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STUDENT COMMENTARY: The time is now – Support SCS’ budget request

by Brenda Crawford, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Any way you slice it, students of color in Tennessee always receive the piece of cake that no one wants. You know – the piece of cake that is the poorest in quality, more lacking in...

PLAY PREVIEW: ‘King and the 13 Hundred’

Billed as an “urban socio-drama” honoring the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers, “King and the 13 Hundred” is slated for a presentation at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts on Sunday night (June 17). Directed by Ike Griffith, the presentation is set to begin at 6...

First Tennessee invests $5 million in small business lending

First Tennessee Bank is investing $5 million to help launch the Memphis Small Business Opportunity Loan Fund, a $17.5 million lending program aimed at improving access to capital for minority- and women-owned businesses. The fund is a collaboration between nonprofit entrepreneurship hub Epicenter, Pathway Lending...

LENS & LINES: Renovation of Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital gets $100,000 boost from HCD

Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital, one of Memphis’ African-American landmarks, secured support for $100,000 in CIP funds during a Memphis City Council committee meeting Tuesday morning. Paul Young, director of the City of Memphis’ Division of Housing and Community Development, made the presentation. Other funding agencies...

Tennessee School of Religion focused on its mission

Established in 1944, the Tennessee School of Religion’s motto is “Let Light Be.” With that in mind, the 73rd commencement was held at Berean Missionary Baptist Church on May 11. The Rev. Dr. Edward Parker Jr. conferred the symbols of honorary degrees to Carolyn Miller,...

Wright murder case delivers new twists and turns

Billy Turner’s bond hearing was a jaw dropper on Friday and not because Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee set his bond at $15 million – 100 times more than had been sought by Turner’s attorney. Turner killed former NBA star Lorenzen Wright in a deadly...

Fighting sickle cell disease: The Links Foundation grants St. Jude $1 million to advance research

(www.stjude.org) -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was honored with a $1 million grant from The Links Foundation to acknowledge and celebrate the decades of research, treatment and care for sickle cell disease. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will become the first ever health care organization to...

FINAL COUNT: Shelby County Primary Election Results

We're tracking election results as they come in for the May 1 primaries for Shelby County. Here are the final vote counts for all races. https://electioncommission.shelbycountytn.gov/ElectionResults/ And look for extended coverage in the May 3 issue of The New Tri-State Defender, on newsstands tomorrow!

“Where Do I Vote?” Use this tool to find your polling location

Alright, Shelby County. No excuses this time: Shelby County Primary elections are May 1, and if you haven't already cast your ballot . . .  QUIT PLAYIN. GO VOTE. There's no rain in the forecast, and it's going to be in the 70s for much...

Post Commander helps oldest American Legion Post adjust course

The Oldest American Legion Post in the state of Tennessee recently broke a 99-year tradition with the election of Lolita Poplar as Post Commander. She is the first woman to serve in that position. "It is indeed an incredible honor to be elected to serve...
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