Metro Memphis

Shelby County Schools has opened up additional screening dates for students who will turn 5 years-old during the state-approved timeframe of August 16 - September 30. Please note, this extension is for new screenings only – no re-screenings. Call for an appointment. Screenings take place at the Board of...
by Destiny Royston, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Memphis is experiencing a serious problem with homelessness and poverty among veterans but a new nonprofit is hoping to ease the burden. On Aug. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., Help the Homeless Veterans will host a food and clothing drive in...
Doris Thomas Hill, the founder and chief administrator of the South Memphis-based ESPN Academy, was determined to make the academy’s 19th anniversary celebration the best ever. Last Friday (Aug. 2) just after 5 p.m., Mrs. Hill passed away at Baptist Memorial Hospital.  She was 67.  “The banquet will go on as...
by Erica R. Williams, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Plastic bags will still be used in grocery stores, despite some Memphis City Council members’ efforts to ban them. Tuesday, the council rejected an ordinance that would have required grocery stores to ban the use of plastic shopping bags. “This is...
by Latrivia Welch, Special to The New Tri-State Defender One in five children are at risk for hunger. That’s the first bit of information that pops up when you visit the Mid-South Food Bank’s website. You don’t have to be a parent to feel your stomach drop into your lap when...
Early reactions to the hiring of Dr. Carolyn Johnson-Dean as interim president of LeMoyne-Owen College are positive among LOC alumni. Given her predecessor’s tumultuous tenure, it should surprise no one that there is a recurring theme: Stability. “I think it’s a great choice,” said Jesse Chatman, president of the LOC Alumni...
Music resounded in the background as dozens of ‘young professionals,’ mostly under the age of 40, circulated the room. Some shook hands over brief introductions while others engaged in presumably intense conversations, their voices elevated as they struggled to speak over background tunes. The lively scene undoubtedly resembled an...
As someone who has been a go-to problem solver in his previous roles in Shelby County Schools, Superintendent Joris Ray says he has had a hard time adjusting to the bureaucracy inherit in his new role. “My pace is this,” he says as he quickly snapped his fingers repeatedly. “But...
By BARIS GURSAKAL, High Ground News Many Memphis communities — Crosstown, Binghampton and the University District to name a few — have seen big booms in housing and business development in the last decade. Frayser's progress has been more quiet rumble than boom. Community leaders, government entities and nonprofit organizations have worked to...
Shelby County Trustee Regina Morrison Newman recently unveiled an upgrade of the Trustee’s mobile app, with a new name and platform for taxpayers to pay property taxes from their smartphone; payitShelby is now payit901. The Trustee’s Office began using the mobile app in December 2017 and has processed over 128,000...