From the Mask Portrait series by Jeremy Harris for the “It Looks Good On You“ campaign presented by The East Nashvillian

East Side Buzz, Friday, July 17

COVID Cases Still on the Rise and Time to Vote!

Servin’ Up a New Issue!
We’re keeping the cover secret until it’s available everywhere, but you can now pre-order the new print issue of The East Nashvillian and even get free delivery! It’s going to be a limited print run so don’t miss out! Click here to pre-order now!

And speaking of issues, our last issue is still available when you place an order for any of the deluxe merch we’re now offering through our new webstore for The East Nashvillian! Grab yourself a swank Shelby Bottoms shirt featuring the one and only Golden Pheasant or pay tribute to the East Side’s most famous Street (or is that Avenue? Or Pike?) Or score an East Side pride bandanna that can serve double duty as both a handy face covering or a high-flying freak flag! Show your East Side Pride with fancy duds on your body and a copy of The East Nashvillian on your coffee table. Place your order today!

COVID-19 Cases Continues to Grow
In response to the continuing surge in new cases of COVID-19, Metro Police began enforcement of Public Health Order 8, mandating the use of facial coverings or masks in public spaces this week. Starting on Wednesday, July 15, patrols were concentrated in the downtown Lower Broad area, a result of recent heat maps of active COVID-19 cases showing a high concentration in the downtown core. Police are authorized to cite people with a Class C misdemeanor and a fine up to $50 for not wearing a mask in public. While no citations have been issued to date, Metro Police have issued 494 verbal warnings.

On Thursday, July 16 the Metro Health Department officials announced an increase of 322 COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. As of Thursday morning, there have been a total of 16,079 cases of COVID-19 reported in Davidson County, an increase of 2,639 cases over last week’s total. Both the Transmission Rate and the 14-Day New Case Trend condition warnings remain at red and there are increased concerns about available hospital beds as the number of new cases continues to rise. The health department reported available hospital beds in Nashville are at 18 percent and available ICU beds are at 17 percent with the condition warning currently yellow..

With current conditions, Nashville will most likely remain in Phase Two of the Roadmap to Reopening Nashville for several more weeks. More information and updates on Metro’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are available at asafenashville.org.

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East Public Health Center Temporarily Closed
The preventive health clinic at the East Public Health Center is temporarily closed following an employee testing positive for COVID-19.  The clinic closed on Saturday, July 11, and will remain closed through Monday, July 20.

The employee who tested positive for COVID-19 did not have direct contact with clinic patients, and fellow staff who were in contact with the individual have been tested and are currently in quarantine at their homes. The Preventative Health Clinic is currently undergoing deep-cleaning and disinfection based on CDC protocols.

Time to VOTE!
An important reminder that that early voting for the August 6 primary begins Friday, July 17 in Davidson County and will run through August 1. Early voting sites will be open on Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A full list of early voting sites is available here.

Absentee ballots for the August 6 primary must be received by the close of polls on election day. So if you have received an absentee ballot for the primary, fill it out and get it in the mail as soon as possible. There’s still time to request an absentee ballot for the August 6 primary if you act quickly.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic absentee ballots are now available to any Davidson County registered voter who requests one. Visit the Davidson County Election Commission website to request a ballot, and save this link. The Election Commission will begin accepting requests for absentee ballots for the November 3 general election on August 5, 2020.

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East Nashville Tomato 5K: Where the Tomatoes Hit the Road
One of East Nashville’s favorite summer tradition is returning this year but in a different form. The 15th Annual East Nashville Tomato 5K, hosted by the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA, is moving to the virtual world.

Sign up to complete a 5K or 10K on your own course, on your own time, August 7-9. You can run, jog, or walk it all at once, or gather your family in festive outfits and split the distance over the weekend. Once you’re done, submit your results online to see how they compare to your fellow runners.

Best of all, your registration fee will benefit the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and its ongoing mission to encourage youth development, improve community health and well-being, and support people in need, right in our own neighborhood.

Swag Includes:
•   Race shirt: Choose between a white flecked (youth & adult sizes) or a women’s tank top, white flecked Tri-blend short-sleeved t-shirt or white Sport Tek short-sleeved t-shirt.
•   20 percent discount to the 2021 East Nashville Tomato 5K
•   Exclusive medal for the first 200 registrants of the 5K.
Those who register BEFORE July 24 may either pick up your swag at the Margaret Maddox YMCA on August 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or have your swag mailed to you on August 10th for an additional $4. For those who register between July 25 – August 9, your swag will be mailed to you on August 17 for an additional $4.

For more information, including a rundown of the exclusive swag you’ll receive for signing up and links to sign up, visit the East Nashville Tomato 5K Facebook page or reach out to Brian Harter with any questions at bharter@ymcamidtn.org.

Quick Bits

  • Construction on a new, Inglewood condominium building, The Avery, to scheduled to begin this month. Located at 1100 Inglewood Drive, the building will feature 20 units, including two- and three-bedroom units, along with two penthouses. While units are now being offered for sale, the owners also plan to offer some of the units for short-term rentals.
  • A new residential condo development is planned for 4309 Gallatin Pike, next door to the mix-use building, The Volta in Inglewood. According to documents filed with Metro Codes, the project will feature 12 townhomes.
  • The asking price for the Five Points building at 1016 Woodland St., formerly home to Tenn Sixteen Food & Drink Co., has been increased from $3.5 million to $3.75 million. Built in 1920, the one-story building features approximately 4,400 square feet and last sold in 2012 for $460,000, according to Metro records.
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