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Nashville Health Board makes masks mandatory; details to come

BY: - June 26, 2020

Expressing concern that Nashville’s COVID-19 case count has been rising in recent weeks, the Metro Board of Health passed a policy at an emergency meeting on Friday requiring that people in Davidson County wear masks in public. The board voted to direct the Metro Legal Department to work with the Health Department officials to develop […]

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Support your local cheesemaker

BY: - June 26, 2020

Restaurants are making a slow comeback and grocery store shelves are beginning to fill again, albeit slowly. But there are industries that continue to suffer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, among them: locally made cheese. “It’s been challenging during the pandemic for farms that produce cheese products to move large quantities through grocery and restaurant […]

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Latino-serving organizations to Lee: We need a robust plan

BY: - June 25, 2020

A coalition of Latino-serving organizations from across Tennessee is urging Gov. Bill Lee and local government leaders to take specific and immediate steps to address the increasing spread of COVID-19 among the state’s Hispanic residents.  In an open letter to Gov. Lee, 18 groups, among them the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville,  Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee […]

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Metro Nashville Schools: Laptops won’t be ready for all students when school starts

BY: - June 23, 2020

Laptops purchased with federal pandemic recovery funds won’t be available for all Metro Nashville Public Schools students when classes resume in August, according to a district spokesman. Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced earlier this month plans to spend approximately $24 million in federal CARES Act funds to buy laptops for all MNPS students and internet […]

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Medical science reviews cannabis as a potential treatment for coronavirus. 

BY: - June 22, 2020

As early as April 2020, studies into the use of cannabis terpene for coronavirus treatment launched. Studies have been global, with one being conducted by the Israel Institute of Technology. With the legislature out of session for the year and an election pending, the jury is out on whether this research will impact Tennessee. The […]

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Austin Peay president steps down for Texas position

BY: - June 19, 2020

As universities navigate the impact of the coronavirus on their budgets and enrollment, Austin Peay State University has been handed an additional challenge to overcome. APSU President Alisa White announced Thursday morning that she will leave Clarksville this summer for a new position in Texas. An interim president has not yet been named.  Pending her […]

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More Nashville restaurants sue insurance carriers

BY: - June 18, 2020

In the past week, four more Nashville restaurants have entered into legal battles with their insurance companies over failing to pay pandemic-related business losses.  Acme Feed & Seed, The Southern Steak & Oyster, Bajo Sexto Taco and The 404 kitchen (the latter two owned by the same management company, LGW) have each filed separate lawsuits […]

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Middle Tennessee’s art community on hiatus

BY: - June 17, 2020

Tennesseans who rely on performing arts for relaxation will have fewer options in the coming year, as many organizations suspend programming and many performers face unemployment.  Nashville will be having a quiet summer this year as arts communities scramble for ways to survive the pandemic and the suspension of most live performances.  The Nashville Symphony […]

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Food assistance now available to families

BY: - June 16, 2020

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) announced on Monday that Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) is now available for families needing financial support to meet their children’s nutritional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. TDHS in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) began providing P-EBT to families on Friday through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) […]

Hispanic Tennesseans, many of whom work in essential fields, are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo: Getty Images)

Tennessee’s Hispanic community absorbs a third of COVID cases

BY: and - June 15, 2020

Manuel Caló, a 56-year-old Nashville construction worker from Guatemala, fell so ill so quickly that, although he took the test for COVID-19, he couldn’t wait for the results. Friends took him to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was placed on oxygen and hospitalized for four days. Even feeling so sick, Caló had to overcome […]

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BREAKING: Nashville Symphony cancels 2020-2021 season

BY: - June 12, 2020

The Nashville Symphony announced Friday the suspension of all concerts through summer of next year, furloughing many musicians and staff members.  The decision comes despite projected losses to reach $8 million while 79 musicians and 49 full-time staff have been furloughed.  “This was an extremely difficult decision to make,” said Board Chair Dr. Mark Peacock. […]

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Breaking: Nashville judge to top election officials: ‘Shame on you’ for not following absentee voting order

BY: - June 11, 2020

A Nashville judge rebuked the state’s top election officials on Thursday, threatening them with criminal contempt of court if they don’t abide by her order to update the state’s absentee voting request form to accommodate those who wish to vote by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled last week that […]