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Jackson Police Officer Friday, August 10, 2018 Year: 0 No.: 11 receives twenty year letter. Captain Jeff Shepard, North Precinct Commander presents Jackson Police Officer, Chris King, with a certificate and lapel pin for twenty years of dedicated service to the department and citizens of Jackson.


LovinNewsWEEKLY Lanier-Trowell Joins Lane College Music Department Faculty


It is an honor as well as a privilege to officially join the Lane College Music Department Faculty. I will serve as Artist in Residence and Music Professor. It is my heart’s desire to bring the best to the Lane College students with my knowledge and experiences. I have been blessed to learn from the greatest, and now, it is only right to continue passing this knowledge to our youth. Thank you goes to the phenomenal Dr. Logan Hampton, Dr. Daryll Coleman and Dr. Sandra Ramawy for their vision and trusting me with the youth of Lane College. I am honored that you see such great vision with yours truly at the helm. Prayers for a successful year!

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Jessica Farmer Ferrante Selected as “Top 10” 2018 by The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys



JMCSS teacher among select group of TNReady Ambassadors


Annual Cheer Camp Gears Up for New School Year 3

Cheyanne an 8 year old, Lincoln Elementary excited to attend camp this summer new friends, cheers and work on

McAlister, 3rd grader at School is a cheerleading to “meet learn new my tumbling”.



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LEGENDARY SINGER/ACTRESS STEPHANIE MILLS AND HIP HOP GROUP WHODINI ADDED TO THE 2018 BLACK MUSIC HONORS AWARD RECIPIENTS Keyshia Cole, Raheem DeVaughn, Yo-Yo, Ruben Studdard and Many More To Perform During Live Show Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7PM in Nashville, Tenn. CHICAGO, IL. – August 9, 2018 - Grammy ®Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Stephanie Mills and renowned hip hop group Whodini have been added to the dynamic list of honorees for the 2018 Black Music Honors. The highly anticipated evening, hosted by television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett, will celebrate the artistry of the music industry’s most revered icons. Mills will receive the Legends Award, honoring her illustrious music and acting career spanning more than four decades. Brooklyn-based rap group, Whodini, will be presented the Hip Hop Icon Award for their musical contributions. Both will join an impressive list of previously announced honorees. The celebratory night will also feature exciting performances by Keyshia Cole, Raheem DeVaughn, Next, Young Buck, Yo-Yo, Ruben Studdard, Jade Novah, Demetria McKinney, V. Bozeman, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Monie Love, Kierra Sheard, and Jonathan McReynolds. The 2018 Black Music Honors will take place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), located at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville, Tenn. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show taping at 7 p.m. The annual two-hour television special taping will broadcast in national syndication from Sept. 8-30, 2018 and will air on Bounce TV Sept. 28, 2018. Click here to see syndication airdates. Proceeds from the 2018 Black Music Honors will benefit the 2019 opening of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville. NMAAM’s mission is to educate the world, preserve the legacy, and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack. Event sponsors include AT&T, McDonald’s, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, Chevrolet and State Farm as title sponsor. For more information on Black Music Honors, please visit and connect on social media @blackmusichonors #BMH2018 and #BlackMusicMatters. The 3rd Annual Black Music Honors show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Producer and Michael A. Johnson as Producer and Director.

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Jackson International Food And Art Festival Celebrates 5 Years Jackson, TN – The Jackson International Food and Art Festival was born from a series of community meetings organized by Mayor Jerry Gist in 2013. Two community representatives in particular, Dr. Sandra Dee and Eduardo Morales, thought the it would be beneficial for Jackson’s foreign-born citizens to share their history, art and culture with their fellow Jacksonians. Dr. Dee and Mr. Morales agreed to co-chair the event and began recruiting like-minded community members to help organize, fund and host an international party in downtown Jackson! Please join us from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday, September 29, 2018, for the fifth annual Jackson International Food and Art Festival located on the Court Square in Downtown Jackson. The free event will include: •Parade of Cultures •Food Booths (small fees for samples) •Performances (Music, Demonstration, Dancing and, Storytelling) •Booths (Merchandise or Business, Artists and Craftsman, Cultural Activities and Demonstrations) The festival’s mission is to spread cultural awareness, promote cross-cultural engagement and celebrate the diverse backgrounds of residents throughout West Tennessee. The Jackson International Food and Art Festival serves as a place for all cultures to share their cuisine, art and traditional performances. The festival aims to remind the community that despite differences in appearance, worship or where we come from—there is far more that unites us than divides us. Numerous cultural groups have committed to participate in the festival including Japan, India, Mexico, and The Philippines. To learn more about registration and sponsorship opportunities, or to be a part of the festival visit, Facebook, Instagram or call 731.425.8316. The Jackson International Food and Art Festival will host a press conference 9:00 am, Thursday, September 6, 2018, City Hall, 100 East Main Street, Downtown Jackson, TN.

