Lucille Price pushes forward wearing her mask. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

The Blues Music Awards will be held online next month, hosted by singer Shemekia Copeland from her living room.

The Memphis-based Blues Foundation noted in a news release Tuesday that the awards show will be live-streamed on the foundation’s Facebook page and broadcast on its YouTube channel on May 3 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Copeland will host, nominees will contribute performances recorded in their homes, and special guests will appear during the program.

The foundation has created the COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund to help professional blues musicians who have lost income because of tour and event cancellations.


Keep Tennesseans connected

(Nashville) —  Tenn. Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein are leading a bipartisan group of 27 attorneys general in urging the telecommunications industry to make further commitments to protect consumers struggling financially as a result of COVID-19 and are calling upon the FCC for support.

Amid the pandemic, Americans are relying heavily on the Internet and telecommunications systems for work and school, and to stay informed and safe. Access to the systems is critical.

“We appreciate the quick initial action of the FCC and telecommunications companies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Slatery. “Our request builds upon those commitments so they have the intended impact of helping people suffering economically through no fault of their own.”

On March 13, the FCC announced that many companies had pledged for 60 days to (1) not terminate service to residential or small business customers for nonpayment; (2) waive late fees; (3) open Wi-Fi hotspots to anyone who needs them.

The attorneys generals are saying the commitments are commendable, but adding that 60 days is not enough.

In the letter, Attorneys General ask that the companies:

  • extend the FCC pledge an additional 90 days,
  • use fair and reasonable payment plans,
  • reconnect previously disconnected customers,
  • expand data caps, and
  • educate their customers on the COVID-19 related services they are providing and about COVID-19 related scams.

READ the letter here: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/attorneygeneral/documents/pr/2020/pr20-14-letter.pdf

Attorneys General Slatery and Stein are joined by the Attorneys General of California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Guam, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.


Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: April 22, 2020

Shelby County currently has 1894 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 41 deaths.

 

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage: www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.


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