Spotlight for the week of February 22, 2021

Feb 22, 2021

“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.

Special Coverage: Merrick Garland Hearing

Feb 22, 2021

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland, President Biden’s nominee for attorney general. Garland is the former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and has deep ties to the Justice Department, where he served as a prosecutor decades ago. Watch live on Monday, February 21 starting at 8:30am.

Watch: MLGW Press Briefing

Feb 21, 2021

Watch the MLGW press briefing from February 21 (starting at 6:00PM).

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Watch: MLGW Press Briefing

Feb 20, 2021

Watch the MLGW press briefing from February 20.

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Next Wednesday teachers and other school and childcare staff, as well as those over age 65 can start lining up for their COVID-19 shots in Shelby County. 

Health officials previously predicted there wouldn’t be enough vaccine doses available for these groups until early March. 

Health department director, Dr. Alisa Haushalter, said Shelby County Schools and municipal districts will, for the most part, be handling sign up and logistics for the vaccination campaigns in schools. 

Across Shelby County, eight primary pumping stations send water flowing into the sprawling network of water mains beneath our streets, which adds up to about 3,700 miles worth of civic plumbing. And that massive aquatic infrastructure was hit with a one-two punch this week, according to Memphis Light Gas & Water officials. 

First, pumping station wells (there are 140 of them) began freezing up, their machinery and electronics burning out due to the strain. They’re still being fixed, but it means reservoirs are low and less water is entering the system.

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Even if frigid temperatures didn’t keep their customers out, restaurants have been ordered by the Shelby County Health Department to suspend service until a boil water advisory—imposed by Memphis Light Gas and Water on Thursday evening—lifts. That is unless they are able to boil or use bottled water for all food and beverage preparation needs. Ice machines connected to tap water cannot be used.

Watch President Biden delievering remarks at Pfizer manufacturing site.



The first rescheduled appointments for vaccinations that have been delayed by winter storms in Shelby County will be held at Southwest Tennessee Community College (SWTCC) in Whitehaven on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21.  


Those with missed appointments at the site on Feb. 11 and Feb. 12 will be automatically rescheduled at the same time on Feb. 20.  


Those who were scheduled for Feb. 16, Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 at SWTCC will have the same time blocks on Feb. 21.  

Watch a White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials press briefing from February 19.