Thu
Sep 17 2020
06:01 pm
By: bizgrrl

The United States Constitution

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

If only the president, the U.S. Attorney General, Sen. McConnell worked within the bounds of our constitution.

Mon
Sep 14 2020
06:28 pm

Take a drive back in time through Knoxville's historic neighborhoods - Bearden, East and North Knoxville.

Oh, "they're currently developing a South Knoxville tour as well."

Alas, they'll get around to South Knoxville.

Mon
Sep 14 2020
04:57 pm


Trump visited California today.

Wade Crowfoot, secretary of California's Natural Resources Agency, pled for Trump to believe the climate change science.

Trump's response, "I don't think science knows, actually."

"It'll start getting cooler. You just watch."

Idiocracy.

Sun
Sep 13 2020
09:13 am

There are now 374 ICU beds in the Knox County area. Prior to September 1, 2020, there were 278 beds.

If the local hospitals hadn't added more ICU beds there would be a shortage of 34 ICU beds. There is still only a 16.6% available capacity of ICU beds. This may be the lowest ICU bed availability since 7/21/2020.

Luckily our local hospitals are able to adapt.

Yes, we are all getting tired of the pandemic. We want to go out and play, attend ball games, go on vacation, visit with our friends. It is important to remember that there are many people getting sick and dying. Wear your mask, keep your distance, be kind to others.

Sun
Sep 13 2020
09:11 am

2,064 people in the State of Tennessee have died from the coronavirus.

202 deaths were reported in the past week. This may be the highest weekly number of deaths since the pandemic began.

Be safe.

It appears this week may have the highest uptick in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.
The number of deaths increased by over 8% this past week.

The Knox County Health Department reports
8,186 coronavirus cases and 297 probable cases.

That's 1,002 new cases in the past week, with
222, 169, 81, 100, 121, 120 , 189
as the cases per day for the past week.

That's a 14.% increase over a week ago.

There are 41 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized.

There have been 67 total deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
Five deaths due to COVID-19 in the past week.
That's an 8.1% increase in deaths in the past week (62 as of September 5).
The Knox County Health Dept.'s counts by age are not current and do not match the total number of deaths.
5 in the 18-44 age group (8%)
16 in the 45-64 age group (25%)
14 in the 65-74 age group (22%)
29 in the 75+ age group (45%)

Tests conducted on Knox County residents stabilized after a continuous decline in the last weeks of July into August and September.
3,752 week of August 30, 3,662 week of August 23, 3,982 week of August 16, 4,150 week of August 9, 4,567 week of August 2, 4,412 week of July 19, 4,219 week of July 26
as compared to the steadily increasing testing done at the end of June and the first two weeks of July,
4,425 week of June 28, 5,401 week of July 5, 5,994 week of July 12.

As of September 8, 2020, ICU Bed availability is at 16.6%. (374 ICU beds total with 62 beds available) .
(Note, prior to the 9/1/2020 report, ICU bed capacity was 278. It would appear that Knox County hospitals have increased ICU bed capacity by 96 beds.) (Note, prior to the 8/4/2020 report, ICU bed capacity was 272. It would appear that Knox County hospitals have increased ICU bed capacity by 6 beds.)

According to the TN Dept. of Health, Knox County continues to break the threshold for rate of new covid-19 cases per 100,000 Tennesseans. 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.

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On September 10, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
(last reported on September 3)

37920 has the most cases with 606 cases (population 39,000) (16.6% increase)
37921 with 591 (population 28,000) (1.4% increase), then
37918 with 555 cases (population 44,476) (1.5% increase)
37916 with 609 cases (population 12,507) (58.6% increase)
37922 with 426 cases (population 41,539) (0.2% decrease)
37917 with 404 cases (population 27,000) (0.5% increase)
37919 with 434 cases (population 28,000) (8.2% increase)
37923 with 384 cases (population 30,000) (1.3% decrease)

Be careful out there.

Sun
Sep 13 2020
09:09 am

From reports dated as of September 12, 2020.

