As many of you know, "On the Record" has been a Sunday tradition on WTOK for decades but now we're saying goodbye. To wrap things up, we're giving you a recap of this year and all that's taken place in our area and what a year it's been thus far. We also take a peek at all the great things to come as we look to the future of our community.
After so much uncertainty in 2020 we know one thing is for certain, football season is here. From high school football to the SEC, we have a loaded show for you in this special edition of "On the Record"
The pandemic has presented challenges none of us saw coming but it seems small businesses have been hit the hardest. City and statewide shutdowns earlier this year have caused several businesses to layoff employees or completely shut their doors altogether and for those still staying afloat, changes in capacity allowances and offering delivery options have also caused havoc especially for local restaurants
With all that’s happening in 2020, it seems there’s so much to remember; wash your hands, social distance, don’t walk out the door without that mask and aside from safety measures, remembering to register to vote, back to school to-do’s and last but not least, filling out the 2020 census. There’s some special incentives and events that have been happening in west Alabama to remind folks about the importance of filling out the survey.
More than 70 thousand new COVID-19 cases in children have been reported across the country since early august. The virus has hit close to home after the Lauderdale County School District reported an outbreak among some employees and college campuses across the state are facing large amounts of students testing positive after returning to campuses.
While plans seemed to be running pretty smoothly for most districts in east Mississippi and west Alabama, there were some reported COVID-19 cases within the first few days, between both students and employees. State health officials believe this number will grow in coming weeks. Intisar Faulkner talked to staff from local districts on what to be prepared for in weeks to come and how an outbreak would be handled.
Just this past week, Governor Tate Reeves held a press conference where he announced delays for school districts in 8 counties due to a spike in case numbers, local districts had to make adjustments to their back to school plans. During this week’s special episode of on the record.. Intisar Faulkner talked to the superintendents of Lauderdale county and Meridian public schools on reopening next week.
Local psychologist and Weems Mental Health’s child services director, Dr. Lee Lee Marlow, talked with Newscenter 11 about what will be most important for students emotionally and mentally with the upcoming transitions. We also talked to Quitman School Superintendent, Dr. Torriano Holloway, about procedures in place.