Greater Metro

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.

Read more... Downtown Holiday Parade

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!


Men of Excellence 2012: Recognition & inspiration

MOE-pg1A tangible sense of family gripped The New Tri-State Defender's 4th Annual Men of Excellence Reception and Awards Dinner at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn last Saturday (Nov. 17.)

That sensation was made all the more real by the evening's keynote speaker, Dr. Willie W. Herenton, the first African American elected mayor of Memphis and the city's longest-serving mayor. He did not disappoint, delivering an address that added context to a dynamic event recognizing and honoring area African-American men for their contributions and achievements.


Ole Miss sets meeting over race-laced harassment

University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones will meet Tuesday (Nov. 27) with Mary Woods and her son, Jamal Woods, regarding on-campus incidents of harassment made uglier by racial underpinnings.

The Rev. Dwight Montgomery, Memphis SCLC president, confirmed the meeting Tuesday (Nov. 20) after he and the Rev. L. LaSimba Gray, Rainbow PUSH Memphis president, held a press conference calling for the university to meet with the Woods family, SCLC Memphis and Rainbow PUSH.


BRIEFS & THINGS: 28th Annual Memphis Thanksgiving Dinner

The 28th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless and Hungry will be held on Thanksgiving Day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

MATA will provide free transportation on a special route to and from the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.