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OPINION: Edmund Ford Jr.: Let’s not cherry-pick who is provided a living wage

By Edmund Ford Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender As another Labor Day weekend comes and goes, I found it appropriate to write this op-ed so that the reader can understand where we are as far as local support in providing living wages for...

COMMENTARY: Successful ‘3rd Grade Commitment’ on literacy requires resources, support

by Meili Powell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Two years ago, I started as a third-grade reading teacher in Shelby County Schools (SCS). I knew that third grade was the strongest predictor of long-term learning success, but I did not know the complexity behind...

Kroger, Southern Heritage Classic build on customer-appreciation partnership

by Latrivia Welch -- On any given day, you go to the grocery store to shop for food, not necessarily to be served free picnic nosh specially prepared by a celebrity chef. However, that is exactly what happened this past Saturday at Kroger’s Frayser Boulevard location...

State Reps: Leave “benchmarking” out of surprise medical billing legislation

by Reps. Susan Lynn and John J. DeBerry Jr. The rising cost of health care in this country puts millions of Americans at risk. One of the many issues that Congress can and should address to help improve this situation is to eliminate surprise medical...

Lower Health Care Costs Act aims to end surprise billing

by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) One out of five times Americans visit a hospital emergency room, they are surprised several months later to receive a bill that could run into thousands of dollars. Last month (June), the U.S. Senate health committee by a vote of 20-3...

Code Crew continues to address poverty with STEM skills

by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In July 2018, Myiah Hill was a 27-year-old single mother of three, on public assistance and living in subsidized housing, making $5,000 a year and fresh out of options. Six months later, she is...

THE CULTURAL COACH: Life’s little diversity manual: How to get where we need to go

by Linda S. Wallace, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Diversity operates much like a brand new car. If you get behind the wheel without reading a manual or book, you significantly increase your risks of having a mishap, breakdown or accident. You’re the driver...

Mid-South Food Bank re-grand opening spotlights need for less hunger, more hope

by Latrivia Welch, Special to The New Tri-State Defender One in five children are at risk for hunger. That’s the first bit of information that pops up when you visit the Mid-South Food Bank’s website. You don’t have to be a parent to feel your stomach...

EDUCATION 2019: Teen’s dreams take flight at American Airlines Cadet Academy

by Jannelle Marie Walker, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Seemingly a young man’s dreams have taken flight and landed him straight into American Airlines Cadet Academy. While at Arlington High School, Ron Taylor dreamt of being a pilot. Now h is on course to make...

EDUCATION 2019: ‘Jai Music’ reaches back to mentor youth in music – and life

by Floyd Ivy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Joshua Johnson had mentors as he was growing up in Memphis. Now, he’s getting a chance to pay it forward. “To be a mentor gives me the opportunity to give back to the city that has given...