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Kickoff events planned for World breastfeeding week


On Saturday, August 4 at 10:00am, Nashville area moms will join moms from 11 countries participating in The Big Latch On, a global breastfeeding initiative that allows communities to show support to moms.

All nursing mothers and moms-to-be are invited to Hadley Park Recreation Center from 10:00am-11:30am to enjoy wellness information, refreshments, and peer support.

The Big Latch On, the main event, will take place at 10:30am. This free community event is sponsored by the Nashville Breastfeeding Coalition, NashVitality, Metro Public Health Department and Julie’s Village.

The Big Latch On is scheduled during World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7. Governor Haslam recently signed a proclamation officially recognizing World Breastfeeding Week in Tennessee.

“The Nashville Breastfeeding Coalition accepts projects that make a direct impact to the community. We feel lucky to be supporting breastfeeding mothers and helping to educate moms-to-be at this event. We can’t wait to be with our Nashville area moms and babies!” – Julie Hamilton, President of Nashville Breastfeeding Coalition and CEO of Julie’s Village.


Marcie Singleton Award Recognizes Efforts on Behalf of Breastfeeding Mothers and Their Babies

 To kick off World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7), the East Tennessee Breastfeeding Coalition (ETBC) is hosting an “Ages and Stages” themed celebration at New Harvest Park, 4775 New Harvest Lane, on Aug. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At 12:30, ETBC will be presenting the Marcie Singleton Award in recognition to a business or organization that best provided for the needs of breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Knox County Public Library is this year’s recipient. The event is free and open to the public. Breastfeeding mothers and moms-to-be are encouraged to attend.

 “We are very honored to be recognized as an employer who values breast-feeding,” said Myretta Black, Knox County Public Library director. “Giving children a healthy start through proper nutrition can set a tone for life. Research is clear that breast-feeding babies is one of the most important foundations to good health.” 

 Marcie Singleton was the Nutrition Director and Breastfeeding Coordinator for the Knox County Health Department’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). She was a tireless advocate for mothers’ and babies’ rights to breastfeed. Her work included consultation with businesses to build lactation programs using the Business Case for Breastfeeding, a comprehensive program designed to educate employers about the value of supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace. Last year’s award recipient was the Knoxville office of Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain (LBMC), a firm that provides accounting, human resources, technology, staffing and investment advisory services.  In 2010, ETBC recognized East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and EdFinancial. 

 As part of the “Ages and Stages” theme, participants will be able to visit booths with information and activities related to the baby’s age and stage in life, starting with newborn and going all the way to two years old, which is the World Health Organization’s recommendation for breastfeeding. Here is a list of booth sponsors:

 0-3 months ¾ Fluff and Stuff, baby wearing items and ideas
3-6 months
¾ Knox County Health Department’s WIC program and Dietitian Sarah Griswold, back to work
6-9 months
¾ Lisa Ross Breastfeeding Center, mama craft making nursing necklaces
9-12 months
¾ Amy Dever, UT Nutrition Department, healthy finger foods for the breastfeeding baby
12 months and beyond
¾ Holistic Moms Network, baby led weaning

 Not only do breastfed babies and their mothers receive numerous benefits from their time breastfeeding, but employers and society as a whole profit from the relationship.  Breastfed babies have fewer ear infections, lower respiratory infections, and less diarrhea, as well as a reduced risk for asthma, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression.  Employers benefit because parents of breastfed babies miss less work time caring for their sick child. They also save the medical costs from dependents on the company health care plan.

 Societal benefits of breastfeeding include the prevention of 1,000 infant deaths annually and the savings of approximately $13 billion per year nationally. Medical care costs are lower for fully breastfed infants than those infants who were never breastfed. Breastfed infants typically need fewer sick care visits, prescriptions, and hospitalizations. Breastfeeding also is environmentally friendly. It requires no formula production, packaging, or shipping. 

 The components of time and place are both regulated by state and federal law.  Tenn. Code Ann. § 50-1-305 (1999) requires employers to provide daily unpaid break time for a mother to express breast milk for her infant child. Employers also are required to make a reasonable effort to provide a private location, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the workplace for this activity. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 also addresses an employer’s responsibilities toward breastfeeding mothers. Employers are required to provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.” Employers are also required to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.”



