by Latrivia S. Nelson
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
Two years ago, a report entitled "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010," ranked Tennessee as the second highest state in the nation for obesity. Memphis weighs heavily into those calculations and is in need of a health reboot.
It has been five years since the Tennessee Waltz investigation swept up state and local officials and their associates in a federal sting. Bribery charges were handed down, along with prison sentences for caught-on-tape participants. Then-State Sen. John Ford was among them.
That was then. This is now. A released from prison and jubilant Ford was whisked into a waiting car to take him to the Diersen Charities halfway house in South Memphis where he stayed this week, preparing for a return to his residence next week.
Greetings TSD family! We are rounding the bases and headed home towards the Grand Finale of the 2012 Best in Black Awards Memphis. The TSD staff and I are overwhelmed by the showing of support and excitement in the community about the contest and the awards show on Aug. 30.
I want to thank each of you that nominated, voted and have or will purchase a ticket to attend the black tie/black carpet awards show affair. Here is our last update before the event:
Did one horrid, painful moment of ultimate despair drive 21-year-old Chavis Carter to take a gun and end his own life while handcuffed in the backseat of a Jonesboro, Ark. police cruiser?
That is the painful question that has gripped the African-American community for several weeks now as the awful truth sinks in of another young African-American man's life cut short during an encounter with police.
The ultimate answer may be in the hands of the U.S. Justice Department.
Within 60 days, Chancellor Kenny W. Armstrong is expected to issue a ruling that will reverberate throughout District 4 and quite possibly beyond.
Armstrong finds himself in that pivotal position after veteran school board member the Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. filed suit Wednesday (Aug. 22) challenging the results of the Aug. 2 election. Republican Kevin Woods squeaked out a narrow victory (108 votes) over Whalum, according to results certified on Monday.
Memphis' "comprehensive youth violence prevention and reduction strategy" includes a string of initiatives that has Mayor AC Wharton Jr. drawing upon fire-fighting tips this week.
"When there's a fire in the kitchen, you don't point the fire extinguisher at the flames on the ceiling or the walls," said Wharton, who highlighted the city's strategy on Wednesday during a visit to Memphis by a team of federal officials.
BRIDGES' 90th anniversary celebration will include a visit by Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, N.J., who will speak during a lunch event on Oct. 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
As leader of New Jersey's largest city since 2006, Booker and his administration have worked to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshaling the city's resources to achieve security, economic abundance and an environment deemed nurturing and empowering for all individuals and families.