Tuesday, August 3, 2021

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Culture, fun served with a ‘family’-reunion flavor at Juneteenth Urban Music Festival

by Sydney Jones -- Families, friends and some who journeyed alone enjoyed Black musical artists and took a deeper look into African customs while enjoying some of the best food trucks the city has to offer at the first Juneteenth Urban Music Festival held in...

Celebrating Juneteenth in ‘The 901’

by Brianna Smith-Herman -- Memphis will join other cities across the United States this weekend to celebrate Juneteenth, which became a national Holiday on Thursday when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Act into law. Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday; say more work ahead Juneteenth...

Council sets tax rate; nixes move for additional increase

by James Coleman -- Memphis’ FY2022 budget year course, which begins July 1, has been charted after the Memphis City Council Tuesday (June 15) voted to adopt a $716 million operating budget and an $85 million capital improvement plan budget.  And, perhaps more important for property...

OK of one-penny property tax hike results from lengthy County Commission discussion

by James Coleman -- County property taxes inched up one penny to $3.46 for 2022 after Shelby County commissioners approved the hike on a protracted 7-5 vote during their Monday (June 7) meeting.  The additional revenue – nearly $2.3 million – will be used to fund...

CodeCrew, The Collective Blueprint united in launch of The Code Collective

by Najee El-Amin -- With assistance from the NBA foundation, two Memphis nonprofit organizations, CodeCrew and The Collective Blueprint, are coming together to create a new technology driven initiative. The Code Collective initiative aims to assist young adults on their path into software development. The nine-month comprehensive...

So, what have we learned from one of the most traumatic school years in history?

by Curtis Weathers -- The school year is coming to a close and the coronavirus seems to be in full retreat. More and more people are getting vaccinated, infections are way down and the number of people dying from the virus has fallen dramatically. As we...

Revitalization concerns get attention of City Council

by James Coleman -- A proposed $200,000 community revitalization program to help poverty-level seniors afford repairs and tackle blight was outlined Tuesday (June 1) during the Memphis City Council meeting. “We tailor it specifically to senior citizens in our community, who don’t have the funds to...

City Council accepts American Rescue Plan Act windfall

by James Coleman -- The influx of the first half of the American Rescue Plan Act funding – $80.5 million – drew few objections from Memphis City Council members during their Tuesday (June 1) meeting, as they voted to accept the windfall.  The American Rescue Plan...

‘Down Home’ in Alabama, Willie ‘Edd’ celebrates turning 90

A resident of Memphis, Willie “Edd” Coleman wanted to celebrate his 90th birthday "Down Home" in Aliceville, Ala. Thanks to family, he did. Attendees, including TSD freelance photographer Tyrone P. Easley (a family member), made the trek to Aliceville from various parts of the county...

Property tax hike?

by James Coleman -- Shelby County Commissioners discussed a possible tenth-of-a-percent property tax increase during their Monday (May 24) meeting to square budget priorities with the state’s accounting demands.  At question is the county’s proposed certified property tax rate of $3.451 per $100 assessed value. An...