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Staci Franklin: From diagnosis to mission

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What could’ve been just a devastating diagnosis turned into a strengthening experience that led breast cancer survivor Staci Franklin to her current mission – spreading awareness and hope.

Five years into her mission, Franklin was mingling with guests and kicking it on the dance floor recently (Oct. 18) during A Pink Affair, a fundraiser sponsored by Staci & Friends for A Cure at The Bridges Center at 477 North Fifth Street. Her demeanor reflected what she wants women to know – that a breast cancer diagnosis does not have to be the end of the story.

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.

FRIDAY

* Boo! Ball
7pm-12am | Pink Palace Museum

* River Arts Fest
6pm | S. Main District

* Black Rock Revival
8pm | Minglewood Hall

Beale ceremony to note Floyd Newman’s legacy

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Saxophonist, bandleader, and high school band instructor Floyd Newman will be celebrated with a note in the Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame on Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at The Band Box, 142 Beale Street.

Newman’s tremendous and lengthy list of accomplishments includes being the first musician B.B. King chose as a member of his first band. While working as bandleader at West Memphis’ famed Plantation Inn nightclub, he gave Isaac Hayes his first paying job in the music business and is credited with bringing Hayes to Stax Records.

Infant mortalilty rate hits record low in Shelby County, but…

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With the good there often remains the specter of the bad and such is the case with the latest Shelby County figures on infant mortality.

For the first time in more than 100 years, the infant mortality (death) rate for Shelby County dropped to its lowest point on record, 9.2 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the Shelby County Health Department.

Local Ebola response part of ongoing preparation

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Shelby County Health Department Director Yvonne Madlock says getting useful information to the public, physicians and other health care workers is essential when it comes to preparedness for the growing threat of the Ebola virus.

That objective drove a media briefing that Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. convened at the county’s Vasco Smith Administration building on Tuesday.

Family picnic attracts a positive-minded ‘mob’

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A “mob” descended upon Audubon Park on Sunday (Oct. 19th) from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, this “mob” was not a group of violent individuals disturbing the peace but various people gathered together for free food, entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, bouncers for kids, and a good cause.

Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives, (F.F.U.N.) held its fifth annual Multicultural Unity in the Community Picnic. The theme of the picnic was “Celebrating Our Differences.”

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

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Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.

FRIDAY

Draw The Line 4Peace Vigil
9pm | Peabody at Bellevue

* Narnia
7:30pm | Hattiloo Theatre

* Zoo Boo
5:30pm-9:30pm | Memphis Zoo

‘Overcomers’ – a story of survivors

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Tajuana Clark fought as much as she could to stop the onslaught of verbal, psychological and physical abuse for nearly half of her 8½ years of marriage. After reaching the breaking point, she bolted with her six children and ended up homeless on the streets of Memphis.

More than 11 years of marriage also ended for Dione Pruitt, who was subjected to her husband’s cruelty of verbal, psychological and physical abuse. She vamoosed with her five children, risking it all. With nowhere to turn and no one to turn to, sleeping in the car was her only recourse.

 

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