Commission’s vote signals ongoing rift with Election Commission on how to cast ballots

by James Coleman — A resolution to purchase ballot marking devices failed to gain approval from the Shelby County Board of Commissioners, with a majority opting for hand-marked paper ballots. Commissioners made the decision during their Monday meeting. The add-on commission agenda item requested that the county’s purchasing department assist with procuring voting machines and

‘Tale of Two Cities’ discussion spotlights impact of sudden disruptions on MWBE businesses

In Philadelphia, about 67 percent of the city’s minority enterprises were not “technology ready” when COVID-19 disrupted business as usual, said Della Clark, president and CEO of The Enterprise Center, a minority business development agency there. Clark, a 28-year minority enterprise expert, spoke during the annual Economic Development Forum (EDF) hosted by the Memphis Minority

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 and without cause or explanation. Dr. Fiscus responded with