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TSD COVID-19 Flash!

Mask or facial covering guidance A message from the City of Memphis-Shelby County Joint COVID Task Force provides guidelines for wearing masks and/or facial covering. Here is the bottomline: "At present there is no clear strong evidence for the general public to wear a mask, however,...

TSD COVID-19 Flash!

 Health Dept. confirms COVID-19 death  -- The Shelby County Health Department's latest released data records a death related to the novel coronavirus. By policy, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) does not release identifiable information about specific cases in order to protect privacy. The latest SCHD report...

Finding a way forward

Deep breath…one more; now, where do we go from here? Forward! Marching, smartly, resolutely and increasingly more collectively with the most vulnerable ever foremost in mind. Yes, there is a lot more to it than that. Still, that’s the jumping-off point for this edition. We’re keeping...

Coping with COVID-19: Dr. James Hildreth, a reliable source

Dr. James Hildreth, president/CEO of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, explores multiple facets of the COVID-19 public health emergency in an exclusive conversation with TSDMemphis.com https://soundcloud.com/tsd-stats/coping-with-covid-19-a-reliable-source-dr-james-hildreth

BBB scam alert: Phony government checks and grant offers

Warning consumers about COVID-19 scams, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) notes that it has received reports of Memphians being contacted through Facebook regarding government grants. In one instance, the consumer saw something offering COVID-19 grants for seniors; in another case, the consumer got a message...

TSDRadio on WLOK: Covering COVID-19

As the widespread local impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic became increasingly clear, The New Tri-State Defender deployed its team of reporters, photojournalists and editors to respond accordingly. Today (March 22) on “Where Do We Go From Here?” on TSDRadio on WLOK, TSD Associate Publisher...

An acute need for multiple expressions of deep-seated love

I’d not yet heard of the novel coronavirus or the COVID-19 nomenclature when TSD’s #ACCESS901 columnist Joy Doss broached me about the expat-repat concept several months ago. I embraced it free of any acute need to give my mental and emotional systems a much-needed...

Waiter secures ‘Father of Modern-Day Memphis’ recognition for ‘Mr. Church’

Raymond Neal graduated from Hamilton High School in 1969 and worked about 35 years as a waiter. He recently came out of retirement to help a friend, who owns the new Mahogany Memphis Restaurant. Last November, he showed up at Memphis City Council seeking...

TSDRadio podcast: Speaking of ‘Metamorphosis’ Part I

The Rev. Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. shares the first of his two-part story about the creation of his new book -- "The Metamorphosis of Memphis, the Blues and Beale Street, 1819-2019 -- on "Where Do We Go From Here?" on TSDRadio with...

COMING SUNDAY: Speaking of ‘Metamorphosis’

The Rev. Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr.'s new book – “Metamorphosis of Memphis: the Blues and Beale Street 1819-2019” – debuted Friday (Feb. 21). He will sign copies on Sunday (Feb. 23) at 9:30 a.m. at New Sardis Baptist Church, 7739 E. Holmes...