It’s weird how we adapt to our environment. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic we saw a shutdown of everything. The thought walking downtown felt heinous! That was when Knoxville had 30 active cases of coronavirus. I felt puzzled when businesses and attractions reopened. Memorial Day Weekend was especially memorable when I saw pontoons floating down the Tennessee River with scores of people on board.
Now, schools are reopening, sports teams are practicing and we are acclimating to a “new normal.” I am so tired of hearing that phrase, but what describes it better?
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8th grade science teacher Jeff Lakey does temperature checks as students arrive at Maryville Junior High School in Maryville, Tenn. on Friday, July 31, 2020.
Students arrive at Maryville Junior High School.
Bearden High School student Dalton Peters, in orange, rows during Oak Ridge Rowing Association practice at Melton Lake Park in Oak Ridge, Tenn. on Thursday, July 30, 2020.
Rowers stretch and warm up before practice at Melton Lake Park.
A rower prepares for a launch during Oak Ridge Rowing Association practice.
The Black Lives Matter mural painted on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. outside Austin-East High School is seen vandalized in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
Lakeshore Park in West Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, July 16, 2020. A master plan for the park was recently unveiled which includes plans for new walking trails, gardens and an athletic section.
Teresa Cowan-Nicolls poses with a portrait of her husband, Charles Nicolls, at a local park in Sneedville, Tenn. on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Charles was shot multiple times by Hancock County deputies in January when he was in the midst of a mental health episode and threatening suicide. He was charged in June with two counts of aggravated assault for causing the deputies to be fearful of him. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Jacob Brashier poses for a portrait at his home in Blount County, Tenn. on Tuesday, July 14 2020. Brashier has filed what is believed to be the first lawsuit in Tennessee to invoke a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that bars employers from firing workers based solely on sexual orientation.
A woman walks through a sunflower field at Forks of the River in South Knoxville.
A peaceful protest at the Peace Bell in Oak Ridge, Tenn. on Friday, July 17, 2020. Protestors spoke out against police violence and called for justice for Breonna Taylor and Vanessa Guillen.
Early voting at The Love Kitchen on MLK Drive in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, July 17, 2020.
Contestants cast their lines at the 36th annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo at Anchor Park in Farragut, Tenn. on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
Asher Gault holds a catfish his son Levi caught at the 36th annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo.
A boy fishes at the 36th annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo.
The Severance’s climb from their 40′ 1994 Foretravel RV in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, July 24, 2020. The family of seven has downsized from a 3,000 square foot Sequoyah Hills home to a 250 sq ft RV to travel across country while homeschooling.
A view inside the Severance’s 40′ 1994 Foretravel RV.
People walk with masks down Gay Street in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
“Blue Lives Matter” supporters demonstrate at the Kingston Pike and Morrell Road outside West Town Mall in West Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, July 11, 2020. The group said it wanted to show its support for law enforcement and first responders.
Demolition of the former St. Mary’s Hospital on Oak Hill Ave. continues in Old North Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Parts of the old hospital are being demolished and some refurbished with plans for the future site of the public safety building and LMU’s new satellite campus.
My buddy Ryan Wilusz.