Friday update

A Memphis institution may have fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. A customer posted to Nextdoor that they called Molly’s La Casita in Midtown this week. They were told Molly’s was permanently closed unless their COVID-19 loan could be forgiven. They also told the customer if anyone was interested in buying the restaurant, let them know. Hopefully, someone can step up and preserve this legendary Mexican restaurant.

Yesterday David Sweat, Deputy Director of the Shelby County Health Department, announced that there is now an eligibility tool you can use to estimate when you will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccination. You can input your email address and phone number to receive notifications when we reach new phases of the vaccine process. I signed up!

In the task force press conference yesterday, Dr. Bruce Randolph, county health officer, reminded us that there are only 15 (now 14) days left in the Safer at Home order, and encouraged everyone to stay in as much as possible to make the Safer at Home period as effective as possible. He was asked if the Safer at Home order could be extended past January 22, and he said that was a possibility. However, his tone indicated Safer at Home was not likely to be extended. He said we’ve reached the point in the pandemic when individual responsibility will determine the number of cases and deaths.

The man seen with his feet on Nancy Pelosi’s desk is a former Memphian. Richard Barnett, a former EMT with multiple DUI charges, lived here until the late 1990s. He now resides in northwest Arkansas.

The DM has information for help for those in the restaurant and hospitality industry. The County Commission votes Monday on a fund that would provide $1000 grants to hosts, servers, bartenders, barbacks, cooks, dishwashers, and other restaurant staff.

The National Civil Rights Museum has issued a statement about the riots at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

The Grizzlies host the Brooklyn Nets tonight at 7 PM, with game broadcast on Fox Sports Southeast.

Memo to webmasters of sports websites: If there is no other language to indicate who is the home team (e.g. “will host” in the paragraph above), you should use the format away team vs. home team. Some websites (including a local website) don’t do this and it has caused me to report the wrong team as the home team a couple of times this season.

Elon Musk surpassed Jeff Bezos to become the richest man in the world yesterday.

CNN had its most-watched day in the 40-year history of the network Wednesday.

Watch the last new episode of Jeopardy! featuring the late Alex Trebek this afternoon on WREG News Channel 3 at 3:30 PM.

Forecast: 39 today, 29 tonight, north wind, flurries possible tonight. Good day to stay at home and make Dr. Bruce Randolph happy. “Do right, so that we can do more.”

Volunteer signups are now being accepted for MLK Days of Service January 14-18. There are a variety of activities from which to choose.

Looks like Scoop Memphis is no longer updating their website. That is a shame because that site was about as real as it gets in Memphis.

It’s My Pie Friday at Makeda’s Cookies. You can get a pecan pie made with their butter cookie crust. 488 S. Second.

Rep. Steve Cohen believes it unlikely the 25th Amendment will be invoked to declare Donald Trump unfit for office and make Mike Pence acting president. Cohen supports the removal but admits the presence of “second-rate lackeys” in Trump’s cabinet, the majority of whom would have to support the decision, makes such a move improbable.

The Trumpster will not be allowed to post on Facebook or Instagram for the remainder of his presidency, due to the false statements he has made and the conspiracy theories he has promoted on those platforms. His Twitch account has also been disabled.

Let’s all stay in as much as possible, wear our masks, and keep our 6 feet of distance so The Golden Girls Puppet Show can happen next month as planned. Back tomorrow with more news.