Articles by Jonathan Mattise and Kimberlee Kruesi

Associated Press

Virus Restrictions on Businesses, Gatherings Lifted in Most Tennessee Counties

Businesses in 89 of Tennessee’s 95 counties will no longer have to adhere to social distancing guidelines, Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday, even though cases of COVID-19 in the state have been persistently high. The Republican governor said he would …

Tennessee Won’t Disclose Which Businesses Got Virus Relief

Tennessee has given more than $170 million in federal relief funds to businesses struggling to survive during the coronavirus pandemic, but top state officials aren’t saying exactly who is getting the money. “This is considered confidential taxpayer information,” state Department …

COVID-19 Business Immunity Proposal Flounders in Tennessee

Just a few weeks ago, Tennessee looked like a sure bet to become the latest state to protect businesses and other organizations from lawsuits by people impacted by the coronavirus in the push to reopen the economy. Republican Gov. Bill …

Tennessee Again Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency

Gov. Bill Lee on Monday extended the state of emergency for another two months as Tennessee continues to see large jumps in people testing positive for COVID-19. Lee, a Republican, initially imposed the state of emergency on March 12 in …

Tennessee House Lawmakers Advance Broad Coronavirus Liability Protection

Tennessee would become the latest state to provide health care providers, schools and businesses broad protections against coronavirus lawsuits under a proposal gaining traction inside the GOP-dominant Statehouse. House Republicans approved such a measure Tuesday despite objections from Democrats, who …

Tennessee Senate Approves Coronavirus Liability Bill for Nursing Homes, Businesses

The Tennessee Senate advanced legislation Thursday that would provide nursing homes, grocery stores and other businesses sweeping protections from coronavirus lawsuits. The measure is similar to the growing trend going on in states that have begun to reopen since shutting …

States Sharing of COVID-19 Patients’ Data With First Responders Sparks Privacy Concern

More than 11 million people have been tested in the U.S. for COVID-19, all with the assurance that their private medical information would remain protected and undisclosed. Yet, public officials in at least two-thirds of states are sharing the addresses …

Many Tennessee Restaurants Get Green Light to Reopen Despite Virus Spread

Most of Tennessee’s restaurants were given the green light to allow dine-in service once again Monday as part of Gov. Bill Lee’s directive to begin reopening the state’s economy that had been largely closed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. …

Tornado Warning System Worked for Tennessee Twisters, But Effectiveness Unknown

Sirens screamed. Emergency weather alerts buzzed cellphones. News crews pleaded with people to seek cover. In the aftermath of the massive tornadoes that ripped through Tennessee early Tuesday morning, emergency officials say they believe the systems in place to warn …

Death Toll from Tennessee Tornadoes Climbs to At Least 24

Rescuers searched through shattered Tennessee neighborhoods for bodies Tuesday, less than a day after tornadoes ripped across Nashville and other parts of the state as families slept. At least 24 people were killed, some in their beds, authorities said. The …