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Memphis 12 year old lands Metropolitan Opera opportunity

One year after enrolling in an opportunity-driven opera class, 12-year-old Caleb Thompson – a Stax Music Academy student – will join the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Thompson’s upcoming experience with the most prestigious opera house in the country grew from...

Southwest wipes out $1.8 million in debt for hundreds hit by the pandemic

Southwest Tennessee Community College has paid more than $1.8 million to clear outstanding balances for more than 1,600 eligible students who attended during the Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters. The debt-relief package was funded with U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Emergency...

Office of Reentry reins now in hands of DeAndre Brown

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has chosen DeAndre Brown, executive director of the nonprofit organization LifeLine to Success, as the acting executive director of the Shelby County Office of Reentry. Brown, who spent nearly two years in prison, founded the nonprofit in 2009 with his...

One term and done, says Dist. 7 Commissioner Tami Sawyer

There is ample evidence that Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer has sought to be a “servant leader” with impact for what she calls “marginalized communities.” The desire to do even more of that, she said, prompted a decision not to seek a second term. Nearly...

TSU to pay off students’ balances in move to lift financial burden

NASHVILLE – Returning Tennessee State University students can spend more time focusing on their studies and less time worrying about finances after TSU announced it will be paying off their account balances.  Instead of visiting the financial aid office, desperately seeking funds to cover previous...

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...