Thanks to President Biden's leadership we are set to address even more of the many needs of Shelby County residents hit hard by the COVID-19 global pandemic. In March, President Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. Th...
Shelby County, TN – Today, November 24, 2021, Mayor Lee Harris and Shelby County Trustee Regina Morrison Newman will host an event and press conference to raise awareness about a significant increase in local property tax relief available to low-income
Since the end of the conflict in Afghanistan this August, federal officials say more than 123,000 Afghans have been airlifted out of their homeland. Thousands of Afghan evacuees were brought to the United States and some are now in Shelby County. It is my...
I say quite often that Shelby County is the greatest county in Tennessee. Many things make our county great. Shelby County’s more than 52,000 veterans are at the top of the list.
Earlier this week, we came together for our 4th Annual Shelby Count...
Shelby County, TN – On Friday, November 19, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’ office will host the “Southern Justice Summit Awards Ceremony” to honor criminal justice reform leaders. Last year, Mayor Harris’ office hosted its first “Southern Justice Summit”
It is encouraging to see projects that focus on ridding our community of blight. That’s what’s happening in South Memphis. We recently transferred 71 blighted properties from the Shelby County Land Bank to two nonprofit organizations t...
Shelby County, TN – The Office of Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is seeking applicants for a new, six-month-long fellowship designed to expose early-career journalists to local government and public policy. The Mayoral Fellow in Journalism and Government
Recently, we brought together residents from all walks of life to form the Shelby County Mayor's Office COVID-19 Community Council. These Shelby County residents volunteered to serve. They served as trusted messengers within their own networks wh...
Our administration has worked hard to include the voices of Shelby County's young people. These young people have used their voices to offer creative solutions on issues impacting their generation and all of our county's residents. We ar...
Shelby County, TN – Today, Shelby County leaders will come together to discuss the issue of fraudulent deed filings and the potential housing crisis faced by our community. Participants in the radio forum include Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris,
Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Government and its partner nonprofit organizations want community help to create an alphabet book that highlights the beauty of our community and encourages literacy for our youngest readers. The “A-to-Z Shelby County
Shelby County, TN – Mayor Lee Harris is pleased to announce that Audrey Tipton has been named interim director of administration and finance for Shelby County Government. Tipton replaces Mathilde Crosby, who is moving to the private sector.
Shelby County, TN – On Saturday, October 9, 2021, the Shelby County Office of Reentry will host an open house event to connect formerly incarcerated individuals with staff, services, and employment opportunities. Office of Reentry case managers
Shelby County, TN – Members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners have worked collaboratively with Mayor Lee Harris’ administration to produce an American Rescue Plan Act Spending Plan to see Shelby County into the next phase of the COVID-19
Last week, I presented to the Shelby County Commission’s Budget and Finance Committee our planned allocations for the federal American Rescue Plan Act funds coming to our county. Thanks to President Joe Biden, these new resources will allow us t...
Shelby County, TN – As our community comes together after Thursday’s senseless mass shooting, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and all in his administration grieve with the Town of Collierville. Shelby County Government has resources available through
Last week, the Shelby County Commission gave its final approval for an ordinance that seeks to limit where companies can construct oil pipelines. The County Commission’s bipartisan 10-0 vote is intended to protect Shelby County neighborhoods and...
Studies show when an ex-offender has the ability to earn a decent living, they are less likely to break the law and return to prison. A new barber training program for inmates with the Shelby County Division of Corrections aims to provide the skills neces...
Shelby County, TN- On Thursday, September 16, the Office of Mayor Lee Harris and Shelby County COVID-19 Community Council will release a public service announcement that encourages young people 12 and older to get vaccinated. The PSA was created by high
Shelby County is an agricultural powerhouse. That was on full display last month at our first ever Shelby County Summer Ag Day, where we brought cows, chickens, goats, and a pig to Civic Center Plaza in Downtown Memphis. Our recent Ag Day was an opportuni...