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The power of God is easily seen in His creation every where we look. It is in ourselves and all around us. His spirit is in every one of us who are alive. We are the product of the Great Designer and Creator, God. The Triad God said, “let us make man in our image” and “our likeness,” and he did. Cumberland We know because He told us so in the Word of God, the Holy Bible. And He said his Word will endure forever! Regardless of Man turning science, into science fiction, as they concoct ideas about the earth and Presbyterian Church universe creation, by their billions-of-years God. Or the late Stephen Hawking’s idea that it was by the 1798 CAMPBELL STREET, JACKSON, TN law of gravity. Others have said life started from bacteria. (731) 427-6181 Mankind tries all kinds of ways to deny God his glory. SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:30 AM REV. DR. R. But the Holy Bible contains thousands of witnessed events where God displayed His Almighty power. On STANLEY WOOD SUNDAY WORSHIP 10:45 AM the first six days of creation, only God, his word, and the Holy Ghost were present. At that time God PASTOR spoke the never-ending Heaven into existence, and the Earth also. The huge earth was void of life but was full of all the minerals and elements and was fully covered by water. On one of the six days God Almighty created the sun, the moon, and billions of stars, and strategically placed them in the universe. But as easily as He placed them there thousands of years ago, at the end of time, at God’s command, they will “pass away.” God will then create a new Heaven and Earth. Then from Heaven, God will lower to the new Earth, “that great city, the holy Jerusalem.” The dimensions of that great walled city 1,500 miles long, 1,500 miles wide, and 1,500 miles high. “And the foundations of the wall of the city, garnished with all manner of precious stones.” With a street of gold and the presence of God and Jesus Christ for light. Sunday School - 10:30 am God said it. God will do it! Sunday Morning Worship - 12:30 pm MANUEL YBARRA, JR. COALGATE, OK

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Homecoming and Revival are taking place at The New Macedonia Baptist Church, on Sunday, August 20, 2018 at 1:00, p.m. The Honorable, Pastor Quill Brabham that is the Shepherd of Morning Star of Humboldt, TN, will be our special guest. Our Homecoming is the start of our Annual Fall Revival. There will be a word delivered that will stir the souls of the ones that are lost and energize the souls that are in need of reviving. Fall Revival will begin, Monday, August 21- Wednesday, August 23, 2018, beginning at 7:00 p.m., each night the Macedonia Praise Team and choir will be providing the songs of anointment to set the atmosphere for the services. Our speaker for three nights will be: The Honorable, Curtis Morman of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Jackson, TN. There will be a word delivered nightly from the Lord. The word will be the informational tool that we use in our daily lives to reach others and to make sure that we are in line with the things that God has provided for us to practice. Monday Night: Hosley Chapel of Gadsden, TN, will be rendering songs of glory on this night. Tuesday Night: Sand Hill of Jackson, TN, will be giving gracious songs on this night. Wednesday Night: Mount Zion Baptist Church of Jackson, TN, will be singing selections of praise on this night. Come be delivered from your sins and be introduced to the man that has given his life, just for you to live more abundantly! PASTOR: S.E. BROWN FIRST LADY: MIN. JANICE BROWN

Annual Cheer Camp Gears Up for New School Year Jackson, TN – Cheyanne McAlister, an 8 year old, 3rd grader at Lincoln Elementary School is excited to attend a cheerleading camp this summer to “meet new friends, learn new cheers and work on my tumbling”. She is one of fifty girls from the Jackson-Madison County School System who will participate in the 2nd Annual Parks Cheer Camp on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Jackson Careers and Technology Magnet School (JCT), located at 668 Lexington Avenue. The camp will run from 10 am – 1 pm. An awards ceremony will immediately follow. Organized by Angela Nelson-Parks, the camp will consist of learning safe cheer techniques, and learning new cheers and sideline chants. Refreshments and camp t-shirts and will be provided. The camp is co-sponsored by Jackson City Councilman Ernest Brooks II and the new Principal of JCT, James Walker. “We wanted to give our girls an opportunity to participate in this activity in a structured environment with professional cheerleading instruction”, said the Councilman. On hand to assist with instruction will be Raven Parks, a former Universal Cheer Association staffer and University of Memphis Cheerleader. According to Mrs. Nelson-Parks, “Cheerleading not only develops strength, flexibility and coordination but also teaches important life lessons such as preparation, dedication and working together as a team. I want our girls to fly high, dare to dream and to cheer extreme”.


