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‘Early Advantage’ brain exhibit debuts at Pink Palace Museum

‘Early Advantage’ brain exhibit debuts at Pink Palace Museum

Advancing their commitment to provide resources to help Memphis and Shelby County children reach their full potential, The Urban Child Institute recently opened the first module of the Early Advantage Brain Awareness Exhibit at the Pink Palace Museum.

The interactive exhibition aims to equip parents and caregivers with information and tools that can be used and applied in daily life to encourage healthy brain development for babies ages zero to three.

Understanding how a child's brain receives and processes information is important to promote optimal growth and development, but learning about best practices to ensure that an infant reaches key milestones like crawling, walking, and talking can sometimes be a daunting task for new and expecting parents.

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Comcast-led effort to close digital divide enters year 3

Comcast-led effort to close digital divide enters year 3

Year three of Comcast's Internet Essentials initiative was kicked off Monday with an event at the Boys and Girls Club Technical Training Center at 903 Walker Ave.

Those on hand for the event included Otha Brandon, Comcast director of Government Affairs, Joe Sing, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club Technical Training Center, Eric Robertson, president of Community Life, and Bernal E. Smith II, president and publisher of The New Tri-State Defender.

Internet Essentials is designed to help connect to the Internet those low-income Americans with children who receive a free or reduced-price school lunch as part of their enrollment in the National School Lunch Program.

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BRIDGES hires Staci Franklin as vice president of Communications

BRIDGES hires Staci Franklin as vice president of Communications

Staci Franklin has recently joined BRIDGES as the vice president of communications. Franklin will provide leadership in managing the internal and external communications strategy for the organization with a particular emphasis on the Bridge Builders® program.

Prior to joining BRIDGES, Franklin served as the executive director of communications and broadcast services for Memphis City Schools for more than five years. She also served as the manager and director of community investment for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2001 to 2007.

Franklin's career in communications began with International Paper (IP) in 1994, where she worked in variety of roles at IP locations in Memphis, Erie, Penn., Washington, D.C., and Laurel, Miss.

 

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Ice warning leads to states of emergency

Ice warning leads to states of emergency

Memphis, Shelby County and Tennessee states of emergency overlapped Friday afternoon as the prospect of an ice storm forced weather-related adjustments.

Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr., declared a state of emergency due to icing conditions throughout the county.

"Personnel from many emergency response and support agencies are working around the clock due to the ice storm. Besides overtime expenses, additional resources could be needed," said Luttrell. His declaration followed one issued Thursday by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

 

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Mourning Nelson Mandela

Mourning Nelson Mandela


A state burial for former South African President Nelson Mandela will be held on Dec. 15, with a memorial service set for Tuesday (Dec. 10) in a Johannesburg stadium.

The anti-apartheid activist and hero to many around the globe died Thursday afternoon at age 95. His passing has triggered an outpouring of emotion that is ladened with iconic-level respect.

Here are some local reflections:

 

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Memphis lands conference of African-American lawmakers

Memphis lands conference of African-American lawmakers

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators – meeting for it its 37th annual conference – will gather in Memphis Dec. 11-14.

Representing 600-plus African-American legislators from 45 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, the NBCSL's president is Rep. Joe Armstrong, D-Knoxville.

The group, which founded in 1977, will meet at The Peabody Hotel downtown. The group's last session in Memphis was in December 1994. The late District 91 Rep. Lois DeBerry was elected the group's president at that conference.

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Indictment confirmed, Thaddeus Matthews points finger at D.A.

Indictment confirmed, Thaddeus Matthews points finger at D.A.

Talk show host and blogger Thaddeus Matthews walked into the Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk's Office on Monday (Dec. 2) looking for confirmation that a grand jury had indicted him on three accounts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

He left just as confused as he had been when Memphis police arrested him a year ago for a criminal offense that Matthews said actually was a case of him trying to help an unidentified woman help a child.

"They have no record of an indictment against me," Matthews said after making the trek downtown.

 

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