Citizen Journalism, Directory:Organizations helping Latinos, From the Newsroom

UT hosts First Annual Fundraiser Auction to benefit HCCET

Fuad Reveiz, President of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee (HCCET) is proud to announce the First Annual Fundraiser Auction Event, hosted by the University of Tennessee. The Auction, which will take place on Friday October 14th, will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Thompson Boling Arena, Ray Mears Room.

Items for the auction include: Autographed Basketball Pat Summit. Many autographed Jerseys including: Bret Favre, Chris Carter, Barry Sanders, Mike Alstott and Nick Reveiz. Many Autographed Helmets including UT head Coach’s Derek Dooley, Phillip Fulmer, and Johnny Majors and Dan Marino. Tickets to any home game of the Miami Dolphins, Tickets to any home game of the Minnesota Vikings, Tickets to the SEC Championship game and much more!

All proceeds from this Auction Event will benefit the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization. HCCET was founded in 2003 to promote the start up and growth of Hispanic businesses and to serve as a link between these businesses and the East Tennessee community.  For ticket and other information on this event, please visit our website: or contact Patricia Robledo, HCCET Interim Executive Director, at or at (865) 777-5995.

Admission: $10

Thompson Boling Arena, Ray Mears Room

890 Phillip Fulmer Way

From the Newsroom, Health, Women

Diagnosing and Treating Preeclampsia

 By James N. Martin, Jr, MD

President, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Up to seven percent of pregnant women will develop preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy-related condition that can affect the placenta, liver, kidneys, blood, brain, and other organs. It is a leading cause of maternal and infant sickness and death in the US.

While the cause of preeclampsia is unknown, high blood pressure is a main contributing factor. Normally, blood pressure changes throughout the course of the day—for example, it increases when you exercise and slows when you’re at rest. But when it stays elevated, it can strain the heart and blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke and damage to the kidneys, brain, and eyes. During pregnancy, high blood pressure can also restrict the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the fetus.

Some women have ongoing (chronic) high blood pressure before they get pregnant. Others may develop high blood pressure during pregnancy, usually after the 20th week of gestation. Women who have chronic or gestational high blood pressure, are pregnant for the first time, have had preeclampsia in a previous pregnancy, are 35 years or older, are carrying more than one fetus, have certain medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease, are obese, are African American, or have certain immune disorders such as lupus or blood diseases are at increased risk of developing preeclampsia.

Other symptoms of preeclampsia include increased amounts of protein in the urine, headaches, visual problems, and swelling of the hands and face. Severe preeclampsia may be accompanied by lung, liver, kidney, or clotting complications and seizures (eclampsia).

If you have chronic high blood pressure, it’s important to make efforts to lower blood pressure before pregnancy by losing weight and taking medication as prescribed. Regular prenatal care during pregnancy can help detect preeclampsia early in all pregnant women. At each prenatal visit, a woman’s weight and blood pressure are taken along with a urine sample to monitor any changes. You may be checked more often if your blood pressure is high.

The gestational age of the fetus, the severity of the mother’s preeclampsia, and risks to mother and fetus will be assessed to guide the decision on when to deliver. Some women will be monitored to see if the situation improves, or—if the risk to the fetus is greater in the womb than in a special nursery—delivery may be necessary. Women with slightly increased blood pressure who are not near the end of pregnancy may be prescribed bed rest at home or in the hospital.

For more information, the ACOG Patient Education Pamphlet “High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy” is available at♀

From the Newsroom, Health, Women

Stay Safe in the Sun

By James N. Martin, Jr, MD

President, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Each year, more than two million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the US. While non-melanoma skin cancers—such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma—occur more frequently, melanoma is the most serious type. Skin cancer can be deadly, but fortunately, it can often be prevented or successfully treated if detected early.

Too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays—the invisible radiation given off by the sun or by the artificial light in tanning beds and sunlamps—is the cause of most skin cancers. UV exposure is also a main cause of skin wrinkling and discoloration.

Anyone can develop skin cancer, regardless of race or skin tone. Just a few serious sunburns over the course of your lifetime can significantly raise your chances of developing skin cancer in the future. Having many moles, irregular moles, or large moles; fair skin that freckles and burns easily; or skin cancer previously can also increase your risk.

Keep these tips in mind as you enjoy outdoor activities:

Avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are most intense, or stay in the shade if you must be outside.

Do not use tanning beds or sunlamps.

Cover as much of your skin as possible with protective clothing such as a long-sleeved shirt and long pants or skirts.

