Here’s everything you need to know going on in the Mid-South to start your week:
- Tenn. Gov. Bill Lee has called a special legislative session that starts tomorrow. It will address issues surrounding education during the coronavirus pandemic, including learning loss, funding, literacy, and more. The state reports third graders are dealing with a 50 percent drop in reading proficiency.
A Memphis man has been arrested for participating in the invasion of the US Capitol on Jan. 6, according to the FBI office in Memphis. Matthew Bledsoe was arrested on Friday and charged with violent entry, knowingly entering or remaining in any building or grounds without lawful authority and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
One person is dead after a shooting in Frayser early Sunday morning. They found an unresponsive male dead at the scene. Police say he was walking home when he died from gunshot wounds.
- Early this morning around 3 AM, a shooting was reported at the McDonalds on Winchester. One victim was taken to the hospital, and Memphis Police are still investigating what caused the shooting. No suspects have been arrested yet.
- Normally there would be a parade in downtown Memphis today to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but the coronavirus pandemic has halted most big events. All festivities will be virtual today. The National Civil Rights Museum is hosting a virtual celebration today, and Mayor Jim Strickland will be part of a webinar this morning to honor MLK Jr. and 1968 sanitation striker Elmore Nickleberry.
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