The dangers of refined sugar for kids

Too much sugar can make us sick. That’s why the federal government continues to urge Americans to cut way back on sugar. That can be tough for kids. Dr. Chad Thornhill with GI for Kids at Children's Hospital says too much added sugar, the kind found in processed foods, contributes to weight gain and tooth decay, and can increase the risk of serious diseases like heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. These diseases begin in childhood.....


TBI releases photos, asks for help to identify man found dead along Douglas Lake

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is now joining the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office as they work to identify a man whose body was found in a bag along Douglas Lake earlier this month, releasing photos of some items found on the body....


Bluetick coonhound named as state dog

Governor Bill Lee has signed a new bill making the bluetick coonhound Tennessee's state dog. The bill was introduced by Rep. Bill Beck introduced that would make the hound a state symbol. It passed both the House and Senate in unanimous votes....


Oak Ridge 'Battle of the Badges' blood drive to benefit Children's Hospital

A friendly competition for a good cause is bringing together first responders for a blood drive for East Tennessee Children's Hospital. The "Battle of the Badges" blood drive, in partnership with Medic Regional Blood Center, will pit Oak Ridge police, firefighters, and Anderson County EMS against each other to see which group will inspire the most blood donations. ...


GSMNP ranks as top 5 best wildflower destination in U.S.

As if we needed to another reason to love the Smokies in the springtime, it made a top 10 list of best U.S. destinations to see wildflowers. According to a study from, part of the Expedia family, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the No. 4 in the nation. The study said the Smokies are almost unmatched in the variety of wildflowers visitors can see, at least 1,500 different kinds. ...


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    Why installing a smart doorbell might be a clever move

    Porch pirates. Lawn looters. Backyard bandits. Whatever you call them, these criminals are brazen and opportunistic, boosting interest in “video doorbells” from companies such as Ring, Nest, Greet, RemoBell and iseeBell.At their most basic, smart doorbells stream real-time video to your smartphone, tablet or desktop, showing you who is at your doorstep and allowing you to speak with them. Throw in motion detection, cloud video storage, floodlights and sirens...


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    Why do innocent people suffer?

    This is it: “We suffer because men sinned and continue to sin. God isn’t to blame.” Suffering happens because God made a perfect world that Adam and Eve broke, long ago, and now there’s no escaping the consequences, especially since we continue to sin as badly as they did. God is good, and we are not...


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    Kvass, celtuce and a few other ‘new’ good-for-you foods

    You’re about to encounter a new batch of healthful foods and drinks with names reminiscent of a word scramble. These products are not actually new — rather, like quinoa, they are ancient edibles being rediscovered and gaining popularity for the way they fit into today’s food landscape.

Tim Barnwell, Asheville, NC

Tech Bites

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    Health Apps Can Share Your Data Everywhere

    The researchers examined 24 of the top-rated Android apps for health medicine management in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia, including Ada, Lexicomp, Medscape, and Medicinewise. They found that 19 out of the 24 tested apps shared user data outside of the app, frequently to third-parties like Amazon Web Services, Facebook, Google, and AT&T. An app called “Pill Identifier and Drug List” shares data with the Department of Health and Human Services...