NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee foster parents who raised a child for eight years before she was returned to her birth father have filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of the father.
David and Kim Hodgin filed the petition to officially adopt 9-year-old Sonya McCaul on June 6.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee National Guard members and emergency response officials are holding an exercise this week to simulate the response to a large earthquake along the New Madrid (MAD'-rihd) fault.
The New Madrid zone stretches 150 miles, crossing parts of Tennessee and six other states. In 1811 and 1812, it unleashed a trio of powerful jolts that rattled the central Mississippi River valley.
Jeremy Heidt with Tennessee Emergency Management says the state takes the threat the New Madrid fault poses very seriously.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Health officials confirm that a new mosquito-borne virus has made its way to Tennessee.
The State Department of Health says a West Tennessee resident has tested positive for the chikungunya (chik-un-GUHN-ya) virus. State epidemiologist Abelardo Moncayo says Tennesseans traveling to the Caribbean are bringing the virus home with them.
Moncayo says the virus is rarely fatal but symptoms can include a high fever and severe joint pain.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) - Car crashes are the single biggest killer of Tennessee teens and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control says texting isn’t helping.
In its annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the CDC reports that 41.4 percent of American teens report texting while driving. Tennessee teens were only slightly less likely to text and drive at 41.1 percent.
The CDC’s Stephanie Zaza urges parents to step in to stop any behavior that takes a teen's attention away from the road.