COVID-19: 8/12/2020 Update (Including Today’s Health Department Briefing)

Worldwide Daily Cases 8.12.2020 (Source:

Good Wednesday! We’re halfway through another action-packed week. New benchmark information is provided below which should give us a glimpse of how we are doing locally. Recent numbers of hospitalizations seem to be better and deaths may be slowing, so that is encouraging. At tonight’s Board of Health meeting the board will consider reducing the number of people allowed to gather from 50 to 25. I’ll tune in and report, of course, but if you’d like to watch the drama unfold in real time, you can do so a number of places, including Knox County’s Youtube Channel or CTV (via your television or online).

International News:

The total number of reported cases of COVID-19 worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,602,936, with 747,455 deaths attributed to the illness. About 13.5 million people have recovered and 6.35 million people remain ill. Yesterday, an additional 266,160 people were reported to have the illness and 6,556 people died as a result of COVID-19. [Continue reading]

Inaugural Big Ears Festival Streaming Series Begins with R.B. Morris and Band on August 21

R.B. Morris and Band, Bijou Theatre, August 2020

For many of us who passionately love music, one of the greatest losses of the current era is the loss of live music. Being in the presence of live musicians, watching the interplay between band members and being moved by a brilliant solo or incisive lyric is something we live for. One of the first local blows to our musical landscape was the loss of Big Ears.

While the range of live music and the opportunities to see it are not likely to re-emerge to the same degree in theĀ  short-run, we search for alternatives. One of the most exciting alternatives is being presented by Big Ears. A series of streaming events, Sites & Sounds from Big Ears, featuring singular musicians in special surroundings will kick off Friday August 21 at 8:00 PM with RB Morris and his band playing on the stage of the Bijou Theatre. [Continue reading]

COVID-19: 8/11/2020 Update

It's a new day and a great day for beginnings. I was pleased to tell the story this morning of a new business opening in the downtown area. Lauren's inspirational spirit during a difficult time was good for me to hear. Despite obstacles, whether … [Continue reading]

Wither and Bloom Designs Opens Just Outside the Old City

A new shop has opened at 1154 McCalla Avenue, just outside the Old City in the Electric Company Building. Wither and Bloom Designs is the new business started by Lauren Stovall. It reflects her life-long relationship with flowers and becomes the most … [Continue reading]

COVID-19: 8/10/2020 Update (Including the Health Department Briefing)

I hope you each had some happy time this weekend. We enjoyed some fresh Alabama gulf shrimp on the grill, thanks to Hen Hoc. This means so much to us. The Alabama gulf coast was home and we miss it. To have a little taste of that and to teach Urban … [Continue reading]