Three Coffee County Jail employees test positive for COVID-19

MANCHESTER — According to a press release, three Coffee County Jail employees have tested positive for COVID-19 but there are no confirmed cases within the prison population. The three employees live together in the same apartment, according to the release.

Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin stated in the release that all remaining staff have been notified and given information about being tested. He also stated that the jail is following and will continue to follow all national, state, and local social distancing practices.

The Coffee County Jail is located at 76 Hillsboro Highway in Manchester. For more information, contact the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department at 931-728-3591. •

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Chattanooga becomes National COVID hotspot

According to a recent published report by The New York Times, Chattanooga (Hamilton County) reported 186 new cases and two additional deaths since Friday, making them a national Coronavirus hotspot. Their report is based on a recent Dataminr study that identified 22 small metropolitan and rural counties across eight states. The story also identified Nashville (Davidson County) as a national hotspot among major urban counties.

According to the report, Chattanooga’s rate of new cases per day is the fifth highest in the nation, doubling about every nine days.

On Sunday, the state reported 70 more cases in Chattanooga, which was the largest one-day jump since the global pandemic began. On Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 642 total Chattanooga cases and 15 deaths.

Local health officials attributed the jump in number to an increase in testing stating that 14,000 more residents (or four percent of the population) have now been tested.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Health Department Administrator Becky Barnes stated that despite the uptick, Chattanooga still had enough open hospital beds to handle the surge including 52 adult intensive-care unit beds and 361 adult ventilators available. •

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Local Farmers: No meat shortage … buy local

Local beef farmers say there’s no shortage of beef. Meat processing plants are closed and that’s not the same thing. Pictured is a Tomahawk Ribeye from Farrar Farms in Flat Creek. {Photo Credit: Alex Belew}

As more and more Americans stay at home during the COVID-19 situation, the demand for beef is going up. Combine that with commercial slaughter houses and processing plants temporarily going offline and … well, there could be a kink in the supply chain.

But don’t panic, local beef farmers say. There’s no meat shortage. True some larger beef operation and commercial meat processing and packaging plants have been forced to close due to COVID-19 concerns but there are still lots of smaller, local producers … many in Moore County … who sell direct to the public and would love to have your business.

1 | For example, Golden Gait Farm in Flat Creek sells to the general public. It’s owned by Lynchburg Vet Hospital’s Bryant and Wendy Morton. They raise grass-fed Herefords and Angus/Herefords on 240 acres. You can contact them via their Facebook page or their website.

2 | The Farrar family owns Lynchburg Beef just outside Moore County. Brothers Mark and Jeff own Lynchburg Beef and a cousin, Tim, raises the cattle. They pride themselves on raising pasture-raised, hormone-free, sour mash fed happy cows. They are fifth generation farmers and operate the 169 year-old farm started by their great-great-grandfather, James Franklin Farrar. You can contact them via their Facebook page or their website.

3 | Metro Moore County Fire Chief Mark Neal also does double duty as a beef farmer. His Fox Trails Farm in Raysville offers quarter, half, or whole steers or heifers for sale. That meat will be ready to send to a local processor in December. To contact him, call 931-409-0775.

4 | Local producer Randall George also sells to the public from right across the Moore County line in Lincoln County. He’s a RWG registered beef master who focus on selling local, lean, heart-healthy cuts. His cows are also super happy because he feeds them a mixture of dried distillers grain from Jack Daniel as well as shelled corn. You can reach him at 931-581-1127.

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COVID-19 Update: 5 Things You Need to Know This Week

1| Moore County holds steady at three cases. On April 22, Moore County got its third confirmed COVID-19 case but has not added an additional case since. That’s 30 days without a new case. According to local officials, all three local cases have recovered and are doing well.

2| There are now cases in all Tennessee counties. On Wednesday, the state health department reported the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Hancock County. This mean there are now at least one confirmed case in all 95 counties.

3| Restaurant, retail increase capacity. On Friday, updated guidelines for restaurants and retail stores went into effect by allowing them to operate at full capacity. Attractions and large non-contact venues can now re-open with appropriate social distancing and capacity restrictions. Under the new guidance, bars should remain closed unless used for seated, in-restaurant dining.

