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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.


‘The Teacher Who Changed My Life’ essay contest

The New Tri-State Defender is partnering with New America Media (NAM) and other media partners in Memphis to organize an essay contest on teachers.

We invite you to write a short essay (500 words maximum) describing the teacher who changed your life or the life of your child. Who is this remarkable person? Did this person mentor you, open your mind to a subject that became your passion, help you in a personal crisis?


Lexie’s gifts of life

Donorlexie-davis-200After being diagnosed with epilepsy at age eight, Lexie Marissa Davis suffered seizures for more than half her life. Still, she remained happy, humble and thoughtful, always trying to find the good in people.

A student at East High School, Lexie excelled in art, sang in her church choir and enjoyed belly dancing. In August 2011, just weeks after turning 17, she suffered a seizure, fell in the tub and drowned.


TSDmemphis Holiday Parade to honor state champs

Champs-39-600The TSDmemphis.com Holiday Parade – sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender – will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday (Dec. 8), with a slight adjustment in the parade route, and the addition of special recognition for the state champion Tigers of Whitehaven High School.

The parade, which signals the return of a tradition to Downtown Memphis, will begin at the intersection of Fourth St. and Beale Street, head west on Beale to Second St., proceed south on Second St. to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., then east on MLK to Third St., head north on Third St. to Beale Street Alley, and then east back to Fourth St., where it will culminate.


TSU’s new president set for Memphis visit

drgloriabaskinglover-300Memphis native Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover – the new president of Tennessee State University – will return "home" on Saturday (Dec. 8) for a meet-and-greet session with Memphis-area alumni.

The buffet-style, semi-formal event will be held at The Marriott Hotel at 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $60 per person, with a cash bar.