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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

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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...

Open-house meetings shaping up for proposed crude oil pipeline

A company that is proposing a 45-mile crude oil pipeline to run through Shelby, DeSoto and Marshall counties is planning a series of open houses toward the end of January and into February, according to Deidre Malone, a spokesperson for the project. All American Pipeline,...

Memphis area reflects lingering diversity issue among McDonald’s franchise operators

Three African Americans have leasing rights to about half a dozen of the 50-plus McDonald’s franchises in Memphis, Collierville, Somerville, Arlington and the surrounding area and that trio of operators could drop to two by the end of the month. In addition to brothers James...

Runoffs slated for two City Council districts

For voters in Memphis City Council districts 1 and 7, the political season will continue as runoffs were warranted after votes from the Municipal Election were tallied Thursday night. Voters also approved a half-cent sales tax hike pitched to restore benefits to city police and...