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12:16pm

Tue June 17, 2014
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Tennessee Holding Earthquake Response Exercise

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.

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10:01am

Tue June 17, 2014
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Painful New Virus Symptoms Can Last a Year or More

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.

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9:30am

Tue June 17, 2014
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Risky Behavior and Tennessee Teens: Driving

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.

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8:06am

Tue June 17, 2014
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Officials Remind Parents of School Immunizations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials are urging parents to start thinking about their children's school immunizations now.

Children in Tennessee who are enrolling in school for the first time and all students going into seventh grade are required to have a state immunization certificate before classes start.

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10:47am

Mon June 16, 2014
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Nashville Pride Festival Atrracts Large Crowd

Credit nashvillepride.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The annual Nashville Pride Festival was held Saturday at Public Square Park.

Organizers say this year’s festival attracted one of the largest and most enthusiastic crowds the event’s ever experienced. Chris Sanders of the Tennessee Equality Project says the past year’s long string of legal victories forcing states across the country to recognize same sex marriages has the LGBT community fired up.

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