Friday, January 27, 2023


A critical number of rural IA nursing homes close; TX lawmakers consider measures to restrict, and expand voting in 2023 Session; and CT groups, and unions call for public-health reforms.


Attorney General announces enforcement actions on ransomware, Democrats discuss border policies, and the FDA is relaxing rules for gay and bisexual men to donate blood.


"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.


Some 21% of Tennessee's population lives in areas considered

Thursday, January 26, 2023

An Albertsons-Kroger Merger Could Impact Rural Tennessee

The proposed merger between the grocery chains Albertsons and Kroger has antitrust laws in the spotlight, as the supermarket companies are already …

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation offers Racial Healing Conversation Guidelines that include five steps to help facilitate meaningful and impactful conversations. (LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/Adobe Stock)
"Changing the Narrative" for National Day of Racial Healing

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday, designated as a National Day of Service, and tomorrow, the same spirit carries over to the seventh …

Report: Tennessee's 'State of the Child' is Improving

Tennessee's "State of the Child 2022" report is an assessment of how children are faring, and this year's edition focuses on the situation for …

During <a href=open enrollment for 2022 coverage, Tennessee saw a record high number of individuals - more than 273,000 - sign up for health insurance. (Annap/Adobe Stock)">
TN Latinos Urged to Get Health Coverage as Deadline Approaches

Open enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act ends Jan. 15. More than 600,000 Tennesseans, including almost one-third of the …

Tennessee's teacher shortage has been so severe, a law went into effect July 1, 2022, allowing retired teachers to <a href=return to the classroom to teach without losing their pension benefits. (Johoo/Adobe Stock)">
TN Apprenticeship Program Aims to Address Teacher Shortage

Tennessee is working to overcome the state's teacher shortage, especially in rural areas, with a residency-based program for would-be educators…

One highlight of Tennessee's overall health ranking in the new report is 33% of people 18 and older have received primary care from a healthcare provider. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)
Report: Tennessee Ranks 44th for Health Outcomes

A new report highlights what Tennessee could focus on to improve the health of its residents. The America's Health Rankings 2022 report from United …

Over the life of the program, Tennessee has trained more than 2,000 Certified Peer Support Specialists, according to the Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)
TN Peer Recovery Specialist Program Reaches Milestone

Tennessee now has over 1,000 people across the state who are actively using their past experience with mental-health and substance-use challenges to h…

According to the Power to Decide survey, about four in 10 people surveyed said they have received information about birth control from social media in the last year. (Tilialucida/Adobe Stock)
Survey: TN Young Adults Concerned about Birth-Control Access

A new survey shows many young people are worried about losing access to birth control. The survey from the nonprofit Power to Decide found that …

In Tennessee, foster care is supposed to be a temporary service until the family and the child in some cases can address the problems leading to the placement, according to the state's Department of Children's Services. (AnnaStills/Adobe Stock)
'I Belong Project' Raises Awareness for TN Adoption

National Adoption Month comes to an end today, but in Tennessee, more than 9,000 children are in foster care and waiting for new families through …

Every year, close to 48,000 people in Tennessee are diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. (Minerva Studio/Adobe Stock)
Healthy Lifestyle Changes Can Help Prevent Prediabetes, Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month, and health experts believe Tennesseans can reverse prediabetes, and prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Dr…

One of the acceptable required documents for U.S. citizenship is an official birth certificate issued by a U.S. state, jurisdiction or territory, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. (Mehaniq41/Adobe Stock)
TN Writer: True Love, Green Cards and Immigration

By Jordan Arellano for YES! Media. Broadcast version by Danielle Smith for Tennessee News Service, reporting for the YES! Media-Public News Service …

In Tennessee, your ability to restore your voting rights after being convicted of a felony depends on the type of crime and the date of the conviction. (Burlingham/AdobeStock)<br />
Report: More than 470,000 Tennesseans Can’t Vote Due to Felony Convictions

In Tennessee, almost a half-million people won't be able to vote in the midterm elections because of a past felony conviction. According to research …


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