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Sales tax/Pre-K debate goes down to the wire

Sales tax/Pre-K debate goes down to the wire

Voters packed a conference room at The Benjamin L. Hooks Library on Poplar Ave. on Monday evening to receive two sides to the story of the upcoming (Nov. 21) vote concerning the half-cent sales tax in

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Holiday Festival Parade turning 16

Holiday Festival Parade turning 16

For the past 16 years, the Holiday Festival Parade has given area youth a positive outlet to express their creativity, and provides an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Organized by Hazel Moore, founder of the Academy for Youth Empowerment, each year the annual event brings thousands of Mid-South students and parents to the Whitehaven community to fellowship and celebrate the upcoming holiday season.

The 2013 Holiday Festival Parade will be held on Saturday (Nov. 23rd) and begins at 10 a.m. The parade is set to commence at Southland Mall, traveling North on Elvis Presley Blvd, and will conclude at Craft Street near Graceland.

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Colleague conference rewards top-performing SCS Teachers

Colleague conference rewards top-performing SCS Teachers

A teacher-inspired, teacher-led conference drew about 100 of Shelby County Schools' top-performing teachers to the Mid-South Convention Center in Robinsonville, Miss. last week.

The Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) conference was sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It offered workshops and tools designed to inspire and motivate teachers and support their continued excellence in the classroom.

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson addressed the attendees – all high-performing teachers selected for their passion for education and desire to elevate their profession. He commended them for commitment to their transformative-yet-rarely celebrated work.

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G ☺ ☺ D BLUE: Sergeant John Garcia

G ☺ ☺ D BLUE: Sergeant John Garcia

(Just as a neighborhood should not be judged by the actions of a few bad apples, neither should law enforcement agencies. In partnership with the new Community Police Relations Project, The New Tri-State Defender's "Good Blue" column spotlights law enforcement officers who do it right. This week's focus is on Sgt. John Garcia of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.)

Sergeant John Garcia of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) has been serving the Memphis community for sixteen years. He is the first Latin American to achieve the rank of sergeant in the 150-year history of the SCSO and that makes him proud.

When you add Garcia's 21 years of service in the U.S. Navy, the fact that he is the Spanish training instructor for the SCSO, part-time criminal justice instructor at Remington College, Nonconnah Blvd, a certified hostage negotiator and has been a Little League baseball coach in the Bartlett-Ellendale community, well, then the entire community becomes proud.

 

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African American Male Image Awards set for Nov. 16

African American Male Image Awards set for Nov. 16

The 19th Annual African American Male Image Awards Banquet – presented by the Hobson-Goodlow Education Foundation and the Memphis Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. – will be held at The Hotel Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.

Edward Stanton III, U.S. Atty. for the Western District of Tennessee, will be the keynote speaker. Radio personality Bev Johnson of WDIA will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.

The banquet, which raises funds to support college-bound African-American male high school seniors, also recognizes African-American men in the Memphis community who are role models for brotherhood, scholarship and community service. Banquet co-chair George Hilliard said the Hobson-Goodlow Education Foundation recognizes men who excel in six key areas – arts, business, corporate, community service, education and Religion.

 

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Acclaimed soprano Joins LOC & Stax as artist in residence

Acclaimed soprano Joins LOC & Stax as artist in residence

Lenora Green, recognized as one of America's most talented sopranos, has joined The LeMoyne-Owen College and Stax Music Academy as artist in residence.

"We are pleased that Ms. Green brings with her a dynamic portfolio of classical music experience, and has already engaged an expectant, talented student community in instruction and performance," said Dr. Cheryl Golden, LOC vice president and chief academic officer.

"We are especially pleased with the prospect for forging even stronger bonds with Stax through our mutual appreciation for Ms. Green's work, and look forward to many collaborative opportunities."

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Summit aims at financial literacy in the classroom

Summit aims at financial literacy in the classroom

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir says he has learned through his teen-age sons and by talking to young students in elementary schools that there is real interest in money and finances at every age.

"The key is to provide information in an interesting way so we, as thought leaders, can instill good financial habits," said Lenoir, co-host of the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission's Financial Literacy Summit for Teachers at the University of Memphis on Saturday (Nov. 16).

This weekend's event, which Lenoir is co-hosting with State Treasurer David H. Lillard Jr., will be a reprise of a January effort in Memphis. It will be the latest in a series of summits being held in communities across Tennessee.

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