No one could have predicted that as September 2020 marked the beginning of my administration's third year, we would continue to face the unimaginable. Because of the global coronavirus pandemic, businesses were closed, schools grappled with onlin...
Shelby County, TN – Mayor Lee Harris has announced a new opportunity for local residents to learn about the multi-billion dollar agriculture industry in Shelby County. The 2021 Summer Ag Day celebrates the farmers, agricultural businesses, and innovations
I have said many times that Shelby County is the greatest county in Tennessee.
With more than 763,000 square miles, we are the largest county in the state. We have more than 930,000 residents, the biggest population in the state. It's a county bri...
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department’s Mosquito Control Program routinely traps and tests mosquitoes for the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) as a part of a comprehensive program to limit the spread of the virus through Shelby County.
The intersection of Pleasant Ridge Road at State Route 14 will be closed to traffic in both east and west directions for approximately three (3) weeks for road construction starting at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 16th and remain closed until 12:00 a.m.
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department is holding an informational session about its National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), a free, evidence-based, year-long lifestyle change program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and
Shelby County, TN – In alignment with federal partners, Shelby County Government will begin requiring regular asymptomatic testing for unvaccinated Shelby County employees whose occupations place them at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19, beginning
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department’s Mosquito Control Program routinely traps and tests mosquitoes for the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) as a part of a comprehensive program to limit the spread of the virus through Shelby
As the Delta variant continues to surge, we continue our outreach to everyone in Shelby County to remind them of the importance of getting the vaccine to help stem the tide of this deadly pandemic. Our latest effort includes a prison education program at ...
Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has chosen DeAndre Brown, executive director of nonprofit organization LifeLine to Success, as the acting executive director of the Shelby County Office of Reentry. Brown, who spent nearly two years
Shelby County, TN- On Saturday, July 31, from 3-6 p.m., the Office of Mayor Lee Harris’ COVID-19 Community Council Ambassadors will support a vaccine "pop-up" location at the Greenlaw Community Center, 190 Mill Ave. in Uptown. Uptown area residents
Certified as a "Disparate Jurisdiction," the City of Memphis, along with Shelby County, Tennessee, are submitting a joint application for funds in the amount of $931,746 as allocated under the FY2021 Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant
Every day dealing with COVID-19 is more political than the last. Our Health Department employees have been harassed and threatened.
The politicization of the pandemic has been a dangerous trend here and around the country, as we continue to battle COVID-19...
Shelby County, TN – On Thursday, July 29, 2021, Shelby County local executives, small business owners, and government leaders will convene online for a series of discussion on best practices when conducting business in the wake of COVID-19.
Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has issued an executive order for Shelby County Administration employees that gives them four hours of paid time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Research has found that workers are significantly
Roughly 95% of all inmates nationwide will return to their communities, a fact that's true for the inmates in custody with the Shelby County Division of Corrections, where the average stay is from two to four years.
I believe while those inmates are in She...
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Health Department’s Pollution Control Section has issued a special air quality statement to warn vulnerable residents about the potential health impacts posed by particulate matter from wildfires in the western United States
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department’s Mosquito Control Program routinely traps and tests mosquitoes for the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) as a part of a comprehensive program to limit the spread of the virus through Shelby County
Shelby County, TN – On Saturday, July 17th, the Office of Mayor Lee Harris will kick off the next literature drop, this time targeting the 38128 ZIP code in Berclair. Mayor Harris’ team will deliver materials translated into Spanish directly on the door
Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris will nominate Dr. Michelle Taylor to be the next director of the Shelby County Health Department. Dr. Taylor is a graduate of White Station High School in Memphis and earned a Bachelor of Science-Biology
Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Government has initiated a new collaborative that will help the county’s nonprofit organizations better coordinate, connect, and communicate between themselves and with Shelby County Government. The centerpiece of these
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – A case of hepatitis A has been diagnosed in an employee who recently handled food at Zayde’s Deli located at 6560 Poplar Avenue. This employee worked during a period of time when ill or infectious and potentially exposed
We're proud that Shelby County administers a program to help residents buy homes and fulfill the age-old American dream.
