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Organ donor fight calls for front-row action


It appears that as has occurred in far too many instances on far too many issues in recent times, a fight has broken out in Memphis.

In one corner is Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, and in the other is the Mid-South Transplant Foundation. Although not at the root of the debate, it appears the large African-American population in Memphis and the Mid-South is certainly a big part of it.


With new tools in hand, teacher helps students grasp math

by Dena L. Owens
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Everyone agrees that teachers should perform to the best of their abilities to increase student academic performance in public schools. How they achieve that goal has been a hot topic, as it should be.

Angela Staples, a ten-year, 6th-grade instructor at Ridgeway Middle School, uses several tools to strengthen her teaching effectiveness in a subject many of cringe to think about – math. One method she uses to help children "get it" is called Reflective Practice.


LEGACY: Elmer Moore Jr.

LEGACY: Elmer Moore Jr.

Hundreds gathered Wednesday morning at Norris Road Church of Christ to bid a final farewell to Elmer Moore Jr.,

A successful entrepreneur in real estate brokerage for more than 50 years drew hundreds to a final farewell on Wednesday at Norris Road Church of Christ.


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Crittenden pushed ‘for what is right’

Crittenden pushed ‘for what is right’

Joseph Crittenden with the Rev. Henry Logan Starks in downtown Memphis during one of the many protests that marked Mr. Crittenden’s life. (Photos courtesy of the Crittenden family/Andrew Withers Collection)Mr. Joseph Crittenden Sr. died on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the age of 93.

In his lifetime, he became a beloved husband, a father to 11, grandfather to 31 and great grandfather to 94. Friends and acquaintances admired and respected him.

Mr. Crittenden worked as a cotton picker, served in the armed forces, made a living as a master tractor mechanic (a much sought after skill in the agricultural south), and was the owner of a series of combination gas stations, auto shops and convenience stores.

His is not a name readily known to the media and historians of the civil rights era, but that victory for human rights could not have occurred without men and women such as Crittenden


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