Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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Virtual MLK commemoration strikes a real chord

“All in all, it was moving, emotional and representative of the kind of tribute deserving of MLK, 52 years after his assassination,” said Faith Morris, chief marketing & external affairs officer for the National Civil Rights Museum. “We all held hands virtually, sheltering in place.” On...

Funerals evolve in times like these

The deceased leave behind grieving family and friends, who gather for a last rite of passage: collective mourning and celebration. That was a month ago, before COVID-19 made a jarring – and often deadly – intrusion and before directives from the Centers for Disease...

With COVID-19 treatment plan at the ready, doctor responds to elderly patients’ needs

Most of Dr. Stanley Dowell’s patients are over 50 and nearly all prime candidates for suffering serious complications if coronavirus strikes. Faced with no cure and only experimental treatment of the novel disease, Dowell has his own action plan: systematic management of each symptom. “Of...

Legacy: Dr. William Herman Sweet

William Herman Sweet, a retired influential legacy Memphis City Schools administrator, died March 28 after a brief illness. He would have celebrated his 94th birthday April 13. He was a beloved mentor for the development of numerous African-American educators and administrators. “Dr. Sweet was very instrumental...

Dems pursue ‘clear guidance’ on COVID-19 from Gov. Lee

All 30 legislative members of the Tennessee Democratic Caucus want Gov. Bill Lee to quickly develop and make available a comprehensive, statewide plan for battling the COVID-19 outbreak. Caucus members detailed their collective position in a letter that was sent to Lee this week. “We are...

TVA offers ‘credit support’ to local power companies from a $1 billion pool

Local utility companies such as Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) can tap into $1 billion in available credit support that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is offering to offset the effects of COVID-19. TVA President/CEO Jeff Lyash made that known during a Thursday afternoon...

‘Guarding your heart and mind’ — Coronavirus and mental health

For nearly four decades, Dr. William Young has been repeating the same mantra: “Black people must stop saying that ‘we don’t commit suicide,’ and talk about mental health issues in our community.” This week, a call from Long Island, N.Y., gave him tragic justification for...

To meet or not to meet? Churches deal with the question

When the COVID-19 global pandemic roared into Shelby County, government officials and healthcare professionals feared the first two cases that trickled in only days ago would quickly grow to “community transmission,” also called “community spread.” They were right. The Shelby County Health Department, as of Monday,...

County orders more business restrictions as COVID-19 case count mounts

Closures and restrictions to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in Shelby County have been dialed up and now include an executive order closing gyms, bars and inside-dining spaces until further notice. “The temporary closure of eating establishments is important as it will...

Physician prescribes facts and science for COVID-19 fears

When the first case of COVID-19 appeared in Shelby County last week, apprehension sparked a foreboding that grew into widely-held fear among some of the city’s most vulnerable, according to Dr. Stanley Dowell, who has multiple affiliations with local hospitals. “I would say about 60...