Oak Ridge asks citizens to avoid in-person business, updates city service COVID-19 protocols

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WATE) — City Manager Mark Watson is urging Oak Ridgers to conduct business over the phone and by mail whenever possible as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on the city.

Most financial transactions can be handled electronically and via mail, according to a news release from the city. Those wanting to meet someone are asked to call the department’s extension directly.

Many of the

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L-L League swimmers finally getting back to business | Sports

There are always many questions when a new high school sports season begins, and swimming is no exception.

Of course, with the delayed start of the 2020-21 campaign because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this season opens with far more questions than usual.

For starters, with one of the most regimented training schedules, swimmers build up endurance throughout the season leading up to league, district and state championships. Practices in

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L-L swimmers finally getting back to business | Sports

There are always many questions when a new high school sports season begins, and swimming is no exception.

Of course, with the delayed start because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this season opens with far more questions than usual.

For starters, with one of the most regimented training schedules, swimmers build up endurance throughout the season leading up to league, district and state championships. Practices in December pay off in

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The Latest: India’s Case Level a Third of Its September Peak | Business News

NEW DELHI — India is reporting 31,521 newly confirmed coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, dropping to just over a third of the peak level seen in mid-September.

India’s single-day cases have remained below 50,000 for more than a month.

The health ministry also reported 412 deaths Thursday, raising India’s total fatalities to 141,772.

India’s health ministry says some coronavirus vaccines are likely to receive licenses in the next

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The Latest: Tex. Official Critical of Lockdown Is Virus Case | Business News

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas state official who has been critical of measures ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott in efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic says he has tested positive for the virus.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller was among an estimated 200 people who rallied outside Abbott’s home in October to protest his pandemic orders, including a continued statewide mask mandate and lockdowns.

In a statement Wednesday, the 65-year-old

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The Latest: Doctor Has Concern About Vaccine Availability | Business News

WASHINGTON — The founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium says she has concerns about the availability of potential coronavirus vaccines.

Dr. Ala Stanford said Wednesday that “everyone who needs a test cannot get a test. So, I do have concerns about the vaccine availability.”

She says it is important that vaccines are received by people “going to work every day in contact with the public, bringing it home to

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The Latest: Arizona Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 7,000 | Business News

PHOENIX — Arizona’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 7,000 on Wednesday and the state reported 108 deaths.

The state registered 4,444 confirmed coronavirus cases, increasing the state’s known totals to 382,601.

The Department of Health Services says on Twitter that “a large percentage” of the 108 deaths reported Wednesday were due to reviewing past death certificates and determining the deaths were from COVID-19. That periodic process results in

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The Latest: Poll: 50% of Americans Ready for Vaccine Shot | Business News

WASHINGTON — A new poll find only about half of Americans are ready to roll up their sleeves for COVID-19 vaccines even as states prepare to begin months of vaccinations.

The survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows about a quarter of U.S. adults aren’t sure if they want to get vaccinated when their turn comes. Roughly another quarter say they won’t.

The Food and Drug

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The Latest: UK: 2 People Report Allergic Reaction to Vaccine | Business News

LONDON — U.K. regulators say people who have a “significant history’’ of allergic reactions shouldn’t receive the new Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine while they investigate two adverse reactions that occurred on the first day of the country’s mass vaccination program.

The national medical director for the National Health Service in England says health authorities were acting on a recommendation from the Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

Professor Stephen Powis says the

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The Latest: Israel Sees Spike in Poverty During Pandemic | Business News

JERUSALEM — The number of Israeli households living under the poverty line has grown by nearly 50% during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an anti-poverty organization’s report published Wednesday.

Israel has seen unemployment surge to over 20% since the country first imposed a nationwide lockdown at the start of the outbreak in March. The country’s vital tourism industry has shrunk to virtually nil and thousands of businesses have closed. To

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SC’s pandemic-related economic blows range from glancing to direct hit | Business

The coronavirus pandemic has had divergent impacts on South Carolina’s economic sectors, with the state’s hospitality industry taking the brunt of the financial fallout. Although every industry took a hit in the early months, some are well on the way to recovery, while others continue to lag.

