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Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

An East Tennessee cancer survivor is on a mission to help fellow cancer patients feel sassy when they cover up their head with a hat or scarf.

Samantha Garcia has endured two rounds of breast cancer.

She says she hated the feeling of being stared at when she wore a scarf to cover up her head during cancer treatments.

Garcia wants to do away with that stigma, make scarves sassy, and just support other cancer patients.

So, she and her friend started a Facebook page and received more than three hundred scarves and hats from across the county. 

Feed the Children helps needy in Scott, Morgan, McCreary Counties

Feed the Children helps needy in Scott, Morgan, McCreary Counties

Hundreds of needy families got a helping hand Thursday morning, thanks to a national non-profit organization.

Members from the Feed the Children organization brought in 400 boxes of food and 400 boxes of hygiene items.  The distribution was held at the Boys and Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau, in Oneida.

The distribution was not only for people in Scott County but also families in Morgan County and McCreary County, Kentucky.

Scott Co. commissioners approve hospital contract

Scott Co. commissioners approve hospital contract

On Monday, Scott County commissioners voted to approve a contract with SM Promen to reopen the Scott County Hospital next year.

According to the agreement, SM Promen will close on the building by December 17. The next step would be to get Medicare and Medicaid certification for the hospital. That process could take a while, according to Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals. Officials hoped to have the hospital open by January, but they may not make that deadline. However, Mayor Tibbals said it was nice to see that the facility was one step closer to reopening.

TN meningitis deaths rise to nine

TN meningitis deaths rise to nine

The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the fungal meningitis outbreak has killed one more person and sickened another in Tennessee.

The CDC said there are now 69 confirmed cases and a total of nine deaths in that state.

Nationwide the death toll has increased to 23, and the number of confirmed cases is 284.

The meningitis outbreak has now reached to 16 states.

Tennessee has the most confirmed number of cases than any other state.

Race for the Cure offers registration discount this weekend

Race for the Cure offers registration discount this weekend

It's been an annual tradition on the streets of Knoxville for more than a decade, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is hoping East Tennesseans will turn out once again this month to help those fighting breast cancer.

For years, this race has seen tremendous growth. In 2010, they hit a record 14,000 participants. Last year, they were down to 11,600. Organizers hope that drop doesn't continue this year.

Scott Co. hospital contract up for vote Monday

Scott Co. hospital contract up for vote Monday

A hospital provider and Scott County have reached an agreement.  Scott County commissioners will vote on a contract Monday.

Scott County's only hospital closed in May.  A new provider was chosen in July. 

Now, Texas-based S.M. Promen and Scott County have worked out a contract, according to Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals.

Two main components run parallel in the agreement:

Doctors, dentists fight to keep flouride in Oliver Springs water

Doctors, dentists fight to keep flouride in Oliver Springs water

Some Oliver Springs leaders want flouride out of the public water supply, but several doctors and dentists are fighting to keep it in.

Thursday, the town held a public meeting about the floride levels.

Over the summer, the town's water board voted to remove flouride altogether from the water system. After that vote, leaders learned they were required under state law to give residents a 30-day notice and hold a public forum, which led to Thursday's meeting.