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Is Deidre Malone’s answer correct for ‘the’ question?

Is Deidre Malone’s answer correct for ‘the’ question?

Though the cheering had already started much earlier, Deidre Malone did not accept the fact of her victory in the Democratic Party primary until 9:43 p.m. Election Night.

Local Democratic Party activist Lexie Carter quieted the crowd, and from the Madison Avenue headquarter's back porch steps announced, "With 94 percent of the precincts in, she (Malone) has 13,340 votes, (the Rev. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr.) is at 12,148, giving him 33 percent. So with (County Commissioner) Steve Mulroy already conceding, Deidre has won. Mr. Whalum would have to get 5 percent of the total remaining votes to win."

Accepting the numbers at that moment, a visibly-moved Malone released a few tears. She turned and hugged her husband strongly for several seconds, then waded through the usual media blather before answering this question: Can she really beat incumbent Republican Mark Luttrell?

 

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It’s Malone vs. Luttrell in August

It’s Malone vs. Luttrell in August


Deidre Malone's marching orders to her constituents were succinct: "Let's take this thing."

That "thing" is the office of Shelby County Mayor. She earned the right to issue the summons to action by outdistancing the Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., who surprised many coming in second, and County Commissioner Steve Mulroy in Tuesday's Shelby County Primary Elections.

Of the votes cast, Malone polled 35.8 percent, with Whalum 32.8 percent and Mulroy drawing 31.2 percent. Those percentages reflected all but one precinct.

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County Commission shaping up

County Commission shaping up

After Tuesday's Shelby County Primary Elections, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners is shaping up, with the Aug. 7th General Election on the horizon.

District 1
Terry Roland (Republican, incumbent)

District 2
George Chism (Republican)

District 3
David Reaves (Republican)

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Partnership positions Southwest to funnel students to Western Governors University Tennessee

Partnership positions Southwest to funnel students to Western Governors University Tennessee

The online, non-profit university WGU (Western Governors University) Tennessee and Southwest Tennessee Community College have formed a partnership that allows Southwest graduates and staff to receive application fee waivers and discounted tuition to WGU.

"Southwest Tennessee Community College has long been known for providing adult learners with quality higher education," said Dr. Kimberly Estep, WGU chancellor. "This partnership with WGU Tennessee will offer Southwest graduates and staff an even more affordable pathway toward achieving the dream of earning a bachelor's degree."

Gov. Bill Haslam launched WGU last July as part of his "Drive to 55" initiative to bring the percentage of Tennesseans with a college degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025. The online university is primarily aimed at working adults seeking to earn a bachelor's or master's degree.

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From Uganda to Douglass K-8

From Uganda to Douglass K-8

Ugandan chess phenom Phiona Mutesi will visit Memphis to share her inspiring story with the award-winning chess team at Douglass K-8 School on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

Mutesi, who lost her father to AIDS at age 3, grew up in a Ugandan slum – one of the worst in the world – and began playing chess in a missionary program as a way to receive free food. She would eventually become the three-time Women's Junior Chess Champion of Uganda and the youngest person to ever win the African Chess Championship.

Douglass chess instructor Dr. Jeff Bulington believes Mutesi's visit will be a great learning opportunity for his students.

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Music is what the crowd came to hear and what it got at the Beale Street Music Festival

Music is what the crowd came to hear and what it got at the Beale Street Music Festival

This year's Beale Street Music Festival afforded me the opportunity to enjoy a very satisfying mix of hip hop, blues, R&B, jazz and funk all played out against a backdrop of gorgeous weather that made outside the place to be.

On Friday night, Snoop Dog, aka Snoop Lion, rolled out hit after hit, going back to classics "Gin and Juice" and "Nuthin But a G Thang" and sending the crowd into a cheering-and-singing frenzy with "Who am I (What's My Name). The younger generation in attendance seemed to know all of the lyrics to all of his songs.

On Day 2, I positioned myself to hear Buddy Guy, my homey from Chicago. Guy's show is electrifying and worth every effort it takes to get there. He showed why there are those who are convinced that his is the best blues act going these days.

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Music & Sports: business side accented at DREAM Summit and Student Business Plan Competition

Music & Sports: business side accented at DREAM Summit and Student Business Plan Competition

The Drum Squad Foundation, Inc. recently collaborated with Shelby County Schools and surrounding counties to host the Third Annual DREAM (Drumma's Education, Arts, and Music) Summit and Student Business Plan Competition for more than one-hundred kids, parents, educators, and industry professionals

The April 26th event at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis marked the first-ever in Memphis following previous DREAM Summits held in Miami and Tampa.

Students, ages 12-17, attended and were exposed to the business side of the multi-billion dollar music and sports industries and how to become future business entrepreneurs, professionals, and executives in the fields. Many kids, particularly at- risk youth, dream of playing professional sports, but their chances of actually making it are quite dismal. The Foundation encourages youth to never give up on their dreams but to always have alternative career paths.

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