Sep 21 2021
03:32 pm
By: bizgrrl


"UT Medical Center is being sent a team of 20 clinical personnel and 3 admin personnel from the Department of Defense."

MASH units next?

"Currently, we [National Guard] have about 400 personnel, that’s medical and non-medical personnel, that are available and on orders. We have shifted every one of those personnel into facilities across the state, predominately in East Tennessee."

Bunch of dumba$$es in East TN? Hold my beer!

Sep 21 2021
10:35 am

As seen on Twitter.

"Even dogs without vaccinations aren't allowed to hang around with dogs that are vaccinated."

Sep 21 2021
10:20 am


"Tennessee is delivering 7,000 doses of monoclonal antibodies per week"

Tennessean/Knoxnews (subscription required)

"The Tennessee state government now recommends nearly all vaccinated residents be denied access to monoclonal antibody treatment in a new effort to preserve a limited supply of antibody drugs for those who remain most vulnerable to the virus, largely by their own choice."

"Tennessee’s top health official, Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey, said Friday the new eligibility recommendation was “logical”...


Would it not be more logical to require vaccines in more situations???!!!???

There are so many of us doing the right things to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At this time we cannot control others that do not care about society as a whole. They appear to only care about themselves and what "fun" they can have.

Our hospitals and ICUs are full. The doctors and nurses are overwhelmed. They are begging everyone that is of age to get a vaccine. But no, those people unwilling to vaccinate want special treatment for being a$$#@!@&.


Sep 21 2021
09:58 am

Now taking pre-orders. New 6.8" display, lighting improvements. The Signature edition has 32GB, auto adjust lighting and wireless charging. Release date Oct. 27, but it appears demand is already pushing out ship dates.

More info and pre-order...

DTV will carry a discussion with Dr Stephen Smith of the Southern Allies for Clear Energy (SACE) on the problems of clean energy for KUB. DTV's weekly program airs on Fridays at 9:30 PM on the the Community TV channel

Watch DTV's weekly show on every Friday at 9:30 PM on Community TV on these channels:

Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

DTV also streams live at 9:30PM on Fridays (here!)

The data analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation found, using data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as studies on health care costs, that each preventable Covid-19 hospitalization costs about $20,000.

New analysis estimates $5.7 billion price tag for treating unvaccinated Covid-19 patients in the last 3 months

Unvaccinated COVID-19 hospitalizations cost billions of dollars

Sep 14 2021
08:45 am

"Tennessee has the most coronavirus infections of all U.S. states in the past 14 days and over the entire pandemic when adjusted for population...

Tennessee’s governor has no plans to help citizens. No help to pay for the cost of cases. No help to lower the number of cases. No help for the workers practically killing themselves to keep our healthcare system working.

What a useless man is our governor. No compassion for his fellow citizens. Alas, he is not unique. Our two U.S. senators and most of our U.S. representatives (yes you Burchett), and most of the Tennessee legislators are also useless.

Sep 13 2021
08:55 am

From Knox County, as of 9/10/2021,
and from State of Tennessee as of 9/10/2021,

since the inception of COVID-19, approx. 1/23/2020...

the Knox County Health Department reports 53,716 coronavirus cases and 12,714 probable cases. Over 400 cases a day as compared to two weeks prior (8/12/2021 to 8/27/2021) with nearly 200 cases a day. Whereas two weeks prior to that (7/28/2021 to 8/11/2021) there were nearly 100 new cases a day.

There have been 734 deaths due to coronavirus in Knox County.
That is up from 692 total deaths reported as of August 27, 2021.
42 deaths in two weeks as compared to 23 deaths in the just over 2 weeks prior (8/14/2021 to 8/27/2021) Whereas two weeks prior to that (7/30/2021 to 8/13/2021)there were 14 deaths in 2 weeks.

