kids count

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A new study finds Tennessee's kids are the healthiest in the South.

According to The Tennessean, the annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count evaluation placed Tennessee 16th in the nation in children's well-being.

Linda O’Neal directs the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth. She says Tennessee kids enjoyed a significant improvement in health over the past year.

“Tennessee’s rank this year was 36. We were 39th last year. We were especially pleased to see improvements in health indicators.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth released its annual look at the welfare of the state’s children earlier this week and the news is grim.

The report is based on data from 2009, the most recent information available. It shows that more than 350,000 Tennessee children, or nearly one-child-in-four, lives below the poverty line.