UT MARTIN NURSING CLASS ACHIEVES 100 PERCENT NCLEX PASS RATE MARTIN, Tenn. – One hundred percent of nursing graduates from the University of Tennessee at Martin’s 2018 class passed their National Council Licensing Examinations this year as first-time testtakers. The NCLEX is a mandatory examination to receive licensure as a registered nurse, and this total includes students from both the UT Martin main campus and the Parsons Center. “The faculty at UT Martin value the current and future success of our students. We are committed to ensuring that our graduates are prepared for the NCLEX and their careers in the profession,” said Dr. Mary Radford, associate professor of nursing and department chair. “Our curriculum is challenging yet preparatory for both the NCLEX and clinical practice, and our signature three years of clinical rotations play a key role in students’ preparation.” UT Martin has educated nurses for more than 45 years, and program graduates hold many positions in the health-care field to make a difference in the lives of their patients. Students who leave UT Martin with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree complete more than 900 clinical hours in hospitals and health-care facilities across the state and gain experience in surgical, intensive care, maternity, pediatric, geriatric, mental health and emergency units, among others. Classes are also provided on topics such as leadership skills and community-based nursing in addition to clinical learning opportunities. “I think no matter where you attend school, the NCLEX is nerve-wracking. However, UTM prepared me more than I ever expected. We have a 100 percent NCLEX pass rate for a reason,” said Brittany Benjamin, a 2018 graduate from South Fulton. “Although I was nervous, I was confident after I left (the exam). … It’s all because UT Martin sets their standards high, and we all excel because of it.” Benjamin has secured a position in the orthopedic trauma unit at Vanderbilt University and says interviewers were impressed by her academic resume. “It goes to show how amazing our program is and how well known we are to employers. They know this program prepares us for life after graduation. Out of the largest selection of applicants at Vanderbilt, I landed my dream job, and I do believe that graduating from such a rigorous program is what helped separate me from other (applicants),” she said. Students can earn a UT Martin nursing degree on the main campus in Martin and at the UT Martin Parsons Center. The RN-BSN bridge program for currently licensed nurses is available online. For more information on the UT Martin Department of Nursing, contact the department directly at 731-881-7080 or email



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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin is one of 14 institutions statewide to receive a 2018 Veteran Reconnect Grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. THEC awarded a total of $889,277 through the grant program this year, and UT Martin received $78,570. UT Martin students (l-r) Zach Barker, Melissa Walker, Tyler Shaw According to a THEC and Bo Pate are all members of the Tennessee Army National press release, the 2018 Guard. grants are focused on improving prior learning assessments for student veterans returning to college. This assessment process examines a veteran’s military training and grants equivalent college credit for skills obtained during service, potentially allowing student veterans to complete their degrees in a shorter period of time. Selected institutions are responsible for developing and improving evaluation processes while ensuring this information is readily accessible to both prospective and incoming student veterans. “Earning college credit for military training can be the difference between a student applying to a school or moving on to the next opportunity,” said Mike Krause, THEC executive director. “When a veteran is able to use credit for their military training toward their college degree, they are more likely to persist and finish their program of study.” UT Martin hosted a workshop Aug. 9 to help faculty better understand the process of awarding college credit for skills obtained during military service. Representatives from THEC and the American Council of Education asked faculty representatives to evaluate a list of military occupational specialties and determine equivalent course credits available at UT Martin. This information, along with credits granted by other institutions, will be available online in the future. The Veteran Reconnect Grant Program is part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative to increase the number of Tennessee adults with postsecondary degrees or certificates to 55 percent by the year 2025. “Many veterans in Tennessee put their education on hold to serve our nation in the armed forces and, as a state, we have an obligation to support them in completing their education,” said Haslam. “Through the Drive to 55, we can connect veterans with the postsecondary credentials that will help them further stand out in the workforce. Veteran Reconnect is one more way that Tennessee is investing in veterans and their future.” Other institutions receiving grants this year are Bethel University; East Tennessee State University; Lane College; Middle Tennessee State University; Nashville State Community College; Northeast State Community College; Roane State Community College; Tennessee State University; Tusculum University; the University of Memphis; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Walters State Community College. For more information on UT Martin Veterans Services, contact Dyer at or 731-8811689. For information on the Veteran Reconnect Grant Program, contact Ken Hanson, THEC assistant director for adult learner initiatives, at or 615-253-7449.



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JMCSS teacher among select group of TNReady Ambassadors

LOVINEDUCATION READING OVER SUMMER BREAK EARNS STUDENTS INVITATION TO GOVERNOR’S MANSION JACKSON, Tenn. – When dinner is served at the governor’s mansion, Sunday, two elementary students from the JacksonMadison County School System will be among the special guests. Isabella Hammond and Anna Marie Wyatt, both students at Community Montessori School, are among Tennessee’s Top 100 Summer Readers. Hammond, a second grader, and Wyatt, a first grader, had to read a minimum of 2,000 minutes to be eligible for a spot in a lottery for the special invitation by First Lady Crissy Haslam. Rising kindergarteners to rising 4th graders were challenged to track the number of minutes they either read, were read to or listened to audio books between June 1 and July 27. Students earned an additional entry in the lottery for each 1,000 extra minutes they read past the required 2,000 minutes. Each winner along with a parent will take part in a celebratory Kids State Dinner with Governor Bill Haslam and the First Lady at the Tennessee Residence in Nashville on Sunday, August 12. The First Lady’s Statewide Summer Reading Competition is a free summer-long literacy challenge designed to motivate children to read more books and visit their local library over summer break.