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

According to the TN Dept. of Health,

170,891 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in TN and 2,064 have died from it.

That is an additional 8,529 cases in one week and an additional 202 reported deaths.

2,437,765 tests have been given to Tennessee residents.
That is an additional 131,733 tests in the past week.

Hospitalizations have decreased. From September 6 to September 12 (7 days) the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has decreased by 17.7% (by 150 from 846 to 696).

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

35.4% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known 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 (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

Be careful out there.

Cases skyrocket, frustrations mount, but Knox County Board of Health stays the course

UT Chancellor Donde Plowman knows the situation is dire but appears to feel like help is not on the way. .

"There will be no change for at least another week to the 10 p.m. bar curfew that started about a month ago, despite mounting frustration from some board members over the lack of action and warnings from UT Chancellor Donde Plowman that the situation is dire."
...
Dr. Martha Buchanan, director of the Knox County Health Board, said she had not exercised her authority to impose restrictions on businesses that refused to comply but had reached out to educate them.

"I don't know how we would do it at scale," she said.
...
"222 cases were found on a single day — the largest one-day increase since the pandemic began. Six people have died in the first nine days of September..."
...
"The 11-20 age group have had a 279% growth rate (in cases) in the last couple of weeks."

Chancellor Plowman ...asks for the closing of bars and restaurants around the UT campus.

But nah...

Health Dept. Board member Dr. James Shamiyeh seemed to grow frustrated with the proceedings at one point, saying the chancellor had been growing increasingly urgent in her presentations to the board and public. He worried the board's inaction could be dangerous to the economic and public health of the university and the community.

It appears this week may have the 2nd highest uptick in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.
The majority of zip codes have double digit increases in cases this week.
The number of deaths increased by nearly 11% this past week.

The Knox County Health Department reports
7,184 coronavirus cases and 263 probable cases.

That's 835 new cases in the past week, with
137, 65, 91, 104, 148, 134, 156
as the cases per day for the past week.

That's a 13.2% increase over a week ago.

There are 41 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized.

There have been 62 total deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
That's a 10.7% increase in deaths in the past week (56 as of August 29).
5 in the 18-44 age group (8%)
16 in the 45-64 age group (26%)
13 in the 65-74 age group (21%)
28 in the 75+ age group (45%)

Tests conducted on Knox County residents continues to decline in the last weeks of July into August and September.
3,134 week of August 23, 3,740 week of August 16, 4,150 week of August 9, 4,567 week of August 2, 4,412 week of July 19, 4,219 week of July 26
as compared to the steadily increasing testing done at the end of June and the first two weeks of July,
4,425 week of June 28, 5,401 week of July 5, 5,994 week of July 12.

As of September 1, 2020, ICU Bed availability is at 22.7%. (278 ICU beds total with 63 beds available) (Note, prior to the 8/4/2020 report, ICU bed capacity was 272. It would appear that Knox County has increased ICU bed capacity by 6 beds.)

According to the TN Dept. of Health, Knox County continues to break the threshold for rate of new covid-19 cases per 100,000 Tennesseans. 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.

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On September 3, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
(last reported on August 26)
37921 has the most cases with 583 (population 28,000) (12.3% increase), then
37920 with 561 cases (population 39,000) (16.6% increase)
37918 with 547 cases (population 44,476) (18.9% increase)
37922 with 427 cases (population 41,539) (18.9% increase)
37917 with 402 cases (population 27,000) (8.9% increase)
37919 with 401 cases (population 28,000) (15.9% increase)
37923 with 389 cases (population 30,000) (10.5% increase)
37916 with 384 cases (population 12,507) (increase not calculated, 37916 not included in list previously)

Be careful out there.

Sun
Sep 6 2020
08:54 am

From reports dated as of September 5, 2020.

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

According to the TN Dept. of Health,

162,362 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in TN and 1,862 have died from it.

That is an additional 10,082 cases in one week and an additional 137 reported deaths.

2,306,032 tests have been given to Tennessee residents.
That is an additional 132,626 tests in the past week.

