Friday, December 9, 2022

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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Jim Stewart – co-founder of Stax Records, architect of the Memphis Sound – dies at 92

When 18-year-old Jim Stewart made the trek to Memphis from his family’s West Tennessee farm, he had dreams of becoming the next big country music star.  As it turned out, Stewart was instrumental in creating the world-famous Memphis brand of soul as a founder of...

Retirement lands Shannon Brown’s 44-year flight at FedEx

Somehow Shannon A. Brown’s mother knew, even when he was very young, that he would become a man with great responsibility. “Mother would always be pinning money in my pocket with a safety pin and saying, ‘Here, take this and go pay the rent,’ or...

Remembering Mother Patterson: ‘a good soldier’ who planned for ‘a better place’

The distinction and pageantry of the national memorial service for COGIC Evangelist Louise Dowdy Patterson was reminiscent of that afforded her late husband, Presiding Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson. With Downtown Memphis draping Temple of Deliverance Church of God and Christ on G.E. Patterson Ave., celebrants...

Shelby County’s new Justice Review Unit is now accepting applications

Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy chose the National Civil Rights Museum as a backdrop to announce that applications are now being accepted for a new Justice Review Unit (JRU). Mulroy first promoted a post-conviction review mechanism in late October as a way of identifying...

Drive for a new Christmas tree meets with success in Whitehaven

This year’s invitation to the Whitehaven Christmas Tree Lighting also signals the success of a community effort to purchase a tree considered suitable for the occasion. The free lighting ceremony coordinated by Respect The Haven CDC and its community partners is set for Sunday, December...

U.S. transportation chief praises deicing facility as important upgrade in American supply chain

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg headlined a roster of airport dignitaries and elected officials, who attended the opening of the Consolidated Deicing Facility (CDF) at Memphis International Airport on Tuesday (Nov. 29) afternoon. “I am so proud to join you in the opening of...

Boutique’s opening delivered Thanksgiving ‘miracle’ for Frayser family and others

The grand opening of the Regroup Upscale Thrift Boutique was, well, grand. And for one Frayser family – the Johnson-Crump household – it marked an extraordinary fresh start. “I started out homeless more than 20 years ago,” said Patrice Johnson, a member of the Pursuit of...

Historic Collins Chapel thankful for ‘monumental’ preservation awards

Grants totaling $548,000 recently were awarded to historic Collins Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the first African-American congregation established in Memphis. The money came from the African American Civil Rights Grant Program Historic Preservation Fund. “I became Collins Chapel pastor four years ago,” said Elder Bethel...

A National Memorial Service will accent a farewell salute to Evangelist Louise D. Patterson

The account that Evangelist Louis D. Patterson’s niece relates about the Sunday evening death of the widow of the late COGIC Presiding Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson will likely be remembered by many during Mrs. Patterson’s farewell services next week. Final arrangements – including public viewings,...

Young Dolph murder defendant gets ‘isolated’ after music drop

Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee revoked the phone privileges of a defendant in the ongoing Young Dolph murder investigation after Coffee learned the man, Justin Johnson, rapped into a jail phone to release a song. Coffee’s action came Tuesday (Nov. 21) after Johnson used his...