Wednesday, May 18, 2022

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Council greets new diversity and compliance leadership team

by James Coleman -- Memphis City Council members greeted the new leadership of the city’s Office of Business Diversity and Compliance during the Economic Development, Technology and Tourism committee meeting on Tuesday, February 1.  Retired software company founder Marvell Mitchell is the new OBDC head. He...

TSU embraces ‘priority’ status in Gov. Lee’s proposed budget

From the vantage point of Tennessee State University officials, the budget Gov. Bill Lee presented on Monday makes TSU a budget priority and would enhance the growth and development of the HBCU (historically black college and universities). In his State of the State address delivered...

For Ja, Grizzlies, the day and game after his All-Star selection were winners

by Terry Davis -- An in-game standing ovation by Grizzlies fans at FedExForum signaled the recognition of Ja Morant’s selection as an All-Star Game starter. “Sorry for not acting on it (the ovation), I was locked in,” said Morant. “I felt like I was playing kind...

After taking steps forward, Memphis suffers setback in loss to Tulsa

by Liaudwin Seaberry Jr. -- Katrina Merriweather, confident her University of Memphis Tigers squad had taken steps forward in last Saturday’s gritty win against Houston, was looking for the team to continue that progress with a win against Tulsa. Playing on the road Wednesday night, the...

County Commission moves to intensify effort to secure Juvenile Court oversight

by James Coleman -- Shelby County commissioners on Monday (Jan. 24) voted 7-4 in favor of lobbying for a return of federal oversight of Juvenile Court, which was halted during the Trump administration.  The action follows a resolution adopted in September that asked the U.S. Department...

Sidewalks coming for East Holmes Rd. trouble spot; Commissioners also OK opioid settlement

by James Coleman -- After years of safety issues and lobbying for improvements, commuters and pedestrians can look forward to a safer passage along East Holmes Road after the Shelby County Commission on Monday (Jan. 24) approved adding sidewalks to the southeast Memphis street. Commissioners gave...

Valuing a U.S. Court of Appeals nominee with South Memphis roots

by Carlissa Shaw, Esq. -- President Biden nominated a Memphis native, lawyer Andre B. Mathis, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit  to replace Judge Bernice Donald, who took senior status last year. Judge Donald, when appointed in 2011, became the first...

Vouchers – something sneaky is going on!

by Curtis Weathers -- I have been avoiding the topic of vouchers for quite some time. For me, it is one of the most boring educational topics of all time. Yet there seems to be a lot of behind-the-scenes tinkering taking place in our state...

Experience another side of novelist Zora Neale Hurston

by Terri Schlichenmeyer -- That’s just the way it was. People did things differently in times past. They were a little more likely to judge others, a little less apt to open their minds. They had notions we might think are odd; they held beliefs that...

D.A. Weirich details a key obstacle to street-racing prosecutions

by James Coleman -- As Memphis continues to grapple with an epidemic of street racing, Memphis City Council members learned during the Tuesday, (Jan. 18) Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee meeting that most charges eventually are dismissed.  One of the biggest challenges, it turns out,...