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Tennessee Tech Center at Memphis gets new name

Tntechcenters-200The Tennessee Technology Center at Memphis became the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) today (July 1).

While the name changes, the mission remains the same. The new name just more accurately reflects the post-secondary training provided, said Roland Rayner, director of the TCAT in Memphis.

"Additionally, a successful economic development strategy must focus on upgrading the skills of the local workforce, which helps business and industry to lower its operating cost and provides the human capital business needs to compete and thrive in today's global economy."

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Methodist South uses new system on peripheral artery disease

2013-Dwight-Dishmom-400tMethodist South Hospital is the first in Tennessee to use the recently FDA-cleared Ocelot system by Avinger to help patients facing Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), an unrecognized epidemic that affects between eight and 12 million adults in the U.S. and 30 million people globally.

PAD is caused by a build-up of plaque in the arteries that blocks blood flow to the legs and feet.

The Ocelot catheter, supported by the Lightbox console, allows physicians to see from inside an artery during the actual procedure, using optical coherence tomography, or OCT. In the past, operators have had to rely solely on x-ray as well as touch and/or feel to guide catheters through complicated blockages. With Ocelot, physicians can more accurately navigate through CTOs thanks to the images from inside the artery.

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Rest in peace Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland

Bland-Funeral-600Bobby "Blue" Bland was laid to rest Thursday afternoon after a 2-plus hour celebration of his life and legacy.

The celebration featured reflections by Memphis elected officials, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, as well as Al Bell, David Porter and B.B. King. Blues Foundation president Jay Sieleman was one of the featured speakers as well.

Musical selections were performed by Otis Clay and Shirley Brown. The Bland family has asked that all memorials be sent to The Blues Foundation's HART Fund.

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Voting Rights Act: The new battle begins

votingright-600In Memphis and various cities throughout the nation, the Voting Rights Act battle has begun anew in the wake of an aggressive ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

In a narrow 5-4 decision, the High Court branded Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, scrapping the formula used to determine which states and localities need preclearance before changing their voting laws.

Although Tennessee was not among the states required to seek preclearance, don't expect Memphis-based Voting Rights Act supporters – such as the local branch of the NAACP – to sit out the fight to gain a replacement for what many label as the "most effective tool to prevent voter disenfranchisement."

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LeMoyne-Owen College nets accreditation through 2023

27LOC-400The LeMoyne-Owen College has the official word administrators, staff, faculty and students had wanted to hear – reaffirmed.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges (SACS) sent word June 20 that the college's accreditation is reaffirmed for the next 10 years. SACS is the recognized regional accrediting body in 11 Southern states for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees.

Accreditation is the education community's version of the "good housekeeping seal." The stamp of approval also is necessary for the college to compete for federally-funded research grants and for its students to receive federally-subsidized financial aid.

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Chief Inspector Larry Hill

Larry Hill-400tGOOD BLUE Chief Larry Hill was well groomed, had a strong hand and the inviting demeanor of a favorite uncle. He was in full Shelby County Sheriff's Department gear – his money-green pants clashing with the blue collar badge shirt. To citizens, these colors have always meant that someone has arrived to handle some business.

I noticed that Chief Hill had enough stars and stripes on his uniform to create a flag. Yes, Larry Hill has been on the job and doing it well. He's not a Dallas Cowboys fan, so how else would he have collected so many stars?

Kelvin Cowans: Chief Hill, I see someone left all of this Pittsburgh Steeler stuff lying around your office, and you don't have to put up with that. People ought to treat you better than that, sir.

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Memphis teen ready for ‘Down-Under’ voyage

Daria Letcher-400Daria Letcher, a high school student at Hutchison School, has been chosen as a global ambassador for People to People. On Sunday, June 30th, she will be traveling with a select group of students to Australia, where they will be visiting and getting hands-on experiences at the Zoo and community services.

The daughter of Sherrye Letcher, Daria will be spending a day with a Marine Biologist studying live organism in the ocean. She is 15 and a certified Diver.

Daria will be gone for 15 days. She had to do a lot of fund-raising and studying to prepare for the trip because all site visits are hands-on training. She is the only traveler from Tennessee going to Australia.