MADISON COUNTY STUDENTS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS TO ATTEND UT MARTIN MARTIN, Tenn. – Several Madison County students have been awarded scholarships to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin for the 2018-2019 academic year, according to Dr. James Mantooth, executive director, Office of Enrollment Services and Student Engagement. Krossmon Brown, son of McAuthor and Angelina Brown, of Jackson, will be a freshman. He received the Achieve Scholarship. Josh Hogg, of Jackson, will be a sophomore. He received the Elam Transfer Advance Scholarship. Bethany Rhodes, daughter of Rowdy and Misty Rhodes, of Beech Bluff, will be a freshman. She received the Elam Transfer Promise Scholarship. Madison Sisco, of Mercer, daughter of Buffy and Damon Porch and Jeff and Serena Sisco, will be a freshman. She received the Dean Scholarship. Additional information on scholarships and other types of financial assistance is available by contacting the UT Martin Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, 205 Administration Building, UT Martin, Martin, TN, 38238, or by calling (731) 881-7040. IN


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JACKSON, Tenn. – Jackson-Madison County teaching veteran Tiffani Harris has been selected for an important role in the future of the state’s standardized test known as TNReady. She and just 36 other educators, selected from more than 900 applicants from across Tennessee, have been chosen as the first-ever TNReady Ambassadors. They are tasked with serving as advisers, providing on-the-ground perspective and feedback during the 2018-2019 school year. “I feel honored to have been chosen from so many applicants,” she admitted. “I know there were so many qualified applicants who deserve this opportunity as well.” Harris, who has been an educator for 18 years, currently serves as consulting teacher at Liberty Technology Magnet High School. “I hope to gain a better understanding of the TNReady mathematics assessment design,” Harris explained. “I believe it is a great opportunity to gain more insight from the state’s angle.” With a background as a math teacher, Harris has also served as an assistant principal at Liberty and Jackson Central-Merry High School and worked as Math Supervisor for the District. “My primary responsibility as an ambassador is to serve as a math content expert for other math teachers,” Harris explained. She said that will include participating in item reviews, field testing TNReady versions, providing feedback on test directions and scripts, and conducting content review focused on alignment of test questions to Tennessee standards. “I will also observe human scoring and review test blueprints,” she added. The Jackson native and South Side High School alumna expects her year-long assignment to be quite the commitment, but one she is looking forward to. “I expect hours after school per week and hours on the weekend,” she said. “But since the work is very similar to what I currently do, I don’t feel like the position is ‘work’ as much as it will help me in my current role.” All ambassadors will receive stipends from the state for their work. Harris holds a Bachelor’s from the University of Tennessee at Martin and earned her Master’s and Education Specialist from Freed-Hardeman University. She and her husband, Vincent, have a 3-year-old daughter, Karter. The TNReady Ambassadors will meet as a group in Nashville in September. However, Harris said they have already received a calendar of expectations through their year of service, which ends in July of 2019. The ambassador program is just one of several adjustments that have been made by the Tennessee Department of Education to better ensure that students can take the TNReady without disruption. They include the hiring of a new Executive Director of Assessment Logistics and a TNReady Customer Service Specialist.



Cornhole Tournament to benefit Madison County CASA! We really want to thank Tennessee Industrial Printing for being this year’s title sponsor for the tournament! This year the tournament will guarantee everyone two games. We will also again have the $2000 in prize money available to win! Please help us get the word out by forwarding this email or inviting your friends. You can register and learn more at Thank you for your support of CASA!

JMC LOVINCOMMUNITY Library Opens Doors to Local Authors Special Event Part of 50th Anniversary Celebration JACKSON, Tenn. – The Jackson-Madison County Library is opening doors to local authors with a special local author showcase event from noon to 2 p.m. at the Main Library on Sat., Sept. 15. Local authors are encouraged to reserve their space to be a part of the Library’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Tables will be set up throughout the library for authors to display and sell copies of their works. There will also be a limited number of slots available for any author who wishes to give a brief presentation of no more than 10 minutes in the Community Classroom. Table assignment priority will be given to authors who work or live in Madison County, as well as slots for presentations; however, the Library encourages any author in the area to participate. There is no cost to be a part of this event. “As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary at the Main Library downtown, we wanted to also celebrate the impact the local author community has had in supporting the library over these many years,” said Dinah Harris, Library Director. “It’s important that our library not only connects people to authors from around the globe, but to those living and working in our own backyards.” An online form is available through the Library’s website or they can be picked up directly at the Main Library. The deadline to reserve a space is Wednesday, August 15. Anyone with questions can call or email Jenci Spradlin at or 731-425-8600.

