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Brown bristles at ‘homophobic’ tag

Brown bristles at ‘homophobic’ tag
The race for Shelby County District Attorney has entered into murky territory with Democratic Party nominee Judge Joe Brown saying that an Internet post of him making reference to incumbent Amy Weirich’s marital status and her sexual preferences reflect an off-the-cuff moment never meant to be aired or used by his campaign or supporters in any form.
 
“This came about due to the fact that my opponent will not debate me,” Brown told The New Tri-State Defender on Wednesday. “It was a private moment just blowing off steam and never meant to be used in any context.”

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Plan in works for coverage options for all retirees

Plan in works for coverage options for all retirees
The City of Memphis plans to launch an aggressive education campaign to apprise retirees of their options in the wake of a scramble to put in a place a multi-year, guaranteed healthcare assurance plan with good coverage options for all City retirees.
 
The office of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced earlier this week that the City “and its partners” were putting such a healthcare assurance plan in place. The plan was described as being in addition to continued medical insurance coverage for surviving spouses and dependents of employees who died in the line of duty and certain Medicare ineligible retirees.
 
The educational campaign, which was projected to kick off “in the coming weeks,” would include the convening of community meetings that provide retirees and their families with opportunities to ask questions and to be provided with one-on-one counseling regarding recent changes to their benefits. Those moves would be in addition to information they would receive in the mail, individual appointments, phone calls, social media and a website serving as an information repository.

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TVA’s move to retire Allen coal plant draws Sierra Club support

TVA’s move to retire Allen coal plant draws Sierra Club support
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on Wednesday announced a proposal to retire its Allen Fossil Plant and replace it with a natural gas facility. TVA will hold a public open house to share details about the proposed retirement, as well as potential alternatives for electricity supply.
 
The announcement of the draft environmental assessment comes as a result of a settlement reached in 2011 between TVA, the EPA, as well as several states and public interest groups, including the Sierra Club, to end the region’s reliance on coal and move the Valley towards cleaner, safer energy sources. The settlement required the retirement of over 2,700 megawatts of coal-fired generation, while also considering the installation of pollution controls or the retirement of other coal units, such as Allen, by 2018.

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‘Are the kids out of the car?’

‘Are the kids out of the car?’
 
On Wednesday, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich and Memphis Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Virginia Stallworth slated a midday news conference at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center to address the matter.
 
Tennessee law holds adults responsible for leaving a child under age 7 unattended in a vehicle on public property, including at any shopping center, trailer park, apartment complex or at any other premises generally frequented by the public.
 
Meanwhile, the Tennessee Department of Human Services is reminding licensed child care providers across the state that are approved to transport children of the licensing rules and preventative measures to keep children safe when transporting them during summer months. DHS licensing staff will be making extra visits to monitor child care agencies.
 

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Student TCAP scores across Tennessee grew this year but at a slower pace

Student TCAP scores across Tennessee grew this year but at a slower pace
The number of students in Tennessee who are meeting academic standards rose for the third year in a row, although at a slightly slower rate, according to the new state-wide data released by the Tennessee Department of Education today (July 1st). Students who took the state’s Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) tests showed small improvements on most tests, which continued the state’s upward trajectory of the past few years.
 
Some of the biggest gains highlighted were in math, where 19 percent more students scored proficient in Algebra II than in 2011 when the test was first administered. More students in grades 3 to 8 scored proficient than last year, but the pace of that growth has slowed.  Around 100,000 more students across all grade levels are proficient in math in Tennessee than in 2010.

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National Civil Rights Museum launches eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-in

National Civil Rights Museum launches eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-in
 
Verizon and the National Civil Rights Museum have teamed up to deliver a new eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-In program modeled after the museum’s Standing Up By Sitting Down exhibit. 
 
 
The eLearning Lunch Counter Sit-In will be a round-the-clock educational program serving middle school and high school students across the U.S.  The program will discuss in detail the Greensboro Four, the risks they faced and the spread of the sit-in strategy. It will promote a classroom discussion on the themes of nonviolence, system injustice, segregation by law and by choice, and inaction versus action, among others. 

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Welcome to the new Holiday Inn Memphis Airport

Welcome to the new Holiday Inn Memphis Airport
With the official Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony set for August, the Holiday Inn Memphis Airport Hotel & Conference Center is now open for business.
 
The 374-room hotel located at 2240 Democrat Rd., in the heart of the revitalized airport area, has undergone an extensive multi-million dollar renovation and upgrades. The makeover of the hotel includes a new façade and signage, new restaurant, upgraded and refurbished guest rooms, bar, pool, sundeck and fitness center.

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