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Daily Updates | March 24, 2020

Tuesday, 24 March, 2020
Shelby County Schools to close ‘until further notice’

4:58 pm CST – Following Gov. Lee’s request for Tennessee school districts to remain closed until April 24, Shelby County Schools announced that SCS schools and district offices would remain closed until further notice. Read more >>

Gov. Lee Calls for TN schools to remain closed until april 24

4:20 pm CST – Tennessee schools are to remain closed for another month, Gov. Bill Lee announced on Tuesday, just over a week after he first urged districts around the state to shut down through the end of March.  Read more >>

Chamber to host SBA loan application program webinar

2:45 pm CST – The Greater Memphis Chamber in partnership with the US Small Business Association is hosting a free webinar tomorrow, March 25th at 10 am CST to review the application process for disaster loans related to COVID-19. Read more>>

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Rise to 135 in Shelby County

2:00 pm CST – The Shelby County Health Department has confirmed 135 cases of COVID-19 with 176 confirmed cases in the Memphis metro area. 667 confirmed cases have been reported in the state of Tennessee. Read more >>

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FEMA Simplifying Public Assistance Process to Expedite Payment

11:00 am CST – While communities that regularly experience natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes are familiar with FEMA’s Public Assistance process, the President’s recent declaration of a nationwide emergency under the Stafford Act encompasses every state, including tens of thousands of eligible applicants (if not more) for disaster assistance, many of which are navigating unfamiliar territory. Recognizing the logistical and bureaucratic challenges this unprecedented response effort will bring, FEMA is actively working to develop a simplified application and funding process. In this alert, we provide an overview of the Public Assistance process for COVID-19 – for new and experienced applicants. Read more >>

Mayor Harris issues stay at home order for shelby county

7:00 am CST – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announced Monday a planned executive order requiring that all county residents stay at home. Excluded from the order are those performing essential services. The order is effective Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Read more >>

Chamber launches jobs list for Memphis

6:50 am CST – The Greater Memphis Chamber has launched an ongoing list of business in the Memphis area who are hiring. See available jobs>>


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