Tuesday, August 3, 2021

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Sounding the alarm: COVID incompetence putting state’s children, educators in harm’s way

by Curtis Weathers -- Just when you think things couldn’t get any worst, this happens!  Last week, amid pressure from Republican lawmakers, the Tennessee Department of Health fired Dr. Michelle Fiscus, medical director for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs.  The firing came as a total surprise...

Looking back at the teacher odyssey caused by COVID-19

by Angela Sargent -- About noon March 13, 2020, the announcement came over the public address system: “Teachers, please prepare students for dismissal. School will be closing early.” Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine what was in store for education, as I knew it,...

Whitehaven film studio gets Council scrutiny, OK

by James Coleman -- A proposed mixed-use film studio to be located in Whitehaven received the go-ahead from the Memphis City Council Tuesday (July 20). BLP Film Studios is planned for the intersection of Scaife Road and Elvis Presley Boulevard. In addition to soundstages, the 85-acre-site,...

Temprees net street designation

by James Coleman -- Seventies soul standouts the Temprees Tuesday (July 20) joined the ranks of Memphis artists who have had a street honorarily named after them when the Memphis City Council adopted a resolution granting the honor. Joubert Avenue, between Kansas and Riverside in South...

At 20, Curtis Given’s annual ‘Can I Live Weekend’ has special written all over it

by Dalisia Ballinger -- The annual multi-day affair known as Curtis Givens’ Can I Live Weekend turns 20 this year, giving its namesake even more of an incentive to make it a crowd-pleaser. “This year is really special to me,” Givens said in a conversation with...

Ninety years before the Ida B. Wells statue, Memphians wanted to name a park after her

by Laura Faith Kebede -- This week’s statue unveiling for Ida B. Wells is not the first time Memphis attempted to honor the famed journalist and suffragist with a landmark.  In 1931, the year Wells died, her long-time friend and fellow activist Julia Hooks pushed for...

OP-ED: 10 priorities for Community Project Funding for FY 2022

by Rep. Steve Cohen -- Memphis and Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District have unique and specific needs – needs unlike those in Montana, Florida or New York City. I am pleased to announce that, for the first time in 10 years, new House rules have allowed...

Grizzlies’ Desmond Bane to host back-to school event for Memphis-area youth

by Liaudwin Seaberry Jr. -- Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane is partnering with local non-profit group STREETS Ministries to host a back to school event at the FedExForum on Saturday afternoon.  The event, which takes place from noon to 3 p.m., will benefit 200 Memphis students...

Wanted: Black male teachers; your services are desperately needed!

by Curtis Weathers -- This time of the year, school systems and their principals are busy interviewing and hiring new teachers, filling vacancies caused by the pandemic, and just the normal attrition process that naturally occurs at the end of an academic school year. But the...

Foundation hosts festival to help address stem cell cancer

by Sydney Jones --  Friends and family were able to enjoy the soulful sound of Memphis Blues while also getting a taste of bourbon samples and barbecue at the Memphis Barbecue Blues and Bourbon Festival hosted by the Tennessee Bone Marrow Foundation at Grind City...