Hospitalizations have increased. From August 29 to September 5 (7 days) the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has increased by 11.3% (by 86 from 760 to 846

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

33.5% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known 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 (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

Be careful out there.

Sat
Sep 5 2020
08:01 pm
By: bizgrrl

Several boats sank Saturday during an event billed as a "Trump Boat Parade" on Lake Travis near Austin, Texas, authorities said.
...
Photographs showed boats with Trump flags sinking or navigating large wakes on the nearly 19,000-acre lake northwest of Austin.
...

I believe there are a lot of inexperienced boaters on the waterways these days. The MAGA idiots are taking it to a new level.

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Sat
Sep 5 2020
06:25 am

In July, 52% (26.6 million) of young adults (18 - 29) resided with one or both of their parents, up from 47% in February, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of monthly Census Bureau data.

youngadultslivingwparents.jpg

The share of young adults living with their parents is higher than in any previous measurement (based on current surveys and decennial censuses). Before 2020, the highest measured value was in the 1940 census at the end of the Great Depression, when 48% of young adults lived with their parents.
...
The share of young adults living with parents declined in the 1950 and 1960 censuses before rising again.

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Thu
Sep 3 2020
02:08 pm
By: bizgrrl

We don't have no stupid pandemic. People would die anyway.

Of course, we barely have a government.

We can be great if we just don't try or care.

Sun
Aug 30 2020
06:50 am

The Knox County Health Department reports
6,349 coronavirus cases and 229 probable cases.

That's 528 new cases in the past week, with
49, 109, 50, 34,99, 110, 77
as the cases per day for the past week.

That's a 9.1% increase over a week ago.

There are 40 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized.

There have been 56 total deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
That's a 5.7% increase in deaths in the past week (53 as of August 22).
5 in the 18-44 age group (9%)
16 in the 45-64 age group (28%)
10 in the 65-74 age group (18%)
25 in the 75+ age group (45%)

Tests conducted on Knox County residents has declined in the last weeks of July into August
3,740 week of August 16, 4,136 week of August 9, 4,567 week of August 2, 4,412 week of July 19, 4,219 week of July 26
as compared to the steadily increasing testing done in the three prior weeks
4,425 week of June 28, 5,401 week of July 5, 5,994 week of July 12.

As of August 25, 2020, ICU Bed availability is up at 20.5%. (278 ICU beds total with 57 beds available) (Note, prior to the 8/4/2020 report, ICU bed capacity was 272. It would appear that Knox County has increased ICU bed capacity by 6 beds.)

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On August 26, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
(last reported on August 8)
37921 has the most cases with 519 (population 28,000) (4.8% increase), then
37920 with 481 cases (population 39,000) (7.1% increase)
37918 with 460 cases (population 44,476) (10.8% increase)
37917 with 369 cases (population 27,000) (8.8% increase)
37922 with 359 cases (population 41,539) (8.8% increase)
37919 with 346 cases (population 28,000) (4.8% increase)
37923 with 352 cases (population 30,000) (8.0% increase)

Be careful out there.

Sun
Aug 30 2020
06:49 am

From reports dated as of August 29, 2020.

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

According to the TN Dept. of Health,

152,280 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in TN and 1,725 have died from it.

That is an additional 10,197 cases in one week and an additional 162 reported deaths.

2,173,406 tests have been given to Tennessee residents.
That is an additional 168,545 tests in the past week.

Hospitalizations have decreased. From August 22 to August 29 (7 days) the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has decreased by 14.3% (by 127 from 887 to 760). .

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

31.5% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known 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 (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

Be careful out there.

Mon
Aug 24 2020
05:48 am
By: bizgrrl

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Sun
Aug 23 2020
06:52 am

The Knox County Health Department reports
5,821 coronavirus cases and 208 probable cases.

That's 1,220 new cases in the past two weeks, with
107, 85, 84, 68, 99, 99, 111 and
73, 111,54, 45, 127, 47, 119
as the cases per day for the past two weeks.
That's a 26.6% increase over two weeks ago.

