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Dinaw Mengestu – alive, writing & reading

Dinaw Mengestu – alive, writing & reading

Dinaw Mengestu will be in Memphis on a mission next month – to stimulate area residents to embrace a deeper and more widespread level of reading. That he is even alive to do so is a story itself.

An Ethiopian immigrant, Mengestu is the author of “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.” First published in 2007, it blends fiction with fact and Mengestu’s own history, detailing the experiences of an Ethiopian immigrant living in Washington, DC after fleeing his country’s revolution 17 years earlier.

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Beale ceremony to note Floyd Newman’s legacy

Beale ceremony to note Floyd Newman’s legacy

Saxophonist, bandleader, and high school band instructor Floyd Newman will be celebrated with a note in the Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame on Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at The Band Box, 142 Beale Street.

Newman’s tremendous and lengthy list of accomplishments includes being the first musician B.B. King chose as a member of his first band. While working as bandleader at West Memphis’ famed Plantation Inn nightclub, he gave Isaac Hayes his first paying job in the music business and is credited with bringing Hayes to Stax Records.

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South Side Middle School group challenges ASD effectiveness, takeover

South Side Middle School group challenges ASD effectiveness, takeover

The decision that South Side Middle School has been matched with KIPP Memphis Collegiate was presented to the faculty and staff on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 as a finalized and an irreversible decision. Although the staff and faculty is not surprised that the Achievement School District is at our doorsteps, we once again believe that we are targeted without strong evidence to support the matching that has been made.

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Local Ebola response part of ongoing preparation

Local Ebola response part of ongoing preparation

Shelby County Health Department Director Yvonne Madlock says getting useful information to the public, physicians and other health care workers is essential when it comes to preparedness for the growing threat of the Ebola virus.

That objective drove a media briefing that Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. convened at the county’s Vasco Smith Administration building on Tuesday.

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Gov. Haslam outlines process for review of academic standards

Gov. Haslam outlines process for review of academic standards

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday outlined a process for a public review of the state’s K-12 academic standards in English and math.

Academic standards are typically reviewed in Tennessee every six years. But with discussion in Tennessee and across the country about Common Core state standards, Haslam says he believes it’s time to take a fresh look.

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Indictment alleges theft of monetary payments for traffic citations

Indictment alleges theft of monetary payments for traffic citations

Tammy Brooks Carpenter, age 41, of Memphis, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on the charge of embezzling monetary payments from customers who had been issued motor vehicle citations by the City of Memphis.

Edward L. Stanton III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the indictment, which came down on Tuesday.

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