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It only took about 60-70 people to pack out the tiny Orange Mound Gallery at 2232 Lamar on Wednesday for a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Orange Mound ‘s official annexation into the City of Memphis. The event was part of a full day of events celebrating the city’s...
By Dena S. Owens, Special to The New Tri-State Defender On Tuesday, approximately 700 “movers and shakers” across Memphis gathered to celebrate 40 years of Leadership Memphis, a nonprofit empowering a diverse base of civic, political and business leaders to tackle a variety of community concerns through education, networking and...
May 22 marked 200 years to the day that John Overton, James Winchester, and Andrew Jackson founded Memphis. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and city officials were joined by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and community residents as the Bluff City marked its bicentennial. And not even a rainy start to...
(AP) — A Tennessee cemetery where hundreds of burials were mishandled is re-opening on a limited basis five years after it was shut down. Tennessee's Department of Commerce and Insurance said Wednesday that Galilee Memorial Gardens in the Memphis suburb of Bartlett will now be open on holidays and weekends,...
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By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Lori Lightfoot told aldermen and other city powerbrokers assembled at her inauguration Monday as Chicago's first black woman mayor that she meant what she said on the campaign trial about top-to-bottom reforms in the nation's third largest city. "For years, they've said Chicago...
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By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren was the last of eight presidential candidates to take the stage at Texas Southern University last month when she was pressed for a solution to black women dying during childbirth at far higher rates than white women. The Massachusetts...
By CHRISTINA L. MYERS, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — During the last week of this year's legislative session in South Carolina, eight of the state's nine African American women serving in the House gathered to record a historic moment. This is the first time in the state's history that nine...
By Cole Bradley, High Ground News At the intersection of Madison Avenue and Cleveland Street, a familiar sight greets passing motorists. A group of men, high energy and wearing bright orange shirts, advertise a car wash and usher vehicles into a parking lot behind the BAM Thrift Store at 1340 Madison...
It’s budget season again. Meaning it’s time for those budget hearings by the Shelby County Commissioners which allow department directors and office holders to make their pitch for full funding of the upcoming fiscal year. The new fiscal year begins July 1. Wednesday morning’s meeting opened with Shelby County Assessor of...
by Dena L. Owens, Special to the New Tri-State Defender Memphis International Airport (MEM) is undergoing an estimated $245 million transformation. Funded by federal and state grants, loans and a new one-way $4.50 passenger fee, the project uses no tax dollars and is expected to be completed by 2021. Construction began in...