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BRIEFS & THINGS: Election Day, back-to-school giveaways and more!

 


AP News Guide: A look at Tennessee’s primary elections


Save the date: MSCS Family Festival

The Memphis Shelby County Schools (MSCS) Family Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday (Aug. 6) at the Board of Education at 160 S. Hollywood.

MSCS departments will be on site to support families with registration, immunizations, school supplies, bus safety and a school-supply giveaway.

The first day of school is August 8.

For more information, visit www.scsk12.org/backtoschool.


Free haircut for school-aged children at D’Kal’s Barber and Beauty Shop

D’Kal’s Barber Beauty Shop, located at 3131 S. Mendenhall Rd., is offering free haircuts and press and style for all school-aged children (four years to 17 years) on August 6. Three $100 gift cards will be given away.

Guests must arrive between 8 a.m. and noon to receive service or complimentary food (Boujee Bistro and Waffle Cream food trucks) and pull a ticket number upon arrival. You must be present when your number is called to receive service.

Reservations are recommended.

The event is sponsored by Tito’s Lawn Care in partnership with D’kal’s Barber and Beauty Shop.


Literacy Mid-South launches Read901

Literacy Mid-South has launched a new campaign, Read901, to ensure every child and adult in Memphis has the resources needed to read, write and communicate clearly with others.

A Harvard study shows that people who grow up in communities with higher literacy rates live longer. Read901 is a coalition of partners focused on providing as much support as possible to normalize literacy in the Mid-South.

“Literacy affects everything in your life – from schooling to understanding an over-the-counter drug label to filling out a job application,” said Sam O’Bryant, head of Read901 and executive director of Literacy Mid-South.

“We believe that everyone, regardless of your ZIP code, financial status, or background, deserves this investment in their future,” said Bryant. “Together, we can reach 100 percent literacy in the 901.”

Read901 has an online portal with free resources. Child and adult tutoring resources include reading and math tools, citizenship and job readiness prep, financial and digital literacy, and resources for learning disabilities.

Literacy Mid-South also has unveiled “an innovative new way” to put books in hands immediately. Two book vending machines have been placed at Scenic Hills Elementary and at For The Kingdom (camp, conference and retreat center) providing free, on-the-spot reading material for Memphis residents of all ages and literacy levels.

(For more information, visit Read901.org.)


MLGW receives TDEC Grant for Fast Charge TN Network 

Memphis Light, Gas and Water is among the recipients of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) grant funding to install direct current fast charging (DCFC) infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) along prioritized interstate or major highway corridors across the state. 

MLGW already plays an integral role in supplying electricity to EV owners who charge at their homes and businesses, as well as the more than 100 public charging sites in Shelby County.

MLGW joins TDEC, TVA and other local power companies awarded Fast Charge TN Network grants. 

“Together, we will expand public access to convenient, fast EV charging, alleviating fears of range anxiety and making EV charging a more visible activity so that when residents and businesses consider their next vehicle purchase, they also consider electric vehicle options,” said J.T. Young, MLGW president and CEO.

Learn more at mlgw.com/ev; energyright.com/ev and driveelectrictn.org.


BRIEFLY: Leaders of the Professional Golf Association and other industry experts will be in Memphis on August 10 for the Golf Industry Diverse Supplier Summit, which will convene from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Pavilion at TPC Southwind. The focus of the summit will be to discuss industry needs, provide insights, and share initiatives and information in service to the golf industry’s interest in supporting supplier inclusion within the $84 billion supply chain. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3vDzQZC

BRIEFLY: The next meeting of the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Board of Commissioners is set for Aug. 17 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the MLGW Administration Building, 220 S. Main. The suggested arrival is a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Those who don’t plan to attend in person can submit questions by August 16 at 8:30 a.m. by email to corpcomm@mlgw.org. The email should include the customer’s full name, physical address and question(s), with “August 17, 2022 Board Meeting” in the subject line. The public may also access the meeting and agenda online at mlgw.com/livestream.

Working the polls in the Glenview community. (Photo: Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell/The New Tri-State Defender)

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