Sunday, September 26, 2021

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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Mass-shooting aftermath unfolds with prayer and a collective resolve to support and heal

In Collierville, getting through the “most horrific event” in the suburban community’s history is a work in progress, with multiple examples of residents and supporters calling for – and relying upon – the renewing power of prayer. Routine was shattered shortly before 1:30 p.m. on...

U of M names alumni hall to honor the first African-American graduate

In the late 1950s, Memphis State University vigorously resisted racial integration among both its faculty and student body.  Although the Supreme Court had declared that segregated education was unconstitutional in the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ruling, colleges and universities, particularly...

Sheriff Bonner kicks off re-election bid

Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. used the backdrop of the East Memphis Clark Tower skyscraper to announce his re-election bid Wednesday (Sept. 22) morning. During a 20-minute news conference, Bonner reviewed his past three years in office, with the sheriff saying “quite a few...

Amateur ‘greats’ to be honored at Life Together Stakeholders Open

The First Annual Life Together Stakeholders Open is set to tee off at North Creek Golf Course, 8770 Creek Blvd. in Southaven on Saturday (Sept. 25). “The Life Together Stakeholders Open is a golf tournament that honors golfers both past and present,” said COGIC Bishop...

‘Coach A’ enjoyed one last hurrah

Over the Labor Day weekend, Coach Theodore Anderson Jr. got together with Hamilton High School Alumni for a mass class reunion celebration. “It looks like he had a ball,” said Teresa Cansler, class of ’74. “There are photos posted all over social media of ‘Coach...

COVID-19 UPDATE: Funeral delays challenge families

In mid-August, Rosetta Wilson began to feel sick. She stayed in and rested, hoping whatever it was would pass. By Aug. 28, she was having trouble breathing and her sister called for the paramedics to rush her to the hospital. “Rosetta was a home-health nursing assistant,...

Dubious distinction: Tennessee ranked No.1 for ‘most COVID-19 infections’

Tennessee made it to the top of a list no state wants to top, totaling more new cases per capita as the coronavirus – particularly its Delta strain – maintains its life-altering grip. As of Tuesday, one in every 81 Tennesseans had tested positive for...

Stone Soul Picnic makes 2021 return for its 46th annual celebration

“Can you surry, can you picnic?” The 5th Dimension asks in their memorable 1968 hit, “Stoned Soul Picnic.” Memphis’ top urban gospel radio station WLOK will pose a similar question to Mid-Southerners when it hosts the 46th Annual Stone Soul Picnic on Saturday (Sept. 18)...

‘Just do right’ says 100-year-old mom on her birthday

Inez Taylor lived to see her 100th birthday, enjoying a special dinner on Wednesday afternoon with several of her children. “I made it,” she said, raising her fists above her head. The gesture evoked laughter and amused grins from her children. Inez Stigger was born in...

9/11 lives as a reference point for security-firm founder Clifton Dates

Clifton Dates’ telephone rang within minutes of a terrorist-seized jetliner crashing into the Pentagon at 8:37 a.m. (CDT) on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The call was from Fort McNair – just across the Potomac River, a few miles from the Pentagon. Dates, then...