Labor Day update

Ah, the sounds of Downtown on the Sunday night of a long holiday weekend.

First I heard a cacophony of car horns that went on for at least 15 minutes.

Then I heard tires squealing, followed by the sound of a police cruiser’s horn, then a police siren.

About 12:45 I heard women arguing with each other, and then a single gunshot.

I went out for a few hours for brunch yesterday, but I decided to stay home last night. I didn’t want to be in the middle of all that – even though the place I would have gone was a mere three-block walk down a pedestrian mall.

If you still haven’t got the vaccine for COVID, please read this Daily Memphian interview. Just the first third of the interview is enough. It’s with Dr. Jon McCullers, CEO of the College of Medicine at UT Health Sciences Center, and Dr. William Schaffner, infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A few quotes:

  • McCullers: “We haven’t seen a vaccine that’s worked this well in a long, long time.”
  • McCullers: “The combination of effectiveness and safety, we’ve never seen before in a vaccine like this.”
  • Schaffner: “We had a backlog of science that had been developing over 15 years. When this new challenge arrived, we were able to focus on that science and in record time create a vaccine that exceeded our expectations.”

Local 24 has a look back at this weekend’s Beale Street Cigar Festival.

Also on Local 24: Video of the amazing bicycle kick that won Saturday’s match for Memphis 901 FC

Labor Day is never a newsy day, so that’s it for this post. Back tomorrow with more news.