Dallas-Fort Worth-area businesswoman Von M. Griggs-Laws promoting workplace safety through Griggs Safety Consultants, LLC

DALLAS — Although the national economic landscape has progressed in many aspects in recent years, safety in the workplace continues to be an ongoing issue.

No one, it seems, is more aware of this downward trend than Von M. Griggs-Laws.

“(What I like the most) about my business is training employees and managers to training and educating and identifying hazards on their jobs and to prevent fatalities, personal injuries and property damages,” Griggs-Laws told Making Headline News earlier this week.

It is, by all accounts, due in large part to Griggs-Laws’ commitment and passion for eliminating job-related injuries and fatalities that have greatly inspired her to delve off into a business geared toward helping to enhance job safety.

A native of St. Louis, Griggs-Laws is owner and chief executive officer of Griggs Safety Consultants, LLC.

Based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the largest metropolitan area in the South, Griggs Safety Consultants are widely known for providing risk assessments, accident investigations, management and employee safety, not to mention health training in various occupations, most notably construction, general industry, manufacturing, oil and gas, healthcare, daycare, and recreation disciplines, among other entities.

According to VeteranOwnedBusiness.com, Griggs-Laws’ company also offers CPR and First Aid, Defensive Driving, HazWoper, H2S, and Respiratory, etc OSHA, DOT, EPA, Safeland USA and other regulatory compliance training and education. These programs can be uniquely designed for your companies most critical needs.

A TRUE PROHaving been actively involved in the job safety industry since 1985, it is because of Griggs-Laws’ lengthy, respectable track record that has greatly enabled and empowered her to educate employees on a number vital job-related subjects, most notably the significance of understanding compliance, workplace safety, the importance of saving lives, as well as the significance of minimizing job-related accidents, injuries and illnesses.

In addition, Griggs Safety Consultants specialize in an assortment training exclusively designed to suit clients’ organizational needs.

“We offer a proactive model in assisting employer and employees in their compliance initiative,” a spokesperson for Griggs Safety Consultants said. “Safety always…it begins with you.”

Having been actively involved in the job safety industry since 1985, it is because of Griggs-Laws’ lengthy, respectable track record that has greatly enabled and empowered her to educate employees on a number of vital job-related subjects, most notably the significance of understanding compliance, workplace safety, the importance of saving lives, as well as the significance of minimizing job-related accidents, injuries and illnesses.

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Griggs Safety Consultants cater to individuals ranging in ages “16 to 70ish,” Griggs-Laws acknowledged, although the retired military veteran (Air Force) pointed out that it is somewhat “now most common” to have four generations sharing the labor force, or diverse cultures.

“As our aging workforce — or baby boomers — is retiring and with the often demands of changes in our labor force, many employees are introduced to unknown hazards daily,” Griggs-Laws who holds Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, explained. “Too many lack proper knowledge and experience to work as safely as they should. However, many know and understand regulatory compliance and laws, yet choose to deviate from safe practices, often due to production demands.”

To Griggs-Laws’ credit, she managed to provide valid proof as to why her credible business is a necessity in today’s workforce.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWERCurrently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling at the University of Oklahoma, Griggs-Laws is a Certified Government HSE Specialist as well as a Certified Safety And Health Official through Texas A&M.
Also, she is M/WBE & DBE Certified, is affiliated with the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency and is
A TEEX Safety And Health Adjunct Instructor for Texas A&M.

Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling at the University of Oklahoma, Griggs-Laws is a Certified Government HSE Specialist as well as a Certified Safety And Health Official through Texas A&M.

Also, she is M/WBE & DBE Certified, is affiliated with the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency, and is

A TEEX Safety And Health Adjunct Instructor for Texas A&M.

“There were a reported 4,836 fatalities in 2015, and 2,905,900 work-related illness,” Griggs-Laws cited.

MAKING MUCH PROGRESSWithout question, given her wealth of knowledge as it pertains to reducing and eliminating workplace safety, this progressive, vibrant, well-equipped businesswoman boasts the immense skills and mechanics to make a monumental difference in today’s job market. Which, after all, essentially explains why Griggs Safety Consultants, LLC is starting to garner an array of headlines for all the right reasons.

Wait. There’s more pivotal evidence, she revealed.

“The total employer compensation costs for state and local government workers averaged (approximately) $45.93 per hour worked in September 2016, while average minimum wage is $8.25 to $10.00,” Griggs-Laws said. “The math doesn’t add up to balance business income versus employee’s worker claim costs, not to include medical treatment, cost to hire and retrain, etc. Oh…and lawsuits and legal fees.”

All of which practically sums up why Griggs-Laws’ business is, by and large, deemed a missing piece, of sorts, in today’s microwave society-oriented workforce.

Without question, given her wealth of knowledge as it pertains to reducing and eliminating workplace safety, this progressive, vibrant, well-equipped businesswoman boasts the immense skills and mechanics to make a monumental difference in today’s job market.

Which, after all, essentially explains why Griggs Safety Consultants, LLC is starting to garner an array of headlines for all the right reasons.

“Many have the delegation of safety and health for their respective employers and are often over tasked with other duties, unable to really focus on safety and health with a 24/7 approach,” Griggs-Laws explained. “They juggle duties and safety is often the first ball to drop. Griggs Safety Consultants are here to help, especially smaller company owners that are not able to have a full time SHE (or safety, health & environmental) position added to their payrolls.

“We have partnerships with other consultants that are experts within their fields and can assist with removing the guesswork — saving one life and one limb at a time,” Griggs-Laws continued. “Safety is everyone’s responsibility, whether at work, at home and in recreational activities too. Let us help you preserve your assets.”

For more information on Griggs Safety Consultants, LLC, call 469-867-4250 or send a fax to 214 337 5699. 



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Houston-area businessman J Lee Williams creating family-oriented atmosphere as Regional VP for Locke Albert Financial Partners

DALLAS — In case you don’t know him, Johnny Lee Williams would like to introduce himself.

 

REPPIN’ THE ‘SIP’ IN TEXASA longtime Corporate America professional, J Lee Williams (pictured with his wife, Deidre) boasts an array of experience in the accounting and financial service industry. To his credit, it certainly shows, considering he has become a catalyst for Locke Albert Financial Partners. Based out of Houston, Williams, 39, assumes the role as Regional Vice President for Locke Albert Financial Partners.

For starters, Williams is a native of Greenville, Mississippi but, because of his job responsibilities, he resides between Little Rock, Arkansas and Houston.

A longtime Corporate America professional, Williams boasts an array of experience in the accounting and financial services industries.

To his credit, it certainly shows, considering he has become the catalyst for Locke Albert Financial Partners.

Based out of Houston, Williams, 39, assumes the role as Regional Vice President for Locke Albert Financial Partners, located at 3707 Westcenter Drive.

According to Buzzfile.com, Locke Albert Financial Partners is an organization that primarily operates in the Insurance Agents, nec business/industry within the Insurance Agents, Brokers and Service sector.

SPREADING WISDOMAccording to Williams, whose longstanding presence in the accounting and financial services industries was birth in large part because of his commitment to public service and his wife’s tireless support (Deirdre J. Williams), his business venture caters to individuals of all ages. And because of the nature of his career, coupled with his awesome job responsibilities, he has been afforded the opportunity to engage in regular travel as a way to achieve his daily customer service goals and objectives.

A progressive company that has been in existence for approximately 30 years, Locke Albert Financial Partners also specialize in individual, business and corporate taxes, as well as provide life, health, and dental insurance.

