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  Germantown presents re-entry plan for 2020-21 school year to school board

Germantown Municipal School District will share their re-entry plan for the 2020-21 school year at a virtual board meeting Tuesday.

  Confederate statue on Ole Miss campus moved to Confederate Cemetery on campus

  Gov. Bill Lee discusses COVID-19 in Tennessee, encourages citizens to continue wearing masks in public

Frequently asked questions: Absentee voting in Shelby County

MHSAA votes to delay fall sports by 2 weeks

Lizzo feeds DeSoto County hospital employees

  Health officials report over 1,500 new COVID-19 cases, 18 additional deaths in Tennessee

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WATCH: Gov. Asa Hutchinson gives update on COVID-19 pandemic in Arkansas

  37,542 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 1,272 deaths

U of M outlines student housing protocols and procedures for upcoming school year

  Ole Miss begins process of relocating Confederate statue on campus

Company in Arkansas looking to hire 50 new employees

  Masks now required at Miss. driver’s license offices

  Memphis-area hospitals act on facility surge plans as hospitalizations increase

Friday, the Shelby County Health Department started releasing data about hospital system capacity.

  Shelby County Schools Board of Education approves 2020-21 start and end dates

The school year begins Aug. 31, 2020 and ends June 16, 2021.

  Local hospitals reach critical level of utilization with 93% of ICU beds filled

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Shelby County has reached a critical level of utilization in local hospitals intensive care units.

  Federal judge issues temporary restraining order after Tennessee governor signs fetal heartbeat bill

Governor Bill Lee signed a bill Monday he said is “arguably the most conservative, pro-life piece of legislation in the country,” but it wasn’t long before a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order, blocking the new law from taking effect.

  GOV: “Masks are the one tool we have to battle the spread of the virus and to be in public”

  TDH reports largest single-day increase with over 3,300 new COVID-19 cases identified

  17 Memphis limited-service restaurants sue Shelby County and health department over latest order to close

  Panola Co. investigators give update after deadly shooting at concert

Town of Collierville offering payment plans for utility services

State commission asks for state flag designs

MPD: 2 dead, 1 injured after early morning shooting in Memphis

Investigators are searching for a suspect after an early morning deadly shooting in Memphis.

  2 dead following shooting at concert in Panola County

Two people are dead and several others injured after a shooting at a rap concert in Panola County, Mississippi.

  Trauma season injuries, violence and coronavirus keeping hospitals busy

The period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is commonly referred to as "trauma season" by emergency doctors and nurses.

ASP: “Obey the sign or pay the fine”

Both state and local law enforcement around the Natural State will be working in full-force this week on a traffic safety campaign that officials say will try to stress taking the foot off the accelerator.

Kroger cashiers to stop giving customers coin change

If you go to Kroger, for now you can forget your change purse.

  Protesters gather in honor of Vanessa Guillen

Dozens of people gathered Saturday to march and demand justice for Vanessa Guillen.

  ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance up for final vote on Monday

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is pushing a “Ban the Box” ordinance, an initiative that will be up for its third and final vote in the Shelby County Commission Monday.

  Family of Brandon Webber ‘disappointed, but not surprised’ that no charges will be filed in his death

Attorney Jake Brown told WMC Action News 5 they are “disappointed, but not surprised” that no charges will be filed against the officers who killed Webber.

  Family suing Bellevue Baptist Church over former employee who admitted to sexually abusing teen girl

Bellevue Baptist Church faces a lawsuit from the parents of a girl that was abused by one of their volunteer coordinators.

  ‘Let the people vote’: Campaign now underway for state flag ballot referendum

The legislature's retiring of the state flag isn't sitting well with some Mississippians.

  Memphis Police Director reacts to toddler shot

Memphis police are looking into a shooting that has left a toddler in critical condition.

  Pool testing for COVID-19 could ease lab backlogs

As more cases of COVID-19 are diagnosed, more people are seeking out testing. That’s leading to longer waits for testing results as labs get backed up. A member of the city-county COVID-19 task force said there’s likely some relief on the way.

  Municipal school districts releasing re-entry plans

For many school districts in Shelby County, the first day of school is exactly one month away.

  Memphis tourism picking back up after taking major hit in spring

Tourism in Memphis is slowly starting to increase after taking a big hit during the spring, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SCSO confirms 107 employees, 176 detainees have tested positive for COVID-19

As of Friday, 107 employees with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office have tested positive for COVID-19.

  Tipton County School Board approves re-entry plan

The Tipton County School Board voted unanimously on its back-to-school plan Thursday night.

  DeSoto County residents react to new mask requirement ordered by Gov. Reeves

Masks will be mandatory in certain parts of Mississippi as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to climb in 13 counties.

  Residents upset over animal feces, unkempt walking trails at Raleigh Springs Town Center

A messy situation has some residents concerned about the brand new Raleigh Springs Town Center.

  The Investigators: COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise. Here’s what that means.

Data charts from the Departments of Health for Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi all show the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations rising dramatically.

  Miss. governor announces mask mandate along with tighter restrictions for 13 counties

Thursday, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced a new order with tighter restrictions for 13 counties.

Tennessee Supreme Court issues order requiring face coverings in courthouses

Thursday, the Tennessee Supreme Court issued an order requiring the public to wear a face covering at all times while in a courthouse.

  Shelby County leaders working to increase testing capacity, hire more contact tracers

Public health officials said Thursday that Shelby County is averaging about 300 new cases of COVID-19 daily. The increased transmission means longer waits at testing sites and longer waits for the results.

  Shelby County Health Dept. stands behind directive to close bars

Some limited service restaurants that have remained open throughout the pandemic now have to close. In its latest health directive, the Shelby County Health Department is putting more restrictions on restaurants and making bars close.