Deaths by age group (age breakdown as of 9/10/2021, Knox County count of 729 cases):

21 in the 18-44 age group (3%) (increase of 40% since 8/27/21)
125 in the 45-64 age group (17%) (increase of 9% since 8/27/21)
173 in the 65-74 age group (24%) (increase of 11% since 8/27/21)
410 in the 75+ age group (56%) (increase of 3% since 8/27/21)

As of 9/9/2021, there are
728 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in the Knox County region (up from 567 as of 8/25/2021, up from 333 as of 8/10/2021, up from 124 as of 7/27/2021, up from 43 as of 7/13/2021),

As of 9/9/2021 there are
181 in ICU (up from 154 as of 8/25/2021, up from 96 as of 8/10/2021, up from 32 as of 7/27/2021, up from 11 as of 7/13/2021).

Hospitalizations up from a low of 21 on 7/4/21 and has been rising since.

As of September 9, 2021, ICU bed available capacity is at 3.5% of 317 total ICU beds. ** Seems like that could only be possible if non-coronavirus ICU bed usage has gone down since the number of in use by coronavirus patients ICU beds increased by 27 in the last two weeks.
As of August 26, 2021, ICU bed available capacity is at 0.3% of 317 total ICU beds.
As of August 26, 2021, ICU bed available capacity is at 0.3% of 317 total ICU beds.
As of August 10, 2021, ICU bed available capacity was at 3.5% of 317 total ICU beds.
As of July 27, 2021, ICU bed available capacity was at 6.6% of 317 total ICU beds.

As of September 10, 2021, the TN Dept of Health reports the average positivity rate over the past 7 days is 21.2%, down from 21.3% on 8/27/2021, down from 23.4% on 8/12/2021, up from 12.5% on 7/27/2021, up from 5.6% on 7/14/2021.

Vaccinations reported, last updated 9/12/2021:
% with 2 doses - 49.54% (up from 48.99% on 8/27/2021, up from 47.28% on 8/13/2021, up from 46.14% on 7/27/2021, up from 45.42% on 7/14/2021)
% with at least 1 dose - 56.10% (up from 54.66% on 8/27/2021, up from 52.43% on 8/13/2021, up from 50.22% on 7/27/2021, up from 49.09% on 7/14/2021)

Sep 13 2021
08:11 am

"The publisher of the Chattanooga Times Free Press is investing millions of dollars in a plan to convert the newspaper's print subscribers to a mostly digital format".

Delivery of a physical newspaper will cease by mid-2022 with the exception of the Sunday edition.

Times they are a changing.

Sep 11 2021
04:34 am
By: R. Neal

Repost from Sept. 11, 2011...

Joeseph Angelini, Sr., 63, Firefighter, FDNY Rescue Co. 1 and son Joseph Angelini, Jr., 38, Firefighter, FDNY Ladder Co. 4 died at the World Trade Center working to rescue people trapped in the towers on Sept. 11, 2001. The Fire Department of New York City lost 343 members that day.

Here are some audio recordings of heroic firefighters at work. The calm among the chaos is surreal.

Manhattan Fire Dispatch gets the first alarm.

Dispatch receives report that a second plane has struck.

Dispatch responds to first tower collapse.

A civilian takes refuge in a fire truck and calls for help.

Dispatch responds to second tower collapse.

• Captain Al Fuentes, FDNY Marine Division Battalion Chief, was crushed by a falling steel girder while helping rescue firefighters from the collapsed North Tower. He survived, but suffered serious injuries and was in a coma for weeks. Here is his call for help. Note that the dispatcher is unable to raise several command units to assist.

• Captain Orio Palmer, Battalion 7 Chief, age 45, was one of the last FDNY heroes heard from at the WTC. On learning that the operating elevators only went to the 40th floor, he is heard in one transmission saying "We'll have to hoof it." He was leading a team up the stairs, reporting back to command what he saw. He had made it to the 78th floor alone when the South Tower collapsed. Recordings of firefighter mobile radios from a Port Authority radio repeater were found in the rubble. Here are some of Captain Palmer's final transmissions.

On the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, we pay tribute to the first responders who gave their lives and salute first responders everywhere who risk their own lives to save others.

Sep 10 2021
11:48 am

Went to two grocery stores this morning. Saw more mask wearing customers than have seen in months. Impressive. Was it the mobile morgues delivered to Blount Memorial Hospital?

