‘It’s just overwhelmed everything’ | COVID-19 patients reach “crisis” levels at East TN hospitals (WBIR)

WBIR: ‘It’s just overwhelmed everything’ | COVID-19 patients reach “crisis” levels at East TN hospitals. “An East Tennessee hospital faces rapidly-approaching crisis care levels as COVID-19 patients overwhelm the facility, forcing some to receive ICU-level care in a packed emergency room and, once, in an ambulance parked outside, hospital leaders said Monday.”

Tennessean: East Tennessee hospitals warn frightening COVID spike is beginning to overload the system

Tennessean: East Tennessee hospitals warn frightening COVID spike is beginning to overload the system. “East Tennessee doctors delivered a clear message to the public today: If you get sick from COVID-19, your treatment could take longer and the best resources might not be immediately available to every patient. And if you rely on a rural hospital, things could be even worse.”

NBC News: Tennessee teen talking about grandma who died of Covid heckled by adults at school board meeting

NBC News: Tennessee teen talking about grandma who died of Covid heckled by adults at school board meeting. “Grady Knox, a junior at Central Magnet School, was mocked and shouted down while speaking at a Rutherford County School Board meeting Tuesday night. A clip of the moment made the rounds of social media, showing adults telling the teenage boy to ‘shut up’ as he gave a personal story to relay his views in favor of mask mandates.”

Tennessee Lookout: 8 Tennessee public school employees dead from COVID in first month of school

Tennessee Lookout:8 Tennessee public school employees dead from COVID in first month of school. “At least eight Tennessee public school employees – three elementary school teachers, one pre-k assistant, a cafeteria worker, a bus driver and two high school teachers – have died since the school year began after contracting COVID-19. The total is an imperfect tally of a grim statistic that no one government agency or private entity is currently monitoring in a systematic way.”

WGNS: $1.2 billion in Unclaimed Property – Tennessee Treasury launches enhanced, mobile-friendly claims portal

WGNS: $1.2 billion in Unclaimed Property – Tennessee Treasury launches enhanced, mobile-friendly claims portal. “The Unclaimed Property Division is a consumer protection program of the Tennessee Department of Treasury that works to reunite the millions of missing dollars turned over every year with its rightful owners. Treasury estimates that one in six Tennesseans could have missing money.”

WKRN: Tennessee’s #1 ranking for new COVID-19 cases per capita leads to call for state leaders to ‘step up & take action’

WKRN: Tennessee’s #1 ranking for new COVID-19 cases per capita leads to call for state leaders to ‘step up & take action’ . ” The Volunteer State is leading the nation in new daily COVID-19 infections. Doctors are warning if nothing drastic changes Tennessee hospitals will be pushed to the brink. Governor Bill Lee recently met with doctors regarding the pandemic but is sticking with his current plan.”

USA Today: Tennessee school district parents planning a ‘sickout’ to up the pressure on COVID-19 safety

USA Today: Tennessee school district parents planning a ‘sickout’ to up the pressure on COVID-19 safety. “Eric Moore is a parent who is helping organize the ‘sickout’ to force administrators to follow guidance from the Knox County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and create a more robust virtual experience for students who are home sick or quarantined.”

Tennessee Secretary of State: Tennessee State Library & Archives Launching a Lunchtime Speaker Series Commemorating Tennessee’s 225 Years of History

Tennessee Secretary of State: Tennessee State Library & Archives Launching a Lunchtime Speaker Series Commemorating Tennessee’s 225 Years of History. “The first Lunchtime Speaker Series event, a look back at Tennessee’s Centennial Celebration led by Historian David E. Ewing, will be Friday, Sept. 10, from Noon to 1 p.m. The other speaker series events will take place on Nov. 5, Feb. 11 and May 6. Topics for these events include Native American life and culture in early Tennessee, how Tennessee earned the Volunteer State nickname through service in military conflicts and how Tennessee’s topography and geology impacted where pioneers settled.” The events will be livestreamed on both Facebook and YouTube.

WKRN: Fairview Middle School in Williamson County closed Friday due to illness

WKRN: Fairview Middle School in Williamson County closed Friday due to illness. “Fairview Middle School will be closed Friday due to a faculty/staff illness and ‘an inability to staff the building and classrooms.’ According to a Williamson County Schools spokesperson, the school will use one of ten days set aside in the school year typically used for inclement weather. New state guidelines do not allow the school to hold a remote learning day.”

NewsChannel 5 Nashville: ‘I’m fed up,’ says member of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s COVID-19 task force

NewsChannel 5 Nashville: ‘I’m fed up,’ says member of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s COVID-19 task force. “A member of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s own COVID-19 task force is breaking ranks with the governor and his approach to the crisis, saying she is ‘fed up.’ In an exclusive interview with NewsChannel 5 Investigates, Dr. Sara Cross of Memphis said she decided to speak up following Lee’s decision to allow parents to opt out of their schools’ mask mandates. That decision, the infectious disease expert said, is not what the science suggests is needed.”

Daily Memphian: Hospital emergency directors call for immediate countywide mask mandate

Daily Memphian: Hospital emergency directors call for immediate countywide mask mandate. “The emergency directors of every hospital system in the city are urging local leaders to ‘reinstitute a mask mandate immediately’ and warning of a crisis for hospitals battling shortages of skilled medical professionals and a COVID rate of hospitalizations expected to double by the end of this month and ‘increase six-fold by the end of September.’ That’s according to a letter being signed Tuesday, Aug. 17, by all of the directors that was read to the City Council by chief operating officer Doug McGowen.”

Daily Beast: This Tennessee Republican Nearly Died From COVID. Now He’s Fighting Masks.

Daily Beast: This Tennessee Republican Nearly Died From COVID. Now He’s Fighting Masks.. “On Wednesday night, [David] Byrd joined all 73 members of the House Republican caucus in petitioning Gov. Bill Lee to call a special session of the legislature to prohibit local mask mandates and keep businesses from barring the unvaccinated. At a time when virus infections were breaking records set back when he got sick, Byrd’s signature on the letter made him part of a deadly double speak.”

AP: After lengthy battle with virus, lawmaker urges vaccinations

AP: After lengthy battle with virus, lawmaker urges vaccinations. ” A Tennessee lawmaker who battled COVID-19 for nearly eight months is encouraging the public to ‘consider getting vaccinated.’ Republican Rep. David Byrd detailed his struggle with the virus in a lengthy statement Friday, describing how the disease put him in an intensive care unit on a ventilator for 55 days. He says his family began planning his funeral.”

Tennessean: ‘Tennessee On Me’ tourism campaign paid social media influencers to promote Lee’s effort, records show

Tennessean: ‘Tennessee On Me’ tourism campaign paid social media influencers to promote Lee’s effort, records show. “Tennessee paid thousands of dollars for social media influencers to promote a contentious new initiative that uses $2.5 million in Tennessee taxpayer dollars to offer flight vouchers largely to out-of-state residents. According to documents obtained through a public records request, the Department of Tourist Development paid an estimated $11,000 to at least 11 local influencers to post on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok touting the new program. Emails show the state had originally budgeted $30,000 for influencers.”