Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday COVID-19 vaccines will be optional in the state’s K-12 public schools, once they become available.

The Republican told reporters that vaccines will be very important for Tennessee to “ultimately really be able to handle” the virus. But he said he doesn’t foresee COVID-19 mandates for school districts in Tennessee, saying vaccines are a choice.

UT Extension Service

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is encouraging Tennesseans to patronize the state’s family farms and other agricultural producers on Small Business Saturday this year.

The day after Black Friday asks holiday shoppers to forego the big box stores in favor of local businesses.

Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher says people who shop local encourage entrepreneurs.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say the two people killed in a pickup truck in Tennessee were the 12-year-old driver and a 14-year-old passenger.

Nashville police identified the two as Abdiwahab Adan, the driver, and Donquez Abernathy. Two other teens were wounded inside the truck and were taken to a hospital.

Police said they have a suspect in the shooting on Interstate 24 near downtown Nashville. Metro Nashville Police tweeted the shooting appears to have been contained in the truck.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee would no longer prohibit parents from refusing vaccinations of their children under a newly filed proposal as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

Tennessee law currently allows parents to cite several exemptions to not immunize their children as long as the state isn't in an epidemic. Two Republican lawmakers want those exceptions removed, allowing parents to opt out of school-required vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill also would allow parents to cite “right of conscience” as a reason not to immunize their children.

AP story on nursing home neglect includes Hendersonville woman

Nov 20, 2020

When COVID-19 tore through Donald Wallace’s nursing home, he was one of the lucky few to avoid infection.

He died a horrible death anyway.

Hale and happy before the pandemic, the 75-year-old retired Alabama truck driver became so malnourished and dehydrated that he dropped to 98 pounds and looked to his son like he’d been in a concentration camp. Septic shock suggested an untreated urinary infection, E. coli in his body from his own feces hinted at poor hygiene, and aspiration pneumonia indicated Wallace, who needed help with meals, had likely choked on his food.