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Gov. Haslam wants a 'Healthier Tennessee'

(WBIR-Dowtown Knoxville) Governor Haslam was in Knoxville's Market Square Wednesday to introduce his "Healthier Tennessee" initative to East Tennessee.

The governor launched the program in Jackson Tuesday.

Haslam said the initiative will encourage residents to be more physically active and eat nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables. The program also asks people to stop using tobacco, or never start.

Haslam noted Tennessee is one of the least healthy states, with high rates of high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and heart disease.

Officials to spray for mosquitoes near downtown Thursday

(WBIR-Knoxville) The Knox County Health Department has detected the West Nile Virus in a mosquito pool in the Fourth Avenue area close to I-275.

Officials plan to spray for mosquitoes in the affected area Thursday between 9 p.m. and midnight. They'll post signs in the affected areas to alert residents. People are asked to stay inside during this time, and pet owners need to bring their animals inside or keep them in the backyard.

Ronnie Nease, the KCHD Environmental Health Director, said in statement that the weather has created a great breeding ground for mosquitoes.

UT Medical Center recognized with four awards

They're lifesavers for thousands of people across East Tennessee, and Tuesday they got some thank yous.

The American Heart Association awarded UT Medical Center with four separate awards for patient care. The doctors and nurses weren't the only groups to see thanks for their work.

"It's a team effort here and we take that to heart. There's a lot of people behind the scenes that you don't see when you come into the hospital that are helping you. And really at UT Medical Center, we do that on a daily basis," said Brian Wiseman, UT stroke neurologist.

UT College of Nursing to host research camp for health care professionals

East Tennessee health care professionals have the chance to learn more about research opportunities at the seventh annual Summer Research Camp at UT's College of Nursing.

Dr. Lisa Lindley, a planning committee member and an assistant professor from the College of Nursing, joined us in the 10News studio to explain more about the camp. You can watch that entire interview in the video above.

You can also find more information about the camp online at http://nursing.utk.edu/research/event.aspx.

4th graders offer message of hope to cancer patients

A message of hope through the eyes of a 4th grader looks simple: smiley faces, bright colors, and encouraging words.

But sometimes it's the simplest things that can change someone's day.

"I really thought a sunset would make it calm and the rising sun would mean you will rise from your sickness," said Sacred Heart Cathedral 4th grader, Jenna Fairbrother, describing her painting.

UT Medical Center's Cancer Institute patients experienced that lesson Monday firsthand. Sacred Heart students delivered dozens of paintings to cancer patients there.

Spring 2013 Cooking Classes at Avanti Savoia’s La Cucina

Spring 2013 Cooking Classes at Avanti Savoia’s La Cucina


Knoxville’s very own gourmet food importing business is offering another set of cooking classes at their kitchen, La Cucina.  Featuring a wide range of cuisines and traditions, the classes always focus on efficient professional cooking techniques that will make any cook’s life easier – and more fun!

Private donations pour in to UT Sex Week in wake of funding controversy

According to its website, UT Sex Week is now completely funded as of Thursday night.  Private donations have poured in since the University notified the event's organizers late Wednesday afternoon that it was pulling $11,000 in state funding. 

Organizers said they never considered canceling the event.  Instead they acknowledged the University's move motivated them to work even harder to make sure the event happens.

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