Thursday, May 13, 2021

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Black Business Association turns to Ernest Strickland

The Black Business Association of Memphis, a leader in minority business growth and development for the city, has named Ernest Strickland as its new president and chief executive officer. He began his new job Thursday (April 1).  Strickland, who has served the Greater Memphis Chamber...

SCS’ focus on 3rd grade reading skills, learning loss

Shelby County Schools has a new plan to ensure more students enter third grade at third-grade reading level.  The plan comes as the state strengthens laws on student retention. Starting in 2022, the new law requires students to be held back in second grade if they...

Gov. Lee talks virus, vaccines, health disparities and more

Shelby County’s stumbles with vaccine distribution, Tennessee’s pandemic recovery and the state’s plan for improving African-American health disparities exposed during the ongoing public health emergency punctuated Gov. Bill Lee’s exchange with the Tennessee Press Association this week. Lee has committed $200 million to counties and...

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...