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Deadly Flu Strain In Tennessee
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting News Thursday December 14, 2017

A deadly strain of influenza that caused the worst flu season in a decade in Australia has now been detected in Tennessee. Doctors say those 65 years or older are especially vulnerable to the strain known as H3N2, although anyone can get it. The Tennessee Department of Health reminds Tennesseans that it is not too late to get a flu shot. And the time to get your flu shot is now before those big holiday gatherings. TDH says even after you get the flu vaccine, it is still important to practice good health habits to protect yourself from the flu and other viruses, and to prevent spreading them to others if you do get sick. Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water, always cover your cough or sneeze, and stay home if you are sick with the flu to prevent spreading in to others.

 


POLICE CRACK-DOWN ON IMPAIRED DRIVERS THIS NEW YEARS EVE
Submitted: Lt. Brian Eckelson, Crimestoppers Coordinator/Public Information Officer, Crossville Poli Thursday December 14, 2017

The City of Crossville Police Department, working in conjunction with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, will be participating in a Cumberland County Region Crack-Down on impaired driving event on December 31, from 2pm to midnight. During this time period, the Crossville Police Department will be increasing DUI traffic enforcement efforts by saturating the streets of Crossville, in an effort to put an end to impaired driving, by targeting impaired drivers. Please help keep the roadways safe for everyone, buckle up and don?t drink and drive.

 


Deliberations Set For Zaevion Dobston Murder Trial
AP Thursday December 14, 2017

Jurors are set to begin deliberations in a murder trial involving the 2015 death of a Tennessee teenager who shielded friends from gunfire. Prosecutors and defense lawyers gave their closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the trial of Christopher Drone Bassett, Kipling Deshawn Colbert and Richard Gregory Williams III. They face first-degree murder charges in connection with the death of 15-year-old Zaevion Dobson.

 


SFMO: Candle Fires Caused $12M in Damages, Claimed Nine Lives Since 2012
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting News Thursday December 14, 2017

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal?s Office (SFMO) reminds consumers that popular holiday decorations such as candles and string lights can cause tragedy when not used correctly. During the five-year period of 2012-2016 in Tennessee, candles were reported to have caused 402 residential fires, nine civilian deaths, 31 civilian injuries, eight firefighter injuries and $12 million in fire loss according to SFMO data. The data also indicated that 43 percent of candle fires started in bedrooms and candles starting fires were unattended 23 percent of the time. The SFMO encourages Tennesseans to consider using flameless candles, which look and smell like real candles. However, if you do use traditional candles, keep them at least 12? away from anything that can burn, and remember to blow them out when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid using candles in the bedroom or other areas where people may fall asleep.

 


4 Tennessee cities rank among top for job growth in 2017
AP Thursday December 14, 2017

A new study says four Tennessee metro areas are among the top 10 metro areas for job growth in the southeast so far this year. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that a study of employment trends by 24/7 Wall Street found Nashville, Morristown, Chattanooga and Johnson City ranked fifth, sixth, ninth and 10th among Southern cities for employment growth. The study found Tennessee's jobless rate fell to 3 percent this fall, which is the lowest level on record. From January to October, Nashville added 43,392 jobs, Morristown added 2,043 jobs, Chattanooga added 9,377 jobs and Johnson City added 3,147 jobs. The study ranked the cities based on rate of growth. Nationally, Nashville, Morristown, Chattanooga and Johnson City ranked 11th, 14th, 21st and 22nd, respectively.

 

 
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