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Sign up to be notified when Tennessee rent assistance program opens

By Editor | January 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Tennesseans will have an opportunity to apply for rent relief. State housing officials say Tennessee is being allocated some $458 million in federal COVID-19 funds to help qualifying tenants pay bills. Tasked with administering a majority of those funds, the Tennessee Housing Development Agency reports it is creating a web portal and call center for…

COVID-19 vaccines don’t change your DNA – What you need to know before getting vaccinated

By Editor | January 14, 2021 | 1 Comment

With vaccines to protect against COVID-19 now being administered, many have questions such as how they they work, how they were developed so quickly, and whether they are safe and effective. There are currently two vaccines available for use in the U.S. One was created by biotech company Moderna, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the other…

County health departments offering COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment

By Editor | January 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

ED. NOTE, JAN. 21 — This story has been edited to reflect a new phone number to call for a vaccination appointment in Hardin County. INITIAL STORY, JAN. 12 — Tennessee county health departments are now booking appointments for people in Phase 1 populations of the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and those aged 75 and…

New 2021 Tennessee State Transportation Map available now

By Editor | January 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

The 2021 Tennessee State Transportation Map is now available for travelers. The Tennessee Department of Transportation said Monday that due to the pandemic and reduction of tourist travel through the state, the new map is only available in digital format. The PDF can be downloaded and printed. As in 2020, this digital print was created…

Lee, Tennessee legislative leadership condemn riots at U.S. Capitol

By Editor | January 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

Vivian Jones The Center Square Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and legislative leaders condemned riotous behavior Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol by protesters from a pro-Trump rally. Protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday as Congress was meeting to certify results of the Electoral College in the 2020 presidential election. The havoc caused both chambers to…

Gov. Lee calls for special legislative session to focus on Tennessee education issues

By Editor | December 30, 2020 | 1 Comment

Vivian Jones The Center Square Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday called for the state legislature to convene on Jan. 19 for a special session to focus on urgent education issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, only a third of Tennessee third graders could read on grade level. In September, TDOE…

COVID-19 vaccine arrives at Tennessee hospitals

By Editor | December 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Vivian Jones The Center Square Shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived at hospitals across Tennessee on Thursday, and the first groups of health care workers received the vaccine. “It’s a light for the first time,” Cody Hamilton, who works in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told The Center Square.…

Wreaths Across America event set for Saturday at Shiloh National Military Park

By Editor | December 15, 2020 | 1 Comment

The 2020 Wreaths Across America event in Hardin County is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Shiloh National Military Park. The event is held annually across the U.S. to “remember, honor and teach” about the historical significance of the nation’s veterans. Speakers at the local event include Shiloh Park Superintendent Allen Etheridge and…

Hardin County Animal Services closes doors to public after staffer contracts COVID-19

By Editor | December 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

After a staff member contracted COVID-19, Hardin County Animal Services closed its doors to the public Monday and will re-open Monday, Jan. 4, today said county Mayor Kevin Davis. “The animals will continue to be cared for, fed and cleaned,” said Animal Services Director Chris Sikes in a social media post Monday. Staff will keep…

Hardin County High School sports programs suspended for rest of first semester

By Editor | December 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Hardin County High School Principal Wes Wilkerson announced Thursday afternoon that all currently ongoing sports programs at HCHS are suspended for the rest of the first semester. The only sports currently active at HCHS are basketball and bowling. Wilkerson said the decision was made to protect student athletes from COVID-19, citing a rising level of…