John Myers Band to Perform Hot Summer Nights Concert at Blount County Public Library

MARYVILLE, TN  (July 23, 2012)   John Myers has been engulfed in the rhythm and blues tradition since starting his career with his brothers and three others as The Five Pennies.  Later, as The Four Pennies, they began playing some of John’s original pieces which they recorded with Brunswick Records.

            John’s rich voice represented Motown but is certainly more flexible than just soul. 

The current band is a blend of multiple traditions and, in addition to John Myers, includes Sean McCollough on keyboards, banjo and guitar; Chris Durman on guitar; Steve White on mandolin; Maria Williams on upright bass and Steve Corrigan on drums.

The John Myers Band will perform a concert on Thursday, August 9, at 7 p.m. as a part of this season’s Hot Summer Nights Concert series at the Blount County Public Library.  The concert series is sponsored by the Blount County Friends of the Library.

John’s professional career started when he, his twin brother and a younger brother formed a group, The Five Pennies, with Benny Washington, Charles Holloway and Clifford Curry.  On Savoy records, they released several songs including “Mr. Moon” by Clifford Curry.

When they changed their name to The Four Pennies, they recorded three of John’s songs on Brunswick Records, “ ‘Tis the Season,” “You Have No Time to Lose” and “You’re Gas with Your Trash.”

In 1970, they changed their name to Hearts of Stone and recorded on the Motown label an album, “Stop the World, We Wanna Get On.”  The band members were John, Floyd Lawson, Carl Cutler and Lindsey Griffen, and they wrote songs for a CD which was released in 2002/2004. 

John currently collaborates with his wife, Pamela, a prolific songwriter.  They released a live album from WDVX Blue Plate Special radio show and another album in May.

For the library concert, the band will perform a mix of songs, traditions and styles, many blended with an Americana touch.

Other Hot Summer Nights concerts, all on consecutive Thursday evenings and concluding September 13, are indoors in the air-conditioned library facility.


Gritte Fritter (John Dupree), singer-guitarist, will perform on August 16 with Abigail Sinders on fiddle and vocals and Roscoe Morgan on electric bass and vocals.  They will perform folk and Americana song selections ranging from the traditional (When The Work’s All Done This Fal)l, to popular (Still Crazy After all These Years), and the classic (Gentle On My Mind).  Dupree moved to Tennessee from North Carolina in 2001.


The Standards/Spencer’s Own, performing on August 23, sing a cappella with a smoothly blended harmony that only five brothers can achieve. The quintet of Morgan, Nathan, Jordan, Nicholas and Quinn Williams, present a high-energy program of choreography, comedy and audience interaction.  While this group hails from Nashville and is currently changing their name to Spencer’s Own to honor their father, they have performed previously at several schools in Blount County.


Fritz Beer, solo singer/songwriter, will perform on August 30.  Fritz Beer writes and sings down-to-earth, spirited, song stories about good-hearted people who sometimes go astray.  His music touches on multiple American traditions of rock, country, soul and blues.  He has won songwriting awards and recently received an ASCAP songwriting award for publishing achievements. He has composed songs for short films, two feature films and multiple televisions shows, including four current shows.  


Knoxville Opera Company, on September 6, will preview the coming season’s operas, Die Fledermaus, The Girl of the Golden West and Cinderella.  Executive Director, Brian Salesky, will accompany one or two of the performers from this season’s productions as they sing excerpts from the three operas.


Bill Robinson String Quartet, on September 13, will perform a string concert of music ranging from classical to Celtic, tangos to Turtles.  The quartet, all teachers, includes Bill Robinson, violin; Allyson Finck, violin; Christy Graffeo, viola; Sarah Cline, cello.  With the varied selections of music, there should be something to suit everyone’s taste, and these teachers especially invite students to the concert.

            At most of the Hot Summer Nights concerts, CDs by the performers will be available for sale.

Free and open to the public, these concerts will be at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

               For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site .

Citizen Journalism, Community Meetings, Who is winning the political race?


CHICAGO- El jueves, 2 de agosto, el Presidente Obama viajara a Orlando, FL y Leesburg, VA para hablar sobre la decisión que los votantes enfrentarán en esta elección entre dos visiones fundamentalmente distintas de como hacer que nuestra economía crezca, generar empleo para la clase media y pagar el déficit.

