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Focus and hard work make Memphis athlete a junior-sized Olympian

Focus and hard work make Memphis athlete a junior-sized Olympian
Memphis athlete Joshua Owten competed in the United States of America Track and Field (USATF) National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship in Turner Stadium in Humble, Texas and won the bronze medal. 
 
The soon to be Central High School freshman and member of Youth Track and Field of Memphis racked a time of 26.16 in the boys (13-14) 200 meter hurdles final, finishing third to Caleb Roberson of Cal Rising Stars and Jaylon Robinson of 2NDWIND Athletics. Owten also competed in the boys (13-14) long jump flight 2, where he placed 17th. 

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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!
Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* Wine Down at the Dixon
6pm-8pm | The Dixon Art Gallery & Gardens
 
* Park + Pajamas
7pm | Shelby Farms
 
Hair and Fashion Extravaganza
7pm-9pm | Memphis Botanic Gardens

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The Power of the Vote

The Power of the Vote
Today (Aug. 7th) is Election Day and while some participated in early voting, the majority of voters will not participate in the election at all. Voting is a right that was fought on many fronts by many people over many years.  However, so few of us utilize this right that eluded us for so many years.  
 
Disenfranchisement
 
History has shown that the disenfranchisement took on many forms. The right to vote has been based on race, national origin, sex, property ownership, citizenship, religion, taxes, and income. Overall the individual states were allowed to determine who received voting rights without any federal involvement. So only approximately 6 percent of the population held the right based on the eligibility requirements.
 

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Congressional races top Tennessee primary election

Congressional races top Tennessee primary election
NASHVILLE – Republican voters will decide Thursday whether to re-nominate Lamar Alexander, a 40-year veteran of Tennessee politics, to a third term in the U.S. Senate.
 
They will also decide if they want to stick with embattled Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais despite a series of personal scandals that have dogged him since he was first elected in 2010, and whether to retain or replace any of three Democratic state Supreme Court justices up for another eight-year term.

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Improving Miss. care homes involves hopes and prayers for African-American elders

Improving Miss. care homes involves hopes and prayers for African-American elders
JACKSON, Miss. – A nursing home stay can be temporary. Roderick Ephram couldn’t be happier about that. His mother, Willora Ephram, better known as “Peaches,” returned home recently from Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Clinton, Miss., after recovering from pneumonia.
 
Peaches Ephram, age 90, is considered the matriarch of Jackson and is renowned for having operated Peaches Restaurant in the Farish Street Historic District for over 50 years. It was her establishment where Barack Obama made a campaign stop in 2007 duirng his run for the White House.

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Election draw federal monitors

Election draw federal monitors
Among those closely watching the Federal and State Primary and Shelby County General Election on Election Day (Aug. 7) will be a crew of federal monitors dispatched by the U.S. Department of Justice.
 
That’s just the result sought by a local group that has been pushing for such intervention for some time. The group includes State Rep. G. A. Hardaway, former Shelby County Commissioner Julian Bolton, former Shelby County Commission Chair and current Democratic nominee for Shelby County Mayor Deidre Malone, former Shelby County Democratic Chair and current candidate for Shelby County Commission Van Turner, former Memphis City Councilwoman TaJuan Stout Mitchell, Shelby County Democratic Party Chair Bryan Carson and former Shelby County Democratic Party Chair David Cocke.

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Memphis Youth Manifesto Political Forum

Memphis Youth Manifesto Political Forum
With the temperature of the 2014 political season running as hot as a car with a bad radiator, The Memphis Youth Manifesto – a wing of The New Olivet Baptist Church run independently by young adults – held it’s annual political forum on Tuesday.
 
Headed up by the Rev. Antonio Sims and the Rev. Kirstin Cheers, the event held at Arrow Academy of Excellence, 645 Semmes St., allowed Memphis youth to ask politicians whatever they wished. The exchange between the politically explorative youth and a panel of politicians was a made-to-order educational experience.
 

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