Sat04192014

Greater Metro

Gospel star Sapp to promote choice and educational opportunities at Memphis stop

SappTour 600Memphis is a tour stop on a rolling community dialogue on education opportunities for African-American families.

The 2014 School of Choice tour pairs The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) with Grand Rapids, Mich. pastor and Grammy-nominated, Dove, Stellar and BET award-winning gospel artist Dr. Marvin L. Sapp.

Sapp will be in Memphis for the free event on Thursday (Feb. 20th) at 7 p.m. at Greater Community Temple Church of God in Christ at 5151 Winchester Rd. On tap is a discussion about the status of education for African-American students and the options that are available for parents seeking better educational opportunities for their children.

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Community in Motion

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At various local events and venues, area residents are captured saluting achievers, responding to encouragement, taking on new ventures, having fun and more!

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Not the ‘death sentence’ it used to be

Deberry 600Some of America's most fascinating luminaries succumbed to it – Dizzy Gillespie, the jazz icon; Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Microsoft creator Steve Jobs; and Memphis' own political celeb, long-time House Speaker Pro-Tempore Lois DeBerry.

But pancreatic cancer – one of the more aggressive forms of cancer – is not the "death sentence" it used to be.

"There was a time when doctors would diagnose the disease and essentially send the patient home to die," said Alan Kosten, founder of the Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation, which raises funds to support research at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

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An evening with Stephen A. Smith

StephenA3Sports journalist Stephen A. Smith – known for his outspoken, forward nature – didn't hold anything back when addressing the large crowd that came to hear him speak at the University of Memphis Michael D. Rose Theater on Tuesday (Feb. 12th).

From topics such as value and success to race, Smith offered wisdom and commentary in his characteristic blunt, unapologetic manner. Among the topics that he took on was being prepared for and understanding how the world works.

"Are you ready for what waits? The world is always ready. It has no compassion, it will ignore you.... unless you understand the challenges that await," said Smith.

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Rape kit backlog a ‘systematic failure,’ says Wharton

rapekit 600"Every day that a sexual assault kit goes untested is delayed justice, and justice delayed is justice denied," said Mayor A C Wharton Jr., referencing the over 12,000 untested rape kits in the City of Memphis.

Wednesday morning in the Hall of Mayors at City Hall, Wharton addressed what he referred to as a "systematic failure." He plans to develop a cross-functional team with representatives from law enforcement, and legal and victim advocate groups to address the rape kit-testing debacle.

To jumpstart those efforts, Wharton announced a partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national organization that has conducted groundbreaking research in identifying the nation's backlog of rape kits and best practices for eliminating rape kit testing delays.

 

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Tracey Rogers returns to WMC-TV 5 as vice president and general manager

wmctv 600Raycom Media has announced that Tracey Rogers has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Raycom Media's WMC-TV 5 in Memphis. Effective February 10th Rogers replaced Lee Meredith, who was recently promoted to Raycom Media's WAFB in Baton Rouge, LA.

Rogers is leaving her position as vice president and general manager at KAIT, the Raycom Media Station in Jonesboro, Ark.

"I am thrilled to be coming home," said Rogers. "I grew up in Jackson, Tennessee watching WMC, then I had the honor of serving as News Director here for 5 years, and now returning as the Vice President and General Manager is my dream come true."

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Caution: ‘Dems’ changing lanes

demschanging 600The shellacking that local Democrats absorbed from Republicans in the August 2010 general election – a loss of every countywide seat – is still a fresh memory for attorney and former state legislator Carol Chumney.

Now, Chumney has watchful eyes on May's Shelby County primary and the August state and federal primaries and county elections. She contends that Democrats have come up short in recent elections in part because of the troubling practice of elected Democrats who have endorsed Republicans or cozied up to them for photo-ops.

Although the Republican 2010 sweep was marked in controversy over an election-day glitch followed by a Chancery Court lawsuit, it jumpstarted Chumney's quest to end the support of elected Democrats for Republicans.

 

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SCS nears open of 2014-15 General Choice Transfer process

SCS 600The 2014-15 General Choice Transfer process for all students in Shelby County will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 18th and run through Friday, March 7th. The General Choice Transfer process allows parents to choose a school in the district with available space that best fits their child's educational needs.

The General Choice Transfer process is NOT the same as the Optional Schools application process. Optional Schools have specific academic criteria for admissions and a separate application period.

Online Application Process: The General Choice Transfer process will be completely online to afford the most opportunities for students and families in Shelby County. No paper applications will be printed or accepted. Rather than lining up at the Board of Education, parents can complete and submit an application from any personal computer with Internet access or smartphone that supports online forms.

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MentorMe now backed by ‘Angels’

britfitz 600MentorMe founder and CEO, Brittany Fitzpatrick, has been moving as if her technology-driven company is a valuable business with significant growth potential. Now a group of "Angels" is backing her up.

Fitzpatrick's MentorMe is one of three companies recently selected to receive angel funding from Start Co – a Memphis-based global venture development organization that offers business accelerator programs designed to promote and encourage entrepreneurship.

"We're excited to receive an investment through Start Co.'s Wolf River Angels. It is a huge milestone not just for our company, but for me personally and proves that MentorMe is a valuable business with significant growth potential," said Fitzpatrick.

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Coming soon: ‘The Legacy of Owen College’

LMOLegacy 600The Owen College History Committee, which has been on a two-year mission, met recently at St. John Baptist Church to finalize plans for the product yielded by its efforts.

The product – "The Legacy of Owen College" – is now ready for its premiere. The public is invited to attend the event on Feb. 22 in the Dorothy Harris Lounge of the Alma Hanson Building on the campus of The LeMoyne-Owen College.

"The Legacy of Owen College" records the history of the two-year college, which was founded by the Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention and named for the Rev. S. A. Owen, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church. Located on the corner of Vance and Orleans, the college opened in 1954 and merged with LeMoyne College in 1968.

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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

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Feb. 13: 2-3 p.m., The Hollis F. Price Library presents Birthplace of Hip-Hop Tour, Alumni Room.

Feb. 18: 9:45 a.m.-10:50 a.m., A Discussion of Africans in Israel, featuring LOC faculty, Little Theater.

Feb. 22: 2-4 p.m., Owen College Legacy book signing with Dr. Miriam DeCosta Willis and other Owen College alumni, Dorothy Harris Lounge in the Hanson Student Center.

 

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The legacy of Catherine Faye Howell

howell 600On the scroll of African Americans memorialized for their dedication to upgrading the quality of life in African-American communities should be a spot reserved for the legacy of Catherine Faye Howell.

Born April 16, 1928, Mrs. Howell died last year on June 2nd after a long illness. In the intervening 85 years she evolved into an unrelenting advocate for South Memphis and an energetic reminder that unwavering commitment to community is fundamental to rooting out poverty.

Memphis Area Project (MAP), South, Inc. – a South Memphis nonprofit organization that distributes food to impoverished infants, children, women and senior citizens – is a jewel in Mrs. Howell's legacy. On Aug. 10th 1965, she founded the group, along with Rosa A. Robinson, James Wray, William Wheeler and Beulah Williams.

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Signing Day


signingday2 600Thirteen Cordova High School football players seeking an opportunity to play the game on the collegiate level all signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday (Feb. 5) morning during National Signing Day, when athletes from various sports make their college of choice official.

"It's a dream come true," said outside linebacker Vassiel Beason, who will attend the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He said he didn't see this day coming two years ago.

"I plan to start classes early in the summer to get a head start," he said. 

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