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Dr. Jeffrey Gillis Returns to West Tennessee and Joins West Tennessee Medical Group Gastroenterologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders JACKSON, TN – West Tennessee Healthcare recently welcomed Jeffrey H. Gillis, D.O., gastroenterologist, back to West Tennessee and his new medical practice at West Tennessee Gastroenterology. He is accepting new patients at his office at 27 Medical Center Drive, Jackson, TN. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gillis, call (731) 5418300. Dr. Gillis is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive health conditions. He specializes in therapeutic endoscopy, gastrointestinal wellness and nutrition, and the treatment of autoimmune digestive disorders including celiac disease. Dr. Gillis performs minimally invasive procedures exclusively at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Dr. Gillis earned his medical degree from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. He also completed fellowship training in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Gillis is board certified in internal medicine. “I am committed to helping people with digestive disorders lead more comfortable and healthy lives by providing education on the value of nutrition, and prescribing medications, when necessary,” Dr. Gillis said. “I also specialize in minimally invasive procedures that use endoscopes equipped with tiny video cameras to visualize the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. Depending on the findings, what may start as a diagnostic procedure can progress to a therapeutic procedure, such as in cases of upper GI bleeding or the discovery of polyps during colonoscopy,” he said West Tennessee Healthcare offers the latest techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders including endoscopy at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and Dyersburg Hospital. With gastroenterology specialists at multiple locations across the region, the health system is dedicated to offering patients comprehensive care for a full range of digestive health conditions—close to home. West Tennessee Healthcare is a public, not-for-profit healthcare system with locations serving 19 counties in West Tennessee and Southeast Missouri. The mission of West Tennessee Healthcare is to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve while providing exceptional and compassionate care. For more information, visit


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Detroit, MI — Author Tamela C. Todd will release her memoir, Emotions of The Mind: Breaking the Cycle, during Mental Health Awareness week, October 7-13. Todd will reveal her poignant story at her book launch, Saturday, October 13, 2018 3-6 p.m. at the House of Pure Vin, located at 1433 Woodward Detroit, MI 48226. Emotions of The Mind will compel readers to recognize, reveal and resolve mental health issues that are often ignored. Todd, who is a literacy and mental health advocate, aims to shift the narrative about mental health. “I know my past has encouraged and empowered me, but reading helped me see things differently and it opened my eyes to a lot of thing that were dysfunctional,” says Todd. “My goal is to help others see a difference and let people know it’s okay to discuss mental stigmas and ask for help. We are responsible for what’s going on with us mentally because we’re the only ones that know the truth. It is our responsibility to deal with our pain, trauma and illness. We have to take that first step to make that change. I know this is going to be powerful and help someone else that’s going through all the stuff I went through.” Emotions of The Mind serves as a guide on how to thrive despite trauma. Readers will gain insight on how they can help family and friends who suffer with mental health issues. The transparency of Todd’s journey will inspire readers to evaluate their own mental health and emotional intelligence. It will also empower readers and raise awareness about the impact of mental and emotional health. Following the Q&A and book discussion, a raffle will occur. Four attendees will win a bottle of wine or a wine accessory. Emotions of The Mind is available now for preorder at After its release, the book will be available on, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Follow Tamela C. Todd on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for updates.

Book Launch Schedule: Saturday, October 13, 2018 Meet and Greet: 3-3:30 p.m. Q&A/Book Discussion 3:30-4:00 p.m. Raffle: 4:00-4:30 p.m. Book Signing: 4:30-6 p.m. About Tamela C. ToddTamela Todd uses the transitions in her life to write her story of perseverance and evolution. After surviving a home where her father’s schizophrenia fostered chaos, she mimicked that dysfunction in her first marriage. She endured the same emotional and mental abuse from her childhood, until her love for reading inspirational books sparked an epiphany. She realized the value in her purpose. She aims to shun the stigmas of mental health and raise awareness that will empower others to share their stories. Her 20 years in the healthcare field has deepened her insight into the effects of physical, emotional and mental trauma. As the founder and executive director of Brown Girls Read Book Club, her passion for literacy shapes future leaders. She believes literacy gives us the ability to initiate and participate in discussions, debates, and decisions related to individuals and our community. Todd has been featured on several media outlets including WDIV Channel 4, Detroit’s Hot 107.5 with Koffey Brown, Michigan Chronicle, Metro Parent, Rolling Out magazine, Motor City Woman Radio, Lady Blogger and Black Pearls Literary Magazine.


