Phil Williams, NewsChannel 5

Phil Williams

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Nashville, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Phil:

Tennessee goes on $80 million, no-bid spending spree for COVID-19 supplies

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's administration has been on an $80 million, no-bid spending spree for personal protective equipment and medical equipment since the declaration of a state of emergency for COVID-19. → Read More

Lee backtracks on pledge to tell public about COVID-19 cases in schools

Two weeks after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee promised to be completely transparent about COVID-19 outbreaks in Tennessee schools, he and his administration are backtracking. → Read More

88 Putnam County students, staff quarantined over COVID-19 concerns during first week of school

More than 80 Putnam County students, seven staff members and a bus driver have already been quarantined during the first week of school, the district announced Friday. → Read More

Tennessee governor ignores CDC guidance on COVID-19 testing in reopened schools

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, while insisting that he's relying on guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in pushing schools to reopen, admitted Thursday his administration will ignore other recommendations for how to do that safely. → Read More

Lee administration backtracks, will release data on outbreaks in schools

It was a dramatic reversal from the Lee administration's insistence last week that it would leave such decisions to each individual school system. → Read More

Every Tennessee county now showing 'unacceptable' rates of COVID-19 transmission

There are now no counties in the Volunteer State with what are considered to be acceptable rates of COVID-19 transmission. → Read More

COVID-19 infections jump 33% in just 10 days among Tennessee children

The number of school-age children across Tennessee who have tested positive for COVID-19 has shot up by a third in just the last 10 days, the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Health shows. → Read More

Tennessee needs statewide mask mandate, federal report says

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Gov. Bill Lee needs to issue a statewide order requiring the use of face coverings in public, a new report from federal health officials suggests. The recommendation was contained in a report prepared by members of a COVID-19 Response Assistance Field Team earlier this month after a visit to Knox County. The team is part of the Public Health Services unit of the U.S.… → Read More

7,572 school-age children diagnosed with COVID-19 in Tennessee, new data shows

More than 7,500 Tennessee school-age children have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with six Middle Tennessee counties in the top 10, newly released state data shows. → Read More

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Tennessee set new records

The number of people hospitalized in Tennessee for COVID-19 continues its dramatic rise, now standing at an all-time high of 1,416 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus. → Read More

Anonymous campaign attack targets Republican lawmaker

It's the political mean season and, with early voting just days away, one political race in southern Middle Tennessee is getting especially nasty. → Read More

Broken: Listening to the children of 37208

A group of Nashville teens came together at Pearl-Cohn High School to talk about life in 37208. → Read More

New model projects dramatic COVID-19 resurgence in Tennessee

New projections suggest Tennessee could see a dramatic resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the fall, reaching 100 deaths a day and a total of 3,652 deaths by Oct. 1. → Read More

Governor: Hair salons, barbers to reopen next Wednesday in most of Tennessee

Hair salons and barber shops in most of Tennessee will be allowed to open in one week under guidance that will be issued by Gov. Bill Lee's COVID-19 Unified Command, lawmakers were told today. → Read More

Doctor, nurse battle COVID-19 themselves, warn that the danger is real

They fear too many Tennesseans, in their eagerness to get back to work, still don't fully appreciate the enemy we face. → Read More

Do numbers justify lifting Tennessee's stay-at-home order?

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee insists all the numbers indicate that now is the right time to start reopening Tennessee's economy. But do those numbers add up? → Read More

Mayor: Feds not coming to Nashville's rescue, 20% tax hike possible

The federal government is not coming to the city of Nashville's rescue in dealing with the financial fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nashville Mayor John Cooper said. → Read More

TN Governor: No plan to expand Medicaid for those losing health insurance

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Monday that expanding Medicaid -- to give health insurance to those Tennesseans who've lost their jobs -- is not on his agenda at this point. → Read More

Joe Diffie's daughter grieves after his lost COVID-19 battle

America knew Joe Diffie as a country artist. He was also a father. → Read More

TN Governor: 'There will be many more' lives lost to COVID-19

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee insisted Tuesday that the COVID-19 storm "is passing," but new data suggests the storm has a long way to go. → Read More