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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Knoxville.

Thursday
Jul242014

Tennessee Dept. of Health Highlights Importance of Sleep

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Health is urging residents to understand the importance of sleep and to ensure they spend enough time sleeping.

"The effects of sleep on the human body are both complex and amazing," TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner said. He added that the "amount and quality of sleep can be factors in getting or avoiding cancer and heart disease, cause weight gain leading to obesity, and contribute to joint inflammation and other physical problems."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults get at least seven to eight hours of sleep per day. The CDC also advises that newborns get 16 to 18 hours of sleep per day, pre-school-aged children get 11 to 12 hours per day, school-aged children get at least 10 hours per day and teens get nine to 10 hours per day.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Invasive Pest Causes Quarantines in Seven More Counties

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Seven more Tennessee counties have been placed under quarantine due to the possible presence of an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, bringing the total number of affected counties around the state to 34.

According to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed to be present in Fentress, Morgan and Rhea counties, with quarantines extended to Clay, Macon, Overton and Pickett counties out of precaution.

The insect is destructive and has spread to 24 states since it was introduced to the United States in the 1990s. It was first found in Tennessee in 2010.

Residents are urged not to transport firewood, to use local firewood and burn all firewood before leaving a camp site.


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Thursday
Jul242014

Sidewalk Installation Causes Lane Closure on Cumberland Avenue

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- A sidewalk installation is causing a lane closure on Cumberland Avenue on Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25.

The eastbound right lane of Cumberland Avenue between 21st Street and Mountcastle Street will be closed while a new curb and sidewalk is installed on the 1900 block of Cumberland Avenue.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Man Convicted of Attempted Murder Escapes Before Verdict Is Read

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Knoxville authorities are searching for a man convicted of attempted murder after he walked out of the courtroom during jury deliberation and never came back.

Officials say 35-year-old Svante Hinton was free to walk around the courtroom while he waited for the jury to deliver the verdict on additional charges relating to his second-degree murder conviction. According to the sheriff, Hinton was no longer in the building when jurors returned to announce a guilty verdict on another gun charge.

Hinton was convicted of shooting at a man and striking him in the shoulder during an incident Aug. 30, 2012 in East Knoxville. He is described as a black male, standing 5-foot-9 and weighing around 170 pounds. Hinton was last seen wearing a long-sleeved dark blue shirt, dark blue pants and black-rimmed glasses.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact authorities at 865-215-7212.


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Wednesday
Jul232014

Tennessee Residents Can Now Search Daycare Violations Online

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Parents can now access information relating to their children’s daycare after the state announced a new online tool designed to improve conditions at childcare facilities.

Beginning this month, the Tennessee Department of Human Services is posting all violations found at daycare centers on its website.

According to the Tennessean, however, parents will not be able to view every complaint made against a facility like residents in others states can. To obtain that information parents must contact a program evaluator on the daycare center’s report.

The Tennessean also reports the initiative is expected to become a federal requirement.


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