Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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SCS first day reflects excitement, enthusiasm, care and concern

Cheerleaders, drumlines, dancing teachers and mascots meshed with engaged administrators, parents and community supporters of education as Shelby County Schools students stepped into the 2019-20 school year on Monday. “We promise that this school administration will continue to promote a healthy working relationship with teachers,...

Blue Cross Healthy Place – first of its kind – opens in legacy-rich Whitehaven

The legacy of David Carnes – one of the first African Americans to purchase property in an area that houses Southland Mall in Whitehaven – is now interwoven with the “healthy place” concept being pioneered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. On Saturday and...

ESPN Academy founder passes

Doris Thomas Hill, the founder and chief administrator of the South Memphis-based ESPN Academy, was determined to make the academy’s 19th anniversary celebration the best ever. Last Friday (Aug. 2) just after 5 p.m., Mrs. Hill passed away at Baptist Memorial Hospital.  She was 67.  “The...

‘Spiritual power’ needed to solve mass shootings, clergy members declare

Bishop David A. Hall Sr. of Temple Church of God in Christ was backed by pastors and bishops in the COGIC Tennessee Headquarters Jurisdiction as he called for “fasting and prayer” to combat the rash of mass shootings across the nation. “Political language has failed,”...

Heritage Tours returns to manage W. C. Handy Home & Museum

Heritage Tours, Tennessee’s first African-American-owned tour company, is back in place as the operator of the W.C. Handy Home & Museum on Beale St. Earlier this year, Heritage, which had operated the site for 24 years, was directed to vacate the property by the Downtown...

Strong to make bid for Congress; sets up challenge to Cohen

Corey Strong took the helm of a frayed, embattled Shelby County Democratic Party on August 5, 2017. On Friday, he announced a run for Congress, touting his leadership as a major component for crafting the local party’s turn-around. The former Shelby County Democratic Party chairman...

Strong says he has what it takes to represent District 9

For Corey Strong, now is the time voters to choose someone other than incumbent Steve Cohen to represent the Ninth Congressional District. On Friday, the former Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Corey Strong officially announced his candidacy at the Holiday Inn at the University of...

Family Dollar boycott on hold; pastors, store officials talk cleanliness, respect

After a call last week to boycott discount retailer Family Dollar over cleanliness issues, that action has been averted – at least for the next two weeks. The chain’s top brass met Tuesday (July 30) with pastors, who had been urged by community activist Patricia...

Raleigh Farmers Market seen as ‘a gathering place for the village’

At the foot of the entrance to the business corridor in the Raleigh area is where a farmer’s market is envisioned as a source point for healthier living. State Rep. Antonio Parkinson, who represents the area, and Mayor Jim Strickland announced the creation of the...

Pastors, Family Dollar set to talk about cleanliness, respect issues

Family Dollar officers are expected to meet this week with a group of Memphis pastors about cleanliness issues that have led to a call to boycott the discount, retail giant. When and where the meeting is to take place had not been disclosed to the...