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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.

Major milestone reached in effort to get Scott Co. hospital back open

It's a major milestone in the long effort to get Scott County's only hospital back open.

Mayor Jeff Tibbals was officially notified on Friday that the Tennessee State Attorney General has approved the Asset Purchase Agreement between Scott County and Pioneer Health Service.

"It's a good day for Scott County, a good day," said Tibbals.

The approval means that Pioneer can move forward with the business of getting the hospital,which closed in May 2012, reopened, which includes license renewals and agreements to accept Medicare and Medicaid.

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"

East TN counties score low in state health report

A report ranking counties on health factors and outcomes showed a sharp contrast in East Tennessee, with Knox, Blount, and Loudon counties scoring well, but Campbell, Fentress, and Scott counties getting the worst ranks in the state.

The University of Wisconsin released its 2013 'County Health Rankings and Roadmaps' study, which is based on two categories, health outcomes and health factors.

Health outcomes were based 50% on mortality, or length of life, and 50% on morbidity, or quality of life.

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.