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Wear a mask! If Pat can do it, so can you

Masks are showing up around town on popular statues and sculptures -- emphasizing the point that we need to do our part to stop the spread of the virus.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Wear a mask! Wear a mask! Wear a mask!

You're hearing that everywhere these days -- for good reason. Health authorities say you're helping to protect others when you put on a mask to thwart the spread of COVID-19.

Local statues and sculptures are doing their part, too, it would appear.

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WBIR viewer Nan Dickinson sent us these great photos of masks that someone has placed on the memorials.

The suffragettes support it! Some of them even lived through the devastating flu epidemic of 1918-19.

Credit: Nan Dickinson
Masks on the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Memorial.

Just down the street is the Burn Memorial, honoring the roles former state lawmaker Harry Burn and his mother, Febb, played to help ensure passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

They make an impressive pair with their masks. (Remember, Mother always knows best.)

Credit: Nan Dickinson
The Burn Memorial on Market Street in downtown Knoxville.

Along with the great coach Pat Summitt, Smokey also is getting into the act on campus. Here's a photo of Smokey on campus.

Credit: Nan Dickinson
Smokey on the UT campus.

There's growing evidence that people may have the virus and not even know it. Wearing a mask can help stop the potential spread.

Many stores already are asking customers to wear them. And store employees are being required to wear them.

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"Masks protect the people around you. Me wearing mine protects you and you wearing yours protects me," said Charity Menefee with the Knox County Health Department on Monday.

Last week, the Tennessee Department of Correction said 1,246 inmates and staff tested positive for COVID-19, and 98 percent of those who tested positive were asymptomatic.

So do your part!

Our thanks to Nan Dickinson for reminding us about wearing masks and for sending in these photos. And here's a photo of Nan and her son, Logan, taken recently at the popular The Oarsman statue in downtown Knoxville.

Credit: Nan Dickinson
Nan Dickinson and her son, Logan, by The Oarsman downtown.