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.
MentorMe founder and CEO, Brittany Fitzpatrick, has been moving as if her technology-driven company is a valuable business with significant growth potential. Now a group of "Angels" is backing her up.
Fitzpatrick's MentorMe is one of three companies recently selected to receive angel funding from Start Co – a Memphis-based global venture development organization that offers business accelerator programs designed to promote and encourage entrepreneurship.
"We're excited to receive an investment through Start Co.'s Wolf River Angels. It is a huge milestone not just for our company, but for me personally and proves that MentorMe is a valuable business with significant growth potential," said Fitzpatrick.
The Owen College History Committee, which has been on a two-year mission, met recently at St. John Baptist Church to finalize plans for the product yielded by its efforts.
The product – "The Legacy of Owen College" – is now ready for its premiere. The public is invited to attend the event on Feb. 22 in the Dorothy Harris Lounge of the Alma Hanson Building on the campus of The LeMoyne-Owen College.
"The Legacy of Owen College" records the history of the two-year college, which was founded by the Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention and named for the Rev. S. A. Owen, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church. Located on the corner of Vance and Orleans, the college opened in 1954 and merged with LeMoyne College in 1968.
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Feb. 13: 2-3 p.m., The Hollis F. Price Library presents Birthplace of Hip-Hop Tour, Alumni Room.
Feb. 18: 9:45 a.m.-10:50 a.m., A Discussion of Africans in Israel, featuring LOC faculty, Little Theater.
Feb. 22: 2-4 p.m., Owen College Legacy book signing with Dr. Miriam DeCosta Willis and other Owen College alumni, Dorothy Harris Lounge in the Hanson Student Center.
On the scroll of African Americans memorialized for their dedication to upgrading the quality of life in African-American communities should be a spot reserved for the legacy of Catherine Faye Howell.
Born April 16, 1928, Mrs. Howell died last year on June 2nd after a long illness. In the intervening 85 years she evolved into an unrelenting advocate for South Memphis and an energetic reminder that unwavering commitment to community is fundamental to rooting out poverty.
Memphis Area Project (MAP), South, Inc. – a South Memphis nonprofit organization that distributes food to impoverished infants, children, women and senior citizens – is a jewel in Mrs. Howell's legacy. On Aug. 10th 1965, she founded the group, along with Rosa A. Robinson, James Wray, William Wheeler and Beulah Williams.
Thirteen Cordova High School football players seeking an opportunity to play the game on the collegiate level all signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday (Feb. 5) morning during National Signing Day, when athletes from various sports make their college of choice official.
"It's a dream come true," said outside linebacker Vassiel Beason, who will attend the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He said he didn't see this day coming two years ago.
"I plan to start classes early in the summer to get a head start," he said.