Press Releases

Statewide Mask Mandate is Investment in our Future

December 10, 2020

My name is Lee Spieker, I moved to Nashville 3 years ago from Colorado for the music, new geography and…

No child is an island – uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 stresses kids and families. We need a statewide mask mandate.

November 28, 2020

I am Dr. Allyson Cundiff. I live in Nashville, where I grew up, and have been caring for children here…

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…