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5 W.Va., Ky., Tenn. counties off drug areas list

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee have been removed from a federal list of high-traffic drug areas.
A Federal Register notice filed Monday says a threat assessment indicated the counties no longer met criteria for high-trafficking drug areas.
The notice says Mason County in West Virginia, Cumberland and Clinton counties in Kentucky, and Clay and White counties in Tennessee have been removed from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program list.
The program makes federal resources available to local and state police that face growing illicit drug markets. It was established through the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 1988.
An Appalachia list was established in 1998 to combat trafficking in 68 Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia counties.

Say NO to the four, but wine is fine!


Among the most important ballot items for the upcoming November 4, 2014 election are four proposed constitutional amendments. In addition, you will also have an opportunity to help decide if wine will ultimately be sold in retail outlets (grocery stores and similar outlets) other than liquor stores.

The constitutional amendments will serve to – in some instances – greatly expand the power and reach of government and particularly the Tennessee General Assembly. Any amendments to the law of the land, the constitution, represent significant implications to the enforcement, interpretation, implementation and carrying out of the law. The proposed amendments individually and collectively represent an unnecessary and potentially dangerous expansion of government power. As proposed, the amendments usurp power from the people (voters) and put it in the hands of the legislative body.

‘Say yes to seafood’ for better health


When Linda Cornish helped lay the foundation for the Memphis Farmers Market back in 2006, she, along with other Memphians, wanted to see a thriving and vibrant connection established between local farmers and consumers. The downtown entity has helped Mid-South shoppers purchase fruits and vegetables fresh off the farm at great prices.

Although Cornish never dreamed she would take the helm of the Washington-based initiative, Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP), the move seems a natural next step for her.

  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
  • Category: Original

Kroger teen mob trial: The view from the bench

judge michael

Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael says he cannot – and will not – allow public sentiment to influence his rulings as he considers the cases of teen offenders, including those accused of mob-like action.

Michaels’s viewpoint moved to the forefront this week (Tuesday, Oct. 14th) as court proceedings began in the prosecution of 10 teens charged with attacking two Kroger employees and a would-be customer on the parking lot of the Kroger’s in the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center. The September incident became a YouTube sensation, as one teen in a lime green T-shirt was shown repeatedly stomping a victim on the ground.

  • Written by Tony Jones
  • Category: Original

Mayors report progress in support of Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ thrust

My Brother's Keeper

Back in February when President Barack Obama took the wraps off of the administration’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative he made it clear that he would be looking to “build a broad coalition of backers.”

Mayors of U.S. Cities were envisioned as key coalition members in the effort to arrest the slide and nurture the growth of boys and young men of color – a segment of the country described as too often facing “disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success.” This week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors released the findings of a survey on mayors’ efforts to promote and implement the goals the president set out.


‘I am here for you guys’

Patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Wednesday sat in three small groups in the Activity Room to participate in a creative release that is a part of patient therapy. Like little Picassos at work, they drew, decorated and sketched on large foam letters – fully engaged with finishing and producing their artwork. 
Around 5:30 p.m., 13-year-old Courtney skipped into the room, leading the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. The kids and parents suddenly lit the room with cheers and applause, welcoming the First Lady in pure Memphis style. 

Battling domestic violence

Domestic Violence

The news of Sept. 2nd hit Gwendolyn Turner like a ton of bricks. Tasha Thomas, a woman she knew, had been shot and killed outside the University of Little Scholars daycare in Whitehaven. Thomas’ estranged husband had instigated the deadly encounter on the parking lot where Thomas worked.

 “I was breathless and speechless to learn that another woman had become a victim of domestic violence,” said Turner, who’d suffered verbal, emotional, mental, sexual and physical abuse off and on for nearly 20 years.

  • Written by Wiley Henry
  • Category: Original

Shopping Center beatings – the threads

Shopping Center Beatings

“It was supposed to be a fight between two groups of African-American females. …At some point during that gathering at CiCi’s Pizza they encountered each other and a fight did ensue.

“…That fight spilled out into the parking lot and after it spilled out into the parking lot it basically turned into a flash mob resulting in the vicious attack that was on the two Kroger employees as well as a potential customer.”
– Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong