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Officials with The American Red Cross say they are facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types. Officials say donations are down about 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks. 2 blood drives have been scheduled for Cumberland County, to help the situation. Eligible donors can visit the Crossville City Hall 392 North Main Street July 30th from 9:30-2:30 and the Cumberland County Community Complex on July 31st from 12-6.
A voluntary nationwide recall has been issued for specific lots of fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots after traces of listeria were found during internal testing at the packing facility. Officials with Wawona Packing say there have been no reports of any illness caused by possibly tainted fruit which was shipped to stores across the country, including Costco, Trader Joe's and Kroger. The recalled fruit was packed and shipped to retailers from June 1st through July 12th. Health officials say listeria causes flu-like symptoms. Those with the highest risk for infection include pregnant women, older adults and people with weakened immune systems.
Warren County Sheriff's officers captured an inmate who escaped custody Tuesday morning. Sheriff Jackie Matheny said Timothy Gay was about to enter the courthouse to face charges when he suddenly took off running. Matheny said Gay went to an apartment house on West Colville Street where he had friends residing. He was able to get out of his shackles and handcuffs and change clothes. Officers took him into custody a short time later. Gay was in jail for aggravated assault and aggravated robbery. He will now face charges of escape.
The latest national ranking of the well-being of children shows Tennessee is among five states that made the biggest improvement in the last year. According to The Kids Count Data Book, the state made strides on all eight scores for education and health. In the case of education, more children met reading and math goals, preschool enrollments increased, and more teenagers graduated high school on time. The state improved from 42nd to 37th in education, and from 33rd to 31st in health.
A new tool is helping parents keep track of their children's daycare. The State of Tennessee is putting daycare inspection reports online. According to the Department of Human Services, each child care center gets a minimum of four to six unannounced monitoring visits each year, on which the violations are based. A link to list can be found on our website.