From WMOT News

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 Dept. Health

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville will again tighten pandemic restrictions on Metro restaurants and bars.

It was just three weeks ago that Mayor John Cooper lifted the city’s 50 percent cap on customers.

On Monday, Nashville will once again impose the half-capacity limit on restaurants and bars.

The move comes with three of the key metrics Metro uses to guage it’s battle with coronavirus in the red. Three more metrics are now yellow.

NASHVILLE. Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tuesday was the last day Nashville’s elementary and students with special needs attended in-person classes through the end of the year.

Direct of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle announced the change Monday.

She noted that the city’s COVID-19 infection rates are “at their highest points in months, and the situation may only be getting worse.”