Some of America's most fascinating luminaries succumbed to it – Dizzy Gillespie, the jazz icon; Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Microsoft creator Steve Jobs; and Memphis' own political celeb, long-time House Speaker Pro-Tempore Lois DeBerry.
But pancreatic cancer – one of the more aggressive forms of cancer – is not the "death sentence" it used to be.
"There was a time when doctors would diagnose the disease and essentially send the patient home to die," said Alan Kosten, founder of the Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation, which raises funds to support research at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Sports journalist Stephen A. Smith – known for his outspoken, forward nature – didn't hold anything back when addressing the large crowd that came to hear him speak at the University of Memphis Michael D. Rose Theater on Tuesday (Feb. 12th).
From topics such as value and success to race, Smith offered wisdom and commentary in his characteristic blunt, unapologetic manner. Among the topics that he took on was being prepared for and understanding how the world works.
"Are you ready for what waits? The world is always ready. It has no compassion, it will ignore you.... unless you understand the challenges that await," said Smith.
"Every day that a sexual assault kit goes untested is delayed justice, and justice delayed is justice denied," said Mayor A C Wharton Jr., referencing the over 12,000 untested rape kits in the City of Memphis.
Wednesday morning in the Hall of Mayors at City Hall, Wharton addressed what he referred to as a "systematic failure." He plans to develop a cross-functional team with representatives from law enforcement, and legal and victim advocate groups to address the rape kit-testing debacle.
To jumpstart those efforts, Wharton announced a partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national organization that has conducted groundbreaking research in identifying the nation's backlog of rape kits and best practices for eliminating rape kit testing delays.
Raycom Media has announced that Tracey Rogers has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Raycom Media's WMC-TV 5 in Memphis. Effective February 10th Rogers replaced Lee Meredith, who was recently promoted to Raycom Media's WAFB in Baton Rouge, LA.
Rogers is leaving her position as vice president and general manager at KAIT, the Raycom Media Station in Jonesboro, Ark.
"I am thrilled to be coming home," said Rogers. "I grew up in Jackson, Tennessee watching WMC, then I had the honor of serving as News Director here for 5 years, and now returning as the Vice President and General Manager is my dream come true."
The shellacking that local Democrats absorbed from Republicans in the August 2010 general election – a loss of every countywide seat – is still a fresh memory for attorney and former state legislator Carol Chumney.
Now, Chumney has watchful eyes on May's Shelby County primary and the August state and federal primaries and county elections. She contends that Democrats have come up short in recent elections in part because of the troubling practice of elected Democrats who have endorsed Republicans or cozied up to them for photo-ops.
Although the Republican 2010 sweep was marked in controversy over an election-day glitch followed by a Chancery Court lawsuit, it jumpstarted Chumney's quest to end the support of elected Democrats for Republicans.
The 2014-15 General Choice Transfer process for all students in Shelby County will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 18th and run through Friday, March 7th. The General Choice Transfer process allows parents to choose a school in the district with available space that best fits their child's educational needs.
The General Choice Transfer process is NOT the same as the Optional Schools application process. Optional Schools have specific academic criteria for admissions and a separate application period.
Online Application Process: The General Choice Transfer process will be completely online to afford the most opportunities for students and families in Shelby County. No paper applications will be printed or accepted. Rather than lining up at the Board of Education, parents can complete and submit an application from any personal computer with Internet access or smartphone that supports online forms.