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  Tennessee reports 373 new COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

The state’s case total is now at 21,679 with 356 deaths. Nearly 1,700 people have required hospitalization while fighting the virus, but more than 14,632 people statewide have recovered, or 67 percent of cases, according to TDH.

  The Investigators: Child abuse reports dropped to a 5-year low in Arkansas, officials won’t link it to the COVID-19 pandemic

  Tennessee teachers receive free online training on digital learning, teaching

  Organizers speak out after protest against police brutality on Union Avenue

  Eviction hearings will resume next month in Tennessee

  COVID-19 case counts per day ticking up in Shelby County

  5 people arrested during Memphis protest against police brutality

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  Gov. Bill Lee issues guidance for non-contact sports, summer camps, higher education institutions in Tennessee

  University of Memphis releases plan to return to campus in the fall

DeSoto County giving away free masks Saturday

Lauderdale County man charged with arson

  Ark. Economic Recovery Task Force presents recommendations to Gov. Hutchinson

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office releases plan to reopen courthouses

  New facts and guidelines for TN Driver’s License Services

A line stretched outside of the Driver Services Center on Summer Avenue Thursday morning.

  14,372 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 693 deaths

The number of presumed positive coronavirus cases in Mississippi continues to rise.

  The Investigators: TN Department of Labor says federal guidance for unemployment could have been more ‘clear’, ‘timely’

Months after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down businesses across the state, thousands of out-of-work Tennesseans still have not received their unemployment money.

2 charged in connection with shooting that injured 12-year-old girl in West Memphis

West Memphis police arrested two men in connection with a shooting which left a 12-year-old girl grazed by a bullet.

MPD director pleads to stop permitless carry bill

  Shelby County teachers concerned about returning to school

  Shelby Co. Commissioners fail to resolve budget shortfall at second in-person meeting amid pandemic

  Barricades removed from Overton Park parking areas

  Economists forecast the impact of COVID-19 on Tennessee budget

  How to avoid COVID-19 travel restrictions as more states reopen

  Pinecrest summer camp going virtual next month in Fayette County

Summer camps are some of the last things slated to open in Tennessee. Pinecrest summer camp in Fayette County will still host campers starting next month -- except online.

  Governor: Downward trend of COVID-19 for Northeast Arkansas

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nate Smith, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, updated the public Wednesday afternoon in Jonesboro on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

  1 person dead, child taken to hospital after multi-car crash shuts down lanes on I-40 in Shelby County

One person has died and a toddler was taken to the hospital after a three-car crash on I-40 Wednesday afternoon.

  Shelby County reaches grim milestone, daily positivity rate spikes

Shelby County reached a grim milestone on Wednesday, marking over 100 deaths related to COVID-19.

  Rhodes College plans to reopen campus for fall semester

Rhodes College is preparing for the reopening of its campus by August.

Ole Miss Police searching for truck possibly involved in act of vandalism

University of Mississippi police need help identifying a truck that was possibly involved in a vandalism case.

  TDH: 10 new coronavirus-related deaths reported in Tennessee; more than half of the state’s cases have recovered

Health officials have confirmed 4,581 coronavirus cases and 102 deaths in Tennessee.

12-year-old girl grazed by bullet in West Memphis

Police in West Memphis, Arkansas are still searching for the gunman who shot a child.

  Tennessee COVID-19 cases top 20,900 after 358 new cases identified, 5 additional deaths reported

Health officials have confirmed 4,531 coronavirus cases and 94 deaths across Shelby County.

  Reeves reflects on pandemic response, blames himself for labeling some businesses ‘nonessential’

Gov. Tate Reeves said Mississippi has learned invaluable lessons and strategies after dealing with the coronavirus pandemic now for the last two and a half months, a trial by fire of sorts for states across the U.S.

  Arkansas governor warns ‘newer peak or a higher peak’ could be on the way

“We’re at a critical point in our journey,” said Hutchinson. “The direction we go from here totally depends on the commitment of Arkansans to continue social distancing and following guidelines.”

