Commissioners, workers come together to help blues legend

Shelby County Commissioners came together Wednesday to try to help a Mid-South music legend who has a new reason to sing the blues.

The home of "Blind Mississippi Morris" is in disrepair, and was recently deemed unsafe by code enforcement.  Things are so bad that the city of Memphis says Morris must leave his home by Thursday.

Morris' plight lead to a conference room Wednesday at the Shelby County building, packed with people hoping to help.  Electricians, contractors, and painters were all willing to donate time, money, and equipment in an attempt to renovate the house.

"Let's put our heads together to see what we can do to help Mr. Cummings with the repairs that we need to do to the house," said Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter.

The group viewed slides that outlined the repairs that need to be made, including electrical, mechanical, and aesthetic work.  Contractors estimated it would cost nearly $90,000 to repair the home, an effort headed by County Commissioners Mike Carpenter and George Flinn.

Carpenter said Morris was worth it.  "He is a living blues legend, and he is the type of guy that our music reputation in Memphis has been built on, so we would be taking care of one of our own.

Relatives said the music legend has a sister that he'll stay with for the time being.

If you'd like to help fix Morris' house, you can contact the Shelby County Commission.

to email Nick Kenney.