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'Click It or Ticket' campaign kicks off today

'Click It or Ticket' campaign kicks off today

Monday kicked off the start of the national campaign urging drivers and passengers to buckle up.

Officials said they hope "Click It or Ticket" campaign reminds people that wearing a seat belt could mean the difference between life or death.

Many fatal accidents could have been avoided if people were wearing their seat belts. Last year officials said more than 360 fatal crash victims in Tennessee weren't wearing seat belts. So far this year, 128 fatal crash victims were unrestrained.

Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

by Anita Wadhwani, , The Tennessean

Kids can't buy tobacco products, but in Tennessee children as young as 9 are working in tobacco fields and suffering symptoms consistent with acute nicotine poisoning, according to a report by an international human rights group.

Mission of Hope kicks off Blue Barrel Christmas Campaign

Mission of Hope kicks off Blue Barrel Christmas Campaign

In our own backyard, there are thousands of people hungry and cold tonight. Thankfully, the Mission of Hope works all year to help ease the burden for our neighbors in rural Appalachia, and Friday, you can help make Christmas bright for thousands of children in that region.

The 18th annual Mission of Hope Blue Barrel Christmas campaign kicks off.

Belk offering free mammograms in Maryville

Belk offering free mammograms in Maryville


The BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography Center, a 39-foot-long, state-of-the-art screening center on wheels, will stop at Belk in Maryville Thur. May 9 to offer free, convenient mammogram screenings. 

Women age 40 and over with no breast concerns, who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months and who have a primary care physician are eligible by calling 855-655-BMMC (2662) to schedule an appointment.

Thur., May 9, 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Belk Foothills Mall, 173 Foothills Mall Drive, Maryville

Pharmacists sell new meth-proof cold medicine

Local pharmacists are selling a new form of pseudoephedrine to help fight against meth production in East Tennessee.

Eight stores started selling Nexafed, a drug its manufacturer claims cannot be broken down to be used to make methamphetamine.

"It was intriguing to know there was going to be a new formulation made," said Jeremy Long, a pharmacist at City Drug Co. in Maryville. "I am a lab-rat, I'm a nut. I'm one of the crazy people that enjoys the science behind stuff"

Funding low for Blount Co. cancer support group

A Blount County group that provides financial help to people battling cancer is now in a struggle of its own.

The non-profit, Hope For Today Cancer Support Group, Inc is only seeing half the money in donations it saw this time last year.

The financial strain is forcing the organization to cut back.

Director Frances Williamson said by this time last year, the group had raised at least $12,000. This year, they have less than $5,000.

County health rankings: Blount, Knox near top; Campbell at bottom

Update: In East Tennessee, Blount County was ranked as the 4th healthiest county.  Knox County was #14.

At the bottom of the list, Campbell County came in at #94.  Grundy County was the state's unhealthiest county, ranked #95.

You can see how your county ranked here.