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A show of support…how much did it mean?

kellogrally 600Elected officials and friends of 226 locked-out Kellogg's employees raised an enthusiastic voice of determination Wednesday night, vowing to walk the picket lines outside the plant until they can return to work.

Kevin Bradshaw, president of Bakery Confectionary Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 252G, said he drew inspiration and encouragement from the outpouring of support shown by the "Memphis community."

"Although our numbers were small, tonight's rally means everything to those of us who are locked out of our jobs," Bradshaw said.

‘Let us work!’

kellogs 600'...This is not your grandfather's Kellogg's. The old administration was compassionate and caring toward its workers and their families. John Bryant cares nothing for those working on the line and making the company all of their profits. We have worked before without a contract in place. We knew that an agreement was coming. That's because both sides were negotiating in good faith. We were shocked to be locked out. We are not on strike. We did not walk off the line. We simply came to work on October 22nd last year, and we could not get in because the doors were closed and locked. We just want to go back to work. That's all. We hope this week with the rally that Kellogg's administrators will come back to the table and talk..."

Trence Jackson
BCTGM International Union
Financial Secretary

DSC 8471Four months ago when Kellogg's employees refused to approve a permanently lowered rate of pay for new employees, they knew that plant administrators wouldn't agree with the move. But they weren't expecting to be locked out of the plant where they've always "felt like family."

Not the ‘death sentence’ it used to be

Deberry 600Some of America's most fascinating luminaries succumbed to it – Dizzy Gillespie, the jazz icon; Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Microsoft creator Steve Jobs; and Memphis' own political celeb, long-time House Speaker Pro-Tempore Lois DeBerry.

But pancreatic cancer – one of the more aggressive forms of cancer – is not the "death sentence" it used to be.

"There was a time when doctors would diagnose the disease and essentially send the patient home to die," said Alan Kosten, founder of the Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation, which raises funds to support research at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

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Rape kit backlog a ‘systematic failure,’ says Wharton

rapekit 600"Every day that a sexual assault kit goes untested is delayed justice, and justice delayed is justice denied," said Mayor A C Wharton Jr., referencing the over 12,000 untested rape kits in the City of Memphis.

Wednesday morning in the Hall of Mayors at City Hall, Wharton addressed what he referred to as a "systematic failure." He plans to develop a cross-functional team with representatives from law enforcement, and legal and victim advocate groups to address the rape kit-testing debacle.

To jumpstart those efforts, Wharton announced a partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national organization that has conducted groundbreaking research in identifying the nation's backlog of rape kits and best practices for eliminating rape kit testing delays.

 

Caution: ‘Dems’ changing lanes

demschanging 600The shellacking that local Democrats absorbed from Republicans in the August 2010 general election – a loss of every countywide seat – is still a fresh memory for attorney and former state legislator Carol Chumney.

Now, Chumney has watchful eyes on May's Shelby County primary and the August state and federal primaries and county elections. She contends that Democrats have come up short in recent elections in part because of the troubling practice of elected Democrats who have endorsed Republicans or cozied up to them for photo-ops.

Although the Republican 2010 sweep was marked in controversy over an election-day glitch followed by a Chancery Court lawsuit, it jumpstarted Chumney's quest to end the support of elected Democrats for Republicans.

 

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Coming soon: ‘The Legacy of Owen College’

LMOLegacy 600The Owen College History Committee, which has been on a two-year mission, met recently at St. John Baptist Church to finalize plans for the product yielded by its efforts.

The product – "The Legacy of Owen College" – is now ready for its premiere. The public is invited to attend the event on Feb. 22 in the Dorothy Harris Lounge of the Alma Hanson Building on the campus of The LeMoyne-Owen College.

"The Legacy of Owen College" records the history of the two-year college, which was founded by the Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention and named for the Rev. S. A. Owen, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church. Located on the corner of Vance and Orleans, the college opened in 1954 and merged with LeMoyne College in 1968.

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

tompeddler 600LeMoyne-Owen College
(807 Walker Ave.)

Feb. 13: 2-3 p.m., The Hollis F. Price Library presents Birthplace of Hip-Hop Tour, Alumni Room.

Feb. 18: 9:45 a.m.-10:50 a.m., A Discussion of Africans in Israel, featuring LOC faculty, Little Theater.

Feb. 22: 2-4 p.m., Owen College Legacy book signing with Dr. Miriam DeCosta Willis and other Owen College alumni, Dorothy Harris Lounge in the Hanson Student Center.

 

Signing Day


signingday2 600Thirteen Cordova High School football players seeking an opportunity to play the game on the collegiate level all signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday (Feb. 5) morning during National Signing Day, when athletes from various sports make their college of choice official.

"It's a dream come true," said outside linebacker Vassiel Beason, who will attend the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He said he didn't see this day coming two years ago.

"I plan to start classes early in the summer to get a head start," he said. 

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