Monday, May 25, 2020

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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LEGACY: Lawrence Johnson – ‘loving, kind and generous’

Services have been set for May 9 for Memphis Realtor Lawrence Johnson -- an "idol" to some and the man many credit with helping them purchase their first home. The death of Mr. Johnson, 80, quickly traveled across social media outlets Monday morning. Daryle Barnes shared...

‘38126 COVID-19 Response Project’ brings food, supplies and smiles

“I prayed last night and asked the Lord to please let people come out to our event,” said Ruby Bright, president and CEO of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM). Talk about answered prayer! WFGM – a high-profile social service organization – kicked off...

COVID-19 — Where do we stand?

High numbers of individuals are testing positive for the COVID-19 virus in Hickory Hill, communities in the 38118 Zip code and among detainees held at the Shelby County Jail at 201 Poplar. Overall, numbers in Shelby County, however, are promising, officials at Wednesday’s COVID-19 Joint...

‘Earth-shattering’ KIPP schools closings spur petition drive

For parents of KIPP Memphis Preparatory Middle (KMPM) and KIPP Memphis Preparatory Elementary (KMPE) Schools, news of the schools’ closing propelled the South Memphis community into protest. A petition launched over the weekend now boasts more than 1,500 signatures. “The KIPP schools are great education options...

Making moves to get ‘Back to Business’

Rolling out the outline for a plan to reopen after safer-at-home restrictions, Mayor Jim Strickland reiterated his position that getting back to business would be a delicate balance between resuming normal business activity and adhering to the directives of health officials. “…Our social distancing efforts...

Frayser testing-center visit positions Gov. Lee to pitch outreach, extend praise

Frayser is one of the communities that Gov. Bill Lee references when he says, “We’ve made a particular effort to reach out into communities we hope will be more engaged in testing.” That’s largely why he was at the Christ Community Health Services’ Frayser Center...

COVID-19 claimed Terry Adam’s life; could not shake her faith

“...It was Wednesday, early morning. I sat outside her room at the window in ICU. A wonderful nurse named Emily was there at my mother’s bedside. Emily was playing a song taken from Psalms 23 called ‘Safe in His Arms.’ Emily had the phone...

COVID-19 – Where do we stand?

Mayor Jim Strickland highlighted Wednesday’s Joint Task Force COVID-19 update with protocols that will be enforced as some restrictions are lifted. A day earlier, Strickland extended the city’s safer-at-home executive order, with some exceptions, until May 5. The changes were being made, he said, “with an...

STEPPING UP: Chow Time Restaurant gifts MHA 10,000 masks

Thanks to the generosity of Chow Time Restaurant, residents in local public housing facilities will receive a mask to protect themselves against the COVID19 virus. Very few of those residents have had access to masks since the onset of COVID-19 in Memphis and Shelby County,...

COVID-19, African Americans, mental health and the need for ‘reaching out’

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented time of personal isolation and seclusion, with African Americans and those dealing with deep poverty more at risk for experiencing mental health challenges. “People lose jobs all the time,” said Dr. Rosie Phillips Davis, past president of the American...