Diagnosed last year with diabetes, the Rev. Dan Henley point-blank refused the medicine his physician initially suggested to regulate his out-of-whack blood sugar.
"When I got the diagnosis, I said 'I don't receive that.' My doctor said, 'I don't care if you receive or not, you've got diabetes. ... I'll give you 90 days to control it on your own," recounts Henley, 50, pastor of Journey Christian Church in Memphis. The city is home to more obese people than any other American city, according to the Gallup Well-Being Index.
Minister Joe "Uncle Joe" Hunter, founder and program director for G.A.N.G., Inc., a youth enrichment ministry, knows the value of "mothers" and he counts Dr. Rose Rita Dorsey Flowers among his top three.
"Mama Rita was G.A.N.G., Inc.'s first board member, and she is the reason G.A.N.G., Inc. was allowed to use space in the North Frayser Community Center," said Hunter in an email in which he asked for prayers from Dr. Flowers' family.
NASHVILLE – A new poll from Vanderbilt University shows that Tennessee voters prefer that the state run the online health care exchange required by the federal Affordable Health Care Act, with Republicans more adamant about the issue than voters as a whole.
That sentiment reflected by the Vanderbilt Poll conflicts with the actions of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. On Monday, Haslam informed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that Tennessee is declining to create and run the exchange, an online marketplace where state residents can shop for health coverage.
Memphis City Schools will host a public hearing at Humes Middle School on Monday ( Dec. 17) from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The hearing is to discuss the proposal to close Humes Middle School and "repurpose it for innovative academic programming." The community is encouraged to attend to provide feedback and comments to members of the Shelby County Board of Education.
Winners humbled that they had been chosen and nominees honored to be considered for recognition they never would have sought gave testament last Saturday that Memphis is producing young, minority professionals making positive changes in the community.
Over 100 Memphians adorned in their best evening attire gathered downtown at Bridges for the 3rd Annual Agents of Change Awards presented by the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP).
A fourth man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime in the death of an African-American man who was beaten by a gang of young whites, then run over by a pickup truck driven by one of them in Mississippi in 2011.
In a separate but related case, another Mississippi man admitted he was part of a group of whites who carried out other racial attacks against African Americans around the same time.
The New Tri-State Defender is partnering with New America Media (NAM) and other media partners in Memphis to organize an essay contest on teachers.
We invite you to write a short essay (500 words maximum) describing the teacher who changed your life or the life of your child. Who is this remarkable person? Did this person mentor you, open your mind to a subject that became your passion, help you in a personal crisis?