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TVA’s move to retire Allen coal plant draws Sierra Club support

TVA’s move to retire Allen coal plant draws Sierra Club support
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on Wednesday announced a proposal to retire its Allen Fossil Plant and replace it with a natural gas facility. TVA will hold a public open house to share details about the proposed retirement, as well as potential alternatives for electricity supply.
 
The announcement of the draft environmental assessment comes as a result of a settlement reached in 2011 between TVA, the EPA, as well as several states and public interest groups, including the Sierra Club, to end the region’s reliance on coal and move the Valley towards cleaner, safer energy sources. The settlement required the retirement of over 2,700 megawatts of coal-fired generation, while also considering the installation of pollution controls or the retirement of other coal units, such as Allen, by 2018.

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‘Are the kids out of the car?’

‘Are the kids out of the car?’
 
On Wednesday, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich and Memphis Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Virginia Stallworth slated a midday news conference at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center to address the matter.
 
Tennessee law holds adults responsible for leaving a child under age 7 unattended in a vehicle on public property, including at any shopping center, trailer park, apartment complex or at any other premises generally frequented by the public.
 
Meanwhile, the Tennessee Department of Human Services is reminding licensed child care providers across the state that are approved to transport children of the licensing rules and preventative measures to keep children safe when transporting them during summer months. DHS licensing staff will be making extra visits to monitor child care agencies.
 

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Student TCAP scores across Tennessee grew this year but at a slower pace

Student TCAP scores across Tennessee grew this year but at a slower pace
The number of students in Tennessee who are meeting academic standards rose for the third year in a row, although at a slightly slower rate, according to the new state-wide data released by the Tennessee Department of Education today (July 1st). Students who took the state’s Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) tests showed small improvements on most tests, which continued the state’s upward trajectory of the past few years.
 
Some of the biggest gains highlighted were in math, where 19 percent more students scored proficient in Algebra II than in 2011 when the test was first administered. More students in grades 3 to 8 scored proficient than last year, but the pace of that growth has slowed.  Around 100,000 more students across all grade levels are proficient in math in Tennessee than in 2010.

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National Civil Rights Museum launches eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-in

National Civil Rights Museum launches eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-in
 
Verizon and the National Civil Rights Museum have teamed up to deliver a new eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-In program modeled after the museum’s Standing Up By Sitting Down exhibit. 
 
 
The eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-In will be a round-the-clock educational program serving middle school and high school students across the U.S.  The program will discuss in detail the Greensboro Four, the risks they faced and the spread of the sit-in strategy. It will promote a classroom discussion on the themes of nonviolence, system injustice, segregation by law and by choice, and inaction versus action, among others. 

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Welcome to the new Holiday Inn Memphis Airport

Welcome to the new Holiday Inn Memphis Airport
With the official Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony set for August, the Holiday Inn Memphis Airport Hotel & Conference Center is now open for business.
 
The 374-room hotel located at 2240 Democrat Rd., in the heart of the revitalized airport area, has undergone an extensive multi-million dollar renovation and upgrades. The makeover of the hotel includes a new façade and signage, new restaurant, upgraded and refurbished guest rooms, bar, pool, sundeck and fitness center.

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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
 
* Lowery Carnival 
6pm | Wolfchase Galleria 
 
* National Baptist Convention of America: Faith Fest
10:30am| Memphis Cook Convention Center
 
* Redbirds vs. Round Rock Express
7:05pm | Autozone Park
 

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Hattiloo Theatre – new venue, same mission

 Hattiloo Theatre – new venue, same mission

As grand openings go, what’s in store for the Hattiloo Theatre is meant to be much more than a celebration of its new aesthetic structure. 

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday (June 28th) and continuing through midnight, the black repertory’s new venue at 37 South Cooper in Overton Square will usher in attendees during the Community Grand Opening sponsored by FedEx and The Mustang Fund. 
 
Founder and Artistic Director Ekundayo Bandele, who is known to be meticulous about providing an excellence and presence that serves and validates the black community in the Bluff City, will be center stage. 

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