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Improving Miss. care homes involves hopes and prayers for African-American elders

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JACKSON, Miss. – A nursing home stay can be temporary. Roderick Ephram couldn’t be happier about that. His mother, Willora Ephram, better known as “Peaches,” returned home recently from Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Clinton, Miss., after recovering from pneumonia.
Peaches Ephram, age 90, is considered the matriarch of Jackson and is renowned for having operated Peaches Restaurant in the Farish Street Historic District for over 50 years. It was her establishment where Barack Obama made a campaign stop in 2007 duirng his run for the White House.

Fund set up to help family of county employee killed while cutting grass

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An account has been opened at Evolve Bank & Trust to help the family of Shelby County Public Works employee Pierre Davis, who was killed this past Monday (August 4th) while cutting grass along a right-of-way near Raleigh.
“Mr. Davis had been married only a couple of months. The tragedy has been especially difficult for his wife, Ashley, and their two young children, Pierre, six-years-old, and Andre, three-years-old,” said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr.

Cuts to Section 8 will increase homelessness in Memphis

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Homelessness is a major issue in the City of Memphis. According to a 2013 report by the Community Alliance for The Homeless, homelessness has decreased by 13 percent between 2012 and 2013. However, one does not have to look high and low to observe the faces of countless men, women, and yes, even children who won’t have a safe place to sleep tonight.
Obviously, there are many factors that contribute to homelessness. The greatest contributor to what has become a national epidemic in the United States is an appalling lack of affordable housing. Rents today are higher than ever, forcing families and individuals to tighten their belts on other basic necessities such as food, transportation, child care, and medical costs. 

Stephen A. had his say and it’s real

Trying to watch “First Take” lately has been an exercise in futility. Without the Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless dynamic, it’s just another mundane ESPN show lacking character, sizzle or opinion divergence. Stephen A. is still on suspension actually for speaking truth. Here’s an excerpt of what he said:
“In Ray Rice’s case, he probably deserves more than a two-game suspension. But at the same time, we also have to make sure that we learn as much as can about elements of provocation.  Not that there’s real provocation, but elements elements of provocation.”

UniverSoul Circus ready to fly high for Memphis fans

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The UniverSoul Circus is a family attraction that attendees most likely won’t forget. Ranked in the top 10 of Ticketmaster’s top 25 events, it is the only African-American circus in the world and the most requested family event in the United States.
With that in mind, lots of children and their parents in Memphis will be waiting for the UniverSoul Circus to pitch its big top tent at the Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Rd., for over-the-top, high-flying excitement the week of Aug. 26 – Sept. 1.