Press Releases

Physician and Former Cookeville Mayor Fears Hospital “may have some very tough days” as COVID spreads

November 23, 2020

My name is Dr. Charles Womack and I’m a retired physician in Cookeville, TN.  I grew up in the Mississippi…

Veteran teacher implores Governor Lee to issue a statewide mask mandate

November 9, 2020

For the sake of my family, my students, and my community, and as someone who voted for you, I implore you to have some political courage. Use your power as the leader of our state to issue a statewide mask mandate.

Critical care physician Dr. Benjamin Ferrell pleads with Gov. Lee for statewide mask mandate

October 23, 2020

As Nashville hospital bed capacity drops to critical level at 5% My name is Dr. Benjamin Ferrell.  I live in…

Tennessee Ill-prepared for Coming Flu Season Complicated by COVID-19

September 8, 2020

As primary care providers on the front lines, we are still not equipped to do what is required to address this public health crisis.

“Mask Breaks” Are a Danger to Everyone!

September 3, 2020

My name is Alaina Snider.  I’m an 11th grade student at Brighton High School in Tipton County.  I have lived…

Wearing masks saves lives – my family wants Governor Lee to know and to LEAD!

August 21, 2020

My name is Beverly Smith and I want to share my story with you about why I’m asking my fellow…

Why are we rushing to reopen schools without getting COVID-19 under control?

August 15, 2020

My name is Kristen Morjal and I am speaking as a concerned teacher, parent and wife.  I speak also as…

Reopening in-person classes with a 10.2% positivity rate – this is crazy!

August 14, 2020

My name is Kathryn Vaughn and I teach art to about 800 elementary school students in Tipton County, which is…

Governor Lee and Mayor Ogles must listen to health experts – masks save lives

August 13, 2020

Several months ago, I was alerted by my 92-year-old mother that Dr. Aaron Milstone, my late husband’s pulmonologist, was speaking…

My brother died of COVID – Governor Lee’s failure to lead and protect Tennesseans

August 4, 2020

Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Daphne Foust. I have been a physician assistant since 1988. I…