Registered voters interested in casting their ballots as soon as possible for the May 6th primary elections can call 901-401-0599 to get a free ride to the Shelby County Election Commission's downtown office at 157 Poplar, the only site for early voting until satellite locations become available citywide on April 25th.
Sponsored by the Diedre Malone for Shelby County Mayor campaign, the shuttle van was announced at a press conference held Monday by retiring County Commissioner Henri Brooks, who blasted the Shelby County Election Commission's setup for early voting.
Supported by Malone in her complaint, Brooks, who is running against Ken Moody to become the Democratic Party nominee for Shelby County Juvenile Court Clerk, told The New Tri State Defender following the press conference that, "This a clear cut, manipulative game of voter suppression. They couldn't have chosen a worse location."
Hundreds of county officials from all over the country are gathering this week in Shelby County for the 30th Annual Economic Development Conference of the National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO).
And from all indications, said the host commissioner, all eyes are on Memphis.
"I am so very proud to have our city on display," said Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford. "Memphis is not a dangerous place. Memphis is a beautiful city with gracious, hospitable people. That was my central message when I made the case to have the convention come here."
Wednesday kicked off scheduled activities with a guided bus tour of Shelby County.
"Some of the members were on their way to see Slavehaven," said Ford. "They had already been treated to some of our other sights, and so many expressed amazement at all our city has to offer."
Three months after installing new electronic parking meters and expanding parking opportunities downtown and in the medical district, city officials are putting in place a new process for enforcing regulations, and issuing tickets for violations that carry fines averaging about $21.
The cost for illegal parking can rise to as much as $246 for violators who don't pay timely.
All fines are due within 15 days of the date the parking ticket is issued. If violators do nothing, a judgment will be issued which is enforceable for up to 10 years.
Joshua Hawkins, an outstanding student and athlete at Memphis University School, looks forward to a promising future.
The 18-year-old high school senior has been accepted at four elite Ivy League Colleges – Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Brown. If he doesn't choose from that quartet, Vanderbilt University and the University of Michigan also want him.
Representing the fourth generation of the Church of God in Christ, Hawkins is the son of Temple of Deliverance COGIC Pastor Milton R. Hawkins and first lady Catherine C. Hawkins.
Out: The annual Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival. In: Juneteenth Urban Music Festival.
Yes, the long-running Juneteenth Freedom and Heritage Festival is getting a makeover. After a 21-year run in Historic Douglass Park in North Memphis, the board of directors has changed the festival's name. The location is changing too, with Robert R. Church Park on Beale Street in Downtown Memphis now the new venue.
According to Executive Director Telisa Franklin, the name change and the new location are moves made to increase the events appeal, retool it as an urban music festival, and strengthen its brand.
For the fourth year in row, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music is taking it to the streets with ArtsMemphis Presents Stax to the Max, the annual all-day, outdoor, free music and arts festival.
This year's event takes place Saturday (April 26th) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The rain date is Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The festival, held behind the Stax Museum, features all-day live music, arts performances, merchandise vendors, nonprofit booths, food trucks, children's activities, health screenings by University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and more. Last year's event drew approximately 8,000 attendees despite have been delayed a day due to inclement weather.
Fourteen people gathered on a Friday morning in March for breakfast at the nationally acclaimed Brother Juniper's restaurant near the University of Memphis campus. While it is not unusual for a group to spend time together over a meal, it was apparent on this day that some individuals in the group were either totally blind, visually impaired or disabled in other ways.
"This is our Braille User Support Group, one of our outreach initiatives," said Dr. Lavonnie Perry Clayborn, research assistant professor and director of Mid-South Access Center for Technology, a non-profit assistive technology resource center located in Patterson Hall in room 119 on the U of M campus.
Mid-South ACT is a division of the Center for Rehabilitation and Employment Research (CRER), a member of the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA), and a partner with Advanced Multimedia Devices – a Partnership for Excellence Program. It was founded in 1998 and provides resources for teachers, clinicians, parents with children who have disabilities, and individuals with disabilities.