Tennessee schools are getting even more pandemic relief money — and families have a chance to guide how it’s spent.
Conservative radio talk show host Phil Valentine has been silent since he was admitted to the hospital for COVID-19. Meanwhile, his social media has been exploding with debate between his supporters and critics since, throughout the last year, the Supertalk 99.7 WTN host has been a staunch and vocal skeptic of the COVID vaccine.
Tennessee’s governor has come out in support of the health department’s recent actions that landed the state in the national spotlight — that being the firing of the state’s top vaccine official, Dr. Michelle “Shelley” Fiscus, which prompted questions about vaccine outreach to children.
The country’s largest hospital company, based in Nashville, released its second quarter earnings Tuesday. HCA has experienced a strong rebound from COVID-19 and is mostly back to treating patients on par with pre-pandemic levels.
According to performance reviews of Dr. Michelle Fiscus, the Tennessee vaccine official had been praised for exceeding expectations and being attentive to her team, which directly contradicts a memo that the health department sent to media outlets after her firing this week.
Districts — including Murfreesboro City Schools, Rutherford County Schools, Wilson County Schools and, most recently, Metro Nashville Public Schools — have announced that face coverings will be optional for students and staff heading into the new school year.
Sixty-seven weeks into a COVID testing site most assumed would be short term when it went up, the city is closing the location amid an increase in vaccinated people and a decrease in the positivity rate for the virus.
A Nashville Latinx group is relieving the financial stress that the COVID-19 pandemic has put on some undocumented residents.
Lee also does not plan to call for making the COVID vaccine a requirement for children to attend school.
Nashville will begin the phased closure of its COVID-19 Overflow Shelter for people without housing.