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VOL. 131 | NO. 206 | Friday, October 14, 2016

Green Dot Charter Appeal Approved by State

The Tennessee Board of Education approved Friday, Oct. 14, a Memphis charter school application rejected by the Shelby County Schools board.

Local Major Violent Crime Rates Up Through August

Major violent crime remained on the increase through August in Memphis and Shelby County, according to crime statistics released Friday, Oct. 14, by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

SCS May Still Pursue East High T-STEM After Missing Out on Grant

Although Shelby County Schools didn’t get a federal grant for a new optional school program at East High, the school system is still likely to continue with the ambitious plan.

Shorb's Next Steps

Urban Child Institute job ‘ideal opportunity at ideal time’

Jill Crocker, board chair of The Urban Child Institute, remembers the conversation well. She and interim executive director Meri Armour were discussing the future and the person they would need to find to lead the nonprofit forward.

‘Purple Night’ Showcases Pancreatic Cancer Fight

With a disease as deadly as pancreatic cancer, it’s important to call attention to and support research advances, in addition to giving stakeholders and patients an opportunity to network, learn from and lean on each other.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Light Rain
Wind: from the South at 15.0 gusting to 23.0 mph
Humidity: 76%


44th annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16, in Audubon Park, at the corner of Perkins Road Extended and Southern Avenue. The largest juried arts and crafts show in the Mid-South features shopping, demonstrations, entertainment, children’s activities and more. Visit memphismuseums.org for hours and ticket prices.  

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Cervantes Helps Latino Memphians Stay Connected

Fabiola Cervantes is proud of her Mexican heritage. At the same time, the public relations and digital content manager at Latino Memphis loves calling the Bluff City home. Her dual heritage makes her a perfect fit to connect and empower Memphis’s 81,000 Latino residents.

Last Word: T-STEM At East High, Casinos Off the Ballot and Dylan Gets A Nobel

About six years ago, the current cycle of change in public education within Shelby County starting moving. And the changes have been nothing short of historic. Since then at least one piece of a very complex mechanism driving the change has been whirring away. The hope in the last year or so has been that all of this is at a place where some long term plans can start to emerge that are more than reaction to what another cog in the system is doing.


Invest In Yourself With Vacation Days

Ray’s Take Vacation time is an investment in your future. Studies show that many Americans leave vacation days on the table every year. We’re too stressed to take a vacation because we’re stressed by the thought of all the work that will accumulate while we’re gone and make the whole vacation worthless. 

Words From Church

FAITH IN THE FUNNY. As you could tell from last week’s column, this campaign is wearing on me and, I suspect, on you. Words don’t appear to matter. Truth is ignored and lies are embraced.


Real Life Can Wait: Former Tiger Alan Cross Walks On in the NFL

The Cross family’s living room in Millington is something of a mini-museum. A living testament, really, to what can happen when someone lives out the clichés – keep trying, never quit, believe in yourself – and decides the best way to deal with doubters is to figuratively head-butt them.

As Always, Vols’ Season Comes Down to Alabama

Halfway through a heart-stopping season, how strong is the pulse for the Cardiac Vols?

Could This Be the Year the Crimson Tide Rolls Out With a Loss at Tennessee?

Tennessee defensive end LaTroy Lewis was raised in Akron, Ohio, and recalls a special Saturday of football each fall when he was a youth: Ohio State vs. Michigan.

24 Questions: Counting Down to the Start of the NBA Season

With the start of the NBA season drawing near, let’s get that shot clock running and put up 24 questions in need of answers:

Titans, Lewan on Same Track to Success, Failure

Is it too simple to say: As goes Taylor Lewan, so go the Tennessee Titans?

Browns at Titans: What to Watch For

Keep on running. The Titans showed against Miami how their “exotic smashmouth” system is supposed to work. The offensive line did a great job opening holes for DeMarco Murray, who has run for 114, 95 and 121 yards in the past three games. The Titans are second in the league in rushing offense, while the Browns are 20th in rushing yards allowed.


Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Casino Measure From Ballot

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday disqualified a proposal to legalize casinos in three counties from the November ballot, ordering officials to not count any votes cast for the measure in the election.


Amazon Adding 120,000 Workers to Meet Holiday Demand

NEW YORK (AP) – The holidays are coming and Amazon plans to add 120,000 seasonal workers in an effort to meet an expected spike in demand as more and more people trade bricks for clicks.

Office Depot to Close for Thanksgiving

NEW YORK (AP)Office Depot Inc. says it will close its stores for Thanksgiving, after three years of being open on the turkey feast.

Verizon Closing Call Centers in 5 States

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Verizon plans to close call centers in five states, including its home state of New York, where the impending loss of hundreds of jobs prompted the governor's office to label the company's move as "corporate abuse."


Goldman Sachs Launches Personal Loan Service

NEW YORK (AP) – Goldman Sachs unveiled a long-awaited online consumer lending service Thursday, the investment bank's latest push to retail banking.


Delta Posts a Profit Despite Lower Airfare, Rising Expenses

NEW YORK (AP) – Lower airfares and rising salaries are putting a squeeze on Delta Air Lines.


Contaminated Machines Linked to Heart Surgery Infections

NEW YORK (AP) – Health officials are warning that small outbreaks of infections spread by contaminated operating room machinery during open-heart surgery could be more widespread than first thought.

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