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‘As a city we will do more,’ says Wharton

‘As a city we will do more,’ says Wharton

Forty-eight hours before he stepped to the podium to deliver the annual State of the City address this past Friday before a packed room at the Pink Palace, Mayor AC Wharton Jr. riffed on how running t

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Susan Taylor to issue call for mentors

Susan Taylor to issue call for mentors

Mentors, mentees and their supporters will celebrate mentoring in Memphis at the Memphis Education Association Building at 126 Flicker St., on Saturday.

The event will mark the 5th anniversary of the Memphis CARES Mentoring Movement. In addition to the presentation of mentoring awards, Susan Taylor, the founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, will deliver a call to action on behalf of mentoring for the community's children.

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LEGACY: Charles ‘Mr. Chuck’ Scruggs

LEGACY: Charles ‘Mr. Chuck’ Scruggs

Charles Scruggs took the idea of devotion seriously whether it was his family, his career or his city and its children.

Many knew him as "Mr. Chuck," the WKNO television personality committed to the well-being and enlightenment of young people. He died last Friday (Jan. 18) at his home in Midtown. He was 80.

Arrangements have been made for his home-going service, and here are the details:

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An Army Vet and another chance to serve

An Army Vet and another chance to serve

(Marvin Hill, U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major (Ret.), is the new director of Residential Living at the Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center in Memphis.)

I have faced and overcome many challenges in my lifetime, from growing up in the Walker Homes community of Memphis to serving as Gen. David Petraeus' hand-picked senior enlisted adviser for four combat tours, including the U.S. Central Command.

I served as the senior enlisted adviser to Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré as part of the Army's Joint Task Force response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I was selected by the Department of the Army to be an instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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Contract award raises question of fairness in Shelby County

Will minority- and women-owned firms ever get a fair shake in the awarding of contracts issued by local municipal governments?

While some will argue that the question is loaded and that it brushes away any measure of progress, there is a fresh reason why it is being bandied about in various quarters of Memphis.

In a protest letter recently sent to several county officials, including Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr., three locally owned African-American firms are claiming foul. Their owners and operators say the county sidestepped them to hire a firm that did not meet at least two of the priority minimum qualifications supposedly demanded by the county in a recent contract bid. They note that Caissa Public Strategy – the firm that secured the contract – happened to be white-owned.

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Legally tagged a nuisance, Beale Street club shutdown

Club Crave – the controversial Beale St. nightspot – was shutdown permanently on Wednesday by virtue of a Shelby County Environmental Court order.

"This is a major victory for the city, the Downtown Entertainment District, and Beale Street," said Mayor A C Wharton. "Rest assured we will continue in our efforts to identify a more productive use for this property through our ongoing talks and negotiations with the property's owner."

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Memphis teachers called to financial literacy summit

Teachers who attend a Jan. 26 financial literacy summit at the University of Memphis will each receive a $50 gift card from Amazon and financial literacy lessons that they can teach to their students and apply to their own lives.

The free summit is being sponsored by the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission, which is administered by the Tennessee Treasury Department, and Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir.

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A century of service, sisterhood for Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

A century of service, sisterhood for Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

In 1913, African-American women marching in support of Women's Suffrage in Washington, D.C. were told to go to the back of the parade. The young college students who founded Delta Sigma Theta Sorority were among those marchers.

"As college students, our founders wanted to use their collective strengths to promote academic excellence and assist persons in need," said Shirley Payne Page, president of the Shelby County (TN) Alumnae Chapter. "To keep this vision alive, sorors all over the world are coming together to celebrate 100 years of achievements."

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