Jun 14 2021
11:29 am

"KPD Chief Eve Thomas’s implements a plan to reduce and stop the murders and shootings. Thirteen officers are on the CERT unit – the Community Engagement Response Team. Walking beats ensures face-to-face engagement with community members – long-time residents, families, kids and the young people, and maybe some gang members."

The hope is to "make the neighborhoods of East Knoxville safer and more secure."

Jun 12 2021
10:13 am

Blackburn wants to fire Fauci.

In addition, it appears she thinks climate change is extremist, there should be no gun controls, union activism is a bad thing, and Biden’s infrastructure plan has too much beauracracy.

The majority of voters in the State of Tennessee actually elected her. Good grief.

Jun 6 2021
08:37 am

"Approximately 31 million people now get coverage through “Obamacare,” according to a report that the Department of Health and Human Services issued Saturday."

"That figure is the highest ever and reflects a nearly 4 million-person increase in enrollment between 2020 and 2021, following four years when combined enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s programs was basically flat."

Now there is still a concern regarding the "imminent Supreme Court ruling in the case California v. Texas. It alleges that a fatal constitutional flaw requires the justices to strike down the statute in its entirety.

The lawsuit is part of an ongoing Republican effort to get rid of the Affordable Care Act that traces back, literally, to the day Obama signed it. "

Jun 2 2021
09:10 am

"If you have an Amazon device in your home, anything from an Alexa to an Echo, you have just seven days to opt out of an experiment that could put your privacy at risk."

"Amazon Sidewalk will be a shared network that is supposed to help customer devices work better, both in and around your home, like outside lighting that may be wi-fi enabled. If you lose connectivity your device would just switch to a neighbor’s signal so the service wouldn’t be disrupted. "

You can only opt out using the Amazon app. "You can’t opt out from your Amazon account online."

Amazon devices affected but not necessarily limited to include:
Ring Floodlight Cam (2019)
Ring Spotlight Cam Wired (2019)
Ring Spotlight Cam Mount (2019)
Echo (3rd gen and newer)
Echo Dot (3rd gen and newer)
Echo Dot for Kids (3rd gen and newer)
Echo Dot with Clock (3rd gen and newer)
Echo Plus (all generations)
Echo Show (all models and generations)
Echo Spot
Echo Studio
Echo Input
Echo Flex

May 31 2021
08:48 am
By: bizgrrl

To honor and remember those who died while serving in the U.S. military to preserve and protect the lives we lead now.

May 27 2021
09:11 am

Australia has just over 25 million people.
Florida has over 21 million people.

The State of Victoria in Australia has once again gone into a COVID-19 lockdown. Twelve new cases were reported, "contact tracers have identified more than 10,000 primary and secondary contacts who would need to quarantine, test and self isolate..."

Australia has reported just over 30,000 cases and 910 deaths.
Florida has reported over 2.3 million cases and over 36,000 deaths.

Hmmmm... Some U.S. citizens and government representatives just don't care?

May 26 2021
07:08 am

A Greenback woman is facing charges after she allegedly drove recklessly through a COVID-19 vaccination site at Foothills Mall to protest vaccines.
The vehicle allegedly also went fast through a tent where several health and National Guard workers were present, then left the tent and continued to drive recklessly through the cones.
Another deputy working the site also saw Brown’s vehicle speed through the cones and not stop as it drove through the tent, which he estimated contained around 15 people, the report states. Witnesses told the deputy they believed Brown yelled, “No vaccine,” as she drove through, nearly hitting seven workers, the report states.

She was "charged with seven counts of felony reckless endangerment."

May 25 2021
01:40 pm
By: bizgrrl

Cicadas 2021 have arrived in South Knoxville.

May 19 2021
04:59 pm

Austin-East Band

Their virtual performance debut!! Thanks to ALL who participated!

May 17 2021
06:50 pm
May 16 2021
06:11 am

The nation’s largest union of registered nurses condemned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday for lifting mask recommendations for vaccinated people and called on the agency to “do the right thing” and revise its guidance.
“This is a huge blow to our efforts at confronting this virus and the pandemic,” said Ms. Castillo, whose union represents 170,000 nurses nationwide.
The union also criticized the C.D.C. for other actions, including its decision to stop monitoring breakthrough infections among vaccinated individuals and to investigate such cases only if they result in a hospitalization or death.
The union also called on the agency, which recently recognized that the virus could be transmitted through aerosolized particles, to update its guidance about ventilation and respiratory protection accordingly.

The union also called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to immediately issue emergency temporary standards on infectious diseases to protect people in the workplace.

The union noted that more than 35,000 new cases of coronavirus were being reported each day and that more than 600 people were dying each day. “Now is not the time to relax protective measures, and we are outraged that the C.D.C. has done just that while we are still in the midst of the deadliest pandemic in a century,” Ms. Castillo said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday clarified coronavirus advice for U.S. schools, recommending the continued, universal use of masks and physical distancing, after the agency’s sudden announcement that vaccinated Americans could forego masks indoors.

