Sunday, September 26, 2021

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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TSU fans ‘ready to set it off’

Ask any Tennessee State University alum or fan and they will tell you that last year’s cancellation of the Southern Heritage Classic celebration due to the global pandemic did nothing to dampen the spirit of Nashville’s Tiger Nation. “Although we had to go fully virtual...

JSU’s Tiger Nation stakes claim as ‘the best’ Tiger Nation

More than three decades ago, when the Southern Heritage Classic was a vision of founder Fred Jones, Jozelle Luster Booker, then-vice president of the Jackson (Mississippi) State University Alumni Association Memphis Chapter, saw the potential of the event.  Early on, Booker, now president and CEO...

It is official: JB Smiley Jr. is running for governor

Memphis City Councilman JB Smiley Jr. entered the governor’s race Wednesday, Sept. 8, with cheering supporters and a colorful balloon drop. Nearly 200 supporters filled the lobby of the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Memphis. Smiley, an attorney, was introduced by his mentor, Julian Bolton, who is...

A street-level cry to ‘Free Pervis Payne’

Since a December 2020 reprieve from execution in connection with the killings of a woman and her daughter 33 years ago, death-row inmate Pervis Payne has garnered a growing number of supporters in Tennessee and several other states. There was ample evidence of that on...

Local government veteran Ken Moody ponders run for Shelby County mayor

Ken Moody, special assistant to Mayor Jim Strickland, took a day off to announce that he was “exploring” a run at the Shelby County Mayor’s office. Moody made his case for considering the run during a Midtown press conference on Wednesday.  A Carver High School graduate,...

Security-guard shooting video on hold pending Sept. 28 hearing

The legal battle over the release of a video showing the fatal shooting of Alvin Motley Jr. by an unlicensed security guard took another emotional turn this week when a Sept. 7 hearing was pushed back to Sept. 28. Motley was shot and killed on...

Release of shooting video on hold as Motley family, supporters denounce delay

A Shelby County judge has delayed until Tuesday (Sept. 7) a decision on whether to allow the public release of videos showing an altercation that led to the fatal shooting of Alvin Motley Jr. by a security guard at an East Memphis service station...

Opportunity 901 unveiled to help improve education for area students

With nearly $800 million in state and federal funds targeted for local use to address learning loss and COVID-19 challenges, a public awareness campaign dubbed Opportunity 901 was rolled out on Wednesday. The Memphis Education Fund is spearheading the effort, along with local business, community...

Deadly violence warrants street- level response

Some had personal connections with victims of gun violence; others did not. All involved, however, were fed up with such crime, deciding to take advantage of an opportunity to let their feet do much of the talking during a message that could be summed...

COGIC shifts Holy Convocation to virtual format; COVID-19 spike derails in-person return to Memphis

The return of the Church of God in Christ Holy Convocation to Memphis, the city of its beginnings, will not happen this year because of COVID-19 safety concerns. The 2021 event was to be a special celebration, not only honoring newly installed Presiding Bishop J....