Greater Metro

Accused, jailed and acquitted, Southwest player makes comeback

GameOver-1-600As I entered the gym of Southwest Tennessee Community College on Union Ave., I could hear the basketballs bouncing on the hardwood floors. The stopping-and-going sounds made by the sneakers were sharp and precise as the Saluqis players moved in rhythm.

This was pre-practice, where some of interim coach Kevin Whitted players show up early – for the betterment of the team – to work on the individual things they haven't perfected yet. Free throws, left-handed lay-ups, catch-and-shoot three pointers all help the team.


Crime keys ‘Operation Take Back’

TakeBack-1-600A long-awaited chance to vent at the Memphis Police Department?

No, that wasn't the idea behind the Operation Take Back town hall meeting hosted Tuesday night by the Memphis chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Convened at Mt. Moriah East Baptist Church, 1248 Haynes St., the meeting put Mayor AC Wharton Jr. and MPD Director Toney Armstrong in position to respond to citizen concerns and hear recommendations about police conduct, policies and procedures.


TSD Women of Excellence gala set for April 27

WOElogo-600The New Tri-State Defender will honor and recognize the ­significant ­achievements, contributions and work of outstanding African-American women from the Greater Memphis community during its sixth annual Women of Excellence Brunch and Awards Celebration at the Memphis Botanic Gardens on April 27.

"Women have long been the backbone of our community, contributing significantly to our growth and progress," said TSD President/ Publisher Bernal E. Smith II. "They deserve a day of recognition and reward for all they do and for all they mean to us."


Math teacher picks up from football player’s handoff

ChrisMarve-300If I told you that 1+1= 2, you'd agree. If I told you that 2+2= 4, you'd say right on. If I told you that 4+4= 8, you'd say OK, now make your point.

Our simple addition here is 100 percent correct, but I'm not handing out any cookies. Why? Because I see another law at work. The one where 1+1 just may equal millions.

That's the way Christopher Ryan Marve sees it. He's an educator, and educators – the ones who are really serious about their profession – must see it this way.


Street buzz: The next school superintendent

2-8streetBUZZ-4-600What would you like to see in and/or from the superintendent who is hired to run the Unified School District?

Jeff Shelton

"(Homegrown) with some national enlightenment as to the inner workings of a large urban district....This is a grand opportunity for the district to access the wealth of young talent and their ideas as to how to guide this unique educational experience with the new consolidated system. Though an educational background is important, someone with stringent leadership abilities and a keen sense of community and diversity will be of great value....The key is to place the dollar value in the education of the student and not so much the administration."


What state is Shelby County in?

Mark Luttrell-200Asked by the Kiwanis Club to speak on the "State of the County," Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. vowed not to " sugar coat things."

"We have serious issues that are facing our county," said Luttrell, speaking Wednesday at the University Club on Central at Lamar. "Issues that require aggressive leadership and collaboration – issues like education, crime, blight, access to healthcare, juvenile court reform, government inefficiencies, and lack of job growth.

"If we bring the right people to the table, have candid discussions, and educate the public, I believe we can overcome these challenges."


Changes in 2013-14 student transfer process

back-to-school-500"Instead of getting in line, parents will get online," says William White, executive director of Research, Assessment, Evaluation and Student Information at Memphis City Schools.

White's words concisely describe the new General Choice Transfer process, designed as an easier way for parents to apply for student transfers in the public school system.

Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb, 15, and running through April 1, parents throughout Memphis and Shelby County may apply for student transfers for 2013-14 using any available computer with Internet access without standing in line.


U of M set to host ‘The Warmth of Other Suns’ author

IsabelWilkerson-400Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author, will deliver the Belle McWilliams Lecture in American History at the University of Memphis on Thursday evening.

The first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, Wilkerson will speak during an event that begins with a reception at Rose Theatre at 6 p.m. Her lecture is set for 6:30 p.m.

In her book, "The Warmth of Other Suns," Wilkerson describes one of the great under-reported stories of twentieth-century American history: the "Great Migration" of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. She tells the story of three who made the journey, of the forces that compelled them to leave, and of the many others – famous and not so famous – who went as far as they could to realize the American Dream.


AT&T Tennessee has big plans for African-American History Month

Bernice-Donald-600AT&T Tennessee has put its support behind two special exhibitions as part of its salute to African American History Month 2013.

That support includes a $25,000 contribution to the Tennessee State Museum to help fund the exhibition of the Emancipation Proclamation in Nashville, Feb. 12-18. AT&T also plans to unveil a new exhibition highlighting the 2013 honorees of the Tennessee African American History Calendar sponsored by the company.


The local NAACP & ‘5 Game Changers’

1RevNorman-200A strategic plan helps a new group president put a stamp on the course he or she has in mind. This week, the Rev. Keith Norman, the new president of the Memphis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), rolled out his.

Dubbed the "5 Game Changers for the 21st Century," Norman's plan comes as the Memphis Branch NAACP pushes forward with its annual fundraising campaign, the Freedom Fund Gala, which takes place March 20 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Norman, senior pastor of First Baptist Church-Broad, has taken over the NAACP reigns held for 11 years by Dr. Warner Dickerson.


Faith in prayer power drives ‘Hands Around 201 Poplar’

ralph-white-200Bloomfield Baptist Church will conduct a prayer vigil at the Criminal Justice Center, 201 Poplar, from 10:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday (Feb. 2).

"Hands Around 201 Poplar" – year two – is to send the message inside and outside of the city's lockup that a wholistic approach must be included, if American society is to stem the plague of violence dominating the news daily.

"We are doing this to declare a moratorium on crime for the month of February," the church's pastor, the Rev. Ralph White, said. "As people of faith, we are asking others who believe that prayer can make great changes to come join us to pray for the inmates, law enforcement personnel and the innocent throughout this city."


New deadline for TSD teacher essay contest

Here's your chance to win an iPad Mini and $250 to $500!

In no more than 500 words tell The New Tri-State Defender about "The Teacher That Changed My Life!"

The TSD – in partnership with New America Media (NAM) and other media collaborators – are presenting this essay contest opportunity. The deadline has been extended and now is set for Feb. 11. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by then, and all entries are subject to the contest's Official Rules.


Black Caucus preps for legislative session

Gov-Haslam-1-600Two hours before State Rep. Larry Miller and the Tennessee Black Caucus that he chairs were scheduled to meet with Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday, Miller (D-88) provided an insider's view of the road ahead for the state's African-American lawmakers.

The backdrop for his reflections included two key elements: the GOP's supermajority voting strength; and apprehension within some political circles that the 108th General Assembly will bring harsh decisions for Shelby County's African-American population.