  Tennessee Highway Patrol investigates large increase in Shelby County traffic deaths

Fewer people are driving during the pandemic but in Shelby County, there has been a 63% increase in fatal wrecks.
 The highway patrol is asking all drivers to be extra careful as they investigate why there’s been such a large increase.

  Memphis Catholic high school closing after nearly 100 years

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis announced Tuesday the closure of Immaculate Conception Cathedral School’s high school after nearly 100 years in midtown Memphis.

Collierville moves 4th of July celebration to September for town’s 150th anniversary

The Town of Collierville’s July 3 Independence Day Celebration is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the Town is making plans for a similar celebration in September to celebrate Collierville’s 150th anniversary.

Grab your sidewalk chalk or crayons and join WMC for a ‘virtual floor signing’ of the 2020 St. Jude Dream Home

Write an inspirational message with chalk in your driveway or on the sidewalk, or use crayons to draw a picture to show your love to the patients and health care workers at St. Jude.

  COVID-19 testing continues at long-term care facilities across the Mid-South

Almost two weeks ago The White House pushed for governors to test everyone in nursing homes within 14 days.

  Earle woman’s home destroyed in wind storm

Strong winds damaged many businesses and homes in Crittenden County.

  Kroger and Hilton offering free COVID-19 testing this week in Memphis

Kroger Health and Hilton Memphis are teaming up again to offer more free coronavirus testing today.

  4 injured in shootout at Vicksburg Waffle House

The gunfire broke out near 12:30 a.m. at the restaurant on Clay Street.

Affidavit: Reckless driver hits Memphis PD officer while fleeing

A man is behind bars after police say he hit a law enforcement officers vehicle during a reckless driving arrest.

  TDH identifies 462 new cases of COVID-19; total climbs to more than 20,607 cases, 338 deaths

Health officials have confirmed 4,404 coronavirus cases and 93 deaths across Shelby County.

More than 360 inmates test positive for coronavirus at Forrest City prison

More inmates have tested positive for coronavirus at a prison in Forrest City.

  List: Memorial Day events across the Mid-South amid pandemic

Though ceremonies and large gatherings are planned each year to commemorate Memorial Day honoring U.S. veterans, due to the COVID-19 pandemic things will be handled a bit differently.

  New drug being used at Baptist Memorial to treat COVID-19

As scientists and doctors work on creating a vaccine for COVID-19, one drug called Remdesivir has shown promising signs in helping patients recover from the virus.

$5 million bond set in 14-month old’s death

On February 15, Jonesboro Police responded to a home on Stonemill Drive and found an unresponsive child.

  CDC report details outbreak at Arkansas church

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows just how quickly COVID-19 can spread during large gatherings.

  Beale Street reopens with new guidelines

Normally, Beale Street would be packed on Memorial Day weekend. This year, things are different - as special rules are in place specifically for Beale Street businesses.

  Memphis high schools host drive-thru graduation ceremonies

Hillcrest and Fairley High Schools held drive-thru graduation ceremonies Saturday.

Body of drowning victim recovered from pond in Tunica County

Saturday, Tunica County law enforcement recovered the body of a drowning victim in the pond at the Cypress Lakes Apartment in Robinsonville.

US marshals capture Crittenden County murder suspect

U.S. marshals arrested a murder suspect in Memphis early Saturday morning.

  Millington firefighters hand out free masks to citizens

On Saturday, firefighters in Millington handed out free masks to every citizen who stopped by the parking lot at city hall.

  Tennessee coronavirus cases top 19,300 with 433-case increase, 315 deaths reported statewide

Tennessee health officials have confirmed COVID-19 cases have topped 19,300 statewide, reporting a 433-case increase since Thursday afternoon.

  President Trump demands places of worship reopen; Mississippi church granted court injunction for in-person service

President Donald Trump wants churches to reopen this weekend.

  Severe storms cause damage, power outages in eastern Arkansas

Thousands of Mid-Southerners were in the dark Friday night, thanks to storms that brought down trees and power lines. One family in Wynne, Arkansas was lucky to escape without injury when a tree came crashing down.

