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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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The Memphis City Council makes some tough decisions

MemphisSeal-400Tuesday night in a marathon budget session, the Memphis City Council took on some of the tough decisions necessary to right the fiscal ship of the city. Facing scrutiny and not so veiled threats from the State Comptroller's Office along with pressure from employees, (particularly public safety officers) to restore previously reduced pay, this Council finds itself in a bed of thorns with few roses.

Many city employees packed the chambers to watch the proverbial sausage being made. Facing significant debt, declining property values and property ownership (taxpayers), increasing costs, and seemingly higher demands on and for city services, this process can't help but be a nasty one.

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Memphis Gun Down initiative aims to curb violence

Gun Down-1-600With each passing day, the local news features story after story about gun crimes in our city. Memphis Mayor, A.C. Wharton Jr. and his latest initiative, Memphis Gun Down are saying, "Enough is Enough!"

The Memphis Gun Down program is a five pronged approach to fight gun violence and make the streets of Memphis safer for all citizens. Suppression, community mobilization, youth opportunities, intervention, and organizational change and development are the steps this plan is taking to curb Memphis violence. The ultimate goal of Memphis Gun Down is to decrease gun violence by 10% city-wide and by 20% in South Memphis and Frayser.

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Juneteenth Jazz & JAZZ-A-F!RE celebrate

jazz-450Jazz & Memphis' legacy of world-renowned African-American jazz artists will be celebrated Friday, June 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Historic Daisy Theater on Beale Street. The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) founder, Dr. Ronald Myers, will join local Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival founder and NJOF board member, Glynn Johns Reed, in collaborating with the Memphis Black Arts Alliance's Jazz-A-F!RE to debut a new Memphis tradition. This event will honor the African-American jazz legacy of internationally acclaimed Memphis musicians saxophonists Charles Lloyd, George Coleman & Frank Strozier, pianists Phineas Newborn & Harold Mabern and the legendary Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra.

Following the Lunceford tradition of professional musician-educators, teachers at MBAA's FireHouse Community Arts Academy and friends have formed the Jazz-AF!RE Ensemble. This ensemble which began performing monthly at the FireHouse in 2009, will headline the evening's entertainment. Performers include: Naomi Moody on vocals; Nokie Taylor, trumpet; Kent Suggs, bass; Stephen Lee, keyboard; James Sexton, percussion; and, Lance Thompson, vocals/guitar. FireHouse Jazz-A-F!RE BYOI (Bring Your Own Instrument) favorites, singers and musicians will also perform. Dr. Myers, a physician and an acclaimed musician (piano and trumpet), is the national Juneteenth Jazz artist and will be featured.

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Chokwe Lumumba – first Afrocentric mayor of Jackson, Miss.

ChokweLumumba-400JACKSON, Miss. – "The people have decided!" Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba told supporters Tuesday night.

The civil rights attorney and councilman easily defeated three independents, winning 87 percent of the vote. Lumumba will take over the reins from Mayor Harvey Johnson on July 1. However, news headlines across the country seem to be fueling an uneasiness in white America, not just in Jackson, as to who "the people" are.

A few of the headlines throwing jabs at Mayor-elect Lumumba read: "Former Lawyer for Tupac and Assata Shakur Wins..." "Ex-Black Nationalist Wins..." and "Former Civil Rights Activist New Mayor..."

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