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Smile!

smile 600Students, faculty and staff of the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center performed 783 free dental procedures on 126 local elementary school students on Thursday, Jan. 30, in observance of National Give Kids a Smile Day.

Give Kids_a_Smile_1Give Kids_a_Smile_3The work was done as part of the College of Dentistry's community outreach. The students from the Memphis Academy of Health Sciences received dental screenings, teeth cleanings and a range of other oral health services that would have cost a total of $21,579.

“P’s of Progress”

stateofthecity 600Any list drawing upon "P" words to address conditions in Memphis would easily be dismissed as invalid if poverty were not given a prominent place.

Mayor A C Wharton Jr. drew upon what he called the "5 P's" Wednesday morning as he addressed the State of the City to a crowded auditorium at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Amid "Potholes," "Pensions," "Public Safety" and "Planning," Wharton put "Poverty," which was paramount to Shelby County Democratic Party Chair Bryan Carson.

"I listened very closely to Mayor Wharton's State of the City address. Although I was very pleased with his 5 P's plan for Memphis, what caught my attention more was the city's Blue Print for Prosperity initiative to reduce our 27 percent poverty level by 10 percent by 2024," said Carson.

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MLGW moves to help with higher bills

mlgw 600Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division is relaxing the requirements of its deferred payment plan (DEFB) starting Monday (Jan. 27) until Feb 28.

Driving the policy adjustment is the likelihood that residential customers will have higher bills this winter because of colder temperatures and increased consumption.

Starting Monday, the relaxed rules lower the requirement for a deferred payment plan to bills that are $250 or more, which is down from $500 or more. Customers will be allowed to pay 25 percent of the money owed or $250, whichever is less. The payments can be made by cashier's check, money order or in cash.

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Computer store survives rough economy with a ‘smile and hug’

computerman 600Tony Maurice Jackson was 22 when he landed a job as a technician at Arlington Computers, LLC in Arlington, Tenn. The year was 2007. Within a few months, the owner, Michael McDonald, offered Jackson a partnership.

Jackson had been looking for a job and possibly a career, but McDonald's offer fueled his desire to become an entrepreneur. So when a friendship between Jackson and McDonald became evident, Jackson convinced McDonald that he could help grow the business.

The economy was tanking and three other computer stores in the area were forced to close their doors. But Arlington Computers was increasing its customer base and its nearest competitor, also located in Arlington, continued selling software, designing apps and developing websites.

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Now hiring!

haslam 600City Councilman Wanda Halbert sat on the front row Wednesday morning as Gov. Bill Haslam, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. took the lead in welcoming Conduit Global to the Memphis area. Like most others gathered in the FedExForum lobby, she had been told little more than there would be a "big announcement."

By all accounts, a new call center, 1000 new jobs and an $8 million investment in building and infrastructure improvements to Goodlett Farms Office Park property in Shelby County adds up to a "big announcement."

Halbert was among numerous public officials who meshed with economic development proponents, business types and others on hand for the first public details about Conduit's move to Greater Memphis. She was among the few who openly placed the "exciting" news – which she immediately shared via her Facebook page – within the context of an ongoing local struggle with unemployment and underemployment.

 

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Conduit Global taps Memphis for new call center operations

haslam 600Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Conduit Global officials today (Jan. 22nd) announced that the company will locate a new, 1,000-seat call center at the Goodlett Farms Office Park in Shelby County.

Conduit Global, one of the world's largest independent, fully-integrated business process outsourcing companies, will invest $8 million in building and infrastructure improvements and create more than 1,000 new jobs in Memphis.

The announcement was made at the FedExForum lobby, with numerous city and county officials on hand.

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NAACP Board Chair Brock to speak at Alpha Kappa Alpha Event

brock 600Roslyn Brock, who made history in February 2010 when she was unanimously elected as the 14th Chairman of the NAACP, will deliver the keynote address at the Founders' Day celebration of the Beta Epsilon Omega Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.

