Katie Riordan


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Katie Riordan

The remains of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife were disinterred from Memphis’ Health Sciences Park on Monday. 

Officials announced Friday that the exhumed remains are being kept at an undisclosed location until their future reinterment at the National Confederate Museum in Middle Tennessee, where a more than 100-year-old equestrian statue of Forrest that once also stood in the park will too be reconstituted. 

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Representatives from local industries affected by the protracted shutdown of the Hernando de Soto Bridge had the ear of the White House this week. 

Arkansas Department of Transportation


Authorities now consider it safe to re-open a mile-long stretch of the Mississippi River near Memphis after a multi-day closure of the maritime passageway. In addition to suspending the movement of boats and barges on Tuesday, officials also cutoff Interstate 40 traffic on the Hernando de Soto bridge after inspectors found a visibly large crack in a steel support beam.

The U.S. Coast Guard greenlighted boats to start moving again Friday morning.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation


UPDATE: May 14, 11:30 a.m.: River traffic under the Hernando de Soto Bridge resumed this morning. More than 60 stalled vessels and 1,000 barges are now able to pass, though motorists will continue to be rerouted to the I-55 bridge for an indefinite time. 

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The Biden administration is promoting its multi-trillion dollar American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan in cities across the country. And on Thursday, that effort included a stop in the Mid-South for Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. 

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Mary Janine Bolchazy knew something was wrong in late 2019 while addressing her Christmas cards at home in California.

“I realized that my handwriting was atrocious,” she says. “I couldn’t really form the letters, and I was a Catholic school principal, so you know, we were taught by nuns...cursive writing.” 

After finding a brain lesion, doctors diagnosed Bolchazy, 77, with primary central nervous system lymphoma. The regimen of intravenous chemotherapy that followed took a toll on her kidneys, so her physician switched her to a daily oral chemotherapy pill. 


As the second graders at the STAR Academy Charter School in North Memphis settle into their weekly music class, one of their instructors, Carrington Truehart, quickly reminds them of expectations.

Rules related to the virtual classroom: keep the mics on mute unless called on, put comments in the chat box and make sure they’re relevant to class.  

Courtesy of Regional One Health


Update, March 22, 5:40 - The City of Memphis announced that begining Friday, anyone 16 and older in Shelby County can sign up for a COVID-19 shot.  Until then, officials have broadened current eligibility to include those 45 and older and individuals in the state's third and final priority group.  

Shelby County Health Department's Facebook page



“Open season” for COVID-19 vaccines, a reference to the term used by the nation’s top medical adviser, might come earlier than expected in Shelby County.

The Tennessee Department of Heath said in a statement Friday that moving forward—with more details to come on Monday—counties will be able to set their own timelines for who gets vaccines based on availability and demand. 

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As Shelby County approaches the one-year anniversary of shutting down restaurants' dining rooms due to the pandemic, health officials continue to soften restrictions on them.