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GOOD BLUE: Captain Faith Cunningham

GOOD BLUE: Captain Faith Cunningham

"Grande Mocha is a mixture of coffee, hot chocolate and milk. If I had my way I'd definitely go by Starbucks every morning. Unfortunately, there's not one in my area, so I get by here as often as I can," said Captain Faith Cunningham of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Starbucks was a cool enough place for me, so I focused in on the interview. I'd read that she'd been on the force for 16 years, having spent eight years before that in the Reserves.

Kelvin Cowans: Tell me, what have you learned about people in all this time?

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‘Biggest Losers’ a good thing at Methodist Hospital South

‘Biggest Losers’ a good thing at Methodist Hospital South

Undaunted by uncertainty, Linda Smith – Methodist South Hospital community development manager – took on the task of putting a positive spin on the term biggest loser. Her resolve is paying off.

As part of Methodist Healthcare's myHealthy Life wellness program, Methodist South Hospital recently held a "Biggest Losers" competition. Smith designed the program, which also includes fitness speaker sessions, walks with administrators and exercise classes.

"We weren't sure what kind of participation we would have when we started," said Smith. "But we had 54 to sign-up and most have kept a great deal of interest and motivation in the program."

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Fifth Annual Health Fair and Family Fun Day on July 13

The New Tri-State Defender and the Orange Mound Community will be in full-collaboration mode on Saturday – and it's all about good health.

Following two years of taking its annual Let's Move Memphis Summer Health Fair and Family Fun Day to other parts of Greater Memphis, the TSD returns to The Mound. The 2013 event is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Orange Mound Community Center, 2572 Park Ave.

Five years old, the TSD Health Fair and Family Fun Day was launched in Orange Mound. Last year, it was held at Douglas High School after being hosted at Manassas High School in 2011. Every year, the common denominator is health information and screenings in a fun interactive environment.

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Avoid rush, plan ahead for school immunizations

Avoid rush, plan ahead for school immunizations

As the new school year approaches, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) is reminding parents about immunization requirements before the school year begins.

Individuals falling into any of the following groups are required to receive immunizations: childcare facilities, preschool and pre-kindergarten; kindergarten; entering seventh grade; new students to Tennessee; and higher education.

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MAHS scholar earns a prestigious summer journey

MAHS scholar earns a prestigious summer journey

Robbie Williams, a rising senior at Memphis Academy of Health Sciences High School, left Memphis Monday for a five-week experience at Phillips Academy Summer Session in Andover, Mass. She is one of only two Memphis-area students accepted to attend the prestigious summer program.

Founded in April 1778, the boarding school is one of the oldest and most competitive in the country. Its alumni list reflects a who's who of American leadership, including William Clarence Mathews (1901), attorney to Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey; Presidents, George H.W. Bush (1942) and George W. Bush (1964); and George Bundy Smith (1955), the African-American judge whose landmark 2004 decision ended the death penalty in New York state.

Last week, Robbie and her mother, Kellie Williams, shared their thoughts on the opportunity and her future.

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Tennessee Tech Center at Memphis gets new name

Tennessee Tech Center at Memphis gets new name

The Tennessee Technology Center at Memphis became the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) today (July 1).

While the name changes, the mission remains the same. The new name just more accurately reflects the post-secondary training provided, said Roland Rayner, director of the TCAT in Memphis.

"Additionally, a successful economic development strategy must focus on upgrading the skills of the local workforce, which helps business and industry to lower its operating cost and provides the human capital business needs to compete and thrive in today's global economy."

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Methodist South uses new system on peripheral artery disease

Methodist South uses new system on peripheral artery disease

Methodist South Hospital is the first in Tennessee to use the recently FDA-cleared Ocelot system by Avinger to help patients facing Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), an unrecognized epidemic that affects between eight and 12 million adults in the U.S. and 30 million people globally.

PAD is caused by a build-up of plaque in the arteries that blocks blood flow to the legs and feet.

The Ocelot catheter, supported by the Lightbox console, allows physicians to see from inside an artery during the actual procedure, using optical coherence tomography, or OCT. In the past, operators have had to rely solely on x-ray as well as touch and/or feel to guide catheters through complicated blockages. With Ocelot, physicians can more accurately navigate through CTOs thanks to the images from inside the artery.

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