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COVID Hospitalizations, Predicted for November, Arrive Early

New daily cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Shelby County and across the state as health officials are asking the public to stick with masking and limit social interactions. Tennessee is one of 31 states across the country on the White House’s growing list of “red zones.” That means last week it had more than 100 new COVID cases per 100,000 residents. The state currently has the 16th highest rate in the country. The numbers are concerning for Shelby County leaders who also reported a...

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Everyone loves a clean mouth, right? 


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Chicken tortilla soup is the Southwestern cousin of mom’s chicken noodle soup, just with a little more kick and a crunchy topping. 


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Gov. Bill Lee will stay in quarantine for another week after close contact with a coronavirus case in his security detail and will miss the presidential debate at Belmont University later this week, as well as a Nashville fundraiser for President Donald Trump.

Katie Riordan

 

New daily cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Shelby County and across the state as health officials are asking the public to stick with masking and limit social interactions.

Tennessee is one of 31 states across the country on the White House’s growing list of “red zones.” That means last week it had more than 100 new COVID cases per 100,000 residents. The state currently has the 16th highest rate in the country.  

Watch: Shelby County Joint Task Force

Oct 20, 2020

  

  On October 20th, the Shelby County Joint Task Force hosted two breifings.

1. Press conference on COVID-19. Click here to watch.

2. Breifing on election preparations and enhanced security measures. Click here to watch.

Recycling Windmill Blades to Save Room in Landfills

Oct 20, 2020
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Renewable energy, such as wind power, promises to help reduce the country’s carbon footprint. But the wind industry has a growing source of waste material—windmill blades—which could undercut its green reputation. 

One researcher at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville is working to fix that by finding a way to recycle the blades. 

Memphis Superintendent Proposes Phased Return of Students in January

Oct 19, 2020
Katie Riordan / WKNO File

 

Superintendent Joris Ray wants all students in Shelby County Schools to return to school buildings in January in two phases, but left open the possibility to delay the start dates.

First, students in prekindergarten through fifth grade and students with disabilities would have the option for in-person learning every day starting Jan. 4. Middle and high school students would return about two weeks later on Jan. 19.

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The Belmont University lawn has been taken over by a giant white tent where reporters will camp out during the debate, spaced out across long tables.

The platform for the debate stage is up at the Curb Event Center, complete with individual air vents for the candidates so they don’t sweat under the glaring lights.

Belmont has transformed its campus to host the final presidential debate Thursday — a transformation that was planned last year but has changed tremendously in the months since then.

Spotlight for the week of October 19

Oct 19, 2020

“Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” with Laura Loth, is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around Memphis. Laura Loth is a professor at Rhodes College.


The first day of early voting in Shelby County on Wednesday drew far bigger crowds than the same day in 2008, when local voters set the previous turnout record. Then, says Sanford, they were casting a historic vote to elect America's first Black president. 

But what compels a record number of voters all across the country to show up this year for early voting?

"This is a chance to get rid of a president," says political analyst Otis Sanford. 

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One of the Louisville police officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor seven months ago said while her death was tragic, it is different than other high-profile killings of Black Americans this year.

"It's not a race thing like people try to make it to be," said Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the three officers who discharged their service weapons during the botched narcotics raid at Taylor's home in the early hours of March 13.

Statues and Ancient Egyptian sarcophagi are among about 70 objects that have been damaged with an oily substance at several of Berlin's major museums.

Police, who believe vandalism to be the cause, are unsure of the motive. But German media is speculating a link to a conspiracy theory propagated by coronavirus deniers.

Christina Haak, the deputy director general of Berlin State Museums, told reporters Wednesday that the incident amounts to the greatest damage to the museums' artefacts since World War II.

Updated at 2:42 p.m. ET

Pope Francis has called for legislation to protect same-sex couples, according to comments he made in a new documentary that mark a break from Catholic doctrine.

"Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They are children of God and have a right to a family," the pope said in an interview in the documentary Francesco, which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. "What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered."

In 2008, Daimon Rhea moved to Utah to find work in the oil fields. He didn't have any experience — and he didn't need any.

"I was out there for two days and I had a job making about $30 an hour," he says. He started as a roughneck, doing hard physical labor on drilling sites, and easily pulled in double what he could have earned back home in California.

"I was able to turn my life around," Rhea says.

It wasn't easy — the hours were rough as a single dad — but Rhea was making great money.

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