Mar 30 2020
06:31 am

Passed on from a friend,

We are so thankful for those who work in grocery stores, pharmacies, law enforcement, health care, fire fighters, lawn care workers, food services, postal workers, delivery workers, warehouse workers, auto and home repair, etc., the list goes on, who continue to come to work every day to serve their communities.

Whatever we can do to protect ourselves and others does make a difference. Protect yourself in order to protect everyone you encounter.

Mar 30 2020
06:29 am

Desperate for medical equipment, states encounter a beleaguered national stockpile

The federal cache has been overwhelmed by urgent requests for masks, respirators, goggles, gloves and gowns in the two months since the first U.S. case of covid-19 was confirmed. Many state officials say they do not understand the standards that determine how much they will receive.

Anecdotally, there are wide differences, and they do not appear to follow discernible political or geographic lines.


Mar 28 2020
09:23 am

The Department of Labor reported on Thursday that 3.28 million people filed for unemployment insurance last week, confirming that the economy is rapidly transitioning from strong activity to an unwelcome hibernation because of the coronavirus.
It’s an economic hurricane, not a typical recession.
Perhaps a better analogy for the current downturn is not past recessions, but rather a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Like the coronavirus, it caused an almost immediate shutdown of one economic region.

Unemployment claims (population in millions) -
Tennessee - 39,096 (6.79)
Kentucky - 48,847 (4.47)
Georgia - 11,746 (10.617)
Alabama - 9,490 (4.9)
North Carolina - 93,587 (10.49)

Mar 21 2020
10:01 am

Food City
And more...

There is a demand for certain jobs.

Mar 15 2020
06:32 am

[Florida Governor] DeSantis said visitors to Florida from other states, including New York, are contributing to the spread of Covid-19 in Florida.

“We’re seeing cases where people clearly contracted it somewhere else and brought it here,” DeSantis said at a briefing at the state Emergency Operations Center on Saturday.

Does this mean he wants to keep Trump and his entourage out as well? Especially since Trump still shakes hands, meets with people infected with the virus, and brings groups of people together.

Mar 14 2020
06:15 am

The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan legislative package in response to the spread of coronavirus in the early hours of Saturday morning following intense negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration.

The bill passed with broad, bipartisan support and a final tally of 363-40 with 40 Republicans voting against it and Independent Justin Amash of Michigan voting "present."

H.R.6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The votes, 363 Yeas, 40 Nays, including Tim Burchett, U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 2nd congressional district. Scott DesJarlais, U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 4th congressional district, John Rose, U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 6th congressional district, and Mark Green, U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 7th congressional district, also voted against.

Mar 13 2020
05:36 pm

Dollywood announced on Friday afternoon that they would not be opening for the season over coronavirus concerns.

The Dollywood website says they are closed until March 28. Dolly Parton's Stampede and Pirates Voyage will also be closed beginning March 16.

Mar 10 2020
06:48 am

With the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19 across the nation, is it okay to continue with events that bring together large crowds from a lot of different places?

Many events are being canceled. Many universities are going to online teaching.

Is it fair to the rest of us when events bringing in large groups of people to our area are not canceled? For example, Dollywood is scheduled to open this week. Visitors from all over the East will probably be visiting.

Are we taking the appropriate precautions? Just asking.

Mar 6 2020
11:03 am

Report from WATE,

Jeremy Smith, Director of the Center for Molecular Biophysics, a partnership between the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Micholas D. Smith, a post-doctoral fellow and soon-to-be UTK research professor, began digital calculations to find a chemical, or drug, that might work against the coronavirus.

The two researchers have discovered a chemical compound, which will be further tested soon, that could stop the virus and prevent it from spreading further.

They say their work is made possible by the “world’s most powerful computer,” or the Summit, at ORNL.

Sooner better than later would be good.

Mar 3 2020
04:53 pm

Who's going to get the most delegates in the Democratic primaries? Should be interesting...

Mar 3 2020
09:28 am

Late last night, early this morning a deadly tornado hit Nashville from the Northwest to East. Lots of damage. Lots of power outages. Lots of government offices closed.

Feb 28 2020
07:32 am

From WBIR,
Governor Bill Lee announced an administration bill Thursday that would all law-abiding citizens in Tennessee to carry a handgun without a permit if they're over 21 years old.


Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville) released a statement after the announcement.
"Governor Lee’s call today for permitless carry is a reckless idea for all Tennesseans. Regardless of where you live in Tennessee, this legislation will not make your family safer. Tennesseans, while supporting the 2nd Amendment, also believe in common sense policies like universal background checks on gun purchases. Our current permitting system has served Tennesseans for years and there is no reason to make these changes now, especially as we have the data to show that states who have enacted permitless carry have seen drastic increases in assaults committed with firearms."

What is wrong with him and those who support these kinds of efforts? This is not the wild west. Why must we regress 100+ years?

Feb 22 2020
07:41 am

NYT: Who is leading the polls (as of Feb. 13)?
Biden, Bloomberg, Buttgieg, Klobuchar (47%)
Sanders, Warren (38%)

538: Who’s ahead in the national polls (as of Feb. 22)?
Biden, Bloomberg, Buttgieg, Klobuchar (48.8%)
Sanders, Warren (37.8%)

Feb 6 2020
11:58 am
By: bizgrrl

Heh. Just getting started. One of the first forms made me laugh out loud.

11. Subtract line 10 from line 9
12. Enter the smaller of line 9 or line 10
13. Enter one-half of line 12
14. Enter the smaller of line 2 or line 13
15. Multiply line 11 by 85% (0.85). If line 11 is zero, enter -0-
16. Add lines 14 and 15
17. Multiply line 1 by 85% (0.85)

They work really hard to make this ridiculous.

The CMS Federal Medicaid block grant program focuses on non-disabled adults under the age of 65.

The Tennessee Medicaid block grant proposal "would cover core medical services for the disabled and blind, children, pregnant women, adults and elderly."

"Tennessee designed its proposal to allow Tennessee to keep 50% of any unspent block grant funds." "In 2018, Tennessee came in $2 billion lower than projected. Under the block grant, Tennessee would have been able to pocket $1 billion,..."

It just keeps getting better. Such a Trump state.

Shameful, Shameful, Shameful...

Will we ever be able to vote these people out? As has been the case for many years, Tennessee and Tennesseeans have been reliant on other states for survival.

Jan 21 2020
01:06 pm
By: bizgrrl

The DJT impeachment trial begins today at 1pm.

As of now, each party will have 24 hours in two days for opening arguments. Long days. There may be efforts to change the times/days.

I heard the House doesn't think Pat Cipollone should be on the defense team. There are thoughts he may be too involved in DJT's activities (material witness) of which are impeachable.

Jan 1 2020
01:23 am
By: bizgrrl

A new year, a new decade!

Dec 25 2019
08:02 am

Best wishes to all!

Dec 21 2019
07:38 am

In the Northern Hemisphere we will have the shortest day and the longest night, in terms of daylight.

Winter is here. We may slowly get more daylight, but it will keep getting colder, until it doesn't.

Dec 9 2019
11:42 am

The Vols will face off against Indiana in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. on January 2 at 7 pm.

First bowl game since 2016.

Tennessee is 7-5 for the season.
Indiana is 8-4 for the season.

Go Vols!

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