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Dr. Taylor nets Health Department director’s post with unanimous vote

by James Coleman -- In its first post-budget meeting since June, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to approve Dr. Michelle Taylor as the new director of the Shelby County Health. The commission also opted to let the tax rate, which they...

Commission’s vote signals ongoing rift with Election Commission on how to cast ballots

by James Coleman -- A resolution to purchase ballot marking devices failed to gain approval from the Shelby County Board of Commissioners, with a majority opting for hand-marked paper ballots. Commissioners made the decision during their Monday meeting. The add-on commission agenda item requested that the...

#UPTheVote901 details Memphis People’s Summit

A precursor to the 2022 Memphis People’s Convention, the Memphis People’s Summit convenes on Saturday (July 31) as a “platform to engage, empower and activate citizens in Memphis and Shelby County while also holding elected officials accountable.” The one-day symposium is being spearheaded by #UPTheVote901...

Student-safety discussion reimagines schools without armed officers

by Najee El-Amin -- With only weeks remaining before the start of the Shelby County academic year, students and community members convened to express their concern about having armed officers continue to walk the halls of their schools. “Reimagining student safety” brought together individuals from all...

Bob Moses’ Memphis lesson on being ‘Constitutional People’ rings prophetically true

Robert Parrish Moses, known worldwide as Bob Moses, lived the kind of life worthy of the myriad accolades that came his way in life and – now – in death. Among them was the National Civil Rights Museum’s 2014 Freedom Award. Moses died Sunday at...

Safe Summer Block Party at Hickory Ridge Middle School jump-starts 2021 series

Forced to the shelf in 2020 as Memphis dug in to endure COVID-19, the Safe Summer Block Party Series is back on track, kicking off Friday evening at Hickory Ridge Middle School. Carnival rides, exotic animals, food and music made for an enjoyable outing for...

Southwest turns to Jarrett Stephens as athletic director, men’s basketball coach

Jarrett M. Stephens – a Cleveland, Ohio native with Memphis ties and a decade-plus of experience coaching intercollegiate basketball, is set to become the new athletic director and men’s basketball coach at Southwest Tennessee Community College. Stephens, the assistant men’s basketball coach at Florida Agricultural...

Ida B. Wells – Back on Beale St.

A statue of anti-lynching crusade activist and journalist Ida B. Wells now accents the corner of Beale St. and Fourth Street as the centerpiece of Ida B. Wells Plaza. From the basement of nearby First Baptist Church-Beale, the historic church built by freed slaves, Wells,...

LENS & LINES: Mid-South Golden Gloves

Powered by the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services, the Mid-South Golden Gloves returned to Memphis after a 50-year absence on July 9-10.  “We’re glad to have the Mid-South Golden Gloves back in Memphis,” said Ike Griffith, special assistant to Mayor Jim Strickland and...

Bank of America Memphis now guided by Trevia Chatman

Trevia Chatman, who has 20 years of leadership experience within the financial services industry, has been named president of Bank of America Memphis. As president, Chatman, who joined the bank in 2018, will be responsible for connecting the banking and investment resources offered through the...