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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The University of Tennessee has received a $1.5 million grant to study the role of genetics in fetal alcohol syndrome.
Kristin Hamre, an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, said researchers have known for some time that the harm that comes to babies as a result of their mother's alcohol consumption while pregnant varies. Hamre, in a press release from the university, said both the genetics of the mother and the baby play a key role in fetal alcohol syndrome.
Animal models, and to a lesser extent, human studies, have shown that genetics are likely to contribute to the severity of harm as a result of alcohol exposure.
The grant money comes from the National Institutes of Health.
The Crossville Ryan’s Restaurant closed its doors on Monday, just the latest victim of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed by its parent company on March 7, 2016. Since then, dozens of Ryan’s and its affiliates have closed down across the nation as the company undergoes a massive restructuring.
A Crossville man was lucky to sustain only minor injuries after his motorcycle struck a cooler on I-40 in Roane County. The THP reports that Don W. Scarbrough was riding a 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan east on I-40 Thursday when his motorcycle collided with a cooler that was on the interstate near the 357 mile marker. Scarbrough lost control of the bike and was lucky to escape with only minor injuries after he made contact with the pavement.
A Cumberland County woman was seriously injured Saturday when she was struck by a motorcycle in Roane County. Reportedly, 67-year-old Rachel Murphy of Ozone was attempting to walk across the road in the area of the flea market along South Gateway in Rockwood when she was hit by the motorcycle. Murphy was flown to UT Medical Center. Authorities say the motorcyclist, who was not identified, sustained minor injuries.
A Crossville woman died after a two-vehicle collision on Milo Lemert Parkway Friday afternoon. Reportedly, 76-year-old Amy Bilbrey had stopped at the intersection of Rock Quarry Road around 12:30 p.m. when she pulled into the path of another vehicle traveling on the Parkway. Bilbrey was trapped in her vehicle and firefighters from both the Crossville and Cumberland County Fire Departments worked to free her. Bilbrey passed away Saturday from her injuries. Neither the driver of the other vehicle nor Bilbrey’s passenger were injured in the crash.