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Campaign launched to support public school children

OURCHILDREN-160Our Children. Our Success., a new campaign created to bolster community support for public school children, kicked off across Memphis and Shelby County this week.

Led by a coalition of community partners, the campaign was launched to encourage the entire community to participate and invest in the lives, education and general wellbeing of our children.

"RISE, through its programs, has always served as a connector between parents, the community and the schools," says Linda Williams, president/CEO of the RISE Foundation, a campaign community partner. "The Our Children. Our Success. campaign is another way that we can support families with real time-information that's critical to the academic success of children this coming school year."

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Collins ready with a budget proposal

Harold Collins-400The Memphis City Council picks up on the challenging task of reaching agreement on an acceptable budget on Tuesday, with Councilman Harold Collins ready to offer an option.

Collins says he will propose in committee a budget measure that "has no layoffs, we invest in libraries, community centers and increase funding to pave streets. We also pay on the debt and add 10 million to the reserves."

How?

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Deputy Director Anthony Berryhill

deputydirBerryhill-600GOOD BLUE: Kelvin Cowans takes readers inside the lives of Memphis and Shelby County Law Enforcement officers. 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 and its "Good Blue" column are here to share in-depth and inspiring commentary on a weekly basis with the community. Our goal is for the community to see that the only difference between them and good police officers is the Law. This week's focus is on Deputy Directory Anthony Berryhill.

Memphis Police Department Deputy Director Anthony Berryhill has 29 years of experience as a police officer. A graduate of Carver High School Class of 1977, this former three sport athlete had a future of college sports on his radar. Yes, long before he thought anything about someone breaking a speed limit, he was traveling at a pretty fast pace himself. "Basketball, football and track," he proudly said while raring back in his chair and piercing his eye's across the City of Memphis skyline. From that point on I forgot that I was in his 12th floor office because his conversation, equivalent to a glass of water, made me feel like we were on a park bench down in Handy Park on Beale Street.

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RISE helps Memphis woman achieve college career dreams

Cap-Gown-Photo-400tMemphian Shaneka "Duke" Graham has overcome the formidable odds stacked against her to graduate from Lane College with her bachelor's degree in business in just three years instead of the standard four. On Sunday, June 23, Graham, who was salutatorian of Northside High School's Class of 2010, will receive her degree in the gymnasium of her college in Jackson, Tennessee.

It has been a long road for the young mother, who was raised in Memphis' Dixie Homes public housing project, where she shared a two-bedroom apartment with her seven siblings and their disabled parents. "Where I come from has always been my stepping stone to do better in life," Graham said. "The circumstances back then have made me value the way I live today."

Graham's roadmap out of poverty included consistent encouragement from her parents, as well as guidance and mentoring from the Memphis-based RISE Foundation, a nonprofit that empowers low-income Memphians to transform their financial wellbeing.

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AT&T helps Memphis manage programs to improve zoning enforcement

Mark Norris-200The City of Memphis is launching a mobility solution to help increase the safety of city workers and reduce numerous man-hours of redundant paperwork as it enacts programs to restructure neglected areas of the city and manage code violations more efficiently.

After the death of an employee on the job and reports of citizens violating ordinances, the city sought to improve zoning regulation enforcement, neighborhood clean-ups and visibility into the location of city workers. Xora's StreetSmart application, which operates on the AT&T network, is expected to help the City of Memphis eliminate man-hours lost to redundant, formerly paper-based processes that typically accompany its urban restoration programs while also providing features that allow the city to keep better tabs on worker movement.

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Boot Camp for Dads

The 3rd Annual Boot Camp for Dads was a great success. I saw one after the other engaged in a great conversation about fatherhood and what it means to be a father. Both young and old — men talked about their idea of this fatherhood thing. One thing is true —we all know we have to do a better job of saving our children.

During the Locker Room Chat session, Reginald White, Michael Adrian Davis, and Rev. Hermon Jackson all asked the same questions — where do we go from here? How do we make a plan from here? Where do we take this knowledge that has been given to us? We present it here, at the Training Camp for Dads!

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