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BRIEFS & THINGS: Community meeting set for Humes Middle School

Memphis City Schools will host a public hearing at Humes Middle School on Monday ( Dec. 17) from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The hearing is to discuss the proposal to close Humes Middle School and "repurpose it for innovative academic programming." The community is encouraged to attend to provide feedback and comments to members of the Shelby County Board of Education.

Humes is located at 659 N. Manassas.

MCS indicates that additional meeting dates will be forthcoming.

Empowerment training session on tap for homeowners and teens

Rep. G.A. Hardaway is partnering with the Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir to sponsor a community empowerment seminar at the Hickory Ridge Towne Centre on Saturday (Dec. 15).

The 6th Annual Home for the Holidays event is designed to connect residents in the area with lender representatives and HUD-approved counselors to inform homeowners of their rights and promote financial literacy.

Home for the Holidays: A Housing and Economic Empowerment Collaborative is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Hickory Ridge Towne Center, 6075 Winchester Rd.

"Homeownership helps create a sense of empowerment in the community," said Hardaway. "This encourages civic engagement and gives people a stronger stake in their neighborhoods and schools."

There will also be a seminar devoted to empowering teenagers in grades 6-12. It will feature workshops on education, health and wellness and financial literacy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"It is vital that we promote smart habits among citizens at an early age," said Hardaway. "By giving our kids the tools to be responsible citizens early on, they are more likely to live longer, stay out of debt, and be productive members of society."

For more information, contact Sean Braisted at 615-741-1100, ext. 44424, or online at sean.braisted@ capitol.tn.gov.

Boys & Girls Club ready to open in Oakhaven

It's time to open the Boys & Girls Club Oakhaven Branch. One hundred members have been signed up in anticipation of the opening.

An open house is scheduled for Monday (Dec. 17) at 3910 Tchulahoma Rd. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ribbon cutting is set for 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Executive Director Evelyn Young at 901-249-5724.

BRIEFLY: The Southside Class of 1976 is preparing for its 37th Class Reunion, June 13-16, 2013 New Orleans. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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