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GOOD BLUE & YOU

GOOD BLUE & YOU
(Just as a neighborhood should not be judged by the actions of a few bad apples, neither should law enforcement agencies. The New Tri-State Defender's “Good Blue & You” column spotlights law enfo

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More Memphis schools move off state’s list of low scorers

More Memphis schools move off state’s list of low scorers
Two years into a push to raise test scores in Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools, some of the most notable gains were concentrated in Memphis — and in schools that were not subject to the state’s most intensive interventions.
 
The findings come from the new list of 85 “priority schools” — or schools in the bottom 5 percent statewide — released by the Tennessee Department of Education on Tuesday. The list suggests that some schools in the bottom 5 percent in 2012 jumped forward without a significant overhaul, even as the state and local districts revamped other schools’ staffs, programs, and operations.

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The Memphis-Shelby County Education Association held a forum for excessed, displaced teachers

The Memphis-Shelby County Education Association held a forum for excessed, displaced teachers
After staff cuts last year that left hundreds of educators scrambling to find new jobs, one former Shelby County Schools teacher is close to losing her home. Another has depleted her savings after a summer of job searching.
 
“I honestly do not know what I’m going to do,” said Betty Smith. She worked at Cypress Middle, which was one of the 10 schools closed by the district at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. Smith has worked in education for 28 years in Tennessee and three years in Mississippi. She’s certified to teach math and music, and as a guidance counselor.

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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!
Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
Candlelight Vigil
8:30pm | Graceland
 
* Chuckles Comedy House Presents: Mark Curry
7:30 and 10pm | Chuckles Comedy House
 

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Memphis grad works to reverse ‘brain drain’

Memphis grad works to reverse ‘brain drain’
Philip Blackett is familiar with the talk about Memphis’ “brain drain.” As the story goes, many of the city’s students graduate from Memphis and Shelby County high schools and depart for college outside of Memphis – and Tennessee – to get their degrees, with no plans of ever coming back to their hometown.
 
 A 2003 graduate of Memphis University School, Blackett is determined to do his part to reverse the so-called brain drain by adding value back into his hometown, even when he’s no longer in Memphis.

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Judge Joe Brown: Rejection, reflection and projection

 Judge Joe Brown: Rejection, reflection and projection
I’d been with television’s iconic Judge Joe Brown off and on for the last three months, recording an exclusive and in-depth collection of interviews with him for The New Tri-State Defender. 
 
I was a fly on the wall to many meetings or gatherings relative to strategies for his run for the office of Shelby County District Attorney. As with any team, there were disagreements and some outright arguments on the direction of his campaign and the messages sent forth from it. 

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Local duo gets union’s Las Vegas-convention salute for backing locked-out Kellogg workers

Local duo gets union’s Las Vegas-convention salute for backing locked-out Kellogg workers
The 39th Annual Convention of the International Bakery, Confection, Tobacco & Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) issued special invitations to Tennessee District 86 State Rep. Barbara Cooper and SCLC Memphis President Rev. Dwight Montgomery to attend the event in Las Vegas.
 
The convention highlighted the Memphis workers’ successful fight to return to work after a nine-month lockout. Cooper and Montgomery were honored for their work on behalf of the locked-out workers.
 
Montgomery said trying to help the workers revealed something that really made him angry. 

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