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Local Hospital Numbers Do Not Show COVID Baby Boom

Birth numbers for Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Livingston Regional suggest the spring shutdown did not create a baby boom. Cookeville Birth Center Director Rebecca Kojak said both pregnancies and births have stayed consistent compared to a year ago. “We actually have not seen a huge in pregnancies or moms that we have delivered,” Kojack said. “Over the past year, ... Read More »

White Co. Schools Exploring Building Projects With Incoming COVID Funds

The White County School System looks to complete two capital projects with an expected $3.9 million in COVID funds on the way. Replacing the White County Middle School rooftop and a proposed expansion of Bon De Croft Elementary are two priorities. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said both projects were put on hold last year due to COVID creating budget ... Read More »

Pandemic Puts Communication At Forefront For HS Seniors

High school seniors are facing tough challenges in the pandemic world of college admissions and applications. Cookeville High School Counselor Stephanie Hardin said a lot of work has gone into trying to get information about applications and deadlines out to parents, when parent and senior meetings are cancelled. Hardin said the counseling team put together videos and packets, for families ... Read More »

TTU Students Return For The Spring Semester

About 10,000 Tennessee Tech students return to Cookeville as the spring semester starts Tuesday. Chief Communication Officer Karen Lykins said with a successful fall semester, no major COVID changes have been made. “We are very comfortable with our safety protocol,” Lykins said. “Masks are still required. We have social distancing guidelines in place, and we have a lot of signage ... Read More »

Masks Found To Decrease Other Sicknesses In White County Schools

Masks are protecting students from more than just COVID with White County Schools seeing a decrease in other sicknesses. During Thursday’s White County School Board meeting, Cumberland Family Care Dr. Ty Webb gave a COVID update. He said in his practices, cases of strep throat overall have became minimal. “Strep this year, I don’t know what you guys have seen ... Read More »

Many Fears Of COVID Vaccine Not Supported By Evidence

According to the state health department, over 270,000 Tennesseans have been vaccinated, but a fear of vaccines still remains. Upper Cumberland Medical Society Member Dr. James Gray said those worried should not be. Gray said evidence supports that it is safer to be vaccinated then to risk contracting COVID. “I have not seen any reliable source of information which should ... Read More »

Overton Reimbursed Over $600K For Payroll

Overton County will be reimbursed some $639,000 in payroll money spent by Overton County Health and Rehab. “That is the money we borrowed through the COVID that the county court voted on to use it for payroll,” County Executive Ben Danner said. “The government forgave all that, because the nursing home did use it for what they were supposed to, ... Read More »

LA Planning In-Person Return Next Week

Livingston Academy will be fully virtual this week due to an abundance of staff being out with COVID or in quarantine. Director of Schools Mark Winningham said that at least 20 staff members are out at the school. Winningham said the plan is to return in-person next week. “We had a pretty significant number of staff members who were either ... Read More »

Putnam Finishes First School Week Back With 57 Cases

The first week of the winter semester for Putnam County concluded Friday with 57 known positive COVID cases and 213 quarantines. Entering the break, student attendance was a concern, but Director of Schools Corby King said so far, turnout has improved. “We are actually in a little better position coming back than we were when we left,” King said. “We ... Read More »

Capacity Issues Lead To Livingston Regional Taking Nashville COVID Patients

Livingston Regional Hospital is taking in patients from Nashville area hospitals as those facilities face capacity issues. CEO Tim McGill said the hospital managed by sharing PPE and ventilators with sister hospitals and LifePoint Health. “Last weekend just to give you an example, we had a surge in COVID in-patient admissions in our hospitals. Particularly because Nashville area hospitals were ... Read More »