Look up silent movies on the internet and you'll find plenty of videos set to jangly piano music. But in 1928, when the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis re-opened its doors to the public after a fire destroyed the original structure, audiences were treated to first-run silent films accompanied by majestic overtures played on a "Mighty Wurlitzer" organ.
Parents of 65 percent of Shelby County Schools students do not plan to send them back to school buildings in January, based on survey results obtained by Chalkbeat.
Some parents told Chalkbeat they are reluctant because COVID-19 cases are surging, some are unsatisfied with online learning continuing even if students are in the building, and others don’t think it’s worth the risk of exposure if the teacher chose to remain at home.
President Trump is giving an update on the coronavirus pandemic, speaking for the first time since Joe Biden became president-elect. Trump has been falsely claiming on Twitter that he won, and his campaign launched a slew of lawsuits challenging the legitimacy of the results and baselessly alleging widespread voter fraud. Watch his remarks live, starting at 3PM.
A group of 40 political leaders — including former Gov. Bill Haslam, former Sen. Bill Frist and former Congressman Zach Wamp — are calling on President Donald Trump to start the process of handing over power to President-elect Joe Biden. But the vast majority of Republicans in the state legislature are saying they stand “unequivocally” with the president as he continues to make unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in several key states.
Shelby County officials are increasinly troubled by the so-called third wave of COVID-19 infections here and nationwide. Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter highly recommends “wearing a mask, a continuation of social distancing, and, if you must visit restaurants and businesses do it during the times when they're are not busy.”
Haushalter and Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris join this week’s Behind the Headlines on WKNO-TV with host Eric Barnes and The Daily Memphian’s Bill Dries. Guests discuss the spike in COVID-19 cases, including hotspots for the spread of COVID-19, and future plans if the pandemic worsens.
In addition, guests talk about funding for COVID-19 response, as well as testing capacity and accessibility.