  New COVID-19 map released by Health Department shows several neighborhoods in Shelby County are no longer hotspots

Two Shelby County neighborhoods identified as COVID-19 hotspots have seen their case rates drop.

  Tennessee expands free child care program until mid-August so that many more can now benefit

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) has expand the COVID-19 Essential Employee Child Care Payment Assistance until mid-August.

  The Investigators: Tennessee lawmakers hear desperate cries from the unemployed during virtual town hall

Dozens of Tennesseans who still haven’t received their unemployment benefits voiced their concerns to law makers Friday.

  Oxford community supports US marshal going home after recovering from shooting

A U.S. marshal returned home from the hospital Friday after being involved in a shooting in which he was injured and an alleged murder suspect was killed.

  Mid-South man files lawsuit against Ruth’s Chris Steak House over alleged discrimination

A lawsuit has been filed against a major restaurant chain after a local man says he and his wife were discriminated against while enjoying a celebratory dinner.

  COVID-19 testing surge planned for Shelby County detainees

Shelby County leaders are planning a testing surge for those detained at the jail and imprisoned at the penal farm.

68 SCSO employees, 3 additional MPD employees test positive for COVID-19

As of Friday, 68 employees with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office have tested positive for COVID-19.

  More travelers are expected to fly this holiday weekend

A slight increase in travel is expected this weekend.

Investigators offering $2,000 reward for information in Crittenden County homicide

Crittenden County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2000 for information in regards to a homicide that occurred on Wednesday night.

  Tennessee nearing 19,000 coronavirus cases, 313 deaths reported so far

Health officials have confirmed 4,034 coronavirus cases and 91 deaths across Shelby County.

Shelby Co. General Sessions Civil Courts to resume in-person proceedings in June

Shelby County General Sessions Civil Courts will reopen for in-person court proceedings on June 15.

  Memphis restaurant owner says Grubhub used his logo, menu without authorization to offer food delivery

Food delivery apps can get a meal to your door for just a few extra dollars. But are the popular services doing more harm than good to local restaurants?

  The Investigators: Shelby County Health Department changes how it measures COVID-19 infection rates

Health officials have changed the way they are tracking COVID-19 hot spots in Shelby County.

  Memphis International Airport expecting increase in passengers this Memorial Day weekend

TSA is expecting to quadruple the number of passengers and employees that come thru check-points at Memphis International Airport Friday, as compared to what they saw three weeks ago.

  Coins for Carson: Young girl’s memory keeps family and friends fighting for St. Jude

Founder Danny Thomas said, “No child should die in the dawn of light.” Sadly, not every kid crosses the finish line. But one extra special mom is determined to make Team Carson Count.

Kroger warehouse employees recover from COVID-19 as new case emerges

Another Kroger associate working in the Delta Division Distribution Center has tested positive for COVID-19.

  The Investigators: Small communities near Shelby County have higher incidence of COVID-19

The COVID-19 case rate is higher in several small communities outside of Shelby County. While those counties have fewer COVID-19 cases, the disease is more prevalent.

  Investigation continues into arson at Mississippi church

The search continues for answers after a fire destroyed a Mid-South church.

  Mississippi casinos reopen to the public

Ready to bet it all? Well, now you can. Casinos in Mississippi have now reopened.

  Graceland reopens to Elvis fans with limited capacity

Elvis Presley’s Graceland is ‘taking care of business’ when it comes to opening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Woman charged in connection with shooting of US marshal

An Arkansas woman has been charged in connection with the shooting of a U.S. Marshal in Oxford, Mississippi last Friday.

  Public health officials urge caution ahead of Memorial Day weekend amid COVID-19 pandemic

This Memorial Day weekend will be unlike any other in history, and public health officials in Shelby County said Thursday celebrations should not be business as usual.

  Kingsbury Elementary principal, librarian stepping up to keep school activities alive

The principal and librarian of Kingsbury Elementary are bringing the classroom experience to the breakfast table.

  Miss. neighborhood turns cul-de-sac into ultimate ‘sandlot’

Many are searching for ways to keep themselves entertained during these tough times. One neighborhood in Oak Grove has transformed a cul-de-sac into an epic game of “sandlot" baseball.