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Mayor Wharton addresses backlog of sexual assault test kits

Mayor Wharton addresses backlog of sexual assault test kits

Mayor A C Wharton Jr. issued an executive order Monday (Oct. 21) requiring the Memphis Police Department to develop a plan to deal with the backlog of sexual assault test kits, collaboration with various public and community stakeholders to assure appropriate notification and interaction with victims, and establishing clear policies and procedures for prompt processing of new kits.

Wharton commended Police Director Toney Armstrong, District Attorney General Amy Weirich, Memphis City Council and others involved for their efforts to address the backlog issue. He laid out a plan for dealing with the kits in the future.

Within 90 days of issuance of the order, the Memphis Police Department is expected to begin providing monthly reports to the mayor and the Council's Public Safety Committee. The report is to address the status of the remedial plan and any new developments involving the processing of sexual assault test kits. The executive order calls for the development of "key performance indicators" to measure effectiveness and consistency.

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New Methodist North CEO focused on growth

New Methodist North CEO focused on growth

Gyasi Chisley was recently named chief executive officer at Methodist North Hospital.

"Gyasi is a great fit for North due to his focus on growth, clinical quality and physician relationships," said Gary Shorb, CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. "His experience in varied healthcare executive positions will make him a valued addition to the MLH leadership team."

Prior to joining Methodist North, Chisley was the president and site administrator at Mercy Health, Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. In that role he was responsible for all business, financial, HR, nursing and operations transactions. He also was the corporate service line executive for orthopedics, facilities and food & dietary.

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ASD to hold 2nd neighbor-hood fair

ASD to hold 2nd neighbor-hood fair

Hanley Aspire Elementary School, located at 680 Hanley Street in Orange Mound, will be the venue on Saturday (Oct. 19) for the Achievement School District's second annual Neighborhood Schools Fair.

The event will be from until 3 p.m., with ASD leadership promising an afternoon filled with opportunities to speak directly with charter operators. Also on the menu is "food, fun and activities for everyone, including free massages for teachers and cupcakes for kids."

The Neighborhood Schools Fair will also be another chance for each community being considered in next year's matching process to follow-up and ask questions after the school meetings held last month across the city.

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Changing the complexion of the physician workforce

Changing the complexion of the physician workforce

By self-description, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare are committed to changing the complexion of the physician workforce in the Mid-South. One of the first steps toward accomplishing that goal has translated into $10,000 scholarships for each of five African-American, UTHSC medical students.

Started this fall, the Dr. Ed Reed Scholarship Fund is named in special memory of the late Ed Reed, MD, who passed away at the age of 92 earlier this year.

Gary Shorb, president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, and David M. Stern, MD, executive dean of the UTHSC College of Medicine, recently met with four of the UTHSC African-American medical students to recognize them as the first recipients of the Dr. Ed Reed Scholarship Fund at the UTHSC College of Medicine. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has committed $250,000 to the scholarship fund over the next five years.

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Block Party and Picnic For Peace

Block Party and Picnic For Peace

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.

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Local teachers’ group at odds with Education Commissioner.

Local teachers’ group at odds with Education Commissioner.

"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.

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Memphian is West Tenn. Teacher of the Year

Memphian is West Tenn. Teacher of the Year

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.

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