Friday, July 10, 2020

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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...

‘Taking care of my people…elderly and the poor’

Dr. Andrenette Fleming began collecting COVID-19 test kits back in February. The long-time Memphis physician took heed to the warnings that seniors and those with pre-existing health conditions were at a higher risk of developing serious complications from the virus, if diagnosed. Because 90 percent of...

CBC says it’s holding steady to protect most vulnerable

While Congress is working on the terms for an emergency stimulus bill to respond to the economic fallout of the coronavirus, Congressional Black Caucus members said Monday they won’t advocate for its approval if the most vulnerable citizens aren’t protected. In an effort to safeguard...

Meeting the need to feed in Frayser and beyond

“I came out because I need food.” Joann Biggs’ sobering observation was shared as hundreds of local family members, with mounting food needs associated with the novel coronavirus, lined up in their cars to receive free bags of food in Frayser on Friday. Pursuit of God...

Coping with COVID-19: Looking out for the highly ‘vulnerable’

The elderly and working poor, specifically those in African-American communities that experience the highest poverty rates in Shelby County, are the focus of some local leaders as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic become ever more real. “Many African Americans and the working poor will...

Eyeing COVID-19 and the consequences for African Americans

“This virus will have dire consequences on so many, but specifically African Americans, which suffer from higher rates of chronic illness.” That was part of the message of Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, conveyed Sunday evening during the NAACP’s emergency town-hall tele-call...

North Memphis rallies support for residents challenged by the health emergency

North Memphis elected officials and community members rallied Friday, asking for funding to help funnel resources to residents who could potentially be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. During a press conference held at Golden Gate Cathedral on James Rd., particular concern was expressed about children,...

Millennials probe ways to amp up their voting power

Millennial voters are expected to have a major impact in the upcoming 2020 presidential election, after a historic voter turnout in the 2018 midterms. More than 100 of the demographic group convened last Saturday (March 7) at LeMoyne-Owen College for the second regional Black Millennial...