May 13 2021
05:55 am

During a House Oversight Committee hearing on the Jan. 6 riot, Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., said

“There was an undisciplined mob. There were some rioters, and some who committed acts of vandalism. But let me be clear, there was no insurrection and to call it an insurrection in my opinion, is a bold faced lie. Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol, and walk through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes taking videos and pictures, you know,” he continued.

“If you didn't know that TV footage was a video from January the sixth, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit,” Clyde said.



How are these Trump followers getting away with outright lies? What kind of person believes them?

May 9 2021
01:16 pm
By: bizgrrl

"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow."

Maya Angelou

I'm so proud of my Mother. I miss her every day. I'm also proud to know and have known many wonderful Mothers, my sisters, sister-in-laws, Mother-in-law, and many more.

This is truly a special day.

May 6 2021
05:09 pm

As of 12/26/2020 there were 560,892 reported cases of the coronavirus in Tennessee. 6,443 people died from it. That's over approx. 9 months.

As of 5/6/2021 there have been 852,072 coronavirus cases reported. 12,245 people have died from it.

That's an additional 291,180 cases and 5,802 deaths in just over 4 months.

Vaccines can be had in plenty of locations. It's time for everyone to protect their fellow citizens. It would be greatly appreciated.

May 6 2021
10:38 am

None to soon. We don't need more destruction of our state.

May 4 2021
10:00 am

Children Now Account For 22% Of New U.S. COVID Cases.

"Experts link the trend to several factors – particularly high vaccination rates among older Americans. ... But other dynamics are also in play, from new COVID-19 variants to the loosening of restrictions on school activities."

In Michigan, a record-breaking number of children have been hospitalized with Covid.

"Experts blame a more transmissible variant, which appears to be spreading faster among children and adults."

"In Michigan, rates of child infections are now higher than they’ve been at any point in the pandemic. As of April 17, the 10-19 age group had the state's highest rate of new cases, averaging more than 1,150 cases per day during the previous week. For children younger than 10, the average was 400 new cases per day."

"Younger, unvaccinated Oregonians are now showing up in our hospitals with severe cases of COVID-19," said Oregon Gov. Brown.

"West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said last week the state is offering a $100 savings bond to residents 16 to 35 who choose to get vaccinated."

May 4 2021
06:01 am

"The Anderson County School District hosted a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for eligible students on Monday. The clinics were at Anderson County High School and Clinton High School.

Anderson County is among one of the first school districts in Tennessee to host a vaccine clinic for students."

May 3 2021
11:29 am

The biggest source of stress for Americans in 2021 is money problems, according to a recent WalletHub survey. The COVID-19 pandemic, which took first place last year, has slipped to second, which makes sense considering the progress the U.S. has made with vaccination and reopening.

Tennessee is 4th in fewest average hours of sleep per night and 5th in highest crime rate per capita.


The New York Times has an article about vaccine hesitancy in Appalachia (rural East Tennessee). "Resistance is widespread in white, Republican communities like this one in Appalachia. But it’s far more complicated than just a partisan divide."

We have measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, and polio vaccines. There are even more vaccines to be taken as a child.

It is sad to read this article. However, this mind set is not unique to smaller "Appalachian" towns.

And, the majority of East TN counties are at or above the state wide vaccination rate.

From the Tennessean, "A Tennessee proposal prohibiting the government from mandating COVID-19 vaccination and allowing religious exemptions cleared the Senate 20-8 Thursday, despite concerns the bill could lead to heightened vaccine hesitancy. "

The Tennessee House and Senate have passed the bill. The House needs to do some finetuning then it will go to the religious, HVAC Governor to sign.

"The issue, however, invited criticism from Tennessee Department of Health officials as well as other health care professionals, who fear the bill would encourage anti-vaccination attitudes and lead to another surge in infections. "

The Gov is such a Trumper.

Of those vaccinated in Tennessee
43.3% are 60 years of age and older
31.1% are 41 - 60 years old
25.6% are 16 - 40 years old

26% of the people in TN are fully vaccinated.
34.9% of the people in TN have at least one dose.
53% of those vaccinated are women.
43.7% of those vaccinated are men.

Apr 27 2021
06:25 am

Maryville College announced Monday, April 26, that it is “requiring, with some exceptions,” that students, faculty and staff receive COVID-19 vaccines by Aug. 1.

"Under Tennessee law, young full-time college students are required to have vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella (usually administered together in two doses), as well as chickenpox (also two doses). Students may seek a waiver for medical or religious reasons, and the private college will offer those options for the COVID-19 vaccine, too.

Coker said the college is offering the “personal preference” exception for the COVID-19 vaccines because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is allowing them during this pandemic as an “emergency use authorization.”

“Once it is no longer under emergency use authorization, once there is formal FDA approval of a vaccine, we’ve given the community notice that we may very well at that point remove the personal preference exception,”


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