Headlining the discussion is Nguon Chantha, the Cambodian entrepreneur and former nurse who co-founded the Stung Treng Women's Development Center. Through the manufacture of Mekong Blue Scarves, which provide an industry for women artisans in Cambodia's Stung Treng province, the non-profit center advances causes such as literacy programs and vocational training.
She'll be joined by representatives of two Nashville companies working similar projects locally: Holli Anglin, executive director of Thistle Farms, which produces and sells bath and body products as part of its social mission for women survivors of prostitution, addiction and violence; and Kyle McCollom, co-founder of Triple Thread Apparel, the screen-printing enterprise that provides employment and job training for former offenders to society.
A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. this evening at Owen's Averbuch Auditorium, 401 21st Ave. S., with discussion to follow at 6. Owen Professor Jim Schorr, a board member of Nashville’s Social Enterprise Alliance, will moderate.
Talk about burying the lead:
Lt. Governor Ramsey announces key staff changes
(Nashville) — Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) today announced key staff changes, including new Chief of Staff Lance Frizzell. Mr. Frizzell, formerly Deputy Chief of Staff, has over a decade of policy and political strategy experience in Tennessee and is a decorated combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“Lance has a wealth of knowledge and experience in public policy matters and is dedicated to serving the citizens of Tennessee,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “He has my complete trust and confidence.”
Two other key staff appointments include Communications Director Adam Kleinheider [emphasis ours] and Special Assistant to the Lt. Governor, Jordan Young. Before joining the Lt. Governor's office, Kleinheider founded and managed the respected "Post Politics" website.
"I have encountered very few people involved or engaged in state government in Tennessee who didn't count Kleinheider's blog as a valuable resource for staying informed each day," said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. "We're excited to have him as part of our team."
Every morning when I wake up, I grab a glass of water from the faucet, take a puff of Advair to control my asthma, and scrounge up a bit of breakfast from my condiment-heavy refrigerator. Rarely do I stop to think just how easy all that was to do. Yet across the globe just outside of Ukunda, Kenya, there is a little girl named Ngina, who just three years ago, did not know where her next meal was coming from, let alone where she could find a glass of water that wouldn’t make her sick or access the medicines she needed to make her feel better.
I first met Ngina in 2007 when I lived and volunteered in her village for three months. Every day I was amazed at the lack of basic needs I take advantage of every day. Ngina had wounds in her feet where tiny worms had burrowed in because she could not afford shoes. She had constant diarrhea from the water she drank, and at the age of 3, was already battling her second bout of tuberculosis, a disease that costs as low as $16 to treat for a full six months in many developing countries.
Every day, approximately 12,000 people die from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, nearly two-thirds of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa. That’s more than 360,000 people a month — the size of Sumner and Rutherford counties combined.
Hell Hath No Fury: How the Looting of the Iraq Museum Changed the Way Archaeologists Think About Armed Conflict
Where: The Parthenon
When: 7 p.m. Tue., Feb. 22
Free; reservations required
As if the death and destruction of the 2003 invasion of Iraq weren’t horrible enough, the looting of the National Museum was like salt in the wound. Dozens of priceless historical artifacts, some more than 5,000 years old, were stolen or damaged in the mayhem.
Corine Wegener, an associate curator for the Decorative Arts, Textiles and Sculpture collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, was deployed to Baghdad in May 2003 as an army reservist, where she assisted in recovery efforts after the looting. In 2006, she founded the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, dedicated to the protection of cultural property worldwide during armed conflict. (The organization is currently working in Haiti to protect property after the earthquake.)
At this Parthenon Symposium, Wegener will discuss her experiences in Iraq, developing cultural preservation training for the U.S. military, and lobbying for U.S. ratification of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. We assume the symposium has been in the works for a while, but given recent developments in Egypt, it couldn’t be timelier. Admission is free, but reservations are required; call 862-8431.
Look, I'm not sure what Florida's data really prove other than that we're a small city with a big music business — and maybe it demonstrates why Nashville dominates Grammy voting — but at least he acknowledges all the talented folks making diverse strains of music in our little town. The real headline is that some of them (many with college degrees, apparently) are here by choice, not just because they were born here. Plus, y'know, it beats Atlanta.
