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Perfect 36 Society Funding Monument to Suffragists By Clint Confehr

NASHVILLE, TN — Membership in the Perfect 36 Society is approaching its limit of 200 women to be remembered forever on Legislative Plaza as supporting women’s rights. The society is a fund-raising arm for Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument Inc., a non-profit organization that obtained permission on Jan. 8 from the State Building Commission for placement of a bronze statue on the bridge over 6th Avenue that connects the plaza and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Trees will be removed where the statue is to be placed next fall. Yellow rose bushes will be planted around the monument to remind people of what was known as the War of the Roses when opponents of women voting wore red roses in their lapels. Yellow roses were worn by advocates for ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment in 1920 when its governor signed legislation making three quarters of the then 48 states supporting the change. The requirement of 36 states

is believed by some to have inspired a newspaper cartoonist to coin the phrase “Perfect 36.” It’s the statement by a husband observing his wife’s figure. In the editorial cartoon, the wife’s reply is “Oh! Colonel!” Now some 95 years old, the cartoon is reproduced in a 1998 book “The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage.” A copy of the history book by Carol Lynn Yellin and Janann Sherman, edited by Ilene Jones-Cornwell, will be delivered to members of the Perfect 36 Society, according to Tennessee Suffrage Woman Monument Inc.

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The Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, as portrayed by a sample statue by Nashville-based artist Alan LeQuire in his studio.

The Transformation of Public Housing in Memphis Beset by a dilapidated public housing stock, the Memphis Housing Authority has successfully transformed its age-old family developments into a beautiful oasis of mix-income communities with manicured lawns and ample amenities. By Wiley Henry Special to The Tennessee Tribune

MEMPHIS, TN — By 2016, the demolition of the last of Memphis’ large public housing developments for families could end the “warehousing” of some of the city’s poorest African-American residents and literally wipe clean the last vestiges of family public housing forever. The William H. Foote Homes, located on Danny Thomas Boulevard north of Mississippi Boulevard, was built in 1940 for low-income families. It is the last of the city’s public housing developments that was home to innumerable families from the onset. The first tenants who took a survey were “gratified” to transition to their new digs with “inside toilets, adequate

Robert Lipscomb, director of Housing and Community Development and Executive Director of Memphis Housing Authority

heating, and electricity,” according to a newspaper article during that period on an addition to Foote Homes. But the blueprint for housing the city’s indigent families is being revamped. There was merit in public housing; however, arguments abound over whether or not poverty, errant behavior, unsanitary conditions, and criminal activity come into play when there are large concentrations of people. “Crime is a result of poverty to some extent,” Robert Lipscomb, director of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and executive director of Memphis Housing Authority (MHA), reasons. “So we have to reduce poverty. And when you do that, you will see a reduction in crime.” Lipscomb is the face of public housing dismantlement and a proponent of replacing them with modern mixedincome communities. “We have to make sure that people have a good place to live, a choice of where they want to live,” said Lipscomb. Although more than 400 families remain at Foote Homes, the fate of the 420-unit development is contingent


Mayor Signs Executive Order for Diversity Committee “The more our workforce reflects NASHVILLE, TN — Mayor Karl Dean signed an the diverse cultures in our communiexecutive order to create a Diversity Advisory Committee to help ensure that Metro Government’s work- ty, the better job we do as a local government to provide needed services force reflects Nashville’s rich diversity. to our citizens,” Mayor Dean said. “We also want our local government to serve as a model for employers in Nashville when it comes to having a diverse workforce.” The Diversity Advisory Committee will serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and will develop a plan that will ultimately assist all Metropolitan Government agencies, boards and commissions in their efforts to recruit, hire and retain a workforce that is inclusive and rep-

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Mayor Karl Dean recently signed an executive order to create a Diversity Advisory Committee to help ensure that Metro Government’s workforce reflects Nashville’s rich diversity.

Greene Introduced at Campaign Kick Off

On this week’s Take 10 On Tuesdays Sustainability Consultant Thomas Sheffield sits down with Social Media Director Jason Luntz. The discussion centers around how Sheffield helps provide organizations with the tools and expertise they need to actively manage their social and environmental impacts. Sheffield also explains the history African-American’s have had implementing sustainable solutions in their own lives. To watch the video please go to:

NASHVILLE, TN — Metro Council District 1 candidate, Loniel Greene, a native of Nashville, prepares to kick off his campaign this week. Formerly a commissioned officer in the United States Army for more than eleven (11) years and a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09, Greene currently works as an education attorney. Mr. Greene is a passionate advocator for the improvement and development of the communities of District 1. He serves on the board of directors of Purpose Prep Charter School and the Northwest YMCA. He hopes to use his leadership in District 1 to “Strengthen Through Unity.” Believing that the first district of-

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fers a rich heritage to Nashville, he is determined to hold onto that while making positive changes once elected to the council. “I believe that District 1 is critical to the future of Nashville. We must advocate for strong neighborhoods, better schools and sensible economic growth to move District 1 forward.” He invites the community to join him at his community kick off this Friday, January 23, 2015, from 5pm to 7pm, at Harper’s Restaurant (2610 Jefferson Street) to enjoy networking, music and great food. For more information you can visit www.LonielGreeneforNashville. com or call the campaign office at 615-212-9156.