Here’s a look at how COVID-19 has affected some of the Palmetto State’s key business sectors: 


Even within the hard-hit tourism industry,

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COVID-19’s economic impact largely depends on your job title | Business

The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt South Carolina an economic crisis like no other, with a relatively small segment of workers and businesses suffering the greatest losses, while much of the state has weathered the stay-at-home orders and social distancing with little or no lasting financial impact.

Shaniqua McCants has seen the worst of that economic division.

After losing her job as a dispatcher for a North Charleston trucking firm and

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‘A leap of faith’ | Three businesses make their debut amid pandemic | Business World

Opening a new business can be a daunting, stressful and exhilarating adventure under normal circumstances. Imagine adding a pandemic and a set of debilitating and ever-changing restrictions that come with it into the mix — not exactly an ideal recipe for success.

How do you build a customer base, get established in the community, or quite frankly, survive your first year while adhering to mandated guidelines and dealing with all

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Pamplin Media Group – Business News Update: Elmer’s Flag and Banner

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Let’s talk gifts. Do you really want another bad tie, dish towel set, or set of matching family pajamas? Some Christmas gifts really are better than others. Now is the time to tell someone you love that you want a gift that stands the test of time.

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Pandemic accelerates move to e-commerce for some local shops | Business

HUNTINGTON — COVID-19 totally changed the way The Haute Wick Social does business, according to owner Ashley Casto.

“The pandemic blew up my whole business model,” Casto said. “We went from an in-person experience to an online and social media experience.”

The Haute Wick Social, located in Heritage Station in downtown Huntington, opened as a place where people would gather to make their own candles together.

“There was lots of

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Envision Utah presents Valley Visioning report during Utah Valley Chamber Executive Summit | Business News

During the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Summit on Thursday, officials from Envision Utah gave a presentation regarding the Valley Visioning report that is set to be released next week.

The report accounts for projected massive population growth in the area by 2050, addressing questions in regards to where current residents want to see the growth, how the growth should be brought in, ways to accommodate without expending natural

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Gov. Whitmer announces U.S. Small Business Administration relief for eligible businesses impacted by excessive rain

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is making Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million available to eligible small businesses, agricultural cooperatives, and nonprofits impacted by excessive rain that occurred Oct. 1, 2019 through June 3, 2020. 

SBA extended the loans following the Secretarial Disaster Declaration obtained by Governor Whitmer from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue 

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Report forecasts major small business job losses in Denver and beyond as winter chill sets in

The “Game of Thrones” tagline “winter is coming” is especially ominous for small businesses in this COVID-19 battered year.

A new report from online payroll and benefits platform Gusto predicts dire outcomes if more government relief funding is not made available to help businesses through the cold weather months.

The report, authored by Gusto economist Luke Pardue, outlines a scenario where retailers and leisure and hospitality businesses including restaurants hemorrhage

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Six-story hotel rising on Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln | Business Local

But, reader habits changed, said Alford, whose children have helped manage the store in recent years. He said low profit margins can’t keep the doors open.

“Amazon has just dominated the book business and, well, people don’t read the newspaper or books as much as they used to.”

Dorothy passed away Dec. 6th, Alford said. He is 94 years old (and still has the VIP car wash near 120th and

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Kayak CEO Hints Company May Get Into the Hotel Business

There’s been speculation over the years about online travel companies getting into the hotel business, and Kayak CEO Steve Hafner teased as much during an interview on Thursday.

Hafner, who heads Booking Holdings brands Kayak and OpenTable, dropped the hint during a pre-recorded interview for Travel’s Path Forward: Online Travel, when discussing the company’s product roadmap during the Covid-19 hiatus.

Without providing much detail, Hafner teased an announcement about Kayak

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