COMMUNITY SNAPS November 6 - 12, 2008

newsroom@tri-statedefender.com | 11/5/2008, 6 p.m.


“It’s about time they gave me one of them stars on Beale,” said guitar man Sanders.


Fred Sanders, who has been playing the guitar for over 40 years, is no stranger to W. C. Handy Park on Beale St. (Photos by Earl Stanback)


The 20th Annual NAACP Membership Radiothon was held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. as radio stations broadcast from the offices of the NAACP during the group’s quest for membership pledges and for Memphis to “Come Home to the NAACP.” City Council Chairman Myron Lowery (left) appeals to the broadcast audience for memberships on V101 with Stormy Taylor. (Tyrone P. Easley)


The Withers International Photographers Guild and the Ernest C. Withers Historical Photographic Foundation hosted a memorial tribute to the late photojournalist Dr. Ernest C. Withers at the National Civil Rights on Oct. 26. Rome Withers is assisted by his 12-year-old daughter, Kenya, during the candle lighting ceremony remembering 13 deceased photographers. (Photo by Earl Stanback)


The West Memphis Blues and Rhythm Society bestowed one of its first Morris Awards  upon the late Isaac Hayes, who was a player during his early career at the Plantation Inn, an iconic West Memphis music club during the 40s, 50s and 60s. Brenda Berger O’Brien (left), daughter of the music visionary and Plantation Inn founder Morris Berger, greets Hayes’ widow Adjowah Hayes, who is seated here with her son, Kojo. (Courtesy photos)


The West Memphis Blues and Rhythm Gala was held at Southland Park Gaming and Racing on Oct. 25. Other honorees that evening included former Plantation Inn guitarist “Flying” Calvin Newborn (left) and band leader Willie Mitchell (center), who autographed posters for the gala. Also pictured is Mitchell’s son, Boo Mitchell.

Wellington Clinic services relocated

Effective Dec. 1, the Regional Medical Center at Memphis (MED) will relocate the primary services offered at the Wellington Clinic to other locations within the Health Loop.

There are two Health Loop Clinics located near the Wellington site – Mid-South Clinic at 409 Ayers (901-515-5600) and the South Memphis Clinic at 1362 Mississippi (901-515-5700).  

Other Health Loop Clinics also are available.  By mid-November, letters will be sent to patients outlining their options as well as the steps they must follow to transfer medical records.

For more information, contact Dr. Patrick Malone at 901-515-4529 or Dr. Valencia Fleming at 901-515-4676.

MLGW taps Patterson as VP/general counsel 

Cheryl W. Patterson has been named vice president and general counsel at Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division. In this position, she will advise the MLGW Board of Commissioners as well as staff on legal matters, and manage legal functions.  She also will oversee the Purchasing, Contracting and Supplier Diversity Departments.

“I am very excited to be on board with this great organization, and to have the opportunity to bring both my many years of experience at practicing law in Memphis as well as my experiences in the field of finance to work for the people of Memphis and Shelby County. I look forward to doing my part in helping MLGW to be the best utility for the Greater Memphis community,” said Patterson.