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5:52 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Initiative Seeks to Tackle Obesity Through Lifestyle Changes

Governor Bill Haslam and Rick Johnson (left) announce the Healthier Tennessee initiative in Jackson, Tenn., on Tuesday, August 6.
Credit The Jackson Sun

On Wednesday, Governor Bill Haslam traveled to Knoxville to talk about a new initiative to improve the health of the state’s residents. Healthier Tennessee will marshal local public health departments, school systems, healthcare providers and others to encourage Tennesseans to get more exercise and eat healthier foods. Haslam acknowledges asking people to change their lifestyles and habits on the basic level will take a while to accomplish.

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Tennessee Health: Childhood Obesity
6:13 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Obesity Growing Among Some Tennessee Preschoolers

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows obesity is growing among young children in Tennessee.

Tennessee was one of only three states with statistically significant increases in the percentage of obese children ages 2 to 4 in low-income families:  from 13.5% in 2008 to 14.2% in 2011.

The other two states were Colorado, with 10% in 2011, and Pennsylvania, with 12.2%.

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Education
3:59 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Tennessee Reveals School District Accountability Results

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The Tennessee Department of Education has released another round of ratings under a new accountability system for the state’s schools. It’s the second time the Tennessee Department of Education has graded schools under a 2011 waiver from federal benchmarks set in No Child Left Behind. Under the new system, districts and schools are identified as exemplary - in need of subgroup improvement - or in need of improvement. The system-wide report released this week shows three Tennessee school districts were considered in need of improvement, none were in East Tennessee.

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Science
5:50 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

East Tennessee Geologist Marks Curiosity's First Year on Mars

Geologist Linda Kah analyzes layered sedimentary rocks on Mars, not unlike those pictured here in Utah.

  

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2014 Election
4:04 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Former TRA Director Hints At Run For TN Governor

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A 19-year veteran of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority has indicated she may challenge Governor Bill Haslam's 2014 re-election bid.   Sara Kyle's comments to the Tennessean suggest she is weighing her options and would consider any position in which she could "be of service and help the Democrats move forward."

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August Dialogue 2013
7:28 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Dialogue: Veterans Returning To Civilian Life

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What are the challenges for veterans returning home from deployment?

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KPD Needs Community's Help
4:00 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Knoxville Police Chief Asks For Public's Help In Solving July Shootings

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The Knoxville Police Department reports that no one has been arrested for most of the July shootings in Knoxville.  KPD Chief David Rausch says that means victims and witnesses aren't cooperating with investigations and that cooperation usually leads to successful prosecutions.

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Tennessee Corrections
4:00 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Tennessee-Based Corrections Corporation of America Reports Acquisition

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The Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America is the largest owner of partnership correction and detention facilities in the nation. 

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Rural Metro
11:56 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Rural/Metro Files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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The Arizona-based company that provides fire and ambulance services to Knox County is declaring bankruptcy, according to a press statement released by Rural/Metro's corporate office.

"The financial restructuring process will help ensure that Rural/Metro can continue to invest in its business, meet the needs of customers, patients and communities and further improve service," company officials said. 

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Healthcare
3:59 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Tennessee eHealth Exhange Program Trades Patient Information Quickly

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  A Tennessee-based nonprofit company has created a program to exchange patient information among medical offices, hospitals and other healthcare programs.

 

Memphis-based healthcare nonprofit Qsource and the Tennessee Office of eHealth Initatives are encouraging healthcare providers to adopt the e-sharing service, called Direct Technology, starting with a series of conferences for healthcare proficers across the state this fall.

 

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