NAWBO-MEMPHIS August Guest Speaker is Businessman Jon Thompson

The National Association of Women Business Owners – Memphis will have local businessman Jon Thompson as the guest speaker for the August 9, 2011 meeting. He will speak on the topic Passion, Persistence and Patience. This meeting will be held at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119.

The networking session is from 11 – 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon presentation is from 11:30p.m. to 12:45 p.m. The cost for NAWBO members, non-members, and late registration is $20, $25 and $28, respectively. Those wishing to attend can register by going to registration link:

Thompson is looking for Amelia Earhart’s plane and is very passionate about it.  At the same time, he is an inspiration for each of us to follow our dream, no matter how hard it gets.  He follows a path of wisdom and research, never giving up.  His presentation motivates you to go after things that you want, no matter what and shares that things are not always the way they appear!  He teaches having a big vision and then following through with all the details to realize the big vision.

Jon is a local Memphis businessman, civic leader and adventurer. A graduate of West Point, Jon served in Vietnam with distinction. He founded and sold a global construction company, was director of the City of Memphis Wonders Exhibitions, and is a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. He is widely regarded as a leading expert in historical exhibitions and his exhibition of The Titanic is considered on of the most successful ever. As if Jon wasn’t busy enough, Jon is also President of Lupine Holdings, a holding company involved in undersea recoveries that is based in London, England. Not surprisingly (he has a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering), Jon has a tremendous interest in aviation and has spent a great deal of time over the last several years on expeditions in the south Pacific in search of Amelia Earhart’s aircraft

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Memphis Chapter, is one of 80 chapters in the U.S. with the non-profit mission to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social, and political spheres of power. For more information about the August 9th meeting contact NAWBO Memphis President Natasha Bowen at 901-647-3922 or Gwen Christensen at 901-488-0250.

Former Memphis Negro Baseball League Players Tour the Withers Museum Today

University of Memphis Professor Curt Hart is coordinating a visit to The Withers Museum of some of the former players in the Negro Baseball League. Hart who teaches a class at U of M about the old Negro League thought it would be a great idea to invite some of the former players to see some of the pictures that Ernest Withers captured of that era in American sports history.

Joe B. Scott, Ollie Brantley both played with the Memphis Red Sox and James Woods, who played with the Birmingham Black Barons, are participating in the tour. Three other former league members were also invited to take the tour.

The tour will take place today, July 20, at 1 p.m. The media is invited to attend.

About The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery

The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery is a non-profit organization created to share the historic photographic work of renowned photojournalist Ernest C. Withers. His work captures the Civil Rights Movement beginning in 1955; the Memphis Music History from the 1950’s-1960’s; and the Negro Baseball League. The museum is located at 333 Beale Street, just west of 4th Street in the Historic District. The website is

Mayor Wharton to file petition for Re-Election and announces Headquarters Grand Opening

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. will file to run for re-election on Monday, July 18, 2011 at Noon at the Shelby County Election Commission.   Wharton, his family and supporters will convene at the Election Commission office, located at 150 Washington Avenue – Suite 205, where he will submit qualifying papers to make his candidacy for re-election official.

The petition filing serves as a precursor for the week’s events in anticipation of Wharton’s Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening on Saturday, July 23 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The headquarters is located at 1460 Union Avenue.  For this event, everyone is invited to come out and share in Mayor Wharton’s vision for Memphis as he kicks-off his bid for re-election. The public/attendees will also have an opportunity to sign-up to volunteer for campaign activities.

For more information on either event, please contact Deidre Malone, Campaign Manager, at (901) 278-0881.

New Website Launches for Direction 2040 Plan (Public Input Needed to Update Regional Long Range Transportation Plan)

A new website to help gather and provide information in the development of the new regional long range transportation plan, Direction 2040, was launched this week. The website is The Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the local agency responsible for the development of this plan. The MPO is seeking input from residents in Shelby County and Fayette County, Tennessee and Desoto County, Mississippi.

“Public input is vital to the creation of this new plan,” said Pragati Srivastava, MPO Administrator. “We are coordinating and participating in community workshops, stakeholder meetings and seeking information through our new website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Our project team lead by Kenneth Monroe, with Kimley Horn & Associates, is constantly looking at ways to engage the community in providing input for the Direction 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan.”

Along with the new website, we are placing posters in public libraries in English and Spanish across the region. Also, on the website is an online survey for the public to give their input.

The Direction 2040 plan is looking into transportation needs for motor vehicle, air transportation, mass transit, water transportation, railway and alternative forms of transportation such as bike and pedestrian ways.

For more information about Direction 2040 contact either:

Kenneth Monroe – Kimley Horn and Associates, Inc

Phone: 901.374.9109,



Pragati Srivastava – Administrator, Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

Phone: 901.576.7190


This report/document was prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and the Tennessee and Mississippi Department of Transportation.

The Memphis MPO is committed to the value of equal opportunity, which ensures non-discrimination in the access to, the benefits of and opportunities to participate in the activities of our program.

Memphis Branch NAACP to Address Changes in Voter Identification Bill

In response to the recent passage of the Tennessee Senate Bill #16, the Political Action Committee of the Memphis Branch NAACP will hold a meeting for concerned citizens on Sunday, July 17 at 4 p.m. at Mt. Olive CME Cathedral Church (528 Linden at Lauderdale).

The committee will share its thoughts on the bill which changes voting requirements for all Tennessee residents.

Invited guests include, members of the State Election Commission, the Shelby County Election Commission, State Rep. Curry Todd, State Sen. Dolores Gresham, State Sen. Brian Kelsey, State Sen. Beverly Marrero, Department of Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Shelby County Commission Chairman Sidney Chism.

“We are concerned about how Tennessee plans to provide accessible photo identification for all of its citizens, especially the indigent, disabled and less than able and to ensure that the community is fully informed of the changes in voting procedures,” said Madeleine Taylor, Executive Director, Memphis Branch NAACP.

The NAACP is working with the Memphis Urban League to host this forum to engage the community and elected officials in a discussion around this issue.

About the Memphis Branch of the NAACP

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights for all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. The Memphis Branch is the second largest chapter in the organization.