Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Living with COVID-19 – Part XVI

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches a full year of negatively impacting the lives of people here and around the world, disrupting businesses and most people’s daily activities, three Memphians The New Tri-State Defender has followed since April continue to make personal and career adjustments...

Living through COVID-19, Part XV

As the city, county and state governments mandated a host of restrictions last spring aimed at curving the spread of the COVID-19 virus, The New Tri-State Defender introduced readers to three Memphians navigating their way through the virus’ impact professionally and personally. The TSD has...

Lessons learned: Living through COVID-19, Part XIV

A fresh lesson in patience -- Six months ago, The New Tri-State Defender began an ongoing account of how three Memphians were coping with the coronavirus amid government-directed restrictions to slow the virus’ spread. Restaurant entrepreneur James Cook and barber William Gandy Jr. have taken financial...

Pushing forward, ARISE2Read adjusts to the times

ARISE2Read, the religious-based organization with a mission to have the inner city’s second graders reading at third-grade level, is making adjustments to effectively continue its mission during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have created a virtual platform so that our volunteers will be able to work...

Living through COVID-19, Part XIII

A timely rescue --  Entrepreneur James Cook took his family on vacation to Destin, Fla. last week and, while there, helped save a man and his two sons from drowning. Cook, his, wife, children, and Cook’s sister Jannah Cook, were on a boat anchored off Crab...

Partnership yields on-campus health services for LOC students

As LeMoyne-Owen College prepares to start its fall semester in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the college announced Wednesday (July 22) a significant health-care partnership with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. The three-year partnership means the 158-year-old college will have on-campus health services, including a...

Living through COVID-19, Part XII

Things continue to look up With his rising confidence in the volume of passenger traffic at Memphis International Airport, entrepreneur James Cook this week reopened the second of two businesses he been forced to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns about the virus resulted in...

Living through COVID-19, Part XI

Optimistic about the fall   Barber William Gandy Jr. and restaurant entrepreneur James Cook are guardedly optimistic about events they have planned for the fall. That is because COVD-19 cases in Shelby County are increasing, not subsiding, and that could impact any future plans. As of Saturday morning...

Living through COVID-19, Part X

Back to the airport James Cook arrived at Memphis International Airport at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday (June 10). No, he was not scheduled to catch an early morning flight. He had to get ready to reopen his Lenny’s Grill and Subs. He closed the restaurant – one...

Living through COVID-19, Part IX

Back to the airport James Cook plans to reopen his Lenny’s Grill and Subs at Memphis International Airport Monday (June 8). The eatery will initially open on a reduced schedule from 5 a.m. to noon, but he anticipates eventually opening on a full schedule. Cook had to...