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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
In Tennessee, an estimated 950 men, women, and children die by suicide each year.  More people die by suicide each year than from homicide, AIDS, or drunk driving.  Suicide is the leading cause of violent deaths in our state, nationally, and worldwide, far above homicide and death due to natural disasters. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among youth and young adults ages 15-24 in Tennessee and for the United States at large. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there were 1,065 recorded suicide deaths in our state in 2015, at a rate of 16.1 per 100,000 people.  In almost all cases, suicide can be traced to unrecognized, untreated, or poorly treated mental illness.  It can happen to people of either sex, any race or ethnicity, and any economic status. The average suicide death affects 147 people in some way, and causes a major disruption to six intimate survivors—family and friends of the deceased—who are at increased risk for a suicide attempt themselves. As if the emotional and psychological toll were not enough, suicide and suicide attempts cost the state of Tennessee $1 billion a year in medical treatment, lost wages, and lost productivity, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) and its allies in the public health, mental health, and social service fields are joining forces to recognize the month of September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  During this annual observance, TSPN and its allies arrange several educational and memorial events across Tennessee.  These projects help teach the general public about the problem of suicide and how it can be prevented. They also give us an opportunity to remember those lost to suicide; to encourage survivors of suicide, survivors of suicide attempts, and people who have triumphed over mental illness; and to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions to suicide prevention efforts in our state.


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Monday, September 25, 2017

  • Weekend assaults in Cocke County
  • Shelton arrest
  • BB gun at Cocke County High
  • David Fine arrest
  • Gasoline prices are declining
  • Dover to be sworn in

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • Identity theft or fraud
  • Tennessee Promise is helping students
  • Marijuana hearing
  • Sevier County scam

    Friday, September 22, 2017

  • Job prospects continue to look positive for Cocke County
  • More Pasternak defendants are sentenced
  • Person of interest identified
  • Jobless rate in Tennessee continues to drop
  • Bear season opens on Saturday
  • Water service to be affected

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

  • Trial delayed after only half of prospective jurors show
  • Judge Davidson on monitors
  • Potts is being sought
  • THP wants to locate witnesses
  • New Republican health plan
  • Hurricane losses may hike premiums for us all.

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

  • Pasternak steroid conspiracy
  • Lt. Lawson on medical leave
  • Charles.....the Survivor
  • Proposed ACA modification falls apart
  • Be aware of flood vehicles
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