Habits of People Who Never Get Tired And How You Can Be One Too! We all know that person who seems to use the 24 hours in a day to the max. While people have varying levels of energy for many reasons, why do some seem to have more than others? There are several factors that can come into play, but often those who seem to have an abundance of vigor have a daily routine of established habits that contribute to their daily drive. The health experts at Envolve, an integrated healthcare solutions company, are pleased to share five tips that will help you seize each day and live it to its fullest. 1. Stop Snoozing. You might think a couple more minutes of shuteye will make you less tired, but hitting the snooze button can actually make you more groggy and tired than if you had woken up on time. To break out of your “five more minutes” habit, plan the night before to perform one action in the morning. Take the dog out, walk around the neighborhood or do a load of laundry. Whatever it is, hold yourself accountable and turn your first task of the day into an accomplishment. You’ll feel more motivated to get up and knock one item off the checklist. For that extra push, place your alarm on the other side of the bedroom so it forces you to get out of bed and turn it off. 2. Begin with Breakfast. We’ve all heard it’s the most important meal of the day, but sometimes it can be hard to make breakfast healthy. Start your day with food choices that include a variety of nutrients and minerals like lean protein and fruits or vegetables. Nutritious meals help you feel more alert throughout the day. For a high-protein, energy-boosting breakfast option, toast a whole grain English muffin and top it with an egg, slices of avocado and diced tomatoes. For a high-fiber and protein dish, buy to-go packs of plain low-fat Greek yogurt and add chia seeds along with your favorite chopped fruits like strawberries or blueberries. 3. Face Friends. We tend to get sucked into technology and forget about the benefits of engaging in person with friends, co-workers or even the neighborhood coffee shop owner. If you’re in an office behind a computer screen for most of your day, instead of sending an instant message, get up and go speak to your co-workers in person. It’ll get your blood flowing and give you an energy boost to get through the rest of your day. Better yet, grab someone and take a stroll around the office building or walk to pick up lunch. Studies have shown that social contact has been linked to improved moods and increased productivity. 4. Curb Caffeine. A cup of coffee in the morning is ok but try to limit yourself to one caffeinated drink per day to ward off the need for continually increasing your intake. People who are naturally energized don’t rely on stimulants. If you’re running on fumes and need an afternoon jolt, go for green tea. Studies have shown that it is tied to improved cognitive function and increased levels of energy without the crash that may come with higher levels of caffeine. 5. Make Moves. Physical activity has an impact on how well you sleep and how rested you feel the next day. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring or in a gym. Find something that interests you and carve out time each day to accomplish your workout goals. Bike riding, walking, swimming and yoga are great ways to get your body moving and improve your sleeping habits. You’ll feel energized and enjoy additional benefits like lowered stress levels, increased productivity and a decreased risk of heart disease. ABOUT ENVOLVE, INC.® ENVOLVE, INC.® IS A FAMILY OF HEALTH SOLUTIONS, WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE HEALTHCARE SIMPLER, MORE EFFECTIVE AND MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYONE. AS AN AGENT FOR CHANGE IN HEALTHCARE, ENVOLVE IS COMMITTED TO TRANSFORMING THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY, ONE PERSON AT A TIME. ENVOLVE UNIFIES MEDICAL MANAGEMENT, UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT, SPECIALTY PHARMACY, PBM, VISION, DENTAL, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT, LIFE AND HEALTH/WELLNESS MANAGEMENT, EMPOWERMENT AND EDUCATION SERVICES, TELEHEALTH SERVICES, 24/7 NURSE ADVICE SERVICES, AND DATA, ANALYTICS AND IT SOLUTIONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE WWW.ENVOLVEHEALTH.COM OR CONTACT US TODAY AT INFO@ENVOLVEHEALTH.COM.







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Jessica Farmer Ferrante Selected as “Top 10” 2018 by The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys

