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Is an unseen hand at work in the Juvenile Court Clerk race?

juve 600When former municipal employee Kenneth Moody announced he would challenge Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks for Juvenile Court Clerk in next year's Democratic Primary, some watchers of local politics quickly pointed to the influence of Brooks' commission colleague, Sidney Chism.

Brooks, who was questioning the operation of Juvenile Court long before the U.S. Department of Justice determined there was much seriously amiss, announced her candidacy many months ago. When The New Tri-State Defender asked Chism to comment on whether he had a hand in Moody's planned challenge of Brooks, he chose to remain mum for now.

Candidate Moody said those who see his bid as some type of mini-machine manipulation need to think again.

‘Early Advantage’ brain exhibit debuts at Pink Palace Museum

pink 600Advancing their commitment to provide resources to help Memphis and Shelby County children reach their full potential, The Urban Child Institute recently opened the first module of the Early Advantage Brain Awareness Exhibit at the Pink Palace Museum.

The interactive exhibition aims to equip parents and caregivers with information and tools that can be used and applied in daily life to encourage healthy brain development for babies ages zero to three.

Understanding how a child's brain receives and processes information is important to promote optimal growth and development, but learning about best practices to ensure that an infant reaches key milestones like crawling, walking, and talking can sometimes be a daunting task for new and expecting parents.

BRIDGES hires Staci Franklin as vice president of Communications

Staci-Franklin-Headshot 600Staci Franklin has recently joined BRIDGES as the vice president of communications. Franklin will provide leadership in managing the internal and external communications strategy for the organization with a particular emphasis on the Bridge Builders® program.

Prior to joining BRIDGES, Franklin served as the executive director of communications and broadcast services for Memphis City Schools for more than five years. She also served as the manager and director of community investment for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2001 to 2007.

Franklin's career in communications began with International Paper (IP) in 1994, where she worked in variety of roles at IP locations in Memphis, Erie, Penn., Washington, D.C., and Laurel, Miss.

 

Ice warning leads to states of emergency

aaMemphis, Shelby County and Tennessee states of emergency overlapped Friday afternoon as the prospect of an ice storm forced weather-related adjustments.

Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr., declared a state of emergency due to icing conditions throughout the county.

"Personnel from many emergency response and support agencies are working around the clock due to the ice storm. Besides overtime expenses, additional resources could be needed," said Luttrell. His declaration followed one issued Thursday by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

 

Mourning Nelson Mandela


453923389.jpg.CROP.rtstory-largeA state burial for former South African President Nelson Mandela will be held on Dec. 15, with a memorial service set for Tuesday (Dec. 10) in a Johannesburg stadium.

The anti-apartheid activist and hero to many around the globe died Thursday afternoon at age 95. His passing has triggered an outpouring of emotion that is ladened with iconic-level respect.

Here are some local reflections:

 

Indictment confirmed, Thaddeus Matthews points finger at D.A.

matthews 600Talk show host and blogger Thaddeus Matthews walked into the Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk's Office on Monday (Dec. 2) looking for confirmation that a grand jury had indicted him on three accounts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

He left just as confused as he had been when Memphis police arrested him a year ago for a criminal offense that Matthews said actually was a case of him trying to help an unidentified woman help a child.

"They have no record of an indictment against me," Matthews said after making the trek downtown.

 

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Dec. 15 set for 2013 TSDmemphis.com Downtown Holiday Parade

parade 600The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) will host its 2nd Annual TSDmemphis.com Holiday Parade in Downtown Memphis on Sunday, Dec. 15, beginning at 2 p.m.

The organization and lining up is set for 1 p.m. at the corner of Fourth and Beale streets. The parade will be sponsored by Olympic Tax Service.

"Many in the community have reached out to us to continue this tradition and of course we had to oblige," said Bernal E. Smith II, TSD president and publisher.

Health Department launches first mobile APP

ph 600The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) on Wednesday launched a new campaign aimed at reducing the infant mortality rate utilizing mobile devices and social media.

"As we continue our work to reduce the infant mortality rate in Shelby County, we realize being innovative in our use of social media is necessary to increase our public outreach," said Yvonne Madlock, director of the SCHD.

B4BabyLife, now available for Android and iPhone users, is the department's first mobile application encouraging healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. B4BabyLife is designed to help prevent infant mortality and provide families with information and resources before, during and after pregnancy.