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Obese Memphis moving from fat to fit

Obese Memphis moving from fat to fit

Diagnosed last year with diabetes, the Rev. Dan Henley point-blank refused the medicine his physician initially suggested to regulate his out-of-whack blood sugar.

"When I got the diagnosis, I said 'I

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LEGACY: Dr. Rose Rita Dorsey Flowers

LEGACY: Dr. Rose Rita Dorsey Flowers

Minister Joe "Uncle Joe" Hunter, founder and program director for G.A.N.G., Inc., a youth enrichment ministry, knows the value of "mothers" and he counts Dr. Rose Rita Dorsey Flowers among his top three.

"Mama Rita was G.A.N.G., Inc.'s first board member, and she is the reason G.A.N.G., Inc. was allowed to use space in the North Frayser Community Center," said Hunter in an email in which he asked for prayers from Dr. Flowers' family.

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Tennessee voters prefer health care exchange run by the state

NASHVILLE – A new poll from Vanderbilt University shows that Tennessee voters prefer that the state run the online health care exchange required by the federal Affordable Health Care Act, with Republicans more adamant about the issue than voters as a whole.

That sentiment reflected by the Vanderbilt Poll conflicts with the actions of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. On Monday, Haslam informed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that Tennessee is declining to create and run the exchange, an online marketplace where state residents can shop for health coverage.

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BRIEFS & THINGS: Community meeting set for Humes Middle School

Memphis City Schools will host a public hearing at Humes Middle School on Monday ( Dec. 17) from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The hearing is to discuss the proposal to close Humes Middle School and "repurpose it for innovative academic programming." The community is encouraged to attend to provide feedback and comments to members of the Shelby County Board of Education.

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Gala spotlights emerging difference-makers

Gala spotlights emerging difference-makers

Winners humbled that they had been chosen and nominees honored to be considered for recognition they never would have sought gave testament last Saturday that Memphis is producing young, minority professionals making positive changes in the community.

Over 100 Memphians adorned in their best evening attire gathered downtown at Bridges for the 3rd Annual Agents of Change Awards presented by the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP).

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Mississippi hate-crime plea yields gruesome details

Mississippi hate-crime plea yields gruesome details

A fourth man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime in the death of an African-American man who was beaten by a gang of young whites, then run over by a pickup truck driven by one of them in Mississippi in 2011.

In a separate but related case, another Mississippi man admitted he was part of a group of whites who carried out other racial attacks against African Americans around the same time.

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‘The Teacher Who Changed My Life’ essay contest

The New Tri-State Defender is partnering with New America Media (NAM) and other media partners in Memphis to organize an essay contest on teachers.

We invite you to write a short essay (500 words maximum) describing the teacher who changed your life or the life of your child. Who is this remarkable person? Did this person mentor you, open your mind to a subject that became your passion, help you in a personal crisis?

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Lexie’s gifts of life

Lexie’s gifts of life

After being diagnosed with epilepsy at age eight, Lexie Marissa Davis suffered seizures for more than half her life. Still, she remained happy, humble and thoughtful, always trying to find the good in people.

A student at East High School, Lexie excelled in art, sang in her church choir and enjoyed belly dancing. In August 2011, just weeks after turning 17, she suffered a seizure, fell in the tub and drowned.

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