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County Commission shaping up

County Commission shaping up

After Tuesday's Shelby County Primary Elections, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners is shaping up, with the Aug. 7th General Election on the horizon.

District 1
Terry Roland (Republican, incumbent)

District 2
George Chism (Republican)

District 3
David Reaves (Republican)

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Partnership positions Southwest to funnel students to Western Governors University Tennessee

Partnership positions Southwest to funnel students to Western Governors University Tennessee

The online, non-profit university WGU (Western Governors University) Tennessee and Southwest Tennessee Community College have formed a partnership that allows Southwest graduates and staff to receive application fee waivers and discounted tuition to WGU.

"Southwest Tennessee Community College has long been known for providing adult learners with quality higher education," said Dr. Kimberly Estep, WGU chancellor. "This partnership with WGU Tennessee will offer Southwest graduates and staff an even more affordable pathway toward achieving the dream of earning a bachelor's degree."

Gov. Bill Haslam launched WGU last July as part of his "Drive to 55" initiative to bring the percentage of Tennesseans with a college degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025. The online university is primarily aimed at working adults seeking to earn a bachelor's or master's degree.

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From Uganda to Douglass K-8

From Uganda to Douglass K-8

Ugandan chess phenom Phiona Mutesi will visit Memphis to share her inspiring story with the award-winning chess team at Douglass K-8 School on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

Mutesi, who lost her father to AIDS at age 3, grew up in a Ugandan slum – one of the worst in the world – and began playing chess in a missionary program as a way to receive free food. She would eventually become the three-time Women's Junior Chess Champion of Uganda and the youngest person to ever win the African Chess Championship.

Douglass chess instructor Dr. Jeff Bulington believes Mutesi's visit will be a great learning opportunity for his students.

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Music is what the crowd came to hear and what it got at the Beale Street Music Festival

Music is what the crowd came to hear and what it got at the Beale Street Music Festival

This year's Beale Street Music Festival afforded me the opportunity to enjoy a very satisfying mix of hip hop, blues, R&B, jazz and funk all played out against a backdrop of gorgeous weather that made outside the place to be.

On Friday night, Snoop Dog, aka Snoop Lion, rolled out hit after hit, going back to classics "Gin and Juice" and "Nuthin But a G Thang" and sending the crowd into a cheering-and-singing frenzy with "Who am I (What's My Name). The younger generation in attendance seemed to know all of the lyrics to all of his songs.

On Day 2, I positioned myself to hear Buddy Guy, my homey from Chicago. Guy's show is electrifying and worth every effort it takes to get there. He showed why there are those who are convinced that his is the best blues act going these days.

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Music & Sports: business side accented at DREAM Summit and Student Business Plan Competition

Music & Sports: business side accented at DREAM Summit and Student Business Plan Competition

The Drum Squad Foundation, Inc. recently collaborated with Shelby County Schools and surrounding counties to host the Third Annual DREAM (Drumma's Education, Arts, and Music) Summit and Student Business Plan Competition for more than one-hundred kids, parents, educators, and industry professionals

The April 26th event at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis marked the first-ever in Memphis following previous DREAM Summits held in Miami and Tampa.

Students, ages 12-17, attended and were exposed to the business side of the multi-billion dollar music and sports industries and how to become future business entrepreneurs, professionals, and executives in the fields. Many kids, particularly at- risk youth, dream of playing professional sports, but their chances of actually making it are quite dismal. The Foundation encourages youth to never give up on their dreams but to always have alternative career paths.

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The P.E.O.P.L.E. need your help!

The P.E.O.P.L.E. need your help!

The Memphis Poetry Slam Team better known as The P.E.O.P.L.E. (Poets Embodying Only Perfected Live Entertainment) needs your help to send six amazing local poets to the Southern Fried Poetry Slam this June in Greenville, S.C.!

Our journeys have all come together to take Memphis back to a place where we have not gone in over a decade. We as a collective decided that we would join together to combat illiteracy through poetry. Now, the time is here! We are rehearsing, spending time away from families, editing our poems and preparing them to get ready for the regional stage. We are so excited to represent Memphis – the home of the blues – in South Carolina, but we need help to raise the money to get there before we have the blues.

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BRIEFS & THINGS

BRIEFS & THINGS

Mothers of the NILE dinner on May 8th

"Juvenile Court: A New Day" is the theme for the Mothers of the NILE Annual Mother's Day Banquet on May 8th at First Baptist Church-Broad located at 2835 Broad Avenue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

"This is a celebratory event that we are using to inform the public of issues affecting the lives of our young people," says Veronica Coleman-Davis, president/CEO of Mothers of the NILE. "We hope to highlight the responsibility that we all share in reducing the number of children entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This year we recognize that there is a new day in juvenile justice."

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