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By Updated: March 25, 2019 3:28 PM CT | Published: March 25, 2019 9:15 AM CT
  • Morris to host book signing for autobiography
  • Memphis firefighters to be honored at award ceremony
  • Millington Advance Financial grand opening April 12
  • Harris appoints new Veterans Affairs Coordinator 
  • Harris announces Summer Work Experience program

Morris to host book signing for autobiography

Former Shelby County sheriff and mayor Bill Morris will sign copies of his recently published autobiography on Thursday, March 28, from 6-8 p.m. at Novel Book Store, 387 Perkins Extd.

Titled, “Bill Morris: A Legendary Life,” the book documents his time in those elected positions, including being sheriff when James Earl Ray was arrested for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Morris’ friendship with Elvis Presley and other highlights during his long tenure in public service also are featured in the autobiography, which is available at Novel and

-Daily Memphian Staff

Memphis firefighters to be honored at award ceremony

Memphis firefighters will be honored for outstanding service at the Memphis Fire Department’s annual award and recognition service ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

“Award recipients are being recognized because they demonstrate both professionalism and dedication as they serve the citizens of Memphis,” Lt. Wayne Cooke, the fire department’s spokesman, said in a statement.

A civilian award will be presented to a Memphis Fire Department intern whose “quick action and the use of her recently acquired CPR skills helped to save the life of an unresponsive civilian,” Cooke said in a news release.

The  ceremony will be at the Chester Anderson Training Academy, 4341 Academy Drive, formerly O.K. Robertson Road.

A reception will be held after the event. The ceremony is open to the public.

-Yolanda Jones

Millington Advance Financial grand opening April 12

Leading fintech company Advance Financial has continued its expansion across Tennessee with the opening of a new store in Millington.

The Millington store is the company’s 103rd location, and is located at 8322 N. Highway 51. The store is now open for business 24 hours, 7 days a week and will have its grand opening on April 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to a release.

“We look forward to serving and being part of the Millington community,” Jessica Jackson, Advance Financial Regional Director, said in a release. “West Tennessee is an area Advance Financial is working hard to have a bigger presence to make it easier and more convenient for our customers to access our products and services.”

Festivities at the grand opening will include giving away 100 lunches provided by a local caterer, live radio remotes by popular local stations, and a Money Machine booth where customers can get a chance to grab as much money that is blown around inside a booth as they can for up to 60 seconds.

The event is open to the public.

-Natalie Martin

Harris appoints new Veterans Affairs Coordinator 

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announced on Monday the appointment of Dr. Michael C. Ellis, Sr. as the county's new Veterans Affairs Coordinator.

Ellis will replace Veterans Affairs Coordinator Joseph Kyles who retired last month after 16 years with the Shelby County Government.

"I am humbled and grateful to Mayor Harris for the opportunity to serve the veterans of Shelby County,” Ellis said in a release. “Veterans have faithfully served our country, and I am looking forward to serving them with a spirit of excellence."

Ellis, a veteran himself, enrolled in the Navy just two weeks after graduating from high school. He was stationed everywhere from Millington to Italy during his career, and eventually rose through the ranks to achieve the rank of Chief. He settled in Memphis in 1997.

While on active duty, Ellis earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate in Theology and after retiring from the Navy in 2000, he earned a Ph. D in Christian Counseling.

Other past roles of Ellis' include being the first African American president of the Tennessee Southern Baptist Convention in its 145 years existence, and being on the staff of Bellevue Baptist Church as lead pastor of the Bellevue Frayser location.

“Veterans Affairs Coordinator is one of the most important appointments in Shelby County Government. It is essential that those who have served this country feel supported in their civilian life,” Harris said in a release. “Dr. Ellis is a veteran and a pastor. He has an extensive background in service and I am excited about the expertise and energy he will bring to the role.”

Ellis’ appointment is effective immediately.

-Natalie Martin

Harris announces Summer Work Experience program

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announced the inaugural Mayor’s Summer Work Experience program on Monday for students and young adults interested in summer employment.

The program will be offered from June 7 to July 26 and will select 200 participants in a random lottery to commemorate the County’s Bicentennial Celebration, according to a release.

“This program is a great opportunity for students and young adults to gain experience in the working world,” Harris said in a release. “We have identified a variety of opportunities for 200 youth to have a meaningful work experience, enhance their community, and earn a paycheck in the process.”

High school participants ages 16 to 18 in the program are invited to participate in the Youth Conservation League, which will work to "beautify communities across Shelby County." In addition, for the first time this year, young adult participants ages 18 to 24 will be assigned to support public, private sector, or nonprofit partners while learning administrative and operational skills through the Youth Workforce League.

“Engaging students and young adults in professional development opportunities is a priority of Mayor Harris’ administration,” Dorcas Young Griffin, director of the Division of Community Services, said in a release. “These young people will spend a significant part of their summer developing valuable skills while exploring potential career paths through Shelby County Government and our partners.” 

Youth Conservation League participants earn $10 per hour in the program, Youth Workforce League participants earn $12 per hour, and Conservation League Team Leaders earn $15 per hour.

Applications for the summer program are available now until April 12. All participants must be available to work a Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m schedule. 

To apply for the program or learn more about it, click here

-Natalie Martin


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