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Tennessee Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increase in 2017

Tennessee Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increase in 2017

Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,776 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2017, the highest annual number of such deaths since reporting began. Prescription opioids are still the most common drugs associated with overdose deaths in Tennessee. “More Tennesseans died last year from drug overdoses than from automobile crashes. Few of us have escaped [...]

98th Anniversary Of The Ratification Of 19th Amendment

98th Anniversary Of The Ratification Of 19th Amendment

In honor of the 98th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) have authorized the release of an educational video, “The History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Tennessee and The Ratification of the 19th Amendment.” The video features a [...]

Patriots Overcome 15 Point Deficit to Defeat Sevier County 32-21

Patriots Overcome 15 Point Deficit to Defeat Sevier County 32-21

The Jefferson County Patriots traveled to Sevierville to face the Sevier County Smoky Bears to kick off the 2018 season Friday night. It took the Patriots a while to gain their bearings and get the gears going for their first game. A messy first quarter riddled with penalties allowed the Smoky Bears to get off [...]

Tennessee Unemployment Holds Steady For Third Consecutive Month

Tennessee Unemployment Holds Steady For Third Consecutive Month

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today released the statewide unemployment rate for July 2018, and for the third consecutive month the statistic has held steady at 3.5 percent. Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has not only remained unchanged since May, it mirrors the 3.5 percent [...]

TDEC Issues Precautionary Fish Consumption Advisories for Portions of Pigeon, Nolichucky Rivers

TDEC Issues Precautionary Fish Consumption Advisories for Portions of Pigeon, Nolichucky Rivers

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today announced the issuance of precautionary fish consumption advisories for smallmouth bass and channel catfish in the downstream portions of the Pigeon River and the Nolichucky River. On the Nolichucky, the advisory extends from Douglas Reservoir upstream to the mouth of Bent Creek at river mile 14.9. [...]

Haslam Announces Completion of Statewide School Safety Assessment and Release of $35 Million To Improve School Security

Haslam Announces Completion of Statewide School Safety Assessment and Release of $35 Million To Improve School Security

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the first-ever statewide assessment of school facilities and safety procedures will be fully completed by the end of August, with unprecedented school security funding now available to school districts to implement identified school security and safety needs. In March, the governor’s School Safety Working Group recommended the statewide review [...]

City of New Market Faces Audit Challenges

City of New Market Faces Audit Challenges

Monday night, the New Market Board of Mayor and Aldermen met for their regular meeting. With all members present, the meeting was called to order by Mayor Beau Tucker, and the minutes from the last meeting were gone over and approved by the board.  New Market’s monthly financial records were also gone over and approved.  [...]

Lady Vol Head Coach Holly Warlick Awarded Contract Extention

Lady Vol Head Coach Holly Warlick Awarded Contract Extention

University of Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer announced Friday that head women’s basketball coach Holly Warlick has agreed to a contract extension through the 2021-22 season. “Holly has dedicated the majority of her adult life to Lady Vols basketball, and there is no one better suited to lead what is one of the most unique and tradition-laden programs [...]

Vols Camp Report: First Fall Scrimmage in the Books

Vols Camp Report: First Fall Scrimmage in the Books

Tennessee held its first scrimmage of fall camp on Sunday afternoon at Neyland Stadium, running 116 total plays between regular scrimmage work as well as situational, red zone and goal line work. “We played a lot of guys in a lot of different situations with a lot of different groups,” Pruitt said. “At the beginning [...]

TWRA Joins American Eagle Foundation for Bald Eagle Release in Honor of U.S. Marine

TWRA Joins American Eagle Foundation for Bald Eagle Release in Honor of U.S. Marine

In honor of a fallen U.S. Marine, TWRA joined AEF for an American bald eagle release at the foundation’s Eagle Hack Tower on Douglas Lake in Jefferson Co. While traveling through Waynesboro, Virginia, TWRA Fisheries Technician Gary Loucks visited Jake’s Bar and Grill and met restaurant owner Rhonda Winfield, who told him about her son Jason (nicknamed Jake), who lost his life while serving his country during the war on [...]

Makenzi Penrod wins 2018 Jefferson County Fairest of the Fair

Makenzi Penrod wins 2018 Jefferson County Fairest of the Fair

After a day of celebrating the princes and princesses of Jefferson County, the main ceremony of the Fairest of the Fair Competition was held Saturday night. 7 lovely ladies from the surrounding area competed for the crown.  Contestants were interviewed by judges, performed a dance to Blake Shelton’s version of Footloose, and were also asked [...]

Are Gluten-Free Products for Children a Healthier Option?

Are Gluten-Free Products for Children a Healthier Option?

Are gluten-free products for children as healthy as their gluten-based counterparts? A study in the August 2018 issue of Pediatrics, “The Nutritional Quality of Gluten-Free Products for Children,” (published online July 23) examined the nutritional content of gluten-free products marketed specifically to children to see how they measured up to their traditional counterparts.  The authors [...]

Mom Still Matters, UCLA Psychologists Report

Mom Still Matters, UCLA Psychologists Report

If you’re a parent who feels your college-age children would choose their friends over you, a new UCLA psychology study has a reassuring message: You’re probably underestimating their loyalty to you. The psychologists demonstrated for the first time that when forced to make a decision that benefits either a parent or a close friend, young [...]

THEC Awards Veterans Reconnect Grants to Tennessee Colleges

THEC Awards Veterans Reconnect Grants to Tennessee Colleges

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) announced Tuesday that 14 colleges and universities in Tennessee will receive funding and program support through the Veteran Reconnect Grant to assist veterans and service members in their pursuit of college degrees. THEC is awarding $889,277 in funding to support programs and services for student veterans at campuses across [...]

VOLS Camp Report: Kennedy, Kirkland Look To Step Up As VOLS Move To Full Pads

VOLS Camp Report: Kennedy, Kirkland Look To Step Up As VOLS Move To Full Pads

 Two players expected to make an impact this fall for the Tennessee football team did not compete in any games for the Vols in 2017. Redshirt juniors Brandon Kennedy and Darrin Kirkland Jr. were both competing in the Orange and White on Wednesday afternoon, however, on the indoor fields at the Anderson Training Center after inclement weather forced [...]

Is Too Much Screen Time Harming Children’s Vision?

Is Too Much Screen Time Harming Children’s Vision?

As children spend more time tethered to screens, there is increasing concern about potential harm to their visual development. Ophthalmologists – physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care – are seeing a marked increase in children with dry eye and eye strain from too much screen time. But does digital eyestrain cause lasting [...]

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