Now, I know why they call it Staxtacular!
There is no question about it, the Memphis Grizzles and Soulsville sure know how to throw a party! To truly understand where I am coming from one has to first know how to define the word spectacular :
a. A single dramatic production of unusual length or lavishness.
b. An elaborate display.
Forty-eight hours before he stepped to the podium to deliver the annual State of the City address this past Friday before a packed room at the Pink Palace, Mayor AC Wharton Jr. riffed on how running the city has personally affected him.
"You remember that movie 'The Strange Life of Benjamin Bratt?' That's how I feel," Wharton told The New Tri-State Defender. "I've always looked old, but the job is truly energizing, despite the pitfalls," Wharton said with a good-natured laugh.
Mentors, mentees and their supporters will celebrate mentoring in Memphis at the Memphis Education Association Building at 126 Flicker St., on Saturday.
The event will mark the 5th anniversary of the Memphis CARES Mentoring Movement. In addition to the presentation of mentoring awards, Susan Taylor, the founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, will deliver a call to action on behalf of mentoring for the community's children.
Charles Scruggs took the idea of devotion seriously whether it was his family, his career or his city and its children.
Many knew him as "Mr. Chuck," the WKNO television personality committed to the well-being and enlightenment of young people. He died last Friday (Jan. 18) at his home in Midtown. He was 80.
Arrangements have been made for his home-going service, and here are the details:
(Marvin Hill, U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major (Ret.), is the new director of Residential Living at the Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center in Memphis.)
I have faced and overcome many challenges in my lifetime, from growing up in the Walker Homes community of Memphis to serving as Gen. David Petraeus' hand-picked senior enlisted adviser for four combat tours, including the U.S. Central Command.
I served as the senior enlisted adviser to Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré as part of the Army's Joint Task Force response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I was selected by the Department of the Army to be an instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Will minority- and women-owned firms ever get a fair shake in the awarding of contracts issued by local municipal governments?
While some will argue that the question is loaded and that it brushes away any measure of progress, there is a fresh reason why it is being bandied about in various quarters of Memphis.
In a protest letter recently sent to several county officials, including Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr., three locally owned African-American firms are claiming foul. Their owners and operators say the county sidestepped them to hire a firm that did not meet at least two of the priority minimum qualifications supposedly demanded by the county in a recent contract bid. They note that Caissa Public Strategy – the firm that secured the contract – happened to be white-owned.
Club Crave – the controversial Beale St. nightspot – was shutdown permanently on Wednesday by virtue of a Shelby County Environmental Court order.
"This is a major victory for the city, the Downtown Entertainment District, and Beale Street," said Mayor A C Wharton. "Rest assured we will continue in our efforts to identify a more productive use for this property through our ongoing talks and negotiations with the property's owner."