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by Dena S. Owens -- What Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration call “a clerical error” is turning up the heat on what already was a hot mayoral race-issue: the amount that the City of Memphis spends – and should spend – in minority-and-women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) contracts. “Our MWBE...
Renowned fitness expert BreAnna Boyd has channeled her passion for inspiring others into a new venture designed to help clients incorporate healthful meals into their busy lives. 15md Wellness is a meal preparation and catering service located at 6343 Summer Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. Boyd and her team of skilled...
by Michelle Wilson Bradley -- Vinvecca B. Gray will be officially installed as the senior pastor at Golden Leaf Church, 1439 N. Hollywood, on April 7 at 3 p.m. “I am still in awe (as to) what God has done,” said Gray. “I grew up in North Memphis and in this...
During the last Shelby County Board of Education meeting in February, something remarkable happened. Two teens led the charge to put bus passes in the hands of high school students with no access to transportation. Getting to school is a huge problem, and working a job after school is out...
by Shambreon Richardson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender A mission trip to Haiti in January left lasting impressions and life-lessons that have affected my spiritual orbit for the better. I mentioned my journey during a meeting with my internship supervisor at The New Tri-State Defender. That led to this opportunity...
As the incumbent talks about accelerating momentum, and a first-term Shelby County Commissioner rides an out-of-the-gate buzz about “we can’t wait,” former mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton is putting things in place to “do it again.” It’s been almost a year since Herenton, who has been elected Memphis mayor five...
With the goal of “nothing less than to be a pioneer in pretrial services,” Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has appointed Llana Greer as executive director of Pretrial Services for Shelby County. “We plan to expand the use of efficient, accurate, and unbiased tools. We want to make an impact...
By Aisling Maki, High Ground News As the world’s most popular sport, soccer transcends national and cultural boundaries and socioeconomic status. But in the United States, soccer participation comes with fees, transportation requirements and other barriers that have kept the game primarily the domain of suburban middle- and upper-class white...
District 7 Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer chose to announce her decision to run for mayor of Memphis first in The New Tri-State Defender last week. Since then, Sawyer has formally unveiled her candidacy at Makeda's Cookies' downtown and followed that with a rally at historic Clayborn Temple on Saturday. With incumbent...
Standing against an eclectic backdrop of women supporters with signs and boisterous cheers, Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer amplified on her decision to seek the mayor’s office during a Thursday morning press conference. Makada’s Cookies, a downtown cookie shop whose specialty is old-fashioned, home-made butter cookies, was the setting for...