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Weirich, Mulroy locked in a duel of narratives in DA’s race

An already contentious race sizzled this week as Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich pushed back on scathing criticism for opening her campaign headquarters in Germantown on Monday (May 16). Detractors blasted Weirich as an “out of touch” incumbent at a Tuesday (May 17) news...

William R. ‘Bill’ Hughes – a local law enforcement trailblazer – dies at 90

William R. “Bill” Hughes, one of Shelby County’s first Black sheriff deputies and who became the first Black division director for both the Shelby County Department of Corrections and the Shelby County Fire Department died Sunday (May 15) after a brief illness. He was 90. His...

Father of nine earns dream-deferred degree with inspiration in mind

Charles Muhammad, 50, graduated from LeMoyne-Owen College last Saturday (May 7), earning his bachelor’s degree in Social Work 32 years after leaving high school. “That was one of my proudest moments,” said Muhammad. “As the father of nine children, I have worked very hard to make...

LEGACY: ‘Coach’ Adams made being physical a way of life

“Coach” Herman Adams was one of the most competitive athletes in the history of Booker T. Washington High School.  A little-known fact of his proficiency in sports is that Adams was on the 1977 Master’s Olympic Competition relay team that won first place for the...

WDIA honors Bobby O’Jay with best-of salute

WDIA radio listeners used to jumpstarting their days with Bobby O’Jay and “The Fun Morning Show” are being treated to taped recordings of the show this week in tribute to O’Jay. The station’s program director and iconic radio personality, O’Jay suffered a massive heart attack...

LeMoyne-Owen powers forward with night of elegance, commencement

The LeMoyne-Owen College Magicians celebrated their newly installed president with an elaborately appointed ball on Friday, (May 6) as part of a multi-day celebration, themed “Pure Imagination.” Other major events included the COVID-delayed investiture on Thursday (May 5) of LOC President Dr. Vernell Bennett-Fairs and...

PERSPECTIVE: Myriad faces of motherhood

First, the obvious: mothers deserve so much more than the celebration of one day. This year, that “official” day of observance is Sunday, May 8. The May 5-11 edition of The New Tri-State Defender shares sketches of mothers in their myriad forms and with their...

WDIA’s Bobby O’Jay died doing what he loved

Tuesday morning, just before 9 a.m. when the phone lines are open, WDIA Program Director Bobby O’Jay fell unconscious during his show. He suffered a fatal massive heart attack. Only minutes after midnight, early Wednesday morning, O’Jay’s colleague, author, and award-winning photographer, Mark Stansbury, confirmed...

Mulroy’s Democratic primary win sets up a battle with D.A. incumbent Weirich

Cloaking himself as a Democratic reform candidate, attorney Steve Mulroy’s pitch resonated with enough voters to secure the party’s nomination for Shelby County District Attorney General. Mulroy distanced himself from two contenders – lawyers Janika White and Linda Harris – in Tuesday’s (May 3) Shelby...

Tennessee Radio Hall of Famer, Bobby O’Jay, dead at 68

Social media was flooded with tributes and condolences Tuesday (May 3) as Mid-South fans, faithful friends and listeners learned that Tennessee Radio Hall of Famer, popular DJ and WDIA Program Director Bobby O’Jay died at work early Tuesday morning. Colleague and popular radio personality Bev...