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Hopson dials up positives from protest of cell phone ban

Hopson dials up positives from protest of cell phone ban

Shelby County Schools Supt. Dorsey E. Hopson II says all sides involved in a volatile protest Tuesday (Sept. 23) at Oakhaven High School may have made a significant point.

The hot button issue exploded into public concern as The New Tri State Defender’s media partner, WMC-TV5, showed hundreds of angered students and parents displaying signs and angrily voicing their concerns over Oakhaven principal Dr. Melanie Black’s decision to confiscate students’ cell phones.

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  • Written by Tony Jones
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Student: Ex-Titan chased him, friends before crash

Student: Ex-Titan chased him, friends before crash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A college student told a 911 dispatcher that a man he later identified as Rob Bironas chased him and his friends, then tried to hit their pickup truck minutes before the former Titans kicker's fatal crash.

Metro Nashville Police Department released copies of two 911 calls Tuesday afternoon. One call was made by Bironas' wife reporting him missing at 11:40 p.m. on Sept. 20. The second was from Belmont University student Connor Fraley at 10:45 p.m. while being chased by Bironas, who was driving a white SUV.

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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!
Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* Mid-South Fair
4pm-12am | Landers Center
 
Tavis Smiley Book Signing
6pm | National Civil Rights Museum
 
Free Friday Flicks at Beale Street Landing
7pm-10pm | Beale Street Landing 

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‘We’ve always been here’

‘We’ve always been here’
A group of local African-American artists hoping to bring more attention to African-American art will display their artwork on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., during a one-day exhibit and sale at Empire Chemical Supply Company, 1384 Jackson Ave.
 
“As an art connoisseur and admirer of the artists, I think this exhibit is very positive and great for Memphis,” said Councilman Joe Brown, who owns the company providing the space for the art exhibit. “It’s great when artists get together and it’s an opportunity for the community to come out to meet and greet them.”  

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  • Written by Wiley Henry
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In the wake of Ferguson, a community conversation

In the wake of Ferguson, a community conversation
When a group of stakeholders in Memphis’ future gathered at the National Civil Rights Museum to discuss the fatal shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager fatally shot a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Tracy Buckley was in the mix.
 
So was Buckley’s son, Jordyn Buckley, a 12-year-old student at Grizzles Prep Academy. In fact, Jordyn was the primary reason Tracy Buckley attended the event (Sept. 11).

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ASALH to converge on Memphis as it weighs ‘Civil Rights in America’

ASALH to converge on Memphis as it weighs ‘Civil Rights in America’
Like pilgrims making the trek to a holy shrine, nearly 1,000 academics, government officials, community leaders and ordinary folks from across the nation will convene in Memphis Sept. 24th-28th for the 99th Association for the Study of African American Life and History Conference (ASALH). 
 
This year’s theme is “Civil Rights in America.”
 
“Our organization is the granddaddy of civil rights organizations,” said Dr. Daryl M. Scott, ASALH president. 

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  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
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