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TSD Student of the Week: 12/19/2012

Jones-Xavier-300University of Memphis student Xavier Jones is participating in GE Capital Aviation Services' AMS (Asset Management Services) University Co-Op Program.

As part of the co-op program, Jones is learning about AMS's business model, key market drivers and competitive landscape while honing his analytical, presentation and persuasion skills as he completes his studies. He will work for the marketing and sales team three days a week through next May.


Grizz honor fallen officer, Sandy Hook victims

honor guard-600Prior to tip-off of the Memphis Grizzlies and Chicago Bulls game at the FedExForum, the Memphis Police Department Color Guard was present on-court during the National Anthem.

A moment of silence was taken in memory of fallen Memphis police officer Martoyia Lang and the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT shooting throughout this week.

On Friday (Dec. 14) 20 children and six adults in Newtown lost their lives during a massive school shooting. Meanwhile, local Memphians were just digesting the news that Memphis police officer Martoyia Lang was killed while serving a warrant that morning.



So long, Dr. Thomas!


When attending a retirement party, you expect to hear celebratory remarks, accolades, tributes and acknowledgements of a job well done. Sunday (Dec. 16) was no different as a sold-out crowd attended the "Black Tie Retirement Celebration" for the Rev. Dr. Frank Anthony Thomas.

Church folk from Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, family members, colleagues from near and far, pastors, friends, and sons and daughters in ministry were all on hand at the Hilton Hotel, located at 939 Ridge Lake Boulevard.


Dr. Wright in Memphis

 Dr. Jeremiah Wright will be the keynote speaker on Sunday (Dec. 16) as Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church says goodbye to Senior Pastor Dr. Frank A. Thomas.

The Black Tie Soiree will occur at the Hilton Hotel located at 939 Ridge Lake Blvd., beginning at 4 p.m.


Olympic Cares Toy Drive


Families – some 800 of them – received toys on Wednesday as part of the Olympic Cares Toy Drive.

The toy giveaway unfolded at Neighborhood Christian Centers (NCC), Inc., located at 785 Jackson Ave. It was hosted by event partners Olympic Tax Service LLC and MAPCO Express Inc., and included donations made directly to the NCC.


TSD Holiday Parade set for Dec. 22


The TSDmemphis.com Holiday Parade – sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender – has been reset for Saturday, Dec. 22.

There is no rain forecast for that date (and we hope that remains the case). The parade, which signals the return of a tradition to the downtown area, will begin at 11 a.m. It is the inaugural parade to travel the recently designated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and will be in support of Olympic Cares Toy Drive.


The LeMoyne-Owen College at 150

LOC-1-600(Marcey Evans graduated from The LeMoyne-Owen College Summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities/ Journalism degree in December 2007. This conversation with LOC President Johnnie B. Watson is the first segment of a two-part look at the college as it celebrates its sesquicentennial.)

Marcey Evans: The LeMoyne-Owen College has been around for 150 years! Wow, that's amazing. But I want to start with the nuts and bolts. How many years have you been LeMoyne-Owen's president?


Obese Memphis moving from fat to fit

memphisfit-600Diagnosed last year with diabetes, the Rev. Dan Henley point-blank refused the medicine his physician initially suggested to regulate his out-of-whack blood sugar.

"When I got the diagnosis, I said 'I don't receive that.' My doctor said, 'I don't care if you receive or not, you've got diabetes. ... I'll give you 90 days to control it on your own," recounts Henley, 50, pastor of Journey Christian Church in Memphis. The city is home to more obese people than any other American city, according to the Gallup Well-Being Index.


LEGACY: Dr. Rose Rita Dorsey Flowers

Minister Joe "Uncle Joe" Hunter, founder and program director for G.A.N.G., Inc., a youth enrichment ministry, knows the value of "mothers" and he counts Dr. Rose Rita Dorsey Flowers among his top three.

"Mama Rita was G.A.N.G., Inc.'s first board member, and she is the reason G.A.N.G., Inc. was allowed to use space in the North Frayser Community Center," said Hunter in an email in which he asked for prayers from Dr. Flowers' family.


Tennessee voters prefer health care exchange run by the state

NASHVILLE – A new poll from Vanderbilt University shows that Tennessee voters prefer that the state run the online health care exchange required by the federal Affordable Health Care Act, with Republicans more adamant about the issue than voters as a whole.

That sentiment reflected by the Vanderbilt Poll conflicts with the actions of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. On Monday, Haslam informed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that Tennessee is declining to create and run the exchange, an online marketplace where state residents can shop for health coverage.


BRIEFS & THINGS: Community meeting set for Humes Middle School

Memphis City Schools will host a public hearing at Humes Middle School on Monday ( Dec. 17) from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The hearing is to discuss the proposal to close Humes Middle School and "repurpose it for innovative academic programming." The community is encouraged to attend to provide feedback and comments to members of the Shelby County Board of Education.


Gala spotlights emerging difference-makers

MULYP1-600Winners humbled that they had been chosen and nominees honored to be considered for recognition they never would have sought gave testament last Saturday that Memphis is producing young, minority professionals making positive changes in the community.

Over 100 Memphians adorned in their best evening attire gathered downtown at Bridges for the 3rd Annual Agents of Change Awards presented by the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP).


Mississippi hate-crime plea yields gruesome details

jamescraiganderson-300A fourth man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime in the death of an African-American man who was beaten by a gang of young whites, then run over by a pickup truck driven by one of them in Mississippi in 2011.

In a separate but related case, another Mississippi man admitted he was part of a group of whites who carried out other racial attacks against African Americans around the same time.