Judge Halts Governor Bill Lee’s School Mask Opt-Out Order, Allows Shelby County to Enforce Rules

A federal judge issued an order on Friday evening that blocks Governor Bill Lee’s (R) executive order allowing parents the option to opt their children out of mask requirements in school. The order, by U.S. District Court Judge Sheryl H. Lipman, applies only to Shelby County.

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Sumner County Schools Announce Closure Next Week to ‘Help Mitigate Spread’ of COVID-19

Sumner County Schools announced on Wednesday that all district schools will be closed next week “to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff.” The announcement, which was made on Facebook, noted that the schools “will utilize inclement weather days.” In addition, “There will be no instruction via GoogleClassroom during this time period.” The school further noted that “extracurricular activities, including athletic games and practices, will continue but must occur after normal school dismissal time.” The schools will resume normal operations on September 13.

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Hamilton County Schools Interim Superintendent Calls for Universal Masking, Appeals to Parents to Choose to ‘Keep Our Students Safe’

Young girl with brown hair wearing black mask

Hamilton County Schools says it is struggling struggling to control COVID-19 as the delta variant continues to drive cases. This has prompted the public school district that operates 41 elementary schools, 21 middle schools, and 22 high schools in the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County School to ask all students to wear a mask. Some schools in the district have been closed altogether.

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Tennesseans Rally at the Capital for Vaccine Choice, Medical Freedom

A crowd of about 50 people gathered at the Capital Lawn in Nashville on Saturday to rally for vaccine choice on Saturday.

The issue, the group said via a Facebook post leading up to Saturday’s rally, is “pretty simple.”

“There are plenty of other things we can talk about,” the one graphic reads, “but the core is MEDICAL TYRANNY vs MEDICAL FREEDOM.”

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