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COVID-19: The World Responds - Sally Hendrick interviews Kimberly Edwards

Kimberly Edwards, Entrepreneur, Airbnb host, and #freeTN founder, responds from Tennessee

This interview took place on April 24, 2020.

After renovating part of her home as an Airbnb rental, Kimberly was thrilled that March and April were fully booked for with guests who were ready for the downtown Nashville museums and music. When COVID-19 hit the scene, her plans were squashed, all bookings canceled, and Nashville's honky-tonk scene became a ghost town. Kimberly's husband has his own business venture as a DJ for weddings and corporate events, another business that is not recession-proof. She put on her advocacy hat and created the #freetn movement for Tennesseans ready to go back to work. This is her story.

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Sally Hendrick (00:39):

Hey Kimberly, how are you doing? I'm Sally Hendrick. Hi Sally. I'm doing good. Thanks. How are you? Good. Good to meet you. Finally, I reached out to you yesterday, just yesterday to talk to you about what's going...

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COVID-19: The World Responds - Sally Hendrick interviews Dr. Keith Carver

Keith Carver, UT Martin Chancellor, responds from Tennessee

This interview took place on April 22, 2020.

With colleges having to pivot in the middle of the semester all over the world, reaching out to Dr. Keith Carver, chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Martin, was an obvious choice for an interview. Keith and I attended Memphis State University together nearly 30 years ago. Not only were we connected through the Sigma Chi Fraternity, but I knew the gal he ended up marrying from our days singing together at Kincaid Studios in Crockett County, Tennessee. Listen to how Keith is handling the COVID-19 situation.

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Dr. Keith Carver began his duties as is the 11th chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Martin on January 3, 2017. He has worked with the UT System for 22 years and served as executive assistant to the UT president from January 2011-December 2016 before taking the post at UT Martin.

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COVID-19: The World Responds - Sally Hendrick interviews Elizabeth Antony

Elizabeth Antony, Independent College Counselor in Tennessee, responds

This interview took place on April 08, 2020.

Helping students navigate college choices, fill out applications, and filter through programs that help them reach their life goals is the business of Elizabeth Antony of Nashville, Tennessee. With much ado and much to sort through to help students and parents figure out how to handle the unknown due to COVID-19, Elizabeth shares her insight into what may come.

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Elizabeth Antony of College Application Coach LLC of Nashville, Tennessee, leads an innovative firm offering individualized college admission consulting. She is committed to guiding students through the college selection, admission, and acceptance process. She combines her unique background in Developmental Psychology and critical and personal writing with a strong working knowledge of today's competitive admissions process. 

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COVID-19: The World Responds - Sally Hendrick interviews Keaton Wilson

Keaton Wilson, Graduating College Student, responds from Tennessee

This interview took place on April 17, 2020.

Keaton was looking forward to his college graduation ceremony in Martin on May 2, 2020, from the University of Tennessee. He never dreamed it would be via Facebook Live instead of in-person in front of thousands of students, parents, and faculty. After losing his father to cancer the day of his final high school exam four years ago, he's now facing an unknown path into his career as he finishes his bachelor's degree. He has been on a long journey of self-discovery and has had to grow up faster than most young adults his age. This is how he is responding.

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Keaton is currently a senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin who is pursuing a BSBA degree in Business Management with a minor in English. In his free time, he loves hiking and playing guitar. He also loves writing and is in the process of writing his first memoir.

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COVID-19: The World Responds - Sally Hendrick interviews Zan Phillips

Zan Phillips, Registered Nurse in Tennessee, responds

This interview took place on April 06, 2020.

Zan Phillips has been laid off from her job as a nurse in the aesthetics industry while elective procedures are disallowed during the current COVID-19 situation. She sat down with Sally Hendrick to discuss what she is experiencing and how she's being asked to consider returning to the hospital setting.

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Former ICU and hospice nurse, Zan Phillips of Nashville, Tennessee, currently specializes in aesthetics with her nursing career.

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Hi Zan Phillips. How are you doing? How are you? Good. It's good to talk to you. And I know that you're a nurse. Yes. So I was an ICU nurse in the national area and also a hospice nurse I did in home hospice for years. My heart got a little tired. I got kind of, you know, that was a very intense job for a lot of years. And so I have moved into the plastic surgery field. So I work for a...

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COVID-19: The World Responds - Sally Hendrick interviews Maelynn Johnson

Maelynn Johnson, Rural Carrier Assistant in Tennessee and resident of Kentucky, responds

This interview took place on March 31, 2020.

We grew up together in West Tennessee, and when the coronavirus news started popping up all over Facebook, Maelynn and I reconnected in the comment threads of posts on the news of this virus. I wanted to dig further to find out how the post office is responding to the crisis in the rural area near where I was raised.

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Maelynn Johnson works for the post office, touching 1,700 pieces of mail per day. Living in Kentucky but working in Tennessee gives her a perspective most do not have about the response of the governors in both states.

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Sally Hendrick (02:16):

Hey, Maelynn. How are you doing? This is Sally Hendrick, I'd love to talk to you today about what's going on in your neck of the woods regarding this COVID-19 outbreak that we're experiencing around the world. So how are you doing?

Maelynn Johnson...

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COVID-19: The World Responds - Sally Hendrick interviews Steve Paladino

Steve Paladino, President of Music City Fire of Tennessee, responds

This interview took place on March 29, 2020.

With connections in China for his business and personal relationships at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville due to his son's illness, Steve Paladino has taken it upon himself to bring the two together to meet a need. When social-distancing measures first began, he was trying to figure out how to secure N95 masks with many obstacles standing in his way. Since the interview, he has adjusted to making hand-sanitizer with major purchase orders in hand from big-box retailers.

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Steve Paladino, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is the president and founder of Music City Fire Company that designs and manufactures tables featuring Sound Reactive Fire Technology supported by Multiple Patents and Safety Certifications.

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Sally Hendrick (01:16):

So, Hey Steve, how are you doing?

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COVID-19: The World Responds - Sally Hendrick interviews Kenneth Burks

Chief Operating Officer of Sole Supports Inc, Kenneth Burks, of Tennessee responds

This interview took place on March 29, 2020.

Kenneth Burks is the COO of Sole Supports, Inc. in Hickman County, Tennessee, a manufacturer of orthotics products for podiatrists. As the coronavirus news was rumbling in China, Ken was already thinking about what could happen if the infection reached the United States. As a small, innovative company, he and his team have been ready to rise to the occasion to be part of the solution to the COVID-19 response.

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Kenneth Burks, Chief Operating Officer of Sole Supports, Inc.

With a BS in politics and business and a Masters in curriculum and instruction, most of Kenneth Burks' career was spent working as an educator of emotionally and behaviorally disturbed teens in private residential treatment settings.

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COVID-19: The World Responds - Sally Hendrick interviews Dr. Alison Bailey

Cardiologist, Dr. Alison Bailey, of Kentucky and Tennessee responds

This interview took place on March 28, 2020.

Splitting her time between her home in Chattanooga, Tennessee and her work in Frankfurt, Kentucky, Dr. Alison Bailey is faced with helping her cardiology patients stay protected from and informed about the coronavirus. In this interview, Sally Hendrick and Dr. Bailey discuss the differences between the responses of the citizens and governments of both Tennessee and Kentucky as well as how the healthcare system is pivoting to the needs of patients during this time.

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Alison Bailey, MD is a cardiologist in Chattanooga, TN.  She is very involved in public health and focuses on both the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.  She is the Governor of the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

Read from March 27: 800,000 Physicians Pen Letter Asking Trump Not to Lift Social Distancing Guidelines Too Early

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