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by Michelle Wilson Bradley, Special to The New Tri-State Defender More than 800 people attended the 17th annual “Memphis Living Legends 2019” service at New Sardis Baptist Church on Feb. 24. “This is a day of celebration where we honor so many, who mean so much to so many,” said Pastor...
by Dena Owens, Special to The New Tri-State Defender JNJ Express, Inc., a family-owned transportation and logistics company based in Memphis, TN, has announced plans to move its current headquarters to the vacant retail center at 5000 American Way. The plan involves an $8.3 million investment and the creation of 610...
Building a website, creating a branding strategy or a new logo are projects that can take months and cost thousands of dollars. Not in Memphis. In the span of just a weekend, 60 local technology and marketing professionals completed those projects, and more, for 15 regional nonprofit organizations, and did all...
Heritage Tours, which principal operator Elaine Turner describes as the state’s first African-American-owned tour company, no longer is overseeing the blue-and-white shotgun house that reflects the meager beginnings of W.C. Handy, renowned as the “Father of the Blues.” Situated on the east end of the Beale Street Entertainment District, the...
One asks for the chance to keep momentum going. Another asks for a chance to pick up where he left off years ago. And, still another, well, that sentence can’t quite be completed, yet. The election of the next Memphis mayor is still several months away. The buzz, however, is picking up...
Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer held a Town Hall meeting at the Dave Wells Community Center on Saturday. From Sawyer’s perspective the event was in keeping with her District 7 election campaign commitment: “I will listen to your voices and use my privilege as your commissioner to amplify them. I...
In late July of 1963, attorney Russell Bertram Sugarmon Jr., had a near-death experience. A bullet was fired into the car he was riding in with two other attorneys and a minister as they crossed over into Collierville during a return trip from a tense encounter in Somerville. The incident...
Ten people have put their name in to become the next board member of Tennessee’s largest school district. The appointee will fill the seat Teresa Jones vacated following her recent appointment as a municipal court judge, and would serve until the term expires in August 2020, not October as previously...
In his first State of the County address, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris voiced his intention to ask the Shelby County Commission to invest in public transit for the first time. “Public transit is one of the most important assets we have,” Harris said in a packed theater in the...
Referring to tax breaks and other incentives that governments provide to help sweeten the  pot when seeking to lure private industry, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said the jury still is out on that as a vehicle for creating more jobs. “The tax breaks frequently create controversy and rightly so,”...