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Actor Laz Alonso to talk education at SHC College Fair

laz alonsoThe 4th Annual Southern Heritage Classic College Fair – hosted by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services – will be Saturday (Sept. 14th, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Pipkin Building.

"I get as excited about the college fair as I do about the big football game between Tennessee State and Jackson State," Wharton said.

"Exposing our young people to college opportunities is critical because a college degree means opportunities that are not as readily available to those who have no higher education. Also, in today's economy a college degree increases earning potential."


Gift-bearing TSU president right at home in Memphis

Dr GloverAn achievement incentive to the tune of $3 million in scholarships was delivered to Memphis-area high school seniors on Wednesday courtesy of Tennessee State University and its first female president, Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover.

A Memphis native, Dr. Glover unveiled the scholarships news during a special Presidential Scholarship reception at the Downtown Sheraton.

"We look forward to providing access to college for prospective students that are committed to achievement in the classroom as evidenced by their academic credentials," said Dr. Glover.


NASA, we’ve got ‘ambiguities’

NASA guy-600NASHVILLE – Teamwork does pay, even if you are not part of the team. Just be good at what you do.

Ask Ron Cobbs, a NASA avionics chief engineer assigned to the International Space Station operations. His input has helped investigators trying to unravel the cause of a spacesuit malfunction during a recent spacewalk.

"I personally am not part of the official Extravehicular Mobility Unit (space suit) investigation team that is looking into the suit anomaly," said Cobb, a 1989 TSU graduate with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. "


Neighbors nervous about KKK recruitment flyers

kkk-350Cookeville – The people living in Cookeville expect to find newspapers at the end of their driveways and mail in their mail boxes, but not this: recruitment flyers from the Ku Klux Klan.

"The KKK Wants You," it says, and on it is a number and website so that those interested can get involved.

"It breaks my heart. It just breaks my heart. I grew up in Cookeville and I was a child when Martin Luther King gave his 'I Have a Dream' speech. We just honored that last week and I thought, 'It is 2013 and we're doing this again?' It's devastating to me," said one recipient who chose to remain anonymous.


Education commissioner gets ‘We-do-what-we-do’ lesson

Education-1-600The state commissioner of education's visit to Whitney Achievement Elementary School was about over as principal Debra Broughton was asked for her reflection of the fast-moving experience.

"This visit is empowering," Broughton said. "It is energizing and for the next quarter I can persevere knowing that we did the work and that we've laid a great foundation, that we can start to push harder and begin to see the fruits of our labor."

Commissioner Kevin Huffman's visit was one of several stops during a busy Wednesday in Memphis that included a closed-door session with some teachers. At Whitney, the tour group included Broughton, Achievement School District (ASD) Supt. Chris Barbic and State Rep. Barbara Cooper (D-Memphis) dropping in on several classrooms.


No longer interim, Dorsey Hopson is ‘the superintendent’

hopsononpoint-600Recently, while speaking to a group of Memphians committed to raising the number of college graduates in the city, Dorsey Hopson started out by saying, "thanks."

Six months ago, he could not have envisioned standing before the attendees as the interim superintendent of the newly merged Shelby County Schools, he said.

Well, if so, that means that he did not see coming then what happened to him on Tuesday night. The Shelby County Board of Education – a seven-member body operating one short – unanimously turned to Hopson to lead the district on a permanent basis. The move meant the end of a nationwide search to find "the right person" for the job.


Memphis Children’s March steps forward with purpose

childrenmarch-1-600The line of marchers was not that long – about 50-plus. Down Riverside Drive it went, sounding off with lyrics from familiar standards:

"Keep Your Eyes on the Prize,"

"Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,"

"This Little Light of Mine,"

And, of course, "We Shall Overcome."

The Memphis Children's March was a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Presented by Gilliam Communications, owners of 1340-WLOK, it was a prelude to the radio station's 39th Annual Stone Soul Picnic in Tom Lee Park.


Bartlett youth’s photo to get Broadway view

Matthew M-400For five-year-old Matthew McInnis of Bartlett, the bright lights of Broadway are in his immediate future.

On Sept. 21, Matthew's photo will be part of the National Down Syndrome Society's (NDSS) annual Times Square Video presentation.

The featured photographs highlight children, teens and adults with Down syndrome working, playing and learning alongside friends and family. The collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, which is the NDSS mission.


Wharton visits White House for gun violence talks with Obama

obama-and-wharton-600Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was part of a select group of mayors invited to join President Barack Obama at the White House this week to discuss curbing youth violence.

Wharton's visit coincided with the 50th Anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington, where civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Speaking about gun violence, Wharton said, "It's really perplexing because Dr. King did not die for that; that was not the dream he had."


TSD launches 2013 Best in Black Awards

B-In-B-logo-notype-600It's that time. The questions are once again being asked. Who has the best hot wings in Memphis? What about soul food? What is the best barbershop in Memphis? Who's the best hip-hop artist? Best choir? Youth entrepreneur? How about beauty salon? What nail salon tops all others?

The second annual Best In Black Awards hosted by The New Tri-State Defender will shine a light upon some of the best African-American businesses, community organizations and entrepreneurs in the Mid-South.

TSD Publisher and President Bernal E. Smith II said the BIB Awards celebrate African-American owned and supported businesses in the Mid-South, serving as a marketing and recognition platform for those same companies while ultimately encouraging the community's next generation of business leaders.


UTHSC grant to aid promising female minority students

MedtechDSC-600When you get a diagnosis as the result of a medical test, do you ever stop to consider who ran that test?

Probably not. Still, about 70 percent of medical diagnoses are made with information from the laboratory provided by medical laboratory scientists.

The demand for medical laboratory scientists is expected to rise by at least 13 percent through 2020, according to the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. And salaries are also on the rise, with the median wage, based on location, estimated at $56,870. The unemployment rate of medical laboratory scientists is less than 2 percent, which is matched only by that of pharmacy technicians.


One-time Senate candidate in Tennessee accused of trying to have uncle killed

26hitmanS026216160-225A former U.S. Senate candidate from Tennessee was arrested after allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill his uncle, CNN affiliate WJHL reports.

Thomas Ken Owens offered a man $500 as a down payment to kill the relative, who is a pastor and bailiff, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.

WJHL identified Owens as a one-time Senate candidate.

A message left by CNN at Owens' residence was not immediately returned. It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.


Police: No charges after gun goes off in school

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis police say no charges will be filed against a kindergartener after a gun discharged inside the child's backpack in a school cafeteria.

Police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph says the 5-year-old student and the child's mother were released from custody Thursday night, hours after the kindergartner was detained by police at Westside Elementary School.

Officials say the child was waiting for the opening bell in the cafeteria when the gun went off. No one was hurt, and security officers took control of the backpack.

Investigators determined the child obtained the gun from a closet at home and placed it in the backpack. Rudolph said Friday that the information was presented to the attorney general's office, which decided not to file charges.

Police are not releasing the identity of the child and mother.