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In his first State of the County address, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris voiced his intention to ask the Shelby County Commission to invest in public transit for the first time. “Public transit is one of the most important assets we have,” Harris said in a packed theater in the...
Referring to tax breaks and other incentives that governments provide to help sweeten the  pot when seeking to lure private industry, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said the jury still is out on that as a vehicle for creating more jobs. “The tax breaks frequently create controversy and rightly so,”...
by Dena S. Owens and Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell Special to The New Tri-State Defender On Tuesday, FedEx announced a plan to locate its logistics operations headquarters next to FedExForum, using the now vacant Gibson Guitar Factory building. With renovations expected to be completed by the spring of 2020, the move will...
by Adrian Sainz -- A judge set a trial date Friday for Billy Ray Turner, who faces weapons charges in connection with former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s slaying, while also casting doubt about whether the separate murder trial in the high-profile case requires a change of venue. Shelby County Criminal Court...
by Harlan McCarthy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Music visionary Al Bell – this year’s recipient of the Authur S. Holman Lifetime Achievement Award – still lives on words of inspiration embraced by renowned motivational speaker Zig Ziglar and passed along to Bell by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “It’s...
Last month, Memphis was blanketed in a sea of red as members of the local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrated their 106th Founders Day. The celebration, chaired by Demetria Monix-Goode, started with a REDception on Jan. 11, providing fun and fellowship with Deltas from Memphis Alumnae as well...
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https://youtu.be/v1tPscj-1tM As we here at The New Tri-State Defender pause to reflect on African-American History Month, my own journey has brought me to make these bold recommendations to the Shelby County School Board and interim Superintendent Joris Ray: There should be a class called “The History of Memphis.”  This class should be...
Interim Shelby County Schools Supt. Joris Ray
Returning to his office after visiting Brewster Elementary School, where reality was being stretched to account for unexpected death of a 37-year-old teacher, Interim Shelby County Schools Supt. Joris Ray had several people waiting for him, including the associate publisher/executive editor of The New Tri-State Defender. Managing a schedule filled...
Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner says psychological retesting begins today (Jan. 25) for more than 400 deputies and jailers tested by psychologist Dr. Charles T. Kenny, who was found to be testing deputies even though he had not been licensed by the state for 18 years. Bonner and Shelby County...
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris was joined by other county officials at a Wednesday afternoon press conference announcing a $19 million grant for utility assistance from the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federally funded entity. “We were thrilled, as you can imagine, with such a generous amount,”...