Seventeen months after newcomer Kevin Woods defeated the Rev. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. for the Shelby County School Board District 4 position, and five months after a new election was ordered, uncertainty still rules.
On Aug. 2, 2012, Woods was declared the winner by 106 votes. Whalum, the incumbent, wasted no time filing a complaint to contest the election results. He named the Shelby County Election Commission and other parties. His Aug. 22, 2012 complaint alleged that the election was "fraught with error as thousands of voters were disenfranchised".
Whalum and his attorney contend that there is only one solution and that is to "discard the election results and hold a vote." On Aug. 13, 2013, Chancellor Kenny Armstrong reached a decision.
With little more than an enthusiastic "Yes," attorney Ricky E. Wilkins confirmed this week that he has picked up a qualifying petition and is planning a campaign to unseat 9th District incumbent Rep. Steve Cohen.
Whispered for several months now, Wilkins' filing is seen by some as the kickoff point for the race.
Deep in a think-tank session when The New Tri-State Defender reached out for comment, Wilkins would only say, "You can report that I have officially picked up my petition and you can be assured that I am planning a full and complete run for the office."
Family and friends of Joshua Benjamin Nelson "Malekebu" Parks gathered last Saturday (Jan. 4) at First Baptist Church-Broad Street for a memorial service. It was part of the healing process unfolding after a triple shooting that left Parks and the mother of his children dead.
Police ruled the tragedy as a murder-suicide.
Parks, along with the 39-year-old mother of his two youngest children, were found inside a Binghampton apartment. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Parks, 34, died later at a local hospital. The 54-year-old grandmother of Parks' children was found just outside the apartment door in critical condition.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday – what would have been his 85th – is next Wednesday (Jan. 15th), with the federal holiday observed on Jan. 20th.
Myriad observances and events are planned throughout Greater Memphis. Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is calling on Memphians to "Be the Dream" during a weekend of reflection and service honoring Dr. King's legacy.
"His work was bigger than civil rights; his mission field was wider than America," Wharton said. "His message was broader than one for minorities alone. He belonged to all of us, and for this weekend we will celebrate this universal, enduring legacy."
Extreme cold and school cancellations exposed a major need in the Memphis community: coats for schoolchildren.
Action News 5 is partnering with the YWCA Greater Memphis and its Common Ground program to collect new coats for Memphis schoolchildren.
New coats can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the YWCA's main office at 766 South Highland Avenue on Thursday and Friday this week. (The drive began Wednesday.)
Twenty years ago this week, I opened the microphone and spoke for the first time on the radio! It's kinda hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I literally have been in broadcasting half my life.
This week also marks the sixth year that I have been a part of 1035 WRBO, as well as my run here as a columnist with The New Tri State Defender. Funny, my mother used to tell me often that I never stuck with anything. I just never found anything that I was willing to stick with.
That is until I discovered radio.
The LeMoyne-Owen College's Memphis Alumni Chapter pays homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 20.
The tribute begins at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Memphis Airport Conference Center. This year's breakfast is dedicated to the LOC students who organized and participated in sit-ins during the civil rights movement and to the sanitation workers and other supporters who participated in the pivotal 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Willie W. Herenton, a member of the LeMoyne-Owen College class of 1963, the first African-American selected superintendent of Memphis City Schools and the first elected as mayor of Memphis.