Carrie Sanders is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a degree in broadcast journalism. She currently works as a freelance Stage Manager/Field Producer with LDM Worldwide Productions primarily with CBS Sports Network. Carrie has worked as a Stage Manager with ABC Sports and ESPN and as an Associate Producer in local news. She returned to college to further her education and pursue a career as a reporter. Carrie has worked with the script writing programs EZ News and ENPS. She is also proficient in Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop. She has edited on AVID, Edius and Final Cut Pro editing systems. Carrie completed a broadcast news internship at WMC-TV Channel 5 in Memphis.
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Pastor Hands out condoms through church food pantry
By Carrie Sanders
A Memphis church is making condoms available through the church's food pantry program in an effort to decrease the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. This is one way the Holy Trinity Community Church raises awareness in the community as the church embraces an open door policy after its founders faced adversity for their sexual orientation.
Pastor Paul Eknes-Tucker's church is on the list of 30 locations across Memphis where free condoms are available through the "Free Condoms Memphis" program launched last February.
“The reality is, all of us have sex, all of us. So do we just pretend like we don’t, and we don’t know anything about sexuality? Or, do we educate our children so that when they get into situations where they’re going to be sexual, they will at least have the information to protect themselves or they can make good decisions?” said Eknes-Tucker explaining his ideas about people and sexuality.
"The truth about God is that we are created as sexual beings. It is how we reproduce, how we show love, it is how we bond with another human being,” he said.
Donna Young, a volunteer secretary at Holy Trinity said that offering condoms through the church food pantry has been successful.
“We’re giving them out every day,” said Young who helps out with the food pantry.
When people come by to grab food items, she will also call attention to a shelf which holds the condoms and tell people to take them.
"People are going to have sex, and the whole point is to help them be safe,” says Young.
Holy Trinity has an open door policy to everyone regardless of sexual orientation. The motto of their church is, “Come Just As You Are.”
The church was started by a small group of people in 1990 that were turned away from other churches because of their gender or sexual orientation. Previously in the 1980s, a new cultural awareness about HIV had begun and the founders of the church were turned away if they looked gay or looked sick, according to Eknes-Tucker.
They were also turned away from communion. Due to this, Holy Trinity holds communion every Sunday which is uncommon for a United Church of Christ congregation.
“Every Sunday we say at invitation, ‘Everybody is welcome at this table,’" said Eknes-Tucker.
Young said that the first thing that drew her to the church was the warmth and openness of the congregation.
“I felt that I had to be part of something that was doing something. I feel like they’re not just having church,” said Young.
Changing a community with awareness and breaking down cultural barriers is what Holy Trinity is about according to Eknes-Tucker.
“[It is] a place for people to go who don’t feel like they have a place to go and who don’t feel accepted," he said.
Eknes-Tucker is proud of his congregation at First Trinity for embracing the open-door policy of the church.
“I tell them all the time how remarkable they are because you just don’t find this type of thing in a lot of places,” he said.
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tattoo artist recovers from injuries
A Midtown tattoo artist is back home recovering after a tragic motorcycle accident. Now, a community is rallying around him in this time of need.
Despite what he has been through, he is counting his blessings for the many people helping him and his family get through a difficult time.
"I've never had love thrown at me like this. It's been pretty amazing," said tattoo artist Joe Stamp. Doctors had to amputate part of Stamp's leg.
The 36-year-old tattoo artist was severely injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this month. The crash broke his back and doctors had to amputate part of his right leg.
Stamp will eventually be fitted for a prosthetic leg, but he has no insurance and no way to provide for his family. Stamp is the father of one-year-old twin girls.
"I miss work so much. I've been tattooing a long time and when you don't have something around like that, it hurts your spirit a little bit, it hurts your mind a little, too," he said.
Ed Harris, a friend who organized the event calls Stamp a loyal friend and family man. The kind of guy that anyone would want to help.
"It's a horrible thing that happened to Joe but we're coming together to make sure that he's ok, that his family is ok. His daughters are going to be fine," said Harris.
Since the accident, friends and musicians have been by his side to help. Their latest effort is a benefit concert for Stamp this Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Newby's located at 539 South Highland Street. The benefit concert will feature 11 bands and thousands of dollars of donated items will be raffled off. Click here to make online donations.
Stamp has a long road to recovery ahead of him. But the love that surrounds him is helping him get through a life changing event.
Hockey lockout 2012
By Carrie Sanders
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The National Hockey League is known for having its share of fights but now, ongoing disagreements between players and owners have led to the league’s 3rd lockout since 1994.
The major rift between the NHL and the players all comes down to money.
Profit sharing disputes in sports are nothing new but some think the latest problem is a unique one to the sport of professional hockey.
“ This isn't about splitting a small sum of money. This is about splitting a larger amount of money than the league has ever had to deal with,” says J.R Lind, a sports reporter with the entertainment newspaper, Nashville Scene.
In essence, the owners want a bigger piece of the 3.3 billion dollar pie that is hockey related revenue.
Players currently get 57 percent of profits while owners receive 43 percent.
The owners want more of a 50-50 type scenario like the NBA and NFL but players would like to retain what they have.
With this most recent lockout, questions are being raised about what the impact might be on the game and its fan base considering the 2004 season was completely lost to a labor dispute.
In places like Nashville, not a typical northern hockey town, the Predators fan base could drop off drastically.
The Predators players are all too aware of this and hope to see an end to the lockout soon.
“ We’ve been really fortunate here in Nashville to grow the game the last few years and people are excited about it. This obviously hurts and it’s not good for our team here and smaller franchises,” says Mike Fisher, a player for the Nashville Predators.
As the situation stands now, all preseason games were cancelled and all regular season games have been cancelled through November 30th.
Reporting from Nashville Tennessee, Carrie Sanders.