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Candidates race to get in front of voters

Candidates race to get in front of voters

With Early Voting for the Aug. 2 election already underway and running through July 28, candidates are scurrying to take advantage of opportunities to meet potential voters face to face.

Such was the

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TPC hits the road with draft of unified schools plan

TPC hits the road with draft of unified schools plan

by Michaelantonio Jones
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Houston High School's auditorium was sparsely populated with a collection of parents, teachers, bus drivers and other concerned citizens – all gathered to hear a presentation from the Transition Planning Commission.

While the focus of the Tuesday (July 10) evening community meeting was to inform citizens of the TPC's recommendations on how to structure a combined Memphis City Schools-Shelby County Schools system, the issue that most seemed to float to the top was money:

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Infant’s death stirs giving spirit

Infant’s death stirs giving spirit

by Nicole R. Harris
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

"It's a shame that they wouldn't let that baby rest in peace," noted a female resident of a nearby apartment complex.

Moments earlier, dozens of mourners fled the sanctuary of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church. Inside, at what was supposed to be a homegoing celebration for three-year-old Maurice Brown Jr., a verbal altercation erupted, prompting Memphis Police officers to intervene and escort several attendees from the church premises.

Maurice Brown Sr. reported his son missing on July 1, with Brown saying the disappearance happened while he was asleep.

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Health care management top credential goes to UTHSC’s Brown

Health care management top credential goes to UTHSC’s Brown

Kennard Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has been named a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE).

The FACHE title is considered to be the premier credential in the field of health care management.

As the chief operations officer and executive vice chancellor for UTHSC, Dr. Brown is the principal aide to the chancellor.

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LEGACY: Amos Odell Webster Jr.

LEGACY: Amos Odell Webster Jr.

During the late 1970's, there were a number of industries in the U.S. that did not readily embrace diversity. Amid that environment, Amos Odell Webster Jr. found a way to successfully climb corporate ladders.

Mr. Webster died June 29 at age 60. In his rear-view mirror was a 39-year career in corporate management and business entrepreneurship.

At age 27, Mr. Webster became one of the youngest African-Americans to land a position as zone manager at the Ford Motor Company's Industrial Engine Division, where he was responsible for sales in a six-state region. Later, he served as worldwide marketing manager for Waukesha Engine Division/Dresser Industries.

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Mayor’s initiative presents: Possibilities for the ‘Core’ of the City

Mayor’s initiative presents: Possibilities for the ‘Core’ of the City

Onzie Horne, Memphis' deputy director of Community Enhancement, was a proverbial cornucopia of information on Monday's bus ride through various "hoods" of Memphis. As we slowly came to a stop in South Memphis, the corner of Mississippi and Walker, he eloquently pointed out key historic sites and their significance, particularly to the African-American community in times past.

Although the bus tour and announcement by Mayor A C Wharton Jr.'s Innovation Delivery Team was clearly about the future of inner city Memphis, Horne's historic accounts helped shape a context of a time when those communities were thriving with business, commerce, connection and appeal.

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Luttrell makes pitch to stay focused amid elections suit

"I'm not surprised by the lawsuit. However, I was shocked by the language. The lawsuit needs to be based on constitutional merits and not on race. Additionally, state law allows for these special elections. They should be held as planned."
– Mark H. Luttrell Jr., Shelby County Mayor

The headline on the news release from the office of Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. declared that he disagreed with the lawsuit that the County Commission filed to block municipal school elections.

If given the face-to-face chance, some who have read the 6-paragraph release announcing Luttrell's stance would have asked, "What were you thinking?"

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Garden to Groceries program goes a step further

Garden to Groceries program goes a step further

by Kimberly McGrew
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Not even the sweltering heat could stop the students of the Boys and Girls Club Technical Training Center from selling their nutritious treats at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday (June 30).

Their resolve was linked to "Gardens to Groceries" – the center's program that encourages students to grow their own foods through a new age of hydroponic gardening called aeroponic tower gardening. Aeroponic gardening requires no dirt; just mineral water, sunlight and air.

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