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This week is going to be ‘hot, hot, hot!’

This week is going to be ‘hot, hot, hot!’
With the forecast for this week expected to hover around 90 degrees, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) is strongly advising residents to take precautions against heat-related illnesses. 
 
“We are particularly concerned with the very young, elderly, and individuals who suffer from certain medical conditions (such as heart disease or high blood pressure) who tend to be at a greater risk,” said Helen Morrow, M.D., health officer for the SCHD.

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Velma Lois Jones – serving with purpose

Velma Lois Jones – serving with purpose
Former educator and Tennessee Education Association president Velma Lois Jones didn’t need another award to convince many who know her that she is a living legacy. Jones took her latest honor with familiar humility.
 
The Living Legacy Awards are co-sponsored by the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History and Farmer’s Insurance. Ten recipients, including Jones, were honored earlier this year at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. 
 
The Living Legacy Awards salute African-Americans across the country that work to improve communities, institutions, organizations and family life through education. 

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Juneteenth goes live this weekend

Juneteenth goes live this weekend
The Juneteenth Urban Music Festival is set to go live Father’s Day weekend, June 13-15, on the grounds of the historic Robert R. Church Park on “world famous” Beale Street in downtown Memphis.
 
“We have worked around the clock to bring you some of the best local talent in Memphis and Shelby County,” said Telisa Franklin, Juneteenth’s executive director. 
 
“Many of them have already achieved national recognition.”

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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!
FRIDAY
Juneteenth Urban Music Festival
10am | Robert Church Park (Beale Street)
 
* Memphis Redbirds vs. Reno Aces
7:05pm | AutoZone Park
 
Levitt Shell Concert Series: The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker
7:30pm | Overton Park 

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Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis get its woman

Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis get its woman
Look no further than LaRita Shelby if you’re in need of a voice to express the understanding that theater is a vehicle for telling stories and that “our stories give us the power to transform ourselves and others.”
Shelby, former Memphian, actress, singer, writer, broadcaster and media professional, has been named honorary chairperson of the second biennial Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis (WTFM) August 7-9.
 
“I got my start in the theatre in Memphis and received exemplary training,” said Shelby, who has appeared on the air, on stages and on screens around the globe. “I accept this honor with a charge to build domestic and global cohesiveness within the creative community, and to forge new alliances among those in the creative and performing arts.”

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‘Called: How One Couple Served A City’

‘Called: How One Couple Served A City’
A unique story that details how a woman and her husband created a ministry that began with fostering 75 children in their Memphis home without any financial support from the state or federal government is outlined in a new book entitled “Called: How One Couple Served A City.” 
 
JoeAnn Ballard, the book’s author, explains how she and her late husband, Monroe Ballard, transformed a labor of love into an endeavor that eventually led to the founding of Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. in 1978. 
 
“Called: How One Couple Served A City,” by Southern biographer Sheridan Hill and published by Real Life Stories, LLC, describes how Ballard’s childhood set the stage for a lifetime of compassionate service. 

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A push to address economic business disparities in Memphis and Shelby County

A push to address economic business disparities in Memphis and Shelby County
If a group of business leaders succeed with the initiative they announced Tuesday morning, increased minority business participation within the public and private sectors of Memphis and Shelby County will become a front-burner issue.
 
Determined to affect what they called “the disproportionate number of contracts awarded to minority and women businesses over the last twenty years,” the group sounded an alarm at a press conference at the National Civil Rights Museum.”

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