There are more paintings than furniture in Omari Booker’s studio in Nashville. His works are bursting with color, illuminating images of family and Black men. One painting, “The Black Bird,” captures his time in prison.
A U.S. Supreme Court decision is being described as a “small victory” for abortion rights supporters in Tennessee, and it’s causing a leading anti-abortion group to call for a reset on opponents’ strategy.
Gov. Bill Lee has extended Tennessee’s state of emergency for two more months. The original order was set to expire tomorrow.
Overall Tennessee’s self-reporting rate is about on par with the national average. Some communities in Nashville currently have a lower response rate, though, so efforts are underway to emphasize the importance of responding.
Nashville’s mask mandate takes effect at midnight, according to the order signed Sunday afternoon by chief medical director Michael Caldwell. The requirement applies both inside and outside in public places, and violations are punishable with civil and criminal penalties, up to a class C misdemeanor.
An additional 135 inmates at the men’s Davidson County Correctional Development Center have tested positive for the coronavirus after a round of mass testing at the minimum security jail.
Metro Nashville Public Health says Davidson County set a new daily record for coronavirus cases on Saturday. The department says 350 cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours.
Tennessee added 1,410 new cases of coronavirus in a single day, resulting in another one-day record. The state has not disclosed any new clusters of cases, meaning the cases are primarily from community spread of the virus, which is much harder to contain.
The Metro Board of Health voted unanimously this afternoon to require a face covering in public. The specific rules will be drafted in the next 48 hours and likely implemented by Monday.
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