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Patrolman Kasandra Smith

Patrolman Kasandra Smith
(Kelvin Cowans takes readers inside the lives of Memphis and Shelby County law enforcement officers. Just as a neighborhood should not be judged by the actions of a few bad apples, neither should law

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Merger of Memphis music Organizations hailed as ‘a win’

Merger of Memphis music Organizations hailed as ‘a win’

The Memphis Music Foundation, chaired by Stax Records legend Al Bell, will merge with The Consortium MMT, an incubator for emerging musical talent focused on soul music and founded by Hall of Fame songwriter and producer David Porter.

The planned merger was announced Wednesday.
 
The combined entity will continue use of the name The Consortium MMT, with the Music Foundation’s flagship initiative renamed the Memphis Music Resource Center (MRC) at The Consortium MMT. Porter will remain chairman and president of The Consortium MMT, with Bell serving on The Consortium MMT Board as a director.

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Coach T’ lined up for high school sports combine

Coach T’ lined up for high school sports combine
 
The Second Annual Premier Sports Nation High School Football Combine will be held Saturday (June 28th) at the Dulins Sports Complex at 7790 Fischer Steel Rd. in Cordova.
 
The event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is a team effort by renowned former high school coach Tim “Coach T” Thompson and Leroy Watson Jr. of TigerSportsReport.com (Memphis.Rivals.com).

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The Ultimate Family Reunion – 2014

The Ultimate Family Reunion – 2014
Mud Island River Park in Downtown Memphis was the setting for The Ultimate Family Reunion, featuring the ageless hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow, the Stax Music Academy Alumni Band, the jazz, gospel and soul vocalist Jiana Hunter, and The Pursuit of God Praise group. 
 
Sponsored by WRBO-FM Soul Classics 103.5, the radio station generally combines a well-known recording artist with local talent. Hence Kurtis Blow, the first commercially successful rapper and record producer, and the first to sign with a major record label. 

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Copperstoppers launched to halt scrap metal thefts

Copperstoppers launched to halt scrap metal thefts
 
The local war on the theft of copper and other metals, and the damage caused by thieves who strip copper wires and pipes from homes, apartment buildings and churches has a new weapon.
 
Called Copperstoppers, the program will be operated by CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County in partnership with the Memphis Police Department's Real Time Crime Center. At its core, Copperstoppers will provide enhanced awards of up to $1,000 for anonymous tips that lead to the arrest of thieves as well as those who knowingly trade in stolen metal.
 
Copperstoppers represents a new coordination of government and private sector interests who say copper theft is ruining homes, eroding the city's tax base, and discouraging investment in the city.                        

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Supt. Hopson embraces opportunity to ‘continue leading this great school district’

Supt. Hopson embraces opportunity to ‘continue leading this great school district’
“Very grateful for the board’s trust and confidence in me to continue leading this great school district” was the succinct, low-key description Shelby County Schools Supt. Dorsey Hopson used to acknowledge his two-year contract extension.
 
The Shelby County Board of Education (SCBE) approved the extension during a Special Called Business Meeting on Monday.

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Confirmed: First human case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

Confirmed: First human case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County
The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD), along with the Tennessee Department of Health, recently confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Shelby County.
 
The reported case is a forty-six year old male and the first human case confirmed in the state of Tennessee. To date, WNV has been detected in ZIP code 38107 within Shelby County. SCHD health officials urge residents to continue taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites and protecting themselves against WNV.
 

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Shelby County Schools will use CLUE program for all gifted students next year

Shelby County Schools will use CLUE program for all gifted students next year
At White Station Middle School recently, dozens of soon-to-be 5th and 6th graders Zumba-ed across the gym floor. The physical movement was preparation for mental exercise: The students later discussed how activities like Zumba affect their hearts.
 
In the auditorium next to the gym, more than 40 middle schoolers were screening movie trailers and short films they had written, performed, filmed and edited on tablet computers. The tweens laughed and elbowed each other as they watched their classmates sword fight and tromp through the woods on a large screen.

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