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Master’s student draws a bead on Tel Aviv

Master’s student draws a bead on Tel Aviv

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 Universit

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Evie R. Horton, widow of late Judge Horton, passes

Evie R. Horton, widow of late Judge Horton, passes

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.

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CEOs for Cities names Wharton one of six ‘Changemakers’

CEOs for Cities names Wharton one of six ‘Changemakers’

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.

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Half-cent sales tax proposal gearing up

Half-cent sales tax proposal gearing up

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.

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Actor Laz Alonso to talk education at SHC College Fair

Actor Laz Alonso to talk education at SHC College Fair

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."

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Gift-bearing TSU president right at home in Memphis

Gift-bearing TSU president right at home in Memphis

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.

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NASA, we’ve got ‘ambiguities’

NASA, we’ve got ‘ambiguities’

NASHVILLE – Teamwork does pay, even if you are not part of the team. Just be good at what you do.

Ask Ron Cobbs, a NASA avionics chief engineer assigned to the International Space Station operations. His input has helped investigators trying to unravel the cause of a spacesuit malfunction during a recent spacewalk.

"I personally am not part of the official Extravehicular Mobility Unit (space suit) investigation team that is looking into the suit anomaly," said Cobb, a 1989 TSU graduate with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. "

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Neighbors nervous about KKK recruitment flyers

Neighbors nervous about KKK recruitment flyers

Cookeville – The people living in Cookeville expect to find newspapers at the end of their driveways and mail in their mail boxes, but not this: recruitment flyers from the Ku Klux Klan.

"The KKK Wants You," it says, and on it is a number and website so that those interested can get involved.

"It breaks my heart. It just breaks my heart. I grew up in Cookeville and I was a child when Martin Luther King gave his 'I Have a Dream' speech. We just honored that last week and I thought, 'It is 2013 and we're doing this again?' It's devastating to me," said one recipient who chose to remain anonymous.

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