Moreover, this organization offers IRS negotiations, not to mention small business bookkeeping and “much, much more,” Williams told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

Because of the nature of the industry in which Williams operates, there is one intriguing attribute he wants to drive home to current and potential clients.

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“I am a family man,” Williams said. “I’m committed to making sure that my customers feel like family. What I love about my job is the opportunity to help people, businesses and the government to manage the money. No matter who they are or what they do, I will help my clients make important financial decisions. Being a true server of man, it is rewarding to see a smile on my client’s face when they no longer worry about finances.”

According to Williams, whose longstanding presence in the accounting and financial services industries was birth in large part because of his commitment to public service and his wife’s tireless support (Deirdre J. Williams), his business venture caters to individuals of all ages.

And because of the nature of his career, coupled with his awesome job responsibilities, he has been afforded the opportunity to engage in regular travel as a way to achieve his daily customer service goals and objectives.

MAKING STRIDES“(My wife) pushed me to get a Master’s Degree in accounting and financial services,” Williams said. “(Mr. Locke) asked me to join (his firm) because of my vast knowledge of finances. He has been in the business for over 30 years and is teaching me everything he knows and more.”

“My personal mission is to educate everyone about their finances,” Williams, a 20-year military veteran, explained. “(I want to) teach them how to invest and prepare for the future while leaving financial support behind after they have transitioned.”

All things considered, Williams admittedly wouldn’t have jelled the way he has in such a competitive industry if not for the continuous support of his spouse and the company’s owner, Michael Locke.

“(My wife) pushed me to get a Master’s Degree in accounting and financial services,” Williams said. “(Mr. Locke) asked me to join (his firm) because of my vast knowledge of finances. He has been in the business for over 30 years and is teaching me everything he knows and more.”

It is, by all accounts, because of his strong supporting cast that Williams attributes having emerged as the stellar businessman he has become.

Not to mention, a devoted family man.

“My personal mission is to partner with my clients to create financial comfort, help and protect my clients, and to help their family to build a legacy,” Williams said. “I am driven to provide objective, tailored solutions that enhance their lives.

“I am committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in our relationship with you, our client,” Williams added. “I endeavor to know and understand your financial situation and provide you with only the highest quality service and advice to help you reach your personal goals.”

Spoken like a true family man.

 

For more information on Locke Albert Financial Partners or to contact Johnny Lee Williams, call his office at 713-487-6328 or fax him at 832-553-1897. Also, call him directly at 832-655-8308 or send email to: jgwilliams@lockealbert.com.

 



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Dallas/Fort Worth-area pastor Renee Fowler Hornbuckle demonstrates ‘agape love’ and relentless faith in revitalizing her longstanding ministry

A TEXAS-SIZE OVERCOMER --- Having officially accepted her calling to preach the gospel in 1995, more than anything else, it seems, Destiny Pointe Christian Center Senior Pastor Hornbuckle’s reputation is such that she’s appropriately learned the significance of what it means to not just conquer and outlast wilderness experiences, but rather to embrace them.
A TEXAS-SIZE OVERCOMERHaving officially accepted her calling to preach the gospel in 1995, more than anything else, it seems, Destiny Pointe Christian Center Senior Pastor Renee Fowler Hornbuckle’s reputation is such that she’s appropriately learned the significance of what it means to not just conquer and outlast wilderness experiences, but rather to embrace them.

ARLINGTON, Texas — At approximately 1 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, Renee Fowler Hornbuckle was nearing a compelling close to what undoubtedly was a thought-provoking, gut-checking sermon before a sizable crowd of worshippers.

Then without hesitation, she offered a rather intriguing suggestion that essentially drew rave reviews and applause from the gallery of roughly 300 attendees.

“Because Jesus laid down His life for us, we, too, can lay down our lives for others,” Hornbuckle said as she continued to speak so eloquently about a subject that has greatly shaped the overall landscape of the modern-day church. “We’ve got to stop being so selfish. We can love like Jesus did.”

 

SHOWING RESILIENCY --- All things considered, because of her relentless faith, coupled with the solid support from her congregation, Hornbuckle was determined not to allow the gates of hell prevail against a church that, though a dark cloud hung over it, God had strategically anointed to serve as the beacon of light for which it is widely known.
SHOWING RESILIENCYAll things considered, because of her relentless faith, coupled with the solid support from her congregation, Hornbuckle was determined not to allow the gates of hell prevail against a church that, though a dark cloud hung over it, God had strategically anointed to serve as the beacon of light for which it is widely known.

To her credit, demonstrating and fortifying love the way Jesus did has seemingly become a common theme, or sorts, for Hornbuckle, particularly during a ministerial stint that spans more than two decades.

Having officially accepted her calling to preach the gospel in 1995, more than anything else, it seems, Hornbuckle’s reputation is such that she’s appropriately learned the significance of what it means to not just conquer and outlast wilderness experiences, but rather to embrace them.

“Y’all let anything and everything to get you out of peace,” Hornbuckle told her congregation near the halfway point of her sermon. “But you will stay in perfect peace if your mind stays on Him.”

15492222_1721432307871565_3277636436464752733_nBy and large, to grasp a thorough understanding of why Hornbuckle, the Senior Pastor of Destiny Pointe Christian Center at 2350 East Mayfield Road in nearby Arlington, Texas, is so adamant about rendering agape love for the rest of her life, look no further than her life-changing, tear-jerking testimony detailing the tumultuous events that could have very well caused others to vacate their right mind.

“Up until 2005, I thought I was living the American dream…great success…pretty much ready, equipped and prepared for anything.  In the eyes of many, I was considered successful from the external side of things,” Hornbuckle said. “Successful marriage, thriving ministry, fruitful relationships and lucrative business.”

And just like, what was a long-awaited American dream suddenly turned into an assortment of horrifying occurrences Hornbuckle sensed were only suitable for a suspenseful, docudrama-filled movie.

“My life and the life of my children changed traumatically after a real life scandal,” Hornbuckle told Making Headline News during a recent exclusive interview.

Hornbuckle is referring in large part to what she described as a “jolting scandal” that unfolded and involved her then-husband and Pastor, Terry Hornbuckle, who was charged with multiple allegations of narcotics possession and inappropriate sexual misconduct involving a few of his members.

15420983_1721432407871555_7153731719539769549_nA slew of disastrous developments that consequently generated local headlines and sent shock waves throughout what undoubtedly was a thriving, progressive church, Hornbuckle and her family were suddenly left to press and navigate their way through arguably one of the biggest church scandals in recent memory to transpire in Dallas/Fort Worth, one the nation’s most populous markets.

“Me, my children, and my congregation, our communities in which we lived and worked were paralyzed with a real life scandal — that even Olivia Pope couldn’t handle — that included shame, suffering, and sorrow, not to mention the spiraling loss of finances, relationships and possessions,” Hornbuckle, a mother of three and grandmother of one, explained. “I found myself humiliated, embarrassed, stripped of all dignity, only left with unanswered questions and the barebones of a shattered ministry.”

15589852_1721432217871574_5346763389337196406_nAll things considered, because of her relentless faith, coupled with the unyielding support from her congregation, Hornbuckle was determined not to allow the gates of hell to prevail against a church that even as a dark cloud hung over it, God had strategically anointed to serve as the beacon of light for which it is widely known.

“When was the last time you actually showed someone an act of love?” said Hornbuckle on Sunday while simultaneously challenging her congregation to “check its level of agape love.”

