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Knox County denies AMR's protest over Rural/Metro EMS contract

Knox County Purchasing Division has denied a protest filed by American Medical Response earlier this week.

Recently an evaluation committee suggested Knox County continue its EMS contract with Rural/Metro of Tennessee.

American Medical Response filed a protest with the Knox County Purchasing Department, which claimed there were significant flaws in the recent EMS contract recommendation.  Knox County Purchasing Director Hugh Holt said after a careful review, he denied AMR's protest and determined it was without merit.   

Flu vaccines available for uninsured children

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Children covered by TennCare and children without insurance that covers the flu vaccine can get vaccinated at county health department clinics for only a small administrative fee.

The Tennessee Health Department says children will not be turned away if parents cannot afford the fee.   The flu vaccine is especially important for people at high risk for serious illness or death from influenza, which includes young children.

Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

An East Tennessee cancer survivor is on a mission to help fellow cancer patients feel sassy when they cover up their head with a hat or scarf.

Samantha Garcia has endured two rounds of breast cancer.

She says she hated the feeling of being stared at when she wore a scarf to cover up her head during cancer treatments.

Garcia wants to do away with that stigma, make scarves sassy, and just support other cancer patients.

So, she and her friend started a Facebook page and received more than three hundred scarves and hats from across the county. 

TN meningitis deaths rise to nine

TN meningitis deaths rise to nine

The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the fungal meningitis outbreak has killed one more person and sickened another in Tennessee.

The CDC said there are now 69 confirmed cases and a total of nine deaths in that state.

Nationwide the death toll has increased to 23, and the number of confirmed cases is 284.

The meningitis outbreak has now reached to 16 states.

Tennessee has the most confirmed number of cases than any other state.

Race for the Cure offers registration discount this weekend

Race for the Cure offers registration discount this weekend

It's been an annual tradition on the streets of Knoxville for more than a decade, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is hoping East Tennesseans will turn out once again this month to help those fighting breast cancer.

For years, this race has seen tremendous growth. In 2010, they hit a record 14,000 participants. Last year, they were down to 11,600. Organizers hope that drop doesn't continue this year.

Pilot CrossKnox Race Set for October 28

Pilot CrossKnox Race Set for October 28

From the City of Knoxville

The City of Knoxville and the Knoxville Track Club will host the Sixth Annual Pilot CrossKnox 10-Miler and 4-Mile Walk at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28th. 

The race, sponsored by Pilot, is run on City greenways beginning at the Alex Haley Statue in Morningside Park in East Knoxville and finishing 10 miles later at Bearden Elementary School in West Knoxville.

"Get out & Play with Dr. Bob" at Tyson Park

"Get out & Play with Dr. Bob" at Tyson Park

(Information provided by Kathleen Gibi)

Residing near the University of Tennessee's campus in Downtown-West Knoxville, Tyson Park provides a wide array of recreational opportunities to Knoxvillians. Third Creek Greenway, which connects to Neyland and Bearden Greenways, is a popular place to run, walk, and bike.