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Health Department launches first mobile APP

ph 600The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) on Wednesday launched a new campaign aimed at reducing the infant mortality rate utilizing mobile devices and social media.

"As we continue our work to reduce the infant mortality rate in Shelby County, we realize being innovative in our use of social media is necessary to increase our public outreach," said Yvonne Madlock, director of the SCHD.

B4BabyLife, now available for Android and iPhone users, is the department's first mobile application encouraging healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. B4BabyLife is designed to help prevent infant mortality and provide families with information and resources before, during and after pregnancy.

Annual ACT-SO talent search takes flight

NAACPACT 600The search for Memphis-area talent to participate in the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is underway propelled by a student orientation program held recently at First Baptist Church-Broad.

The ACT-SO program is a nationally recognized youth and achievement initiative sponsored by the NAACP, with high school students from the tri-state area encouraged to take part.

"The focus of a viable and effective local ACT-SO program is enrichment and mentorship," said Madeleine Taylor, executive director of the Memphis Branch NAACP.

A board’s certification and a teacher’s joy

30flowershaley 600Keisha Flowers Haley is a career educator who recently completed a task that "drove the joy of teaching deeper into me." And that's good news for her third-grade students at Newberry Elementary School and their circle of support.

Haley now is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, marking her among a dedicated group advancing through the organization's enhanced standards program.

Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher is an important and rigorous accolade for career educators. Even with her 14 years of experience, Haley said she found the process daunting.

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One child at a time focus at Red Robin’s Academy

daycare 600The daycare business can be rewarding in so many ways. By providing a much-needed service to the community, many entrepreneurs can also gain financially. But according to Robin Mayweather, owner of, financial gain should not be the motivating factor to enter the childcare business. You must be passionate about childcare and providing a quality environment for learning.

Carlee McCullough: Tell me about yourself?

Robin Mayweather: My name is Robin Mayweather. I am a native Memphian who graduated from Hamilton High School. After high school, I attended and graduated from Florida A&M University. I have one daughter. I am a member of Greater Middle Baptist Church, where I serve in several capacities. I am a member of the Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. I am the owner/operator of Red Robin's Academy.

Briefs & Things

29myronbookclubDSC 600Code RED: DST Spends2Win

The members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Memphis Alumnae & Shelby County (TN) Alumnae Chapters putting their collective and economic power behind an economic development effort that unfolds on Friday (Nov. 29) – the largest shopping day of the year.

The Deltas are supporting an initiative dubbed "Code RED (Revitalizing Economic Development): DST Spends2Win" on Friday, November 29, 2013 – the largest shopping day of the year. The local effort is part of the Southern Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated "African American Economic Empowerment Initiative" and it addresses the sorority's tenth component of its Financial Fortitude program – Entrepreneurship.The Sorority encourages entrepreneurship as an option to achieve self-sufficiency and economic survival.

 

Men of Excellence gala sows seeds to ‘step up the game!’

MOE1 600The 5th Annual Tri-State Defender Men of Excellence Awards Dinner and VIP Reception was truly one for the records. With 300-plus in attendance, including Memphis dignitaries such as Mayor AC Wharton Jr. and his wife Ruby, Downtown Commission President, Paul Morris and Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett, it was certainly a grand occasion to celebrate the contributions of this year's MOE honorees.

The event consisted of various layers of positive expression and connection. During the dinner and awards presentation, The Sidney Kirk ensemble provided a music tribute to our honorees singing many jazz and soul classics. Aided by the super soulful voice of Cidney Joy Kirk (daughter of band leader Sidney Kirk), the ensemble left an impression on our guest with tunes such as "Route 66," "Unforgettable," "Summertime," and "God Bless the Child."

During the reception, our guests mingled and made connections. Saxophonist Cameron Ross set an elegant and festive atmosphere with his mellow and melodic tunes.

 

MATA to launch route enhancements on Dec. 1

mata 600The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) is making changes to 11 different fixed routes, adjusting times to "better reflect traffic conditions."

All of the changes take effect on Sunday (Dec. 1) and are based on rider and operator observations and requests. The 1 changes come on the heels of the major route adjustments and new routes added in late September.

"The major route adjustments made in September have been generally well received as our riders better understand the flow and begin to experience some of the time savings that are possible," said Tom Fox, deputy general manager for MATA.

Not ready for pregnancy!

notready 600Neither Burnudecia Huey, Bonnie Stevenson nor Akilah Wofford were ready to get pregnant. Two – Huey and Stevenson – were teenagers and Wofford was 23. All were single.

Getting pregnant before they chose to be is not a road any one of them would choose to travel again. Despite making bad decisions and grappling with a torrent of circumstances in some cases, the experiences have not derailed their aspirations of achieving something worthwhile in life.

"I thought it would never happen to me. I was shocked," said Huey, 18, relating her story to Minister Telisa Franklin, host of "The Telisa Franklin Show," during a taping with Stevenson and Wofford Friday evening (Nov. 22) on the topic, "Voices of Teen Moms." The segment will be aired soon on Franklin's cable TV network on Comcast 31.

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