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Commissioner Brooks: ‘Justice is being targeted’

Commissioner Brooks: ‘Justice is being targeted’
Vowing not to “give up the fight” amid what she labels “attacks,” Shelby
County Commissioner Henri E. Brooks says she is moving forward with her quest to become Juvenile Court clerk as the Democratic Party nominee.
 
Brooks issued a written statement detailing her commitment on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, she resigned as a community/government research specialist in the Faith and Health division of the Congregational Health Network at Methodist. Misdemeanor assault charges are pending against Brooks following a June 10th confrontation in a parking lot that serves the hospital.

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The LeMoyne-College President Johnnie B. Watson ready to pass the torch

The LeMoyne-College President Johnnie B. Watson ready to pass the torch
 
The LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie B. Watson can see the end of his road at the college and he’s put a date on it – June 30, 2015.
 
Watson announced Tuesday morning that he would retire on that date. It’s been quite a journey for Watson, who attended LOC as a student and ultimately served as its 11th president.
 
“When I graduated from LeMoyne-Owen in 1960, I never could have imagined having the privilege to serve my alma mater in this capacity,” said Watson. “It has been an enjoyable, fruitful and memorable journey thanks to our talented faculty, dedicated staff, loyal alumni and supportive board of trustees.”

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Memphis premiere for ‘True Blue – Memphis Lawmen of 1948’

Memphis premiere for ‘True Blue – Memphis Lawmen of 1948’
Local filmmaker George Tillman Jr. says the passing of cherished actress Ruby Dee and before her Maya Angelou marks why films such as the one he has just completed deserve support from the public.
 
Entitled “True Blue—Memphis Lawmen of 1948,” Tillman’s second completed documentary this year is scheduled to premiere on Saturday (June 21st) at the University of Memphis’ Michael Rose Theater. It explores the impact of the historic 1948 hiring of the city’s first African American policemen.

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This week is going to be ‘hot, hot, hot!’

This week is going to be ‘hot, hot, hot!’
With the forecast for this week expected to hover around 90 degrees, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) is strongly advising residents to take precautions against heat-related illnesses. 
 
“We are particularly concerned with the very young, elderly, and individuals who suffer from certain medical conditions (such as heart disease or high blood pressure) who tend to be at a greater risk,” said Helen Morrow, M.D., health officer for the SCHD.

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Velma Lois Jones – serving with purpose

Velma Lois Jones – serving with purpose
Former educator and Tennessee Education Association president Velma Lois Jones didn’t need another award to convince many who know her that she is a living legacy. Jones took her latest honor with familiar humility.
 
The Living Legacy Awards are co-sponsored by the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History and Farmer’s Insurance. Ten recipients, including Jones, were honored earlier this year at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. 
 
The Living Legacy Awards salute African-Americans across the country that work to improve communities, institutions, organizations and family life through education. 

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Juneteenth goes live this weekend

Juneteenth goes live this weekend
The Juneteenth Urban Music Festival is set to go live Father’s Day weekend, June 13-15, on the grounds of the historic Robert R. Church Park on “world famous” Beale Street in downtown Memphis.
 
“We have worked around the clock to bring you some of the best local talent in Memphis and Shelby County,” said Telisa Franklin, Juneteenth’s executive director. 
 
“Many of them have already achieved national recognition.”

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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!
FRIDAY
Juneteenth Urban Music Festival
10am | Robert Church Park (Beale Street)
 
* Memphis Redbirds vs. Reno Aces
7:05pm | AutoZone Park
 
Levitt Shell Concert Series: The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker
7:30pm | Overton Park 

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