Two charged in connection with Lauderdale County murder

Two people have been arrested in connection with a murder in Ripley, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Start of Ark. school year pushed back due to COVID-19 worries

Gov. Hutchinson said the change in date, with schools scheduled to start Aug. 13, was to give school districts an opportunity to get more prepared on the issue.

TDH: More than 1,600 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Tennessee

Health officials have identified 1,605 new coronavirus cases and 25 additional deaths in Tennessee.

  Tenn. State Capitol Commission approves moving Nathan Bedford Forrest bust

The Tennessee State Capitol Commission plans to discuss the future of the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust Thursday morning.

Google opens first U.S. Operations Center in Southaven

Google plans to bring new job opportunities to Southaven, Mississippi.

Some of Mississippi’s biggest hospitals are running out of beds, health experts warn

Mississippi’s top state health officials discussed the severity of COVID-19 in the state at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Thursday morning.

  More than 690,000 new unemployment claims filed in Tennessee since March 15

A new report from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce shows there have been 691,898 new unemployment claims filed in Tennessee since March 15, 2020.

  Parents get first look at DeSoto County Schools’ Return-To-Learn plan

DeSoto County teachers and parents are getting their first look at the school district’s just approved back-to-school plan, and how it deals with COVID-19.

  State Capitol Commission to discuss moving Nathan Bedford Forrest bust to museum

Wednesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee made a bold recommendation to the State Capitol Commission.

  Bar owners react to new Shelby County health directive

More questions and confusion from Memphis bars and restaurants as the Shelby County Health Department issues another directive about the places you can eat and drink.

  Shelby County restaurants asked to help with contact tracing

Your next restaurant experience in Shelby County will look different in the coming days.

  What the extended state of emergency means for Memphians

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has once again issued a state of emergency for the city.

  Memphis trauma center turned ambulances away due to overcrowding

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Mid-South’s only Level 1 Trauma center found itself so stretched to the limit that it was forced to turn away patients suffering from some of the most critical types of injuries.

  DeSoto County Schools releases Return-To-Learn Plan for 2020-21 school year

The DeSoto County School Board has approved a plan for the 2020-21 school year that includes both remote and in-person learning options.

  Shelby County Commissioners meet in chambers for first time since March to discuss COVID-19 and fall school plans

Shelby County Commission Committees met in-person Wednesday, for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic started in March.

  Mid-South business headlines: Shelby County health directive clarifies bar closure, institutes more restaurant requirements

Leaders with the Shelby County Health Department have announced a new health directive for businesses in Shelby County.

  Tennessee offers guidance to schools on re-entry as state sees uptick in cases, testing delays

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee joined state health and education officials Wednesday to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 fight and how the state’s schools plan to safely reopen in the fall.

Shelby County mayor to co-chair national COVID-19 recovery group

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris will help lead a new national group focused on rebuilding America’s economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memphis man on TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list captured in Indiana

U.S. Marshals captured a Mid-South fugitive in Fort Wayne, Indiana Wednesday.

  Gov. Bill Lee wants Nathan Bedford Forrest bust moved to museum

Speaking Wednesday, Lee said he’s asking the State Capitol Commission to consider whether its current placement allows for his full story and contribution to our history to be fully understood.

  Tennessee sets largest single-day record with nearly 2,500 new COVID-19 cases identified overnight

Tennessee health officials reported 2,472 new cases of coronavirus and 20 additional deaths on Wednesday.

3 killed after driver lost control, went airborne in Oakland, Tenn.

Three people are dead after a Tuesday evening crash in Oakland, Tenn.

  Helena-West Helena, Ark. issues mask ordinance

The mayor of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas has issued a mask ordinance for all residents.

  Strickland and Rallings ask for community’s help with unsolved child murders, say city is on pace to break previous homicide record

Eighteen of Memphis’ homicides this year have involved victims younger than 18, and the youngest was just 9 months old.

  Shelby Co. Health Dept. offering free masks at multiple locations

The Shelby County Health Department is making it easier for people to protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mask ordinance proposed for Jonesboro

The proposed ordinance announced in Tuesday night’s city council meeting was created by Ann Williams of Ward 3, Position 1.

  TDH reports more than 1,300 new COVID-19 cases; over 53,000 cases confirmed statewide

Health officials have identified 146 new coronavirus cases in Shelby County.

Trumann police identify woman run over by vehicle

Police Chief Chad Henson has identified a Jonesboro woman who died when a vehicle ran over.

In Mississippi, wearing a mask while carrying concealed isn’t against state law

Despite widespread claims on social media that concealed carry permit holders could violate state law if they choose to wear a mask, a 3 On Your Side analysis finds only two states consider that illegal, and Mississippi isn’t one of them.

  Oxford mayor roles back guidelines for social gatherings, school district releases back to school plan

Announcements and changes for Oxford residents. The mayor is rolling back guidelines for social gatherings and the Oxford School District just released their back to school plan.

  Shelby County Health Department clarifies mask order for children

Confusion about requirements for children persisted through the weekend.

  Ark. sees increases in hospitalizations and unemployment identity theft fraud cases related to COVID-19

GOV: COVID-19 hospitalizations sees the largest 1-day increase in Ark.

  Dermatologist offers suggestions to help with pandemic’s effects on your skin

The drastic changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic could be having an impact on your skin.

  Health dept. orders bars to close, restaurants to reduce hours as COVID-19 cases rise in Shelby County

Officials said bars in Shelby County will close for the foreseeable future Wednesday at midnight. Restaurants can remain open but must end service at 10 p.m. daily.

Lt. Gov. Hosemann tests positive for COVID-19

Hosemann is self-quarantining and working at home.