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Ten People We Watched in 2017

GTR Newspapers annually highlights individuals predicted to be newsmakers. Here, we review the “10 People We Watched in 2017.”

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Tulsa Entrepreneur Introduces Roots Java Coffee

Clifton Taulbert, a Tulsa-based author and entrepreneur, has entered the multi-billion dollar national coffee supply chain with Roots Java Coffee. African Bean Company is the first nationally certified, African American owned coffee supply company providing national distribution including the territories, according to Taulbert. The company’s coffee is branded Roots Java Coffee.

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Lobeck Taylor Launches Kiva Tulsa for Small Business

The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation (LTFF), in partnership with Louisville-based Access Ventures, celebrated the official launch of Kiva Tulsa recently. Kiva Tulsa is an initiative that offers zero percent interest crowdfunded microloans up to $10,000 to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in Tulsa and the surrounding areas.

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Advertising/Promotion Company Formed

Todd Fimple and Shannon Thompson have formed a new company, Oklahoma Promo, which offers thousands of advertising and promotional products to businesses from coast to coast. Friends since they were students at Oklahoma State University, Fimple and Thompson have a combimed experience of 40 years in sales and marketing with 14 years in advertising and promotional products.

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"Shades of White" - Play by Local Playwright Explores Race, Reconciliation and Love

“Shades of White”, a compelling and dramatic comedy in two acts by Tulsa-based award-winning screenwriter and playwright Ilan Kozlowski, premiered to sold-out audiences on November 10, 11, and 12, 2017, at Tyrrell Hall at the University of Tulsa.

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Urgent Need: Blood Shortage Prompts Call for Donors

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

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OSUIT Renovates Historic Building in Downtown Okmulgee

The Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Grand Old Post Office Student Housing, a project that took nearly three years to complete, opened its doors to the public recently after a grand opening dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Louie’s Grill & Bar Creates Approachable Ambiance

Local Dining By BLAKE AUSTYN

Louie’s Grill & Bar has been a favorite of my family since the Norman-based restaurant chain came to Broken Arrow in 2009.

I have often wished that I could find a similar concept closer to me in downtown Tulsa.
The approachable, affordable, relaxed neighborhood bar atmosphere offers a welcome way to end a long day at work without breaking the bank.

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Less Means More: Fewer Toys Equals Better Development

Trash Talk By BETH TURNER

It made my recycling heart happy to see a 2017 study indicating that access to fewer toys results in longer, more meaningful playtimes for toddlers. Researchers at the University of Toledo released a report in November showing “an abundance of toys present reduced quality of toddlers’ play.” As we work hard to balance what we need with using less stuff, it’s nice to see research bolstering that less stuff equates to good parenting.

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Big Plans in the Works for Downtown Bixby

In November, Bixby Mayor John Easton highlighted the various development projects taking place in Bixby in his State of the City Address, hosted by the Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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Payton’s Grocery Enjoyed A Long History in Jenks

COMMENTARY By BETTY HARGROVE

Fred and Callie Payton and their four children, Loretta, Homer, Junior and Betty Lou, lived in Tulsa.  

In 1936, Fred, who was employed by Mid-Continent Oil Company, leased a grocery store/station on the northwest corner of 91st Street and Highway 75 (now Union Avenue) and moved his family to live in the back of the store. 

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The Museum Broken Arrow to Release Interactive Children's Book

Recently, The Museum Broken Arrow debuted a special children’s book, “Marmie: A Mouse on Main Street.”

Proceeds from the book will support the Museum and its programs.

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TPS Teacher Receives Money

Arvest Bank recently awarded three Greater Tulsa area teachers as winners of Arvest’s We Love OK Teachers campaign, including Dawna Jones, with Tulsa Public Schools’ McClure Elementary.

Jones plans to reward her students with a field trip to the zoo with her prize money.
The additional winners are Judy Mullins, with Lynn Wood Elementary in Broken Arrow, and Jenks Northwest Elementary’s Sarah Beyer.

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Stoney Creek Gives to Charities

On Dec. 2, Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Broken Arrow announced the winning charity of its Charity Challenge and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration in honor of the hotel’s official opening.

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Douglas Miller Releases Book on Tulsa History

Just in time for the holiday season, the second of two books exploring the relationship between Tulsa’s architecture and its history was released Dec. 8.

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