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Diane Black may be in charge of one of the most powerful committees in Congress, but the Gallatin Republican says that doesn't mean she won't run for Tennessee governor next year.
Black was named interim chair of the House Budget Committee in January when President Donald Trump nominated Rep. Tom Price of Georgia to become secretary of Health and Human Services.
Black tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press that she sees her Congressional position as an "opportunity" to get the country's budget in order. But in the former state senator's words: "That doesn't preclude me from doing things later down the road."
Several candidates are expected to challenge for the Republican nomination to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam next year.
Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, will join former U.S. Senator Bill Frist, MD, founder and chairman of NashvilleHealth and Governorís Foundation for Health and Wellness CEO Richard Johnson Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Tennessee State Capitol to celebrate Tennessee Quit Week and discuss opportunities for residents, government, business and non-profit leaders to partner in reducing tobacco use in Tennessee. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Old Supreme Court Chamber and is open to the public.
Tennessee Quit Week was created as an initiative of the TDH Statewide Tobacco-Free Coalition to reduce the burden of tobacco use by raising awareness of free resources available to help Tennesseans quit smoking and/or using other tobacco products. The coalition consists of key stakeholders and community partners from around the state whose purpose is to identify strengths, gaps and opportunities for tobacco control in Tennessee.
Tobacco use claims the lives of at least 30 Tennesseans each day and directly causes more than $2.6 billion in annual health care costs in the state. In addition, tobacco use costs Tennessee billions of dollars each year in lost productivity. These consequences could be eliminated by reducing nicotine addiction and tobacco use among Tennesseans.
Routine testing by the Consumer and Industry Services Division of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has discovered Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of Amish Classic Colby deli horn cheese. The manufacturer, Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC, is instructing all wholesalers and retailers to discontinue selling their existing stock of Amish Classic Colby deli horns distributed by MDS Foods under the Amish Classic label with item number 55209 and sold as sliced deli cheese. They are also recalling lot numbers 110316V02, 110316V03 and 110316V04. The company is also removing packaged Amish Classic Colby Cheese with item numbers 55241 and 55245 which were cut from the suspect 55209 product and wrapped at the MDS Foods manufacturing facility located in Tullahoma, Tenn. Meijerís Colby-jack deli horn lot number 110316V08 and Meijerís Colby deli horn lot numbers 110316V08 are also part of the recall.
The Stone Memorial teams traveled to Cookeville Thursday night to play their final regular season District games and posted a pair of wins. In the action heard live on Mix 99.3; the Lady Panthers secured a second place finish in the District standings with a 46-38 win over the Lady Cavs. The Lady Panthers have a 5 and 5 District mark and finish in a three-way tie for second with Cookeville and the winner of the Rhea County - White County game. The Panthers battled the regular season District champs from Cookeville and handed the Cavaliers their first District loss of the season. The Panthers outlasted the Cavs winning in overtime 65-61.
Friday, SMHS will play host to Clarkrange. The CCHS games scheduled at McMinn Central on Friday have been cancelled.
Monday, CCHS will host Warren County as the Jets and Lady Jets close out the regular season. The District action will air live on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY beginning at 5:55.
As influenza viruses continue to circulate widely across the U.S. and Tennessee, the Cumberland County Health Department is offering FREE Flu Shots. The Health Department says vaccination may reduce the risk of getting the flu by 50% or more. Getting vaccinated is your best protection against getting influenza, which is more likely to cause severe illness in older adults and young children. To get your FREE flu shot, just go to the Cumberland County Health Department, 1503 Main Street in Crossville, weekdays during normal business hours. Walk-ins welcome!