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Stone Soul Picnic taps Memphis finest

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It is customary for the WLOK Stone Soul Picnic to start with opening prayer.

But during the course of the evening, a lineup of gospel artists – all from the cultural enclave of Memphis – will turn up the volume to communicate their message through soul-stirring gospel music at Tom Lee Park Saturday, Aug. 30th, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

The lineup

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GOOD BLUE YOU

Good Blue

(Just as a neighborhood should not be judged by the actions of a few bad apples, neither should law enforcement agencies. The New Tri-State Defender's “Good Blue & You” column spotlights law enforcement officers who do it right. This week’s focus is on Patrolman Lakisha Cleveland and Patrolman Mary Bibbs.)

 

A group of young ladies were the main

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Governor promotes free tuition plan in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday urged students to take advantage of his program to cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate.

 

The Republican governor has been visiting several schools throughout the state and wrapped up his trip on Wednesday at Antioch High School in southeastern Davidson County.

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More Memphis schools move off state’s list of low scorers

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Two years into a push to raise test scores in Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools, some of the most notable gains were concentrated in Memphis — and in schools that were not subject to the state’s most intensive interventions.

 

The findings come from the new list of 85 “priority schools” — or schools in the bottom 5 percent statewide — released by

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:31

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The Memphis-Shelby County Education Association held a forum for excessed, displaced teachers

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After staff cuts last year that left hundreds of educators scrambling to find new jobs, one former Shelby County Schools teacher is close to losing her home. Another has depleted her savings after a summer of job searching.

 

“I honestly do not know what I’m going to do,” said Betty Smith. She worked at Cypress Middle, which was one of the 10 schoo

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