Tension was thick enough to cut with a knife as highly concerned parents, students, teachers and community supporters gathered in the auditorium of Southside Middle School on Monday (Sept. 16) to discuss the possibility of an association with the Achievement School District.
A quarrelsome atmosphere led to difficult questions and random outbursts towards Elliot Smalley, an ASD representative.
"How y'all going to make our school better if it has already gotten better?" asked a Southside Middle student.
Frequently interrupted, Smalley was unable to answer many questions and convey ASD goals because of brash remarks from audience members.
Jocelyn Ramiah left Memphis on Monday determined to make "some type of difference in the world." Her destination was Israel, where she is set to begin her Master's degree program at Tel Aviv University.
A recent graduate of Emory University, with a B.A. in Middle Eastern and South Asian studies, Ramiah's year-long concentration in Israel will include soaking up the cultures.
Her ambition and talent were on display recently at a going away party at the home of her mother, Julia Ramiah, who works as a respiratory specialist at a local hospital. Her father, Shaboy Ramiah, is an upscale custom tailor. Amicably divorced, the two dote on their jewel, as did dozens of family and friends at the party that featured a cake made in the shape of Tel Aviv University.
Memphians are mourning the passing of Evie R. Horton, widow of the late Judge Odell Horton, and a renowned community activist and volunteer in her own right.
"She was a great neighbor, parent, and friend," Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Thursday. "She was also the epitome of a true companion as she was always dutiful and loving to her late husband in every moment of his life. Ruby and I will miss her sorely".
Mrs. Horton, a 2012 Woman of Excellence honored by The New Tri-State Defender, was a retired Memphis City Schools teacher and well-known for her cultural and social contributions. She was the past president and treasurer of the Memphis Chapter of Links, Inc. Developer of the Ladies-in-Waiting for the Links Annual Cotillion, and a member of their Archives and History Committee.
Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is among six "City Changemakers" tapped for honors by CEOs for Cities, a national group that will host the 2013 salute in Grand Rapids, Mich. on Oct. 1.
The awards denote innovative leadership in American cities. CEOs for Cities is designed to connect urban leaders with each other and with "the smartest ideas for city success."
In addition to Wharton, this year's winners are: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Mark Rosenberg, president of Florida International University, Olga Stella of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and Jim Walker, founder of Big Car, an arts and culture organization in Indianapolis.
It's a no-brainer that educating Memphis' children should be one of the city's greatest priorities, but some scratch their heads in doubt when talk turns to raising taxes to get that done.
With that sentiment as a backdrop, supporters of a proposed half-cent sales tax increase to fund pre-kindergarten education are getting busy trying to drum up support. On Tuesday, the Rev. Keith Norman, president of the local NAACP, announced that the Memphis Branch backs the proposal.
The announcement via a media release simply spread a position that Norman had made known in late August at the Children's Museum of Memphis during a local group's kickoff of what is being dubbed The Memphis Pre-K Initiative.
The 4th Annual Southern Heritage Classic College Fair – hosted by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services – will be Saturday (Sept. 14th, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Pipkin Building.
"I get as excited about the college fair as I do about the big football game between Tennessee State and Jackson State," Wharton said.
"Exposing our young people to college opportunities is critical because a college degree means opportunities that are not as readily available to those who have no higher education. Also, in today's economy a college degree increases earning potential."
An achievement incentive to the tune of $3 million in scholarships was delivered to Memphis-area high school seniors on Wednesday courtesy of Tennessee State University and its first female president, Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover.
A Memphis native, Dr. Glover unveiled the scholarships news during a special Presidential Scholarship reception at the Downtown Sheraton.
"We look forward to providing access to college for prospective students that are committed to achievement in the classroom as evidenced by their academic credentials," said Dr. Glover.