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COVID-19 UPDATE: Disparity is an ongoing vaccination challenge

More resources must be funneled into ZIP codes where the vaccination rates are low, Dr. Bruce Randolph, the Shelby County Health Department medical director, told the Shelby County Board of Commissioners this week. That need comes amid the recognition that, overall, good progress is being made...

Stimulus checks! Beware of scammers!

Tax refunds and the upcoming release of a new round of federal stimulus checks are expected to fuel another increase in scam phone calls aimed at stealing people’s money. That’s the message from Sgt. Kevin Barrett with the Memphis Police Department’s Economic Crimes Bureau. “In our...

Stress and Wellness Clinic: help in the time of COVID-19

A fully staffed medical clinic -- social workers, physicians, nurses, medical students, nursing students, support medical personnel -- operates each Monday on the campus of The Healing Center in Oakhaven.  Compassionate smiles are carefully covered by masks because of the pandemic, but there is no...

New phase crafted for Universal Parenting Places

The Universal Parenting Places will continue in a new phase of operation, despite the ACE Awareness Foundation’s management of the places ending March 31, it was announced last week. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Awareness Foundation opened in 2015, operating Universal Parenting Places (UPPs) across Shelby...

Me, J&J and a village call for vaccination

On Friday, Feb. 26, I went in for my latest visit for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial study. The next day, the FDA approved the one-shot vaccine for emergency use. The visit marked day 71 since I signed on to the vaccine trial study...

COVID-19 UPDATE: Where we stand 12 months later

The reality of the Memphis area’s now yearlong survival bout with the pandemic-causing COVID-19 virus pierced a joint task force briefing on Tuesday. Soberingly, the coronavirus had killed 1500 Shelby Countians as of the Shelby County Health Department’s Wednesday report. The noting of the milestone...

‘Return Stronger’ or wait? How parents weighed the choices

The “Return Stronger” rollout of in-person learning at Shelby County Schools has not convinced thousands of parents to send their children back into the classroom. Monday (March 1) was the designated first day of Shelby County Schools’ return to physical class learning following a year-long...

Byhalia Pipeline opposition picks up Shelby County mayor’s support

Opponents of the proposed construction of the Byhalia Connection Pipeline through the Boxtown community in Southwest Memphis got another elected voice of support this week. Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announced Tuesday (March 2) his opposition against the Byhalia Connection Pipeline. On Friday (Feb.  26), state...

Year 6 of Black Restaurant Week geared for pandemic-level need

It didn’t take a pandemic for Cynthia Daniels and organizers of Memphis Black Restaurant Week to embrace the need for a sixth year of the highly-anticipated event. The ongoing public health emergency simply served to enhance an already-rooted commitment to build upon success. Memphis Black...

On a path to check gun violence, unity walkers take next steps

Goodwill is akin to a natural stream in that both will find a way to maneuver beyond impediments, with the key being an inner resolve. Marchers in the city’s second Community Walk Against Gun Violence demonstrated that on Saturday morning by completing what they set...