Thursday, February 25, 2021

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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TVA responds to boil-water advisory with bottled-water giveaway

Monday (Feb. 22) was a better day in Memphis. The sun was out, the ice was gone and thousands of local families found water, despite the scarcity of bottled water in the Mid-South. Tennessee Valley Authority West Regional Vice President Mark Yates and his team...

Former Tri-State Defender Editor Whittier Sengstacke Jr. dies at 76

Whittier Sengstacke Jr., former editor of the Tri-State Defender and the dedicated newsman credited with helping the newspaper continue rolling as it encountered turbulence in response to coverage of lynchings in the South, has died at 76. Mr. Sengstacke died early Saturday morning. His uncle,...

Boil-water advisory challenges area residents, businesses to keep their cool

On Friday morning, Jasmine Partridge – mother to two boys and two girls – woke up everybody in the house after turning the water off. “Get up, everybody get up,” said Partridge, who described herself as one of those loud mothers. “I explained that we...

Award-winning radio host takes esteemed Starks Legacy Award

Native son, Markhum “Mark” L. Stansbury Sr., has been named this year’s recipient of the coveted Starks Legacy Award, sponsored by the Memphis Theological Seminary (MTS). Stansbury will be honored during the historic, virtual 34th Annual Henry Logan Starks Celebration, Feb. 25. “Thank the Lord for...

Whopped by winter storm, area residents dig in, out

Brrr! And that is putting it mildly. It was cold as (insert your preferred word here), with snow levels deeper than the boots of some and traveling conditions that posed threats to life. Blankets of snowfall, icy roads and single-digit wind chills froze movement around...

New health directive: one more step toward ‘normal’

Health Directive No. 18, which takes effect Friday (No. 20), is in keeping with a downward trend that now shows the number of new COVID-19 cases below 100. “We have loosened restrictions a bit more this time,” said Dr. Bruce Randolph, medical officer of the...

Local push to tackle racial disparity in COVID-19 vaxxing

Almost as quickly as the COVID-19 rollout of vaccines across the nation, a distribution disparity gap opened between communities of color and whites receiving the vaccines. According to an analysis of 17 states by the Associated Press, African Americans in each of those states were...

Great potential, promise gone with death of political strategist Ken Taylor

The recent death of Kenneth “Ken” Taylor, said those who knew him, left a tremendous void in service to the community and Tennessee Democratic Party politics. Mr. Taylor, 36, died unexpectedly last week (Feb. 8). “After the campaign, we stayed in touch,” said Marquita Bradshaw, the...

City Council vote on Pipeline delayed; push mounts against project

Keenly aware that construction on the proposed Byhalia Pipeline was projected to begin this month, participants Monday afternoon on a virtual ZOOM protest signaled their continuing resolve to stop the venture altogether. A key Memphis City Council resolution regarding the pipeline project is on the...

More African Americans urged to donate blood

Last year was going to be a red-letter year for blood donations. Sororities, fraternities, schools, colleges and corporate partners supporting employees in community projects all had blood drives scheduled to replenish the local blood bank. However, before the first quarter of 2020 was done, COVID-19 hit....