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Exploring Tennessee State University’s role in providing better daycare service for children

by Michael McLendon, TSU News Service NASHVILLE – Child care providers in Tennessee will have the opportunity to receive additional training thanks to a new $11.4 million federal grant secured by Tennessee State University’s Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences. The university believes better trained...

‘Vietnam 360’ project seeking veterans to tell ‘their’ stories

Don’t we each wish we had a record of family stories that are now lost? The memories of a grandmother, an aunt, a brother or a cousin. Thousands of Vietnam veterans in the Memphis area possess stories that need to be told and preserved....

TVA partners with Mid-South Food Bank to create school pantries

by Latrivia Welch, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) made a sizeable contribution – $100,000 – to Mid-South Food Bank on Monday (November 4) to create six Healthy School Pantries in local schools. The aim is to make a significant difference...

Memphis-Kenya connection boosted by delegation’s visit

by Tracy Sow, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Anthony “Amp” Elmore’s longstanding effort to boost cultural and trade relations with Africa recently netted a multi-day visit to Memphis by dignitaries from the African nation of Kenya. “I spent 30 years building a relationship with Africa,”...

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Memphis showed up and showed out for ESPN’s College GameDay

As excitement built toward the Memphis debut of ESPN's College GameDay, one wondered whether the city would (or could) live up to the hype. Would Memphians turn out on a chilly November morning before dawn to put on for their city? Oh boy, did they! The...

COFFEE & EGGS: Reharvest Memphis blends food, fun and sustainable living

By Latrivia Welch, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Before Sunday, October 19th, I had never been to the Mississippi River Park, even though I had driven past it a hundred times. I had the opportunity to check a visit to the River Park off my...

IN THE MAIL: Algebra + graduation requirement = 2 many dropouts

By Mabra Holeyfield, Special to the New Tri-State Defender I realize that nobody really wants to talk about algebra but stay with me a couple minutes because this is important. The requirement that all students pass algebra in order to graduate from high school is causing...

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Water Dancer’ will knock the breath out of you

by Terri Schlichenmeyer, Special to The New Tri-State Defender You can’t breathe. There’s really no describing the panic when that happens. Your ribs struggle to rise, your chest feels like it’s being stomped, you’re on fire, and your brain screams. Your arms flail. Your hands grasp...

ALL THE SMOKE: Fans on fire for Memphis Tigers as season approaches

Having reeled in the No. 1 recruiting class in the NCAA last spring, Penny Hardaway famously acknowledged that along with top talent comes high expectations and hype. Or as Hardaway more succinctly put it: "We want all the smoke." So there was smoke at Memphis...

LENS & LINES: Southwest Tennessee Community College presents “Live Off Beale!”

As Memphis evenings go, it was an eclectic night of song and music accented by the talents of local artists, along with the vocal and instrumental skills of Southwest Tennessee Community College students. Billed as “Live Off Beale,” the Sept. 26 event was a musical...