Put on a hat with a brim at least two to three inches wide. If it’s a straw hat, it should be tightly woven.

Apply at least a palmful of sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher about 20 to 30 minutes before you go outside, even on hazy or overcast days. Reapply every two hours if you are swimming or sweating. Use a lip balm with SPF protection, too.

Wear wrap-around sunglasses that absorb at least 99% of UV rays to protect your eyes.

Perform regular skin checks and have your partner, a friend, or relative help check hard-to-see areas such as your back and scalp, or ask your doctor to check your skin at your visits. Be sure to inspect your palms, fingernails, and feet—about half of skin cancers in darker-skinned people are found in these areas.

Contact your doctor if you notice that a birthmark or mole changes in symmetry (one half starts to look different than the other); develops ragged or blurred borders; has different shades of browns and blacks; has patches of red, white, or blue or is not the same color all over; or grows larger than a pencil eraser.

For more information, visit the American Cancer Society website at ♀

At the Courtroom, Citizen Journalism, City Live, Community Meetings, From the Newsroom, Nashville is a Mess

Nashville Mayor officially start second term today

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean will be sworn-in for his second term at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, at Public Square in front of the historic courthouse. The inauguration ceremony will also include the swearing-in of Vice-Mayor Diane Neighbors and the members of the Metro Council. The hour-long ceremony will include remarks from Dean and Neighbors. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Metro Council Chamber with overflow seating in the lobby and mezzanine.

Blount County Public Library, Citizen Journalism, Culture and Arts

Events @ the Palace Theater, Maryville

September 24: Special Consensus – Chicago Bluegrass Showtime 8:00 PM Tickets $13 in advance and $15 at the Door. Tickets are all Plus Tax.


September 30: Palace Theater’s September Downtown Maryville Art Walk—Art for Asperger’s LLC, students of Anne Winsauer’s 5:30 – 7:30pm at the Palace Theater. For more information call 865/966-1022 or email


September 30: After the Art Walk join the Palace Theater Film Club for a special viewing of National Velvet starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney. Palace Movie Club Tickets $6.00 Showtime 7:30PM Tickets Available at the Door only

Children, Citizen Journalism, Community Meetings, From the Newsroom

Aviso importante para padres del condado Hamblen

The English version is at the bottom of the page.

El Sistema Escolar del Condado de Hamblen ofrece educación especial y servicios relacionados a niños con incapacidades con edades de 3 a 21 años, que residan en el Condado de Hamblen.
El niño debe cumplir con los estándares de elegibilidad establecidos por el Departamento de Educación del Estado para una de las siguientes incapacidades: la incapacidad de aprender, inhabilidad intelectual, deterioro del habla, deterioro de la salud, deterioro físico, deterioro del oido, deterioro de la vista, seriamente perturbados emocionalmente, multi-incapacitado, ciego, autista, sordo, funcionalmente atrasado, con retraso en su desarrollo, con una herida traumática en el cerebro, o intelectualmente talentoso.
Si usted tiene a un niño entre las edades de 3 hasta 21, o sabe de un niño que puede ser elegible, por favor llame a Juan Cervantes al (423)581-3067 en el Departamento de Servicios Especiales, Escuelas del Condado de Hamblen.

The Hamblen County School System offers special education and related services to children with disabilities, ages 3 through 21, who reside in Hamblen County. The child must meet the eligibility standard established by the State Department of Education for one of the following disabilities: learning disability, intellectual disability, speech impairment, language impairment, health impairment, physical impairment, hearing impairment, visual impairment, seriously emotionally disturbed, multi-disabled, blind, autism, deaf, functionally delayed, developmentally delayed, traumatic brain injury, or intellectual giftedness. If you have a child between the ages of 3 through 21, or know of a child who may be eligible, please contact Hamblen County Schools Department of Special Services at (423)581-3067.

Citizen Journalism, From the Newsroom, Health, Knoxville is changing!!


Knoxville, TN – Lace up your sneakers and join Tennessee Urology Associates, PLLC and ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer for the DASH FOR DAD – Knoxville on Saturday, September 17. The 5K race is part of The Great Prostate Cancer Challenge, America’s premier men’s health event series, taking place in 27 cities in 2011.

“More than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone, including more than 4,800 in Tennessee,” said Skip Lockwood, CEO of ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer. “The Great Prostate Cancer Challenge raises funds that are critical for increasing awareness and fighting the disease.”

Funds raised from the race go to prostate cancer research, education, and free testing. ZERO provides comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk, and free testing to men around the country. ZERO also works to increase research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and better diagnostic tests for this disease.