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Good Thursday morning from Memphis where the tigers seem to have found a rhythm, but first we have more news about COVID-19 and experts predict that a new variant that has arrived in Shelby County could prevail in a few months.

Yes, the B.1.1.7 variant of the virus, which health officials believe is more transmissible, could be the dominant virus variant in Memphis by spring, according to our Laura Testino’s report. Dr. Manoj Jain, an infectious disease specialist and a member of the Memphis-Shelby County’s joint COVID task force, describes the threat in this CA statement.

As the Vacinne spreads out, we’ve learned that four Memphis clinics will now be distributing the vaccine, reports Daniel Connolly.

The calls for SCS are amplified to return to personal courses

Since the administration of Shelby County Schools, Dr. Joris Ray, who is suspending re-entry of students into SCS buildings, is calling for critics for an updated, detailed school return plan, according to a report by our Laura Testino.

Memphis food waste

As my colleague Ryan Poe reports in this subscriber-only story, a group of Memphians and their organizations are banding together to promote loving eating throughout the city’s supply chain through an initiative they call the Memphis Food Waste Project. The project, led by Clean Memphis, aims to reduce the food that goes to local landfills by 50% by 2030. This is in line with the goals of the United Nations, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency. (Not a subscriber? Consider becoming one.)

Over the coming weeks, Ryan will share the stories of the people involved in this effort, from saving food to composting, and the people who are being fed as a result. If you have any questions or concerns about his coverage, Ryan would love to hear from you. You can reach him at [email protected] and on Twitter @ryanpoe.

Lorenzen Wright Fall back in the spotlight

Eleven years after his shooting, Lorenzen Wright’s death and his ex-wife’s conviction still rule the region. Dateline NBC will be focusing on the case in “Death of a Hometown Hero” on a special Friday airing after our Dima Amro.

Mourning a tiger

The Memphis Zoo mourns the loss of a white Bengal tiger, reports our Dima Amro.

Memphis Tigers DJ Jeffries plays the ball against the UCF Knights during his game at FedExForum on Wednesday February 3, 2021.

Tigers are flying high this week

The soccer team has completed their best recruiting class ever, reports our Evan Barnes. And the basketball team that just won a Wednesday night win against the University of Central Florida has now won five of its last six games, and talk of NCAA tournaments once again fills the air (and the radio talk show radio waves in particular). Tiger’s basketball beat reporter Jason Munz shares the key moments of the UCF victory. In this subscriber-only article, columnist Mark Giannotto says the Tigers created a way to get to the NCAA tournament that seemed unlikely a few weeks ago.

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Black Memphis artists have helped shape American music

From the Royal Studios to Stax, Memphis has a rich black music history. From blues and jazz to soul and rap, Memphis and the South are a key part of the soundtrack of the nation’s rich black musical heritage. The Hallowed Sound project examines how black voices from the south shaped American music. Hallowed Sound is a subscriber only project. (Not a subscriber? Consider becoming one.)

Mark Russell is the Executive Editor of The Commercial Appeal. You can reach him at [email protected], 901 / 288-4509 or follow him on Twitter: @ MarkRussell44

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