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As the U.S. economy slowly recovers from the pandemic, one major industry still faces an uncertain future: the live events industry. More than 12 million people contribute to live productions and conference events, including planners, caterers, florists and rental companies. 

On Tuesday, a national organization called the Live Events Coalition staged what it calls an "Empty Event" in Tom Lee Park to raise awareness of the job losses. Memphis-based LEO Events partnered with the group to set up 48 empty tables surrounded by chairs, a couple of bars and a vacant stage. 

Watch: Shelby County Joint Task Force

Sep 15, 2020

Watch the Shelby County Joint Task Force briefing on COVID-19, from September 15th (starting at 12:00PM).

Click here to watch.

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A new national report on racial disparities in the death penalty explores two high-profile cases that are winding their way through the courts here in Tennessee. The analysis, published Tuesday by the Death Penalty Information Center, highlights the ways Black people are more likely to be discriminated against at every step — from arrest to jury selection to execution.

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After initially giving people several more weeks to pay overdue utility bills, Memphis Light, Gas and Water resumed cutoffs this week, leaving—as of Monday morning—at least 18,000 customers facing a suspension of services.

By the end of the day, that number had shrunk, said Gale Jones Carson, vice president of community and external affairs at MLGW. "Thousands” of people called to negotiate deals to keep their lights on.

For the past six years, Daniel Warner has been teaching 11th grade history at East High School in Memphis. According to the Tennessee Department of Education, his students are some of the state’s top achievers.

So is Warner.

He was recently named West Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year after nine months of winning various qualifiers, such as Shelby County Schools’ Teacher of the Year. 

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One of the positive side effects of our quarantine has the been the burst of creativity by chefs as they have found unique and non-traditional ways to keep their businesses afloat during this world-wide pandemic.


 

 

Funding for a federal program providing an additional $300 a week in unemployment benefits for eligible, out-of-work Tenneseeans has run out.

The state’s Department of Labor says the week ending September 5 is the last one the extra money covers, although it will take weeks for retroactive payments to reach individuals due to processing. 

The federal government began offering the $300 supplement at the beginning of August after an initial enhanced benefit of $600 a week came to an end in July.

Across the country, local governments are considering new reforms within police departments. The Shelby County Commission began debating several proposals this week which would apply to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. Among the proposals: maintaining a database of those who have been fired due to excessive force and banning the use of certain chemical agents such as tear gas. 

Political analyst Otis Sanford weighs in on the discussion. 

Watch: TN Governor on COVID-19, September 10

Sep 10, 2020

Watch the TN Governor Bill Lee briefing on COVID-19 in Tennessee, from September 10 (starting at 3:00PM).

Watch: Shelby County Joint Task Force

Sep 10, 2020

Watch the Shelby County Joint Task Force briefing on COVID-19, from September 10th (starting at 12:00PM).

Click here to watch.

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