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For new Sen. London Lamar, a trio of issues remain the priority

Former State Rep. London Lamar (D-Memphis) is settling into her new role after assuming the District 33 senate seat as the youngest woman and African American to serve in the Tennessee Senate. The former District 91 representative was sworn into the interim senator role on...

Food insecurity mounts amid shortages and rising prices

Sandra Scruggs, a Memphis grandmother, said Thanksgiving will look different for her family this year.  With supply-chain-related food shortages and inflationary prices plaguing the country, Scruggs said she’s limited with what she can buy for a holiday meal. “I don’t know what we are going to...

Confident, committed JB Smiley Jr. shakes off naysayers in governor’s bid

When Memphis City Councilman JB Smiley Jr. sees a problem, he’s often prompted to solve it.   It’s the reason the Memphis native said he’s now running for governor of Tennessee, and it’s in part the motivation behind his political career. At 34 years old, with less...

‘Scary Times’ for some as new gun law set to take effect July 1

Fears are mounting over the impact Tennessee’s permit-less gun carry law will have when the law takes effect Thursday (July 1). Law enforcement officers across the state are adamantly opposed the controversial law that will allow anyone 21 and older to legally carry a gun,...

Telling the story! Ida B. Wells’ legacy: a point of measurement, path forward

“I’d rather go down in history as one lone Negro who dared to tell the government that it had done a dastardly thing than to save my skin by taking back what I said.” These words, credited to journalist and suffragist Ida B. Wells, underscore...

Ida B. Wells lives here and now in great-granddaughter’s book

In an effort to expand on Ida B. Wells’ remarkable story, her great-granddaughter, writer Michelle Duster, has penned a new book, “Ida B. The Queen.”  The poignant biography, released January 26, pays tribute to the trailblazing journalist and activist while also connecting her legacy to...

Local reaction to chaos in D.C.

A host of Tennessee lawmakers condemned President Donald Trump after his supporters swarmed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to contest the results from the November election. Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol in protest of the election results, which they contend – without offering any substantiated...

Gov. Lee: With ‘light’ ahead, state must ‘get through this very critical period’

Gov. Bill Lee is doubling down on his decision not to issue a statewide mask mandate, despite rising COVID-19 cases throughout the state.  During a call with local newspapers on Tuesday (Dec. 22), Lee pleaded for Tennesseans to wear masks, but said making it a...

Ahead of a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Lee urges state to be ‘diligent and vigilant’

Giving a COVID-19 update, Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday told The New Tri-State Defender and other members of the Tennessee Press Association that he has “a great deal of hope,” linking that optimism to an awaited vaccine. Tennessee is one of four states chosen to...

POLITICS 2020: Bradshaw pushing, poised for Election Night upset

It’s been almost three decades since Tennessee has elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. Never in history has a Black woman held the coveted seat in Tennessee. Marquita Bradshaw, South Memphis native and Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, is hoping to rewrite history. With...