Safeways director wins FBI award

Safeways Executive Director Julaine Harris was honored at the national headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigations as a recipient of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award, given to community leaders from around the country for their local work.

The FBI said, “In Memphis, Julaine Harris, while working for corporate and nonprofit organizations, has spent years advocating programs that focus on reducing gang activities, protecting children from domestic violence, and providing affordable housing for low-income families.”

She, and the other nearly 60 recipients, were nominated by local FBI field offices. FBLI Director Robert Mueller presented the awards in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. earlier this Spring. As he noted, the awardees come from different background, different professional fields, and different parts of the country, and the issues they choose to focus on vary greatly.

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Newspaper editorial endorses Safeways

Recognizing that “Poorly maintained and managed apartment complexes are incubators for criminal activity that spreads into neighborhoods,” The Commercial Appeal published the opinion March 31 that the expanded Safeways promises to bring about a reduction in crime and an improvement in the quality of lives in apartment communities around Memphis and Shelby County. Read more.