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Plan in works for coverage options for all retirees

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The City of Memphis plans to launch an aggressive education campaign to apprise retirees of their options in the wake of a scramble to put in a place a multi-year, guaranteed healthcare assurance plan with good coverage options for all City retirees.
 
The office of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced earlier this week that the City “and its partners” were putting such a healthcare assurance plan in place. The plan was described as being in addition to continued medical insurance coverage for surviving spouses and dependents of employees who died in the line of duty and certain Medicare ineligible retirees.
 
The educational campaign, which was projected to kick off “in the coming weeks,” would include the convening of community meetings that provide retirees and their families with opportunities to ask questions and to be provided with one-on-one counseling regarding recent changes to their benefits. Those moves would be in addition to information they would receive in the mail, individual appointments, phone calls, social media and a website serving as an information repository.

Angelo Smith – the first of many!

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Angelo Smith is the first Booker T. Washington High School graduate under head basketball coach Antonio Harris to sign an official Letter-of Intent to play college basketball. 
 
Next season, Angelo will take his athletic talents to Dyersburg State Community College and perform for the Eagles. Of course, he will always be a BTW Warrior at heart; however, this is simply part of the process as he develops his craft.

Be careful! July 4th holiday warrants safety considerations

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As Memphians prepare to observe the 4th of July, public safety officials are warning celebrants to practice safety.
 
On an average, approximately 30,100 fires and 9,500 injuries occur as a result of the use of fireworks each year, according to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

TVA’s move to retire Allen coal plant draws Sierra Club support

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The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on Wednesday announced a proposal to retire its Allen Fossil Plant and replace it with a natural gas facility. TVA will hold a public open house to share details about the proposed retirement, as well as potential alternatives for electricity supply.
 
The announcement of the draft environmental assessment comes as a result of a settlement reached in 2011 between TVA, the EPA, as well as several states and public interest groups, including the Sierra Club, to end the region’s reliance on coal and move the Valley towards cleaner, safer energy sources. The settlement required the retirement of over 2,700 megawatts of coal-fired generation, while also considering the installation of pollution controls or the retirement of other coal units, such as Allen, by 2018.

Fullview Missionary Baptist church is on fire!

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Fullview Missionary Baptist Church can now say goodbye to its $2.5 million mortgage, and it will be doing just that with the help of a few flames.
 
A mortgage-burning ceremony following the church’s 9 a.m. service is set for Sunday (July 6th) at the church at 7100 Memphis-Arlington Road in Bartlett.
 
The fact that the mortgage has been paid off within 10 years has Pastor Walter Peggs Sr. supremely grateful.