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Invasive tick new to East Tennessee found on animals

in Animals/Health/Local Round Up

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There’s a new kind of creepy-crawly to look out for in East Tennessee this summer. The invasive Asian longhorned tick, which can reproduce without mating, has been found on animals in Union, Roane and Knox counties.

The parasite was first discovered about two years ago on sheep in New Jersey.

“We kind of found the tick accidentally, and that’s led a lot of people to question what ticks are here and if there are others missing from what we know of ticks in the country,” said Dr. Rebecca Trout-Fryxell, a medical and veterinary entomologist at the University of Tennessee Institute of Entomology and Plant Pathology.

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Tennessee House advances hand-held phone ban while driving

in Health/Local Round Up/Traffic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House has advanced legislation banning motorists from holding cellphones while driving.

House lawmakers voted 53-38 on Wednesday after debating the measure at length. Supporters argued the bill is needed to enhance safety while critics warned the bill was a potential government overreach. The bill still must clear the Senate before it can go to the governor’s desk.


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NewsChannel 5 wipes $1.8 million in medical debt for Middle Tennesseans

in Health/Local Round Up

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — With a $15,000 donation, NewsChannel 5 wiped out $1.8 million in medical debt for 604 people across Middle Tennessee. There are no strings attached.

It’s part of NewsChannel 5’s community initiative known as “Medical Debt Rescue.” The goal of the project is to shed light on a lopsided medical debt system that has left thousands of Tennesseans with crippling debt and forced many into foreclosure.


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Franklin Students will Walk to Fight Suicide

in Events/Health/Local Round Up

The 4th annual Centennial High School, 5050 Mallory Lane, Franklin, Out of Darkness Campus Walk will take place on Saturday, March 30 at 11 a on the track by the football field.

Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for young Tennesseans ages 15-24, yet suicide can be prevented. Students, parents, and supporters from throughout Franklin, TN, and surrounding areas will come together to raise awareness about suicide loss and depression, particularly among children and teenagers, by participating in the 4th annual Centennial High School Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, hosted by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP-TN), and STARS (Students Taking A Right Stand).

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Spring Hill Again Designated Healthier TN Community

in Health

Spring Hill was again designated a Healthier Tennessee Community by the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, an organization dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives.

At a recent awards gala in Franklin, the City of Spring Hill was named a “Bronze Healthier Tennessee Community” based on local engagement, promotional efforts, and measurable progress to address critical health challenges. It’s one of only 33 Healthier Tennessee Communities in the state. Spring Hill first received the designation in December 2017.


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