And we're especially proud of the recent changes we've made to give program participants more money for down payments, lower interest r...
In early March of 2020, the first case of the coronavirus was confirmed here in Shelby County.
Since that day the capacity of local government has been tested like no other time in recent history. We’ve been called on to help support the local ec...
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department will be open for special Saturday hours on July 10th and July 17th to assist parents with their children’s back-to-school needs.
Over the course of many months, we have instituted a growing slate of mental health reforms to better the lives of Shelby County residents and our county employees.
As has been stated many times before, the coronavirus pandemic brought to the fore the some...
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department is hosting a health fair event at Northaven Park in the unincorporated Northaven community on Friday, June 25, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department’s Vital Records Office located at 814 Jefferson Avenue will be closed on Friday, June 18, in observance of Juneteenth. The office will offer extended hours, from 8:00 AM till 6:00 PM, for
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – Shelby County Health Department recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all Shelby County residents eligible for vaccination after receiving confirmed reports of 10 new cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – Shelby County Health Department’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program kicks off its Senior Farmer’s Market on July 1, 2021. The Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Memphis-Shelby County Joint Task Force and Shelby County Health Department recently launched the “Pass the Phone Challenge,” a Public Service Announcement to encourage eligible residents to consider taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
This week it was my privilege to welcome some of Shelby County’s best and brightest young people for the first day of our 2021 Mayor's Summer Work Experience program.
It’s an opportunity for participants to work a paying summer job and learn about Shelby C...
FORMAL ISSUANCE OF HEALTH ORDER AND DIRECTIVE NO. 22 : Pursuant to the Declarations of a State of Emergency by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and the Necessity of a Communicable Disease Control Threat Procedure by the Shelby County Health Department
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department issues Health Directive No. 22 today to go into effect at midnight on June 12th. Health Directive No. 22 lifts almost all of the prior restrictions on businesses, details the very limited
With summer just a few weeks away, Shelby County and our nation seem well on the road toward a return to normalcy.
But as eager as we are to get back to our lives before the coronavirus pandemic, it is critical that we continue to make progress getting She...
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department is hosting a series of health fair events in communities throughout Shelby County this summer, with two scheduled for the first weekend in June. The purpose of the summer health fair series is to
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department’s Vital Records Office located at 814 Jefferson Avenue will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2021, for the Memorial Day holiday. The office will offer extended hours, from 8:00 AM till 6:00 PM, for
Last year my administration enacted a new Shelby County paid parental leave policy for employees whose families welcomed a new addition.
Unfortunately, there are other, less joyous circumstances that arise and force employees to be away from work.
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department will host a series of health fair events in communities throughout Shelby County this summer, beginning May 29th. The purpose of the summer series is to promote health and safety for everyone who
The message last week was simple and profound: If you’re vaccinated, you’re safe. No masks, no social distancing.
That was the announcement a few days ago from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and President Joe Biden. Our ...
This week we acknowledge a step forward in the protection of Shelby County neighborhoods and our valuable water resources from oil pipelines and the potential damage they can spawn.
On Monday, the Shelby County Commission approved in the first of three rea...
Last year, when we made the decision to reestablish the Shelby County Community Gardens, the coronavirus had not yet touched our community and social distancing was not even in our vocabulary.
The intent then was to provide a free outdoor space for residen...
My administration’s work toward better mental health care outcomes for our community has taken another step forward.
On Monday the Shelby County Commission approved a contract with Alliance Healthcare Services, a mental healthcare provider, that ...