That, after all, practically headlines how Hornbuckle, 54, managed to mightily overcome an array of embarrassment and hardships with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“I’m here today, because I had to make a choice to either rise above my crisis or collapse into it,” Hornbuckle said.

To her credit and because of her undeniable love for the people of God, this native of Little Rock, Arkansas — who boasts a wealth of beauty much like that of a Hollywood celebrity — surely has risen above and conquered what she sensed was arguably the darkest chapter of her life.

Surely, she’d be the first to admit that it took love…and a whole lot of it.

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“I don’t really feel like I chose what I do…it chose me,” said Hornbuckle, when asked at what point did she see God positioning her for ministry. “I’ve always been drawn to helping people solve problems and reach their potential. Even during my time in corporate America, my desire to help others excel was dominate. I left corporate American in 1993, not really happy about the transition, but knowing that something more was waiting.  As I transitioned out of my corporate career to be a fulltime mom, I truly felt empty because I had always worked.  But, I embraced my new life and began to structure my life — my children and my ex-husband — as a corporation of in which I was CEO.

Consequently, bolting corporate America ultimately gave way to other areas of intrigue for Hornbuckle, who apparently wasn’t the kind of full-time mom who was accustom to, well…being a normal full-time mom.

That’s because along with preaching to the masses, Hornbuckle adopted a number of new venues, which included — but weren’t limited to — becoming what she describes as a Life Empowerment Expert, as well as an author, motivational speaker, a businesswoman, not to mention a faith leader and advocate.

“The similarity they all have is that they all help people shape and mold their lives, solve problems and reach their potential,” Hornbuckle explained. “It’s what I’m called to give to the world and that’s what I’ve been building since 1993.”

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Having been raised in a middle class home with the existence of both biological parents — both of whom worked in the education sector — Hornbuckle is the youngest of five girls.

“My Parents were my greatest inspiration, especially my father,” Hornbuckle said. “They taught me to push yourself beyond where you are (because) there’s always something more. (He taught me) with decision, determination and dedication, you can do anything. (He taught me to) stay true to your word and to be a person of integrity and impeccable character always.”

In essence, those assortment of rich, life-enhancing family values have proven beneficial to Hornbuckle, a relatively young, vibrant pastor who, to her credit, has exhibited nothing short of dignity and class in her continuous journey of revitalizing a longstanding ministry that had fallen victim to life support and seemed headed for a permanent destruction, never to exist again.

All along, even during her darkest days as a woman of the cloth, even when it seemed her faith was bleak and she seemed on shaky ground, even when it appeared the grace she harbored for so long was on the verge of completely evaporating, there was God, coming to her rescue, thus providing for her a way of escape.

Once again.

Consequently, bolting corporate America ultimately gave way to other areas of intrigue for Hornbuckle, who apparently wasn’t the kind of full-time mom who was accustom to, well…being a normal full-time mom. That’s because along with preaching to the masses, Hornbuckle adopted a number of new venues, which included --- but weren’t limited to --- becoming what she deem a Life Empowerment Expert, as well as an author, motivational Speaker, a businesswoman, not to mention a faith leader and advocate.
MAKING STRIDESConsequently, bolting corporate America ultimately gave way to other areas of intrigue for Hornbuckle, who apparently wasn’t the kind of full-time mom who was accustom to, well…being a normal full-time mom. That’s because along with preaching to the masses, Hornbuckle adopted a number of new venues, which included — but weren’t limited to — becoming what she deem a Life Empowerment Expert, as well as an author, motivational Speaker, a businesswoman, not to mention a faith leader and advocate.

That, in a nutshell, practically sums up why Destiny Pointe — an approximately 50,000-square-feet institution widely known as The Pointe that was erected in 1999 — was destined to stay relevant amid arguably the grandest storm in its rich history.

Today, unlike never before, Hornbuckle and her congregation can, as the songwriter once said, “see the sun peeping through the cloud.”

Yes, the storm isn’t merely almost gone.

Given the immense strides Hornbuckle and her supporters have made since the recovery — and rebirth — of their church, it’s safe to assume the storm has effectively passed them by.

Just like God.

15590611_1721432471204882_2604746149408472089_n“I’ve accepted that life may never be balanced, but rather I like to think that I can make life adjustments that bring stability and better integration into life,” Hornbuckle said. “We get frustrated in pursuit of the balancing act. I’m passionate about empowerment …inspiring others to make the transforming in life to get the corresponding results desired.  So, I’m not just a Pastor.

“I want my legacy to be that I made a difference each and every day,” Hornbuckle added. And gave of myself sacrificially.”

Which, to her credit, practically sums up why The Pointe has remained relevant, let alone the beacon of light for which God predestined it to be.

 

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Pastor Renee Fowler Hornbuckle

What About Destiny Pointe Christian Center, Arlington, Texas?

Our Vision: The vision of Destiny Church is to be a place where people will be empowered with the tools that are necessary to fulfill their God-Given destiny while building the Kingdom of God!  A Real Church for Real People Offering Real Solutions from the WORD OF GOD!

Our Mission: Our mission is to transform lives through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!

By effectively promoting the principles and mandates of the Kingdom of Heaven to a contemporary society through passionate worship and the study of the Word. It is our personal endeavor to impact all people through the ministries of healing, reconciliation, restoration and inspiration as outlined in the Holy Scriptures.

Our Beliefs: Our preaching and teaching is grounded in Scripture, informed by Christian tradition, enlivened in personal experience, and tested by reason.

 Our Values: Our values define what is important to us. Our values shape who we are, what we do, and how we act. In all things, we will strive to model and live our values.



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Andre Johnson is founder and publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and former sports reporter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson is the former chief adjutant to Elder Andrew Jackson, Sr. of Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Christopher Huckaby has blossomed into one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s top master barbers thanks to grandmother’s influential impact

DUNCANVILLE, Texas — Christopher Huckaby doesn’t shy away from the notion that Bessie Carter Fowler undoubtedly is one of the best individuals with whom he’s ever crossed paths.

Come to think of it, if it wasn’t for Carter, well, let’s just say that Huckaby wouldn’t be here.

w-1During a weekend exclusive interview with Making Headline News, Huckaby recalled in great detail about how Carter, his beloved grandmother, had once enrolled in cosmetology school, but never finished.

That, as a result, fueled his desire to go above and beyond to maximize his potential while embarking upon his career.

“(She) went to cosmetology school, but never completed (it),” Huckaby explained.

a-2Still, grandma — as only she could — deemed it necessary to see to it that her grandson would successfully carry out the lofty mission by which He instilled in her family.

“She gave me my first pair of clippers and wrote me a poem,” Huckaby said.

nju-169x300The poem, to his recollection, was rather forthright and direct.

It read: “A task great or small…do it well or not at all….”

The rest, as they say, was history.

Years removed from such a life-enhancing, gut-checking encounter with his grandmother, Huckaby has evolved as one of the best hairstylists in the greater Dallas Fort-Worth area.

A native of nearby Mesquite, Texas, Huckaby is a master barber at Kutz By Chris, located at Natural Edges Salon in Lewisville, Texas, just off of Texas Interstate 35 North.

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“I put my all into every cut,” said Huckaby, summing up his mission for having chosen to delve off into such an ever-so-competitive industry. “Community service is important to me as a barber since I have a gift to give back and support my family.”

