Taking a High School Equivalency Test in Tennesse

Taking a High School Equivalency test in Tennessee

Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with the GED—it’s the test that for years we have known one could take to earn a high school diploma instead of graduating in the conventional sense. Did you know that the GED is no longer offered in the state of Tennessee? The new official test is the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test).

It can be a bit confusing to figure out how to take the official HiSET and earn a diploma, so here is the process, according to Customer Service for the HiSET test.  Essentially one is required to first take the official practice test for the HiSET. For Memphis here are the official sites where one may do so:

Building Address City Zip Phone
Idlewild Presbyterian Church 1750 Union Avenue Memphis 38104 844-721-8800
Midtown Church of Christ 1930 Union Avenue Memphis 38104 844-721-8800
Randolph Library – Memphis Public Library 3752 Given Avenue Memphis 38122 844-721-8800
Memphis & Shelby County Office of Re-Entry 1362 Mississippi Blvd. Memphis 38106 844-721-8800
Workforce Investment Network 480 Beale Street Memphis 38103 844-721-8800
Sexton Community Center 1235 Brown Avenue Memphis 38126 844-721-8800

Once the practice test is officially passed, the tester will receive the paperwork necessary to schedule and take the official test. Once the official test is satisfactorily passed then the individual is now a holder of an official diploma, valid in all states!

How Psychology Impacts Us Today

Psychology is always a hot topic, and it informs just about every area of discussion you can imagine. For that you can thank (or blame, considering your personal views) Sigmund Freud. He was not the first of his kind, as most would credit Wilhelm Wundt with that distinction (see Annenberg Learner for an informative timeline of Psychology as an academic discipline). No, Freud was not the first, but he remains the most well-known psychiatrist to most people on the street.

While Freud retains his status as the first name many think of in regards to psychology, most of the mental health profession has evolved well beyond Freud, both in theory and in practice. There are several different types of practitioners in the mental health disciplines, and this brief article will help you sort through the role of each.


The American Psychiatric Association states that “Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.” This is a fancy way of stating that a psychiatrist is a Doctor; an MD or DO. Yes, you read correctly, a psychiatrist is a doctor in the same sense that your GP, surgeon or gynecologist is a doctor. The article above shares much good information about the particulars, but a psychiatrist attends four years of medical school before training for four additional years of residency. Psychiatrists work to include physical issues that may impact mental health, and as a doctor, a psychiatrist is the main mental health professional to prescribe any sort of medication.


As defined by the American Psychological Association, Psychologists have a doctoral degree, but that does little to tell what they do. Their practical applications are many and varied, from research, to testing and assessment to therapy; psychologists are an important cog in the wheels of mental health treatment. Ultimately the aim of most all psychologists is to help diagnose and treat mental illnesses and improve one’s mental health. A psychologist in private practice or working in a clinical setting typically is engaged in counseling more so than most psychiatrist have time to do, but there is no hard and fast rule that dictates this. Psychologists generally do not prescribe medications, though there are two current exceptions: “As of January 2009, properly trained and qualified, licensed psychologists in New Mexico and Louisiana are authorized to prescribe certain medications for the treatment of mental health disorders. In addition, there are many efforts within the field to expand this authority.”)

Psychiatric Nurse

Psychiatric nurse is one of the most transparent etymologies out there. This professional is a full RN specializing in psychiatric issues. They assist patients in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues and can also, like psychiatrists, prescribe medications. Their organization is the American Association of Psychiatric Nurses and they have a helpful informational link here.

Psych nurses may also earn a Master’s Degree and/or a PhD, and often engage in counseling with clients.


Technically all three previously cited professionals conduct therapy, but often their main duties supersede the actual practice of counseling. For example, in certain areas the demand for psychiatric medication is so high that a psychiatrist either cannot take the time to conduct therapy or chooses to focus on diagnosis and prescribing. This article from the New York Times is a good start if you want to explore this issue. For professionals whose focus is counseling you have a variety of choices.

These professionals mainly focus on counseling, with individuals, couples, families and groups. Each of the below detailed disciplines requires a Master’s Degree at minimum and may progress all the way to a PhD if desired. Though the distinctions between these professionals are relevant, essentially you may receive quality care from any of the three: all are trained to properly diagnose and treat a range of mental health issues. They all have standard training that is very similar, and study many of the same experts, theories and traditions, while also branching out into areas that are unique to each.

Marriage and Family Therapist

Don’t be fooled by the title, an MFT is qualified to counsel anyone, not just couples and families. The difference with an MFT is their focus on Systems Theory, in this discipline pioneered to a great degree by MFT grandfather Murray Bowen, as a means of therapeutic change. Their organization is the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. https://www.aamft.org/iMIS15/AAMFT/Content/about_aamft/Qualifications.aspx

Licensed Professional Counselor

You will find LPCs anywhere there is a need for a therapist—community mental health centers, hospitals, substance abuse facilities, schools and more.


