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AT&T helps Memphis manage programs to improve zoning enforcement

Mark Norris-200The City of Memphis is launching a mobility solution to help increase the safety of city workers and reduce numerous man-hours of redundant paperwork as it enacts programs to restructure neglected areas of the city and manage code violations more efficiently.

After the death of an employee on the job and reports of citizens violating ordinances, the city sought to improve zoning regulation enforcement, neighborhood clean-ups and visibility into the location of city workers. Xora's StreetSmart application, which operates on the AT&T network, is expected to help the City of Memphis eliminate man-hours lost to redundant, formerly paper-based processes that typically accompany its urban restoration programs while also providing features that allow the city to keep better tabs on worker movement.

Boot Camp for Dads

The 3rd Annual Boot Camp for Dads was a great success. I saw one after the other engaged in a great conversation about fatherhood and what it means to be a father. Both young and old — men talked about their idea of this fatherhood thing. One thing is true —we all know we have to do a better job of saving our children.

During the Locker Room Chat session, Reginald White, Michael Adrian Davis, and Rev. Hermon Jackson all asked the same questions — where do we go from here? How do we make a plan from here? Where do we take this knowledge that has been given to us? We present it here, at the Training Camp for Dads!

The Memphis City Council makes some tough decisions

MemphisSeal-400Tuesday night in a marathon budget session, the Memphis City Council took on some of the tough decisions necessary to right the fiscal ship of the city. Facing scrutiny and not so veiled threats from the State Comptroller's Office along with pressure from employees, (particularly public safety officers) to restore previously reduced pay, this Council finds itself in a bed of thorns with few roses.

Many city employees packed the chambers to watch the proverbial sausage being made. Facing significant debt, declining property values and property ownership (taxpayers), increasing costs, and seemingly higher demands on and for city services, this process can't help but be a nasty one.

  • Written by Bernal E Smith II
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Memphis Gun Down initiative aims to curb violence

Gun Down-1-600With each passing day, the local news features story after story about gun crimes in our city. Memphis Mayor, A.C. Wharton Jr. and his latest initiative, Memphis Gun Down are saying, "Enough is Enough!"

The Memphis Gun Down program is a five pronged approach to fight gun violence and make the streets of Memphis safer for all citizens. Suppression, community mobilization, youth opportunities, intervention, and organizational change and development are the steps this plan is taking to curb Memphis violence. The ultimate goal of Memphis Gun Down is to decrease gun violence by 10% city-wide and by 20% in South Memphis and Frayser.

Juneteenth Jazz & JAZZ-A-F!RE celebrate

jazz-450Jazz & Memphis' legacy of world-renowned African-American jazz artists will be celebrated Friday, June 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Historic Daisy Theater on Beale Street. The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) founder, Dr. Ronald Myers, will join local Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival founder and NJOF board member, Glynn Johns Reed, in collaborating with the Memphis Black Arts Alliance's Jazz-A-F!RE to debut a new Memphis tradition. This event will honor the African-American jazz legacy of internationally acclaimed Memphis musicians saxophonists Charles Lloyd, George Coleman & Frank Strozier, pianists Phineas Newborn & Harold Mabern and the legendary Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra.

Following the Lunceford tradition of professional musician-educators, teachers at MBAA's FireHouse Community Arts Academy and friends have formed the Jazz-AF!RE Ensemble. This ensemble which began performing monthly at the FireHouse in 2009, will headline the evening's entertainment. Performers include: Naomi Moody on vocals; Nokie Taylor, trumpet; Kent Suggs, bass; Stephen Lee, keyboard; James Sexton, percussion; and, Lance Thompson, vocals/guitar. FireHouse Jazz-A-F!RE BYOI (Bring Your Own Instrument) favorites, singers and musicians will also perform. Dr. Myers, a physician and an acclaimed musician (piano and trumpet), is the national Juneteenth Jazz artist and will be featured.

New leaders for NAACP youth

naacp-600The Memphis NAACP Youth Council has welcomed in new leadership for the coming year.

Officers and committee chairs were installed at the recent meeting of the Youth Council in their traditional candlelight ceremony. Madeleine Taylor, executive director of the Memphis Branch NAACP, conducted the installation service, which was followed by an address on leadership by D. John Jackson, vice president Global Customer Services/Customer Identity at FedEx.

Malone says she’s in and that Luttrell should be out

DeidreMalone-200Going on now for more than a decade, County Commissioner Sidney Chism's annual political picnic is where the local Democratic Party's big players announce their big news, try to solidify connections and do the sideline pushing to forward agendas.

This year's event was held this past Sunday (June 9) at his urban mini ranch in Whitehaven and it did not disappoint.

At the top of the list was the announcement by former county commissioner Deidre Malone that she will be filing to run for Shelby County Mayor in the Democratic Party primary scheduled for May 6th, 2014.

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Can the Shelby County Democratic Party come off the ropes?

Sidney-Chism-200Longtime Democratic Party power Sidney Chism says he will be leaving public office and front line politics when his term as a county commissioner is completed in 2014.

Now 73 and looking forward to enjoying time at home with his wife and grandchildren, Chism laments that, "Our younger people have lost interest in politics. The fight is not there as it should be because us older guys did not provide an avenue for them to become involved."

In short, Chism said he and his generational peers dropped the ball by not making sure that every segment of the community was fairly included to advance its needs and dreams.

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