Sunday, May 9, 2021

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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Mostly ‘single’ mother turning 100 ‘wouldn’t accept welfare’

When it comes to celebrating phenomenal mothers this Mothers Day, Mrs. Ruthie Mae Worthy should go right at the top of the list. To her children, she is the Proverbs 31 woman: “…Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies…she...

‘Pandemic baby’ brings joy in the midst of gloom

New mother Kayce Christopher will celebrate her first Mother’s Day this year. The courageous 29-year-old was excited to discover in May of last year she would be bringing a baby into a COVID-ravaged world. Cleveland Dorse III made his grand entrance on Dec. 18, 2020. “The...

Grandmother, grandson graduate together this Mother’s Day weekend

If heroine badges were to be handed out this Mother’s Day, two moms in one Memphis family would be among the honorees. Rose Mary Johnson, proprietor of Higher Learning Enrichment Academy (HLEA), and her daughter, Rashana Johnson, have produced a gentleman and a scholar, Braylin...

COVID-19 UPDATE: Mask mandate may be lifted next week

Barring some drastic change in the welcomed decline of new COVID-19 infections, a new health directive that may loosen mask mandates could be issued as soon as next week. “Lifting the mask mandate does not mean throw all caution to the wind,” said Dr. Bruce...

Four Way reopens partially as pandemic numbers decline

Soul food lovers can rejoice, now that The Four Way Soul Food Restaurant has partially reopened for business. Last week’s surprise grant award of $40,000 on the “Today” show, not to mention the great response to getting vaccinated in Shelby County, portended the re-opening of...

‘Room In The Inn’ finds room for the recovering and families in transition

Kenneth Randolph, 55, is a chef and a gardener.  He’ll tell you he’s been cooking since he was 5 years old and will whip up a dish fit for gods. The charming and engaging man also is one of the first client residents to move into...

Not all superheroes wear capes

Chris Hope – yep, that’s his real name – looks like a regular, ordinary person. He has a regular job and has a pretty regular life. But to families with very sick children at Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, Hope has Herculean superpowers. What exactly are those superpowers?...

Four years later, The New Olivet to Cordova was the right move

Moving “out east” for The New Olivet Baptist Church sparked an exciting metamorphosis into a world-class, mega-ministry, The New Olivet Worship Center. An ever-growing family of mature, worshipful and committed Christians is emerging from a year-long pandemic, ready to impact its suburban community and the...

Walking down gun violence – the journey continues

At the time of last Saturday’s latest “Community Walk Against Gun Violence,” 84 shootings had been documented in Shelby County in 2021. And, participants were told, Tennessee’s new no-permit, gun-carry law will create a “wild west” effect. “There are too many guns on the streets...

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Lee declares end to pandemic restrictions

Shelby County is not among the 89 counties where Gov. Bill Lee can remove the option to mandate wearing masks in public to combat COVID-19. That has local officials hustling to define their position regarding’s Lee’s declaration on Tuesday that COVID-19 is no longer a...