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Law firm plans clinics to help tardy taxpayers

The third of five scheduled tax clinics to assist Memphians delinquent in paying their city property taxes will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday (July 28) at the Frayser Community Development Corporation (CDC) at 3684 North Watkins St.

The clinics are jointly sponsored by Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, the law firm collecting delinquent city taxes, and the City of Memphis Treasurer's Office. Municipal property taxes are due June 1 of each year and delinquent after Aug. 31.

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Single parents, help is here!

by Kimberly McGrew
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Single parents in need of road map to a better life for themselves and their families will have access to a conference designed to help them this weekend.

"The Conference for Single Parents" will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday (July 21) at the Pursuit of God Transformation Center, 3171 Signal Street.

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Methodist ranks as best hospital in Memphis

U.S. News & World Report has named Methodist Memphis Hospitals the best hospital in Memphis among 25 hospitals in the Memphis metropolitan area.

Methodist Healthcare's four Memphis metro adult hospitals are licensed as one. They are: Methodist University Hospital, Methodist North Hospital, Methodist South Hospital and Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital.

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Candidates race to get in front of voters

Candidates race to get in front of voters

With Early Voting for the Aug. 2 election already underway and running through July 28, candidates are scurrying to take advantage of opportunities to meet potential voters face to face.

Such was the case last Sunday evening (July 15) as about 30 candidates participated in a forum at Mt. Olive CME Cathedral hosted by the Memphis Branch NAACP. Those drawn to the historic church at 538 Linden at Lauderdale included Ninth Congressional District challenger Tomeka Hart and incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen.

Cohen elaborated on his record in Congress and his third consecutive "A" rating on the NAACP Report Card as qualifications for a third term.

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TPC hits the road with draft of unified schools plan

TPC hits the road with draft of unified schools plan

by Michaelantonio Jones
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Houston High School's auditorium was sparsely populated with a collection of parents, teachers, bus drivers and other concerned citizens – all gathered to hear a presentation from the Transition Planning Commission.

While the focus of the Tuesday (July 10) evening community meeting was to inform citizens of the TPC's recommendations on how to structure a combined Memphis City Schools-Shelby County Schools system, the issue that most seemed to float to the top was money:

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Infant’s death stirs giving spirit

Infant’s death stirs giving spirit

by Nicole R. Harris
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

"It's a shame that they wouldn't let that baby rest in peace," noted a female resident of a nearby apartment complex.

Moments earlier, dozens of mourners fled the sanctuary of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church. Inside, at what was supposed to be a homegoing celebration for three-year-old Maurice Brown Jr., a verbal altercation erupted, prompting Memphis Police officers to intervene and escort several attendees from the church premises.

Maurice Brown Sr. reported his son missing on July 1, with Brown saying the disappearance happened while he was asleep.

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