Wed04162014

Greater Metro

City Of Memphis launches 30 Day Car-Free Challenge

NoCarDay 600Throughout April, the City of Memphis will host a 30 Day Car-Free Challenge encouraging residents to park their cars at home and get around the city using any number of alternative transportation options.

Any Memphis resident can register to take part in the challenge, for any amount of time. Commitments to being car-free can range from one day to 30 days, depending on an individual's ability and resources. Prize drawings will be made each week from the pool of residents registered in the challenge.

"We know that an increasing number of residents are choosing to live in Memphis and get to the store, to work, to school, and to other places without a car." said Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

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Local teachers honored, celebrated at Sunday worship services

teachers 600Thousands of educators across Memphis and Shelby County were honored Sunday at the annual Celebration of Teachers. The event, coordinated by Shepherding the Next Generation – a national group of pastors and ministry leaders advocating for improvements in education – was held to pay tribute to and congratulate teachers for their hard work.

Teachers in more than 100 local churches were celebrated as part of the countywide event. During morning and afternoon worship service, participating pastors preached on the value of the teaching profession, and presented teachers with special gifts to express appreciation for their commitment to positively impact the lives of children.

"It feels really great to know that we are appreciated and valued outside of the classroom," said Brenda Taylor, fourth grade teacher at Ross Elementary and member of New Shelby Missionary Baptist Church (Collierville).

"I love teaching, and having the added support from my pastor and church members is a reminder that what teachers do really matters – not just to students and parents, but to the entire community."

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Feel good vibes flow and star power shine with 2014 Memphis Black Expo Weekend

mbx 600Victor Hugo so eloquently stated, "All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come." Although I am sure he had no thoughts of the Memphis Black Expo at the time, there are no more appropriate words to describe this annual Memphis event that has become an anticipated tradition.

The Memphis Black Expo (MBX), the vision of Memphian Viara Boyd, is a celebration of culture, music/arts, business and food – all those things that uniquely represent black American culture, specifically black Memphis. In a city that has not always had the most positive self-image and happens to be 70 percent African American, events such as the MBX, intended to foster greater awareness, connectivity and positivity, serve as a catalyst for positive change. It is clearly about uplift and growth and who can be mad about that.

Boyd and her team accomplished all those things this past weekend, producing a synergy of events Friday through Sunday that generated a feel good vibe and shined a bright light on some of Memphis' and even the country's best!

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This Weekend!

weekend 600U Can of Memphis presents 'Let's Rap' panel discussion

U Can of Memphis presents the "Let's Rap" Dream Big Empowerment Panel Discussion at the House of Mtzenzi Museum at 1289 Madison Ave. on Saturday (March 29th).

The goal of "Let's Rap" is to give teens a creative outlet to unplug hidden talents and discuss today's issues.

Saturday's event is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be hosted by James Wesby, co-founder/VP Business Development, Blocally.

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Game on – AT&T enhances mobile Internet coverage at FedExForum

fedexforumhands 600When Dayton squares off against Florida on Saturday at the FedExForum a trip to the Final Four will be on the line. Fans rooting for the Flyers and the Gators will be looking for an effective hookup and an enhanced mobile experience when they pull out their wireless devices to share the most exciting moments with friends and family.

No worries. AT&T has expanded its mobile Internet coverage at FedExForum, upgrading its Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to enhance the customer experience throughout the facility.

"We are able to attract big time sporting events like the NCAA tournament to Memphis because our facilities enable the full fan experience like handling tens of thousands of simultaneous tweets during games," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton. "We want visitors to our city to be able to connect with family and friends and share the highlights from the games and the great atmosphere, entertainment and hospitality that Memphis offers."

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From ‘Superman’ to pilot and beyond

TonyHolder 600Captain Anthony "Tony" Holder started to dream of flying at age seven. After watching an episode of "Superman" on his family's black and white TV, his imagination took flight. Using a bath towel as his cape, he opened the front window of their first-floor apartment in the Bronx, N.Y. and leaped from the building.

Fortunately, he wasn't hurt and decades later he still remembers that defining moment in the Throggs Neck public housing project.

Today, Holder is a FedEx Captain of the Boeing 777 jumbo jet, the world's largest twinjet, and he has traveled to nearly every corner of the earth. Currently serving his 35th year as a FedEx pilot, Holder has accumulated more than 20,000 hours of flying time and is in the upper echelon of experienced international airline pilots.

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Moore back on ballot for District 6

moore 600For the record, Edith Ann Moore is officially – and legally – a District 6 candidate for the Shelby County Board of Commissioners.

What a difference 8 days make.

