Wednesday, October 27, 2021

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For the sake of our children, let’s put the guns down, Memphis!

by Curtis Weathers -- The lives of two Cummings K-8 Optional School students and their families will forever be changed by the school shooting that took place last week. In his response to the shooting, Shelby County Schools Supt. Dr. Joris Ray uttered words that have...

‘What About Me – Walking the Tightrope as a Black Man in America’

by Phyllis Dixon -- If you watch television, it’s easy to believe that Black men are only celebrities, athletes, criminals or victims of deadly police violence. In his book, “What About Me: Walking the Tightrope as a Black Man in America,” D. John Jackson challenges...

Come pray with me, says VEthel Patterson

With prayer on her mind, VEthel Patterson will be at Blue Cross Healthy Place Park in David Carnes Park on Fairfield in Whitehaven this Saturday (Oct. 2). The drawing card is a gathering Patterson has dubbed Prayer in the Park. “Prayer in the Park is a...

County Commission OK opens door to study consolidation

by James Coleman -- An ad hoc committee was created by Shelby County Commission Chairman Willie Brooks Jr. to evaluate the formation of a Charter Commission during the body’s Monday (Sept. 27) meeting.  The committee will study the possible consolidation of the City of Memphis and...

Educators must clearly define how law enforcement carries out its role in schools

by Curtis Weathers -- The debate about the role or presence of law enforcement in our schools is one that needs to be had. Law Enforcement has a role in our schools; it's up to educators to clearly define how that role should be carried out.  School...

PREP FOOTBALL: Fairley rises to the top of 2A with on-field dominance

by Liaudwin Seaberry Jr. -- When Fairley High School football coach Frederick Copeland evaluated his squad heading into the 2021 season, he was unsure of the caliber of team and players who would be on the field.  While understanding his unit featured a mixture of experienced...

Report backs federal oversight of Juvenile Court

by James Coleman -- Federal oversight of Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court could make a return following a Shelby County Commission-appointed Juvenile Justice Consortium report calling for its resumption. The practice was halted by the Trump Administration in 2018. The five members of the consortium also advised the...

Pipeline setback ordinance gains County Commission OK; City Council action pending

by James Coleman -- Memphis and Shelby County are another step closer to prohibiting construction of oil pipelines after county commissioners approved an ordinance updating the joint pipeline development code on a 10-0 vote during the commission’s Monday (Sept. 13) meeting. The amendment creates a new-use...

Stress levels among our teachers continue to rise

by Curtis Weathers -- As we reflect on the first few weeks of school, the dominant topic of discussion and concern once again is the coronavirus and the impact it is having on our children and teachers. Educators in K-12 schools deal with a number of...

Memphis, $161M in federal funds and lots of ideas about what to do with it

by James Coleman -- Memphis City Council members had a discussion about priorities rarely seen outside budget season during their Tuesday (Sept. 7) meeting.  At issue is $161 million allotted to the city through American Rescue Plan funding and how the bundle of cash will be...