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With its funding expiring, a Memphis program for students coming out of juvenile detention could end soon, despite a three-year record of job placement and low recidivism. The $1.2 million federal grant for Project Stand expires this summer. The U.S. Department of Education, which funnels Justice Department funds to programs,...
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By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The white man suspected in the burnings of three African American churches in Louisiana will remain in jail, denied bond Monday by a judge, as state prosecutors added new charges declaring the arsons a hate crime. Twenty-one-year-old Holden Matthews, the son of...
]A new system for collecting yard debris and outside-the-cart items will be in use by the City of Memphis’ Division of Solid Waste starting May 1. “At its core, city government’s job is to provide top quality, reliable service to our residents,” said Mayor Jim Strickland. “With this new improvement...
Legendary photojournalist Dr. Ernest C. Withers was one of the most prolific photographers to document the lives of African Americans in Memphis. A new book on Dr. Withers’ early work is in the works, but several photos need identification. That’s where YOU come in! Are you a history buff? Perhaps...
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by Aisling Mäki, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Angela Gordon had no known health issues when she ended up in the emergency room with an unbearable headache. It was there that she discovered she had hereditary hypertension. And although she was just 19 years old, her blood pressure had...
Three days on the job as CEO/president of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Jeff Lyash on Wednesday afternoon was fielding media questions in the 8th floor conference room of TVA’s new office space at 100 Peabody Place in Downtown Memphis. Lyash, who succeeded William D. Johnson, is the former president/CEO of...
The City of Memphis has launched “Create Your Space,” a call for ideas for the creative reimagining of the Memphis College of Art and Brooks Museum buildings. The open invitation is to “help create a new blueprint for the iconic Overton Park anchors to ensure that they remain accessible cultural...
Johnson Publishing Company (JPC), the Black-owned media enterprise that had once been a vanguard of African American culture and is responsible for launching EBONY and JET magazines, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Chicago. The end of the company marks the demise of...
The Staple Singers’ “Let’s Do It Again” resounded from a speaker before Dr. Willie W. Herenton emerged from the back of the room. He shook hands with people in the crowd as he made his way to the stage to address hundreds of attendees who’d gathered to hear him...
Adults were the ones listening to students teach this week as Memphis student advocates shared their recommendations on how to reduce out-of-school suspensions and expulsions. Six students at G.W. Carver College and Career Academy, an alternative school, worked for months on suggestions for Shelby County Schools leaders that they believe...