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.”

NBC News: Mayor of Tennessee city that hosts Bonnaroo dies of Covid-19 at 79

NBC News: Mayor of Tennessee city that hosts Bonnaroo dies of Covid-19 at 79. “The mayor of a small town in Tennessee that hosts the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival died Monday of Covid-19, officials said. He was 79…. Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman was hospitalized earlier this month before dying ‘after a valiant fight against COVID-19,’ the city said in a Facebook post Monday.”

CNN: Nashville officials investigating a religious concert that lacked a permit and drew thousands without masks

CNN: Nashville officials investigating a religious concert that lacked a permit and drew thousands without masks. “Health officials in Nashville, Tennessee, are investigating an outdoor religious concert that they say took place downtown without a permit on Sunday and drew large crowds of people who weren’t wearing masks.”

Route Fifty: Tennessee Using Federal Coronavirus Funds for Police Training

Route Fifty: Tennessee Using Federal Coronavirus Funds for Police Training. “Tennessee will use $300,000 in federal coronavirus funding to pay for training of new police recruits. The money will pay for 90 cadet scholarships for the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, covering the portion that local departments would normally have to fund, Gov. Bill Lee recently announced.”

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.”

WATE: New Tennessee online education tool

WATE: New Tennessee online education tool. “Tennessee leaders announced a new website designed to assist parents and teachers with educational resources. It’s called Best For All Central: Tennessee’s Hub for Learning and Teaching. School leaders, educators, and families get free access to an extensive collection of resources to support learning, as well as features for locating specific resources quickly and easily.” This is specific to Tennessee education requirements, but I didn’t have any problems browsing the content. There don’t seem to be any location restrictions.

Tennessean: White House is recommending Tennessee close all bars. Gov. Bill Lee says no.

Tennessean: White House is recommending Tennessee close all bars. Gov. Bill Lee says no.. “Dr. Deborah Birx, a White House adviser who is among the top coronavirus officials in the nation, said Monday that Tennessee should close bars and limit indoor restaurant dining to prevent a looming escalation of the coronavirus outbreak. Moments later, Gov. Bill Lee said he had no plans to follow this recommendation. Lee said he would not close bars or limit restaurants or give county mayors the authority to take these actions locally.”

Tennessean: Kid Rock’s honky-tonk, other bars have beer permits suspended for violating pandemic health rules

Tennessean: Kid Rock’s honky-tonk, other bars have beer permits suspended for violating pandemic health rules. “The Metropolitan Beer Permit Board on Thursday issued a five-day beer permit suspension against four downtown bars for violating one of the Health Department’s COVID-19 restrictions. Moxy Nashville Downtown, Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk and Steakhouse, Broadway Brewhouse and Nudie’s Honky Tonk were seen serving patrons at the bar on Saturday.”

Newsweek: Judge Threatens to Hold Tennessee in Contempt Over Not Allowing Coronavirus Fears as Valid Excuse for Mail-In Voting

Newsweek: Judge Threatens to Hold Tennessee in Contempt Over Not Allowing Coronavirus Fears as Valid Excuse for Mail-In Voting. “A judge in Tennessee has admonished the state for failing to follow her order allowing mail-in voting for those concerned about in-person voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Rhea Co. Executive: COVID-19 cases in county to rise “from 13 to close to 180” by May 21 (WTVC)

WTVC (Tennessee): Rhea Co. Executive: COVID-19 cases in county to rise “from 13 to close to 180” by May 21. “Rhea County Executive George Thacker is telling residents to be careful this Memorial Day weekend, as he says the county will soon see a drastic increase in the number of reported COVID-19 cases.”

Tennessee State Library and Archives: Welcome to the Stories from the Sixteenth State podcast!

Tennessee State Library and Archives: Welcome to the Stories from the Sixteenth State podcast!. “The Tennessee State Library and Archives is happy to announce the creation of a new podcast called Stories from the Sixteenth State. The title references Tennessee’s 1796 admission to the Union as the 16th state. The podcast will examine the people, places, and events that have shaped Tennessee’s history.”