There are 40 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized.

There have been 53 total deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
That's a 20% increase in deaths in the past 2 weeks (44 as of August 8).
5 in the 18-44 age group (9%)
16 in the 45-64 age group (30%)
9 in the 65-74 age group (17%)
23 in the 75+ age group (44%)

Tests conducted on Knox County residents has declined in the last weeks of July into August
3,827 week of August 9, 4,532 week of August 2, 4,412 week of July 19, 4,219 week of July 26
as compared to the steadily increasing testing done in the three prior weeks
4,425 week of June 28, 5,401 week of July 5, 5,994 week of July 12.

As of August 18, 2020, ICU Bed availability is down at 18.0%. (278 ICU beds total with 50 beds available) (Note, prior to the 8/4/2020 report, ICU bed capacity was 272. It would appear that Knox County has increased ICU bed capacity by 6 beds.)

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On August 20, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
(last reported on August 8)
37921 has the most cases with 495 (population 28,000) (19.0% increase), then
37920 with 449 cases (population 39,000) (19.4% increase)
37918 with 415 cases (population 44,476) (30.9% increase)
37917 with 339 cases (population 27,000) (20.6% increase)
37922 with 334 cases (population 41,539) (increase not calculated, 37922 not in top 5 since June 14)
37919 with 330 cases (population 28,000) (18.3% increase)
37923 with 326 cases (population 30,000) (21.2% increase)

Be careful out there.

Sun
Aug 23 2020
06:51 am

From reports dated as of August 22, 2020.

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

According to the TN Dept. of Health, 142,083 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in TN and 1,563 have died from it.

That is an additional 21,498 cases in two weeks and an additional 387 reported deaths.

2.004,861 tests have been given to Tennessee residents.
That is an additional 321,139 tests in the past two weeks.

Hospitalizations have decreased. From August 8 to August 22 (14 days) the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has decreased by 18.5% (by 202 from 1,089 to 887). .

7.1% of TN residents tested for the coronavirus have tested positive for the coronavirus.

29.1% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known 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.

Wed
Aug 19 2020
05:43 am

Democratic National Convention Schedule

Tennessee Democratic Party DNC Convention Portal

They are doing a good job.

As Dana Milbank, The Washington Post, said,

"Gone, mercifully, are the corporation-financed parties where lobbyists ply their trade and big donors buy access to public figures. Absent, thankfully, are the convention-floor pageantry and theatrics that haven’t meant a thing for decades. Missing, too, are the preening journalists bagging trophy interviews on media row. Vanished are the scores of interest groups threatening to withhold support if they don’t get their moments in the spotlight and their planks in a platform the nominee will eventually ignore.

As Democrats gather virtually for their 2020 political convention, they don’t have the luxury of a balloon-drop convention spectacle. None of us does. We are living in the worst of times. There is nothing to celebrate.

Instead, Democrats on Monday night gave us the somber moment we deserve: a recognition of the desperate condition Trump has put our country in, and a passionate call to action. Democrats of all variety — socialist and moderate, coastal and heartland, Black and White and Brown — may be geographically dispersed this week but they are uncommonly unified in one existential message."

At the convention Tuesday,

We are in a battle for the soul of our nation,” Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried began in a “keynote” montage of elected officials from around the country.

I do believe this is the case. We must vote and get our votes counted.

Fri
Aug 14 2020
01:46 pm
By: bizgrrl

Foothills Mall is a small mall in Blount County. It is also the only mall in the county.

Two of the three large anchor stores are closed, one for a year or more, the other closed early in the pandemic.

Publix wants to build a stand-alone store next to the mall. It will require tearing down the old Sears store.

The mall owner is suing Publix. They claim that the developer plans to demolish the old Sears building and build a standalone grocery store would violate a series of agreements and ultimately impede public access to other mall properties.

I am definitely no commercial real estate expert. Impede access!?!? The mall is dying. It would seem any mall owner would be happy to have a business close to their property to attract customers, especially during a pandemic.

Alas.

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