Derrick T. Yates is focused on attaining the skills of a physical therapist. It's no fluke or whim and he's about to take a major step forward.
This fall, the Central High School graduate will start pursuing a physical therapy degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He'll be aided by a $1,000 scholarship from the Methodist Healthcare Foundation, which annually supports a Central High School senior who decides to pursue a career in the health field. It's part of the Foundation's adopt-a-school partnership with Memphis City Schools.
The scholarship is linked to an essay competition. Derrick's winning essay described his inspiration to major in physical therapy after witnessing the importance of his god-brother's rehabilitation after a spinal and neck injury.
The American Cancer Society kicked off its community-wide Cancer Prevention Study – 3 (CPS-3) enrollment at Brown Missionary Baptist Church on June 3. It was the first of three enrollments in Memphis, and it maxed out its enrollment capacity at 150 enrollees.
The five-hour enrollment offered to the community and congregation was held in conjunction with three church services that morning and afternoon.
Methodist Germantown, Methodist University, and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital are the first hospitals in the Mid-South to participate in a new community program designed to help law enforcement officers identify drivers who may be experiencing diabetes-related symptoms.
James A. Hall, 73, the first black ever selected to serve as a Tennessee State Trooper, passed away on June 9.
Hall was hired on August 1, 1964 and sent to the Driver's License Division, partly because it could not be determined how or when he would be assigned to duties as a road trooper.
A special community meeting with MATA will be held on June 18 at the Mitchell Community Center, 602 West Mitchell Rd., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In the near future, MATA will be proposing changes/cuts in a number of bus routes to the MATA Board of Commissioners.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has launched a new series of public service announcements (PSAs) to help raise awareness and deepen the understanding of the hospital's lifesaving mission through real St. Jude heroes – its patients and families.
St. Jude has not produced national PSAs since 2003 and timed the new multichannel campaign to coincide with the hospital's 50th anniversary.
Thousands of families are expected to visit the Memphis Cook Convention Center for Memphis City Schools' 4th Annual Pre-K Express – a one-stop-shop for enrolling children in prekindergarten classes for the 2012-13 school year.
The event is June 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.,