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Tearing down the federal government

By R. Neal, Sat, 2020/08/08 - 7:26am

in their quest to dismantle every federal government agency, Trump, McConnell and the GOP are now going after one of our most dependable and crucial services. How is this in any way acceptable?

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Election results

By R. Neal, Fri, 2020/08/07 - 5:08am

State...
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Dissolve the NRA!! (if anybody cares)

By Treehouse, Thu, 2020/08/06 - 2:13pm

The BBC is reporting that the New York Attorney General announced a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the NRA. And nobody in Knoxville cares enough to make it a headline?!

(link...)

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Tennessee politics in National news

By jbr, Thu, 2020/08/06 - 12:51pm

The political ads I have seen are not very flattering to Tennessee in general. Regarding the candidates and the reflection on the perceived intellect and mentality of the electorate by the candidates and their campaign staff.

Tennessee GOP Senate primary sets up another establishment vs. insurgent battle

Tennessee Republicans battle to fill Lamar Alexander's Senate seat

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Election day

By R. Neal, Thu, 2020/08/06 - 8:10am

Where to vote...

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Blount County Schools in the national spotlight

By R. Neal, Thu, 2020/08/06 - 5:08am

Washington Post takes a look at Gov. Lee's back-to-school "experiment" in Blount County.

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Knox County sheriff: Call the health department if a bar violates the closure order

By jbr, Tue, 2020/08/04 - 10:21pm

Sheriff Tom Spangler with the Knox County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday he is deferring on enforcing the BOH's order, telling people to call the Knox County Health Department with concerns or complaints about bars not following the order at its (865) 215-5555 COVID-19 hotline.

Knox County sheriff: Call the health department if a bar violates the closure order

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Helicopter crash in Tennessee river across from UT farm

By jbr, Mon, 2020/08/03 - 8:23pm

They seem to be looking in water for someone. Helicopters hovering over water. Just off Alcoa highway.

ED. UPDATE: Four people aboard, three rescued, one fatality. According to unconfirmed social media source, the helicopter was owned by the Claytons.

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Trump fires TVA board chair, one other member, wants CEO replaced

By R. Neal, Mon, 2020/08/03 - 4:02pm

AP: President Donald Trump said Monday that he had fired the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority, criticizing the federal-owned corporation for hiring foreign workers...

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SpaceX Crew Dragon splashes down safely in the Gulf of Mexico

By R. Neal, Sun, 2020/08/02 - 3:16pm

NASA...

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The Risk That Students Could Arrive at School With the Coronavirus

By Mike Knapp, Sun, 2020/08/02 - 3:12pm

Matthew Conlen et al in the NYT - The Risk That Students Could Arrive at School With the Coronavirus

No single factor can settle such a fraught decision. But new estimates provide a rough gauge of the risk that students and educators could encounter at school in each county in the United States.

The estimates, from researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, range from sobering to surprisingly reassuring, depending on the area and the size of the school.

Based on current infection rates, more than 80 percent of Americans live in a county where at least one infected person would be expected to show up to a school of 500 students and staff in the first week, if school started today.

The projections are rough guidelines based on the estimated prevalence of the virus in each county, which is drawn from a New York Times database of cases, and estimates that five people may be infected for each known case. Those estimates reflect current levels of infection around the country and are likely to change, improving or worsening in individual communities over the next weeks and months.

The estimates assume that children are as likely to carry and transmit the virus as adults — “a large assumption, given the unknowns about children,” said Spencer Fox, a member of the research team.

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10 out of 15 traditional high schools in Knox county have enrollment of greater than 1,000.

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Knox County, TN, coronavirus cases

By bizgrrl, Sun, 2020/08/02 - 11:58am

The Knox County Health Department reports
3,914 coronavirus cases and 129 probable cases.

That's 960 new cases in the past week, with 131, 120, 167, 161, 108, 120, 153 as the cases per day for the past week.
That's a 32.5% increase over last week.

There are 36 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized.

There have been 38 total deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
That's a 65% increase in deaths in the past week (23 as of July 25).
3 in the 18-44 age group (8%)
11 in the 45-64 age group (29%)
5 in the 65-74 age group (13%)
19 in the 75+ age group (50%)

As of July 28, 2020, ICU Bed availability is up to 21.0%. (272 ICU beds total with 57 beds available)

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On July 30, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
(last reported on July 16)
37921 has the most cases with 357 (population 28,000) (64.5% increase), then
37920 with 325 cases (population 39,000) (92.3% increase).
37918 with 271 cases (population 44,476) (93.6% increase)
37923 with 237 cases (population 30,000) (80.9% increase) and
37917 with 232 cases (population 27,000) (64.5% increase)

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Coronavirus cases in TN over 108,000

By bizgrrl, Sun, 2020/08/02 - 7:13am

From reports dated as of August 1, 2020.

