PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Cases of COVID-19 are surging in Mississippi, but Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said at a political gathering Thursday that a federal recommendation for people to wear masks indoors is “foolish” and “harmful.”
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
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
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
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, after that day. Students and teachers, not only of
State tax collections increased by $924 million, or nearly 16%, year-over-year for the fiscal 2021 year that ended in June, a state report released Tuesday showed, as Mississippi’s economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and percolates from billions in federal…
The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 2,326 new COVID-19 cases on July 19, further documenting the hold the Delta variant has on the state and the threat it poses to the unvaccinated.
The U.S. surgeon general said Sunday that he’s concerned about what lies ahead with cases of COVID-19 increasing in every state, millions still unvaccinated and a highly contagious virus variant spreading rapidly.
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 search for good black male teachers has been a
The rapid rise of Delta variant cases and virus outbreaks combined with the state’s low vaccination rate led the Mississippi Department of Health to release a slew of new COVID-related guidelines on Friday.