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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!
Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* MULYP Empowerment Conference
6:30pm-9:30pm | The Crescent Club
 
* Avery Sunshine in Concert
7pm | 1884 Lounge 

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Stone Soul Picnic taps Memphis finest

Stone Soul Picnic taps Memphis finest
It is customary for the WLOK Stone Soul Picnic to start with opening prayer.
But during the course of the evening, a lineup of gospel artists – all from the cultural enclave of Memphis – will turn up the volume to communicate their message through soul-stirring gospel music at Tom Lee Park Saturday, Aug. 30th, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
 
The lineup includes performances by Courtney Little, Mighty Kings of Harmony, Melodic Truth, Stevenson Clark, Spiritual Excitement, the Bell Singers, Moses Tyson Jr., the Jubilee Hummingbirds, the Bogard Brothers, STAX Music Academy, the Supreme Harmonettes, the Baptist Ministerial Male Chorus, the Salem Harmonizers, the Strong Family, the WLOK Anniversary Choir, the Brown Singers, and Darrel Pettis.

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GOOD BLUE & YOU

GOOD BLUE & YOU
(Just as a neighborhood should not be judged by the actions of a few bad apples, neither should law enforcement agencies. The New Tri-State Defender's “Good Blue & You” column spotlights law enforcement officers who do it right. This week’s focus is on Patrolman Lakisha Cleveland and Patrolman Mary Bibbs.)
 
A group of young ladies were the main course on the evening of July 31st after participating in The Memphis Police Department Tillman Station Girls Summer Camp and graduating at The Word Church on Park Avenue. With several officers in the mix, a heaping of love along with side dishes of wisdom and care was plenty to go around.

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More Memphis schools move off state’s list of low scorers

More Memphis schools move off state’s list of low scorers
Two years into a push to raise test scores in Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools, some of the most notable gains were concentrated in Memphis — and in schools that were not subject to the state’s most intensive interventions.
 
The findings come from the new list of 85 “priority schools” — or schools in the bottom 5 percent statewide — released by the Tennessee Department of Education on Tuesday. The list suggests that some schools in the bottom 5 percent in 2012 jumped forward without a significant overhaul, even as the state and local districts revamped other schools’ staffs, programs, and operations.

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The Memphis-Shelby County Education Association held a forum for excessed, displaced teachers

The Memphis-Shelby County Education Association held a forum for excessed, displaced teachers
After staff cuts last year that left hundreds of educators scrambling to find new jobs, one former Shelby County Schools teacher is close to losing her home. Another has depleted her savings after a summer of job searching.
 
“I honestly do not know what I’m going to do,” said Betty Smith. She worked at Cypress Middle, which was one of the 10 schools closed by the district at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. Smith has worked in education for 28 years in Tennessee and three years in Mississippi. She’s certified to teach math and music, and as a guidance counselor.

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