By the time Kingston Academy closed last year, the state of Tennessee had multiple reports of staff violence and at least two child-on-child sexual assaults. Yet it would take damning photos of squalid conditions, taken by a mother of four, to shut the children’s psychiatric facility down.
Nashville leaders say they have no interest in going back to a lockdown. They believe getting more people to follow current rules — especially mask wearing — will bring the coronavirus back under control.
The federal government is shipping Tennessee 2 million rapid COVID tests in which the results can be known on-the-spot. The state is trying to get them into schools, but administrators are hesitant to take on yet another responsibility.
Caring for some of Tennessee’s most vulnerable kids is challenging work, yet many who do so in residential psychiatric centers earn low wages, have no prior experience and get just a couple weeks training. Which is why places like Kingston Academy near Knoxville, which closed last year, see such high staff turnover, burnout and violence.
Nearly every part of the state has seen hospitalizations grow this month, but the most dramatic growth is in hospitals that pull patients from places without mask requirements.
Wayne Smith has led the hospital chain Community Health Systems for 23 years. It briefly ran even more hospitals than HCA. But in recent years, the company has been forced to sell off dozens of them.
Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients show no sign of slowing down in Tennessee, with a new high almost every day. But so far, the surge has not triggered the state’s plan to launch expanded sites for their care.
Tennessee has reported its worst day of the coronavirus pandemic thus far — with the highest number of cases and a record 65 deaths reported statewide on Friday. Taking a look at the numbers on a county-level, Houston County maintains the worst death rate. Though the county has reported fewer than 20 […]
Middle school students in Metro Nashville Public Schools will not begin returning to their classrooms as scheduled this week. The district announced it’s hitting pause on the return to in-person classes following an emergency meeting of the school board Friday afternoon.
Susan Keener wasn’t so worried about her own health when Rutherford County resumed in-person schooling. Her daughters say she was far more concerned about her special education students who’d gone months without being in class. Then after a few weeks back, she fell ill with COVID-19.