Metro Memphis

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...
The Binghampton neighborhood has long been counted among Memphis’ food deserts. But it is now emerging as an incubator for culinary entrepreneurship, and its unique flavors and innovative ideas are expanding beyond the diverse neighborhood’s boundaries. In 2017, Binghampton Development Corporation established Kaleidoscope Kitchen, whose mission is to prepare minority...
by T. LaShaun Wallace, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Foster parent and adoptive mom Sabrina Powe is poised and ready for a Mother’s Day she never will forget. Powe, a Memphis accountant, will celebrate this coming Mother’s Day with two new additions to her family of three, with one of...
by Shambreon Richardson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Gérard Kobéané is a sprinter from Burkina Faso, Africa who ran the 100 to 200 meter in the 2012 Olympics in London. And he hopes to compete in Toyko in 2020. He also hoped to compete for LeMoyne-Owen College, where the biology...
Memphis-area colleges are grooming some of the city’s most creative and innovative future leaders in civic responsibility.  Eight have been chosen for the inaugural class of the Civic Fellowship Program, an initiative of The Apex Institute. The new fellows were presented Wednesday at a “big reveal” celebration in the main...
The head of a New Chicago advocacy group says she has filed a lawsuit in federal court to prevent the Memphis City Council from going forward with approval of the Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan. The New Chicago Community Partnership Revitalization CDC and a coalition of organizations filed the lawsuit on...
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris vows to “turn over every stone” to find funds to pay cafeteria workers a “living wage.”
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris made a Wednesday afternoon press conference about a war on poverty – a war that should be fought by all elected officials in Shelby County, he said. The gathering was about voicing support for a “living wage” for the 600-plus cafeteria workers in Shelby County...
The roar of a thousand Manassas Tigers supporters echoed through the ballroom of the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis during the 26th Annual Unity Brunch last Saturday. “Our principal says that the state of our school is excellent,” said James Thompson, president of the Manassas Alumni Association. “We’re unbeatable in basketball....
Saturday was a day of “firsts” and “new beginnings” for the Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital effort as the project’s board of directors honored 13 physicians and healthcare advocates in the first class of Collins Chapel Healthcare Legacy Awards. Hundreds of CME officials and community supporters filled Germantown’s Great Hall for...
Pamela Moses chose Good Friday to kick off her surprise mayoral run. Despite the unseasonably cold drizzle and dipping temperatures, the afternoon launch event, originally scheduled as an open-air, live music event in Handy Park on Beale Street, the campaign kickoff was held inside Club Handy. Friends and supporters offered an...