County Commission OK opens door to study consolidation

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

Creating an education pathway to resolve ‘stark realities’ made worse by the pandemic

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 call on leaders, public to stand with them to protect children

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

COGIC shifts Holy Convocation to virtual format; COVID-19 spike derails in-person return to Memphis

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