The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys has recognized for a second year the exceptional ( — performance of Tennessee’s Family Law Attorney Ladies and gentleman, Jessica Ferrante as a 2018 Top 10 Family Law life is a series of events Attorney. that creates memories Jessica, of Rossville, TN, began at Rice, which increase the Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC as a law clerk. Mrs. value of happiness, Ferrante was hired on as an associate after she success and wealth we graduated from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of experience. Today, you Law in May 2012. She was a proud recipient of the are meeting a man who Joseph Henry Sheperd Scholarship and the has decades of Association of Women Attorneys Scholarship. experience as a lawyer, While attending law school, Mrs. Ferrante became professor, author, involved with various extra-curricular activities, songwriter, and network Dr. Herbert Harris, host of the Millionaire Mentorship Show including membership in the Association of marketer while Women Attorneys, Public Action Law Society and podcast increasing revenues to participation in Moot Court. create an example of success. Dr. Herbert Harris of Wilmington, North Carolina has evolved into the Mrs. Ferrante excelled in her academic studies. Millionaire Mentor with a mission to help 6 million people develop the mindset and life skills that will She graduated from Collierville High School in shift their lives from struggle and confusion to growth and clarity. 2005. From there, she attended the University of He is known as the accessible Millionaire Mentor, bringing messages of empowerment and wealth through Tennessee in Knoxville, where she graduated with a top rated show on Bshani Radio called, “The Millionaire Mentorship Show” as well as providing a Honors in 2009. Mrs. Ferrante was ranked in the platform for individual attention through One-on-One Coaching, group strategizing through his top of her class at the Cecil C. Humphreys School Millionaire Mastermind Group Coaching, and public speaking. All of his endeavors stem from the of Law. She received academic achievements in philosophy that life is a skill which can be mastered once we obtain an understanding of the laws of Trust law, ADR/Mediation, and Descendent’s success. His belief in the success of others grew from his experiences over the decades working with Estates. clients through law, educational institutions, politics and networking marketing. She was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in Network Marketing laid the foundation for developing a series of financial gains which enfolded the November 2012 and is a member of the American principles from his book, The Twelve Universal Laws of Success — an International Best Seller that is on Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and the top 10 list for network marketers, business strategists, and personal development groups across the Memphis Bar Association. globe. The knowledge and experience that Dr. Harris possesses has provided millions with the skill of life On March 16, 2016 the Tennessee Supreme Court to increase their successes in their personal development, relational wealth, and financial gains. As a top entered an order naming her as a Hearing producing network marketer and one of the top African Americans to generate a sustainable network Committee Member for the Board of Professional marketing business through Life Vantage, he has developed a team of over 5,000 individuals who are now Responsibility, Division IX. On June 4, 2016, Mrs. increasing their health and wealth. Ferrante was named one of the Cystic Fibrosis Can you image having access to a millionaire with experience, resources, and a heart of gold? Well, now Foundation’s Memphis’ Finest Young you have, through Dr. Herbert Harris, the accessible Millionaire Mentor. Discover how to develop your Professionals. habits and mind by listening to his weekly podcast:, gain a The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys copy of the Twelve Universal Laws of Success, join the mastermind mind, and receive free gifts by is an organization devoted to recognizing the top visiting, and meet him in person by bringing him to inspire your next event by family law attorneys in the nation. Through a emailing or contacting him on Facebook at stringent selection process, the NAFLA awards the DrSuccessMan. best family law attorneys in each state with the He is always willing and ready to serve others with mastering the skill of life which is the motto of his most prestigious honor of being named “Top 10.” company The Life Skill Institute. There is one thing that blends every business and endeavor together, and The very few attorneys that make the list have that is your philosophy of success. The accessible Millionaire Mentor believes success is about helping demonstrated an extraordinary amount of others achieve their goals, by being a support and sharing his expertise as a renaissance man to generate a knowledge, skill, experience, expertise and success foundation for at least 6 million people to spread the message and power of success to others. in their practice of family law. It is time to transform while mastering the skill of life and Dr. Harris is available to assist, while reminding The attorneys that make the list are first you, “The Best is Yet to Come.” nominated by a licensed practicing attorney. Second, the research staff of NAFLA verifies that Follow Me Into Business Summer Jobs Program they meet the requirements of membership. They The 2018 Follow Me Into Business® Summer Jobs Program concluded with a closing awards program then have to be one of 50 attorneys chosen to on Friday, July 27. This summer, the program had 15 participants: 10, ages 12-15, and five, ages 16-18. All advance to the final selection stage by the participants received training during June and were sent to shadowing or work sites during July. processing committee, and then the Board of Congratulations to participants Aiden Brien, Anna Brien, India Curry, Morgan Harvison, Tyler Governors officially selects the Top 10 in each Holloman, Kiara Love, Madison Pearson, Breanna Pope, Xavier Ward and Serenity Williams who state. were among the 12-15 year olds and to Delonte Gunn, Kyra Harmon, Takiya Rhodes and Demeka We congratulate Jessica Ferrante on this Yarbrough among the 16-18 year olds. The older teens and their parents attended an annual luncheon achievement of Top 10 for the National Academy hosted by President Doug Roth and VP/Branch Manager Sherita Graham at BancorpSouth on July 24th. of Family Law Attorneys. Many thanks to all Follow Me workshop speakers, including Camille Curry, Brian James, Renee Jones, You can contact Mrs. Ferrante directly at 901Will Lovelady, Chester Sharp and Patrick Talley. In addition, Stine Moss-Cooperwood of Keep Tennessee 526-6701 or Beautiful was guest speaker for the July 27th awards ceremony. We proudly commend to Mary Weddle, program advisor and coordinator, for doing a great job!

Friday, August 10, 2018



United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) offers the below oped for publication. His commentary first appeared in the Washington Examiner, then the Chattanooga Times Free Press.


TIMES FREE PRESS: SENATE’S ‘INNOCENT UNTIL NOMINATED’ HABIT Oped by: Senator Lamar Alexander August 5, 2018 story/2018/aug/05/alexander-senates-innocent-untilnominated-ha/476242/

LOVINHOMETOWNNEWS U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Lauren F. Krahwinkel graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland, San Antonio, Texas. Krahwinkel is the daughter of Pam and Kevin Krahwinkel of Knoxville, Tenn. She is a 2017 graduate of home-schooling in Knoxville, Tenn.



