Friday, May 29, 2020

Erica R. Williams

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Pandemic-recovery forecast: African Americans face long road

There is a long road ahead to recovery, especially for communities of color, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This bleak forecast was reiterated Tuesday during a town hall meeting hosted by Tennessee Black Caucus members. During the virtual meeting, the group of lawmakers focused...

Face-covering resolution gets County Commissioners’ OK; City Council weighing issue

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners has adopted a resolution “urging health officials to require residents and visitors to wear face coverings through Sept.1.” The measure, a safety precaution as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, was approved Monday (May 18) with an 8-5 vote...

Absentee voting push and pull

Voting could be a matter of life or death in the upcoming August and November elections according to some Memphis voting right advocates and Tennessee Democratic state leaders. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the groups are calling on Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to “do the...

Virus-tightened budget scenario has Shelby County’s mayor, commissioners at odds

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and his team of administrators is set to meet with the Shelby County Board of Commissioners on Friday in pursuit of a budget agreement. Harris is warning of potential county layoffs after the commission rejected his wheel tax proposal on...

Pandemic-singed budgets reflect grim times for city, county

It’s budget season in Memphis and Shelby County, and for the first time ever, both city and county mayors are making financial plans amid a global pandemic that is negatively impacting their budgets. This week, Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, both...

Fighting COVID-19 while planning a bounce back

When will life get back to “normal?” It’s the question many are asking as shelter-in-place orders have been extended around the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While leaders in Memphis and Shelby County are working to mitigate the local spread of the virus, they’re also...

Moving to funnel more help to small businesses, city fashions micro-loan programs

The City of Memphis has created a pair of micro-loan programs to assist local businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The loans are intended to serve a wide-range of businesses by providing funding relief for rent, payroll and expenses. “The impacts of COVID-19 have been...

TSD COVID-19 Flash!: Memphis safer-at-home order extended

The "safer-at-home" order issued two weeks ago by Mayor Jim Strickland has been extended until April 21 amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made Monday (April 6) during a special coronavirus task force briefing held by the Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County...

MATA makes changes to changes as riders roll on with adjustments

After working a 10-hour shift at a local chemical processing company, Camara Slappy was forced to walk more than an hour to get home. The normal 40-minute route from his North Memphis home to his Downtown employer had turned into an almost two-hour commute after...

‘Black Census Week’ spurred by census survey worries

A critical piece of mail – the U.S. Census survey – started showing up in mailboxes in Memphis and throughout the nation earlier this month. While the primary purpose is to determine how many people live in the United States, its value surpasses a...