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VOL. 132 | NO. 70 | Friday, April 7, 2017

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Collierville Ordinance Targets Residential Refuse on Trails

The town of Collierville has a new ordinance aimed at stopping residents from dumping leaves and other refuse onto greenbelt trails.

The ordinance approved last month by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen gives residents a first-time warning via a door hanger if town crews find residential debris on public land. The second offense comes with a $50 fine for every day the debris is left on the public space.

The new rule applies to streets, sidewalks and parks, but is aimed at leaves and brush on public trails in the town.

Collierville’s Solid Waste Collection Division collects brush on regularly scheduled dates, with the brush being separated from other objects left on the curb, including bagged leaves and grass. With the brush separated, the town can take it directly to a mulching facility for recycling.

– Bill Dries

Memphis Civil Rights Sites Would Benefit From Bill

Mason Temple Church of God in Christ and the National Civil Rights Museum would get technical assistance toward preservation and interpretation from the National Park Service under a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

The establishment of an African-American Civil Rights Network by Alexander’s bill would connect those and other landmarks across the country as part of a national network.

The park service would form partnerships with the sites, but there would be no ownership changes.

The National Civil Rights Museum is built on the site of the Lorraine Motel, the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968 while in Memphis for a sanitation workers strike.

– Bill Dries

Grant Awarded to Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services

The Margarette J. Sather Animal Welfare Fund, a fund administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, announced it has awarded a grant to Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services totaling $15,820 to help low-income pet owners spay and neuter their animals.

The fund has consistently supported Mid-South Spay & Neuter since 1997. Over the past 20 years, the fund has granted approximately $245,000 to eight total Mid-South organizations, including Friends of the Memphis Animal Shelter and Mewtopia Cat Rescue.

Margarette J. Sather was professor emerita at Christian Brothers University and recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching liberal arts and humanities. Dismayed by the fate of many homeless animals, she became an avid advocate of spaying and neutering. The fund was established following her death in 1996.

Executive director of Mid-South Spay & Neuter Brittany Pace is thankful for the continued support and generosity of the Margarette J. Sather Animal Welfare Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.

“With this past year’s grant, we used the funds to offer discounted surgeries to low-income pet owners at our clinic,” Pace said. “By spaying and neutering 247 cats and dogs, Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services was able to make a meaningful impact toward reducing the overpopulation of animals in our community.”

A portion of the grant is also earmarked again this year to be used specifically for the spaying and neutering of court-case pets referred to the clinic by vouchers from Friends of the Memphis Animal Shelter.

– Don Wade

U of M Students, Faculty Do Social Work on the Hill

The University of Memphis Department of Social Work recently participated in the annual Social Work Day on the Hill.

More than 50 students and six faculty members in bachelor’s and master’s programs traveled to Nashville to gain practical experience in speaking to legislators, building interdisciplinary professional relationships, and advocating for policies primarily related to mental health and child welfare.

Students found Social Work Day on the Hill to be an important element in understanding the legislative process.

“As social workers, if we want to be involved in policy change or influence policy, we have to understand the inner workings of government,” said student Abram Lyons, winner of the National Association of Social Workers’ Student of the Year Award. “Social Work Day on the Hill puts us directly in contact with that process. We can sit in on subcommittee hearings and votes, and just experience the legislative process.”

Other students noted that social workers need to be able to act in the best interest of their clients, not just on the individual level but on a larger scale.

Among the legislators students and faculty spoke to were Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris; state Sen. Sara Kyle; and state Reps. Johnnie Turner, John DeBerry, Dwayne Thompson and G.A. Hardaway.

Social work student Lauren Robinson had one of the most memorable experiences.

“I was asked to testify as an expert witness in the Civil Justice Subcommittee in favor of Representative Hardaway’s bill, which would require a child safety training curriculum to be offered by specific agencies that employ licensed professionals who work with children,” she said. “He asked me to return to testify in front of the full Civil Justice Committee. The bill was voted through that committee, and is now in Finance, Ways & Means. I never would have imagined that (Social Work Day on the Hill) would have afforded me this experience.”

– Don Wade

U of M To Host STEM Academy in June

Funded by a special grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents, the University of Memphis will offer a residential STEM summer session June 4-16.

The grant enables underrepresented high school students to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields so that they envision studying those subjects in college. The STEM Academy is open to students who will be high school sophomores and juniors in fall 2017.

Chosen from Shelby County Schools, the students will live on campus at U of M residence halls during the two-week session. Housing, meals and all activities will be paid for by the grant.

To be selected, students must have successfully completed Algebra I. They also must have finished the ninth grade and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. A letter of recommendation is required from a teacher or staff member at an applicant’s high school.

The application is online and can be found by googling Student Application STEM Academy 2017. The deadline for submission is April 28.

– Don Wade

Regions Bank Files Permit For Lakeland Branch

Regions Bank has filed an $800,000 building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the construction of a new branch in Lakeland.

The permit shows the facility will have a drive-thru when constructed at 2957 Canada Road in Lakeland.

It would become Regions Bank’s first branch in the suburb town east of Memphis.

– Patrick Lantrip

Varsity Spirit Raises $4.2M for St. Jude

For the sixth consecutive year, members of 10 U.S. high school cheerleading and dance squads who raised the most funds for the “Team Up For St. Jude Spirited By Varsity” campaign were invited to visit the hospital.

To date, the partnership has raised more than $4.2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital so it can continue to research, treat and defeat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

The teams ate dinner at a local restaurant, held a special arts and crafts session at the St. Jude Target House, toured the world-renowned hospital and attended a recognition lunch where each team was honored for their participation. The teams also performed a routine for the patients and visitors at the hospital.

Varsity Spirit, the leader in instructional cheerleading and dance team camps, competitions and apparel, first teamed up with St. Jude in 2011 to challenge its 350,000 cheerleading and dance team camp attendees, along with all Varsity Spirit employees, to help raise money for the hospital.

During Varsity Spirit summer camps, all participants are asked to bring five addresses of family and friends to send donation letters on behalf of St. Jude.

– Daily News staff

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