2020-05-12

“Unprecedented” isn’t EXACTLY true….

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I have even found myself using the phrase “we’re in unprecedented times” when it comes to the virus pandemic and related pandamonium. That’s not exactly accurate. Perhaps, “unprecedented in our lifetime” would be more accurate. The most common comparison is to the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak. Some five hundred million people around the world were diagnosed. Of those, 675,000 were […]

Kimball looks at potential hefty costs from storms and COVID response

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Kimball, TN – The Kimball Board of Mayor and Alderman convened for their May meeting under COVID-19 restrictions in accordance with the State’s restrictions on public gatherings. Kimball is looking at a couple of purchases that raised some eyebrows with the Board in the wake of the April 12 storms and preparing town facilities for a post-COVID normal. Following the volatile […]

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No Graduation? It Could Be Worse

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High school graduations have gotten a lot of attention lately because if not for the pandemic, another group of 18-year-olds would finally get to “walk,” and accept their diploma and the accompanying cheers. Instead, many commencement programs have been delayed or canceled. We are instead honoring the seniors with yard signs, neighborhood parades, or social media salutes. I feel bad […]

KTAG: What Has God Entrusted to You?

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“God has entrusted me with a smile, some teeth, ability to dance and my heart,” says Greer, 5. When you’re 5 years old, you realize how valuable “some teeth” are because they keep falling out. “I do good in sports, but I don’t let it go to my head that I’m the best,” says Evan, 11. It’s hard to be […]

Alexander spearheads effort for expanded testing

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Washington, D.C. – Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) recently said “all roads back to work and back to school lead through testing.” Alexander made his remarks during the Senate health committee hearing—“Shark Tank: New Tests for COVID-19”—which featured testimony from Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Dr. Gary Disbrow of the Biomedical Advanced Research […]

TN State Parks hold Virtual 5K Race

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Tennesseans doing their part to stay apart – but also eager to keep moving – will be able to participate in a virtual 5K race this month organized by Tennessee State Parks to coincide with World Bee Day on May 20. A virtual race is a race that can be run or walked from any location. You get to run […]

Census Bureau to resume field operations

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The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state, and local health officials, will begin to drop off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at the front doors of households in Southeast Tennessee this week including Marion County. The Census Bureau will deliver 2020 Census invitations and paper questionnaires at the front doors of roughly 5.1 million households nationwide including 3,000 households […]

Blackburn leads Republican bill condemning China for COVID

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Washington, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced the Stop China-Originated Viral Infectious Diseases (COVID) Act to ensure the Chinese Communist Party faces consequences for its role in spreading the coronavirus. The Stop COVID Act will empower Americans to sue China in U.S. court and seek compensation for the devastating harm the deadly virus […]

Cost-share available to forest landowners and industry

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Forest landowners who want to establish or enhance their woods and loggers looking to improve harvesting capacity can get financial assistance to enhance forest health and sustainability. Multiple cost-share opportunities are currently open for application through the end of May. “Tennessee’s forest landowners play a significant role in agriculture and forest industries,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “Supporting landowners […]