Press Release
March 2014 The Spark: Safety


Press Contact: Teri L. Sullivan
WKNO/Channel 10
(901) 729-8735
tlsullivan@wkno.org

March 13, 2014
For Immediate Release

“The Spark” on WKNO-TV Looks at Safety in the Mid-South

In this month’s episode of the monthly series The Spark, premiering Thursday, March 20 at 9:00 p.m., host Jeremy Park meets with three Memphis professionals to discuss safety in the Mid-South. A co-production of WKNO with Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club (LPBC) and Media Source, The Spark airs the third Thursday of each month on WKNO/Channel 10.

The Spark is a monthly 30-minute series about business and community leaders who are fueling change by giving back to the Mid-South. Each month we showcase several of these hometown heroes who are affecting change and leading by example. Major funding is provided by Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, Data Facts, and State Systems, Inc., with additional funding from Baptist Memorial Health Care and Christian Brothers University.

The theme this month on The SPARK is “Safety.” Host Jeremy Park sits down with Sgt. Len Edwards, Executive Director of the Commission on Missing & Exploited Children; Olliette Murry-Drobot, Executive Director of the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County; and Patti Phelps, CEO of Phelps Security, Inc.

COMEC was established as a collaborative effort between the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County and the Memphis Police Department to focus on and provide the vital community functions necessary to deal effectively with missing and exploited children in the Mid-South. Edwards discusses a number of their important services, including safety education for children, counseling, child identification programs, distribution of finger printing kits for children, and technical assistance to parents, law enforcement, and the Shelby County Juvenile Court. He also shares some helpful tips for parents to keep their children protected. 

Olliette Murry-Drobot, highlights how the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County is providing one location that effectively combines civil, criminal, health, and social services for victims of domestic violence. Their model uses a multi-agency team response and offers specially trained navigators, who listen and assess immediate and long-term needs, in order to guide victims to the appropriate resources available to help them. Drobot details some of their programs and success stories and shares some tips for how to recognize warning signs and reach out for help.

Patti Phelps provides perspective on her family-owned company, which is one of the oldest locally-owned-and-operated security companies in Memphis today. Phelps discusses some of their core services, along with a number of helpful tips for curbing crime. Phelps talks at length about her family and company’s commitment to reinvesting in the community and details their B.I.G. (Business Interest Group) for Memphis monthly meetings.

The Spark airs Thursday, March 20 at 9:00 p.m. and repeats at 2:00 a.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. It also airs Saturday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m. on WKNO. It will repeat Saturday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. on WKNO2, available over the air on Channel 10.2 and on Comcast Cable Channel 910.

About The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club
The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club is a privately-funded catalyst for the Mid-South, serving to enrich business leaders and impact the community. The organization hosts over 100 events each year, including a Signature Breakfast Series that brings together 400 business and community leaders who shape the Mid-South.

About Media Source
Media Source is a full-service corporate and broadcast television production firm based in Memphis, and was founded by Joe Incardona after his career as an award-winning on-air reporter for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City and WREG-TV in Memphis.

The company also provides local and national media monitoring services to a host of corporate and non-profit organizations nationwide.

Among its television production credits, Media Source has produced broadcast material for ABC News, PBS, CBS “60 Minutes,” CNN, CNBC, TV One, and national TV networks in Germany, Austria, Japan, and France. In addition, the firm has produced local broadcast TV shows and segments for Memphis Light, Gas, and Water, and Methodist Healthcare. Corporate television clients have included Baptist Memorial Health Care, Hilton Worldwide, Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, Power & Tel, Cspire Wireless, and the City of Memphis.

About WKNO 
WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 57 years. An important community resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform, entertain, and inspire. For more information: wkno.org

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