The event takes place at 3 p.m. Feb. 9th at First Baptist Church-Broad, where the pastor is the Rev. Keith Norman, president of the Memphis Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Brock is the youngest person and fourth woman to hold the position of NAACP chairman.

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Memphians to unite for MLK Weekend of reflection and service

mlkjohnsonMemphis residents will join together in the spirit of reflection and service for the city's first-ever "Be the Dream" MLK Weekend, a series of events to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"His message was broader than one for minorities alone," Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says. "He belonged to all of us, and for this weekend we will celebrate this universal, enduring legacy."

Be the Dream festivities will kick off Saturday (Jan. 18th), with a youth symposium at the Cook Convention Center. The event will offer resources to help guide youth ages 15-19 in their search for summer employment and post-secondary educational opportunities.

 

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At 32, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center builds on ‘Legacy of Nonviolence’

justic 600Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 53 on Jan. 15, 1982. It was a Friday and on that day the founders of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center (MSPJC) opened its doors.

This Saturday, a gala event at First Congregational Church in the Cooper-Younger community will mark the organization's 32nd anniversary.

"'Living the Legacy of Nonviolence' is our celebration of resistance," said Jacob Flowers, MSPJC executive director. "We stand on the shoulders of great men and women that we honor and appreciate. The broad canon of work we've accomplished is because of the lessons we learned from those who went before us: nonviolent social change is permanent change."

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Battle-tested Lady Rams reflect new life at Southside Middle

southside 600Southside's Lady Rams basketball team is no stranger to tough battles. After an 0-4 start, this year's season had the look of a battle royal.

At the same time, Southside Middle School as a whole was fighting for something more important than a basketball game – keeping the school from being absorbed by the Achievement School District (ASD). While many sing the praises of the ASD for its commitment to help turn around low-performing schools, that wasn't the tune resonating at Southside from its faculty, student body and community supporters.

The fight to keep Southside from being taken over by the ASD went public, airing on various local news outlets. Armed with a level-five "passing" grade from the state, Southside avoided the ASD net. That seemed to breathe fresh air into the entire school, including the Southside girls basketball team.

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

kingevents 600Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday – what would have been his 85th – was Wednesday (Jan. 15th), with the federal holiday set to be observed on Monday (Jan. 20th).

Myriad observances and events are planned throughout Greater Memphis. Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is calling on Memphians to "Be the Dream" during a weekend of reflection and service honoring Dr. King's legacy.

Here is a partial list of scheduled events:

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A ‘Sigma-sational’ celebration as Phi Beta Sigma turns 100

sigmas 600On Beale St., near what used to be the Bumpus Beale Avenue Grocery, is a historical marker that served as the destination of a march from the DoubleTree Hotel on Union Ave. in Downtown Memphis last Saturday (June 11). The good-spirited marchers shared a fraternal bond with the man the marker honored, Abram Langston Taylor.

A century ago – January 9th, 1914 – at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Taylor became the principal founder of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., along with Leonard F. Morse and Charles I. Brown. Four years earlier, he had conceived the idea at the grocery while talking to a recent Howard graduate about Greek letter fraternities.

That story was briefly recounted as the early Saturday morning marchers respectfully assembled for a wreath-laying ceremony. Theodore J. Lewis Jr. helped put things in context. He's the Southwestern Region Director, Tau Iota Sigma ~ Memphis Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

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Update: Pending litigation has Dist. 4 election in limbo

updated4 600Seventeen months after newcomer Kevin Woods defeated the Rev. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. for the Shelby County School Board District 4 position, and five months after a new election was ordered, uncertainty still rules.

On Aug. 2, 2012, Woods was declared the winner by 106 votes. Whalum, the incumbent, wasted no time filing a complaint to contest the election results. He named the Shelby County Election Commission and other parties. His Aug. 22, 2012 complaint alleged that the election was "fraught with error as thousands of voters were disenfranchised".

Whalum and his attorney contend that there is only one solution and that is to "discard the election results and hold a vote." On Aug. 13, 2013, Chancellor Kenny Armstrong reached a decision.

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