According to State Rep. Antonio Parkinson (District 98), the Block Party and Picnic For Peace had four anchoring purposes, including helping people improve their quality of life through education, employment and health.
"The other three purposes were to showcase the businesses in the community, create an economic impact in the community where the event is, and create an event that would increase the pride in the community," said Parkinson.
Now in its seventh year, the Block Party and Picnic For Peace has grown tremendously in length and attendance. What started off as a three-hour event with an attendance of 300 has grown into a three-day event with an attendance of about 13,000.
"Enough is enough."
With Memphis-Shelby County Education Association President Keith Williams supplying that catchphrase, the M-SCEA this week issued a unanimous vote of no confidence in Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.
The action came at Tuesday's monthly meeting of the association's Representative Assembly, and served as another nail in the coffin that Huffman critics are trying to bury him in.
Melissa Collins, Ph.D., a second grade teacher at John P. Freeman Optional School, was recently named 2014 West Tennessee Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Department of Education.
The state's Teacher of the Year Awards honor teachers for their commitment to students and classroom gains in achievement.
Collins was among the nine finalists recognized by the Tennessee Department of Education during a banquet held earlier this month in Nashville.
Long-time Boy Scout Executive Richard L. Fisher has joined the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as its new chief executive officer in Memphis.
"Our program here in the Mid-South is strong and the commitment from the communities we serve is outstanding," said Fisher. "I'm very excited to be here and for the opportunity to share my heartfelt belief in the life-changing impact of Scouting."
Fisher joined the Memphis-based Chickasaw Council as chief executive officer last month after 24 years of service with Scout councils primarily in the Midwest, and most recently in Detroit. The Chickasaw Council operates on a $3.8 million annual budget and with a staff of 33 who coordinate the activities of nearly 4,000 volunteer Scout leaders across 17 Mid-South counties.
Twenty miles north of Jackson, Miss., at a Nissan auto plant in Canton, Nissan North America has violated international labor laws in a decade-long campaign against unions that civil rights activists have called "systematic and unrelenting," according to a new report.
Through first-hand accounts from former and current workers, the report by the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP and Lance Compa, an international labor law scholar, details how plant managers and consultants manufactured a fiercely anti-union environment of fear and intimidation as plant workers assembled a number of Nissan models, including Altima sedans, Titan trucks, and Armada sports utility vehicles, and helped Nissan make more than $4 billion in annual net profits.
Even though workers at Nissan plants in Japan, Australia, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, Russia and Mexico were allowed to unionize, Rosalind Essex, an engine quality technician at the Canton plant, said that she was told during training that, "Nissan is a nonunion company" and "Nissan has never had a union."
Influenza vaccine is now available at all of the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) clinics. It is not too early to receive the vaccination.
Annual vaccination against influenza is recommended for everyone six months and older, including school-aged children, who want to reduce the risk of becoming ill or transmitting it to others. The vaccine is especially recommended for the following persons who are at increased risk for severe complications associated with influenza:
• Pregnant women
• People 50 years of age and older
The Board of Directors of the Memphis Urban League has appointed Tonja Sesley-Baymon president and chief executive officer of the 70-year-old Memphis Urban League.
Sesley-Baymon, who has worked with MUL for 8 years, took the helm Oct. 2, succeeding Tomeka Hart. She previously served as the Urban League's program director,
"Her proven dedication, leadership and expertise are what's needed to build upon the Memphis Urban League's ultimate mission of assisting African Americans, the underserved and economically disadvantaged to expand economic opportunities, and secure parity, power and civil rights," said Marsh R. Campbell, chair of the Memphis Urban League Board of Directors.
The Board, said Campbell, anticipates "great leadership during her tenure."