Tag Archives: Tennessee

16 Of 27 GOP Tennessee Senators Sign Pro-Vax Letter

The Tennessean reports: More than half of the state’s Senate Republican Caucus signed a letter Tuesday urging Tennesseans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, a sudden acceleration of pro-vaccine rhetoric from leading conservatives as hospitalizations from the virus have begun to rapidly increase. While statewide vaccination rates have stalled, the delta variant of the virus is causing coronavirus cases to surge …

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Prominent Anti-Vaxxer: I’ve Made Millions From This

Nashville’s NBC News affiliate reports: Ty and Charlene Bollinger’s anti-vaccine empire has created such widespread criticism, accused of making millions off vaccine disinformation, that major media platforms have blocked their content. “It’s almost every social media account as well. We’ve been flagged, shut down. Deplatformed. They take us off and put us up again,” said Ty Bollinger, standing on the …

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Tennessee Gov Backs Firing Of Top Vax Official [VIDEO]

Knoxville’s NBC News affiliate reports: Governor Bill Lee spoke to the press for the first time since the controversy surrounding the termination of the state’s top vaccine expert, Dr. Michelle Fiscus. Governor Lee said he supported Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey’s decision to terminate Dr. Fiscus and steer the department away from marketing the vaccine to Tennessee children. “We should …

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Right Wing Radio Host Suddenly Pro-Vaccine [VIDEO]

Nashville’s ABC News affiliate reports: Conservative radio talk show host Phil Valentine is hospitalized with COVID-19, according to his family. In a statement released Thursday, relatives said Valentine is “in very serious condition” and is suffering from “Covid Pneumonia,” along with other side effects. Valentine had previously expressed his disagreement with mask mandates, stating that hospitals were never in danger …

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Tennessee To Remove KKK Leader’s Bust From Capitol

Nashville’s ABC News affiliate reports: A Tennessee panel has moved forward on a final vote to remove the Nathan Bedford Forrest from the Tennessee Capitol. The bust of the Confederate general and KKK Grand Wizard still sat in the Capitol, months after a vote to remove it and two other statues. Thursday’s vote from the State Building Commission was the …

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TN Teen Gets Five Years In Fatal Swatting Incident

Vice News reports: In April 2020, Mark Herring’s heart stopped beating when armed police surrounded his house, responding to a bogus call of an alleged murder. The swatting incident—where people call in fake threats to the police so officers respond to someone’s address, potentially harming them—was all for the purpose of a scammer trying to gain control of Herring’s Twitter …

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Tennessee To End Teen Outreach For All Vaccines

The Tennessean reports: The Tennessee Department of Health will halt all adolescent vaccine outreach – not just for coronavirus, but all diseases – amid pressure from Republican state lawmakers, according to an internal report and agency emails obtained by the Tennessean. If the health department must issue any information about vaccines, staff are instructed to strip the agency logo off …

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Tennessee Fires Top Vax Official Over Teen Outreach

The Tennessean reports: The Tennessee state government on Monday fired its top vaccination official, becoming the latest of about two dozen states to lose years of institutional knowledge about vaccines in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Michelle Fiscus, the medical director for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs at the Tennessee Department of Health, said she was fired on …

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Court Blocks TN Law On Anti-Trans Warning Signs

Via press release from the ACLU: A federal judge today blocked a new law in Tennessee that required businesses and other entities that allow transgender people to use the public restroom that matches their gender to post a government-prescribed warning sign. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of business owners Kye Sayers and Bob Bernstein who object to the …

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Riot Suspects Collared Thanks To Instagram Boasting

Nashville’s NBC News affiliate reports: Matthew Baggott was arrested Sunday in Murfreesboro while Stewart Parks was arrested Thursday on charges of entering or remaining in restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly or disruptive conduct in restricted building or grounds/impeding official business, violent entry or disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and theft of government property, according to court documents. …

