Sunday, February 28, 2021

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Vaccines arrive for Tennessee!

Vaccines to prevent the deadly coronavirus disease in Tennessee are expected to arrive Thursday (Dec. 17), according to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH). Healthcare workers in hospitals across the state will be first to receive the initial batch of 56,000 doses produced by Pfizer.  A second...

Quartet of partners envision more Black doctors for Memphis

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH), Meharry Medical College, University of Memphis (UofM) and Church Health Center have signed an agreement to increase the number of Black medical students from Memphis. Through new educational strategies, the partnership will produce more Black physicians and clinical experts to...

Housing crisis nears as eviction delay ends

Dec. 31 marks the end of the nationwide eviction moratorium sparked by an effort to help those whose financial situations were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Renters who missed payments over the past seven months will owe a lump sum to landlords by the...

901.Black! – a move to support Black businesses

Plans are underway to help both thriving and struggling black businesses increase sustainability through a new, collective effort called 901.Black. 901.Black is the brainchild of Mark Yates, chief executive officer, Black Business Association of Memphis (BBA), and partners. The Rev. Dr. J. Lawrence Turner, senior pastor...

New COVID business guidelines call for some temporary closures

Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) officials have announced new guidelines for businesses following a recent rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and directives from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Phase II of Shelby County’s Back-to-Business reopening produced a rise in citizens testing positive for the...

TVA proposal draws skepticism as fight for power contract continues

Four climate and community activist groups rallied with 25-plus citizens outside Memphis City Hall on Tuesday (July 7) to respond to a community development plan proposed by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the city’s electricity supplier. The activists are advocating for Memphis Light, Gas and Water...

Binghampton loses its only grocery store – Save-A-Lot

Save-A-Lot grocery store, 516 Tillman St., closed its doors permanently on Tuesday, June 30, after just two years of serving the Binghampton community. With closures both locally and nationwide, Save-A-Lot is restructuring to save the company. Save-A-Lot filled a critical need in Binghampton since its residents...

TVA: Savings projections don’t match reality about MLGW finding a new power partner

Jeff Lyash, president/CEO of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), says the costs for Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) Division to switch to a new electric supplier is underestimated by $261 million in extra annual costs. Electric bills could rise more than 20 percent under this...

Flight co-owner ousted amid claims of racism, sexism

Russ Graham, co-owner of Flight Restaurant & Wine Barat at 39 S. Main St. and Monroe, has been forced out of the business in response to allegations of racism and sexism at Flight and some of its sister restaurants. Flight came under fire in recent...

SCS plans new software to mark black business spend

Businesses owned by minorities and women have contracting and purchasing opportunities with corporate and governmental agencies throughout the Mid-South, including Shelby County Schools (SCS). Recently, the school district has come under scrutiny about a lack of data distinguishing African-American business spend from other minority business...