Metro Memphis

When Westwood High School graduate Kevin Branch was promoted to colonel – or “full bird” for the Army nerds – in the U.S. Armed Forces on Jan. 11, he was extremely grateful that both of his parents were able to do the honors of pinning him at the ceremony. “To...
It was quite apparent from the beginning of Monday’s Shelby County Commission meeting that the vote on Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’ nomination of Phyllis Aluko to head the Public Defender’s office was merely a formality. Aluko, who had been the deputy assistant public defender and acting chief, was Harris’...
Small business owner Nyah Nile talks “God, grace and guts” on “Where Do We Go From Here?” on TSDRadio. Nile, the founder, CEO and administrator of PremiereChoice, a West Memphis-based, in-home care services company, shares here faith-based journey with TSD Publisher/Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku. Small business owner Nyah Nile talks...
Four months into his new role as TVA’s executive director for Memphis, Mark Creech already has seen and heard enough to know that he has some work to do to address the “TVALiteracy” gap. He made good use of Black History Month, combining the opportunity to talk about African-American icons...
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Tim Green may be a science teacher, but one of his favorite metaphors to tell students is about kitchen appliances. Green was one of seven educators and students who participated in a February storytelling night hosted by Chalkbeat Tennessee, Spillit, and The Knowledge Tree. The stories told centered around school...
“Nobody can do this for us but us.” To Dr. Wes Bellamy, a city councilman from Charlottsville, Va., that statement by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the rendezvous point for picking up where King left off in the fight for social justice for all. “We are in very serious times,”...
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 Tennessee Conference. The Mississippi River District...
Building a new youth justice center is not a done deal yet, but the Shelby County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to move the proposal into an initial phase of design and construction. Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris was backed by a significant presence of supporters who asked the board...
If it seems like almost every African-American fraternity or sorority is hosting a Founders Day program this month, it’s because they probably are. Of the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations – affectionately called “The Divine Nine” — five were founded in January, four of them more than 100 years ago....
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Kroger, the Memphis Branch of the NAACP and The New Tri-State Defender are teaming up to announce a new grant program aimed at supporting Memphis and it's surrounding communities. The "Uplift Our Community" initiative was announced at a press conference Thursday morning at the NAACP headquarters on Vance Ave. Applications...