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Christian Diet Guru, “Tarzan” Actor Husband, 5 Others Killed In Plane Crash On Way To Florida Cultist Rally

The Tennessean reports: Seven people are presumed dead after a small plane crashed on Percy Priest Lake on Saturday, while it was heading from Smyrna to Palm Beach International Airport in Florida. Dive teams from local emergency agencies found human remains and pieces of the plane that crashed on Percy Warner Lake. According to the Federal Aviation Administration website, no …

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Vendors Cut Ties With Nashville Store After QAnon Owner Sells “Not Vaccinated” Star Of David Patches

The New York Times reports: Protesters gathered on Saturday outside a hat store in Nashville that sold “not vaccinated” Star of David patches and compared vaccine passports to the Nazi practice of requesting “your papers.” The store, Hatwrks, said on Instagram in a post that was later deleted that it was selling the patches for $5. Amid an outbreak of …

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Violators Of TN Bathroom Law Mandating Warning Signs At Transgender-Friendly Businesses Could Face Jail Time

The Associated Press reports: The sponsor of Tennessee’s new law requiring businesses and government facilities to post signs if they let transgender people use the bathrooms of their choice now says owners and officials who refuse could face up to six months in jail — a penalty that went unmentioned during legislative hearings and debate. Republican Rep. Tim Rudd, who …

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TN Covidiot Charged With Plowing Car Into Vax Tent

Nashville’s NBC News affiliate reports: A woman who went to a COVID-19 vaccination site to protest the vaccine was arrested after she drove her car through the vaccination site at a high rate of speed, according to court documents. Deputies arrested Virginia C. Brown, 36, of Greenback, TN, on Monday morning after she drove through a vaccination center set up …

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TN Gov Signs Bill Forcing Anti-Trans Warning Signs

The Advocate reports: Tennessee businesses and other public spaces will soon have to put up warning signs if they allow transgender people to use the restrooms and changing rooms aligning with their gender identity. That’s under a bill signed into law Monday by Republican Gov. Bill Lee, just three days after he signed another anti-trans “bathroom bill,” that one regulating …

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GOP Tennessee Gov Signs Two Anti-Transgender Bills

CNN reports: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a so-called controversial bathroom bill into law Friday, according to the state General Assembly website. In addition to this so-called bathroom bill, Lee also signed a transgender sports bill into law in March that requires students to prove their sex at birth in order to play middle and high school sports. Tennessee lawmakers …

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“Significant Crack” Closes Interstate Bridge [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Repairs to the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee could take months after a crack was found in the span, forcing thousands of trucks and cars to detour and shutting down shipping on a section of the Mississippi River, a transportation official said. A congressional Democrat from Tennessee flagged the crack as a warning sign of …

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Log Cabin Homocons Call On TN Gov To Veto Anti-Trans Bill In Op-Ed Laying Out Their Anti-LGBT “Bona Fides”

Tennessee’s legislature has passed an anti-trans bathroom bill and in a Tennessean op-ed ostensibly calling on Gov. Bill Lee to veto the item, the local Log Cabin Republicans chapter first lays out their anti-LGBT “bona fides” in order to convince right wingers that they’re all on the same side. An excerpt: LGBT leftists tend to hate us because we put …

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TN Republicans Block Honor For Newly Out Country Star

Variety reports: A measure in Tennessee to honor Brothers Osborne singer TJ Osborne [photo], who recently came out as gay, has been blocked by Republicans in the state’s House of Representatives, after it had unanimously passed the Senate. Rep. Jeremy Faison, chair of the House Republican Caucus, is the lawmaker responsible for blocking — and some say effectively killing — …

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TN Revives Bill To Legalize Running Over Protesters

The Tennessean reports: Last-minute budget negotiations in Tennessee have led to the resurrection of a bill that would offer drivers immunity in some circumstances for running over protesters. “We’ll see if there can be agreeable language,” House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, said Wednesday about the reemergence of the bill, referring to apparent concerns with legislation expressed by members of the …

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