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Kelvin Cowans

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I went to jail on purpose – this time – to ask about COVID-19

I spent 10 months jailed at “201 Poplar,” now respectively named the Walter L. Bailey Jr. Criminal Justice Center. Recently, I “popped in” by choice, deciding that I wanted to see how my circumstantial brothers are being treated during COVID-19. I made my move on...

UPDATED: ‘Last call with Sherra Wright’

UPDATE: On July 25, 2019, Sherra Wright surprised Memphis and the sports world by entering a guilty plea in the murder of her ex-husband, former Memphis Tiger and Memphis Grizzlies star Lorenzen Wright. She will be sentenced to serve 30 years, and be eligible...

GOOD BLUE & YOU: Assistant Chief Ronnie Washington, SCSO Reserves Division

There are roughly 300 volunteers serving within the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Bureau in one of three divisions – Emergency Services, Community Services and Reserve. Assistant Chief Ronnie Washington is part of the Reserve Division, where officers are required to work 24 hours...

The roots of ‘Good Blue & You’

“Good Blue & You” interviews began in June of 2014. I created the column because of a breakdown in community and police relations. Brought to a roundtable discussion by Melissa Monie, formerly of The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, I expressed to her that people...

Fre$h Fruit: Jaquiez Douglas

Memphis native Jaquiez Douglas has been acting for over 10 years. This year, the former Hamilton High School graduate (1997) and football player became SAG (Screen Actors Guild) eligible. Douglas’ improvisational verbal delivery helps him bring out the best – and often the worst...

GOOD BLUE & YOU: MPD Officer Riquel Jefferson

Officer Riquel Jefferson is an 18-year veteran of The Memphis Police Department. A mother of one, Marauel, she has a big heart and vision to match. Jefferson earned a Criminal Justice Degree from Shelby State Community College (now Southwest Tennessee Community College) and hit...

Good Blue & You: MPD Detective Therman Richardson Jr.

(Just as a neighborhood should not be judged by the actions of a few bad apples, neither should law enforcement agencies. The New Tri-State Defender’s “Good Blue & You” column spotlights law enforcement officers who do it right. This edition’s focus is on Memphis...

A second-chancer’s thoughts on ‘facts lost in the fire’

 By Kelvin Cowans, Special to TSDMemphis.com Watching the evening news, I am reminded of my life and how it once swung as if a pendulum – with destruction to one side, tragedy on the other and success in the resting point. From the stream of...
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