Given his notable track record in his profession, it’s safe to assume that aside from his grandmother’s wealth of wisdom and guidance, Huckaby was destined to become an efficient, dynamically-talented barber.

bgtyy-169x300For starters, Huckaby enrolled at Grahams Barber College  Summer 2010, approximately four years after graduating from the Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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rreInteresting enough, he recalls like yesterday how he would routinely attend school on picture day and didn’t get haircuts, in large part because a majority of his of his summers were spent at his grandmother’s residence.

Still, it seemed that all wasn’t merely lost for this lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., whose haircut portfolio via message social media and message boards have drawn rave reviews from countless social media account holders, several of whom had ultimately become his clients.

Thank God for grandma’s poem, which read: “A task great or small…do it well or not at all….”

The rest, as they say, was history.



EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

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Houston-based businesswoman Toni Anderson enjoying a global impact as a thriving group travel consultant

15590153_1718946021453527_4019456721345500304_nDALLAS — Various media reports have surfaced in recent years to insinuate, among other things, that the traditional family life is on a steady decline.

For instance, among the notable reasons, particularly as it relates to the decline of the American family is that, “It’s about money, not morals,” syndicated columnist Paul Krugman wrote back in his 2012 commentary in The Seattle Times.

Among the family-oriented Americans who have expressed constant concerns about this notion is Houston-area businesswoman Toni Anderson.

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PHILLY'S FINEST --- It is because of the camaraderie and close-knit fellowship that were comprised amongst her fellow members that have fueled Houston-area businesswoman Toni Anderson’s desire to help aid families recapture the love and intimacy that have, by all accounts, given way to the traditional family emerging as the beacon of light for which it is widely known. “I am woman, veteran owned business owner. My words are God, family and work…in that order,” Anderson explained.” There’s more. “My tag line is, ‘Toni, Your Travel Agent, With A Personal Touch,’” Anderson said. “I want all my clients to know and feel that they are important to me and my family. As a family we understand and value the loyalty of our clients.”
PHILLY’S FINESTIt is because of the camaraderie and close-knit fellowship that were comprised amongst her fellow family members that have fueled Houston-area businesswoman Toni Anderson’s desire to help aid families recapture the love and intimacy that have, by all accounts, given way to the traditional family emerging as the beacon of light for which it is widely known.
“I am woman, veteran owned business owner. My words are God, family and work…in that order,” Anderson explained.”
There’s more.
“My tag line is, ‘Toni, Your Travel Agent, With A Personal Touch,’” Anderson said. “I want all my clients to know and feel that they are important to me and my family. As a family we understand and value the loyalty of our clients.”

A native of Philadelphia who served in the United States Army for four years, Anderson, 47, is a well-established Group Travel Consultant, an adventurous profession that, to her credit, has greatly afforded her with the golden opportunity to help families reconnect with the traditional values and attributes that have helped shape family life — the way God predestined it to be.

“Most of my clients are families,” Anderson told Making Headline News. “Today’s families are not as close as they used to be. As a child, I remember when my mom always took us somewhere for the summer.  We had a family vacation. My mom didn’t have lots of money, so all vacations were road trips.  As siblings, we bonded in the back of a station wagon driven by my aunt.”

It is because of the camaraderie and close-knit fellowship that were comprised amongst her fellow family members that have fueled Anderson’s desire to help aid families recapture the love and intimacy that have, by all accounts, given way to the traditional family emerging as the beacon of light for which it is widely known.

”I’m a veteran business owner.  My words are God, family and work…in that order,” Anderson explained.”

Wait, there’s more.

“My tag line is, ‘Toni, Your Travel Agent, With A Personal Touch,’” Anderson said. “I want all my clients to know and feel that they are important to me and my family. As a family we understand and value the loyalty of our clients.”

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Aside from an extensive amount of traveling, amongst Anderson’s chief responsibilities through her business venture is to routinely introduce an assortment of cruise and travel packages to consumers.

“I specialize in Virgin travelers and groups,” Anderson said. “I focus on families of all ages, from six months to 90 years.”

A TONI ANDERSON RELATED STORY: https://makingheadlinenews.com/2017/02/03/houston-area-entrepreneur-toni-anderson-helping-aspiring-business-owners-create-wealth-plan-for-retirement/.

In addition — and fortunately for her — what has undoubtedly become a booming, thriving business venture has given way to her having experienced trips of a lifetime.

How else to explain why she has visited luxurious establishments such as South America, as well as a plethora of sites in the Caribbean and Mexico, not to mention having toured nearly half of the United States?

15442380_1718946178120178_2392630356978868428_nOr 22 states to be technical.

“I truly believe God created this beautiful earth and we should see as much of His creation as we can via traveling,” said Anderson, explain in great detail her mission for engaging in such a profession. “It is good to see and learn other cultures.  You will be exposed to others by traveling.”

Not to mention reconnecting and revisiting something that has seemingly been nonexistent in American families for some time — that priceless, yet rich camaraderie.

“I have a family reunion cruise coming up June 17-22, 2017,” said Anderson, adding that her husband, Darryl and her son, Antonio, are amongst her her biggest supporters in what has become a successful business. “This event is multiple families coming together to cruise.  We will have family competition games and more.  One example is each family is being asked to come up with T-shirt design and the best design wins a gift.”

All of which is to say why family values are extremely key and vital, Anderson acknowledged, particularly in the supposed traditional American family, whereby there has seemingly been an unyielding dysfunction.

SHE'S SO COOL --- By and large, Anderson strongly believes that through her flourishing business, coupled with her relentless faith, she has the remedy for helping families recapture that close-knit unity, something that can take place outside the confines of their respective communities. “My mom always kept an open line of communication with us,” Anderson said. “There was nothing we couldn't talk to our mom about. We would sing, talk and play in the car all along bonding. My mom taught us valuable lessons about life and people. She said, ‘In this world, always remember you have each other. There will be times when you argue and fight, but you are always sisters and brothers and don't let no one come between you all.’
SHE’S SO COOLBy and large, Anderson strongly believes that through her flourishing business, coupled with her relentless faith, she has the remedy for helping families recapture that close-knit unity, something that can take place outside the confines of their respective communities.
“My mom always kept an open line of communication with us,” Anderson said. “There was nothing we couldn’t talk to our mom about. We would sing, talk and play,  all while bonding. My mom taught us valuable lessons about life and people. She said, ‘In this world, always remember you have each other. There will be times when you argue and fight, but you are always sisters and brothers and don’t let no one come between you all.’

By and large, Anderson strongly believes that through her flourishing business, coupled with her relentless faith, she has the vital remedy for helping families recapture that close-knit unity, something that can surely take place outside the comfortable, familiar confines of their respective communities.

“My mom always kept an open line of communication with us,” Anderson said. “There was nothing we couldn’t talk to our mom about.  We would sing, talk and play, all while bonding.  My mom taught us valuable lessons about life and people.  She said, ‘In this world, always remember you have each other. There will be times when you argue and fight, but you are always sisters and brothers and don’t let no one come between you all.’

family-on-ccl“My mom is an only child, so I think that is why she said that,” Anderson continued. “I tell people all the time if my mom could take four children on a vacation with the little funds she had, you can too. I assist my clients with a payment plan to afford their dream vacations.”

All while greatly helping families reconnect with the traditional values and attributes that have helped shape family life.

After all, that is how God predestined it to be.

