Metro Memphis

by Erica R. Williams, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Plastic bags will still be used in grocery stores, despite some Memphis City Council members’ efforts to ban them. Tuesday, the council rejected an ordinance that would have required grocery stores to ban the use of plastic shopping bags. “This is...
by Latrivia Welch, Special to The New Tri-State Defender One in five children are at risk for hunger. That’s the first bit of information that pops up when you visit the Mid-South Food Bank’s website. You don’t have to be a parent to feel your stomach drop into your lap when...
Early reactions to the hiring of Dr. Carolyn Johnson-Dean as interim president of LeMoyne-Owen College are positive among LOC alumni. Given her predecessor’s tumultuous tenure, it should surprise no one that there is a recurring theme: Stability. “I think it’s a great choice,” said Jesse Chatman, president of the LOC Alumni...
Music resounded in the background as dozens of ‘young professionals,’ mostly under the age of 40, circulated the room. Some shook hands over brief introductions while others engaged in presumably intense conversations, their voices elevated as they struggled to speak over background tunes. The lively scene undoubtedly resembled an...
As someone who has been a go-to problem solver in his previous roles in Shelby County Schools, Superintendent Joris Ray says he has had a hard time adjusting to the bureaucracy inherit in his new role. “My pace is this,” he says as he quickly snapped his fingers repeatedly. “But...
By BARIS GURSAKAL, High Ground News Many Memphis communities — Crosstown, Binghampton and the University District to name a few — have seen big booms in housing and business development in the last decade. Frayser's progress has been more quiet rumble than boom. Community leaders, government entities and nonprofit organizations have worked to...
Shelby County Trustee Regina Morrison Newman recently unveiled an upgrade of the Trustee’s mobile app, with a new name and platform for taxpayers to pay property taxes from their smartphone; payitShelby is now payit901. The Trustee’s Office began using the mobile app in December 2017 and has processed over 128,000...
CodeCrew, a non-profit organization aimed at cultivating initiatives for Computer Science education, will host its fifth-annual “Hackathon” at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Dr., on July 27-28. Participants will tackle various aspects of school health, and how to creatively address it. The CodeCrew Hackathon is the finale to...
The City of Memphis has implemented its hot weather plan with the establishment of a Continuous Cooling Center at Bellevue Junior High School Gymnasium at 575 S. Bellevue Blvd. The Cooling Center opened Wednesday evening and will operate through July 23 at 7 a.m. for those seeking cooling after normal...
The final vote for Memphis 3.0 could experience another delay after council members elected to hire an outside consultant to evaluate the comprehensive plan and its economic impacts on communities. During Tuesday night’s meeting, the council voted to spend $15,000 for a financial consultant to review the plan by September...