The Tennessee Department of Education has approved 29 new virtual schools for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. According to a release, this addition brings the total number of virtual schools in Tennessee to 57. Since 2011, Tennessee has allowed local school districts to create virtual schools that offer alternative... Read More.
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Mississippi’s top public health official said Monday that the state is seeing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in July. “4th wave is here,” Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state health officer, wrote on Twitter. The Mississippi State Department of Health said 2,326 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Friday... Read More.
Days after she was fired under pressure from Republican legislators, Tennessee’s former vaccinations director issued a point-by-point rebuttal to a letter that recommended her removal. The letter from the state’s chief medical officer said Michelle Fiscus should be removed due to complaints about her leadership approach and a letter... Read More.
A Mississippi lake named for the king of rock ‘n’ roll is closed for repairs and could reopen in the spring of 2024. Elvis Presley Lake has been drained and the entrance to it is locked, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. Dennis Riecke, fisheries and environmental coordinator with... Read More.
Tennessee’s chief medical officer reasoned that the state’s now-fired vaccination leader should be let go in part due to complaints about her leadership approach and how she handled a letter about vaccination rights of minors that incensed some Republican state lawmakers. Those were among several complaints Chief Medical Officer... Read More.
A federal judge has ordered that an independent monitor be put into place to oversee Mississippi’s embattled mental health care system. The monitor will be tasked with verifying data submitted by the state analyzing the success of its mental health services. A key measure will be whether the state... Read More.