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PHOTO: A new analysis of the Earned Income Tax Credit shows its effects are more significant in small towns and rural areas than in urban areas. Photo credit: Lending Memo/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A tax credit helping many low-income working families keep more of their earnings is proving to be especially important in rural areas and small towns across Tennessee and the country, according to a new study by the Center for Rural Affairs. "The Earned Income Tax Credit ...Read More

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PHOTO: The preterm birth rate in Tennessee rose slightly in 2013, ending six straight years of declines in the number of babies being born too soon. Photo credit: Heather/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After dropping for six years in a row, the latest figures show the preterm birth rate in Tennessee inched back up in 2013. According to Phil Toothman, director of marketing and communications with the March of Dimes in Tennessee, while the rate grew to 12.6 percent last year, ther...Read More

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PHOTO: The dangers are many for the children who are doing farm labor in tobacco fields in several southeastern states. Photo credit: Mangrove Mike/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Children half the smoking age are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields in Tennessee and they're being exposed to a multitude of perils. New research shows some working in the region's tobacco fields are younger than 18, and often using dangerous tools and machinery and facing haz...Read More

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PHOTO: A dual focus on both kids and their parents is needed to ensure a brighter future for children across Tennessee living in low-income families, according to a new report. Photo credit: Lindsey Turner/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The quarter-million young children in Tennessee who are growing up in low-income families can succeed in life, but a new report says the best way to get them on the right path requires a focus on both the kids and their parents. It's called a two-generation approach, and the repo...Read More

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PHOTO: Concerns are being raised all along the route over plans to repurpose a pipeline running from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast. Photo credit: Roy Luck

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Concerns are being raised by citizens and groups all along the route over plans to re-purpose the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which runs through the state on its way from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast. The current proposal calls for converting the pipeline to carry natural gas li...Read More

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PHOTO: It's estimated about 17 percent of kids in the U.S. eat too much sodium, which can be a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Photo credit: Joe King/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The election season had Tennessee voters taking it all in "with a grain of salt," but with the coming holidays they're being urged to go the other way and "hold the salt." Those who have far too much sodium in their diets can be at an increased risk of health issues. Registered...Read More

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PHOTO: If current trends continues, it's estimated that nearly one-third of people will have diabetes by 2050. Photo credit: Sriram Bala/Flickr.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The arrival of November means it is American Diabetes Month. It comes as the prevalence of the disease continues to rise across Tennessee and the nation. Meghan Beasy, director of the Memphis chapter of the American Diabetes Association, says the latest numbers show 29 mil...Read More

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PHOTO: For the thousands of children across Tennessee who have food allergies, Halloween can be more tricks than treats. Photo credit: Cat/Flickr.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - With the arrival of Halloween, a reminder that a bag of candy isn't all treats for the one in 13 kids who suffers from food allergies. Amy Williams, co-administrator with the Memphis Area Food Allergy Moms, says there are eight common food allergies including dairy, eggs and nuts. ...Read More

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