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Master’s student draws a bead on Tel Aviv

telaviv-600Jocelyn Ramiah left Memphis on Monday determined to make "some type of difference in the world." Her destination was Israel, where she is set to begin her Master's degree program at Tel Aviv University.

A recent graduate of Emory University, with a B.A. in Middle Eastern and South Asian studies, Ramiah's year-long concentration in Israel will include soaking up the cultures.

Her ambition and talent were on display recently at a going away party at the home of her mother, Julia Ramiah, who works as a respiratory specialist at a local hospital. Her father, Shaboy Ramiah, is an upscale custom tailor. Amicably divorced, the two dote on their jewel, as did dozens of family and friends at the party that featured a cake made in the shape of Tel Aviv University.

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Evie R. Horton, widow of late Judge Horton, passes

13horton-600Memphians are mourning the passing of Evie R. Horton, widow of the late Judge Odell Horton, and a renowned community activist and volunteer in her own right.

"She was a great neighbor, parent, and friend," Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Thursday. "She was also the epitome of a true companion as she was always dutiful and loving to her late husband in every moment of his life. Ruby and I will miss her sorely".

Mrs. Horton, a 2012 Woman of Excellence honored by The New Tri-State Defender, was a retired Memphis City Schools teacher and well-known for her cultural and social contributions. She was the past president and treasurer of the Memphis Chapter of Links, Inc. Developer of the Ladies-in-Waiting for the Links Annual Cotillion, and a member of their Archives and History Committee.

CEOs for Cities names Wharton one of six ‘Changemakers’

WhartonAC-400Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is among six "City Changemakers" tapped for honors by CEOs for Cities, a national group that will host the 2013 salute in Grand Rapids, Mich. on Oct. 1.

The awards denote innovative leadership in American cities. CEOs for Cities is designed to connect urban leaders with each other and with "the smartest ideas for city success."

In addition to Wharton, this year's winners are: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Mark Rosenberg, president of Florida International University, Olga Stella of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and Jim Walker, founder of Big Car, an arts and culture organization in Indianapolis.

Half-cent sales tax proposal gearing up

halfcenttax-600It's a no-brainer that educating Memphis' children should be one of the city's greatest priorities, but some scratch their heads in doubt when talk turns to raising taxes to get that done.

With that sentiment as a backdrop, supporters of a proposed half-cent sales tax increase to fund pre-kindergarten education are getting busy trying to drum up support. On Tuesday, the Rev. Keith Norman, president of the local NAACP, announced that the Memphis Branch backs the proposal.

The announcement via a media release simply spread a position that Norman had made known in late August at the Children's Museum of Memphis during a local group's kickoff of what is being dubbed The Memphis Pre-K Initiative.

Actor Laz Alonso to talk education at SHC College Fair

laz alonsoThe 4th Annual Southern Heritage Classic College Fair – hosted by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services – will be Saturday (Sept. 14th, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Pipkin Building.

"I get as excited about the college fair as I do about the big football game between Tennessee State and Jackson State," Wharton said.

"Exposing our young people to college opportunities is critical because a college degree means opportunities that are not as readily available to those who have no higher education. Also, in today's economy a college degree increases earning potential."

Gift-bearing TSU president right at home in Memphis

Dr GloverAn achievement incentive to the tune of $3 million in scholarships was delivered to Memphis-area high school seniors on Wednesday courtesy of Tennessee State University and its first female president, Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover.

A Memphis native, Dr. Glover unveiled the scholarships news during a special Presidential Scholarship reception at the Downtown Sheraton.

"We look forward to providing access to college for prospective students that are committed to achievement in the classroom as evidenced by their academic credentials," said Dr. Glover.

Education commissioner gets ‘We-do-what-we-do’ lesson

Education-1-600The state commissioner of education's visit to Whitney Achievement Elementary School was about over as principal Debra Broughton was asked for her reflection of the fast-moving experience.

"This visit is empowering," Broughton said. "It is energizing and for the next quarter I can persevere knowing that we did the work and that we've laid a great foundation, that we can start to push harder and begin to see the fruits of our labor."

Commissioner Kevin Huffman's visit was one of several stops during a busy Wednesday in Memphis that included a closed-door session with some teachers. At Whitney, the tour group included Broughton, Achievement School District (ASD) Supt. Chris Barbic and State Rep. Barbara Cooper (D-Memphis) dropping in on several classrooms.

No longer interim, Dorsey Hopson is ‘the superintendent’

hopsononpoint-600Recently, while speaking to a group of Memphians committed to raising the number of college graduates in the city, Dorsey Hopson started out by saying, "thanks."

Six months ago, he could not have envisioned standing before the attendees as the interim superintendent of the newly merged Shelby County Schools, he said.

Well, if so, that means that he did not see coming then what happened to him on Tuesday night. The Shelby County Board of Education – a seven-member body operating one short – unanimously turned to Hopson to lead the district on a permanent basis. The move meant the end of a nationwide search to find "the right person" for the job.