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WCHS Basketball
Jay Walker Thursday December 14, 2017

The Warren County Pioneers and Lady Pioneers will travel to Tullahoma Thursday night for their second doubleheader again the Tullahoma Wildcats and Lady Cats.
The Lady Pioneers are 6-4 on the season. They defeated Tullahoma in the earlier meeting 56-52. The Pioneer men are 8-1 with their only loss to Tullahoma two weeks ago 69-66.
Tip off Thursday night is at 6pm at Tullahoma High School.
The Warren County teams return home Friday night against DeKalb County.


Viola Christmas In the Park
Jay Walker Thursday December 14, 2017

The Town of Viola will have its Christmas in the Park celebration this Saturday from 10am-12 noon.
The event will begin at with the arrival of Santa Claus who will visit with children and take pictures. There will also be plenty of hot chocolate, cookies and candy.
A chili cook-off will also be among the activities. Visitors to the event will be able to judge the cook-off.
The event is free to the public.


Deadly Flu Strain Hits Tennessee
WKRN Thursday December 14, 2017

The same deadly flu strain that hit Australia is here in Middle Tennessee, and doctors say it's especially a concern for older people.
Infectious disease Dr. William Schaffner at Vanderbilt University Medical Center says the H3N2 strain came early, and they are already seeing people hospitalized.
Dr. Schaffner says those age 65 or older are especially susceptible.
Dr. Shaffner says this year's vaccine is good, but it's never perfect. Regardless, he says if you haven't been vaccinated run don't walk to your doctor or pharmacy.


Tennessee Cities Rank High for Job Growth
AP Thursday December 14, 2017

A new study says four Tennessee metro areas are among the top 10 metro areas for job growth in the southeast so far this year.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that a study of employment trends by 24/7 Wall Street found Nashville, Morristown, Chattanooga and Johnson City ranked fifth, sixth, ninth and 10th among Southern cities for employment growth.
The study found Tennessee's jobless rate fell to 3 percent this fall, which is the lowest level on record.
From January to October, Nashville added 43,392 jobs, Morristown added 2,043 jobs, Chattanooga added 9,377 jobs and Johnson City added 3,147 jobs. The study ranked the cities based on rate of growth. Nationally, Nashville, Morristown, Chattanooga and Johnson City ranked 11th, 14th, 21st and 22nd, respectively.


Flu Season Hitting Early
AP Wednesday December 13, 2017

Signs are pointing to a tough flu season for the U.S. this year.
While influenza has not quite reached epidemic levels yet, it's spreading farther and faster than it did at the same time last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.
Flu is already widespread in seven states: Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Virginia. During this same week in 2016, influenza was not widespread in any states.
And three states - Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina- have high levels of flu already this year.
While the CDC recommends flu vaccine for everyone over the age of 6 months, the vaccine is not terribly effective and this year?s vaccine seems especially unpromising.
Each flu vaccine protects against either three or four different strains of flu, but one component, the H3N2 strain, seems especially weak.
Nonetheless, top health experts say it's worth getting the vaccine.
The good news is that the virus has not evolved resistance to the drugs, including Tamiflu, that can be used to treat influenza. People can also protect themselves and other from flu by washing their hands frequently and covering sneezes and coughs.



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