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Colin Powell dies after complications from Covid-19

By jbr, Mon, 2021/10/18 - 8:34am

Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, has died from complications from Covid-19, his family said on Facebook. He was 84.

"We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," they said, noting he was fully vaccinated.

Colin Powell, military leader and first Black US secretary of state, dies after complications from Covid-19

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FEMA COVID-19 funeral assistance

By bizgrrl, Mon, 2021/10/18 - 6:28am

"FEMA has provided over $1.158 billion to more than 176,000 people to assist with COVID-19-related funeral costs for deaths occurring on or after Jan. 20, 2020."

Nearly 292,000 applications have been submitted to begin the funeral assistance process.

In Tennessee 4,555 people have been provided with COVID-19 related funeral costs for a total of $31,508,047, an average of $6,917 per funeral. An additional 7,768 have begun the process to request funeral assistance, which could add an approximately $53,731,000 to the program, for a total of approximately $85,239,303 just in Tennessee.

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Again, TN is the Nicest Place in America!

By Midori Barstow, Sat, 2021/10/16 - 12:50pm

For the fifth year in a row, Reader’s Digest
named the Nicest Place in America, where people are kind, resilient, and work to make their communities better.

After America faced a global pandemic and fought together for racial equality in 2020, this year is one of healing and building, of bouncing back stronger, together.

In 2021, the Nicest Place in America is the Quality Inn in Kodak, Tennessee.
Taking in the Community During a Christmas Blizzard, the Quality Inn in Kodak, Tennessee Is the Nicest Place in America

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UT Vet Hospital cutting back on emergency hours

By bizgrrl, Sat, 2021/10/16 - 6:25am

From WBIR:

The University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center in Knoxville announced Friday it is temporarily cutting back its emergency service hours for the small animal hospital due to staffing shortages and high overnight caseloads.

The veterinary center said its emergency services in the Small Animal Hospital will now only be open between the hours of 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.

A couple of years ago the emergency veterinary hospital in Blount County closed. We tried two different emergency veterinary hospitals in Knoxville. We preferred the UT Vet Hospital. There is a third 24 hour veterinary hospital in West Knoxville, which we haven't tried.

Hopefully we won't need the services of an emergency veterinary hospital during this "temporary" cutback at UT Vet Hospital.

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Knoxville City Council elections 2021

By jbr, Sat, 2021/10/16 - 12:23am

Interesting article. Who is behind the Scruffy City PAC?

Knoxville City Council elections 2021

Knox County Election Financial Disclosures

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TX school district suggests teaching "opposing” perspective to Holocaust

By bizgrrl, Fri, 2021/10/15 - 6:56am

A top administrator with the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake advised teachers last week that if they have a book about the Holocaust in their classroom, they should also offer students access to a book from an “opposing” perspective, according to an audio recording obtained by NBC News.

“How do you oppose the Holocaust?” one teacher said in response.

Shrug...

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Last weekend a tourist train derails in Smoky Mountains

By bizgrrl, Thu, 2021/10/14 - 12:00pm

"An investigation is underway after several Great Smoky Mountains Railroad cars derailed while filled with passengers over the weekend in Swain County." The train travels from the "Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) to the main depot in Bryson City."

A passenger "writes, “Multiple cars derailed, our car being one of them. It was unsettling given that our car was leaning slightly, and we were over Lake Fontana.”

Yikes!

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Sevierville traffic could be hurting your lungs

By jbr, Mon, 2021/10/11 - 12:31am

A new report released called "Trouble in the Air" said Sevierville had the most Bad Ozone Days in Tennessee in 2020. The report defined bad Ozone days as days when the amount of Ozone in the air was higher than the EPA's recommendation.

Sevierville traffic could be hurting your lungs

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William Shatner will make you laugh, smile, and be amazed

By bizgrrl, Sat, 2021/10/09 - 6:14am

To be this lucid, well-spoken, and funny at 90.

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One of Knoxville's oldest family-owned businesses is closing its doors after pandemic hardships

By jbr, Fri, 2021/10/08 - 8:15am

Greenlee is the second-oldest bike shop in the United States, dating back to 1899.

One of Knoxville's oldest family-owned businesses is closing its doors after pandemic hardships

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FBI raids Sevier County Courthouse

By jbr, Thu, 2021/10/07 - 3:17pm

Developing Story: FBI raids Sevier County Courthouse

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Cost of not getting vaccinated

By jbr, Thu, 2021/10/07 - 12:54pm

The $4 trillion economic cost of not vaccinating the entire world

Vaccine Refusal Will Come at a Cost—For All of Us

Unvaccinated COVID-19 hospitalizations cost billions of dollars

The Costs Of Rejecting Vaccinations

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Los Angeles to require proof of vaccination for indoor restaurants, gyms and theaters

By jbr, Wed, 2021/10/06 - 5:37pm

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to require patrons at indoor spaces such restaurants, gyms and movie theaters to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination -- starting November 4.

The ordinance will also apply to personal care establishments such as spas and hair salons, as well as city buildings.
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Los Angeles to require proof of vaccination for indoor restaurants, gyms and theaters

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Freestanding emergency room in Fentress Co. may be model for rest of nation

By jbr, Wed, 2021/10/06 - 5:14am

In rural communities, he said, it's not cost effective to run a whole hospital. A freestanding emergency room can provide critical care without losing too much money. Proving that it can work in Fentress County could allow other communities long distances from major hospitals to petition for similar care sites.

New freestanding emergency room in Fentress Co. may be model for rest of nation

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US Teachers leaving in record numbers

By Mike Knapp, Wed, 2021/10/06 - 2:29am

‘Exhausted and underpaid’: teachers across the US are leaving their jobs in record numbers
Michael Sainato in The Guardian

“I needed a change for my physical and mental health and that of my family, some of whom have conditions that make them vulnerable to Covid. There was a lack of transparency in the reported numbers and the push to do business as normal. It was all far too much,” said Tower. “I did not want to be a martyr. I loved my job. I’ll miss my kids, but I can’t pour from an empty vessel.”

At least 378 active teachers have died from Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, along with hundreds of other school workers. Several surveys have shown teachers are more likely to leave the profession because of worsening stress and burnout during the pandemic, coupled with pre-existing issues such as a lack of resources and low pay.

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Happy birthday, Knoxville! The Scruffy City turns 230

By jbr, Sun, 2021/10/03 - 10:27pm

On Oct. 3, 1791, James White's Fort became the birthplace of the city of Knoxville, named after William Blount's superior Henry Knox.

Happy birthday, Knoxville! The Scruffy City turns 230

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Democrats see Nashville in crosshairs as GOP plans new congressional maps

By jbr, Sun, 2021/10/03 - 11:46am

Why is gerrymandering legal?

Democrats see Nashville in crosshairs as GOP plans new congressional maps

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Extend Foothills Parkway to Metcalf Bottoms?

By bizgrrl, Sat, 2021/10/02 - 10:55am

From WATE:

The National Park Service is asking the public to comment on the proposed construction of the next section of the Foothills Parkway and access improvements between Wears Valley and the Metcalf Bottoms area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Deal reached to re-open South Knoxville riverfront walkway

By jbr, Fri, 2021/10/01 - 10:41pm

Documents: Deal reached to re-open South Knoxville riverfront walkway

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Gun maker Smith & Wesson to move its headquarters to Maryville

By jbr, Thu, 2021/09/30 - 4:02pm

Smith & Wesson's new headquarters will be located in Partnership Park North in Maryville. The state said the company plans to break ground by the end of the year.

Gun maker Smith & Wesson to move its headquarters to Maryville

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