Left-Wing PBS to Instruct Tennessee Children During Coronavirus Outbreak

The Tennessee Department of Education has secured a partnership with the state’s PBS stations to deliver daily educational content to public school students as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to keep them out of school.

Several organizations, including the Family Research Council, have, in the past, faulted PBS’s educational materials for what they call a left-leaning bias.

TDOE spokeswoman Victoria Robinson on Thursday said she could not describe the PBS content in detail or whether state officials are making sure it has no political biases.

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Mark Green’s Coronavirus Tele-Town Hall Will Explain Relief Package Details

U.S. Rep. Mark Green, (R-TN-07) said that a coronavirus Tele-Town Hall he has scheduled for Thursday will detail the ways Congress has responded to the pandemic.

Thursday’s Tele-Town Hall, Green said, will also describe what the future holds.

Green has scheduled his Tele-Town Hall for 5 p.m. Central/6p.m. Eastern Thursday for broadcast on his congressional Facebook page.

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Mike Rowe: We Will Need More Skilled Tradespeople Because of the Coronavirus

American television host Mike Rowe said Tuesday that the effects of the coronavirus emergency could radically alter how Americans perceive the skilled trade industry.

Rowe said this while appearing on Tucker Carlson Tonight.

“I think if you’re looking for a silver lining in all of this, in my own foundation our prime directive over the past 10 years has been to affirmatively confront and debunk the stigmas and stereotypes and myths and misperceptions that dissuade people from pursuing a career in the trades. When we come through the other end of this thing, the need for skilled tradespeople in this country, I believe, is going to be at an all-time high. That is basically good news for the middle class. If we can somehow level the playing field by the way in which we present opportunities to kids, middle class kids in particular, I think we might see real success in not only closing the skills gap but getting people on a path to a six-figure job that doesn’t require a big, giant college debt,” Rowe said.

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Dollar General Plans to Increase Hiring Efforts to Support Community and Customer Needs

Officials at the Goodlettsville-based Dollar General stores announced Monday that they will nearly double their normal hiring rate and add up to 50,000 employees by end of April.

This, during heightened demand for household essentials that the store offers during the outbreak of the coronavirus.

“We are proud to serve as one of America’s essential retailers, and we believe our customers are relying on us now more than ever to provide an affordable, convenient retail option,” said Kathy Reardon, Dollar General’s senior vice president and chief people officer, in the press release.

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Shelby County Issues ‘Stay at Home’ Order

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris on Monday announced that county and other local officials will enforce a stay-at-home order for residents because of the coronavirus emergency.

Harris announced this at a press conference Monday.

“The coronavirus is a major disruption to our way of life,” Harris said.

“And we have to expect that it could be a long-lasting effect on our way or life.”

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More Than 500 Tennesseans Have Coronavirus, Health Officials Say

Tennessee had more than 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday night, according to the Tennessee Department of Health’s website.

Davidson County continued to have the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases by far at 179. But, as of Sunday night, Shelby County overtook Williamson County and ranked as having the second highest number of confirmed cases, according to TDH.

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Senator Rand Paul Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement his staff released on his social media accounts Sunday afternoon.

“He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person,” according to the statement.

“He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time. Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul.”

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FDA Authorizes New 45 Minute Coronavirus Test for Release Next Week

A California-based molecular diagnostics company announced Saturday they will ship a point-of-care test next week that they say can detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19 in 45 minutes.

Officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave that company, Cepheid, Emergency Use Authorization to do so, company officials said in a press release.

Called the Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2, the test is designed to operate on any of Cepheid’s more than 23,000 automated GeneXpert Systems worldwide, with a detection time of less than one hour.

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Davidson County Sheriff Reduces Jail Population During Coronavirus Emergency

Nashville-Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall announced he has initiated plans to reduce the number of inmates in sheriff’s office custody as the coronavirus emergency continues.

This, according to a press release Hall put out this week.

Those plans include expanding pre-trial release criteria and eliminating the work release program. PTR participants are expected to double over the next few days and all work release inmates are being furloughed immediately, the press release said.

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Feds Waive Standardized Testing for Current School Year Because of Coronavirus

On Friday U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said the federal government would waive standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year because of the ongoing coronavirus emergency.