 

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Former pro athlete Spencer Conley has evolved as an internationally-acclaimed inspirational speaker and life professor

A TRUE PRO — A native of New Jersey who has spent the better portion of his life in Texas, Spencer Conley is widely known as an Inspirational Speaker and Life Professor, one who undoubtedly has found his niche in this ever-so-evolving industry. Not bad for a former pro athlete whom, as he tells it, tried diligently to avoid higher education. “I accomplished something that I never thought I’d do,” Conley, 44, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I became a college graduate. And I tried to get out of it.” Because he managed to persevere and press his way toward earning his college degree, what Conley ultimately discovered aside from having flourished on the grid iron was that he also was birthed with gift of coaching. Err, life coaching, that is.
A TRUE PROA native of New Jersey who has spent the better portion of his life in Texas, Spencer Conley is widely known as an Inspirational Speaker and Life Professor, one who undoubtedly has found his niche in this ever-so-evolving industry. Not bad for a former pro athlete whom, as he tells it, tried diligently to avoid higher education.
“I accomplished something that I never thought I’d do,” Conley, 44, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I became a college graduate. And I tried to get out of it.” Because he managed to persevere and press his way toward earning his college degree, what Conley ultimately discovered aside from having flourished on the grid iron was that he also was birthed with gift of coaching.
Err, life coaching, that is.

DALLAS — Without question, Spencer Conley is one driven man.

Too driven, that is.

A former prep, collegiate and professional standout of an athlete, Conley, because the divine calling on his life, has witnessed God exalt and promote and elevate in ways unimaginable.

So much, in fact, that Conley doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s one who basking and dwelling in the purpose for which he was created, thus striving daily to esteem others highly than himself.

“There’s no title to what I do,” said Conley who, as usual, always seems to know exactly what to say and, most importantly, knows how to inspire others in the process.

“But there’s purpose to what I do,” he continued.

aas-768x576Given the immense strides he’s made since hanging up his helmet and cleats as a pretty efficient football player, it’s safe to assume that Conley is driven in such a way that his inspiring, eloquent voice has appropriately given way to his having emerged as an internationally-acclaimed personality in his own right.

A native of New Jersey who has spent the better portion of his life in Texas, Conley is widely known as an Inspirational Speaker and Life Professor, one who undoubtedly has found his niche in this ever-so-evolving industry.

DRIVEN BY GOD — The founder of chief executive officer of Too Driven, Conley — widely known as “Big Coach Con” — is a motivator who conveys a life-altering experience that always leaves the audience ready to believe and to better themselves, according to a spokesperson at www.toodriven.com. In addition, Conley’s primary emphasis is to deliver the most powerful messages, many of which have him tagged as “The H.O.P.E. Dealer” or Helping Others Practice Encouragement.”
DRIVEN BY GODThe founder of chief executive officer of Too Driven, Conley — widely known as “Big Coach Con” — is a motivator who conveys a life-altering experience that always leaves the audience ready to believe and to better themselves, according to a spokesperson at www.toodriven.com. In addition, Conley’s primary emphasis is to deliver the most powerful messages, many of which have him tagged as “The H.O.P.E. Dealer” or Helping Others Practice Encouragement.”

Not bad for a former pro athlete whom, as he tells it, tried diligently to avoid higher education because, as he tells it, “I tried to avoid college because of fear and being dyslexic had me afraid all my youth.”

“I accomplished something that I never thought I’d do,” Conley, 44, told Making Heradline News during a recent interview. “I became a college graduate. And I tried to get out of it.”

Because he managed to persevere and press his way toward earning his college degree, what Conley ultimately discovered aside from having flourished on the grid iron was that he also was birthed with gift of coaching.

Err, life coaching, that is.

GLOBAL IMPACT — Conley has been afforded to travel abroad — early and often. To his credit, for instance, his profession has allowed how to put his immense skills on display in as many as 42 countries, most notably Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana, China, Japan, Germany, Spain and France, among others. In addition, Conley has given speeches in 45 U. S. states with the exception of Montana, North and South Dakota, Oregon and Maine, he said.
GLOBAL IMPACTConley has been afforded to travel abroad — early and often.
To his credit, for instance, his profession has allowed how to put his immense skills on display in as many as 42 countries, most notably Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana, China, Japan, Germany, Spain and France, among others.
In addition, Conley has given speeches in 45 U. S. states with the exception of Montana, North and South Dakota, Oregon and Maine, he said.

The founder of chief executive officer of Too Driven, Conley — widely known as “Big Coach Con” — is a motivator who conveys a life-altering experience that always leaves the audience ready to believe and to better themselves, according to a spokesperson at www.toodriven.com.

In addition, Conley’s primary emphasis is to deliver the most powerful messages, many of which have him tagged as “The H.O.P.E. Dealer” or Helping Others Practice Encouragement.”

MORE ON SPENCER CONLEY: http://www.toodriven.com/about.

According to one rave review on www.toodriven.com, “This former professional athlete and highly sought-after Motivational Speaker has a way with words that can only be described as life changing. When you call on (Big Coach Con), you’re not getting a service, you’re getting RESULTS!”

Which, to Conley’s credit, sums up why he has steadily evolved and blossomed into arguably one of the finest up-and-coming inspirational speakers — and Life Professors — in this present generation.

Still, one who deems it necessary to always remain humble, Conley would be the first to acknowledge that he’s just giddy that his Creator thought it essential to set him aside for His use for a time such as now.

“I’m walking in purpose,” Conley said.

HE HAS A DREAM…TOO — A former prep, collegiate and professional standout of an athlete, Conley, because the divine calling on his life, has witnessed God exalt and promote and elevate in ways unimaginable. So much, in fact, that Conley doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s one who basking and dwelling in the purpose for which he was created, thus striving daily to esteem others highly than himself. “There’s no title to what I do,” said Conley who, as usual, always seems to know exactly what to say and, most importantly, knows how to inspire others in the process.
HE HAS A DREAM…TOOA former prep, collegiate and professional standout of an athlete, Conley, because the divine calling on his life, has witnessed God exalt and promote and elevate in ways unimaginable.
So much, in fact, that Conley doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s one who basking and dwelling in the purpose for which he was created, thus striving daily to esteem others highly than himself.
“There’s no title to what I do,” said Conley who, as usual, always seems to know exactly what to say and, most importantly, knows how to inspire others in the process.

And no one has to remind him of Who orchestrated all of this.

“It’s God,” Conley’s quick to acknowledge. “Many have contributed to the man I’ve become. This walk is something I must do alone, yet you know you’re in the right place, even though you’re (often) misunderstood and no one understands but you. Life is too precious. I have no time to wait for it to be okay to others or for them to understand.”

Amongst the reasons is that Conley has been afforded to travel abroad — as often as he can, every chance he gets.

To his credit, for instance, his notable profession has allowed how to put his immense skills on display in as many as 42 countries, most notably Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana, China, Japan, Germany, Spain and France, among others.

In addition, Conley has given speeches in 45 U. S. states (the North Slope Alaska bring amongst his best establishments) with the exception of Montana, North and South Dakota, Oregon and Maine, he said.

When asked how many speeches he gives annually, Conley, displaying his customary signature smiles, paused and said: “I’d be comfortable you can say 300 easily. I could do 25 (public) schools in a week. I’ve done that. So when we look at it, that number goes up.”

And let’s not forget the major colleges and universities such as West Point, the University of Minnesota, University of Texas at Austin, Loyola Marymount University, the University of Kentucky, and the Shanghai (China) Institute of Technology, just to name a few.