Of course, few locals would have imagined inoffensive crossover acts such as Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum would serve notice of the town's musical resurrection — a thaw in Dale Watson hostilities was the real clue — and we've been doing fine with our music and floods and whatnot without any national attention, thanks.
Still, it would be a nice coup to move the Grammys to Music City one of these years. Maybe we'll find out what kind of muscle Nashville's Grammy voting block really has.
HB0228/SB0526 is supposed to make clear that a person can't use the fact that an item hasn't yet been used as drug paraphernalia as a defense against it being drug paraphernalia. In other words, right now, if a cop catches you with a bong and a box of Twinkies, you can argue that the fact that there's no marijuana or residue in the bong yet proves you were going to use it as a paperweight. Under the new law, a new bong would be cause for the same misdemeanor as an old bong.
I have to think that the sponsors of this bill, Bill Dunn and Randy McNally, have not thought through the undue burden this puts on stoners. If it becomes illegal for a stoner to possess things the police officer reasonably suspects the stoner is going to use to inhale or ingest marijuana, stoners will not be able to possess much.
See, stoners are the MacGyvers of the drug world. This law, if applied realistically, would prevent them from owning not only bongs and one-hitters, but also apples, potatoes, empty soda cans, carrots, plastic bottles, hammers, socket wrenches, pens, cars, buckets, grills, aluminum foil, and on and on. They seemingly turn anything into a way to smoke pot.
Basically, cops could just stand outside hardware stores and grocery stores and issue citations to anyone who looked like they might be a little more mellow than a trip to the store would call for.
And who could argue?
Unfortunately, Fishburne's time on CSI hasn't been a complete success. He's been dogged by constant (and inaccurate) comparisons to Petersen, whom he never was supposed to replace. Fishburne also took plenty of heat last season when CSI's ratings dipped to their lowest levels since the program began in 2000.
Location: The state park is just north of the capitol
Size of Park: Large
Approximate Age of Patrons: Various adults
Topics of Conversation: Democratic politics and whether a person wouldn't mind holding my dog for a second
Stray Dogs Seen: None, but one off-leash dog with owners
Types of Vehicles in Parking Lots: All kinds
Perceived Safety: Moderately high
Number of Gunshots Heard: None
Dog Friendliness: Fine
Number of pitbulls sighted: Just mine
Incorporation of Local History: Excellent
Recommended Patrons: History buffs, kids, train fans, people who like carillons.
Contrary to popular myth propagated by The Godfather, mogul Harry Cohn’s wife and Ava Gardner had more to do with getting Frank Sinatra his comeback shot in this 1953 prestige picture than the Mafia did. (As history has it, the washed-up Sinatra won out over favored Eli Wallach because Ol’ Blue Eyes looked more skinny and vulnerable — no horse’s head required.) However he got it, he pulled off one of the most dramatic career rebounds of the century in Fred Zinnemann’s blockbuster adaptation of the James Jones novel, set at an Army base in Hawaii during the lead-up to Pearl Harbor.
Sinatra won the Oscar — perhaps deserved even more by Montgomery Clift’s reluctant boxer — but the image that’s gone down in pop iconography is the steamy beachfront clinch between forbidden lovers Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr (the target of one of Airplane’s funniest gags). A juicy, terrifically acted, engrossing piece of old-school mainstream storytelling — the kind of movie that’s fallen from favor but is damned hard to pull off, especially these days — it wraps up The Belcourt’s smash series of screen romances, an idea worth repeating.
Arrive at 5:30 p.m. for food provided by Whole Foods and a sampling of wines from Village Wines. The evening is part of the countdown for next weekend's Oscar Night America, the theater's biggest fundraiser of the year.
+Get your tickets now, offered at tiered rates that will satisfy the fiendish and fickle alike. For a lowly $20, you can catch Kelly Cutrone waxing wise about the industry (April 1, 3:30 p.m.). For a whopping $350, you can have your gift bag and eat it too. That means you get all the good seats, all the good freebies and a private reception with Cutrone herself.
+Local modeling agency AMAX has announced a model search for gals and guys who want to walk in the upcoming Fashion Week shows (guidelines here). No experience is necessary, and a grand prize package includes a modeling contract with AMAX, headliner spots in the runway shows, photo shoot, makeover and a fashion spread in Her magazine.
The contest runs through March 12. So practice your best poses, and don't go read this hilarious roundup of the Top 10 All-Time Model/Runway Mishaps.
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