There has been a steady increase in coronavirus (covid-19) cases in Tennessee.

According to the TN Dept. of Health, 108,184 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in TN and 1,067 have died from it..

That is an additional 14,248 cases in one week and an additional 100 reported deaths.

1,541,615 tests have been given to Tennessee residents.
That is an additional 159,756 tests in the past week.
49,191 fewer tests were given in the last week as compared to the week before.

Hospitalizations have stayed constant. From July 27 to August 1 (5 days) the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has decreased by less than 1.0% (by 4 from 1,024 to 1,020). .

7.0% of TN residents tested for the coronavirus have tested positive for the coronavirus.

22.4% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. I don't know how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (mursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

Be careful out there.

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Live at Lucille's

By jbr, Sat, 2020/08/01 - 12:20am

Watching "Live at Lucille's" on PBS.

I really liked that place.

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State won't collect, release data on coronavirus cases in Tennessee schools

By jbr, Thu, 2020/07/30 - 7:24pm

A day after a top official in Gov. Bill Lee's administration said Tennessee plans to withhold the number of COVID-19 cases in schools from the public, a spokesperson said the information will not even be collected by the state.

When Lee announced guidance for school reopenings on Tuesday, state Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said Tennessee had no plans to provide the public with data on the number of coronavirus cases and deaths at schools as many return to in-person classes.

State won't collect, release data on coronavirus cases in Tennessee schools

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DTV's LIsa Plawchan looks at education during the COVID 19 Pandemic

By Doug Veum, Thu, 2020/07/30 - 3:57pm

Education during COVID-19: A Conversation with Knox County Schools
Students, Parents and Teachers Moderated by DTV's Lisa Plawchan

Tune in for a peek at virtual learning for public education and the dilemma facing the parents of children enrolled in Knox County Public Schools.

The program will air at 7:30 PM, on Friday, July 31 on the Community TV channel at these channels:
Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

or watch it on live stream on (here!)

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Knox Co. bars closing

By R. Neal, Thu, 2020/07/30 - 7:56am

KCHD voted to close bars starting 8/3 thru 8/30. Mayor Jacobs cast the only dissenting vote. WBIR reports...

In related news, two doctors are suing KCHD over the mask mandate, saying it violates their rights.

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From our "you can't make this stuff up" files...

By R. Neal, Wed, 2020/07/29 - 7:14am

Trump has finally gone officially totally batshit crazy.

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Knox County, TN, coronavirus cases

By bizgrrl, Mon, 2020/07/27 - 6:32am

The Knox County Health Department reports 3,085 coronavirus cases and 138 probable cases.

That's 791 new cases in the past week, with 58, 93, 78, 123, 187, 137, 115 as the cases per day for the past week.
That's a 36.6% increase over last week.

According to the TN Dept. of Health, on 6/27/2020 for the first time Knox County broke the threshold for rate of new covid-19 cases per 100,000 Tennesseans.
Knox County continues to break this threshold, three times the week of June 28, three times the week of July 5, six times the week of July 12, six times the week of July 19. Twelve times in the past 14 days.
This threshold is used for decision making processes, e.g. long term care facilities in counties below the threshold for 14 consecutive days may consider allowing visitors. Sevier County has been above this threshold for 14 days.

There are 44 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized.
That's a 4% decrease in hospitalizations compared to the previous week.

There have been 23 total deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
That's a 28% increase in deaths in the past week (18 as of July 18).
2 in the 18-44 age group (9%)
8 in the 45-64 age group (35%)
1 in the 65-74 age group (4%)
12 in the 75+ age group (52%)

As of July 21, 2020, ICU Bed availability is up to 15.8%. (272 ICU beds total with 43 beds available)

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
This data has not been updated since the last report.

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Coronavirus cases in TN nearly 94,000

By bizgrrl, Mon, 2020/07/27 - 6:30am

From reports dated as of July 24 or 25 or 26, 2020.
Not sure exactly. One TN Dept of Health web page says July 25 case counts are delayed due to a technical difficulty.
Another page, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Unified Command (by Arcgis) indicates a date of 7/26/2020.
There has been a steady increase in coronavirus (covid-19) cases in Tennessee.

According to the TN Dept. of Health, 93,936 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in TN and 967 have died from it..

That is an additional 17,600 cases in one week and an additional 129 reported deaths.

1,381,859 residents have been tested.
That is an additional 208,947 tests in the past week.
42,649 more tests were given in the last week as compared to the week before.

Hospitalizations are up. From July 18 to July 28 (8 days) the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has increased by 4.3% (42 from 982 to 1,024). .

6.8% of TN residents tested for the coronavirus have tested positive for the coronavirus.
20.1% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.

Be careful out there.

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