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Lincoln Memorial University has decided that its professional schools, located in Harrogate and Knoxville, will now require mandatory vaccinations before the start of next year’s spring semester.

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A month after a sharp increase in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in its service area prompted Ballad Health to postpone all elective and non-emergent surgeries, the health system is now preparing to resume some procedures.

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After a week of relatively small increases in active cases of the coronavirus, Hamblen County saw a 130 case increase over the weekend, according to numbers released by Tennessee’s Department of Health.

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Local physicians, the Hamblen County Health Department and local emergency medical services will host a Facebook Live question and answer session on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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An increase in novel coronavirus cases in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia has prompted Ballad Health to postpone all elective and non-emergent surgeries, including already-scheduled procedures.

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The number of active COVID-19 cases continued to rise over the weekend with the state reporting there are more than 800 active cases of the coronavirus in Hamblen County.

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There was an old game we played as children called, “Telephone.” In this game, the first person in line would whisper a statement into the ear of another child.

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Milligan University will require all faculty, staff, students and campus guests to wear a face covering during all indoor activities Monday when physical distancing cannot be achieved.

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Hamblen County Coroner Eddie Davis has released the 2020 statistics for his office, and while the pandemic did add significant numbers to the county’s death toll, there were some encouraging numbers. The number of deaths have fallen in categories including heart disease, cancer, suicide and others.

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Hamblen County COVID-19 Task Force members said Monday they fully support Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain’s decision to mandate mask wearing in public spaces of businesses, especially when social distancing is hard to maintain.

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Because of the chance of a false positive in the wake of a bout with COVID-19, the Tennessee Department of Health is recommending that employers not require a negative test before allowing recovered employees to return work, the Hamblen County Coronavirus Task Force said in its Wednesday meeting.

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The Hamblen County Car Club has announced that their annual Winter Angel Expo Car Show held the third weekend of January at the Walters State Community College Expo Center in White Pine has been cancelled for 2021.

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