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Gospel recording artist Peggy Garner to highlight Westwood Shores community event

gosple allen_600Gospel recording artist Peggy Garner of Atlanta will be the special guest on Saturday (May 31st) as the Westwood Shores Homeowners Association & Committee hosts a community event from noon to 4 p.m.

Garner was born and raised in Memphis, where she graduated from Overton High School. She earned an Associates of Applied Science Degree from Draughons Jr. College in 1986 and a second Associates of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Arts/Multimedia from Southwest Tennessee Community College in 2007.

Garner, a singer, songwriter/guitarist, is also a stage play/screenplay writer. She has written, produced and directed several stage plays, including:

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Memphis needs defined contribution pension reform

Andre Fowlkes_600Four years ago, when serving on the Memphis & Shelby County Metropolitan Charter Commission to consolidate city and county governments, there were numerous issues that we were facing in terms of the long-term benefit for our city. The divide that existed on these issues stemmed mainly from our resistance to change, and it didn't matter what logic, math, or business sense told us to do differently.

We took solace in holding on to what we've got with the attitude that ignored the trend lines. To have a buy-and-hold mentality when your stock is falling, has been on persistent decline, and is in an industry that is being eliminated, creates financial suicide.

One such issue that we forecasted on the Charter Commission was the City of Memphis pension plan. We made a forecast on the direction of our pension, and unfortunately, four years later this prediction has come true.

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The Business of fashion – Part I

tie-fashion 600When many people think of Memphis they think of our soulful music, smoky barbecue or muddy Mississippi River. One of the last things that come to mind is Memphis as a fashion forward city.

There is, however, a growing class of creative individuals committed to bringing fashion into the forefront of a place that seems to reference the past more frequently than the future. In part one of a two-part series, we meet pioneer James Davis, who not only offers tailor-made clothing, but has his own fragrance as well.

Carlee McCullough: Thank you for taking the time to share with our readers your experience and knowledge. Tell us about James Davis?
James Davis: Let me first thank you for taking time to have me for the interview. I am the president and owner of L.R. CLOTHIER. I strive to be more successful every day and understand that success is not simply defined by how much money is made, but how many people you have a positive influence upon as well. I truly believe that if you think it – then you can achieve it. Everyday is something new, something different and life is what you make of it. I love what I do.

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Republicans are veteran hypocrites on the VA

George Curry-160If you let the Republicans tell it, President Obama is directly responsible for the fiasco at the Veterans Administration. But they don't tell you that fresh off of Memorial Day parade appearances, they are responsible for scuttling legislation that would have expanded benefits for the nation's 22 million veterans and their families.

A measure backed by Obama would have lengthened the period veterans are eligible to receive health care from the VA from five years to 10 years after deployment. The bill also would have allowed the VA to open 27 new health facilities, expand medical and dental care, make more veterans eligible for in-state tuition at public universities, repeal the recent cut in cost-of-living adjustments for new enlistees and extend a program that provides care for veterans with mild to severe brain injuries.

More than 20 military organizations – including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Wounded Warriors Project and Disabled American Veterans – supported the bill.

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UTHSC’s growing interest in pharmaceutical discovery, development and manufacturing

uthealth 600Dr. Ken Brown, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), traveled to China earlier this month to participate in an international conference sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to discuss international concerns related to pharmaceutical supply chain security.

The conference also focused on manufacturing practices, shipping and distribution networks, and the counterfeit pharmaceutical industry. The trip to Qingdao is described as a reflection of UTHSC's growing interests and efforts in pharmaceutical discovery, development and manufacturing.

Other global concerns discussed centered on internet pharmaceutical sales, counterfeit pharmaceutical trafficking and pharmaceutical cargo thefts, said Dr. Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE,.

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