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COVID-19 cases top 2,000; study shows mortality rate lower than first reported

COVID-19 cases top 2,000; study shows mortality rate lower than first reported

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, there are now 2,239 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tennessee, this includes one confirmed case in Coffee County. Of these cases, there have been 23 reported deaths and 175 hospitalizations, according to Tennessee Department of Health. As of 4 p.m. Monday, Unity Medical Center reports that it has administered 53 tests, with 31 negative results, 1 positive and 21 results pending. According to a study released Monday, the mortality rate of the COVID-19 disease is now thought to be 0.66%. This is lower than previous numbers that stated 1.38% of those infected will die....

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CMA Fest cancelled for 2020

CMA Fest cancelled for 2020

The annual CMA fest held in Nashville has been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials made the announcement Tuesday. The event was set to take place June 4-7. The event will not be made up at a later date this year – meaning it will return in June of 2021. Ticket holders can seek a refund at the point in which they purchased tickets. Get Thunder Radio daily newsletter Get free local news. Everyday. Straight to your email inbox (no junk mail!) Click Here to sign...

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App available for unemployment certifications

App available for unemployment certifications

An individual who applies for unemployment benefits in Tennessee must do weekly certifications in order to receive benefits. These certifications are necessary to ensure a claimant is eligible to receive benefits for that week, which lessens the chance of having an overpayment. Claimants can complete the certification process on their smartphone. Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has a smartphone app that allows claimants to easily complete their weekly certifications without having to use a computer or internet service. The mobile app is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Using the mobile app...

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Walmart to start checking employee temps

Walmart to start checking employee temps

Walmart announced that it will begin taking the temperature of employees when they report to work, and tell them to stay home or seek medical care if a fever of a least 100 degrees is present. This will be implemented in all stores and distribution centers, including Manchester Walmart, but this will begin at distribution and fulfillment centers in COVID-19 hotspots. Employees with a high temperature will not be allowed to return to work until they are fever free for at least three days. New storage units are available If you need extra space, ACME Storage can help. Brand...

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April 1 is National Census Day – celebrate by completing your Census

April 1 is National Census Day – celebrate by completing your Census

Wednesday, April 1, is National Census Day and there really is no better way to celebrate than to complete your Census! Since the 2020 Census began accepting responses on March 12, Coffee County has been one of the best areas for self-response in Tennessee. Coffee County has either been second, tied for second or in third place since responses opened. Currently, Coffee County has a 44.1% response rate, good enough for third in the entire state of Tennessee. “We have said this over and over, but it is certainly worth repeating,” explained Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell. “This Census...

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Lee issues order closing ‘nonessential’ businesses, asks residents to stay home

Lee issues order closing ‘nonessential’ businesses, asks residents to stay home

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Monday announced a statewide “safer-at-home” order, closing all “non-essential” businesses. Clarifying, Lee said the order is not a “shelter-in-place” order. He does urge Tennesseans to stay home if possible. The order mandates organizations and business not performing essential services to close public access, use delivery, takeout, online or phone operations. Essential services include health care or public health operations, human services operations, essential infrastructure operations, essential government functions, food and medicine stores, food and beverage production and agriculture, charitable and social services, religious and ceremonial functions, media, convenience stores or transportation businesses, financial institutions,...

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Gas prices continue to plunge amid pandemic

Gas prices continue to plunge amid pandemic

The Tennessee gas price average continues to decline and has dropped nearly 13 cents since this time last week. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $1.77 which is 45 cents less than one month ago and nearly 71 cents less than one year ago. “Tennessee motorists are seeing dramatic declines in pump prices. The state average is down 45 cents since March 1,” said Megan Cooper, spokesperson, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “More discounts are expected in the coming week as gasoline demand continues to decline.” In Manchester, gas could be found at $1.80 per gallon as...

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Coffee County remains among best counties for 2020 Census response

Coffee County remains among best counties for 2020 Census response

Only three counties in the state of Tennessee have reached a 40-percent self-response rate for the 2020 United States Census. Coffee County is one of those three. As of Monday, March 30, Coffee County is tied for the second best Census self-response rate in the entire state of Tennessee, with at 41.1% response rate, tying with Loudon County. Moore County has the best response rates at 41.4%. “This is a very important Census for Coffee County,” said Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell. “It is of utmost important that everyone is accounted for. This data and these results will have...

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