Sunday, April 11, 2021

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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My ‘trial’ vaccine dose was the real thing

In a randomized, double-blind study that uses a placebo as a control group, you don’t know from the onset whether you received the substance under scrutiny or an innocuous, salt-water shot that looks like it could be the real thing. It’s either all or nothing...

Vaccination window opens wider

Amid renewed pitches for area residents to be vigilant about COVID-19 safety protocols, there now is the pronouncement that by April 5 anyone 16 and up in Shelby County will be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine shot. “Today, there were 101 new cases reported,”...

CME Church crafts scholarship to extend music heritage

For years, the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church has suffered from a shortage of musicians in local churches, according to Bishop Henry Williamson, Prelate of the First Episcopal District. “There is a great dearth of musicians who can play the hymns, anthems and spirituals, which...

UNCF elects first African American to serve as board chairman

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) made history this week with the announcement that an African American will chair its board of directors for the first since the organization's founding in 1944. Atlanta business and civic leader Milton C. Jones will now chair the organization...

COVID-19 UPDATE: Loosening of COVID-19 mandates signal optimism

With the number of COVID-19 cases falling, the Shelby County Health Department, as anticipated, issued a new directive, relaxing safety guidelines lines for restaurants and easing mask wearing requirements. Directive 19, announced Wednesday (March 17), does not totally end virus safety mandates for businesses and...

‘Intentionality’ drives Paul Young to Downtown Memphis Commission

Paul Young, City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development director, was named the next president and chief executive officer of the Downtown Memphis Commission DMC) Tuesday morning. The commission’s board gave Young unanimous approval after a national search for its new leader.  Young received an enthusiastic...

Conference: Spikes in mental health and substance abuse caseloads signal more trouble

An emerging crisis coming out of the global pandemic? And it will be particularly glaring in the African-American community? That is what Thurston Smith, the convener of a recent virtual conference, emphasized about a projected mark increase in caseloads dealing with substance abuse and mental...

Bobby Rush worked his way to Grammy No. 2 with ‘Rawer than Raw’

“Rawer than Raw” – the 27th studio album by international bluesman Bobby Rush – netted Memphis’ own a second Grammy Award Sunday night. “We are just so happy to receive this second Grammy,” said Rush. “It’s so rewarding to know that our work is still...

Gore-featured rally pumps opposition to Byhalia Pipeline

With votes on the proposed Byhalia Connection Pipeline set to be taken this week by the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Board of Commissioners, a weekend rally by opponents signaled their ongoing resolve to derail the project. On Tuesday, council members are expected...

SCS middle, high schoolers stay virtual, mostly

Monday (March 8) kicked off in-person learning for students, grades 6-12, in Shelby County Schools. And as was the case with K-5 students last week, “#Return Stronger” was given a resounding "No, thank you” by thousands of students. SCS officials said only about 30 percent of...