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Here’s how to ask Dr. Fauci your COVID vaccine question | #vacation | #seniors | #elderly

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Good morning Memphis where if you are like Loverboy and working for the weekend, get ready because Saturday should be beautiful though thunderstorms are expected Sunday.

After more than a year of contending with waves of criticism, Dr. Anthony Fauci continues to be unflappable.

Ask Dr. Fauci a question

Today, our Corinne Kennedy sits down with Dr. Anthony Fauci to answer questions about the efficacy and safety of COVID-19 vaccines — and we want to know what questions you want to ask.

Fauci will be joined by and Dr. Cameron Webb who is the White House senior policy advisor for COVID-19 equity.

Do you have a question for Fauci or Webb?  Email Corinne.Kennedy@commercialappeal.com by 11:30 a.m. 

The entire interview will be published on CommercialAppeal.com later today.

COVID-19 death hits home

Evelyn Watts grips the hands of her granddaughter, Micaela Watts, in the last minutes of her life. Evelyn died of COVID-19 on April 19, 2021.

CA reporter Micaela Watts has been covering the COVID-19 pandemic since it hit Memphis in March 2020. Recently, one of those numbers represented her grandmother, who died of complications from COVID-19. 

In this column, Micaela shares her story about the last moments of her grandmother’s life including holding her hand as she took her final breath inside Methodist University hospital.

I thought about the dozens of times I had typed out information about heightened risks for seniors. I thought about all the times I’d heard folks inaccurately describe COVID-19 as though it only affected the elderly, and as though that was reason enough to not take a pandemic seriously.

Mimi was my elderly person, and I had dutifully avoided seeing her for a whole year, even as I worried it would be her last. She was, after all, 100 years old. Time was already coming for her, that was true. But did that make watching your loved one die of this virus any easier? Not for me. 

From dealing drugs to dealing cars

Marvin Coleman stands in his car lot ,Chelsea Auto Mart on Wednesday, April 22, 2021  in Memphis, Tenn. Coleman is formerly incarcerated individual who became a business owner in the Hyde Park area.

In 1998, Marvin Coleman was sentenced to federal prison on a drug trafficking conviction. While incarcerated, Coleman studied, earning his GED and an associated degree from Southwest Tennessee Community College.  

Curtis McDonald was Alice Marie Johnson’s co-defendant and released from prison last year after being granted clemency by former President Trump.

In this column for subscribers, Tonyaa Weathersbee tells the story about how these two, who became friends in prison, have started a new life as businessmen, currently owning three Memphis used car dealerships.

But there are bigger plans.

“My ultimate goal is to open the Hyde Park Automotive and Vocational Trade School, because skills pay bills,” Coleman said.

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A luxury retirement

Retirement in Shelby County is getting a bit more posh with the opening of The Farms at Bailey Station, which is poised to welcome its first apartment residents this fall, our Dima Amro reports.

The development features an outdoor kitchen, fire pits, croquet and bocce courts along with a three-story clubhouse and health campus.

“It’s really meant to be like you go on a permanent vacation,” said Michelle Vincent, executive vice president of Retirement Companies of America. “This is a continuing care, or a lifecare, community. On one campus you’ve got everything you need.”

Hog Wild Catering Owner Ernie Mellor, left, and Suis Chef John Caldwell hold a metal, branded sign inside their new shop on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Championship barbecue gets a home

Hog Wild East, a new restaurant from Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest winner Ernie Mellor, will open next week at 921 Yates Road, our Jennifer Chandler reports.

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) grabs a high pass next to Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

This is the first retail location for the catering company and will be a to-go shop featuring prepared meals, smoked meats by the pound, and freshly made sandwiches and salads.

Grizzlies push continues

Jaren Jackson Jr. is out for tonight’s game against the Orlando Magic while Grayson Allen is doubtful after suffering a hand injury Wednesday, our Evan Barnes reports.

In this story for subscribers, Barnes outlines what he likes and doesn’t like about the team as their make their push into the playoffs.

The fadeout

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Dann Miller is the senior consumer experience director for The Commercial Appeal. He can be reached at dann.miller@commercialappeal.com or on Twitter at @dannmiller.

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