Social Worker

Social Workers also spend much of their time conducting therapy in situations similar to MFTs and LPCs.


There are other specializations available to mental health professionals, such as music therapy or art therapy, to name just two. At the base, most every mental health professional you encounter will be qualified in at least one of the modes detailed above.

City of Memphis Street Paving Schedule


So you want to know when the City of Memphis will pave your street? The Memphis Public Works and Memphis Information Services divisions worked in tandem to provide the above street paving map. It tells paving that is upcoming this year and also in the future. Major Tennessee highways and state routes are also included.

Power to the People!

Power to the People!

2016 was a historic year for politics in the United States and more citizens have become involved in political action than there have been in a long time. To assist those interested in sharing their opinions with our representative politicians, this list identifies the key players in national affairs representing the region served by our fair institution, the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. Once you know who your representative is, you can contact them to voice your opinion on important matters, whether it concerns federal, state or local issues. This list will not be exhaustive, that is, it will not cover every possible government agency of every layer of government within the covered counties (so, for some examples, if you are wanting to petition the office of the mayor of Lake City, Arkansas, the school board of Independence High School in Tate County, MS or the powers that be in Yum Yum, TN, then I encourage you to do your own research into how you may contact those bodies). This list is a good start if you want to, for example, call your congressman to try to get them to vote the way you expect them to. To compile this list I used the region covered by the counties served by our LINC/211 service.

Each of the three states are listed alphabetically and include contact information for U.S. Senators and Congress members. Note that these representatives only accept and respond to constituents living within their own districts, so if you don’t live there, don’t waste your time trying to contact them directly.


The state senators for Arkansas are:

John Boozman:            https://www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/home

Tom Cotton:                https://www.cotton.senate.gov/

Crittenden County is in Arkansas’ 1st congressional district, represented by Rick Crawford.



The state senators for Mississippi are:

Thad Cochran:             http://www.cochran.senate.gov/public/

Roger Wicker:             https://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/home

Desoto and Tate counties are within Mississippi’s 1st congressional district, and are represented by Trent Kelly:                                  https://trentkelly.house.gov/

Tunica County is within Mississippi’s 2nd congressional district, and is represented by Bennie Thompson:



The state senators for Tennessee are:

Lamar Alexander:       http://www.alexanderforsenate.com/

Bob Corker:                 http://www.bobcorker.com/

Memphis and much of Shelby county is in Tennessee’s 9th congressional district, represented by Steve Cohen:               https://cohen.house.gov/

Parts of Shelby County, as well as Tipton, Lauderdale, Lake and Obion counties are in Tennessee’s 8th congressional district, represented by David Kustoff:


Happy Lobbying!

The Sky is (Not) Falling!

As you may have guessed by the title, all of today’s links relate in one way or another to the sky. Whether it’s aviation or astronomy, all you have to do is look up.


SKYTRAX has been online since ’99, rating and reviewing both airlines and airports worldwide. They pride themselves in taking “no financial association or affiliation with any airline or airport featured”, so they’re like Consumer Reports in that sense. Of course, the idea is that you can trust their reviews, as no-one entity pays them for sweeter reviews. Additionally, they offer an “independent customer forum”, so it’s like comments on any other website—you can essentially read or write your own short blog posts concerning your impressions, experiences and opinions of airlines and airports.


The Aviation Education Multimedia Library is a pretty technical, academic site for the purpose of “the acquisition and dissemination of digital material for the aviation educator”. It has sections on “unmanned aircraft” (drones to you and me), airframe materials, powerplant materials and general materials. If you are wanting reliable, detailed information concerning these aviation issues, then this site will be helpful.


At Home Astronomy is a site that offers “hands on science experiments for the whole family”. The information comes from the UC Berkeley Center for Science Education at Space Sciences Laboratory (CSE@SSL), so you know that it is proctored, quality information. Essentially this site offers simple experiments to demonstrate principles such as how the sun casts shadows, how a rocket works and other similar issues concerning basic astronomy. They even encourage fair use, as in classrooms and other non-profit situations.


Yes, NASA is still a thing. This is a big site, so if you’re interested in flight and/or astronomy here are the best links:

Hayden Planetarium

If you are familiar with Neal deGrasse Tyson, you might know that he is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, which is a part of the American Museum of Natural History. Perhaps the most useful part of the site for research purposes is the Digital Universe, which boasts “…the most complete and accurate 3-D atlas of the Universe from the local solar neighborhood out to the edge of the observable Universe.”

For more information there is someone named Clark M. Thomas who has a pet site he calls the “Best of the Best” Astronomy links, which can be found here.