ALL GOD'S DOING --- “What I do is tied and deeply rooted to my belief system,” Conley said. “God gave his son! The son gave his life.  Two great acts of giving sum up the foundation of my belief system. I’m not churchy. For me, it’s about applying what I know how I treat people with the things I know and when you look at me do you see who I claim to be…forget about what I say am I living it. That’s the reasons I don’t get into titles or outrageous introductions. It’s not about how much you know it’s about how much you care. Credentials don’t mean you can help me.”
ALL GOD’S DOING“What I do is tied and deeply rooted to my belief system,” Conley said. “God gave his son! The son gave his life. Two great acts of giving sum up the foundation of my belief system. I’m not churchy. For me, it’s about applying what I know how I treat people with the things I know and when you look at me do you see who I claim to be…forget about what I say am I living it. That’s the reasons I don’t get into titles or outrageous introductions. It’s not about how much you know it’s about how much you care. Credentials don’t mean you can help me.”

“How inspiration feels personally, many of us struggle to take the nessessary steps to experience it for ourselves, desperately trying to connect to those who put in the work to experience personal victory,” Conley explained. “We won,” yet they didn’t participate.”

There’s certainly more to this notion.

“What I do is tied and deeply rooted to my belief system,” Conley said. “God gave his son! The son gave his life.  Two great acts of giving sum up the foundation of my belief system. I’m not churchy. For me, it’s about applying what I know how I treat people with the things I know and when you look at me do you see who I claim to be…forget about what I say am I living it. That’s the reasons I don’t get into titles or outrageous introductions. It’s not about how much you know it’s about how much you care. Credentials don’t mean you can help me.”

By and large, given how God has miraculously and majestically used him for His glory to encourage the masses, without question, “Big Coach Con” is one driven man.

Too driven, that is.



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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is founder and publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Houston-area businessman Christopher Charles Evans having a Texas-size impact as a thriving, successful interior designer

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

jjjjDALLAS — When striking up a conversation with Christopher Charles Evans, it wouldn’t take long for one to become thoroughly enlightened of the fact that his reputation is such that he steadfastly goes after that he believes would add a real sense of wholeness and value to his life.

That, in a nutshell, practically sums up why the above passage is so befitting for a man who, by all accounts, aspires daily to maximize his potential with God, His helper, leading the way.

jikml-768x491“It is imperative that I esteem and inspire others daily, because it is a part of the human experience,” Evans told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “We are not allotted life, breath and being for our own sole purpose.  We are here to ensure that we all make the journey in becoming our best selves.  There are times that the work in doing that requires help and a hand from those we encounter either daily or just once.”

To his credit, Evans undoubtedly has become one who is rather resourceful, accommodating, efficient and downright passionate, particularly as it pertains to esteeming others daily.

A military veteran who once served six years in the United States Army as an Administrative Specialist,” Evans, 45, is a man who’s armed with an assortment of gifts and talents, especially from an entrepreneurship standpoint.

A longtime professional interior designer, Evans is owner and chief operating officer for Christopher Charles Interiors and Indigo Red, LLC, a Houston-area full service interior design firm for both residential and commercial projects.

Having officially opened for operations in 2010, Evans’ business venture is geared largely toward providing design services for new construction, remodels, staging, private and commercial events and home staging for real estate sales.

CHECK OUT EVANS’ BUSINESS ONLINE: http://www.christophercharlesinteriors.net/.

In addition, his business specializes in color and art procurement, as well as offers clients the ability to experience and indulge in bold color pallets, sophisticated patterns and global textures to enhance their spaces.

15271513_10154226590673022_1186469105_o-768x522“We specialize in working with our clients to create spaces that showcase extraordinary individuality, comfort, livability and style,” said Evans, explaining the mission for purpose for his rising business. “We work closely with our client’s to ensure that their time, spaces and budgets are respected and attended to in the highest regard.”

A native of Houston and a proud graduate of Alief Elsik High School, Evans established Christopher Charles Interiors and Indigo Red, LLC while working as an Oil and Gas accountant for a major international Exploration and Development company in the greater Houston metropolitan area.

Prior to engaging in the competitive world of entrepreneurship, he served in Desert Storm and was ultimately honored with a Bronze Star for Valor.

jjjjuuuuu-768x559As Evans eloquently explained, there is a unique correlation, of sorts, as it pertains to serving his country and starting a business.

A TRUE PRO — A longtime professional interior designer, Evans is owner and chief operating officer for Christopher Charles Interiors and Indigo Red, LLC, a Houston-area full service interior design firm for both residential and commercial projects. Having officially opened for operations in 2010, Evans’ business venture is geared largely toward providing design services for new construction, remodels, staging, private and commercial events and home staging for real estate sales. In addition, his business specializes in color and art procurement, as well as offers clients the ability to experience and indulge in bold color pallets, sophisticated patterns and global textures to enhance their spaces. “We specialize in working with our clients to create spaces that showcase extraordinary individuality, comfort, livability and style,” said Evans, explaining the mission for purpose for his rising business. “We work closely with our client’s to ensure that their time, spaces and budgets are respected and attended to in the highest regard.”
A TRUE PROA longtime professional interior designer, Christopher Charles Evans is owner and chief operating officer for Christopher Charles Interiors and Indigo Red, LLC, a Houston-area full service interior design firm for both residential and commercial projects. Having officially opened for operations in 2010, Evans’ business venture is geared largely toward providing design services for new construction, remodels, staging, private and commercial events and home staging for real estate sales.
In addition, his business specializes in color and art procurement, as well as offers clients the ability to experience and indulge in bold color pallets, sophisticated patterns and global textures to enhance their spaces.
“We specialize in working with our clients to create spaces that showcase extraordinary individuality, comfort, livability and style,” said Evans, explaining the mission for purpose for his rising business. “We work closely with our client’s to ensure that their time, spaces and budgets are respected and attended to in the highest regard.”

 

“My military experience has provided me with the tenacity and attention to detail and communication skills that have proved valuable in my own business,” Evans said. “What I like most about being my business is that my destiny and success are entirely left in my hands. I will either eat or starve by my own hand.  There is no greater feeling in the world than having complete ownership of your own level of success.”

His success, in many aspects, was fueled in large part by what he describes as “those who fall into two groups.”

“Personally, my Uncle Luther and Aunt Marie (now deceased) always kept a beautifully appointed home,” Evans explained. “As a child I enjoyed and relished spending time at their house.  Not only was it always impeccably kept, but it was always full of laughter, food, fun and peace.  Their home created great memories just by its sheer presence and grandeur.”

And then there is the always notable professional side to his rise to success.

jio-768x472“On a professional level, Evans acknowledged, “I have been inspired by three individuals that I admire, honor and look at in total amazement: Kimberly Ward of Kimberly and Cameron Interiors, Michel Boyd of Michel Smith Boyd and Smith Boyd Interiors and Corey Damen Jenkins of Corey Damen Jenkins and Associates, LLC. These three individuals have inspired, encouraged and supported my pursuit of interior design directly and indirectly.  They all execute design and business in a way that make me proud to be a designer.  Each of them has a level of professionalism, excellence and humbleness that is awe inspiring.”

trreAll of which to Evans’ credit, essentially sums up why God has destined him to blossom as the thriving, progressive businessman for which he is widely known.

“There is no greater legacy than the legacy of a word that strengthens, encourages and motivates someone to keep going and or dig deeper for the best that may be hidden or locked way inside of them,” said Evans, who first began interior designing in 2003. “This is the purpose of the human experience and existence, to see to the healing and well-being of other souls.”

To God be the glory.



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MID-SOUTH RECRUITING: Collierville High’s Blake Stigger generates offers from two colleges, remains hopeful he will sign

bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbThings didn’t particularly turn out the way LaGarrious Blake Stigger had expected during his senior season for the Collierville High football team.

