WASHIINGTON — Colin L. Powell, the barrier-breaking soldier and diplomat who served Democratic and Republican presidents in war and peace died Monday of COVID-19 complications. He was 84. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Powell spent 35 years in the Army and rose to the rank of four-star general. In 1989 he became the first Black chairman
by James Coleman — An ad hoc committee was created by Shelby County Commission Chairman Willie Brooks Jr. to evaluate the formation of a Charter Commission during the body’s Monday (Sept. 27) meeting. The committee will study the possible consolidation of the City of Memphis and Shelby County governments. Brook’s action, however, did not come
Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn on Friday said they’ve asked fellow Republican Gov. Tate Reeves to call lawmakers into special session next week to deal with medical marijuana and the COVID-19 crisis in Mississippi.
When repeatedly asked on national television why Mississippi led the nation in COVID-19 deaths per capita, Gov. Tate Reeves downplayed the statistic and refused to discuss what’s being done to address it, instead lashing out at Democratic President Joe Biden.
by Curtis Weathers — As we reflect on the first few weeks of school, the dominant topic of discussion and concern once again is the coronavirus and the impact it is having on our children and teachers. Educators in K-12 schools deal with a number of stressful situations every day of the week. The teaching
by Terence Patterson — We’ve finally all settled into the “back to school” routine – set bedtime schedules, flexed new backpacks, made new friends and reunited with old ones. This school year, while things feel different coming through the COVID-19 pandemic, some stark realities remain the same. Our public school system serves over 110,000 students,
Children’s hospitals are on the frontline of care for kids, anchoring the pediatric safety net for the most vulnerable among us. Tragically, COVID-19 infections are growing among children, respiratory illnesses such as RSV are surging, and the ongoing mental health impact of the pandemic are pushing our children’s hospitals to capacity. Combined with significant hospital
The return of the Church of God in Christ Holy Convocation to Memphis, the city of its beginnings, will not happen this year because of COVID-19 safety concerns. The 2021 event was to be a special celebration, not only honoring newly installed Presiding Bishop J. Drew Sheard, but also to mark the long-awaited return to
by Curtis Weathers — Many of you I’m sure were like me when the corona virus vaccines started to come online. I remember thinking how fortunate we were as a nation and how wonderful it will be when our schools return to some semblance of normalcy. I never for once, however, thought we would have
by James Coleman — The Shelby County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution opposing Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order requiring school districts to allow parents and families to opt out of mask mandates in Tennessee public schools. The adoption came during the commission’s Monday (Aug. 23) meeting. “I think it was a direct response