KcKesson Shutting Down

McKesson Pharmaceutical Solutions and Services is closing its facility on Southridge Boulevard, resulting in the layoffs of 79 employees. The Southridge facility repackages pharmaceuticals in bulk. As of this last year, McKesson employed more than 950 employees at local distribution facilities located in southeast Memphis and in Olive Branch. A spokesperson for McKesson says Memphis remains important to the company and it will continue investing in the region.

Timberlake donating

Music superstar, and Memphis native, Justine Timberlake is donating to the Mid-South Food Bank to help during the coronavirus crisis. Timberlake posted a call on Twitter yesterday for people to support their local food pantries through the Feeding America website. He says donating food so people can stay home during the outbreak helps everyone.

libraries close

Mayor Jim Strickland has ordered all libraries and community centers be closed until further notice, beginning this Wednesday. The mayor also says the city will not be issuing any new event or public assembly permits. The Centers for Disease Control recommends cancellation of any gatherings of more than fifty people for the next two months.

Get Out and Get Fresh Air

The Tennessee’s state parks will remain open during the coronavirus outbreak. Officials say spending time outdoors is a great way to relieve stress and improve health. The parks are taking precautions to provide a safe environment and encourage visitors to follow guidelines set out by the Tennessee Department of Health and the CDC. There are 56 Tennessee State Parks including Fuller State Park in Memphis, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park near Millington and Fort Pillow State Park in Henning.

Civil Rights Museum Closed

Concerns about coronavirus is closing the National Civil Rights Museum. The museum announced today it is closing tomorrow until further notice for the safety of employees and guests. Officials say the situation is extremely fluid and they will provide frequent updates on any changes in operational status.

Trinity United Methodist Feeding Kids

At least one Memphis church is stepping up to help Shelby County Schools students who rely on the district for meals. Trinity United Methodist Church will give away 25-dollar vouchers over the next couple of weeks to families whose kids depend on SCS for meals. The church says it also has a small food pantry. The district announced yesterday it’s closing schools until March 30th over coronavirus concerns.

Plan An Emergency Supply Kit

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is recommending that people who can, start putting together an emergency supply kit, in case the coronavirus outbreak gets worse. This as the agency raised its Emergency Center to Level One Thursday. MEMA says some of the items in the supply kit should include, non perishable food and water for at least three days, a first aid kit and medications, sanitary and bathroom supplies and copies of important documents.

Second Body Found

The state says the body of a second of three missing Obion County boaters has potentially been found in Hardin County. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says the body was found yesterday morning near the Shiloh National Military Park on the Tennessee River. An adult chaperone and two 15-year-old boys from Obion County Central High School disappeared while participating in a fishing tournament the weekend of February 22nd and 23rd. Another body was found about a mile away on Tuesday, however, neither has been identified.

College on line

Rhodes College students will finish up the spring semester by taking their classes online due to coronavirus concerns. All classes from March 16th through the 20th are being cancelled with the remote learning phase starting on the 23rd.

Quarenteed School Employee Cleared

The Shelby County Schools employee quarantined after potentially being exposed to coronavirus is being cleared to go back to work. The announcement was made by SCS Superintendent Joris Ray yesterday. The Treadwell Elementary and Middle schools employee was placed on quarantine as a precaution after having contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient. Ray said the employee will be allowed to return after spring break.