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‘Flo’ Anthony plans literary stops in Memphis

flo 600The What's Happening Myron Book Club welcomes syndicated radio personality and author Florence "Flo" Anthony to Memphis on Saturday (Feb. 15th).

Anthony's new book, "Deadly Stuff Players," was released in November and published by Strebor Books, which is owned by writer Zane. In addition to her newly published book, you can also catch her on TV One's series, "Life After."

The first African-American woman to work in the sports and entertainment departments at the New York Post, Anthony is also the first African-American woman in the nation to work on the Post's gossip page, "Page Six."

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‘Dad, I’m gay’

dadimgay 600Earlier this week, Michael Sam came out publicly with the news that he is gay. When asked about his parents' reaction to the news during an interview with ESPN, Sam said, "I told my mom and dad last week, and they just pretty much said, 'We knew and we love you and support you,'" he said.

"I'm their baby boy. I'm the first to go to college. I'm the first to graduate college. Something like this is just another milestone."

Sam told his Missouri teammates back in August, but he didn't disclose his sexual orientation to his parents until last week. On Tuesday (Feb. 11th) , the New York Times reported that Michael Sam Sr. is struggling with his son's announcement. Michael Sam Sr. told the New York Times that he received the news last Tuesday after his son sent him a text that said: "Dad, I'm gay."

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Tracey Rogers returns to WMC-TV 5 as vice president and general manager

wmctv 600Raycom Media has announced that Tracey Rogers has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Raycom Media's WMC-TV 5 in Memphis. Effective February 10th Rogers replaced Lee Meredith, who was recently promoted to Raycom Media's WAFB in Baton Rouge, LA.

Rogers is leaving her position as vice president and general manager at KAIT, the Raycom Media Station in Jonesboro, Ark.

"I am thrilled to be coming home," said Rogers. "I grew up in Jackson, Tennessee watching WMC, then I had the honor of serving as News Director here for 5 years, and now returning as the Vice President and General Manager is my dream come true."

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Overcoming retirement challenges

CharlesSimsJr-160In a 2013 survey of people aged 50 to 70 with $100,000 or more in investable assets, 90 percent reported that they had experienced at least one setback in saving for retirement. In fact, the average respondent had experienced four setbacks with an average loss or missed opportunity of $117,000.

The future is always uncertain, and as the saying goes, "Life happens." It would be wise to prepare for the unexpected and react logically rather than emotionally when faced with retirement challenges. Here are some obstacles you might need to overcome.

Surviving market downturns. More than half of those surveyed said their assets had been reduced by market losses during the Great Recession. Yet another survey suggested that about 50 percent of workers who were 32 to 51 when the recession started actually showed gains in their retirement accounts during the 2007 to 2009 period. This group may have had lower balances when the recession began, and it's likely that they continued saving throughout the downturn, which might have helped them benefit when the market started to improve. Remember that all investments are subject to market fluctuation and the potential for loss.

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SCS nears open of 2014-15 General Choice Transfer process

SCS 600The 2014-15 General Choice Transfer process for all students in Shelby County will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 18th and run through Friday, March 7th. The General Choice Transfer process allows parents to choose a school in the district with available space that best fits their child's educational needs.

The General Choice Transfer process is NOT the same as the Optional Schools application process. Optional Schools have specific academic criteria for admissions and a separate application period.

Online Application Process: The General Choice Transfer process will be completely online to afford the most opportunities for students and families in Shelby County. No paper applications will be printed or accepted. Rather than lining up at the Board of Education, parents can complete and submit an application from any personal computer with Internet access or smartphone that supports online forms.

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