Grounded in the belief that a sound police department is at the core of any municipality, members of the Afro American Police Association (AAPA) are rock-solid sure that the group – now 40 years old – is still vitally relevant for the sake and safety of the City of Memphis.
This weekend, the AAPA will celebrate its 40th Anniversary.
President Chris Price says the AAPA's unity is still fed by its founders' commitment. While racism is less of an overt influence, the current AAPA leans heavily on its history to maintain its commitment and morale.
A judge in Tennessee has taken it upon herself to change the first name of 7-month-old Messiah DeShawn Martin to “Martin.”
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The Tennessee Higher Education Commission – the public policy coordinating body for the state's public higher education system – has unanimously elected Cato Johnson as its new chairman.
"I look forward to helping the commission reach its goal of increasing the educational attainment beyond high school so that more Tennesseans with college degrees can make positive contributions to our workforce needs," said Johnson, who served as vice-chairman last year.
"I want to thank Cato for his work on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC)," Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said. "I look forward to working with him as chair, and I appreciate his willingness to serve Tennessee in this new capacity."
The LeMoyne-Owen College has won a five-year $1.7 million National Science Foundation grant for its new Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) implementation project. The funded project is the College's "Moving Forward – Steps to Graduate School" program.
Congressman Steve Cohen visited the LOC campus on Friday to help the college announce this major achievement.
"I'm glad that we have made this important investment in our students at LeMoyne-Owen College," said Cohen. "This effort to build on the school's already-proven projects will go a long way towards preparing undergraduates for successful careers in good-paying fields."
Aspire Public Schools opened its first school outside of California on Monday (Aug. 5) and for the students at Hanley Elementary School that meant star treatment.
Students filed into Hanley on a red carpet, passing under a balloon-adorned archway. Each registered student received a free uniform shirt.
"This is our inaugural school year in Memphis," said James Willcox, Aspire's chief executive officer. "Our team has been planning for this day for over a year and is excited about bringing our educational model to the students here in Memphis."
At the end of the first day of school Monday (Aug. 5) in the new Shelby County Schools system, new Supt. Dorsey E. Hopson II Esq. reached out to parents and the community with a special letter.
Here's what he conveyed:
"The first day of our school year is undoubtedly a historic day for our 145,000 Shelby County Schools students and for all of Shelby County. Words cannot express how thankful I am for everyone who has worked so hard over the past several years to ensure we were prepared for this moment.
"As you are well aware, the past several months have been particularly demanding as we have transitioned to a unified school district. Though we have all faced a number of challenges, our students continue to impress me. Despite the merger-related distractions that are ever-present across our community, our students have received numerous national awards, made impressive academic gains, received prestigious scholarships and competed at the highest levels in sports and other extra curricular activities. The families of our students deserve much credit for keeping our students focused, as do our teachers and principals for their continued dedication.
The time has come for waking up early and staying up late with homework. That’s right, school. As of Monday morning, students all over the Mid-South are back in classrooms with their pencils sharpene