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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Knoxville.

Wednesday
Oct222014

State Health Officials Announce Ebola Resources for Tennesseans 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Health announced three new Ebola virus resources for state residents Wednesday, offering a toll-free number and online information to Tennesseans.

Residents with questions about the disease can call 1-877-857-2945 Monday through Friday, and additional information will be available on the TDH website, including summaries of weekly activities.

In the event of a confirmed case of Ebola in the state, the health department will make a public announcement and post information to the TDH online site, according to officials.

“We are glad there is increased awareness about this disease and we especially appreciate the efforts of our health care partners in prevention, detection and response planning,” TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner said. “We all need to have an understanding of where the current risk exists and to make sure our concerns are based on facts and not on rumors.”


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Police Investigate I-40 Crash 

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Knoxville Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 40.

Officials said a Nissan Sentra was travelling east on the highway near the James White Parkway exit around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday when the driver attempted to merge into the next lane. Upon moving, the car went under the tanker portion of a semi in the middle lane.

The Sentra turned sideways underneath the tanker, while the driver of the semi was able to quickly stop the vehicle, according to police.

Neither driver was injured and both were wearing their seat belts. The tanker was empty, officials said.

No charges have been placed as of Wednesday morning. The incident limited traffic on I-40 east to one lane for approximately 30 minutes.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Victim in Fatal Crash Identified as Knoxville Attorney

(KNOX COUNTY, Tenn.) -- The person killed in a vehicular crash in West Knox County on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as a Knoxville attorney.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office said attorney Bruce Poston was driving a 2006 Mercedes SLK 280 westbound on Northshore Drive near Sandpiper Lane shortly before 1 p.m., when the car ran off the road and crashed into a tree.

Poston was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Officers on the scene say he was not wearing a seatbelt and that speed was a factor," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

TBI Launches Program to Protect Agents from Painkiller Risks 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launched a program Monday to help protect agents from painkiller risks.

Law enforcement agencies have reported an increase in exposure to fentanyl, a "powerful and potentially deadly painkiller" used in heroin recoveries.

TBI crime labs have received several samples of heroin laced with fentanyl and pure fentanyl packaged as heroin, according to officials. The drug can be absorbed through the skin and accidentally inhaled, with effects of overdose ranging from breathing problems to death.

Through the initiative, agents will receive naloxone, an antidote for opioid overdose.

“Every day, our Agents and Forensic Scientists work tirelessly to pursue justice for the people of Tennessee,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “This new program better protects them from the risks they might encounter while doing that important work. It also gives them a resource to potentially save the lives of citizens who might unintentionally overdose on opioids.”



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Tuesday
Oct212014

Jefferson County Man Charged with TennCare Drug Fraud

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Officials charged a Jefferson County man with TennCare fraud after he allegedly used the insurance program to obtain prescription drugs for selling.

Brian Edward Workman, of Strawberry Plains, is accused of acquiring the painkiller Opana through TennCare benefits, authorities said Monday.

"The Office of Inspector General is sending a strong message to anyone who is attempting to defraud the TennCare program - TennCare fraud is a crime and you will be prosecuted for it," Inspector General Manny Tyndall said.

Workman faces up to two years in prison if convicted.


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