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Tennessee and Arkansas will hold state sales-tax holidays this weekend. Back-to-school shopping made less taxing

Tennessee and Arkansas will hold state sales-tax holidays this weekend.

Tennessee’s sales-tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 5, and Arkansas’s will start on Saturday, Aug. 6. Both states will conclude their tax holiday at midnight Sunday, Aug. 7.

Tennessee will not charge sales tax on certain clothing items up to $100, school supplies and computers priced $1,500 or less.

The Arkansas list of tax-free items includes school supplies like pencils and notebooks and art supplies, as well as clothing.

Mississippi held its tax holiday last weekend.

For more on the Tennessee sales-tax holiday visit www.tntaxholiday.com.

FFUN’s plans annual Back 2 School event

F.F.U.N. “Stop the Killing” and community partners will host its 8th Annual “Stop the Killing” Back 2 School peace march and rally Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Hollywood Community Center located at 1560 N. Hollywood (off Chelsea Avenue near Peres Avenue) in north Memphis.

The march for peace will begin at 9 a.m. lead by the Rev. Danny Neal, pastor of New Fellowship MB Church. “We are marching to stop the violence, death and destruction of our youth,” said Neal.

Doors will open at 10 a.m. for registration, with the peace rally at 11 a.m.  Invited guests include Mayor AC Wharton, Senator Reginald Tate, Judge James Russell, Judge J.C. McLin, Judge Gwen Rooks, District Attorney General Amy Weirich, Judge Jayne Chandler, Sheriff Bill Oldham, and a host of others.

The event is free (school supplies, food, dental screening/cleanings, live music, entertainment) and open to the public.  For more information, contact Stevie Moore, the founder and president of F.F.U.N. Stop the Killing, at 502-7387; Pastor Danny Neal, 691-1673; or visit ffunsaveyouth.org.

MMBC Continuum nets regional MED Week honor

The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Atlanta Region recently announced the 2011 MED WEEK (Minority Enterprise Development) award winners. The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (MMBC Continuum), a Memphis based economic development agency, will be honored with the Advocate of the Year Award.

The 29th annual awards banquet will be held Aug. 11in Atlanta at the Georgia Power Arkwright Auditorium at 6 p.m.

“This award is monumental in that it affirms the work of the organization and speaks to the importance of growing scalable minority firms in Memphis to create jobs, impact inner city communities and expand the tax payer base, which creates wins for the community,” said Luke Yancy III, President & CEO of The MMBC Continuum. “This is also a great nod for Memphis by being recognized for our efforts and the value placed on minority business growth.”

Other awards for the Southeast Atlanta Region include:

• Minority Construction Firm of the Year - ENVIRO AgScience, Inc., Columbia, SC and Metcom Construction, Penbrook, NC

• Minority Manufacturer of the Year – Homestead Packaging Solutions, Atlanta, GA

• Minority Global Technology Firm of the Year – Nvision Solutions, Inc., Bay St. Louis, MS

• Minority Global Supplier Distribution of the Year – Marketing Arm International, Inc., Port Charlotte, FL and Trillion Communications, Bessemer, AL

• Media Award – Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine, Roswell, GA

• Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award – Georgia Power, Atlanta, GA

• Corporation of the Year – Lockheed Martin, Marietta, GA

Jackson golf outing to aid youth program

The Jackson Madison County African American Chamber of Commerce, will host the Celebrity Golf Classic tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 13, beginning at 1 p.m. at Bent Tree Golf Course, 2993 Paul Coffman Drive in East Jackson.  

A four-person scramble, the event will raise money for the Follow Me Into BusinessÒ youth development program. Title and contest sponsors, players, volunteers and prize donations are needed. For more information, call 731-424-2030 or 901-827-0836 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Tournament sponsor is Nell Huntspon Flower Box.

Pastor’s birthday celebration set for Cornerstone MBC

Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church at 765 South Parkway East will honor their pastor, the Rev. Dr. Eugene Henson, with a birthday celebration at 3 p.m. on Sunday (Aug. 7).

The guests will include the Rev. Dr. Carl E. Shields and Antioch Baptist Church, Essences in Christ, Missionary Cheryl Morrow and The Praise Team.

For more information, call 901-755-3223.

St. James events focus on women

At St. James AME Church at 600 North Fourth St., August includes events with a special focus on women.

The church’s Women’s Day Revival began Wednesday (Aug. 3) and continues through Friday (Aug. 5). Services begin at 7 p.m.

On Aug. 14 at 10 a.m., St. James will observe its Annual Women’s Day Celebration.

The Rev. Walter Winstead Reid Jr. is host pastor.

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