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BRIEFS & THINGS: New scholarship to honor Dr. Raines

A new scholarship has been established to honor Dr. Shirley Raines, president of the University of Memphis, by Brad Martin and his wife, Dina Martin. The scholarship, which will be awarded annually to three undergraduates from West Tennessee who intend to pursue a career in teaching, is being underwritten initially by a commitment of $100,000 from the Martins.

The scholarship recognizes Raines for her leadership of the University of Memphis since July 2001.


‘Meat on the bones’ next step after Wells Fargo settlement

‘Meat on the bones’ next step after Wells Fargo settlement

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell called it a rare event that proves everyone benefits when the goal is collaboration.

Mayor A C Wharton Jr. noted that the City of Memphis and Shelby County are collaborating with Wells Fargo bank on "a new partnership that will bring stability and renewed prosperity to some of our community's hardest-hit neighborhoods."

And attorney Webb Brewer, who was on the ground floor of the multi-million lawsuit accusing Wells Fargo of lending discrimination, said that while he is pleased, the hardest part – enforcement of the settlement – likely still is ahead.


Trio of Council budget plans on table as decision time nears

This year's version of the annual wrangling between the mayor's office and the Memphis City Council over the city's budget for the next fiscal year is expected to eventually give way to a final vote on the budget on Tuesday (June 5).

Council members Harold Collins, Edmund Ford Jr. and Jim Strickland each have their own versions of a proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.


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‘Key objects’ push underway at Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum is focused on revamping the Lorraine Motel exhibitions in anticipation of a partial opening during the period from Nov. 2012 to Dec. 2013.

And with the expectations of including more stories, updating historical facts, and creating more engaging and interactive experience, a push is on to acquire some key objects


Court hearing looms for Thaddeus Matthews

Controversial – yet wildly popular – independent blogger and radio personality Thaddeus Matthews will appear before arbitrator D.J. Alisandratos on Tuesday, June 5th to decide if he will possibly be returning to the airwaves soon.


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Briefs & Things: Speakers set for 2012 Kennedy Day Dinner

Jimmy Naifeh, who was first elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1974 and was Speaker of the House from 1991 to 2009, will be honored at the traditional Kennedy Day Dinner on June 8, 2012. Naifeh, who served longer as Speaker than anyone else in Tennessee history, will be awarded the Kennedy Award by the Shelby County Democratic Party.

The keynote speaker will be D'Army Bailey, attorney, judge, author and a founder of the National Civil Rights Museum. Bailey now practices with the law firm of Wilkes and McHugh.