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State of Tennessee

  • Blood donors desperately needed for summer

    The American Red Cross issued an emergency need for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and help save patient lives following a busy Independence Day week.

    Currently blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in — blood donors are needed to help avoid delays in lifesaving medical care. Schedule a blood donation appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org.

  • Passage of legislation to benefit consumers, public servants

    New legislation will deepen the state’s commitment to firefighters, police officers and members of the military while enhancing existing consumer laws that protect the Volunteer State’s vulnerable adults. 

  • How to qualify for TennCare’s CHOICES program

    In Tennessee, around 20 percent of people receive their health insurance through TennCare, the state Medicaid plan — about 1.3 million people in all.

    There are several aspects to TennCare, but one part is the CHOICES program (short for CHOICES in Long-Term Services and Supports), designed both for people in need of nursing home care and people who can’t afford the cost of an assisted living facility or nursing home, but need help remaining in their own homes. Given its purpose, most of the people served by CHOICES are seniors.

  • Tennessee celebrates statehood with family events

    To celebrate Tennessee’s Statehood, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is working with the Tennessee State Museum and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park to host a variety of events from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT Saturday, June 1.

    Tennessee Constitutions

    The Tennessee State Library and Archives will put all three of the state’s original constitutions on display to the public in commemoration of Statehood Day.

  • Raise awareness by snapping litter picture

    Tennessee Wildlife Federation wants your litter pictures. Whether it’s in the woods, on the lake, along a river, or by the road, send the Federation your snapshots of the cans, bottles and outright trash that make our great outdoors a little less great.

    To submit photos and help raise awareness of Tennessee’s litter problem, visit tnwf.org/litter.

  • State sues maker of opioid for its marketing practices

    Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has sued Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions Inc. (Endo) for making unlawful and false claims about the safety and benefits of its opioid products.

    The State’s lawsuit, filed in Knoxville, alleges Endo violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and contributed to a devastating public health crisis in Tennessee.

  • Medicare scammed out of $1.7 billion

    Scammers have billed Medicare $1.7 billion in phony invoices for selling hundreds of thousands of people medical equipment we don’t need. Federal agencies have brought charges for peddling unnecessary braces for knee, wrist, shoulder and back.

    How did this happen? We answered TV and radio ads aimed at Medicare beneficiaries. By calling them for more information, we were offered “free” devices we didn’t need.

  • TDEC, Google Maps partnership helps Tennesseans find medication drop-offs

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is partnering with Google Maps to help Tennesseeans identify nearby locations to safely dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals.

    TDEC has worked with various stakeholders to make available 334 permanent collection bins for expired, unused or unwanted household medications across all 95 counties in Tennessee.

    Using Google Maps, Tennesseans can now type “drug drop off near me” or “medication disposal near me” to see those locations on Google Maps.

  • Researchers find gene tied to bad antibiotic reaction

    Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues have identified a gene that increases the risk for a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to the commonly prescribed antibiotic vancomycin.

    Routine testing for this gene could improve patient safety and reduce unnecessary avoidance of other antibiotics, they reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

  • Mrs. Tennessee pageant is seeking married beauties

    The 2019 Mrs. Tennessee Pageant, a statewide pageant for married women, will be held the weekend of June 28-30, with finals on Sunday, June 30, at 3 p.m. at Spring Hill Middle School in Spring Hill.

    To qualify, contestants must be at least 18 years of age, married, a resident of her state (residency at a military base or dual-residency is acceptable), and of good moral character.

    Contestants will be judged in four categories including personal interview, beauty, fitness wear, and evening gown, each worth 25 percent of her total score.