Metro Memphis

It's no secret that a major key to Memphis' economic revival will be reducing unemployment – specifically, among those with felony convictions. And Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is putting his signature where his speech is. On Tuesday, after participating in a forum aimed at de-stigmatizing the idea of hiring an...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis officials have settled on a simple solution for a Confederate street name challenge: removing a single letter. News outlets report that about 30 signs were changed Monday from Forrest Avenue to Forest Avenue, dropping one "r'' from the spelling. Residents were concerned the initial street...
Note: TSD's Lee Eric Smith was on special assignment for both The New Tri-State Defender and MLK50: Justice Through Journalism. A different version of this story can be found at MLK50.com. In the run-up to The People’s Convention, there were rumblings that the event would be a glorified pep rally...
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Capital resources, technical assistance, networking and scalability – each of these topics is vital for minority entrepreneurs seeking growth. They’re equally important for major corporations seeking supplier diversity. The Memphis Minority Business Council (MMBC) Continuum will highlight these topics and more during the 2019 Economic Development Forum (EDF). This year’s...
After 21 years in federal prison, Alice Marie Johnson sprinted across a roadway near where she had been locked up. Waiting were family, friends and social justice warriors. Last Friday and nearly a year later, many of those same people and many others were in Memphis as Johnson danced –...
The Memphis City Council unanimously approved a $708 million budget on Tuesday that includes pay raises for all city workers, additional investment into disenfranchised communities, and more money for Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA). The changes, set to go into effect July 1, come with no tax increase to residents. The...
“Don’t be afraid to disrupt the system,” Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer said to a crowd of advocates, parents, and educators gathered at the inaugural Public Policy and Restorative Justice Symposium, Saturday.  This charge came after Sawyer gave a personal account of her experiences with racial biases while attending a...
By Brandi Hunter, High Ground News Dubbed a “real life Willy Wonka” by Forbes Magazine and the "King of Chocolate" by Black Enterprise, Memphis-based chocolatier Phillip Ashley Rix has spent six years building his empire. Now after a six-month hiatus to relocate, renovate and regrouping, Phillip Ashley Chocolates is up and running...
Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) and his district staff will hold a “Congress On Your Corner” event on Friday (May 31) to help constituents with issues involving federal agencies, benefits, grants and other programs. "We can help with issues involving Social Security and Medicare, Veterans benefits, housing, federal grants and more,"...
After months of controversy, Michael Harris will remain the chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party. The decision was made during a closed meeting held by the party’s executive committee at Solid Rock Christian Church on Tuesday evening. Harris retained the chairman’s post with an 18-9 vote by the committee....