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'Click It or Ticket' campaign kicks off today

'Click It or Ticket' campaign kicks off today

Monday kicked off the start of the national campaign urging drivers and passengers to buckle up.

Officials said they hope "Click It or Ticket" campaign reminds people that wearing a seat belt could mean the difference between life or death.

Many fatal accidents could have been avoided if people were wearing their seat belts. Last year officials said more than 360 fatal crash victims in Tennessee weren't wearing seat belts. So far this year, 128 fatal crash victims were unrestrained.

Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

by Anita Wadhwani, , The Tennessean

Kids can't buy tobacco products, but in Tennessee children as young as 9 are working in tobacco fields and suffering symptoms consistent with acute nicotine poisoning, according to a report by an international human rights group.

Mission of Hope kicks off Blue Barrel Christmas Campaign

Mission of Hope kicks off Blue Barrel Christmas Campaign

In our own backyard, there are thousands of people hungry and cold tonight. Thankfully, the Mission of Hope works all year to help ease the burden for our neighbors in rural Appalachia, and Friday, you can help make Christmas bright for thousands of children in that region.

The 18th annual Mission of Hope Blue Barrel Christmas campaign kicks off.

Knox Co. students can receive FluMist vaccinations this month

Knox County students will soon have the opportunity to receive the FluMist vaccine at school, but only if their parents approve.

The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will kick off this year's in-school influenza vaccination program on September 16. Clinics will be held elementary and middle schools as well as some Head Starts, private schools and child care centers.

Mosquito spraying set for two communities on Thursday

Knox County health officials will treat two more communities for mosquitoes this Thursday.

Mosquito spraying in Beaver Ridge, Halls tonight

(WBIR - Knoxville) Crews will be spraying for mosquitoes in certain areas Thursday night after they tested positive for West Nile earlier this month.

The Knox County Health Department will be doing follow-up sprays in the Halls and Beaver Ridge communities between 9 o'clock and midnight.

Residents are asked to stay inside during the spraying and keep pets inside or in the backyard.

Signs will be posted in affected areas.

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Free HIV testing offered through Saturday

The Knox County Health Department is trying to make it easier to learn your HIV status.

In honor of National HIV Testing Day, the health department teamed up with the Helen Ross McNabb Center and Walgreens to offer free HIV testing through Saturday.

The tests will be offered at the Walgreens pharmacies on North Broadway at Woodland Avenue, and Chapman Highway at Moody Avenue. The tests are confidential. A quick oral swab will give reliable results in 20 minutes.

Counseling and referrals are available for anyone who takes a test.