UNTIL NOMINATED.” I hope to see better behavior when hearings begin on President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Instead of treating Judge Kavanaugh as someone recently released from San Quentin, the Senate Judiciary Committee should conduct its hearing with dignity and respect so that Americans can better understand Judge Kavanaugh’s temperament, intelligence and character. The current rudeness is a recent phenomenon. Historically, senators have recognized that bipartisan approval of qualified nominees helps to increase the Court’s esteem, confirm its impartiality and strengthen it as an institution. Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia was confirmed unanimously. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, likely the most liberal current justice, was confirmed 96-3. More recently, half the Democrat senators voted to confirm President Bush’s nomination of Chief Justice John Roberts. In 2014, I voted to confirm President Obama’s nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, not because I agreed with her, but because she was qualified. Some senators insist that Judge Kavanaugh knows how he would decide a case. This reminds me of Sen. Howard Baker’s story of the mountain judge who told lawyers, “Just give me a little on the law, boys. I had a telephone call last night, and I pretty well know the facts.” Judges aren’t supposed to decide cases in advance — that’s why we have judges, to create an impartial system of justice. Justice Ginsburg said during her confirmation process that she would give “no hints, no forecasts, no previews” of what her legal views would be once confirmed. This is now known as the Ginsburg Rule: Justices are supposed to follow the law and decide cases when the case is presented, not before justices are confirmed. And, of course, justices’ decisions can be surprising. For example, Justice Scalia once ruled that a government ban on flag-burning violated the First Amendment. Scalia also once said: “The judge who always likes the results he reaches is a bad judge.” In 2006, I voted for Judge Kavanaugh when President George W. Bush nominated him to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Earlier this month, I attended President Trump’s nomination of Judge Kavanaugh at the White House; you have only one chance to make a good first impression, and Judge Kavanaugh took full advantage of his. I was impressed again last week when I visited with the judge in my Senate office. We discussed federalism, how to strengthen the court as an institution and other matters, but never once did I ask, nor did he hint, how he might rule in a case. I will not announce how I will vote until the hearing is completed. Some Democrat senators already have announced their opposition to Kavanaugh. Why have a hearing and why demand to review more of his writings if you’ve already decided how to vote? During my eight years as governor, I appointed about 50 judges. In doing so, I looked for the same qualities I will look for now as the Senate considers Judge Kavanaugh: intelligence, character, temperament, respect for the law and respect for those who come before the court. I did not ask one applicant how he or she would rule on abortion or immigration or taxation. Political party membership was far down my list of considerations. I hope that the Senate will return to the practice of inquiring diligently into the qualifications of a nominee instead of treating him as “innocent until nominated.”

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JERRY REESE TO JOIN ED JONES AND COACH BURROUGHS - 9/11 Golfers and volunteers! Join us for the 8th Annual Follow Me Celebrity Golf Classic and celebrity guests Ed “Too Tall” Jones, 15-year veteran of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Reese, former general manager of the New York Giants, and Celebrity Co-Chair Derrick Burroughs, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Lane College and and former cornerback with the Buffalo Bills! The tournament gets into swing Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, 8:30 a.m. at Bent Tree Golf Course, 2993 Paul Coffman Drive in Jackson, TN. Sign up as an Individual player, $100, or as a foursome, $400. Included is a hot lunch provided by Tournament Co-Chairs Ted Austin and Dr. Charley Deal, manning a massive grill of burgers and hot dogs. Make plans now to join the fun. For more information, call 731-424-2030 or send an email to The 2018 Follow Me Celebrity Golf Classic is sponsored by Jackson Energy Authority, Toyota Bodine Aluminum, City of Jackson, First Tennessee, Lane College and the University of Tennessee at Martin! Register online at or in person at Nell Huntspon Flower Box located at 351-North Royal in Jackson. Download registration form.

WANT MORE #CRIMESEENEXAMINERNEWS WWW.CSENEWSNOW.COM NEXT GENERALS GAME: 6:15 pm CT Friday (8/10) vs. Chattanooga Lookouts AT&T Field – Chattanooga, Tenn. RHP Justin Donatella (5-7, 3.69 ERA) vs. LHP Dietrich Enns (1-5, 5.45 ERA)

UP AND COMING AT THE BALLPARK: August 14-18 vs. Montgomery Biscuits (AA, Tampa Bay Rays) …featuring Shark Week Night (August 18)! August 30-September 3 vs. Chattanooga Lookouts (AA, Minnesota Twins) …featuring SEC Night (September 1)! PLAYOFFS! Games 1 and 2 of the North Division Series will be held at The Ballpark at Jackson on September 5 and 6. For tickets and more information about the Generals, dial 731.988.5299 or log on to! The Jackson Generals, a West Tennessee franchise since 1998, are the Double-A minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2017, The Ballpark at Jackson was named the Professional Sports Field of the Year by the Tennessee Turfgrass Association.

LovinNewsWeekly August 10, 2018  
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