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Wooddale wins the championship!

The Wooddale Cardinals made history Saturday, beating Knoxville Fulton 59-46 to win the school's first-ever state championship. Chandler Lawson, who will attend Oregon in the fall, scored 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists. He was named MVP of the 2019 Class AA. Johnathan Lawson put...

‘Black Panther’ novelist – and Holly Springs native – nets NAACP Image Awards nomination

Award-winning journalist and author Jesse J. Holland, who authored the official companion novel to the Academy Award-winning movie blockbuster “Black Panther,” was among those getting nods at the Nominees Luncheon for the NAACP Image Awards Nominees Luncheon held in Los Angeles last Saturday (March...

Harris takes pre-trial services step toward criminal justice reform

With the goal of “nothing less than to be a pioneer in pretrial services,” Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has appointed Llana Greer as executive director of Pretrial Services for Shelby County. “We plan to expand the use of efficient, accurate, and unbiased tools. We...

TSDRadio Podcast: Tami Sawyer’s first interview as a Memphis mayoral candidate

District 7 Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer chose to announce her decision to run for mayor of Memphis first in The New Tri-State Defender last week. Since then, Sawyer has formally unveiled her candidacy at Makeda's Cookies' downtown and followed that with a rally at historic...

Starks Scholarship Dinner reflects seminary’s speaking-truth-to-power commitment

“Speaking Truth to Power Through Character, Integrity and Humility” was the theme as Memphis Theological Seminary presented the 32nd annual Rev. Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Endowment Dinner at First Baptist Church-Broad (Feb. 28). The keynote address as delivered by Dr. Neichelle R. Guidry, Dean...

New podcast to provide insight into Shelby County government

There are a lot of reasons why you might not be able to make it to a Shelby County Commission meeting. Work. Family obligations. Classes. Church responsibilities. That’s why County Commission Chairman Van Turner Jr. is launching a brand new podcast called “The Chairman’s Perspective”...

Memphis Black Restaurant Week back again with more delicious delights

It’s the fourth time around for Memphis Black Restaurant Week and the menu –a week of soul-satisfying dining experiences – is well known to many. And for those just getting up to speed on the local foodie’s paradise week, well, the first time around should...

Legacy: Emerle Dianne Smith – mother of the TSD’s late publisher – passes

Emerle Dianne Smith, mother of The New Tri-State Defender's late publisher, Bernal E. Smith II, passed away at Methodist University Hospital on Thursday (Feb. 21) -- four days before her 75th birthday. A dedicated and devoted sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Mrs. Smith...

Banks police shooting: Officer resigns, three suspended

Using a Facebook post headlined "KEEPING YOU INFORMED," the Memphis Police Department has announced that an officer who shot and wounded a driver last year has resigned, and three others have been given unpaid suspensions. According to MPD, 26-year-old Jamarcus Jeames resigned last week during an...

New superintendent named for Mississippi River District

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Davis will become superintendent of the Mississippi River District in the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church beginning March 1. Davis follows the Rev. Kevin Conrad who will become senior pastor of Cookeville First UMC in Cookeville, Tennessee, in the...