Going on now for more than a decade, County Commissioner Sidney Chism's annual political picnic is where the local Democratic Party's big players announce their big news, try to solidify connections and do the sideline pushing to forward agendas.
This year's event was held this past Sunday (June 9) at his urban mini ranch in Whitehaven and it did not disappoint.
At the top of the list was the announcement by former county commissioner Deidre Malone that she will be filing to run for Shelby County Mayor in the Democratic Party primary scheduled for May 6th, 2014.
Longtime Democratic Party power Sidney Chism says he will be leaving public office and front line politics when his term as a county commissioner is completed in 2014.
Now 73 and looking forward to enjoying time at home with his wife and grandchildren, Chism laments that, "Our younger people have lost interest in politics. The fight is not there as it should be because us older guys did not provide an avenue for them to become involved."
In short, Chism said he and his generational peers dropped the ball by not making sure that every segment of the community was fairly included to advance its needs and dreams.
Thirty-seven prekindergarten (Pre-K) classrooms have been reinstated for the 2013-14 school year to boost the number of 4 year olds the unified district can accommodate this fall.
The district reopened 12 classrooms at school sites and 25 at community partner centers, allowing it to now serve a capacity of 3380 Pre-K children.
Since space is limited and the timeframe to enroll is brief, parents across Memphis and Shelby County are strongly urged to apply now during Phase II of the enrollment process, June 11 – 27.
Tears welled up in Tonya Thomas' eyes at The Obesity Summit after an official at BlueCross® BlueShield® of Tennessee announced that she'd won first place in the individual category for the most weight lost – 42.6 pounds – during the Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition.
Thomas began her weight loss journey in January, when she tipped the scale at 274 lbs. On Feb. 2, she signed up for the Challenge and weighed in at 233.6 lbs., having already lost 40.4 lbs. in one month. She lost an additional 42.6 lbs. during the Challenge for a total weight loss of 83 lbs.
BlueCross® BlueShield® of Tennessee presented the Healthy Church Challenge and The Obesity Summit to educate participants and encourage them to eat a well-balanced diet, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle, both spiritually and physically.
Anchored in historic Douglass Park in North Memphis, the Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival will mark its 20th anniversary June 14-16.
The three-day festival – always jam-packed with activities for the entire family – will be preceded on June 13 by the Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Gala at First Baptist Church-Broad Event Center, 2835 Broad Ave.
Former Mayor and City Schools Supt. Dr. Willie W. Herenton – now a major player in the charter school movement – will keynote the gala, which will honor several Memphians for their contribution and commitment to the African-American community. The gala is set for 7 p.m.
The highly-anticipated event of the year where women gather for health status checks, a little retail therapy, to see the latest fashions, get tips about hair, makeup and more, the 2013 Sisterhood Showcase did not disappoint.
Annually, the Sisterhood Showcase gives women a chance to convene at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in celebration of what we truly are – women.
Traditionally geared towards African-American women, this year's showcase featured many other ethnicities and cultures. Although the majority of last weekend's visitors were African-American women, there were many attendees who were not "of color," which indicates the increasing awareness of the impact of the Sisterhood Showcase on the community.
It's not how much you make, but how well you live that indicates happiness. That's according to Dale Mays, a 1st and 2nd grade teacher at Double Tree Elementary School.
Mays is categorized as "Irreplaceable" based on her student achievement scores and other measures under Memphis City Schools' Teacher Effectiveness Measurement. According to research, the "Irreplaceable" teaching status means it would take 11 teacher hires to obtain the same level of effectiveness of such a teacher if she or he had to be replaced.
Mays joined Memphis City Schools in 2003 when she moved to the Bluff City from Brooklyn, New York. While in Brooklyn, Mays opted for a major career change – from serving as a buyer and marketing analyst for Macy's Department Stores for 15 years to becoming a teacher in Brooklyn's public school system in 1990.