Shelby County, TN – On Friday, April 30th, 2021, Mayor Lee Harris will join community gardeners for the kickoff of the 2021 Shelby County Community Gardens planting season. The Shelby County Community Gardens are located at 6265 Gardener Road and are
Shelby County, TN – Today, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announces a major mental health care reform for Shelby County Government. Shelby County Fire Department paramedics will now have the ability to transport adults experiencing a mental health crisis
Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has announced that tonight, Monday, April 26th, the Vasco A. Smith Jr. Shelby County Administration Building will feature blue lighting in recognition of Autism Acceptance Month. More than 2% of
Earlier this week, I presented my third consolidated budget to the Shelby County Board of Commissioners.
I’m pleased to say that the $1.4 billion proposed budget contains no property tax increases, no cuts, gives a 1.5 percent pay raise to all ou...
Last Friday was a beautiful day, perfect for riding a bike.
That’s what Assessor of Property Melvin Burgess and I did with dozens of our friends, colleagues and neighbors.
We led a safe, family-friend bike ride through Shelby Farms Park to kick of...
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department issues Health Directive No. 20 today to go into effect at midnight on April 17th. Health Directive No. 20 further lifts restrictions on businesses, particularly restaurants and encourages vaccination
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris will join Col. Zachary L. Miller with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 to sign an agreement to give flood relief to North Shelby County residents near the Loosahatchie River Basin.
More than a year into our battle with the coronavirus, we have all worked hard to reduce fatality and infection rates, to re-open businesses, and to return to our churches and family gatherings.
We’ve worked to emphasize best practices, like wear...
Shelby County, TN – On Friday, April 9, Assessor of Property Melvin Burgess and Mayor Lee Harris will kick off “Move with the Mayor” as a part of the Shelby County’s Health Department’s celebration of National Public Health Week. Mayor Harris and Assessor
Frankie Dakin, Press Secretary for Mayor Lee Harris: “Mayor Harris has never had any conversations nor has he met with the special counsel hired to investigate an alleged quid pro quo against Commissioner Ford. Furthermore, Mayor Harris was not
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – Pursuant to discussions and approval by state officials, effective immediately, Shelby County can now begin vaccinating individuals in Phase 2a/2b as set forth in the State of Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccine Phases. For further
The Shelby County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency along with CHEMOURS would like you to help us “MASK UP OUR KIDS”. Children are our most precious cargo. As our students begin returning to the classroom, we want to help by providing
The Shelby County Health Department issues Health Directive No. 19 today to go into effect at midnight on March 20th. Health Directive No. 19 further lifts restrictions on businesses, particularly restaurants that serve the public. It is accompanied by
Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris will propose updates to the current sick leave policy to include “Safe Leave”. The “Safe Leave” policy will allow employees experiencing domestic violence to use sick leave to seek help. The “Safe Leave”
Shelby County, Tennessee – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is pleased to announce the third annual Mayor’s Summer Work Experience Program. The 2021 Mayor Lee Harris’ Summer Work Experience is an eight-week summer work experience for Shelby County youth
Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is pleased to announce that Dr. LaSonya Harris Hall has been appointed interim Director of the Shelby County Health Department. Dr. Hall currently serves as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Shelby
Shelby County, TN – Mayor Lee Harris is pleased to announce that the Shelby County Community Gardens program is now accepting applications for the 2021 gardening season. The Shelby County Community Gardens are located at 6265 Gardener Road and are
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – In alignment with the Tennessee Health Department, the Shelby County Health Department will move into Phase 1C of the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Plan on Monday, March 8, 2021. This phase includes residents who are 16 years old
Shelby County, TN – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announced today his opposition to the construction of the Byhalia Connection Pipeline. The proposed crude oil pipeline by Valero Energy Corporation and Plains All American Pipeline would run through South
Shelby County, TN – Today, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announced that the search for a new Shelby County Health Director is now open. The mission of the Shelby County Health Department is to improve, promote, and protect the health and environment of
