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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Center for Rural Health
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has announced the creation of a new Center for Rural Health Research that will be housed at the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University. According to Gov. Lee, ETSU will receive a $1.5 million first-year grant for the implementation of the center, and then a recurring $750,000 annual investment to support the ongoing operations. In addition, Ballad Health, announced the system would contribute more than $15 million to the center over the course of the next 10 years. The gift is the largest in ETSU history. The goal of the Center will be to work to identify new mechanisms to improve health in rural and nonurban communities. Specific emphasis will be placed on strategies that disrupt intergenerational cycles of behaviors that contribute to poor health outcomes. Dr. Randy Wykoff, who several years ago visited Newport to talk about health issues in rural areas of East Tennessee, will serve as the founding director of the Center for Rural Health Research. “We are increasingly recognizing that one of the greatest health challenges for our region – and our nation – is to interrupt the inter-generational cycles of poor health, lack of education and persistent poverty,” said Wykoff. “The center's mission is to work with regional partners and national experts to interrupt those cycles quickly, efficiently and affordably.” The center will also seek to be a reliable source of information for policymakers, providing evidence-based data to assist in informing policy decisions that can improve health in rural and nonurban communities. It will pursue connections with a range of funding partners to support efforts that advance the health and well-being of residents in these areas.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

  • Jefferson County fatality
  • Cocke County pursuit
  • Weisend assault

    Friday, August 16, 2019

  • Governors Rural Opportunity Summit
  • Motorcycle crash
  • Cocke County fire and marijuana
  • Jobless numbers in July
  • West is executed

    Thursday, August 15, 2019

  • Carver's Apple House damaged
  • Cocke County Grand Jury
  • Inmates charged
  • Governor's Rural Opportunities Summit
  • Endangered Species Act

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019

  • Newport City Council
  • Cocke County Finance Committee

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

  • Williams injury
  • Large barn/apartment destroyed by fire
  • Tennessee tourism continues to grow
  • Gas prices continue to drop
  • Hembree incident
  • Abortion bill

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