U.S. Rep. Mark Green, (R-TN-07), in a press release, said he appreciated DeVos and U.S. Republican President Donald Trump for this action.

“The gravity of the situation our schools continue to face while navigating the COVID-19 outbreak would have created an undue burden for preparing and administering statewide assessments,” Green said.

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Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Tennessee Surpasses 200

Tennessee had 228 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Friday evening, according to the Tennessee Department of Health’s website, although Friday’s news brought cause for some optimism, at least in Davidson County.

Davidson County continued to have the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases, 101, according to the TDH website. This, even though Alex Jahangir, who chairs that county’s Metro Coronavirus Task Force, said the number was higher at a press conference Friday morning.

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Bill Hagerty Says We Must Hold China Accountable for Coronavirus

Republican senatorial candidate Bill Hagerty said this week that China should be held accountable for the Wuhan Coronavirus.

“The Wuhan coronavirus is officially a pandemic, and yet China continues to work overtime to conceal the origins and deflect any and all blame for this deadly illness — at the expense of the world’s health and our economy. While China withheld valuable, lifesaving information, President Trump endured partisan criticism as he took decisive action that helped slow the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus to the United States,” Hagerty said in a new column on Breitbart.com.

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Thomas More Law Center Petitions U.S. Supreme Court to Review Tennessee’s Challenge to Federal Refugee Resettlement Program

In what could have far reaching implications for all states seeking to withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program, the Thomas More Law Center, collaborating with attorney John Bursch, filed a certiorari petition Monday, in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Kid Rock’s Steakhouse in Nashville Originally Defied Order, But Will Now Close

Staff at Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse announced Monday night that they will temporarily close, per a city order that all bars on Lower Broadway must shut down.

This, even though Kid Rock’s Steakhouse owner originally said he would defy that order.

As The Tennessee Star reported, on Sunday members of the Metropolitan Board of Health of Nashville and Davidson County declared a public health emergency that forced business owners to either close their doors or limit capacity. Bars on Lower Broadway and throughout Davidson County must close until further notice.

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Manny Sethi Schedules Coronavirus Tele-Town Hall for Thursday

U.S. Republican senatorial candidate Manny Sethi announced Monday he will host a tele-town hall this coming Thursday on Facebook to discuss the Coronavirus.

According to a press release, Sethi has scheduled his Coronavirus town hall for noon central Thursday on Facebook.

People may submit questions and get more information by going to Sethi’s campaign website.

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Government Red Tape May Keep Nashville Business Owners from Getting Tax Relief During Coronavirus Emergency

Nashville Democratic Mayor John Cooper hinted Monday that city officials will help businesses in the city that have either had to shut down or limit capacity because of the Coronavirus emergency, per city orders.

Will city officials offer tax relief?

Metro officials say a maze of government rules complicate matters.

On Sunday members of the Metropolitan Board of Health of Nashville and Davidson County declared a public health emergency that forced business owners to either close their doors or limit capacity, according to the city’s website.

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Governor Bill Lee: ‘I Urge Every School District in Tennessee to Close As Soon As Practically Possible’

Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee said Monday that he wants all school districts in the state to close as soon as possible and to remain closed until the end of this month.

“As the response to COVID-19 evolves, I urge every school district in Tennessee to close as soon as practically possible, with all schools expected to close by Friday, March 20, 2020 at the latest. Schools should remain closed through March 31, 2020 to further mitigate the spread of this infectious disease and we will issue further guidance prior to March 31,” Lee said in a statement.

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Tennessee Attorney General Herb Slatery Warns State Residents About Census Scams

Members of Tennessee Attorney General Herb Slatery’s office are warning Tennesseans not to fall for U.S. Census scams.

This, according to a press release Slatery’s office released this week.

Members of the U.S. Census Bureau are now sending out notices with detailed information on how to respond online, by phone, or by mail.

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Marsha Blackburn Wants to Distance American Universities from China-Funded Confucius Institutes

U.S. Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said she wants to minimize Chinese efforts to exert inappropriate influence on American university campuses through Confucius Institutes, which she said repress free speech and discourage transparency.

Blackburn introduced the Transparency for Confucius Institutes Act, which is designed to require program participation agreements between Confucius Institutes and American institutions that house them to address the ways China exerts undue influence.

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