Shelby County, TN – Over the course of the past week, the Shelby County Fire Department Dispatch Office has received nationally recognized training to handle a wide variety of mental health, behavioral emergency, and suicide calls. As a result of the
Shelby County, TN – The Shelby County Administration building at 160 N. Main St. and the Health Department at 814 Jefferson Ave. will remain closed Wednesday, February 24th due to limited plumbing from water pressure issues. All other downtown Shelby
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – All Shelby County Health Department facilities will remain closed Monday, February 22, 2021, due to water pressure issues. Vaccination activities, including drive-thru appointments at the Appling Inspection Site at 2355 Appling
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – During the week of February 22 – February 27, 2021, Shelby County Health Department and partnering agencies will offer make-up vaccinations for those whose appointments were cancelled due to inclement weather and some limited new
Shelby County, TN – Excluding the Shelby County Trustee’s Office at 157 Poplar Avenue, all Shelby County Government buildings located downtown will remain closed Tuesday, February 23rd due to limited plumbing from water pressure issues. When possible,
Shelby County, TN – All Shelby County Government buildings located downtown will be closed Monday, February 22nd due to limited plumbing from water pressure issues. When possible, Shelby County employees will work from home in accordance with the
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – Shelby County Health Department is offering new appointment availabilities for second doses of both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines this Monday, February 22, 2021 at Appling Inspection Site, 2355 Appling City Cove. These are for anyone
On February 18, 2021, Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW) issued a “Precautionary Boil Water Advisory” (attached) asking all of its customers to boil water before using it for consumption. Specifically, all customers are advised to use boiled or bottled
SHELBY COUNTY, TN – In alignment with the State of TN, the Shelby County Health Department will move into Phase 1b of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. This phase includes residents who are 65 years and older, teachers
(February 18, 2021) - Due to recent water main breaks and freezing temperatures that have caused low water pressure in MLGW's water system, Memphis Light, Gas and Water (PWS ID 0000450) has issued this advisory to notify water customers to boil their
COVID-19 cases and deaths are continuing to rise in Shelby County and across the United States. On February 14, 2021, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the United States, advised that despite the effectiveness of the COVID-19
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SHELBY COUNTY, TN – Alisa Haushalter, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, Director of the Shelby County Health Department, has been selected as the 2020 Communicator of the Year by the Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
COVID-19 cases and deaths are rising in Shelby County and across the United States. Additionally, new variants of the COVID-19 virus have been identified in other countries, one or more of which are expected to reach Shelby County. Some of the new
I think we all recognize that our local restaurant and hospitality industries have been hard hit during the course of this pandemic. That’s why, over the last several weeks, we have partnered with several members of the Shelby County Board of Co...
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SHELBY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT COVID-19 VACCINATIONS TO RESUME JANUARY 12, 2021
Vaccinations to be offered to certain gro...
You may not have heard, but we recently brought Fire Engine 60 back into service. The return of Engine 60 is a long time coming for the communities of Brownsville Maher Woods and East of Old Brownsville, and this is just the start. We are committed to mak...
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Right now, Shelby County Government is in the midst of considering law enforcement reform. In Shelby County, the discussion of law enforcement reform builds on the best practices and ideas that we have seen come out of our very own Sheriff’s Office. Even ...
Recently, the County Commission approved the largest purchase of hybrid fleet vehicles in Shelby County Government’s history. In addition, the Division of Planning and Development has been awarded $500,000 in federal grant funding to implement a...
As you know, Shelby County Schools recently began the school year. Unlike any year before, this school year’s start is virtual. That means that all of us should think deeply about what we can do to support the thousands of virtual learners in our communit...
This month marks two years as Mayor of Shelby County, the largest in Tennessee and, in my opinion, the greatest county in America.
Together, we have accomplished a lot.
We have focused on supporting working families. As one of the largest and hi...
This pandemic has impacted all of us, but none more so than our seniors and our residents of long-term care facilities. Seniors, in particular, are a priority risk group because of the high risk of complications with COVID-19. Because of this, nursing hom...