Chattanooga Times Free Press: State education department launches free decodable books program to strengthen K-2 reading skills

Chattanooga Times Free Press: State education department launches free decodable books program to strengthen K-2 reading skills. “The Tennessee Department of Education has a new tool in its effort to make students proficient readers by the time they enter third grade. Called ‘decodables,’ the free, at-home reading supplement for students in kindergarten through second grade helps parents work with their youngsters to build reading skills and practice phonics.”

PR Newswire: Launch Of Two Online Exhibitions Allows The Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum To Serve A Broader Audience (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Launch Of Two Online Exhibitions Allows The Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum To Serve A Broader Audience (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum unveiled new, free-to-access online exhibitions: Suiting the Sound: The Rodeo Tailors Who Made Country Stars Shine Brighter and Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City. These multimedia exhibits are the first designed exclusively for the museum’s website.”

Associated Press: Tennessee panel deemed vaccinating inmates a ‘PR nightmare’

Associated Press: Tennessee panel deemed vaccinating inmates a ‘PR nightmare’. “The Tennessee debate reflects an issue facing states nationwide as they roll out life-saving vaccines: whether to prioritize a population seen by many at best as an afterthought, separate from the public, and at worst as non-deserving. The resistance comes even though medical experts have argued since the beginning of the pandemic that prisoners were at extremely high risk for infection given that they live in extremely close contact with each other and have little ability to social distance.”

Commercial Appeal: Stax Museum to close temporarily amid COVID-19 surge

Commercial Appeal: Stax Museum to close temporarily amid COVID-19 surge. “The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is closing temporarily. In a statement announcing the move, the Stax Museum confirmed that in ‘accordance with a new Shelby County Health Directive with restrictions regarding public and private gatherings and area businesses operating at reduced capacity, we have made the decision to temporarily close.’”

Chalkbeat Tennessee: Tennessee is supposed to track COVID-19 cases in schools, but privacy concerns and limited reporting make that tough

Chalkbeat Tennessee: Tennessee is supposed to track COVID-19 cases in schools, but privacy concerns and limited reporting make that tough. “Tennessee’s online database that is supposed to inform students and parents about the prevalence of COVID-19 cases on school campuses gives an incomplete picture because of privacy concerns and limited reporting by districts. A Chalkbeat analysis of COVID-19 data in the state’s schools dashboard shows between 880 and 3,540 student coronavirus cases weren’t included in the district level totals from Oct. 19 to Nov. 15. Similarly, at least 685 and as many as 2,740 teacher cases also were excluded on the district level.”

Tennessee counties without mask mandates have higher COVID-19 death toll: Vanderbilt (WZTV)

WZTV: Tennessee counties without mask mandates have higher COVID-19 death toll: Vanderbilt. “Areas that adopted early face covering requirements over the summer have a substantially lower death rate compared to those who didn’t implement one, the hospital’s Department of Health Policy says. While deaths were initially higher in these counties who adopted mandates, once the requirement was put in place the death rate began to decline.”

The Chattanoogan: “Hey Earl” Radio Programs Donated To Be Digitized

The Chattanoogan: “Hey Earl” Radio Programs Donated To Be Digitized. “Earl (Hey Earl) Freudenberg has donated over 500 audio cassette tapes of his popular ‘Hey Earl’ radio program on WDOD to Picnooga/Chattanooga Historical Society. Mr. Freudenberg’s radio presence in the Chattanooga area has spanned nearly 55 years, and his work started at WDOD in 1965. The shows he personally recorded are from the mid-1980s through the early 2000s and include many interviews of local and regional personalities.”

WKRN: Tennessee reports 3,606 new COVID-19 cases, 65 deaths, both record-high single-day increases

WKRN: Tennessee reports 3,606 new COVID-19 cases, 65 deaths, both record-high single-day increases. “The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed additional cases and deaths related to COVID-19 across the state on Friday, October 23. The health department reported 3,606 new cases, bringing the state to 241,513 total cases, a 1.5% day-to-day increase since Thursday. Of the total cases, 228,930 are confirmed and 12,583 are probable.”

Tennessee Department of Health: New COVID-19 Website Launched by Tennessee Department of Health

Tennessee Department of Health: New COVID-19 Website Launched by Tennessee Department of Health. “The new COVID19.tn.gov website is designed to streamline and simplify some of the most frequently requested COVID-19 data for both desktop and mobile users. The site offers dashboards and daily reports with state and county-level information including case counts, hospitalizations and tests conducted.”

WATE: Tennessee launching dashboard tracking COVID-19 in schools

WATE: Tennessee launching dashboard tracking COVID-19 in schools. “The Tennessee Department of Education on Tuesday will unveil a new tool, informing parents about COVID-19 cases in their area. The dashboard including district and local school data on new positive COVID-19 cases including students and staff. School districts will provide the data for the dashboard that will be updated on a weekly basis.”