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Health care management top credential goes to UTHSC’s Brown

Kennard Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has been named a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE).

The FACHE title is considered to be the premier credential in the field of health care management.

As the chief operations officer and executive vice chancellor for UTHSC, Dr. Brown is the principal aide to the chancellor.


LEGACY: Amos Odell Webster Jr.

legacy1During the late 1970's, there were a number of industries in the U.S. that did not readily embrace diversity. Amid that environment, Amos Odell Webster Jr. found a way to successfully climb corporate ladders.

Mr. Webster died June 29 at age 60. In his rear-view mirror was a 39-year career in corporate management and business entrepreneurship.

At age 27, Mr. Webster became one of the youngest African-Americans to land a position as zone manager at the Ford Motor Company's Industrial Engine Division, where he was responsible for sales in a six-state region. Later, he served as worldwide marketing manager for Waukesha Engine Division/Dresser Industries.


Mayor’s initiative presents: Possibilities for the ‘Core’ of the City

acWhartonOnzie Horne, Memphis' deputy director of Community Enhancement, was a proverbial cornucopia of information on Monday's bus ride through various "hoods" of Memphis. As we slowly came to a stop in South Memphis, the corner of Mississippi and Walker, he eloquently pointed out key historic sites and their significance, particularly to the African-American community in times past.

Although the bus tour and announcement by Mayor A C Wharton Jr.'s Innovation Delivery Team was clearly about the future of inner city Memphis, Horne's historic accounts helped shape a context of a time when those communities were thriving with business, commerce, connection and appeal.


Luttrell makes pitch to stay focused amid elections suit

"I'm not surprised by the lawsuit. However, I was shocked by the language. The lawsuit needs to be based on constitutional merits and not on race. Additionally, state law allows for these special elections. They should be held as planned."
– Mark H. Luttrell Jr., Shelby County Mayor

The headline on the news release from the office of Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. declared that he disagreed with the lawsuit that the County Commission filed to block municipal school elections.

If given the face-to-face chance, some who have read the 6-paragraph release announcing Luttrell's stance would have asked, "What were you thinking?"


Garden to Groceries program goes a step further

gardengoodsfarmersmarketby Kimberly McGrew
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Not even the sweltering heat could stop the students of the Boys and Girls Club Technical Training Center from selling their nutritious treats at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday (June 30).

Their resolve was linked to "Gardens to Groceries" – the center's program that encourages students to grow their own foods through a new age of hydroponic gardening called aeroponic tower gardening. Aeroponic gardening requires no dirt; just mineral water, sunlight and air.


NBA’s Monta Ellis plays host in his new home

Tobin ThickeMilwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis experienced his first taste of hosting an upscale event and the proceeds were reaped by organizations in the city that he now calls home.

Ellis' giving efforts were recognized on Saturday (June 30) as his agency, the ME8Foundation, hosted its first public event, Romance on the Rooftop Day Party benefitting the National Civil Rights Museum and Stand for Children. The event featured R&B crooner Robin Thicke at the Peabody Hotel's Skyway and Rooftop.


HBCU royalty plan Session in Memphis

Royalty from more than 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are set to arrive in Memphis for four days (July 12-15) of intense training at the 11th annual Leadership Conference for Queens and Kings' Konnection sponsored by Verizon at The Peabody Hotel.


First Lady brings history home at AME session

FirstLady inNashDrawing upon the rich history of the nation's oldest African-American denomination, First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged all Americans to get involved in the lives of the nation's families and neighborhoods and the country as a whole.

Mrs. Obama addressed the 49th Quadrennial Session of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church's General Conference held in Nashville on June 28, the same day she spoke at a Memphis fundraiser.


First Lady connects during Memphis visit


That's the verb that resonated from Michelle Obama as the first lady shared elements of her upbringing with a Memphis-area crowd at the Canon Center on Wednesday afternoon. The reference was to her parents and the posture they took to make sure she and her brother had what each needed to succeed.

"They held us to the same high standard of excellence because they wanted us both to have the same kind of education they could only dream of," she said.


Brothers prove giving back is for the Byrds

brothers-Jim-Darrellby Brittany Fitzpatrick
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Jim Byrd opened his first McDonald's in Memphis in 1989. Over 20 years later, he and his brother, Darrell Byrd, have built a successful business with a combined eight McDonald's restaurants.

"My dad always taught us that in anything we do we have to be twice as good at it. That's a philosophy we carry with us...and it's helped us in this business," said Darrell Byrd.


‘If we are not infected, we are affected’

AIDS-day-1The corner of Elvis Presley and Kerr was the site as the Cocaine Alcohol Awareness Program (CAAP, Inc.) and First Impressions Remix Barber Shop intersected with other community-based organizations to bring STD/HIV testing, food and fun, and door prizes to the community.

A simple swab has changed the way individuals can be tested for HIV today, with the portability of the testing making it more convenient to serve individuals wherever they are.


Memphis pastor reaps Congressional Gold Medal

gold-medal-winnerAt this stage in his life, the Rev. Dr. Lee Ward, pastor of Greater Harvest Church of God In Christ Ministries, Inc. in Memphis, has a storehouse of never-to-be-forgotten memories. On Wednesday (June 27), he added another.

Ward is a surviving member of the historic, Munford Point Marines, the first African-American members of the United States Marine Corps. He and his surviving Marine brothers were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor that a citizen can achieve.


Service providers out to educate at health fairs

HealthFair-1by Dr. Dee Lofton
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Sharay Thomas and Terrance Moore, founders of Top Priority Homemaker Services, see their company as an extension of a personal mission to serve those in need.

Last Saturday (June 23), Thomas and Moore were out to get health fair visitors to see what they see. The venue was The New Olivet Baptist Church, where the health fair was co-sponsored by the church's HealTHY Congregation Ministry Delta Medical Center.