Sep 9 2021
05:44 pm
By: Doug Veum

On this week's DTV's Friday night show Deputy Mayor Erin Gill, KUB Vice President Jamie Davis, and Civic Engagement Coordinator Brady Watson discuss the coming rollout of high speed internet service to KUB Electricity Customers

DTV airs on Community TV at 9:30 PM on Fridays and the KUB show will air on this Friday, September 10th @ 9:30PM

DTV can be viewed on line (here)

AT&T U-verse: Channel 99
Comcast NBC Universal: Channel 12
WOW! Channel 6
Charter: Channel 193

Find this and previous DTV shows on Facebook (here)

Sep 9 2021
08:52 am

Blount Memorial Hospital is bringing in a "mobile morgue, saying it has become "sadly necessary" to ensure there is enough morgue space after seeing 24 deaths due to COVID-19 since the beginning of August."

"People are dying needlessly in this community, and they’re going to continue at alarming rates if we don’t work together to stop this virus," Blount Memorial said Wednesday shortly after it announced the measure. "There are people dying of COVID-19, but we’re still caring for a lot of very sick people in our community who do not have COVID but who experience medical emergencies such as heart attacks, stroke, car accidents and so on."

What the $%@&!

Sep 6 2021
06:32 am

On Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, Tennessee led all U.S. states and territories in new coronavirus cases, adjusted to account for population.

On Sunday, Kentucky's governor "described the state’s surge of Covid cases as “dire,” and pointed out that Republican state lawmakers had limited his options to control the record wave of infections there."

Whereas, Tennessee's surge is actually worse than Kentucky's. No Tennessee government official's worried about our state of surge. More so just encouraging citizens to go out and spread the sadness.

Several East Tennessee hospitals (Blount Memorial Hospital, Covenant Health, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Sweetwater Hospital Association, Tennova Healthcare and The University of Tennessee Medical Center) signed an open letter to East Tennesseans urging vaccinations amid growing capacity concerns on Wednesday. In the letter, officials asked people to practice safe COVID actions and get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Alas, to what end? Approximately 23 people in Knox County died from the coronavirus last week. Healthcare workers are exhausted and not respected. This is a sad state. Citizens are not expected to care about each other. Whatta ya gonna do?


From WATE,

"Dear Central families,

This is your principal, Andrew Brown, with an important message. Our school will move to online learning beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7, through Friday, Sept. 10..."

"While no specific reason is given, the move comes as absences among students and staff at schools in Knox County and the state have continued to climb. Knox County School’s COVID-19 dashboard shows nearly 680 active cases, 594 students and 85 staff members, across the entire school system."

Look, away. Move along. No problems in Knox County.
Hopefully you don't need any hospital services.

General Motors will shut production at most of its North American plants for a week or two starting next week as the worsening chip shortage takes another bite out of its plans.

GM shutting down production at most of its plants in North America

Sep 1 2021
09:36 am

According to WBIR election results, all of the incumbent City of Knoxville City Council members running for office received the most votes in the election primary.

Tommy Smith - First District
Andrew Roberto - Second District
Seema Singh - Third District
Lauren Rider - Fourth District
Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie - Sixth District

Each of them has someone running against them in the regular election on November 2. As reported earlier elsewhere, the Knox County Republican Committee backed the five primary candidates with the lesser votes. It is reported that this was "the first time in recent memory, at least, that one of the two parties has publicly backed a slate of candidates." Maybe it is just as well that they don't back any candidates in this election.

Elizabeth Murphy - First District
Kim Smith - Second District
Nicholas Ciparro - Third District
Jim Klonaris - Fourth District
Garrett Holt - Sixth District

Aug 31 2021
07:50 am

City of Knoxville voters will decide on candidates for City Council Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6.

Knox County Election Commission

How to vote in Knoxville’s August 31 election if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating whether Tennessee's statewide prohibition against universal masking in schools discriminates against students who are at a heightened risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Federal government launches civil rights investigation into Tennessee's school mask policy

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