Memphis mask mandate

Should residents and visitors in Shelby County be required to wear facial masks or facial coverings while out in public areas?

Updates from the Shelby County Commission

Back to Business, balancing the budget

It’s another meeting day for the Shelby County Commission, and we have a couple of important items on the agenda.

Before we get into that, let’s check in on the coronavirus situation.


Abortion is essential?

Tennessee Democrats practiced some antisocial distancing this week, separating themselves from their longest-serving state legislator.

The party removed State Representative John DeBerry from the Democratic primary ballot and deprived Memphis voters of a choice (imagine that) for one reason only: his opposition to abortion.

The Democratic party has made it abundantly clear there will be no tolerance for pro-life leaders like Rep. DeBerry.

“The so-called party of inclusion is everything but inclusive. It’s all about thinking with one brain, marching in step and following the company line, sitting there like a brainless idiot and letting them tell you what to do.”

– John DeBerry

While most Tennesseans were focused on remaining “Safer at Home,” Democrats were busy ensuring unborn lives would be less safe in the House.

Meanwhile, a federal judge was busy formulating an even more ridiculous decision.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that abortion is an essential activity that must continue even while nearly every other business in Tennessee is closed by state order.

Do we need any more evidence that our society has been infected by a virus every bit as lethal as this current pandemic?

If anything constitutes a civil emergency, it is this: a government mandate that all business must end except the business of killing.

Feature image by Sean Braisted.

Updates from the Shelby County Commission

Safer At Home

Shelby County leaders have joined a unified effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Here is what’s happening around the county.

Safer At Home. Memphis, Shelby County and each of its municipalities have issued Safer At Home orders asking residents to limit movement and to avoid congregating.

Coronavirus fatality. Shelby County reported its first COVID-19 death.

Coronavirus testing. The number tested locally (2,218) was reported for the first time, showing a qualified 10% positivity rate.

Economic turmoil. In addition to the immediate health impact, the outbreak has dealt devastating blows to the national and local economy.

Online meetings. The County Commission plans to meet electronically through the month of May.

Voting machines. The Shelby County Election Commission will meet electronically on Wednesday to select a new voting system.

Updates from the Shelby County Commission

Shelby County from a distance

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended all regular business in Shelby County, across the nation and around the world. But we’re all doing our best to adapt and press ahead. Here are some brief updates.

Public health. The number of confirmed cases in Shelby County rose to 84 this morning. Follow the latest news and recommendations from the Shelby County Health Department, the Tennessee Department of Health and the Cenders for Disease Control and Prevention.

Economic relief. Tennessee small businesses can receive economic injury disaster loan assistance from the Small Business Administration.

Online meetings. Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order permitting local governments to temporarily conduct business meetings electronically. Today’s meeting of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners will be the first with members participating from remote locations.

Bartlett Bear Hunt. Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald has launched #BartlettBearHunt to help create a positive distraction for younger kids. Pictured above is our contribution, a Bartlett barista bear. I encourage your family to join the fun.

Dr. Manny for U.S. Senate. Healthy Tennessee founder Dr. Manny Sethi appeared on the Fox Business channel nearly two months ago, offering his expertise on the virus. We need to send someone to Washington, D.C. who is well informed and equipped to face difficult challenges like these. Dr. Manny has my support.

Neighbors in need. I’m hearing from all kinds of people whose lives, organizations and families have been disrupted by this crisis. If you have a special need the county might be able to address or information you think local government should consider, please contact me via email or drop a message on social media.