Monday, July 13, 2020

John Semien

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Three nurses, one deadly virus and a praiseworthy profession

The COVID-19 virus hit home for nurse Rachel Clayton a few weeks ago when she and her husband, who is an emergency medical technician, decided one of them had to quit. “This is a decision we had to make because we have three young children...

Pandemic pressure adds to weight of recovery for those battling addiction

The COVID-19 virus presents unique challenges for people already struggling in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction, according to local counselors and pastors. In addition to sickness and death, the pandemic has caused many non-essential businesses to shut down. The devastating result is that since...

As Lee moves state to reopen, some Democrats say its too soon

Gov. Bill Lee's decision not to extend his safer-at-home order beyond April 30 is drawing opposition from multiple quarters, including U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) and several Democratic Party state lawmakers. On Monday, the Republican governor said his mandatory safer-at-home order will expire on April...

Collins Chapel Hospital offered for COVID-19 treatment

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church has offered Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital for extra bed space during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Bishop Henry M. Williamson. The church is offering to partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other government agencies to complete an...

As COVID-19 spreads, advocates push for release of select inmates

Renee Sims-Wells’ son is in jail at 201 Poplar at a time when multiple local government orders are restricting residents’ movement and encouraging them to practice social distancing to help curb the spread of an invisible viral menace, COVID-19. On Monday, local judges are –...

First responders work on in harm’s way

The city’s first responders are facing a new enemy in the form of the COVID-19 virus, a threat that is invisible to the naked eye and as lethal as any weapon. That puts these vital public servants on the front lines of possibly contracting...

Early voting underway in Shelby County primaries until Feb. 25

Early voting now is underway through Feb. 25 for the March 3 Presidential Preference Primary and the Shelby County Primary Election. Election officials predict about 30 percent of the county’s 563,370 registered voters will have cast their ballots by the end of early voting period. Linda...

NCRM to present Ernesto Cortés Jr. at Catalyst for Change

Ernesto Cortés Jr. has an important question about the much touted economic recovery in the United States after the great recession. Who has benefited from this recovery? Cortés says that while assets like stocks, bonds and real estate are increasing in value, wages “have not...

Pushing through uncertainty for the truth about the Real ID

Come October 1, a new level of enforcement will come into play relative to the Real ID Act that Congress passed in 2005 in the wake of the terrorist attacks that rocked the country on Sept. 11, 2001. It has taken the federal government 15...

Handy Park makeover signals more than an updated venue

Some of the sounds coming from Handy Park in the Beale Street Entertainment District in Downtown Memphis are chest-rattling forerunners of a wave of improvements under the guidance of an African-American-owned, general-contracting firm, Castle Black Construction. Twin brothers Jarrett Logan and Jonathan Logan own Castle...