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‘Three Doctors’ to the rescue

‘Three Doctors’ to the rescue

The Freedom Award winning and nationally acclaimed "Three Doctors" – Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt – established residence for a day (April 30) at Frayser High School as part of Teach for America Week.

In addition to the Three Doctors' appearance at Frayser, the FedEx supported and sponsored week included FedEx executives, city officials and other notables spending time as guest teachers in classrooms throughout Memphis.

At Frayser High, students got the "real deal" from the three brothers who transcended the hard streets of "Brick City," aka Newark, N. J. Each shared his story of coming up without a father in the home, difficulties and bad decisions. Collectively they detailed the "Pact" that helped propel them to better lives through education.

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Neelys attend White House Correspondents’ dinner

Neelys attend White House Correspondents’ dinner

Memphis celebrity couple Pat and Gina Neely rubbed shoulders with the power elite during Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Politicians, Hollywood celebrities and journalists were representative of the guests in attendance at the annual event at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C.

"It was an amazing experience for us that will always be a great memory," said Gina Neely, co-host of the Food Network's highly rated "Down Home with the Neelys" cooking show and spokesperson for the George Foreman® Grills Weight Loss Challenge.

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Enroll for Pre-K through May 17

Parents interested in enrolling their 4-year-old children in a prekindergarten (Pre-K) program in the unified school district for the 2013-14 school year are urged to apply as early as possible. Applications are available now through May 17.

Pre-K classes will be offered at select elementary schools across Memphis and Shelby County and at partner locations. The Pre-K program is a free school-readiness initiative designed to help children be adequately prepared for kindergarten. Priority is given to families who meet low-income guidelines.

To enroll, children must:

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Memphis: ‘tastiest town’ runner-up

Memphis: ‘tastiest town’ runner-up

Memphis notched runner-up status in Southern Living magazine's "Tastiest Town in the South" competition. Memphis and nine other southern cities are featured in the May issue.

"Memphis was recognized for its bountiful crossroads of 'cue, crops and rising culinary stars," according to Southern Living. "There's no denying barbeque is at the heart of the River City's food culture. Spots like Cozy Corner Restaurant and Charles Vergos' Rendezvous are bucket-list destinations."

The magazine's editors chose the top 10 "Tastiest Towns in the South" based on each town having food as a part of the its cultural identity, diverse cuisine at a variety of price points, hot chefs on the rise and a number of buzz-worthy food events. The public voted online for the tastiest of the top 10 towns chosen by editors.

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Brooks to keynote Mothers of the NILE dinner

Brooks to keynote Mothers of the  NILE dinner

A longtime advocate for children and families, Shelby County Commissioner Henri E. Brooks' quest for fairness and justice coincides with the mission of Mothers of the NILE, a group she will address Thursday, May 9, during the grassroots advocacy organization's annual Mother's Day Dinner at First Baptist Church-Broad, 2835 Broad Ave.

The dinner is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The theme is "Who Can Impact the Future of a Child? Look in the Mirror."

"Our annual dinner is held to recognize and honor those who work consistently and diligently to support our youth. Our key note speaker, Henri Brooks, will help us not only reflect on but also re-ignite our individual commitments," said Sondra Howell, chairwoman of Mothers of the NILE.

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Attention high school seniors with EMT or paramedic dreams

Attention high school seniors with EMT or paramedic dreams

There is a national shortage of emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics and an even greater shortage of minorities who choose emergency medical services as a profession. This is a statistic that Rural/Metro Ambulance wants to change.

For the last six years, Rural/Metro has offered a scholarship program for Tennessee minority high school seniors who are interested in furthering their education to become an EMT or paramedic.

Students who receive a scholarship will attend an EMT school in Shelby County. After completing the two-year program, successful students will then be ready to take the national test to receive their EMT license.

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‘Still more’ is needed, says former U.S. Sec. of Education Paige

‘Still more’ is needed, says former U.S. Sec. of Education Paige

When you come from rural Mississippi and – by your own description – "wiggle my way to the White House" to become the first African American to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education, there might be a tendency to think you've done enough.

No so with Dr. Rod Paige, the seventh Department of Education secretary in U.S. history, and the keynote speaker last Sunday (April 20) at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Beta Epsilon Chapter's Second Annual Educational Advancement Foundation Scholarship Breakfast.

The early morning event, held with the support of Dr. Lester Baskins and Middle Baptist Church, 801 Whitehaven Lane, was designed to continue the sorority's legacy of scholarship and service. The theme was "Awesome Support for Education: The AKA Way." Dr. Paige was invited to offer his perspective on the importance of education in today's economy.

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