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Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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Sen. Tate ‘censured’ by Shelby County Democrats

“I’m censured? What does that mean? Do you know what that means? Have I lost my right to speak? Do I have to stay in my room? I can’t come out without permission? I’m censured. This is the first I have heard of it,...

Floyd Bonner Jr. and Dale Lane push to come out on top in race for Shelby County Sheriff

  Democrat Floyd Bonner Jr. and Republican Dale Lane emerged victorious in the May primaries for Shelby County Sheriff. Bonner, chief deputy of the Sheriff’s office, boasts the endorsement of out-going Sheriff Bill Oldham, a Republican who is term limited. Lane, director of the Shelby County Office...

Jesse Turner Jr. retires, bank in ‘good hands’

“Well, it was just time. Time to bring in new leadership to take us forward, time for me to move on to something else. This was just a good time to retire.” Spoken like a man who feels that 28 years leading the Tri-State Bank...

Services for former police director, security professional Melvin Burgess Sr. set for Thursday

Melvin Burgess Sr.
His was the textbook “local son makes good” story.  Melvin Burgess Sr. was born on May 23, 1938 to parents Katherine Gilder Burgess and Eddie Burgess. Like so many African-American families of that era in Memphis, hard work, education, faith in God and strong family...

Kennedy Democratic Organization co-founder, Charlie Morris, passes

Less than two months after seeing his brother’s 1939 lynching acknowledged by the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis, local activist Charlie Morris has passed away. He died Sunday at the age of 97. He was born in Arlington, Tenn., on Jan. 23, 1921. Young Charlie...

Pastor Kneeland looking toward retirement after health scare

Congregants were preparing to hear the Sunday morning sermon at Union Valley Baptist Church, an iconic landmark in the heart of South Memphis. Pastor H.O. Kneeland was reminding the church to pray for those on the “Sick and Shut-In List.” Before the Rev. Kneeland could...

The 800 Initiative hailed as a setup to win

The historic Universal Life Building at 480 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in ZIP Code 38126 is envisioned as a fitting place to nurture and develop African-American-owned businesses. On Tuesday, Mayor Jim Strickland and an array of business leaders rolled out “The 800 Initiative”...

Healing Center opens free clinic in Oakhaven

Bishop William Young and Pastor Dianne Young, graduates of Booker T. Washington High School, decided in 1991 to begin the Healing Center Full Gospel Baptist Church in the Oakhaven Community of Memphis. They chose a site previously occupied by a white congregation and a private...

Regional peronality Pam Chatman to be featured guest at Business Breakfast Industry Meeting on Saturday

Hundreds of women are expected to convene at the Hilton East Hotel for Saturday’s Business Breakfast Industry Meeting, with a red-carpet Mix-and-Mingle for regional celebrity personality, Pam Chatman. “Women from all over the southeast are expected at Saturday’s empowering event,” said Anner Echols of Dreamland...

At 21, Evan Nicole Fields is four months into the lifelong adventure of parenting — and she’s loving it

Being a first-time mom can be quite an emotional experience because -- as the saying goes — babies don’t come with instructions. And sometimes they come unexpectedly. Meet first-time mom Evan Nicole Fields, 2014 graduate of Cordova High School, and mom of 4-month-old Ayden...