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Angels of Hope helps cancer patients

Angels of Hope helps cancer patients

Hundreds of East Tennessee cancer patients benefit from a volunteer effort to help them around the holidays.

"This says love is all you need," reads a hand made pillow case.

Love motivated UT Medical Oncologist Dr. Susan Huntsinger to start a program to help the cancer patients she treats.

"To be able to do this for them and give them just that little bit of spark that little bit of hope is just a wonderful thing," she said.

She realized the holidays can be especially difficult for her patients.

Nursing home allowed to admit new patients after suspension lifted

Nursing home allowed to admit new patients after suspension lifted

A Blount County nursing home is allowed to admit new residents after the state lifted a suspension.

The Tennessee Department of Health says it lifted the suspension at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation-Fairpark in Maryville Tuesday after officials say it corrected problems.

Back in August, the nursing home was ordered not to admit any new patients.

This year's flu shots becoming available

This year's flu shots becoming available

Flu season is just around the corner, and already drug stores and doctor's offices have supplies of this year's vaccine.

The shots will be available to patients by the end of the month.

But if you get your shot now, will you be protected all season? The Centers for Disease Control says "yes."

The CDC recommends that people get their shots as soon as possible. It suggests everyone from six months old and older get a yearly vaccine.

One local flu shot clinic opens Tuesday.

Admissions suspended at Maryville nursing home

Admissions suspended at Maryville nursing home

Admissions have been suspended at a Blount County nursing home.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, no new residents may be admitted at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation-Fairpark until certain violations are corrected.  In addition, a federal civil penalty has also been imposed at $6,000 a day until the violations are corrected. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility's operations.

Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation-Fairpark is a 75-bed licensed nursing home located at 307 North Fifth Street in Maryville.

Maryville nursing home considers relocation

Maryville nursing home considers relocation

A Maryville nursing home forced to close in February plans to move to Louisville and reopen.

Colonial Hills Nursing Center had to close after losing its Medicare and Medicaid contracts as a result of six violations with the Tennessee Department of Health.

Life Care Centers of America, which operates the nursing home, announced Monday that it plans to relocate to Louisville and reopen, if an application for certificate of need is approved.

The proposed location is at 1965 Stewart Lane in Louisville.

Other changes will be part of the process as well.