4| Free child care for essential workers extended. This week, Tennessee also extended free pandemic child care for essential workers until mid-August. At the same time they also expanded the categories of essential workers – allowing more workers to qualify. Those working in the financial, religious, utility and hotel industries, among others can now qualify.

5| State unemployment claims now highest in state history. According to new numbers released on Thursday, Tennessee’s preliminary, seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is now 14.7 percent. There have been 532,580 new unemployment claims filed in the state of Tennessee between March 15 and May 16, according to the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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May 15 COVID-19 Update: 4 Thing You Need to Know Today

{Graphic Courtesy of TN Dept. of Health}

The Tennessee Department of Health released new COVID-19 case counts on Friday at 2 p.m. and Tennessee now reports 15,544 confirmed cases (271 more than the previous day). Our state has now experienced 290 deaths. That’s three more than yesterday. According to the state, 9,280 COVID-19 patients have recovered. That’s around 52 percent of reported cases. As of today, 309,756 of Tennessee’s 6.8 million residents have been tested. Here’s the top four things you need to know for today:

1|Weekly numbers show moderate increases. This week (from Saturday to Friday) 2,529 more Tennesseans tested positive for COVID-19. That’s a 17 percent increase from last Friday’s total. According to state reports, 66,178 more people were tested. That’s a 28 percent increase from last Friday. Forty nine more Tennesseans died this week from COVID-19 related illness.

2|Tennessee continues to test aggressively. According to a state-by-state analysis conducted by NPR, Tennessee continues to stand out nationally for its “when in doubt get a test” mentality … even if someone is symptom-free. According to the report, Tennessee can test everyone who wants a test because the state’s paying for it … they aren’t relying on federal dollars.

3|Weekend testing stopped. There are no weekend testing sites planned for this weekend. State official originally planned weekend tests for April 24-25, May 2-3, and May 9-10.

4|Fourth Tennessee inmate dies of COVID-19. On Friday, the Tennessee Department of Corrections announced that a 71-year old inmate at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center had died … making him the fourth state prisoner to die from COVID-related illness.

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Tim’s Ford State Park Pool will not open this summer

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Tennessee State Park officials announced this week that all public pools located inside state parks will not open this summer due to COVID-19 concerns. Tim’s Ford State Park Pool was already scheduled to be closed this summer for maintenance.

State park official stated they made the decision because there is no way to safely social distance at a pool. They also cited the unique challenge of keeping lifeguards safe.

“COVID-19 presents unique challenges for managing pools. Pools are confined spaces not conducive to social distancing,” park officials said. “The very nature of lifeguarding requires close contact with pool users and creates potential for unnecessary risk in life saving situations.”

The state parks system re-opened on May 1 and offers many other water-based summer activities like swimming along shorelines, fishing, boating, and paddling.

For more information about the Tennessee State Parks COVID-19 response and guidelines, click here. For more information about Tims Ford State Park, click here. •

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May 11 COVID-19 Update: 4 Things You Need to Know Today

The Tennessee Department of Health released new COVID-19 case counts on Monday at 2 p.m. and Tennessee now reports 15,544 confirmed cases (559 more than the previous day). Our state has now experienced 251 deaths. That’s eight more than yesterday. According to the state, 8,038 COVID-19 patients have recovered. That’s around 52 percent of reported cases. As of today, 273,277 of Tennessee’s 6.8 million residents have been tested. Here’s the top four things you need to know for today:

1| Moore at low risk for second wave. A Nashville-based healthcare data company called Decode Health released a map of counties in the state showing where they believe people are most at-risk of being hospitalized. Bedford, Davidson, Sumner, Robertson, Montgomery, Wilson, Rutherford, Williamson, and Maury counties were most at risk in Middle Tennessee (Level 4). Moore County was a Level 1, the lowest risk. The group also identified Coffee County as Level 4. Franklin and Lincoln counties were identified as Level 3 risks. (Source: https://bit.ly/2LkSgqo)

2 | Cases now confirmed in 94 of 95 counties. Pickett County confirmed it’s first COVID-19 case on Sunday leaving Hancock County as the lone Tennessee county without a confirmed case. Hancock County has tested 96 people.