Still, he’s convinced that because of his overall body work in recent years, he deserves a shot at putting his immense skills on display at the collegiate level.

By and large, as Stigger tells it, he isn’t letting anything or anyone stop his lofty ambition of wearing a college football uniform come next fall.

STANDING TALL --- Despite a year in which he played sparingly, Blake Stigger, to his credit, managed to generate interests from the University of Louisville and Alcorn State, a trend he hopes will ultimately give way to his fulfilling his dream of playing at the next level. Surely, he strongly believes his chances are as good as anyone with whom he played and played against in a Shelby-Metro area that has emerged a virtual hotbed for college scouts and recruiters. (Photos by ANTONIO TAYLOR/Taylor Moments)
STANDING TALLDespite a year in which he played sparingly, Blake Stigger, to his credit, managed to generate interests from the University of Louisville and Alcorn State, a trend he hopes will ultimately give way to his fulfilling his dream of playing at the next level.
Surely, he strongly believes his chances are as good as anyone with whom he played and played against in a Shelby-Metro area that has emerged a virtual hotbed for college scouts and recruiters. (Photos by ANTONIO TAYLOR/Taylor Moments)

“Honestly, (I played) average because I didn’t get much (playing) time,” Stigger told Making Headline News during a recent interview. My talent speaks for itself. Overall, I kept a positive attitude and gave this season 125 percent.”

Despite a year in which he played sparingly, Stigger doesn’t shy away from the notion that he hopes will ultimately fulfill his dream of playing at the next level.

MOM KNOWS BEST --- Like her son, Katrena Marie Stone remains hopeful that her son will be given a fair shot to make a favorable impression upon some college football program. “(Because of his success and dedication, Blake is so passionate about football,” Stone said. “As I watch him play, I see nothing but greatness. It’s like a gift he was born with.”
MOM KNOWS BESTLike her son, Katrena Marie Stone remains hopeful that her son will be given a fair shot to make a favorable impression upon some college football program.
“(Because of his success and dedication, Blake is so passionate about football,” Stone said. “As I watch him play, I see nothing but greatness. It’s like a gift he was born with.”

Surely, without any official offers as of yet, he strongly believes his chances are as good as anyone with whom he played and played against in a Shelby-Metro area that has emerged a virtual hotbed for college scouts and recruiters.

“That I am a hard worker and humble young man that just want an opportunity to do what I love the most,” said Stigger, when asked what it is he’d like for college scouts to know about him. “I just need a chance.”

WATCH BLAKE IN ACTION: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/5528015/blake-stigger.

That, after all, explains why the 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete conditions daily in hopes of attracting the attention of a college program that will be willing to grant him what he describes as a golden opportunity.

“His father got him started (in competitive football) in 2006 with the Mt. Pleasant Lions,” Stigger’s mother, Katrena Marie Stone explained. From that point, I learned it was something he really loved. I was amazed because I really didn’t know that he had it in him. I overlooked the talent, because I just thought it was something most boys did just to keep busy.”

THEY ARE WATCHING --- Despite a year in which he played sparingly, Stigger, to his credit, managed to generate interests from the University of Louisville and Alcorn State, a trend he hopes will ultimately give way to his fulfilling his dream of playing at the next level.
THEY ARE WATCHINGDespite a year in which he played sparingly, Stigger, to his credit, managed to generate interests from the University of Louisville and Alcorn State, a trend he hopes will ultimately give way to his fulfilling his dream of playing at the next level.

Like her son, Stone remains hopeful that her son will be given a fair shot to make a favorable impression upon some college football program.

“(Because of his success and dedication, Blake is so passionate about football,” Stone said. “As I watch him play, I see nothing but greatness. It’s like a gift he was born with.”

As for his notable strengths, Stigger has become thoroughly efficient at reading offenses which, to his credit, has allowed him to blossom as a player who has proven to contain the opposing team’s top rusher.

As for his weakness, he acknowledged that reducing mental mistakes is a must as he auditions to play at the next level.

With National Signing Day less than three months away (February 1), Stigger knows full well he has no time to waste, despite a senior campaign in which he saw limited action.

OH...AND ONE LAST THING --- “ This is always what I wanted to do as a child,” Stigger said. “This is what I grew up on. I love the aggressiveness and the contact (football brings). (Football) is in my blood. I want to be the one in my family to make it (to the next level). I don’t look at this as a ticket out, because I have a backup plan. But I want to achieve this dream for myself and in dedication of my cousin that didn’t get to see this day.”
OH…AND ONE LAST THING“This is always what I wanted to do as a child,” Stigger said. “This is what I grew up on. I love the aggressiveness and the contact (football brings). (Football) is in my blood. I want to be the one in my family to make it (to the next level). I don’t look at this as a ticket out, because I have a backup plan. But I want to achieve this dream for myself and in dedication of my cousin that didn’t get to see this day.”

“(I will be) attending some camps, working on my footwork, speed, and strength,” he said. “Whatever college offers me a scholarship, they be inheriting a very bright, intelligent young man who is willing to give 125% on and off the field.”

Just as he had done in 2016 — and years prior to that.

“This is always what I wanted to do as a child,” Stigger said. “This is what I grew up on. I love the aggressiveness and the contact (football brings). (Football) is in my blood. I want to be the one in my family to make it (to the next level). I don’t look at this as a ticket out, because I have a backup plan. But I want to achieve this dream for myself and in dedication of my cousin that didn’t get to see this day.”

And, as he tells it, he isn’t letting anything or anyone stop his lofty ambition of wearing a college football uniform come next fall.

Stay tuned.



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MID-SOUTH RECRUITING: Collierville High’s Mikho Grandison hopeful he’ll land football scholarship after ‘productive’ senior campaign

THE WAITING GAME — According to Collierville High athlete Mikho Grandison, while he has yet to garner any official scholarship offers, he said he has kept in constant contact with a few recruiters at Austin Peay State. “I was talking to the Austin Peay recruiter (during the season),” Grandison said. However, the question that remains is whether Grandison — who ranked as the No. 68 overall recruit for the Class of 2017 in Tennessee by Maxpreps.com — will ink a National Letter of intent to play college football next season. (Photos by Antonio Taylor/Taylor Moments)
THE WAITING GAME According to Collierville High athlete Mikho Grandison, while he has yet to garner any official scholarship offers, he said he has kept in constant contact with a few recruiters at Austin Peay State. “I was talking to the Austin Peay recruiter (during the season),” Grandison said. However, the question that remains is whether Grandison — who ranked as the No. 68 overall recruit for the Class of 2017 in Tennessee by Maxpreps.com — will ink a National Letter of intent to play college football next season. (Photos by Antonio Taylor/Taylor Moments)

Mikho Grandison is one who customarily views things from a broader perspective.

You know, the bigger picture, that is.

Take, for instance, how Grandison steadfastly clung to a positive disposition during his prep football stint at Collierville (Tenn.) High.

Although coach Mike O’Neill’s Dragons limped to a 5-7 finish and tied cross-county rival Germantown for fifth in the Region 4-6A standings, Grandison made favorable use of his time whenever he was called upon to provide Collierville with a much-needed boosts, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

“I think I played harder than most people,” Grandison told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I never took a plays off…always did my job. I was leader and always (gave) 120 percent, never gave up, always played through (adversity) no matter how bad we was losing.”

aIn assessing what he described as a subpar senior campaign, it is because of Grandison’s spirited, upbeat approach to what was a pivotal season in 2016 that has greatly fueled his desire to pursue playing football at the collegiate level.

