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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.


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.


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.



tompeddler 600LeMoyne-Owen College
(807 Walker Ave.)

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.



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.


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. 


Memories abound for fire victim

firevictim 600The sentiments were pretty much the same: LeRoy Davis was quick-witted, brazen, a unique character, a good person and loved his church.

"We were tight; we did so much together. You couldn't help but love him," said Dora Chambers, recounting fond memories of her brother at a memorial service for him on Saturday (Feb. 1) at Dave Wells Community Center in North Memphis.

Davis died the afternoon of Jan. 24 in the home at 1051 Morehead St., which he shared with his mother, Katherine Tatum. Dense smoke and flames trapped him inside. Davis was the oldest of Tatum's eight children. He was 62.


It’s official: Deidre Malone files for Shelby County Mayor

malone 600The Malone for Shelby County Mayor camp (#maloneformayor2014) escorted its candidate, Deidre Malone, to the Shelby County Election Commission at noon Monday and filed the petition that makes the former Shelby County Commissioner an official candidate for Shelby County Mayor.

"I can't thank all of my supporters enough for their continued outpour of kindness and their commitment to this campaign," said Malone to her supporters in the lobby of the commission offices.

"We are going to win this race one person at a time, and it starts with you and these 65 names on this official document," she said, holding up the petition.



Memphis bound – UNCF’s National Alumni Council annual meeting

uncf 600UNCF (United Negro College Fund) college presidents, alumni and students from the organization's 37 member institutions will gather for UNCF's 68th National Alumni Council (NAC) and 56th Pre-Alumni Council Leadership Conference to be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center Feb. 12-16.

The 2014 honorees for the UNCF/NAC Legacy Awards are United States Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Carolyn House Stewart, Esq., International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

The Conference will feature workshops that explore the best and most promising practices relevant to professional leadership and historically black college and university (HBCU) development. Attendees will also explore topics such as career readiness, safety, philanthropy and entrepreneurship.



smile 600Students, faculty and staff of the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center performed 783 free dental procedures on 126 local elementary school students on Thursday, Jan. 30, in observance of National Give Kids a Smile Day.

Give Kids_a_Smile_1Give Kids_a_Smile_3The work was done as part of the College of Dentistry's community outreach. The students from the Memphis Academy of Health Sciences received dental screenings, teeth cleanings and a range of other oral health services that would have cost a total of $21,579.

“P’s of Progress”

stateofthecity 600Any list drawing upon "P" words to address conditions in Memphis would easily be dismissed as invalid if poverty were not given a prominent place.

Mayor A C Wharton Jr. drew upon what he called the "5 P's" Wednesday morning as he addressed the State of the City to a crowded auditorium at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Amid "Potholes," "Pensions," "Public Safety" and "Planning," Wharton put "Poverty," which was paramount to Shelby County Democratic Party Chair Bryan Carson.

"I listened very closely to Mayor Wharton's State of the City address. Although I was very pleased with his 5 P's plan for Memphis, what caught my attention more was the city's Blue Print for Prosperity initiative to reduce our 27 percent poverty level by 10 percent by 2024," said Carson.


MLGW moves to help with higher bills

mlgw 600Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division is relaxing the requirements of its deferred payment plan (DEFB) starting Monday (Jan. 27) until Feb 28.

Driving the policy adjustment is the likelihood that residential customers will have higher bills this winter because of colder temperatures and increased consumption.

Starting Monday, the relaxed rules lower the requirement for a deferred payment plan to bills that are $250 or more, which is down from $500 or more. Customers will be allowed to pay 25 percent of the money owed or $250, whichever is less. The payments can be made by cashier's check, money order or in cash.


Computer store survives rough economy with a ‘smile and hug’

computerman 600Tony Maurice Jackson was 22 when he landed a job as a technician at Arlington Computers, LLC in Arlington, Tenn. The year was 2007. Within a few months, the owner, Michael McDonald, offered Jackson a partnership.

Jackson had been looking for a job and possibly a career, but McDonald's offer fueled his desire to become an entrepreneur. So when a friendship between Jackson and McDonald became evident, Jackson convinced McDonald that he could help grow the business.

The economy was tanking and three other computer stores in the area were forced to close their doors. But Arlington Computers was increasing its customer base and its nearest competitor, also located in Arlington, continued selling software, designing apps and developing websites.