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LEGACY: Floyd Newman III – the famed Stax saxman – nurtured young musicians

As a point of reference, the late Floyd Sidney Newman III had made his imprint on Stax Records long before Isaac Hayes made his way there. “As a matter of fact, Floyd was the one who discovered Isaac Hayes,” said Stax Museum of American Soul...

The Rev. Basil Brooks remembered as a pastor who ‘loved to preach’

Services will be Saturday (June 10) for the Rev. Basil Brooks, former president of the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association and pastor of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Cordova. Pastor Brooks died in the early morning hours on Sunday (June 4). He was 82. “Pastor Brooks served...

Turning 103 – the journey of Jannie Louise Rucker Winfrey

Ask Jannie Louise Rucker Winfrey what should happen next after she celebrated her 103rd birthday, she will tell you, “Start making plans for the 104th birthday.” When you live 103 years, your life is filled with stories – happy and sad, well-earned accomplishments and hurtful...

School board agrees to create a new policy to replace access ban

Memphis-Shelby County School Board members will explore revising its policy about maintaining both order and public safety during board meetings. The board made the commitment after much discussion during its Tuesday (May 30) business meeting. The review stemmed from the banning of five activists from board...

Pastor Ricky Floyd builds on youth-entrepreneurial focus

Pastor Ricky Floyd at Pursuit of God Transformation Center recently purchased the remaining space of the strip mall across from the church. “Our teen boys are going to work this summer,” said Floyd. “We need more space for the ever-expanding business ideas.  “We want our young...

Frayser-area students take change-agent stance for a new high school

Among the ways to measure maturity is taking a stand for a future better than the present and that was the collective posture of Frayser-area students, who recently made a public pitch for a new high school. The Trezevant High School Library, 3350 N. Trezevant...

First Class Montessori stages final graduation after 31 years

Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends watched eight excited youngsters graduate from pre-K and kindergarten at 1st Class Montessori School on Monday (May 22). It was the last of 31 graduation ceremonies for the Midtown school. The doors will close for good at the month’s end. “After...

City’s summer youth jobs program is geared and ready

The City of Memphis Office of Youth Services has matched 3,000-plus teens and young adults with jobs for June and July. “We are providing meaningful work experiences that will be impactful and enriching at a very critical stage of a young person’s development,” said Youth...

Pastor guides young people, both at church and school

Ask talented musician and pastor Kenneth Hollins how he ended up being a pastor and schoolteacher, and he will tell you, “It was an accident.” The gifted artist was on the road to the lucrative, professional life of a traveling musician. But a desire to...

Judge’s ruling is in but the mayoral residency debate may not be over

A big win for two mayoral candidates is a head-scratching decision for some others. That dichotomy resulted from a Chancery Court judge’s ruling that Memphis does not have an enforceable five-year residency requirement. Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. and Memphis Branch NAACP President Van...