Sunday, December 5, 2021

Erica R. Williams

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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...

‘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...