"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor."
– Proverbs 9:9
That Bible verse sums up the value of partnerships. And in this story, the two working together are the Barber's Institute and Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM).
That's easy to see. Just look at the group of boys smiling ear to ear, showing off their new haircuts while others wait for their turns in the chair at MAM's St. Andrew youth center, located at 1472 Mississippi Blvd. in South Memphis.
Former Tennessee house Speaker Pro Tempore Lois M. DeBerry lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in late July of this year, but she was "there" Wednesday morning when National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) President Joe Armstrong opened the group's 37th legislative conference at The Peabody.
"Rep. DeBerry helped to shape this year's conference by adding two important elements," said Armstrong, a Knoxville Democrat. "Youth Day and the prayer breakfast were both her doing. She felt very passionately that we should be grooming young leaders to take up the mantle when we have moved off the scene. ...Her presence is strongly felt as we gather in the city she loved so well."
This year's prayer breakfast will be Friday morning. It has been named The Lois DeBerry Prayer Breakfast and Memorial Service.
When former municipal employee Kenneth Moody announced he would challenge Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks for Juvenile Court Clerk in next year's Democratic Primary, some watchers of local politics quickly pointed to the influence of Brooks' commission colleague, Sidney Chism.
Brooks, who was questioning the operation of Juvenile Court long before the U.S. Department of Justice determined there was much seriously amiss, announced her candidacy many months ago. When The New Tri-State Defender asked Chism to comment on whether he had a hand in Moody's planned challenge of Brooks, he chose to remain mum for now.
Candidate Moody said those who see his bid as some type of mini-machine manipulation need to think again.
Advancing their commitment to provide resources to help Memphis and Shelby County children reach their full potential, The Urban Child Institute recently opened the first module of the Early Advantage Brain Awareness Exhibit at the Pink Palace Museum.
The interactive exhibition aims to equip parents and caregivers with information and tools that can be used and applied in daily life to encourage healthy brain development for babies ages zero to three.
Understanding how a child's brain receives and processes information is important to promote optimal growth and development, but learning about best practices to ensure that an infant reaches key milestones like crawling, walking, and talking can sometimes be a daunting task for new and expecting parents.
Year three of Comcast's Internet Essentials initiative was kicked off Monday with an event at the Boys and Girls Club Technical Training Center at 903 Walker Ave.
Those on hand for the event included Otha Brandon, Comcast director of Government Affairs, Joe Sing, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club Technical Training Center, Eric Robertson, president of Community Life, and Bernal E. Smith II, president and publisher of The New Tri-State Defender.
Internet Essentials is designed to help connect to the Internet those low-income Americans with children who receive a free or reduced-price school lunch as part of their enrollment in the National School Lunch Program.
Staci Franklin has recently joined BRIDGES as the vice president of communications. Franklin will provide leadership in managing the internal and external communications strategy for the organization with a particular emphasis on the Bridge Builders® program.
Prior to joining BRIDGES, Franklin served as the executive director of communications and broadcast services for Memphis City Schools for more than five years. She also served as the manager and director of community investment for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2001 to 2007.
Franklin's career in communications began with International Paper (IP) in 1994, where she worked in variety of roles at IP locations in Memphis, Erie, Penn., Washington, D.C., and Laurel, Miss.
Memphis, Shelby County and Tennessee states of emergency overlapped Friday afternoon as the prospect of an ice storm forced weather-related adjustments.
Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr., declared a state of emergency due to icing conditions throughout the county.
"Personnel from many emergency response and support agencies are working around the clock due to the ice storm. Besides overtime expenses, additional resources could be needed," said Luttrell. His declaration followed one issued Thursday by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.