For the second year, the medical, dental, pharmacy and nursing students at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center have joined with the Shelby County Health Department and other local organizations to host the "411 on Sex" Teen Conference. The community-based event is set for Saturday (Sept. 22) at the University of Tennessee Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave., starting with registration at 8:30 a.m., and ending at 2:30 p.m. It is designed to make parents and high school students more aware of critical issues related to "sexting," human trafficking, pregnancy prevention, and teen dating violence.
In August 2013, the Thurgood Marshall Academy will open as a Memphis Public Charter School and a helping hand for youth in the custody or care of Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court. It will have a very familiar local imprint.
"My hands – my personal and professional hands – will be all over the program in terms of day-to-day monitoring and supervision," said Dr. Willie W. Herenton, former Memphis City Schools (MCS) superintendent and Memphis' longest-serving mayor.
by Bernadette Shinault-Davis
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
"I teach. I am leading the change," is one of the many slogans for the Memphis City School's initiative to recognize and celebrate educators who are making a difference in the Memphis City School system. Teachers nominate and vote for their colleagues based on the quality of their day-to-day contributions to teaching, learning and student achievement.
"One of the things the campaign strives to do is to bring back the prestige to the teaching profession," said Dr. Sherrish Holloman, MCS's teacher support coordinator.
Major players in Saturday's Gas for Guns event have high hopes for a decline in homicides and gun violence on Memphis streets. Memphis Mayor AC Wharton is particularly optimistic.
"While it is understood that one campaign like this will not rid our streets completely of gun violence, we feel that the best way to reduce this very critical issue is to hit it from all sides," said Mayor Wharton. "Together, with some of the wonderful initiatives by Memphis Police Chief Toney Armstrong and MPD, we can make our streets safer for everyone."
The eleventh anniversary of a watershed in the American psyche was marked on Beale Street Tuesday by a Memphis pastor and his congregation.
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. and the New Olivet Baptist Church took their "Keeping It Real Bible Study" on the road to the Pepsi Pavilion at Beale and Third Streets. Special tribute was paid to the heroes/heroines and the thousands who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York's Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., along with the defiant passengers and crew on American Flight 93 that went down in Pennsylvania.
According to this information released by Memphis City Schools, local broadcast and print media outlets reported conflicting information regarding the peaceful protest at George Washington Carver High School on Monday.
This is the update provided to "help clear up confusing elements."
Shock and grief gripped the Union Grove Baptist Church family in Raleigh Sunday when the congregation learned that its pastor had passed after extended illness.
That news also quickly spread through the ranks of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1733 that "Rev. Smith was gone."