By the time the first of the national news networks had called Campaign 2012 for President Barack Obama, many of his supporters in Greater Memphis already had drawn their own conclusion.
Nervous while GOP candidate Mitt Romney held the early popular-vote lead, that mood transitioned as state after state that had been leaning "blue" officially was assigned to the Obama column. By 10:30 p.m., it was clear that he first African American elected president of the United States had become the first African American re-elected president of the United States. The 44th president would transition to the 45th.
The City Council on Tuesday (Nov. 6) will be asked to adopt a resolution requesting that the Land Use Control Board hear the Vance Avenue Collaborative plan. The one-sentence notation on the Council's agenda gives no indication of the emotional intensity attached to the request.
For residents of the historic Foote Homes public housing development, the issue hits home. It involves the way forward for many who have lived there for years. The Council will weigh in on a redevelopment plan to forward to the U.S. Department of Housing and Development for HOPE VI funding.
A federal court in Texas has granted Memphis-connected soul music legend Al Bell the rights to his iconic song "Whoomp! (There It Is)."
Described by The Hollywood Reporter as "one of the fastest selling songs in music history," the verdict orders the music firm DM Records to pay Bell after it was established that the company was illegally licensing the use of the song.
Boston's highly-respected Berklee School of Music brought its nationally recognized City Music Network Conference to downtown Memphis this week, posting up at the Westin Hotel for a three day intellectual dissection of the theme: "American Popular Music: The Untold Story."
The conference was a joint presentation by Berklee and the Stax Music Academy, which is part of the national link of music schools in Berklee's extended online music curriculum. Six students from Stax were among 109 students from throughout the nation that participated in the summer program on the Berklee campus. Fifty-nine students from 4th through 12th grade earned full scholarships through the college's online Pulse music program.
Kimberly Smith, principal of North Jackson Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., listened intently and scribbled notes as a panel of Memphis City Schools (MCS) teachers discussed teacher evaluation and recognition during Leader|Share at the University of Memphis.
Her biggest takeaway was feedback on the new teacher evaluation system. Teachers are embracing the system by using it to plan and deliver instruction to meet goals.