supt. Joris Ray

  This Sunday (Feb. 3) on "Where Do We Go From Here?" the focus is on books and relationships as TSDRadio welcomes multi-book author Sheila Whalum, who has just released her first novel, "Don't Walk Away." And, from a wide-ranging conversation with Interim Shelby County Schools...

At SCS, Joris Ray is in charge – for now

Interim Shelby County Schools Supt. Joris Ray
Returning to his office after visiting Brewster Elementary School, where reality was being stretched to account for unexpected death of a 37-year-old teacher, Interim Shelby County Schools Supt. Joris Ray had several people waiting for him, including the associate publisher/executive editor of The New...

TSDRadio: Rebecca M. Hutchinson — active in 38126

Rebecca Matlock Hutchinson's roots run deep in ZIP code 38126. The executive director of the SCORE Community Development Corporation is determined to do all that she can to help those who live, go to school and work in the poorest ZIP code in Memphis --...

COMING SUNDAY: Mary Wilson on TSDRadio on WLOK

"Where Do We Go From Here?" airs Sundays from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on TSDRadio on WLOK. Host: Karanja A. Ajanaku, associate publisher / executive editor of The New Tri-State Defender.