Metro Memphis

Like almost any major city, Memphis has a sizable homeless population. Two healthcare providers have banded together to open a free healthcare clinic that provides care for medical conditions and mental illnesses among this vulnerable group. On March 1, local providers Baptist Memorial Healthcare and Christ Community Health Services opened the...
By Joe B. Kent, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Local media outlets, on occasion, attempt to check the box of public education when it comes to the complex and controversial issue of tax incentives by publishing various forms of reporting and opinion. But, in most cases such publications fall...
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris this week announced his choice of Phyllis Aluko to serve as the next chief public defender. If approved by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners, Aluko would become the first African-American female to serve in the role. “The Law Office of the Shelby County Public Defender...
Dr. Carnita Atwater – representing the New Chicago Community Development Corporation – was about 50 minutes into her Monday press conference in North Memphis when a television reporter interrupted. He asked if the bottom line was that she was just upset for having been left out of the Memphis...
by George Larrimore, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The Midtown Memphis Development Corporation is honoring Sonia Walker, for her commitment to improving lives in Memphis through her work at First Congregational Church, where she is Associate Pastor. Walker will receive a Mojo of Midtown Award, at an event at Circuit...
The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists (BFAA) recently hit a snag when the U. S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, denied the group’s complaint against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). “It was anticipated that the quest for justice and the cash award for BFAA’s 20,000 members for...
During the last Shelby County Board of Education meeting in February, something remarkable happened. Two teens led the charge to put bus passes in the hands of high school students with no access to transportation. Getting to school is a huge problem, and working a job after school is out...
As the incumbent talks about accelerating momentum, and a first-term Shelby County Commissioner rides an out-of-the-gate buzz about “we can’t wait,” former mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton is putting things in place to “do it again.” It’s been almost a year since Herenton, who has been elected Memphis mayor five...
By Aisling Maki, High Ground News As the world’s most popular sport, soccer transcends national and cultural boundaries and socioeconomic status. But in the United States, soccer participation comes with fees, transportation requirements and other barriers that have kept the game primarily the domain of suburban middle- and upper-class white...
by Dena L. Owens, Special to The New Tri-State Defender How can Memphis reduce blight? How will its citizens gain more access to jobs through public transportation? How will the city make neighborhoods safer? These questions are debated daily in social media, offices and homes by native Memphians and transplants alike....