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PHOTO: It would permanently protect some 20,000 acres of Cherokee National Forest, and supporters of the Tennessee Wilderness Act are hoping passage by Congress will come yet this year. Photo credit: Mark Doliner/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Congress returns to session next month, and while not much may get done pre-election, there could be movement afterwards on several bills including one that supporters in Tennessee have been trying to get passed for years. There's a chance that the Tennessee Wilderness Act could ...Read More

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PHOTO: Tennessee parents have one more item to add to that back-to-school checklist, getting the kids in for an eye exam. Photo credit: Randen Pederson/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the start of the new school year, parents across the state are being reminded that the eye health of their children is critical to their educational success. Tonya Reynoldson, president of the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, says this is a great time of...Read More

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PHOTO: The landmark legislation that has protected thousands of acres of wild lands in Tennessee and millions nationwide will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Wilderness Act was signed on Sept. 3, 1964. Photo credit: Laura Hodge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Residents across the state are preparing to celebrate a historic anniversary - the 50th year of the Wilderness Act. The act was signed into law on Sept. 3, 1964, establishing the National Wilderness Preservation System "as a mechanism to have kind of a unified way of giving prote...Read More

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PHOTO: More than half of teens surveyed for the Pew Research Internet Project said they'd observed instances of cyber-bullying. Photo courtesy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. Experts such as Peggy Caruso...Read More

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PHOTO: Tennesseans are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves this summer to give blood. Blood donations typically fall off during summer months as people are busy with outdoor activities and vacations, but the need for blood remains constant. Photo credit: Antti T. Nissinen/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The summer may be winding down, but the need for blood donors in Tennessee is up. Sue Thesenga, external communications manager with the American Red Cross, says there are generally fewer blood donations during the summer months compared with other times of the year, in part beca...Read More

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PHOTO: Some simple changes in packing a school lunch can prevent tons of trash from ending up in Tennessee landfills. Photo credit:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Students across the state returning to school this month, forming friendships and making the team, but also generating a massive amount of trash. Over the next school year it's estimated the average student lunch will generate more than 60 pounds of garbage, says Leslie Holsapple,...Read More

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PHOTO: Basketball is part of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, the largest such event in the world. This year's games are under way in Philadelphia. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - They showed courage and heart while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and now that same grit and determination is on display at the 34th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Some 600 veterans with disabilities representing states across the nation - including Tennessee - ar...Read More

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PHOTO: According to the Center for Rural Affairs, rural areas have higher percentages of households receiving SNAP benefits than urban areas or small cities. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high. But a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America's food supply is grown and raised. Jon Bailey, director of rural public policy ...Read More

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