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MATA salutes veterans with free rides

MATA salutes veterans with free rides

In honor of Veterans Day, MATA will offer free bus, trolley and MATAplus rides for veterans all day on Monday, November 11.

Anyone who has served in any branch of the United States military is eligible to ride free on the holiday. To ride free, veterans can show their Veterans Identification Card (VIC) or any other military ID to the bus or trolley operator upon boarding the bus.

MATA will also honor active employees who have served in the military at noon at its administrative offices located at 1370 Levee Road. Regular weekday service will be in effect.

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Lessons abound at 2013 Freedom Award Forum

Lessons abound at 2013 Freedom Award Forum

Three Keeper of the Dream winners – all students – plus three Freedom Award honorees – seasoned champions of growth and development – equal six more stalwarts the National Civil Rights Museum has saluted in its twenty-two-year journey to build upon the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Wednesday, the Temple of Deliverance COGIC sanctuary was the perfect positive-energy chamber for the vibes generated by the 2013 National Civil Rights Museum's Freedom Award Public Forum.

Students roared their excitement as emcee Lamman Rucker of Tyler Perry's series "Meet The Browns" took the stage. He masterly worked the crowd, demonstrating that acting and looks are not the only assets of this education advocate and son of an educator, entrepreneur and athlete.

 

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Heal the Hood Foundation sets Hoops for a Cause event

Heal the Hood Foundation sets Hoops for a Cause event

Trevor Jackson – teen sensation, singer, dancer and actor – will partner with rap mogul/community leader Master P and his children on Saturday (Nov. 9) in an event billed as "Hoops for a Cause."

The Heal the Hood Foundation (HTH) of Memphis is coordinating the event, which is designed to boost the foundation's drive to raise funds to help reduce gun violence among Memphis youth. Funds will benefit the HTH Mentor Program and the new Evolution School of the Arts.

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With diabetes on the rise, November is focus time

With diabetes on the rise, November is focus time

CHEF TIMOTHY October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and November is National Diabetes Month. One reason they are back to back could be because the two diseases correlate with each other. It is estimated that American women with diabetes have a great possibility of developing breast cancer, especially in the African-American community.

Diabetes is an epidemic that is rapidly increasing each year. Even though we think of diabetes as a controllable disease, The Wall Street Journal reports that it appears to be growing out-of-control. The sixth leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes is moving closer to heart disease and cancer. If it continues to run rampant, in the near future it could be the number one killer disease.

According to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one third of the American population will be living with diabetes by the year 2050. The CDC also reports that one third of all children born in the United States since the year 2000 are at risk for developing this disease. Hispanic children have the greatest risk. The reason for this is poor diet, economic conditions, and not getting enough exercise, which improves the circulation and blood flow in the body.

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Hudson to retire as MATA chief

Hudson to retire as MATA chief

A career that spans four decades and began with him as a bus operator ends in January for William Hudson Jr., president and general manager of the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA).

Hudson, who has served as the chief of MATA since 1993, came aboard as a bus operator 49 years ago. His decision to retire was announced at MATA's regularly scheduled quarterly board meeting last week.

The first African American to hold the position of president and general manager of MATA, Hudson has worked in nearly every aspect of transit and has held numerous senior level positions including director of transit operations, customer service and marketing, and labor relations and field operations.

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Briefs & Things: African American Male Image Awards set for Nov. 16

Briefs & Things: African American Male Image Awards set for Nov. 16

The Hobson-Goodlow Education Foundation and the Memphis Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. will present their 19th Annual African American Male Image Awards Banquet on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at The Hotel Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Edward Stanton III, U.S. Atty. for the Western District of Tennessee, will be the keynote speaker. Radio personality Bev Johnson of WDIA will serve as our Mistress of Ceremonies.

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