"I really didn't think it was that big a deal – you know, texting and driving. All my friends text or check their email. We all do it. To me, it seemed like doing them both at the same time wasn't really hard. Actually, it's pretty easy to me. But I don't want to get caught doing it. I know it's against the law. I'm stopping because I'm just scared of getting stopped by the police."
– Jackie, 17
– Southwind High School
"Jackie," who feels that texting and driving is an easy prospect, is not alone. According to textinganddrivingsafety.com, about 55 percent of teens nationwide also feel, "It's easy to text and drive."
Apparently, it is not. The numbers don't lie. Distracted driving, or texting while driving, is the number one killer of teens nationwide, according to the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office, headed up by Director Kendell Poole.
Thomas Y. Norton, a 17-year-old senior patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop #144, netted the highest award any scout can earn – the Eagle Scout Court of Honor Award. It is a sign of his leadership ability, which he drew upon to spearhead the renovation of the children's nursery at his place of worship, Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church.
With the help of Troop #144, friends and church and family members, Norton was able to go beyond the $1,500 budgeted to renovate the nursery. The nursery enhancements feature new paint and upgrades, including the electronics. The result is a more inviting learning space for the children at MBCC.
"This project has inspired me to become a better leader and businessman, which I believe will help me in my future endeavors," said Thomas, a senior at Memphis University School, who plans to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and major in Supply Chain Management.
The smell of mouth-watering food filled the air, vendors selling a variety of products from incense to jewelry to African Shea Butter lined the area and music blared as a healthy flow of people busily bustled about, stopping to browse the merchandise and sample the food.
This was the template scene for the Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival, which kicked off April 16th and stretched through the following Sunday. On this – day three – the focus at Robert R. Church Park in Downtown Memphis was on children and senior citizens Day.
The 2014 event honored the West African country of Burkina Faso. Africa in April, which is run by Dr. David L. Acey and his wife, Yvonne B. Acey, annually honors different African cultures. And the cultural exposure that it brings to Memphis is important, according to one of the vendors present at the event.
Saying some individuals produce ballots as a profit making venture during election season at the expense of the candidates, Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson is warning voters about what he calls rogue ballots.
According to Carson, multiple ballots are being mailed or distributed during the Democratic Primary elections and they are not officially sanctioned by the Shelby County Democratic Party.
"These unofficial ballots are not a reliable, valid or sanctioned voting guide," said Carson. "Voters should avoid using these rogue ballots as a basis for making voting decisions."
Actress and director Jasmine Guy will tell you that she has come to understand her "power' and that each of must do the same thing.
Guy – 52 and still a striking beauty – shared the spotlight Thursday morning with five extraordinary women at the 2014 Annual Tribute Luncheon sponsored by the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM).
Guy's inspiring keynote, "Passion, Power, and Purpose," was an address worthy of a successful Hollywood actress and theater director, capping off a distinguished tribute to the WFGM's Legends Award honorees: Nancy Bogatin, Dr. Erma Clanton, Frances Dancy Hooks, Mary Shainberg, and Modeane Thompson.
Lanier Middle School is closing due to low enrollment in June.
Upon hearing about the final decision to close what was known as Lanier Jr. High School in the 1980's, alumni Keithon Robinson ('85), Greg Price ('86), Pamela Campbell-Lott ('85), Nate Turner ('83) and Jocelin Keglar ('84) organized a Farewell to the Lion's Den Party and Group Picture Day to reunite all alumni.
As the word spread through Facebook, middle school friends were excited about seeing some of the people with whom they had shared an important transition.
Health in the Hood Wellness Festival | 9am-3pm | LeMoyne-Owen College
Women On The Move: A Clean and Green Memphis | 11:30am-1:00pm | Crescent Club
Clean Memphis' 'Trash Flash Mob! Downtown' | 11:00am-Noon | Court Square Park
"Art Lounge" | 6:00pm | On the Dock at South Main Artspace Lofts
Shark Tank Watch Party with Mo's Bows | 7:00pm | A. Schwab General Store
* New Ballet Ensemble's 'Coppelia Remix' | 7pm | The Salvation Army Kroc Center
* On Location: Memphis' International Film & Music Festival | All Day | Malco Studio on the Square