Greater Metro

Lexie’s gifts of life

Donorlexie-davis-200After being diagnosed with epilepsy at age eight, Lexie Marissa Davis suffered seizures for more than half her life. Still, she remained happy, humble and thoughtful, always trying to find the good in people.

A student at East High School, Lexie excelled in art, sang in her church choir and enjoyed belly dancing. In August 2011, just weeks after turning 17, she suffered a seizure, fell in the tub and drowned.


TSDmemphis Holiday Parade to honor state champs

Champs-39-600The Holiday Parade – sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender – will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday (Dec. 8), with a slight adjustment in the parade route, and the addition of special recognition for the state champion Tigers of Whitehaven High School.

The parade, which signals the return of a tradition to Downtown Memphis, will begin at the intersection of Fourth St. and Beale Street, head west on Beale to Second St., proceed south on Second St. to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., then east on MLK to Third St., head north on Third St. to Beale Street Alley, and then east back to Fourth St., where it will culminate.


TSU’s new president set for Memphis visit

drgloriabaskinglover-300Memphis native Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover – the new president of Tennessee State University – will return "home" on Saturday (Dec. 8) for a meet-and-greet session with Memphis-area alumni.

The buffet-style, semi-formal event will be held at The Marriott Hotel at 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $60 per person, with a cash bar.


Free flu vaccine? Yes, free flu vaccine!

What is better than free? As a grand finale to National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) will administer FREE flu vaccines (while supplies last) to children and adults on Saturday, Dec. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. near the front entrance of Southland Mall, 1215 Southland Mall.

The event is open to the public, and families with children are especially encouraged to attend.


Airing out Aerotropolis Master Plan

aerotropolismeetingAerotropolis: A city or an economic hub that extends out from a large airport into a surrounding area that consists mostly of distribution centers, office buildings, light manufacturing firms, convention centers, and hotels, all linked to the airport via roads, expressways, and rail lines.

– Greater Memphis Chamber

Arvin W. Glass has lived in Whitehaven since the '70s and has seen businesses come and go. There once was a thriving Red Lobster restaurant, but the doors closed, he used as an example. Other businesses would follow, including the box stores.


World AIDS Day in Memphis

hivgraphicSaturday – officially speaking – is World Aids Day, with local observances scheduled before, on and after the Dec. 1 designation.

World AIDS Day quite simply is a recognized time for individual and collective reflection on the impact of HIV in the United States and around the world.


The Teacher Who Changed My Life Essay Contest Official Rules

1. Eligibility. The Teacher Who Changed My Life Contest (the "Contest") is open only to legal residents of Shelby County, Tennessee, who are fourteen (14) years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Sponsors (as defined below) and each of their respective related companies, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

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On Dec. 8th, The New Tri-State Defender will host the Holiday Parade, signaling the return of a tradition to Downtown Memphis.

"Many in the community have been looking forward to the return of a downtown holiday parade. We listened and embraced the opportunity to extend our brand in serving our readership and the community at-large during this festive season of giving," said TSD President and Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.


MCS leads talk about district’s teacher-evaluation role

teacher-eval-1Jamie Greene, an instructional coach from Hamblen County, Tennessee listened intently as school leaders from Memphis City Schools, part of a panel of educators state-wide, explained the district's rationale for including student input as part of its teacher evaluation process.

The explanation boiled down to this:


Next up: TSD Digital Daily

Dear Readers:

The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) is thrilled to announce another first – a new product that will enable us to bring you timely news and information on a daily basis!


Finalists tapped for annual Agents of Change Awards

The Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP) has selected finalists for its 3rd annual Agents of Change Awards.

A black tie affair, the Agents of Change Awards will honor young minority professionals making positive changes in the Memphis community. Winners will be named at the event, which will be held Saturday (Dec. 1) at BRIDGES (477 N. Fifth Street) at 7 p.m.


‘Ambassador’ honors for 3 MCS teachers

Already bonded by the word "teacher," Pierre Jackson, Danielle Ringold and Edna Williams embraced another linking word – ambassadors – this week.

On Monday (Nov. 26), the Tennessee Department of Education named fifteen of the best teachers across the state to serve in the 2012-14 Reward School Ambassador Program (RSAP). On the list were three Memphis City Schools teachers: Jackson of Middle College High School; Ringold of Kingsbury Middle School; and Williams of Vollentine Elementary School.


T.I. – Live in Memphis!

T I inMemphisIn Memphis to film the finale of his reality TV show, "T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle," and lending his support to the Olympic Cares Toy Drive, T.I. opened up during a press conference at Southland Mall on Tuesday (Nov. 20).

Kelvin Cowans: Welcome to Memphis T.I., and thanks for coming!

T.I.: Right on!