Sunday, May 24, 2020

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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COVID-19’s heavy impact on African Americans probed

The suspicion that African Americans in Shelby County were being disproportionately hit by the spread of the coronavirus surfaced earlier, with concern mounting as data showed that such was the case in other metropolitan areas. Now there is local data – and confirmation. The Shelby...

John McFerren, dead at 95, fought for racial equality in Fayette County

John McFerren, a key civil rights warrior in Fayette County, Tenn. during the 1960s died from natural causes April 4. His death occurred on the 52nd commemoration of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis. McFerren was born in Somerville, the Fayette County...

Online tributes, expressions of sympathy pour in for Herman Strickland Jr., 60

“...One of my church members and friend, Herman Strickland Jr., died yesterday, and it shook me to my core. He was a great Christian brother who loved his wife and two daughters...a kind and loving man. He will never be forgotten but truly missed.”...

Foresight, desire to help yield free mask giveaway

Camp Chambers founder Jimmy Chambers last week had a feeling that a government-level suggestion to wear face masks in public might be coming as the coronavirus continued its march through Shelby County. He said to wife and program director, Ressie Chambers, “Let’s give away free...

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...