Ruby Bright, executive director of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, is one of the 20 semi-finalists in PANDORA Jewelry’s Hearts of Today initiative celebrating the “selfless work women do within their communities and around the world to improve the livelihood of women and children.”
Now through Sunday (Oct. 26) at midnight, PANDORA invites the public to log-on and vote for the person they feel is the most deserving semi-finalist at www.pandoraheartsoftoday.com. A panel of judges narrowed 700 nominations to the 20 semi-finalists.
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.
FedEx predicts increase in holiday deliveries
(AP) – FedEx expects another record for holiday-season deliveries.
The company forecast Wednesday that deliveries between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve will rise 8.8 percent over last year, to 290 million shipments. That's a more subdued forecast than a year ago, when FedEx predicted 13 percent growth for the season.
Volume is expected to surge on each of the first three Mondays in December.
Miss renews water-rights battle with Memphis
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi to filed a new lawsuit alleging Memphis, Tennessee, is stealing water from the state.
The Supreme Court on Monday invited Solicitor General Don Verrilli's office to file a brief on behalf of the U.S. government. Verrilli is the No. 2 official in the Justice Department and is the chief courtroom lawyer for the executive branch.
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, was as much the product of a century of housing segregation spurred by federal, state and local policies as longstanding tension between blacks and police, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the nonpartisan think tank and author of the report, said that the long pattern of housing segregation was not an accident.
“It wasn’t because of people’s choices, it wasn’t because African Americans were too poor to live in middle class neighborhoods. It’s because they were purposefully locked into segregated neighborhoods because of federal, state and local policies,” he said.
Outgoing senator once again in trouble with law
NASHVILLE (AP) — Outgoing state Sen. Jim Summerville is facing stalking and assault charges, a month after being arrested for public intoxication.
Lt. Todd Christian with the Dickson Police Department told The Associated Press on Sunday that Summerville was arrested Friday night on a stalking charge filed by a neighbor and released on bail. Christian said Summerville was arrested again on Saturday for assault after threatening the same neighbor. He was released on $10,000 bond.
In September, Summerville was charged with public intoxication after police said he sat in several residents' yards drinking.
Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, Mo., police department says he was in fear for his life in August when he shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, the New York Times reports. The shooting sparked continuing protests over police violence against minorities, especially unarmed black men.
Wilson’s testimony to federal investigators, shared by officials familiar with his statements, is the first public account of events that led to the fatal shooting. He told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and was in fear for his life as he struggled with Brown over his gun during a scuffle, the Times says.