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Early voting provides footing to take a stand for children

Early voting provides footing to take a stand for children

by Alisha Tillery
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

A sea of blue-and-white clad flash mob participants flowed onto the parking lot of the early polling site at White Station Church of Christ. Soon came this chant: "I stand for children!"

Stand for Children supporters gathered as a flash mob to show a unified front for the future of children in Memphis and Shelby County, voting early for the seven candidates endorsed by the organization.

Early voting, which begin July 13, ends on Saturday, July 28.

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Hair and wellness challenge on weekend Expo agenda

Obesity, high cholesterol and heart disease in women of color are partially a result of the lack of physical inactivity and a key factor is the limitation a woman's hair may create.

Takeisha Berry-Brooks has organized the Naturals In The City Hair & Wellness Expo for Saturday (July 28) at The Esplanade to address the challenge. While there are "gyms and facilities in just about every neighborhood," said Berry-Brooks, many women who perm, relax or process their hair view water, sweat and humidity as "their arch enemy."

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New Veterans Court set up for Shelby County

Shelby County Government has established a Veterans' Court to help address the root causes of why some veterans commit crimes. The court will offer mental health treatment programs for veterans in lieu of jail time.

Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. will announce details about the new court during a news conference at 11:30 a.m. on Friday (July 27) at the Criminal Justice Center, 201 Poplar Avenue, lower level, in the Shelby County General Sessions Division 7 courtroom.

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Law firm plans clinics to help tardy taxpayers

The third of five scheduled tax clinics to assist Memphians delinquent in paying their city property taxes will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday (July 28) at the Frayser Community Development Corporation (CDC) at 3684 North Watkins St.

The clinics are jointly sponsored by Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, the law firm collecting delinquent city taxes, and the City of Memphis Treasurer's Office. Municipal property taxes are due June 1 of each year and delinquent after Aug. 31.

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Single parents, help is here!

by Kimberly McGrew
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Single parents in need of road map to a better life for themselves and their families will have access to a conference designed to help them this weekend.

"The Conference for Single Parents" will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday (July 21) at the Pursuit of God Transformation Center, 3171 Signal Street.

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Methodist ranks as best hospital in Memphis

U.S. News & World Report has named Methodist Memphis Hospitals the best hospital in Memphis among 25 hospitals in the Memphis metropolitan area.

Methodist Healthcare's four Memphis metro adult hospitals are licensed as one. They are: Methodist University Hospital, Methodist North Hospital, Methodist South Hospital and Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital.

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