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Mother files suit; Skeptical about claim that her handcuffed son shot himself

Mother files suit; Skeptical about claim that her handcuffed son shot himself

The mother of a young, black man fatally shot while handcuffed in the back seat of a police cruiser has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against two Jonesboro, Ark. police officers, their chief, and the city.

Attorneys for Teresa Carter filed the action one year after officers Ronald Marsh and Keith Baggett claimed while they were not looking, Chavis Carter shot himself with his hands cuffed behind his back.

Police Chief Michael Yates stands by claims that Carter committed suicide.

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New District 4 School Board election ordered

New District 4 School Board election ordered

A new election has been ordered in the School Board District 4 race, upholding a challenge to the Aug. 2, 2012 contest by longtime School board Commissioner Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr.

Kevin Woods was declared the winner in the race by virtue of a 106-vote margin of victory. Whalum challenged the results. Whalum based his challenge on the assertion that the Election Commission erroneously assigned voters who lived in District 4 to other district races and also assigned voters to District 4 who did not live in the district.

Chancellor Kenny Armstrong ruled that no fraud had been committed, but said fraud was not a necessary element to invalidate the election.

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‘Rest in love’ Tina Birchett

‘Rest in love’ Tina Birchett

Tina L. Birchett – CEO and publisher of Birchett & Associates, comprised of the Sisterhood Outreach Summit & Showcase and GRACE® Magazine – has passed away.

News of Birchett's passing was a stunner. "What...Say it ain't so...," Carla Stotts Hills posted on Facebook soon after getting the word.

Many others shared the sentiment.

"Praying for Tina Birchett's family," Deidre Malone of the Carter-Malone Group, wrote in her post. "We were in Leadership Memphis together. She was an astute businesswoman and she will be missed."

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J.U.G.S. - 60 years of good works

J.U.G.S. - 60 years of good works

The year was 1953 and two Memphis teachers – Josephine Bridges and Dr. Sarah Chandler – were in their twenties when they founded a group called Just Us Girls.

Now the women's organization is known as Justice, Unity, Generosity, Service International - J.U.G.S. And this year, Memphis was the host site for "A Diamond Celebration" – the group's 60th anniversary.

"We renamed it Justice, Unity, Generosity, Service after we started having charity balls and needed a more serious name," said the 81-year-old Bridges, who conceived the plan to improve the lives of children using a small group of committed women.

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Still relevant says Afro American Police Assoc.

Still relevant says Afro American Police Assoc.

Grounded in the belief that a sound police department is at the core of any municipality, members of the Afro American Police Association (AAPA) are rock-solid sure that the group – now 40 years old – is still vitally relevant for the sake and safety of the City of Memphis.

This weekend, the AAPA will celebrate its 40th Anniversary.

President Chris Price says the AAPA's unity is still fed by its founders' commitment. While racism is less of an overt influence, the current AAPA leans heavily on its history to maintain its commitment and morale.

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Cato Johnson elected THEC chairman

Cato Johnson elected THEC chairman

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission – the public policy coordinating body for the state's public higher education system – has unanimously elected Cato Johnson as its new chairman.

"I look forward to helping the commission reach its goal of increasing the educational attainment beyond high school so that more Tennesseans with college degrees can make positive contributions to our workforce needs," said Johnson, who served as vice-chairman last year.

"I want to thank Cato for his work on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC)," Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said. "I look forward to working with him as chair, and I appreciate his willingness to serve Tennessee in this new capacity."

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