Publisher: The Tennessean


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Gov. Bill Lee appoints new members to UT Board of Trustees, campus advisory councils

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Gov. Bill Lee has nominated two people for the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees. Shanea McKinney of Shelby County and David Watson of Hamilton County will join the UT Board, pending their approval by the Tennessee legislature.


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Health is a critical part of our nation’s infrastructure | Opinion

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President Joe Biden’s multitrillion dollar program to repair and expand broad sectors of America’s infrastructure remains controversial. Opponents argue, in part, that it includes funding for programs deemed to be social welfare projects rather than typical physical infrastructure projects such as building bridges and repairing roads.  


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Pandemic has cost University of Tennessee System $147 million — a big part from Vols football

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The coronavirus pandemic is estimated to cost the University of Tennessee System $147 million, the Board of Trustees reported Thursday. The biggest hit for this fiscal year comes from UT Athletics’ lost revenue and not being able to host large events on campus. On top of that, universities in the system had additional safety costs… Read More


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Opinion: Don’t let the COVID-19 pandemic delay childhood vaccinations

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, vaccination rates for children have dropped precipitously compared to the same time last year. Many parents and caregivers have delayed visits to their pediatrician’s office because of understandable concerns about COVID-19 transmission.


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Opinion: COVID-19 doesn’t respect borders. That’s a problem for reopening plans

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The rates of coronavirus infection and COVID-19 cases have increased substantially as the reopening of businesses and social activities has progressed. These distressing trends have emphasized the critical importance of implementing an effective economic reopening strategy that minimizes the risks to health. Under the current plan, 89 of the 95 Tennessee counties that do not… Read More


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Opinion: Black Americans have always been hit hardest by illness. Coronavirus shows this inequity once again

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“The coronavirus does not discriminate.” I’ve heard some variation of that assertion made many times since the first case of COVID-19 appeared in Tennessee early March.


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UT Health Services Center hosts summit to improve campus mental health

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Faculty and staff from multiple University of Tennessee campuses gathered in Nashville on Friday to discuss measures that can help improve mental health for both students and faculty. The 2019 Academic and Student Affairs Summit took place in the Nelson Andrews Leadership Lodge and covered methods that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center was… Read More


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Haslam announces school safety task force members, but the list lacks a Democrat

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced his school safety committee members on Monday, but the 16-member group is lacking a Democrat. The group includes Dr. Altha Stewart, University of Tennessee, incoming president of American Psychiatric Association.