Publisher: The Commercial Appeal


In the Media

Opinion: Challenges with COVID-19 could bring transformational change, improve human health

The Commercial Appeal

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on human health worldwide. While scientific communities and clinicians are engaged in research to develop a vaccine for the virus and are repurposing existing antiviral drugs to treat it, prospects for either are not available now.  


In the Media

Weathersbee: Should black violence spawn more outrage than police killings? One feeds the other

The Commercial Appeal

So, let’s talk about outrage. Some of my readers, as well as numerous keyboard warriors, have been questioning whether the activists who’ve been protesting Derek Chauvin’s slaying of George Floyd on camera are as outraged over the violence plaguing African-American communities. They are.


In the Media

What will school look like this fall? Task forces are planning for several scenarios

The Commercial Appeal

The first day of school in August 2019 would flunk 2020’s course on social distancing: teachers and students high-fiving, packed close and bent down to elementary schooler eye level, sharing big smiles and welcoming students back to the classroom before an assembly in the cafeteria where students barely left 6 inches of space between one… Read More


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How to Prepare for Safe Re-entry at University of Tennessee

The Commercial Appeal

The past several months have been hard, different, uneasy and challenging for us all. Since we suspended in-person classes on our campuses on March 11, life as we know it has drastically changed. No one ever heard of “social distancing” on our campuses prior to March. No one imagined that protective face masks would be… Read More


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Memphis officials urge tests for mildest COVID-19 symptoms. Here’s where you can get tested

The Commercial Appeal

As the Covid-19 pandemic enters its third month in Shelby County, testing for the new virus continues to expand in the area. A total of 7,800 tests are now available on a daily basis, and only 60 percent of those are being used, Jenny Bartlett-Prescott told reporters in a video news conference on Tuesday.


In the Media

Opinion: My experience volunteering at Tiger Lane’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing site

The Commercial Appeal

On March 17, all medical students across the country were pulled from clinical rotations to help decrease the use of essential personal protective equipment (PPE) and the spread of COVID-19.  


In the Media

Will Memphis-area schools open in the fall? Here’s why that’s a ‘tough question’

The Commercial Appeal

With back-to-business plans in order, leaders are looking to the complicated issue of reopening schools. New plans will consider the school calendar, how students get to school and how much school work will be done outside the classroom. Knowing when and how to bring kids back into classrooms is complex.  


In the Media

The 901: Why Memphis should require everyone to wear face masks

The Commercial Appeal

No shirt, no shoes, no service — but how about face masks? Today, for the first time in a long time (49 days, to be exact), Memphians can eat inside a restaurant, shop for nonessentials in a “nonessential” store, and even hit the gym. But while businesses’ public-facing employees are required to wear face masks… Read More