Alexis Marshall

Alexis Marshall is the 2018 fall reporting intern at Nashville Public Radio. She is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Some of the Tennesseans who’ve been out of work the longest during the pandemic ran out of unemployment benefits just before Christmas.

Damage and service outages caused by the Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville are continuing to interrupt public services Monday, including closing several state office buildings.

Communications issues

The blast caused massive issues for AT&T customers across Middle Tennessee and into neighboring states, shutting down networks and phone services temporarily. AT&T said Sunday it had restored 96% of wireless service, but some outages persist.

As of Monday, service is still down for:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Tennessee released a revised version of its vaccine distribution plan Wednesday. The latest update does not project exact timelines for deploying vaccines but was made with the expectation of an approved vaccine coming soon.

Sergio Martinez-Beltran / WPLN

More than 2.1 million Tennesseans have already cast their ballots during early voting in the 2020 election, shattering the previous record by 38%.The total includes absentee ballots that have been received at election offices.

According to the Secretary of State’s office, every county has seen more absentee and in-person early voters than ever, heading into the final day on Thursday.

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