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Metro Memphis

State report: No violation of open meetings law in moving of Confederate statues

Despite continued criticism from some quarters and a nagging lawsuit, the City of Memphis has steadfastly maintained that it obeyed the law in selling two city parks and clearing the way for the removal of three controversial statues saluting Confederate-era figures. Now the Tennessee Comptrollers’...

LEGACY: Geneva Cooper dies at 103

Geneva Cooper, one of the first African-American librarians in Memphis, passed away Tuesday morning. She was 103. Ms. Cooper worked at the Vance Avenue Branch starting in 1947. The library was renamed the Cornelia Crenshaw Memorial Library in honor of community activist Cornelia Crenshaw in...

Jackson takes his Tennessee tour to TSU for a special ‘Conversation’

by Emmanuel Freeman TSU News Service NASHVILLE – The Rev. Jesse Jackson, renowned civil rights and social justice crusader, discussed voter registration, education, poverty and the commemoration of Black History Month during a forum at Tennessee State University on Tuesday. TSU President Glenda Glover organized the forum,...

How an internationally-awarded educator engages Memphis children

by Kim Coleman and Jim Coleman High Ground News Growing up in the South Memphis neighborhood of Whitehaven, Dr. Melissa Collins always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Her father was an educator at Whitehaven High School. Her first-grade teacher, Opal Jackson, also made an impression. “I...

Luttrell moves to ‘report and to advise’ in last State of Shelby County message

The setting for Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr.’s last State of the County Address was a downtown church – Historic Clayborn Temple. As he prepared to take his seat, the term-limited Luttrell jokingly said that he could preach. While there is no indication...

Agape Child & Family Services to host career fair on Feb. 7

Agape Child & Family Services is hiring for more than 30 jobs and is holding a career fair on Feb. 7. The local non-profit will increase its staff size by nearly 40 percent once all positions are filled. The agency a $12 million grant from...

If it’s food security you want, grow your own food. Seriously.

On Saturday, Feb. 3, Kroger will close two Memphis stores — one serving Orange Mound and the second on South Third Street. In the weeks since the company’s abrupt announcement, the business move has sparked outrage and concern over food deserts, spawning a grassroots movement. The...

UNSOLVED: Seven months after 2-year-old Laylah Washington was killed, police still search for clues — and help from the public

Laylah Washington would be turning three years old this month but instead of planning a birthday party, her mother, Leslie Washington, will be visiting her daughter’s grave. The toddler was shot in the head during an apparent road rage incident last June. More than...

The TSD Interview — Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Earth wants to kill you.”

Earth wants to kill you. According to famed astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, that cryptic teaser is one of the “Ten Things You Should Know About The Universe.” Tyson will explain the murderous motives of our planet — along with the other nine things we...

Breast cancer summit set to provide life-saving tests

by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell Special to The New Tri-State Defender  Hundreds of women will “get their life” Saturday at the Live! Memphis summit -- literally. Life-saving, early detection screenings will help scores of women in the fight against breast cancer at the fourth annual Live! Memphis...
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