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Prayer vigil Monday for teen shot while handcuffed

Prayer vigil Monday for teen shot while handcuffed

Memphis and Mid-South residents are invited to attend a public rally Monday, Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum to express support for the family of Chavis Carter. Jonesboro, Ark. police claim he committed suicide while handcuffed in the back seat of a police cruiser.

Carter, who was arrested July 29, used a .380-caliber Cobra semi automatic handgun to fatally shot himself, police assert, after he was apprehended on an outstanding drug charge warrant. Officers said Carter, 21, could have hidden the gun while not handcuffed and waiting to be officially charged.

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In Memphis, Allison Leslie sees a place for ‘Aspire’

Allison Leslie is new to Memphis. In neighborhoods that will house schools assigned to the still evolving Achievement School District, her name tends not to register – yet.

Leslie has been tapped as the executive director of the Aspire Public Schools Memphis region. She is a 12-year veteran of Aspire Public Schools (APS), which the Achievement School District (ASD) has embraced to manage select schools in the Memphis market beginning in August 2013.

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Legacy: Bertram Lenard Brunson

Legacy: Bertram Lenard Brunson

Pat Brunson-Ware said goodbye to her son – Bertram Lenard Brunson – last Saturday (Aug. 11), singing a song in which the words "have a good time" seemed to be amplified.

For Brunson-Ware, the years have yielded some tough times since her son was maimed and critically injured (September, 1991) while in the custody of the Shelby County Sheriff's department. Mr. Brunson was 22 when he was hog-tied and beaten, living for over 20 years in a coma. He died Aug. 2.

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BRIEFS & THINGS: Empowerment for area women is a conference away

VeMaShe' Enterprises and Ordinary People Magazine will host the 2012 Women's Empowerment Conference... Empowering Lives! Empowering Dreams! Empowering Good Health!

The two-day conference is set for Aug. 24-25 at Holy Nation Church of Memphis, 3333 Old Brownsville Rd. in Bartlett. A meet-greet session will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 24, with the conference from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 25.

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Best in Black Awards update

Best in Black Awards update

Well TSD family, we are out of the gates and running with the 2012 Best in Black Awards Memphis! The entire TSD staff and I are extremely excited about the community's response to this initiative and the forthcoming awards show on Aug. 30.

I want to provide you with a quick update:

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$225,000 federal grant for Binghampton and Frayser

$225,000 federal grant for Binghampton and Frayser

The Greater Memphis Partnership – a cross-sector partnership of local agencies – has been awarded $225,000 grant to help transform neighborhoods in Binghampton and Frayser.

The grant is through the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP), a component of the federal Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), a White House-led federal partnership launched by the Obama Administration in 2010 to help transform distressed neighborhoods. BNCP's intention is to create community-driven change in neighborhoods that have been facing barriers to revitalization.

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Students learning to ‘take off’ via Hyde-Park based program

Students learning to ‘take off’ via Hyde-Park based program

Kimberly McGrew
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

For some students and young adults in the Hyde Park neighborhood, the thought of one day flying an airplane or inventing a process that leads to them creating a business is a lot more real because of a program offered by Transformational Living Centers of Memphis.

Transformational Living Centers of Memphis (TLCOM) is a non-profit organization based in Hyde Park.

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