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Hickory Ridge mall site for new Reinstatement Driver Service Center

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will open a new driver service center in the Hickory Ridge Mall on Tuesday (Feb. 21). The Hickory Ridge Reinstatement Driver Service Center will offer reinstatement services only.

Once open, the center will be the only location in southwest Tennessee where citizens may reinstate driver licenses that have been suspended or revoked. It will be stationed inside the mall, which is located at 6075 Winchester Road. The center will operate from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. (All state offices, including driver service centers, will be closed February 20 in honor of the President’s Day holiday.)

Effective February 21, the additional driver service centers in Shelby County, which includes the centers located on East Shelby Drive, Summer Avenue, and Walnut Grove, and the center in Millington, as well as the centers in Fayette and Tipton Counties will no longer offer reinstatement services.

“This is a step that many of our employees across the state have urged us to take as a way of reducing the average wait time,” said Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons. “Reinstatement transactions usually take longer. By handling them in designated centers, it will free up other centers to handle standard transactions faster, such as license renewals and the issuance of licenses to new drivers, new residents, and those who need replacements due to licenses being lost or stolen.”

The new Hickory Ridge Reinstatement Driver Service Center will also provide photo IDs to registered voters who need state-issued photo identification to vote. That includes issuance of simple photo IDs and conversion of non-photo driver licenses to photo driver licenses without charge. The special service is offered at every driver service center across the state.

For more information, visit www.TN.Gov/safety.

Get your applications in for Ambassadors program

The City of Memphis’ Ambassadors Program on Monday began taking applications. Interested parties must be entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the upcoming 2012-2013 school year.

Applications can be completed at www.cityofmemphis.org until March 16th. Applicants will be ranked March 22nd, and interviews will occur in April.

The Memphis Ambassadors Program operates in nine sites around the city and seeks to provide leadership development, post-secondary preparation, and life-skills training.

Heal the Hood telethon to include awards presentations

The Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis (HTH) will host the HTH “Game Changer” Advocate & Humanitarian Award during the 4th Annual “Living the Dream Telethon” on April 14 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hickory Ridge Mall.

The Living the Dream telethon was established to focus positive national attention on Memphis and offset the stigma of being the place where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died. The event will also raise funds to support other non-profit organizations working to change the lives of individuals and families impacted by violent crimes and the subsequent loss of loved ones.

The “Game Changer” Advocate and Humanitarian Award expands the telethon’s scope by recognizing individuals who are doing the work of promoting peace, unity, hope, tolerance, love, self-sufficiency and positive activities in the city. Qualified nominees will be accepted from coordinated community enhancement programs, human service projects, church-sponsored programs, youth groups, civic clubs or social networks. Individual nominees who dedicate their time and talent to the community will also be considered.

To find out about the award categories and/or nominate a “Game Changer,” contact Roshunda Buchanan, Team Coordinator at 901-489-2386 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a 2011-12 nomination form.

BRIEFLY: United Housing, Inc. will offer a free homebuyer education class for low-to-moderate income families wanting to purchase a home. The class will be held at 51 N. Cooper Street on Feb. 18 at 9 a.m.

BRIEFLY: The College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is hosting an open house for prospective students from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 17. Located on the sixth floor of the 930 Madison Avenue building, the event will provide information to individuals interested in learning more about educational programs for careers in allied health. Registration begins at 1:40 p.m.

BRIEFLY: Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church located at 1334 William Fields Ave. will honor Elmore Nickleberry of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike as part its Black History Month celebration that begins at 9 a.m. Feb. 19.


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