The head of Tennessee’s prison system says the number of unfilled correctional officer positions has reached an “all-time high.” Many facilities were already severely understaffed. Now, officials say the pandemic has made recruitment even harder.
Educators didn’t have much choice about whether to go back to in-person class when Middle Tennessee schools resumed this fall, leading dozens of them to decide to quit instead.
WPLN News uses Tennessee Department of Health data to track the spread of the coronavirus in Tennessee. These charts are updated weekly — and sometimes more often — to show trends in cases, hospitalizations and fatalities, as well as the age breakdown of cases and deaths.
Every journalist covering the pandemic is covering something that affects them, but it’s much more directly so when you’re a college journalist reporting on outbreaks happening among your friends and classmates.
It was late June when Nashville officials shared a plan to provide temporary quarantine housing to vulnerable COVID-19 patients. It was the kind of arrangement already happening in other cities. But Metro’s version has languished.
Owners of entertainment venues and restaurants say relief is needed to help the artists and workers that depend on them.
Nashville could soon expand which city employees have the power to issue citations during public health emergencies.
Another round of mass testing has uncovered nearly 1,000 cases of the coronavirus at a Tennessee prison, with more results coming. CoreCivic, which manages the facility, says nearly all are asymptomatic. But prisoners’ loved ones say they’re hearing a different story.
When Darius Settles died from COVID-19 on the Fourth of July, his family and the city of Nashville were shocked. A WPLN News investigation into his death finds that uninsured COVID-19 patients are rarely being told that cost shouldn’t be a concern.
Tennessee parents are looking forward to sending their kids back to school, but many say they want to know more information about coronavirus cases in schools than most districts are currently willing to share.