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MAHS scholar earns a prestigious summer journey

MAHS scholar earns a prestigious summer journey

Robbie Williams, a rising senior at Memphis Academy of Health Sciences High School, left Memphis Monday for a five-week experience at Phillips Academy Summer Session in Andover, Mass. She is one of only two Memphis-area students accepted to attend the prestigious summer program.

Founded in April 1778, the boarding school is one of the oldest and most competitive in the country. Its alumni list reflects a who's who of American leadership, including William Clarence Mathews (1901), attorney to Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey; Presidents, George H.W. Bush (1942) and George W. Bush (1964); and George Bundy Smith (1955), the African-American judge whose landmark 2004 decision ended the death penalty in New York state.

Last week, Robbie and her mother, Kellie Williams, shared their thoughts on the opportunity and her future.

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Tennessee Tech Center at Memphis gets new name

Tennessee Tech Center at Memphis gets new name

The 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

Methodist South uses new system on peripheral artery disease

Methodist 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

Rest in peace Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland

Bobby "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

Voting Rights Act: The new battle begins

In 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

LeMoyne-Owen College nets accreditation through 2023

The 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

Chief Inspector Larry Hill

GOOD 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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