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by Dena S. Owens and Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell Special to The New Tri-State Defender On Tuesday, FedEx announced a plan to locate its logistics operations headquarters next to FedExForum, using the now vacant Gibson Guitar Factory building. With renovations expected to be completed by the spring of 2020, the move will...
by Adrian Sainz -- A judge set a trial date Friday for Billy Ray Turner, who faces weapons charges in connection with former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s slaying, while also casting doubt about whether the separate murder trial in the high-profile case requires a change of venue. Shelby County Criminal Court...
by Harlan McCarthy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Music visionary Al Bell – this year’s recipient of the Authur S. Holman Lifetime Achievement Award – still lives on words of inspiration embraced by renowned motivational speaker Zig Ziglar and passed along to Bell by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “It’s...
Last month, Memphis was blanketed in a sea of red as members of the local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrated their 106th Founders Day. The celebration, chaired by Demetria Monix-Goode, started with a REDception on Jan. 11, providing fun and fellowship with Deltas from Memphis Alumnae as well...
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https://youtu.be/v1tPscj-1tM As we here at The New Tri-State Defender pause to reflect on African-American History Month, my own journey has brought me to make these bold recommendations to the Shelby County School Board and interim Superintendent Joris Ray: There should be a class called “The History of Memphis.”  This class should be...
Interim Shelby County Schools Supt. Joris Ray
Returning to his office after visiting Brewster Elementary School, where reality was being stretched to account for unexpected death of a 37-year-old teacher, Interim Shelby County Schools Supt. Joris Ray had several people waiting for him, including the associate publisher/executive editor of The New Tri-State Defender. Managing a schedule filled...
Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner says psychological retesting begins today (Jan. 25) for more than 400 deputies and jailers tested by psychologist Dr. Charles T. Kenny, who was found to be testing deputies even though he had not been licensed by the state for 18 years. Bonner and Shelby County...
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris was joined by other county officials at a Wednesday afternoon press conference announcing a $19 million grant for utility assistance from the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federally funded entity. “We were thrilled, as you can imagine, with such a generous amount,”...
At this point, I've lost count of how many MLK Day Grizzlies games I've covered. Same for the extracurricular activities surrounding the game — the panels, the service projects and, of course, the Earl Lloyd Sports Legacy Symposium, which immediately precedes the game. The symposium provides the honorees the chance...
A day after he officially rolled out word that he is seeking a second term, Mayor Jim Strickland fielded questions from The New Tri-State Defender, blending into his answers the basic tenet of his re-election pitch – to “keep the momentum going.” The first question directed to him was this:...