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Gov. Haslam outlines process for review of academic standards

Gov. Haslam outlines process for revie…

10-22-2014 by AP and TSD staff report - avatar AP and TSD staff report

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday outlined a process for a public review of the state’s K-12 academic standards in English and math. Academic standards are typically revie...

U.S. trails more than 100 countries in voter turnout

U.S. trails more than 100 countries in…

10-22-2014 by George E. Curry-NNPA News Service - avatar George E. Curry-NNPA News Service

Lost in the frenzy to erect barriers to voting, including reducing the hours available for early voting and imposing strict voter ID requirements, is the embarrassing fact that t...

Indictment alleges theft of monetary payments for traffic citations

Indictment alleges theft of monetary p…

10-22-2014 by Tri-State Defender Newsroom - avatar Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Tammy Brooks Carpenter, age 41, of Memphis, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on the charge of embezzling monetary payments from customers who had been issued motor vehic...

Greater Metro

Gov. Haslam outlines process for review of academic standards

Gov. Haslam outlines process for review of academic standards

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday outlined a process for a public review of the state’s K-12 academic standards in English and math. Academic standards...

Indictment alleges theft of monetary payments for traffic citations

Indictment alleges theft of monetary payments for traffic citations

Tammy Brooks Carpenter, age 41, of Memphis, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on the charge of embezzling monetary payments from customers who...

Haslam says no secret to positions in second term

Haslam says no secret to positions in second term

FRANKLIN, Tenn.— Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he sees little reason to make explicit declarations about his positions on issues in order to claim a...

Entertainment

Actress Daniele Watts charged with lewd conduct

Actress Daniele Watts charged with lewd conduct

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Daniele Watts, who suggested she was detained by police because of racial profiling after she was found in a parked...

Dee from ‘What’s Happening’ reveals cancer diagnosis and Smithsonian honor

Dee from ‘What’s Happening’ reveals cancer diagnosis and Smithsonian honor

One of the most memorable lines from the ’70s sitcom “What’s Happening” came from Raj’s bratty little sister, Dee. In at least every episode, Dee...

‘Rainbow in the Cloud/The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou’

‘Rainbow in the Cloud/The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou’

‘Words mean more than what is set down on paper,’ Maya Angelou wrote in her groundbreaking memoir ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’ Indeed...

Sports

Against all odds: The King brothers

Against all odds: The King brothers

It’s been almost 50 years since Charles and Tony King became the first and only black siblings to play on the same professional football team...

Mavs used balanced offense to beat Grizzlies

Mavs used balanced offense to beat Grizzlies

DALLAS (AP) — Tyson Chandler's off-season work on his shot was apparent on Monday night. Chandler scored 14 points and added a game-high eight rebounds in...

Grizz notch ‘useful’ win over Flemengo (Brazil)

Grizz notch ‘useful’ win over Flemengo (Brazil)

The Memphis Grizzlies grabbed their second win of the preseason against the Flemengo (Brazil) at FedExForum on Friday (Oct. 17). The international exhibition game brought out...

Religion

The a cappella choir of Wiley College to perform

The a cappella choir of Wiley College to perform

The a cappella choir of Wiley College will be in concert this fall at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Ave., at 10 a.m. during the...

Stevenson Clark challenges himself and succeeds in gospel music and radio

Stevenson Clark challenges himself and succeeds in gospel music and radio

by Wiley Henry whenry@tsdmemphis.com Stevenson Clark loves a challenge. He took the reigns of a fledgling Christian radio station in Southaven, Miss., retooled it to compete in...

Pastor’s public speaking skills lead to international acclaim

Pastor’s public speaking skills lead to international acclaim

Special to The New Tri-State Defender “I tried to keep my cool as they were preparing to announce the winner of the semifinals, but when I...

Business

Small-business owners deserve a vacation

Small-business owners deserve a vacation

Less than half of small-business owners said they would take a summer vacation lasting at least one week in 2013. Many self-employed individuals are reluctant...

Marketing communications’ first minority-owned holding company created to ‘transform the industry’

Marketing communications’ first minority-owned holding company created to ‘transform the industry’

(BLACK PR WIRE) – NEW YORK – The formation of the marketing communications industry’s first wholly minority-owned holding company was announced on Tuesday (Oct. 14th). Determined...

ON OUR WAY TO WEALTHY: One body at a time

ON OUR WAY TO WEALTHY: One body at a time

The holidays are fast approaching, which means that we will have days filled with Halloween candy, Thanksgiving turkey and pies and Christmas. While enjoying the...

News

Roundup: News briefs

  FedEx predicts increase in holiday deliveries (AP) – FedEx expects another record for holiday-season deliveries. The company forecast Wednesday that deliveries between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve will...

Roundup: News briefs

Roundup: News briefs

Miss renews water-rights battle with Memphis JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi...

Housing segregation played role in Ferguson, Mo. tragedy

Housing segregation played role in Ferguson, Mo. tragedy

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, was as...

Opinion

This isn’t new—Venus and Serena have endured nasty insults throughout their careers

This isn’t new—Venus and Serena have endured nasty insults throughout their careers

Over the weekend, Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev apologized for calling Venus and Serena Williams “the Williams brothers”—the least funny insult in what for the...

Out of My Racial Comfort Zone: Why a Predominantly White College Was Best for Me

Out of My Racial Comfort Zone: Why a Predominantly White College Was…

Attending a predominantly white institution was not an unusual decision to make in my family. Out of all of my immediate family members, only my...

Ebola’s other consequence: Conservative fear-mongering

Ebola’s other consequence: Conservative fear-mongering

The world is rightly on edge over the latest appearance of the lethal Ebola virus. President Obama has committed American troops and millions of American...

National News

Racial disparities in early childhood education hurts U.S.

Racial disparities in early childhood education hurts U.S.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Though the nation increasingly recognizes the importance of early childhood education, young African Americans and other children of color continue to trail...

Democratic candidates must work harder to lock in African-American voters

Democratic candidates must work harder to lock in African-American voters

It’s hard not to see this coming. Democrats will be popping Tylenols in bed the morning of Nov. 5—only hours after election night returns stream...

Supreme Court justices allow Texas use of new voter ID law

Supreme Court justices allow Texas use of new voter ID law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.A majority of the...