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11:36am

Fri November 30, 2012
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Enviro Group Questions $1 Billion Upgrade to Gallatin Plant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority over a Freedom of Information Act request for documents.

The environmental organization is trying to learn more about the utility's plan to spend nearly $1 billion to reduce emissions at its coal-fired power plant in Gallatin.

Louise Gorenflo with the Tennessee chapter of the Sierra Club notes that the Gallatin plant is nearly 60 years old. She says the group believes the cost of updating its environmental controls will exceed the value of the plant.

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9:55am

Fri November 30, 2012
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Tenn. Babies Born with Addictions Increases Ten-Fold

Dr. Adam Huggins practices Obstetrics and Gynecology at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.
Credit summitmedical.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A task force of state health officials is trying to reverse an alarming rise in the number of Tennessee babies born addicted to drugs.

Babies born wiith addictions often spending many days in the hospital as they go through the painful withdrawal process.

Dr. Adam Huggins, an OB-GYN at Summit Medical Center, says he’s definitely seen an increase in the number of drug addicted newborns. He says it’s physically hard on the child and emotionally difficult for the medical staff that cares for them.

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12:14pm

Thu November 29, 2012
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Help for Those Grieving During the Holidays

Credit alivehospice.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The holiday season is supposed to be a happy time, but it can be difficult for those who’ve lost a loved one.

Alive Hospice is offering grief seminars in Nashville and in Murfreesboro the evening of December 6 for anyone struggling with loss.

Grief Counselor Pam Quaintance says there’s no expiration date when it comes to grief.

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11:57am

Thu November 29, 2012
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Governor Told Fiscal-Cliff Fall Will Hurt Tennessee Badly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A tax expert is warning state officials that Tennessee will be among the hardest-hit states if federal officials don't resolve the so-called fiscal cliff.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Dr. Stan Chervin updated Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials yesterday, saying states that depend heavily on sales taxes for revenue would feel the most stress if tax breaks are not extended.

Chervin is a senior research consultant with the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

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12:34pm

Wed November 28, 2012
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Tenn. Infant Morality Likened to Third World Country

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 800 medically fragile newborns are cared for each year by an organization launched in Tennessee more than a decade ago with the help of former Titan offensive tackle Fred Miller.

Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee conducts more than 4400 home visits a year to follow the growth of at-risk babies to the age of 2.

Executive director Vicki Beaver says her nurses are ready to take a phone call from moms in need of assistance  24 hours a day.

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