El presidente cree que la única manera de construir una economía duradera es desde la clase media hacia afuera, no de arriba para abajo. Él hablará de su plan para restaurar la seguridad económica al pagar nuestro déficit de una forma responsable que asegure que todos paguen lo que les corresponde y también invierta en cosas que necesitamos para generar empleos y hacer que nuestra economía crezca a largo plazo, como la educación, la energía, la innovación y la infraestructura. 
El presidente también hará otro llamado al Congreso a actuar inmediatamente para darles a las familias de la clase media seguridad al evitar un aumento programado para 98 porciento de los estadounidenses, incluyendo familias a lo largo de la Florida. El Presidente Obama ya ha reducido los impuestos de una familia típica de la Florida por $3,400 en los últimos cuatro años y $4,000 para una familia típica en Virginia en los últimos cuatro años, ayudando a las familias a enviar a sus hijos a la universidad, a comprar su primera casa y a pagar su cuidado médico y el cuidado de sus hijos.

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Conozca cuán grande es su riesgo de ser diabético


Examen de Riesgo de la Diabetes
¿Podría usted tener diabetes y no saberlo?
Existen 25.8 millones de niños y adultos en los Estados Unidos con diabetes — ¡y casi un tercio de ellos (o 7 millones de personas) no lo saben! Tome este examen para saber si usted está en riesgo para tener o desarrollar la diabetes tipo 2. La diabetes es más común en los afro-americanos, hispanos/latinos, nativo americanos, asiáticos americanos y los de las islas del pacífico. Si usted pertenece a uno de estos grupos étnicos, usted necesita prestar mucha atención a este examen.

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NAHJ General Scholarships – Rubén Salazar Fund

Ranging from $1,000 – $2,000 per student, these scholarships are awarded to college-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students pursuing careers in English or Spanish-language print, photo, broadcast or online journalism.

NAHJ Ford Motor Company Fund Scholarships

These Scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded to students pursuing careers in print, broadcast, online and visual journalism. College-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students are eligible as long as they have a 2.0 average. These scholarships are made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund, an effort to support young aspiring Latino journalists.

NAHJ PepsiCo Scholarships

These Scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded to students pursuing careers in print, broadcast, online and visual journalism. College-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students are eligible as long as they have a 2.0 average. These scholarships are made possible by PepsiCo, an effort to support young aspiring Latino journalists.


NAHJ Maria Elena Salinas Scholarships

Established in 2002, this program awards a scholarship of up to $5,000 to students who demonstrated a strong desire to pursue a career as  a Spanish-language broadcast journalist. This program is made possible through a donation from Univision network news anchor, and NAHJ founding member Maria Elena Salinas. Her generosity has been matched by the Univision network. which has also contributed to this award. This scholarship is awarded to college undergraduate and graduate students. Recipients of the Maria Elena Salinas Scholarship will also have an opportunity to intern with either the news division of the Univision network or with an Univision affiliate.

NAHJ Geraldo Rivera Scholarship

Up to $5,000 will be awarded to a college senior or graduate student pursuing a career in English or Spanish-language TV broadcast journalism. This scholarship is made possible thanks to a substantial donation by Geraldo Rivera, host of Geraldo At Large on FOX News, as a way to support young Latino journalists aspiring to enter the field.

NAHJ Soledad O’Brien Scholarships

Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a career in TV broadcast journalism. This scholarship is made possible thanks to a donation from Soledad O’Brien, an anchor and special correspondent for CNN.

NAHJ Jane Velez-Mitchell Scholarships

Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a career in TV broadcast journalism. This scholarship is made possible thanks to a donation from Jane Velez-Mitchell, a host for CNN/HLN.

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Policia pide ayuda para resolver caso

Lunes, 23 de julio 2012
Durante la noche del lunes a las 10:50 pm la policía de Chattanooga respondió a un tiroteo que se produjo cerca de la cuadra 3700 de la 7 ª Avenida. La víctima, de 18 años, Courtney Birt, dijo a los oficiales que él estaba caminando a su casa cuando se le acercó un vehículo que transportaba (5) jóvenes negros. Después de una breve conversación, uno de los sospechosos le disparó en la pierna. Birt se escapó y fue trasladado a un hospital local donde recibió tratamiento por su lesión que no es de vida o muerte. La investigación sigue su curso.
Cualquier persona con información sobre este delito se le pide que llame al Departamento de Policía de Chattanooga al 423-698-2525.
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