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Tennessee Pauses Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine

Tennessee’s Department of Health on Tuesday announced that it would “pause” distributing the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following new guidance from the federal government. Earlier that day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual and severe blood clots that occurred 6 to 13 days …

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One in Seven Children Experienced Child Abuse and/or Neglect in the Past Year

Calls to the state’s child-abuse hotline declined by 15% over the past year, but experts say increased isolation and disrupted school schedules likely contributed to the dip in reporting. According to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, from March 2020 through last February, hotline staff received more than 100,000 calls about suspected abuse or neglect. Kylie …

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Mobile Food Pantry is Friday for Coffee Co. and Manchester City School Students

Coffee County and Manchester City school systems in partnership with First Baptist Church will host a Mobile Food Pantry for Friday, April 9, 2021. This program is for families who have a student enrolled in Coffee County Schools or Manchester City Schools. The event will be held at the church in Manchester, 1006 Hillsboro Blvd. …

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TN Patients Struggle with Rising Prescription Drug Costs

Under current law, Tennessee patients can be required to use certain pharmacies to fill their prescriptions, but a bill in the state Legislature could change that. On Tuesday, the House Insurance Subcommittee passed a bill to ban so-called “patient steering,” and increase transparency and regulation of drug pricing. Davidson County resident Eben Cathey said his …

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Text for Help with Pandemic Stress

Tennessee’s Emotional Support Line for Pandemic Stress is adding a new method for people to reach out for help.  The free and confidential line now has the capability to offer assistance via text message. Tennessee healthcare workers, first responders, and all Tennesseans working in education, including educators and district and school administrators and staff, dealing …

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Blood Assurance Blood Drive to be held in Manchester April 12

Blood Assurance and Unity Medical Center have announced a partnership for a blood drive in April. Anyone wishing to donate blood can do so between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday, April 12 at Unity Medical Center in the Bloodmobile – which will be located at 481 Interstate Drive. “As always, we are proud …

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Tennessee Health Leader Says Covid-19 to get Worse

Tennessee remains one of the most infectious states when it comes to COVID-19 and signs are pointing to things getting worse soon. “I’m fairly certain it’s going to get worse,” Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health Lisa Piercey said this week. Doctors are trying to sound the alarm in hopes that Tennesseans won’t let …

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Bedford County Officials Urging Residents to get Vaccinated

Press Release: The three COVID-19 vaccines being offered in the U.S. are safe and effective, and they have been tested on tens of thousands of volunteers. In Bedford County, vaccines are now available to anyone 16 and over who wants one. Vaccinating a significant percentage of the population is a key to defeating the virus …

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Lincoln County Man Charged with TennCare Fraud

A man from Lincoln County, Tennessee is charged with TennCare fraud in connection with allegedly reselling prescription pills obtained through the healthcare insurance program. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), in a joint effort with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 69 year-old Steven Wayne Carte of Petersburg. He’s charged with TennCare fraud, a class D …

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