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Nashville public health officials meet to chart future after public health chief forced to resign

BY: - December 11, 2020

The Nashville Board of Health convenes Friday for a pre-planned retreat that will now focus on how to steer Nashville’s Public Health Department into the future after the reluctant resignation of city’s public health chief on Thursday.  Nine months into an often-rocky tenure as the head of the Nashville Public Health Department, Dr. Michael Caldwell […]

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21 Metro Councilmembers call for firing of Nashville health director Dr. Michael Caldwell

BY: - December 10, 2020

Metro Councilmembers are formally asking the Board of Health to fire Nashville’s health director Dr. Michael Caldwell a day after a Human Resources investigation substantiated allegations of sexism against him. The letter was released publicly shortly before the Board of Health convenes at 4 p.m. on Thursday to discuss the investigation. “Our experience since then, […]

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee shakes hands with a member of the Tenn. Army National Guard’s 2-135th Aviation Regiment headquartered in Louisville during a visit, Friday, January 3, ahead of the unit’s deployment to Kosovo. (Photo by Tenn. Air Guard Master Sgt. Kendra Owenby)

19 Guardsmen deployed to Tennessee hospitals under Gov. Bill Lee’s new emergency order

BY: - December 9, 2020

At least 19 Tennessee National Guard personnel have been deployed to two private hospitals at opposite ends of the state to aid with COVID-19 response in order to relieve hospital medical staff — a result of an executive order issued by Gov. Bill Lee last week. Currently the Tennessee National Guard is providing 11 temporary […]

Sickle cell anaemia. Artwork showing normal red blood cells (round), and red blood cells affected by sickle cell anaemia (crescent shaped). This is a disease in which the red blood cells contain an abnormal form of haemoglobin (bloods oxygen-carrying pigment) that causes the blood cells to become sickle-shaped, rather than round. Sickle cells cannot move through small blood vessels as easily as normal cells and so can cause blockages (right). This prevents oxygen from reaching the tissues, causing severe pain and organ damage. (Photo: Getty Images)

Forum addresses worries about COVID-19 effects on rare diseases

BY: - December 7, 2020

Rep. Harold Love, D-Nashville, said worries in the Black community about COVID-19 haven’t been only about the virus itself, but also about the effects it could have on patients with diseases like sickle cell disease.  Love was one of several community leaders addressing the effect of COVID-19 in the Black community at a Saturday forum […]

The temporary homeless shelter at the Nashville Fairgrounds Expo Center. (Photo: Colby Sledge)

As cold weather and homelessness converge, advocates criticize lack of safe housing measures

BY: - December 4, 2020

At the convergence point of a deadly pandemic and the coldest weather of the year, a plan in Nashville for an overflow shelter for people without homes is drawing criticisms from community advocates who have been frustrated by the city’s response to homelessness throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Nashville’s cold weather shelter opened this week to […]

Maria Hernandez at Davidson County General Sessions Court in November, waiting to see if she can work out a deal with her landlord to stay in her apartment. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Immigrants face unique challenges in staving off evictions

BY: - December 2, 2020

For Maria Hernandez, 36, this has been a stressful year. Her husband was deported in February due to domestic abuse and although it was for the best, she hasn’t recovered financially. After months of trying to find work in a pandemic, Hernandez and her six children were about to be evicted, despite a national moratorium […]

State Chief Medical Examiner: ‘I have looked at every single (COVID) death certificate’

BY: - December 1, 2020

Dr. Adele Lewis has spent her career documenting death. As Tennessee’s Chief Medical Examiner — and a former deputy chief medical examiner in Nashville — Lewis works out of a downtown Nashville state office building and sometimes at home during the pandemic, overseeing a staff responsible for collecting information on how Tennesseans die and transmitting […]

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Rural Tennessee mayors feeling the squeeze as Gov. Bill Lee delegates mask rules to them

BY: - November 24, 2020

Two more Tennessee county mayors enacted first-time mask mandates on Friday afternoon ahead of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, citing rising COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations. Grainger and Claiborne County mayors are getting considerable community blowback after instituting mask mandates. “Mayor Mike Byrd take your so called mandate and stick it. Free people live free you […]

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Bill would allow parents religious exemptions in getting children COVID vaccine

BY: - November 19, 2020

A Tennessee lawmaker has filed a bill that would give parents a greater right to refuse vaccines for their children during a pandemic based on religious objections or “by right of conscience.” Current Tennessee law gives parents the legal right to refuse vaccinations for their children in order to enroll them in school in most […]

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Nashville health director under Human Resources investigation

BY: and - November 18, 2020

Metro Department of Public Health Director Dr. Michael Caldwell is the subject of multiple human resources complaints, which are currently under investigation. Complaints to the Metro Human Resources Department are not a public record until an investigation is completed. Multiple sources told the Tennessee Lookout the complaints are serious in nature.  Caldwell could not immediately […]

Screen grab of Gov. Bill Lee at Wednesday's press briefing.

East Tennessee doctors to Lee: “Get up there and lead.”

BY: - November 18, 2020

Two East Tennessee doctors said Wednesday most Tennesseans won’t be able to access a COVID-19 vaccine for a year and decried what they call a lack of leadership by Gov. Bill Lee.  Dr. Deaver Shattuck, an internal medicine specialist in Blount County and Dr. Kevin James, a geriatrician who also practices in Blount County, talked […]

Trio of U.S. Senators call for more COVID transparency in psychiatric facilities, homes for people with disabilities

BY: - November 13, 2020

Three U.S. senators are asking federal officials to require psychiatric institutions, group homes for people with disabilities and other treatment facilities for children and adults to report COVID-19 data and make it available to the public. Nursing homes have been asked since the onset of the pandemic to report coronavirus cases, testing and deaths to […]