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Building a new youth justice center is not a done deal yet, but the Shelby County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to move the proposal into an initial phase of design and construction. Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris was backed by a significant presence of supporters who asked the board...
By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and JONATHAN MATTISE --  NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Lee on Friday said he has no reason to be concerned about private companies running prisons in Tennessee but says he also hasn’t analyzed the situation to see if a red flag might turn up. The new governor told reporters...
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris waged a full-court press for support of his newly proposed Juvenile Justice Education Center at this year’s first meeting of the Memphis Branch  NAACP on Thursday evening. It worked. President Deidre Malone asked for a motion and second right there on the spot for the...
The “Big Business of Poverty: Crisis in Memphis” signals the return of “The Brian Clay Chronicles” on Jan. 30. Presented by Greater Memphis Media, Inc., in association with The New Tri-State Defender, the symposium will be held at the National Civil Rights Museum beginning at 6 p.m. with a Meet...
Monumental Baptist Church is where the Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles pastored for more than five decades. The church’s annual tributes to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became notable, hosting attendees eager to hear Kyles’ unique, eyewitness details of being on that balcony when shots rant out, killing...
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...
The Shelby County Commission on Monday sent a $1.3 million design proposal for a new juvenile justice facility back to committee after most members determined there were still questions to be answered before proceeding with the project. The Juvenile Justice and Education Center would include housing, educational and recreational components....
“This year I can’t sleep on the vision,” exclaimed Carin Malone. Malone is a well-known poet who goes by the stage name Writeous Soul. She holds the title as Grand Slam Poetry Master, as she’s been doing spoken word for more than 10 years and is a 10-time poetry slam...
by Jeff Rivers -- Martin Luther King Jr. changed the world. Had he lived, Martin, dreamer and doer, would turn 90 years old on Tuesday. Before an assassin’s bullet cut through the Memphis, Tennessee, air and claimed his life on April 4, 1968, he led the modern civil rights...
Now that a Shelby County Commission committee has recommended approval of $1.3 million for planning a new juvenile justice facility, the next step is consideration by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners. The funds would be for design and construction administration services to include housing, educational and recreational components. After Wednesday's favorable...