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Biden administration opens investigation into Tennessee policy on student masks

By Editor | August 30, 2021 |

Jon Styf The Center Square The U.S. Department of Education informed the Tennessee Department of Education on Monday it would be investigating whether the state’s stance on masks in schools is violating the rights of disabled students. The investigation, from the department’s Office of Civil Rights, centers around an executive order from Gov. Bill Lee…

Tennessee says lack of applications to blame for small distribution of rental relief money

By Editor | August 25, 2021 |

Jon Styf The Center Square Tennessee has disbursed only $17.2 million of the $383.4 million worth of Emergency Rental Assistance program money the state received in the first wave of funding for the COVID-19 relief program. Nearly $2 million of the amount has been paid out in the past two weeks, but it still pales…

Germantown Symphony cancels Savannah event

By Editor | August 25, 2021 |

Citing pandemic restrictions which resulted in numerous rehearsal cancellations, the Germantown Symphony Orchestra has called off its upcoming performance in Savannah. “No one is more disappointed than we are,” said Jennie Latta, president of the GSO. “We were so looking forward to returning to Savannah.” The free sunset symphony was planned for Sept. 4, on…

Biden declares disaster in Tennessee’s Humphreys County

By Editor | August 25, 2021 |

  Jon Styf The Center Square President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that federal disaster relief funds would be available to Tennessee residents, declaring a major disaster after flooding in Humphreys County left at least 21 residents dead. Federal disaster funds can include “grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property…

Mayor Davis expresses trust in county hospital’s staff in wake of CEO’s departure

By Editor | August 24, 2021 |

Hardin County Mayor Kevin Davis said Monday he appreciates the work former HMC CEO Nick Lewis did to maintain and improve the county-owned hospital. Lewis resigned, effective last Sunday. (See full story in the upcoming print edition.) “Patient care is the first and foremost issue for Hardin Medical Center, and I have faith and trust…

Pfizer vaccine gets full FDA authorization

By Editor | August 24, 2021 |

The Food and Drug Administration issued full authorization Monday of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and up. The vaccine remains under emergency use authorization for those age 12-15 years and for the administration of the third dose option for individuals who are moderately or severely immuno-compromised. According to the Tennessee Department of Health,…

US education secretary questions legality of Gov. Lee’s mask opt-out order

By Editor | August 19, 2021 |

Jon Styf The Center Square Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order allowing parents to opt out of school or local government mask mandates has gotten the attention of the Biden administration and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “Tennessee’s actions to block school districts from voluntarily adopting science-based strategies for preventing the spread of COVID-19…

Health Department offering third dose of mRNA vaccine

By Editor | August 18, 2021 |

People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems can now get an additional dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine. Local health departments across the state are administering the additional dose option with no appointment necessary. Other regular healthcare providers have also been encouraged to begin offering it to eligible patients, the Tennessee Department of Health said.…

Lee gives parents final say on masks, declines to call special session

By Editor | August 18, 2021 |

Jon Styf The Center Square Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order Monday allowing parents to opt children out of COVID-19 mask mandates from local schools or government agencies. Lee declined to call for a special session of the Tennessee Legislature to address the issue. House Speaker Cameron Sexton and state’s Republican House members…

Hardin County Schools announces new COVID-19 guidance

By Editor | August 17, 2021 |

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to swell locally, Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis announced new guidance effective Wednesday, Aug. 18. •Students and staff who wear a mask while at school will not be required to quarantine by the school unless they have symptoms. •Students and staff who are currently quarantined will…