On March 19th, the Shelby County Election Commission booted Moore off the ballot for the Democratic Primary. That came after looking into her residency and deciding on a 4-0 vote that Moore should be decertified.

On Wednesday (March 26th), Moore was back on the ballot thanks to a ruling by Chancery Court Judge Arnold B. Goldin.

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Cohen-Wade rift gets fresh airing

wade 600The rift between U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and Randy Wade, the congressman's former district director, had been relatively quiet until it was reported in a story last week in The New Tri-State Defender that the congressman had filed an ethics complaint against Wade for using his congressional title to endorse a Tennessee state representative in his re-election bid.

The congressman did not file an ethics complaint, said Marilyn Dillihay, the congressman's chief of staff. In fact, Dillihay wants to set the record straight that she communicated with the House Committee on Ethics when she learned of Wade's endorsement of State Rep. G. A. Hardaway.

"I'm responsible for the ethics of this office," said Dillihay, noting that she drafted a letter to the ethics committee regarding a possible ethics violation on Wade's part and that the congressman only affixed his signature to it.

"If Steve didn't report on what Randy was doing, it would have been an ethics violation against the congressman. He has to report on activities in his office. So it had to be reported."

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Does Brown’s arrest put the Juvenile Court system ‘on blast?’

joebrown 600With ABC's "Good Morning America" among the flood of media outlets wanting him to give a fuller version of his reaction to being charged and arrested at Shelby County Juvenile Court Monday, Judge Joe Brown called The New Tri State Defender Tuesday morning just a bit after midnight to give his first full explanation of what he charges really spurred the incident.

Brown is running for Shelby County District Attorney in the upcoming Democratic Party Primary, with a one-on-one against incumbent Republican Amy Weirich a likely possibility. Soon after his arrest, the feedback included assertions that a stunt had been orchestrated to boost Brown's campaign.

"This was not a publicity stunt. This was the real Joe Brown in real time and in person," said Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson. "What this incident has really done has put Juvenile Court on blast to show people how the courts around here operate and how crucial it is for them to step forth and support these candidates. Just watch the facts."

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‘We have to heal ourselves from the inside out’

SampsonDavis 600A 2014 call to action reverberated through the Cook Convention during the 38th annual Freedom Fund Gala hosted by the Memphis Branch NAACP.

"We all have an obligation to give back. There is more that can be done. Get involved," said keynote speaker Dr. Sampson Davis. "We have to heal ourselves from the inside out."

A physician, author and founder of The Three Doctors Foundation, Dr. Davis' notoriety rocketed after a visit to the "Oprah Winfrey Show" with his two childhood friends, who made a pact to become doctors.

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Briefs & Things

briefthing 600Multicultural Job Fair accepting registration

Mid-South area job seekers will have the chance to connect with local businesses at the inaugural Multicultural Job Fair on April 13 from noon until 6 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis at 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

The event is hosted by ContigoCreative, a Memphis-based Multicultural marketing and public relations firm. Independent Bank, Copeland Coaching and the Workforce Investment will conduct career development workshops offering assistance with resume development, interview skills, proper attire, branding yourself, social media and financial responsibility.

The Memphis Public Library will offer access to its JobLINC Bus for all attendees to use computers and job boards.

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With the community’s youth in mind, April 4th Foundation ‘steps’ forward

April4 600The April 4th Foundation will hold its 14th annual fundraising banquet on Friday, April 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Peabody Hotel.

The banquet supports the foundation's youth component of the "Footsteps" Program, which teaches students about the civil rights era through direct interaction with civil rights icons and visitation of historic places. The mission of the foundation is to "Tell the story...pass it on" and in the process detail the sacrifices and successes.

The Rev. Johnson Saulsberry Jr., founder of the April 4th Foundation, said the banquet has become "everything we wanted it to be, but there's always room for growth. We look for that growth through the young people that we have in our youth program to help us grow into a bigger and better organization in the future."

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Is Wilkins the man to unseat Cohen?

wilkins 600A first floor suite in the historic 14-story Shrine Building at the corner of Front Street and Monroe Avenue is ground zero for The Law Offices of Ricky E. Wilkins. The architecture is exquisite and furnished with the trappings of success. But Wilkins is willing to trade much of it for a fulltime seat in Congress.

"I'm a lifelong Memphian who was raised in South Memphis. I want to give back to the community any way I can," he said. "I've been practicing law for 23 years and volunteered my time, talent and resources because I care about the community. So running for Congress is a natural extension of giving back."

Wilkins is challenging U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen for the right to represent Tennessee's Ninth Congressional District, an area entirely contained in Shelby County and includes the city of Memphis and portions of Collierville and Germantown.

 

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