3 | Harvard Study show Tennessee ahead in testing. A new Harvard Global Health Institute / NPR Study show that the Volunteer State is ahead of the curve national when it comes to testing. At 8,365 tests per day, the state is doing far more than the 3,266 daily tests recommended. (Source: https://bit.ly/2Lw4ay1)

4 | Sen. Lamar Alexander  exposed and in self quarantine. On Sunday, officials announced that Sen. Lamar Alexander is in self quarantine after a member of his staff tested positive for the virus. Sen. Alexander tested negative for COVID-19 last week. •

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Music Fest headliner Kip Moore plays Jack Daniel virtual concert on Friday

Kip Moore will play a virtual concert sponsored by Jack Daniel on Friday. He’ll also headline on October 2 at this year’s Lynchburg Music Fest. {Artwork Provided}

Get ready for a preview of this year’s Lynchburg Music Fest on Friday when Nashville country artist Kip Moore performs a virtual concert sponsored by Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Moore will perform songs from his latest album, Wild World.

The creative folks at the distillery launched the multi-genre live stream concert series to raise money for Sweet Relief Musicians COVID-19 Fund. It provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers including immediate assistance with medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work. You can make a donation by clicking here.

Moore landed early on the Bro Country scene singing songs about trucks, beers, and small town Friday nights. So, it’s fitting that he’ll headline the most famous small town in America on Friday, October 2 during the second annual Lynchburg Music Fest.

Born in Tifton, Georgia, Moore began his music career during his college days a Wallace State Community College before moving to Nashville in 2004 where he met songwriter and producer Brett James. James – who wrote Carrie Underwood’s famous Jesus Take the Wheel – took an interest in Moore and helped him sign a publishing deal.

Moore’s well know for his chart-topping single, Something Bout a Truck, which hit number one on the Billboard country charts. He followed that song with success like Hey Pretty Girl and Beer Money. Last August, he released an anticipated single, She’s Mine, the first song from a much anticipated upcoming album. 

To watch, tune in to Kip Moore’s Facebook or Instagram page beginning at 6 p.m. (CST). •

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Organizer cancel 2020 41-A Festival

{Art Courtesy of the 41-A Festival}

TULLAHOMA — Wednesday afternoon, the Highland Rim Kiwanis – the sponsors of the annual 41-A Festival – announced that they will be cancelling this year’s event due to the COVID-19 situation.

The event’s been held every September in historic, downtown Tullahoma for the last 10 consecutive years. The event raises money for children’s charities throughout southern, middle Tennessee as part of the Kiwani’s mission to “change the world one child at a time.”

According to the group’s social media, the festival will resume on September 24-25 in 2021. •

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May 5 COVID-19 Update: 4 Things You Need to Know Today

{Graphic Courtesy of the TN Dept. of Health}

The Tennessee Department of Health released new COVID-19 case counts on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Tennessee now reports 13,690 (119 more than the previous day). Our state has now experienced 226 deaths (seven more since yesterday). According to the state, 6,356 COVID-19 patients have recovered. That’s around 47 percent of reported cases. As of today, 218,795 of Tennessee’s 6.8 million residents have been tested. Here’s the top four things you need to know for today:

1| Lynchburg’s official count remain three. Moore County continues to reflect three cases with 184 Moore County residents tested. Regionally, the counts are as follows: Bedford County (201), Coffee County (45), Franklin County (36), and Lincoln County (16).

2 | State stops updating Mayor Lewis daily. According to Mayor Lewis, the Tennessee Department of Health will no longer update her office daily about new confirmed cases. Instead they will personally update every time that number increases by a factor of five.

3 | Republican officials want COVID restrictions listed. On Tuesday, Republican Party leadership from eight Middle Tennessee counties sent an open letter to Governor Bill Lee asking for a repeal of the state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions. The letter was signed by leadership from Coffee, Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Perry, and Wayne counties. Membership from Moore County did not sign the letter.

4 | Mass prison testing begins this week. According to Governor Lee’s Unified Command Group, every Tennessee Department of Corrections prison inmate and state will be tested for COVID-19 this week.

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