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Tennessee | August 3, 2021

Tennessee May Need Special Session to Deal With School-Related COVID-19 Matters, Speaker Cameron Sexton Says

Tennessee | August 3, 2021

Tennessee Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) said Monday that it’s time for students to put their virtual learning behind and walk back into their classrooms — without a COVID-19 mask mandate.

And Sexton also said he and other state legislators have a plan to restrain public school district officials who think otherwise.

Sexton announced the news at a press conference at the Tennessee State Capitol.

This, after new data revealed falling test scores.

“What this does show is that we must continue to focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also it really does emphasize that students need and must be in in-person learning in the classrooms. I sure hope that a school system in this state, after this data is released, does not shut their schools,” Sexton said.

“If they do then I will ask the governor for legislation to allow those parents in those school districts to take their money through school choice and to go wherever they deem they need to go. There needs to be a message to these school systems that it is unacceptable to close school systems in our state anymore.”

Sexton also said parents alone should decide whether their children will wear masks in schools.

“I sure hope that school systems do not require a mask mandate for those students. If they do then I will ask the governor for a special session. If they close the schools then I will ask the governor for a special session,” Sexton said… (Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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Tennessee | July 29, 2021

Titans’ QB Ryan Tannehill only got vaccine because NFL ‘forced’ hands with protocols

Tennessee | July 29, 2021

In a post-practice interview, Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill says he wouldn’t have gotten the Coronavirus vaccine if NFL protocols didn’t encourage it.

“I wouldn’t have gotten the vaccine if, without the protocols they’re enforcing on us. I think it’s a personal decision for everyone and everyone has to make the best decision for them and their families, that’s kind of our mindset in this building. But they’re trying to push your hand and they ultimately have forced a lot of hands by the protocols, which is, everyone has their own opinion on it,” Tannehill says.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson opened up training camp Wednesday revealing that the team has a vaccination rate of 90%.

The NFL has mandated that all staff and coaches be vaccinated, however, Robinson and head coach Mike Vrabel have stressed that it a personal decision that each player will have to make… (Excerpts from Fox 17)

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Tennessee | July 28, 2021

Middle Tennessee pastor calls Delta variant nonsense, will turn away people who wear masks

Tennessee | July 28, 2021

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WZTV) — A Middle Tennessee pastor with a large online following has called the Delta variant “nonsense” and says he will turn away parishioners who wear masks. But an infectious disease expert is again debunking his claims.

It’s not the first time Mt. Juliet Pastor Greg Locke has made headlines for debunked claims during the pandemic. The Global Vision Bible Church pastor has previously called the COVID-19 vaccine “sugar water” and said the pandemic is “fake.”

Now, Locke is calling the Delta variant, which officials say is causing recent virus surges, nonsense.

“Don’t believe this Delta variant nonsense. Stop it,” Locke said in a Sunday sermon... (Excerpts from FOX 17)

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Tennessee | June 22, 2021

First Lady Jill Biden to Visit Nashville Tuesday to Encourage COVID Vaccinations

Tennessee | June 22, 2021

First Lady Jill Biden will head to Nashville Tuesday to inspire more COVID-19 vaccinations – part of a campaign organized by top Obama-era officials. Biden will be joined by country music star Brad Paisley at a pop-up vaccination site from 5 to 7 p.m. CST.

Biden’s trip is part of a nationwide bus tour to encourage vaccinations, the National Vaccine Month of Action. The bus tour was organized by Made to Save, an initiative that blames systemic racism for why less people of color are getting vaccinated than white individuals. The initiative is the work of Civic Nation: a nonprofit organization focused on social justice activism, comprised mainly of top-tier Obama Administration figures. Civic Nation’s board are all key leaders from the Obama Administration, and many of the nonprofit’s staff are, too…

(Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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Tennessee | May 17, 2021

Williamson County Schools Rescinds Mask Mandate After Saying Judge Didn’t Rule Against Their Authority to Impose It

Tennessee | May 17, 2021

Williamson County Schools (WCS) announced Friday they’re ending their mask mandate, several weeks after a judge opined they lacked legal authority to continue imposing it. After the spring semester lets out, WCS won’t require masks any longer. In a voicemail obtained by The Tennessee Star, WCS Communications Director Carol Birdsong announced to parents that WCS was ending their mask mandate.

“Hello Williamson County Schools families, this is Carol Birdsong calling. Superintendent Jason Golden announced at last night’s school board work session that the district’s indoor mask requirement will come to an end once school has been dismissed and campuses have been cleared on Friday, May 21. The district will continue to recommend and encourage masks this summer for those who are not fully vaccinated – but they will not be required. More information is included in the email that is accompanying this phone call.”

In screenshots of the email, obtained by The Star, Birdsong specified several reasons that informed Golden’s decision. The court case ruling wasn’t one of them…

(Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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Tennessee | May 14, 2021

Biden Administration Sued For COVID Aid Discrimination

Tennessee | May 14, 2021

The Biden administration has been smacked with a lawsuit for allegedly interjecting racial and gender discrimination into its COVID relief policies.

“A conservative legal group filed a lawsuit against the Small Business Administration (SBA) on Wednesday, alleging that the agency prioritized restaurants owned by minorities and women when allocating funds from its COVID-19 relief package,” the Hill reported.

“The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) filed the lawsuit on behalf of Antonio Vitolo, the owner of Jake’s Bar and Grill in Harriman, Tenn., against U.S. Small Business Association Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman,” the report continued.

“The lawsuit claims that the SBA gave priority preference to restaurants owned by certain minorities and women while pushing aside white males and other minorities when administering the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund, the report added…

(Excerpts from Conservative Brief)

 

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