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State of Tennessee

  • 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.

  • Hoyos to speak at Democrat event

    Renee Hoyos, who was the Democratic candidate for Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District in the 2018 election, will be the guest speaker at the Monday, March 25 meeting of the Anderson County Democratic Women’s Club.

    The club will meet at 6 p.m. at The Other One, a deli at 178 Randolph Road in Grove Center, Oak Ridge.

  • Vanderbilt researchers find possible connection to elderly cognitive decline

    Seemingly harmless fluid-filled spaces around the cerebral small vessels, commonly seen on brain MRIs in older adults, are now thought to be associated with more compromised cognitive skills, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published in Neurology.

    The new findings challenge longstanding beliefs these areas – known as perivascular spaces — are a harmless imaging marker.

  • Lee proposes spending on state’s mentally ill patients

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced three priorities to increase access to mental health treatment and expand suicide prevention efforts across the state.

    “The mental health of our citizens is foundational to all other goals we seek to accomplish in education, job growth and public safety,” said Lee. “By prioritizing our mental health safety net and suicide prevention, we are caring for more Tennesseans and building healthier communities.”

  • Lee plans to repeal taxes on gym memberships in fiscal year 2020

    Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced his plans to repeal the amusement tax on gym memberships in his upcoming budget.

    “I’m pleased to be able to include a tax cut in my first budget,” said Lee.

    “Repealing the gym tax is an important step in reducing the burdens on small businesses in our state.”

    The nearly 10 percent amusement tax is placed on memberships to gyms, fitness centers and health clubs and disproportionately impacts small business owners.

  • TDEC seeking environmental stewardship nominees

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is inviting Tennesseans to submit nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards.

    “Being good stewards of our state’s resources is part of what makes Tennessee the beautiful and remarkable place it is,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said.

    “These awards help show that we all can do our part, and I can’t wait to see the potential solutions that individual Tennesseans come up with.”