Wednesday update

That debate. Oh my God.

If monkeys are truly our ancestors, then I guess it’s true that the loudest monkey in the jungle wins.

After it was over it was described as a “food fight,” an “unmitigated disaster,” a “horror show.” Yes I would agree with all of that.

FiveThirtyEight has a recap of the debate. I do not recommend watching a video replay. It is that bad. It will give you nightmares. It definitely gave me nightmares last night.

Let’s get on to the news. I’m not going to even pretend this post will be one of my best. I need a day to mentally recover from what I saw and heard last night.

Gov. Bill Lee is ending all COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and large gatherings for the 89 of 95 counties in the state of Tennessee that do not have county-run health departments. That means restaurants and bars will be able to operate at 100% capacity. However, Shelby is one of the six remaining counties to which the executive order does not apply. The Shelby County Health Department will be “encouraged” to lift all restrictions but will not be required to do so.

Will they? I doubt it, not in the near future. In a densely populated urban area, you have to take more precautions than you would out in the country. I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if Lee’s order causes the local COVID-19 task force to loosen restrictions a little more quickly than they otherwise would.

I started to list predictions on what regulations would be loosened in October, but nah. Let’s not jinx things.

There were a string of car break-ins in the Front and MLK, Front and Pomtotoc, Main and Pontotoc areas Tuesday morning.

The CA’s Jennifer Chandler has an article on Huling Station, South Main’s new outdoor dining spot next to Puck Food Hall. There are 66 seats and free Wi-Fi, along with plans for live music.

A $500,000 parking garage project could add up to 1400 spaces off Peabody Place.

The CA has a look at the new Canopy by Hilton hotel across B.B. King Blvd. from AutoZone Park. The article notes that Memphis is far above the national average at 52% hotel occupancy right now.

Just received my morning bulletin from FiveThirtyEight, with the transcript of the politics editors’ post-debate Slack chat: “I guess we should have taken what we expected to be the worst possible debate and then gone lower.”

That’s all I can do this morning. Apologies if typos. Keep scrolling down if you want to read a recap of yesterday’s COVID-19 task force press conference.