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TSD BLOG: Pending release of video prompts ‘public safety’ moves

With Friday's scheduled release of video footage of the beating of Tyre D. Nichols, Memphis-Shelby County Schools is altering the schedule of planned activities and some area businesses have announced earlier closings. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tyre Nichols, and those...

Second-degree murder and more for former officers charged in Tyre Nichols’ death

Shortly after 6 p.m. rolls around on Friday, video footage likely will be released showing the fatal beating of Tyre D. Nichols by five former Memphis Police Department officers now facing multiple charges, including second-degree murder. Shelby County District Atty. Gen. Steve Mulroy said city...

MPD Chief Davis: More officers being investigated; all ‘specialized’ units under review

Two Novembers ago, a specialized Memphis Police Department unit was put on the streets to identify surges in motor vehicle thefts and violent crime. The Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods -- dubbed the SCORPION unit -- now is under a "complete...

New legislative session opens with resolve amid watchful eyes

NASHVILLE – The 113th Tennessee General Assembly was gaveled into session on Tuesday as members of the House and Senate were sworn in with family and supporters on hand and advocates of various causes making their presence known. Republican Cameron Sexton, who represents District 25,...

Kwanzaa in Memphis celebration begins with a snowy backdrop

The 2022 celebration of Kwanzaa in Memphis began Monday morning amid blowing snow and the temperature a couple of degrees above freezing. Determined to kick off the annual observance, a band of faithful pushed forward and assembled downtown at the Auction Block at Main...

No time for ‘silos’ with billions in play for economic development

Pivoting off recently announced new leadership at the Greater Memphis Chamber, conversations were called for with Black Business Association’s Ernest D. Strickland, Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum’s Jozelle Booker and Stephanie Alexander with the Memphis Area Minority Contractors Association.  The three entities – BBA, MMBC...

Challenges & opportunities: A conversation with COGIC’s Presiding Bishop Sheard

Bishop J. Drew Sheard, the presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, has been described as “a difference-maker” in his base city of Detroit and beyond. In Memphis for the international denomination’s 114th Holy Convocation, the presiding bishop fielded a question about that...

At 71, The TSD forges forward from ‘the baby’ born in 1951

Relying upon the calculator in my cellular telephone, my math registers me as having served as the executive editor of the Tri-State Defender/The New Tri-State Defender for 21 percent of the time that the publication has been serving Greater Memphis, the African-American community in...

‘Penny’ proves, again, that he’s worth his weight in gold

In what he acknowledged as “a great environment of Black excellence,” Penny Hardaway delivered a keynote message threaded with his God-embracing belief that getting involved in young people’s lives at the deepest level possible is a reward in and of itself. It was, he said,...

‘The Classic’ comes through when Memphis needs a hug

The 33rd Annual Southern Heritage Classic is once again embracing Memphis for several days this week with thousands expected to return to the hug. And this year, with all the talk about it being the last pitting Tennessee State University and Jackson State University in...