Vandals smash windows at nearly 50 Chattanooga area firms

Chattanooga police say nearly 50 businesses in the city have reported a projectile busting through windows and shattering them. Some have reported finding marbles inside, according to WRCB-TV.

The McMahan Law Firm on the Northshore, which says it has had four of its windows busted since October, is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone who has information about who is behind the crimes.

"Got a camera now that is fronting Cherokee Boulevard, and we think we're going to catch them if they try to hit us again," said Brent Burks, owner of McMahan Law Firm.


Tennessee tops SEC for Fulbright awards

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville had 17 students and recent graduates offered Fulbright awards for 2020-21 — the seventh highest number for any university in the country and the most of any of the 14 schools in the Southeastern Conference.

has been named a 2020–21 Fulbright US Student top-producing institution. With 17 UT students and recent graduates offered Fulbright awards for 2020–21, UT ranks seventh among all public research universities and is the top-ranked SEC school for the third straight year. This year is the third consecutive year that UT has received this national designation. It also marks the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program.

"Being named a Fulbright US Student top-producing institution is quite an honor and a testament to the academic achievements and professional competitiveness of our UT students," said John Zomchick, provost and senior vice chancellor. "We're proud that so many of our Vols have been selected as Fulbrighters and can continue on their academic journeys."


Siskin Hospital gets grant for rehabilitation study

Siskin Hospital has recently been awarded a $20,000 grant by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy for the project, "Use of the Core Set of Outcome Measures on an Inpatient Stroke Unit: A Knowledge Translation Project." The project focuses on enhanced evidence-based outcome assessments to increase precision in monitoring rehabilitation progress. This in turn helps to further individualize treatment planning to address each patient's unique needs.

The project was initially piloted in the Siskin Hospital stroke population with plans to expand use of these evidence-based outcomes to additional inpatient units as well as to the hospital's outpatient therapy clinics.

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation is Tennessee's largest acute rehabilitation provider.


Parler files new lawsuit against Amazon limits

Parler, the right-wing friendly social network that was forced offline after supporters of then-President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, has filed a new lawsuit against Amazon.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Seattle tech giant's cloud-computing division, stopped working with Parler in January over what Amazon said was Parler's inability to moderate violent content of the kind that spurred supporters of Trump.

Parler went back online online two weeks ago, hosted by SkySilk, a Los Angeles-based cloud-computing outfit.

The Seattle Times reports that Parler's new lawsuit, filed late Tuesday in King County Superior Court, alleges a host of contractual offenses, as well as deceptive and unfair trade practices and defamation.

Parler is seeking unspecified monetary damages from Amazon.

Its original lawsuit, filed in January in Seattle's federal district court, was billed primarily as an antitrust action, accusing Amazon of collaborating with Twitter to sink Parler's business. Parler voluntarily dismissed that suit late Tuesday, an hour before a court-imposed deadline to file an amended complaint in the case.


Most small businesses not requiring worker vaccines

A majority of small businesses are not requiring their employees to get tested for the new coronavirus or get any COVID-19 vaccines, though the health care and hospitality industries are ahead of the curve on this requirement, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The bureau's most recent Small Business Pulse Survey showed 70% of the small businesses surveyed said "no" when asked if they had required employees to test negative for COVID-19 before coming to work in the last week. Another 10% said "yes" and almost 20% said the question was not applicable.

Of the small businesses, two sectors, health care and accommodations/ food service had higher rates than the national average — respectively 15.5% and 14.3%.

When asked if employees were asked to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination in the past week, 2.2% of the small businesses answered "yes" and 78.4% answered "no," with 19.4% saying it wasn't applicable, according to the survey.

However, 62% of small businesses in the health care industry said they were requiring a vaccine, the survey said.

The latest Small Business Pulse Survey is among a series of surveys the Census Bureau has conducted since last spring to measure the effect of the pandemic. It was conducted February 15-21 when the survey was sent to approximately 100,000 businesses. About 25,000 businesses responded.