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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
US Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander says Tennessee is on the front lines as the opioid crisis has caused what the Tennessee Department of Health describes as a ‘sharp increase’ in the number of babies born in opioid withdrawal. The committee Thursday held its fourth hearing on the opioid crisis looking at its effect on children and families. Alexander said he has introduced legislation to help address the opioid crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, tripled from 1999 to 2013 – and Tennessee has a rate three times the national average. In Tennessee, between 2010 and 2014, there was a 51 percent increase in the number of parents who lost parental rights because of an opioid addiction. Congress has passed legislation in recent years to help children and families; “What I want to know today," the senator said, "are these laws helping states and communities address the problems faced by children and families in the opioid crisis? I want to ensure states are able to coordinate all the services a parent addicted to opioids, and the children who are impacted, may need – including mental health, and substance use disorder treatment, and family supports.”


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Monday, February 19, 2018

  • Slatery seeks execution for Sutton
  • New Yorkers arrested in Jefferson County
  • Carter death being investigated
  • Tennessee Senate action
  • US Senate race

    Saturday, February 17, 2018

  • Cocke schools talk safety
  • Pasports
  • Alexander on infrastructure

    Friday, February 16, 2018

  • Arrest made in "Kill list"
  • Newport animal shelter
  • Cocke candidates
  • Ronnie Davis obit
  • Pilot Flying J execs convicted
  • Senator Alexander on budget infrastructure plans

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

  • NU water leak
  • Faison files Fresh Start legislation
  • TVA spends on aircraft
  • Cocke Landfill Committee
  • Carson Springs home destroyed by fire

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

  • Newport City Council talks property tax cut
  • More candidates qualify
  • Arwood/Prevost arrests
  • Cocke County Grand Jury returns indictments
  • Walters State enrollment is up
  • Trump wants to sell TVA
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