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‘Power grab’ in campaign against three Tennessee judges could have national implications

‘Power grab’ in campaign against three Tennessee judges could have national implications
An attempt to unseat three judges in an upcoming Nashville election is nothing less than a “raw power grab” by right wing special interests using big money to buy control of the courts, says the head of a non-partisan organization of lawyers this week.
 
“It is a raw power grab is what it is. Their campaign against these justices are based on a series of lies, half-truths, misstatements and material omissions,” says Charles Grant, president of the bi-partisan Nashville Bar Association (NBA), which has endorsed the retention of the judges. “It has huge implications nationally because if they can do it here, they can do it anywhere.”

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TSU’s Small Farms Expo highlights state’s agricultural diversity and continuing expansion

TSU’s Small Farms Expo highlights state’s agricultural diversity and continuing expansion
NASHVILLE – (TSU News Service) – From beekeeping in Franklin County to crop growing in Williamson County, and 4-H and adult agriculture in Bledsoe County, the 2014 Tennessee State University Small Farms Expo highlighted the diversity in the state’s vast agricultural industry.
 
Participation in the Expo (July 17th) also showcased the University’s outreach initiatives through its Cooperative Extension Program, now covering more than 50 counties across Tennessee.
 

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Community in Photos

Community in Photos

Early voting kicked off Friday at the Shelby County Election Commission at 157 Poplar Ave. for the Federal and State Republican and Democratic Primary Election and Shelby County General Election. Voters can cast ballots at the site today through 4 p.m.

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2014 ACT-SO scholars build on tradition

2014 ACT-SO scholars build on tradition
Memphis area high school students who participated in ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics), a national program sponsored by the NAACP, are eligible for scholarship awards founded by the late Maxine A. Smith. 
 
The 2014 ACT-SO scholars were announced recently at a luncheon at the Community Foundation with their parents and the Smith family in attendance.

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To vote or not to vote?

To vote or not to vote?
When the executive editor of The New Tri-State Defender learned that I would vote for the very first time in the Aug. 7th election, he declared me the “perfect” summer intern for the assignment of identifying and talking with two eighteen year olds with nearly polar opposite views of participating in the electoral process.
 
My conversations with Taira Boltze and El’Keenan T. Liggins are the fruits of my journey of discovery. 
 
Candidates with ‘righteousness, braveness and willingness’
 
Taira H. Boltze has taken all the steps needed to do something on Aug. 7th that she never has done before – vote.

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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!
Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* Memphis Redbirds vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
7:05pm | Autozone Stadium
 
* Lauren Hill Concert
8pm | Minglewood Hall
 
* Naturals in the City: Preshow Party
8pm | 1884 Lounge

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‘A nice piece of history’

‘A nice piece of history’
The descendants of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, an African-American journalist, suffragist, newspaper editor, teacher, anti-lynching crusader, and early leader of the civil rights movement, traveled from Holly Springs, Miss., to Memphis last Saturday (July 12) morning to commemorate her 152nd birthday. 
 
“We’re here to celebrate Ida B. Wells’ birthday (the 18th annual) on the date closest to her birthday,” said the Rev. Leona Harris, executive director of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum, a cultural center for African-American history in Holly Springs. 

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