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TN Politics: Orders to Stay Put, Plans to Move Forward



Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced this week a newtask force to explore strategies for reopening the stateeconomy. The timeframe for that possibility is, as of yet, unknown. While increased testing and social distancing have slowed the spread of coronavirus, some models predict a surge of hospitalizations in May. 

Political analyst Otis Sanford says that while we must remain vigilant about spreading the virus, it is also a good time to plan ahead. Gov. Lee is praised for including community members statewide. In Memphis, Mayor Jim Strickland has assembled his own leadership team to consider how a reopening of businesses might happen here. 

Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher has covered Memphis news, arts, culture and politics for more than 20 years in print and on the radio. He is currently WKNO's News Director and Senior Producer at the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting. Join his conversations about the Memphis arts scene on the WKNO Culture Desk Facebook page.