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By Updated: March 13, 2019 5:39 PM CT | Published: March 12, 2019 4:06 PM CT
  • Chelsea Clinton to visit Memphis Zoo in support of new children's book
  • Women’s Foundation announces 2019 Legends Award honorees
  • Memphian to make difference in city through art, business, and music 
  • Shelby County Opioid Summit comes to Memphis Thursday 
  • Former U of M professor returns to Memphis to debut first novel

Chelsea Clinton to visit Memphis Zoo in support of new children's book

Chelsea Clinton is stopping at the Memphis Zoo next month in support of her new children’s book, “Don’t Let Them Disappear: Twelves Endangered Species Across the Globe.”

The tour stop is scheduled for April 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the zoo’s Teton Trek exhibit.

“Don’t Let Them Disappear” introduces young readers to 12 endangered animals – including rhinos, tigers, whales and pandas – and highlights what makes them special and what threatens them. It also provides tips on how to help prevent the animals from disappearing completely.

Tickets are $25, which includes one presigned copy of the book and admission for up to four family members. Additional books will be available to buy at the event but will not be signed.

Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, is the author of several children’s books, including the New York Times bestsellers “She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World” and “She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History.”

Tickets and more information are available on the Memphis Zoo’s website.

-Kate Crawford

Women’s Foundation announces 2019 Legends Award honorees

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis’ 2019 Legends Award honorees are Meri Armour, Rev. Cheryl Beard, Claudia Haltom and Dr. Indurani Tejwani.

The Legends Award Reception is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at The Columns at One Commerce Square. Tickets are available.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the awards, which pay tribute to women’s visionary and innovative work. In addition to the event, art and prose are created in the honor of each woman; those will be unveiled at the reception.

Armour, the outgoing president and CEO of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, will receive the Innovation Award.

Beard, a minister of the Olivet Fellowship Baptist Church and advocate for children for families for more than 30 years, will receive the Catalyst Award.

Haltom, who retired after 17 years in the juvenile court system, founded A Step Ahead Foundation, a nonprofit that provides long-term, reversible contraceptives to women without the means to afford them. She will receive the Catalyst Award.

Tejwani has supported women and children in Memphis for more than 50 years as a philanthropist, obstetrician and gynecologist and is a founding member of WFGM. She will receive the Philanthropy and Leadership Award.

 “We are proud to honor four women who have made it their life’s work to make Memphis a better place,” said WFGM executive director Ruby Bright, in a release. “This year we are honoring a trailblazer in education, a champion for social justice, an advocate for children and a committed philanthropist. Each legend is very deserving of this honor.”

-Elle Perry

Memphian to make difference in city through art, business, and music

A native Memphian is determined to make a positive difference in the city and nationally through art, business, and music with his movement, “RESPECT MY CITY.”

The movement was organized and founded by Memphian, James Davis, and is an effort to "get Memphians to appreciate and value their city more, while at the same time leading to the city key decision makers and influencers,” according to a release.

“Memphis is a great city with a lot of progression, but unfortunately the drawback is that there’s the negativity that gets more of the focus and attention,” Davis said in a release. “This negativity – poor economics, an underserving educational system and substantial race-relation issues has been a big part of the Memphis narrative, locally and nationally. In order for Memphis to really propel forward, then Memphians have to stand up more for the city in which they live.”

The movement will “shed light and positivity” on some of those key components in Memphis, according to a release.

In addition, the movement is a celebration of the city with the Memphis Fusion Art Show & Mixer, the Business Connect Weekend and the Celebrate 901 Concert. These events will take place at different venues around the city, and there will also be community pop-ups to get residents from all over to embrace the positivity in their immediate districts.

For more information, click here.  

-Natalie Martin

Shelby County Opioid Summit comes to Memphis Thursday 

Someone dies every three days in Shelby County due to an opioid-related incident.

To help educate the public about the drug epidemic that is devastating Mid-South families, a group of stakeholders is hosting the “Shelby County Opioid Summit: Prevention & Interventions” March 14-15 at the University of Memphis.

The free, two-day summit begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Rose Theatre with a series of experts speaking about root causes, prevention and intervention strategies, and long-term solutions.

Nashville-based drug and alcohol addiction treatment program Addiction Campuses is providing lunch for the first 200 to register. Local "American Idol" contestant Chris Johnson will perform during lunch on both days of the summit.

The summit is funded through a grant contract with the state of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

The summit is hosted by the University of Memphis School of Social Work, Memphis Area Prevention Coalition, Church Health and TN School Counselor Association.

Organizations or vendors interested in setting up a table to disseminate information about resources available in Shelby County can call 901-249-2828.

Parking for the event is located in the Zach Curlin parking garage. Overflow parking is in the lot next to the Student Recreational Center off of Southern Avenue.   

Interested attendees need to register for Day 1 and Day 2 of the summit.  

-Michelle Corbet

Former U of M professor returns to Memphis to debut first novel 

Bob Levey, a journalist whose career includes nearly four decades at The Washington Post and an extensive career in electronic media as a commentator and talk show host, will be in Memphis March 22 to debut his first novel, “Larry Felder, Candidate.”

Levey will discuss his time at The Post, Watergate, writing and the current state of journalism and sign copies of his novel on March 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Spain Auditorium in Buckman Hall at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S., according to a release.

“I spent a couple of very happy years in Memphis, teaching journalism and getting to know the city,” Levey said in a release. “I’m delighted to be able to come back and discuss my career and novel.”

Levey held the Hardin Chair of Excellence in Journalism at the University of Memphis from 2006 to 2009 and has taught journalism at five major research universities.

For more information, contact Leanne Kleinmann at 901-483-0559 or

-Natalie Martin


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