Helpful Medical Links That Go Deeper

Need medical information that goes deeper than or covers areas other than those covered by WebMD.com and the like?  Here are some more specialized sites for your consideration.

Should Your Child See a Doctor?

If you’re worried about your child’s health, this site will likely help you make a decision as to what to do next.  From the site:  “These guidelines (topics) are intended to help you determine how sick your child is and if you need to call your child’s doctor. Their second purpose is to help you treat your child at home when it is safe to do so.” (Emphasis mine)

Medline Plus

You may already be familiar with Medline Plus, as it is similar to WebMd and other health portals.  The distinction with this site is it is directly funded and informed by the federal government.  From the site: “Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up-to-date. MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 975 diseases and conditions. There are directories, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials. MedlinePlus is updated daily and can be bookmarked at the URL: https://medlineplus.gov/. There is no advertising on this site, nor does MedlinePlus endorse any company or product.”

The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of John Hopkins Medical Center publishes a media center with videos and podcasts.  From the site: “Your video channel for cancer learning is a click away. Tune to the Kimmel Cancer Center’s YouTube channel to learn about the latest discoveries in cancer and education on cancer topics, including clinical trials, caregiving, finances, and social security. New videos are added periodically, so subscribe to the channel for instant updates.”

Foodborne Illness

Did you know that each year 1 in 6 of us will get sick due to contamination in something we eat or drink? Knowing how to avoid and/or treat these illnesses is important. The CDC is here to help. The CDC is a vast federal organization with a vast website, so it may be daunting for some.  The site on Foodborne Illness is full of helpful information and easy to use. From the site: “Foodborne illness (sometimes called ‘foodborne disease,’ ‘foodborne infection’, or ‘food poisoning’) is a common, costly—yet preventable—public health problem. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Many different disease-causing microbes, or pathogens, can contaminate foods, so there are many different foodborne infections. In addition, poisonous chemicals, or other harmful substances can cause foodborne diseases if they are present in food.”

Anatomy Atlases

The Anatomy Atlases are no joke.  Created by Dr. Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., who has taught anatomy at eminent universities for decades, it is a comprehensive and detailed anatomy atlas for use by doctors, students and various medical professionals, that can also be perused and used by laypeople. It lists as its mission: “To educate patients, healthcare providers, and students in a free and anonymous manner; For the purpose of improving patients’ care, outcome, and lives; Using current, authoritative, trustworthy health information; While serving as a platform for research into the challenges facing world-wide information distribution.”

Further, its goals are to “Curate a comprehensive digital library of anatomy information for patients and providers, Maximize the impact of this digital library by enhancing awareness among potential users at local, national, and international levels, Ensure an optimal educational experience through simplicity and clarity in design, and Lead the way to a better understanding of digital libraries through a process of on-going evaluation.”

Despite its free status this may be the most helpful, informative site out there concerning Anatomy.

E-Tools You Can Use

A recent article in the Library Journal, cited below, has informed and inspired this post highlighting several useful e-tools.

C-SPAN Video Library

Do you want to see what the president said yesterday?  What about what the speaker of the house had to say about your pet issue?  The C-SPAN Video Library is the best place to begin searching for such content.  From the site: “…a way to archive and index the thousands of hours of congressional coverage produced by the network every year. The project quickly became one of the most comprehensive video archives of governmental and political content…”

Docteur Tweety

This site does charge a small fee, but it is useful to keep up with how your tweets are performing.

European Language Social Science Thesaurus

This site bills itself as “a broad-based, multilingual thesaurus for the social sciences” and is useful for those who do business within the European Union.

Google Translate Offline Capabilities

You can use Translate even when you’re offline, by taking a picture of the text in question.

The Internet Broadway Database

From the site:  “…the official database for Broadway theatre information. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today.”  So, it’s like imdb.com, but for theater.

Irish Films Archive

“The IFI Irish Film Archive acquires, preserves and makes available Ireland’s moving image heritage, working to ensure that Ireland’s rich and varied film history, both amateur and professional, is protected and accessible for the benefit of current and future generations. Film reels, digital materials and document collections are held in custom-built, climate-controlled vaults designed for the long- term storage of archival materials.”


Knoema is full of helpful data on every country in the world.  “We discover, extract, and normalize data to make it usable through our open data platform. Knoema’s smart search engine moves beyond simple keyword search results to dataset discovery and auto-generated visualization collections to represent your data query.”


This is a UK based site, but you can personalize a free homepage with news from sources you prefer from sources all over the world.

Original article:

Price, Gary, and Henrietta Verma. “E-toolkit redux.” Library Journal, 1 Nov. 2016, p. S18+. Business Collectionhttps://goo.gl/bf4xWQ