As National Signing Day looms (February 1), Grandison and his family are doing whatever is essential to help attract scouts, thus persuade them to grant him an opportunity they sense he so rightfully deserves.

A speedy, 5-foot-6, 147 athlete, Grandison was quite efficient as a rusher, particularly on productive drives that landed the Dragons in the red zone.

In essence, he strongly believes he would have had an even bigger impact had he gained more touches.

“Even though they didn’t give me the ball as much, I always made good and positive yards every time I touched the ball,” Grandison said.

To his credit, even when he wasn’t carrying the ball, he made it a point to demonstrate poise and resiliency in other areas that ultimately gave way to some stellar offensive productivity.

“I blocked for everybody,” Grandison said. “No matter how big the person was, they didn’t scare me at all. I still thought I was stronger than them and I knew I had to make every play count and I did.”

CUT UP, MIKHO: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/5164615/mikho-grandison.

With some added exposure in the foreseeable future, Grandison remains hopeful that he will solidify the big break he has diligently sought in recent years.

According to Grandison, while he has yet to garner any official scholarship offers, he said he has kept in constant contact with a few recruiters at Austin Peay State.

“I was talking to the Austin Peay recruiter (during the season),” Grandison said.

However, arguably the biggest question that remains is whether Grandison — who is ranked as the No. 68 overall recruit for the Class of 2017 in Tennessee by Maxpreps.com — will ink a National Letter of intent to play college football next season.

Given the immense strides he’s made in recent years, his mother, Uzette Grandison, undoubtedly thinks so.

“I always tell my son to reach beyond the sky, because there are infinite possibilities in the universe,” Uzette Grandison said. “My first reaction when I realized my son could go a long way (as an athlete) was to work with him to help make him better.”

Uzette Grandison, in fact, even recalls those times in which she assumed the role as football-mom-turned-trainer-turned-coach.

For real, though.

“I would throw the football, have family football games, and let him watch football,” Uzette Grandison explained.

POSITIVE…REGARDLESS — “I think I played harder than most people,” Grandison told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I never took a plays off…always did my job. I was leader and always (gave) 120 percent, never gave up, always played through (adversity) no matter how bad we was losing.”
POSITIVE…REGARDLESS“I think I played harder than most people,” Grandison told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I never took a plays off…always did my job. I was leader and always (gave) 120 percent, never gave up, always played through (adversity) no matter how bad we was losing.”

Thanks to her unyielding guidance and wisdom, hard work has seemingly paid off for her son.

“I am elated when my son touches the football,” Uzette Grandison said. “He is explosive and many people don’t expect to see that, so when I hear the chatter, I hold my head up with pride and flick my hair so they can see the name on the back of my shirt.”

If things go his way in the coming months, Mikho Grandison’s name will be embroidered on the back of a college football jersey, something about which he has dreamt for some time.

When asked would he like for college recruiters and coaches to know about him,  Mikho Grandison said, “That I’m a hard worker and a leader…and that I’m just a young man who’s trying to show coaches my talents. All I need is a chance to show it.”

Typical Grandison, one who customarily views things from a broader perspective.

You know, the bigger picture, that is.



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Andre Johnson is the founder and publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Is Memphis businesswoman Kim Claxton the tax preparation industry’s best kept secret in the Tri-State area?

tttt-2Just recently, Mid-South-based businesswoman Kim Claxton was asked what was her inspiration for delving off into the tax preparation industry.

Like many successful entrepreneurs, it wasn’t actually her primary area of emphasis.

“Tax preparation was not in my initial plans,” Claxton told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “I have always loved math. That’s one thing my dad always said… ‘Take plenty of math courses.’ So I listened.  And here I am.”

oooAnd to her credit, coupled with the notion that she took heed to that about which her father suggest, Claxton essentially is helping transform and enhance lives from an economic standpoint — one person at a time.

A native Memphian and a rising entrepreneur who has proven time and again that maximizing her potential in her chosen field essentially headlines the divine purpose for which God created her, Claxton boasts such assertiveness and resiliency as owner and chief executive offer of KC Financial Services.

Located at 3385 Airways Boulevard, Suite 216 in the Whitehaven district of Memphis, KC Financial Services offer a variety of economic entities, most notably tax planning, bookkeeping, payroll, as well as vital assistance with federal and state tax ID forms.

CHECK OUT KC FINANCIAL SERVICES ONLINE: http://www.kcfinancialsvcs.com/.

By and large, what’s mostly beneficial is that they do this all year round, thus live up to their slogan of being a business that is “Professional. Consistent. Prompt.”

All while helping transform and enhance lives from an economic standpoint — one person at a time.

KC Financial Services boast a clientele that covers 15 U. S. States as well the U. S. Territory of Puerto Rico.

ffff“I  love it…I really do,” Claxton said of a professional tax preparation career that spans more than seven years. “It comes so natural for me.”

And because of her keen ability to routinely provide consumers with top-notch, reliable service, KC Financial Services appear on track to take on a national presence, a trend that essentially was a part of Claxton’s longstanding vision from the outset as a rising businesswoman.

BELIEVE MEMPHIS — A native Memphian and a rising entrepreneur who has proven time and again that maximizing her potential in her chosen field essentially headlines the divine purpose for which God created her, Kim Claxton boasts such assertiveness and resiliency as owner and chief executive offer of KC Financial Services.
BELIEVE MEMPHISA native Memphian and a rising entrepreneur who has proven time and again that maximizing her potential in her chosen field essentially headlines the divine purpose for which God created her, Kim Claxton boasts such assertiveness and resiliency as owner and chief executive offer of KC Financial Services.

“Helping my clients, whom I consider my extended family, keep their tax affairs in order, be it business or individual,” said Claxton, when asked what she loves most about her business. “The one company you don’t want to play with is the IRS. I want to put my clients at ease when it comes to filing their taxes.”

HEART FOR PEOPLE --- “Helping my clients, whom I consider my extended family, keep their tax affairs in order, be it business or individual,” said Claxton, when asked what she loves most about her business. “The one company you don’t want to play with is the IRS. I want to put my clients at ease when it comes to filing their taxes.” Because, truth be told, Claxton acknowledged, “No one really cares for the IRS.”
HEART FOR PEOPLE“Helping my clients, whom I consider my extended family, keep their tax affairs in order, be it business or individual,” said Claxton, when asked what she loves most about her business. “The one company you don’t want to play with is the IRS. I want to put my clients at ease when it comes to filing their taxes.”
Because, truth be told, Claxton acknowledged, “No one really cares for the IRS.”

Because, truth be told, Claxton acknowledged, “No one really cares for the IRS.”

A graduate of Memphis Northside High School, Claxton enrolled at the University of Memphis, then ultimatelly attended the Baptist School of Nursing.

Still, although for a while it appeared she was destined to engage in a career in the medical industry, God ultimately revealed to her a life-enhancing vision, one whereby she would transform and enhance lives from an economic standpoint — one person at a time.

The rest, as they say, is history.

To Claxton’s credit, she undoubtedly has found her niche in an industry in which it seems her best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

“I am always surprised when people reach out to me and tell me that they are inspired by my drive, hustle, and work ethic,” Claxton said. “It makes them work harder. It is flattering.”

Which, fortunately for Claxton, is what happens when you take heed to your father’s life-changing wisdom of taking math courses.

Early and often.



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