Tagged Articles

Nashville 55 articles

Use of Narcan increased twofold among Nashville firefighters

Last year, Nashville, Tennessee, firefighters administered the opioid reversal drug Narcan 1,777 times – more than twice as much as the year before. The staggering statistic shows just how dire the nation’s opioid epidemic has become, according to WSMW News 4. More than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, including illicit drugs (like heroin), prescription opioids (like OyxContin and hydrocodone), and synthetic opioids (predominantly fentanyl) – a two-fold increase in a decade, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The United States is paying in more than human ... Read More

Brain Injury Turns Deadly for Georgia High School Football Player

An undetected brain injury turned deadly for a 16-year-old Georgia high school football player who complained of feeling unusual during a Sept. 28 game before he collapsed on the sidelines. Dylan Thomas, a junior at Pike County High School and linebacker on its home team, the Pirates, took a hit during a play in the second quarter against Peach County High School. Some fellow players said Dylan seemed unfazed until into the third quarter when he said he wasn’t feeling right. Head coach Brad Webber told reporters at an Oct. 1 news conference that the game was stopped in the ... Read More

Workers suffer burn injuries in nuclear power plant electrical explosion

Day & Zimmermann NPS Inc., was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after two employees suffered burn injuries from an arc fire at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant in Snoddy-Daisy, Tennessee. The company faces $71,599 in proposed penalties. OSHA determined that the company was exposing employees to shock hazards by failing to require employees wear protective clothing and equipment; conduct pre-job briefings with employees on energy source controls; remove ground and test device; and allow potential for residual electrical energy to accumulate. “These serious injuries could have been prevented ... Read More

TN man blames J&J’s talc for daughter’s cancer death

Level Glanton of Nashville, Tennessee, remembers what a beautiful child his daughter Verbena was, and still grapples with her premature death at just 32 years of age. Verbena was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on June 30, 2011. She died just 15 days later. He now believes he knows what killed his daughter – regular use of Johnson’s Baby Powder made by consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson. He’s joining thousands of other families and taking legal action against the company. Johnson & Johnson faces more than 9,000 lawsuits from women who claim that regular use of Johnson & Johnson’s ... Read More

Whistleblowers’ Nursing Home Fraud Suit Leads to $30 Million Settlement

Two whistleblowers who filed False Claims Act allegations against a large Kentucky-based nursing home corporation have helped the U.S. government and the state of Tennessee recover more than $30 million for Medicare. The whistleblowers, both former employees of Signature Healthcare LLC, accused the company of defrauding Medicare by providing rehabilitation therapy services that were not reasonable, skilled, or needed by patients. Signature owns about 115 skilled nursing facilities, including seven in Tennessee’s middle district, where the whistleblowers filed their complaint in federal court. One of the whistleblowers, Kristi Emerson, told The Tennessean she worked at Signature Healthcare of Columbia for more ... Read More

Nashville’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Sickens At Least 14

Public health authorities in Tennessee say an outbreak of hepatitis A in the state has sickened at least 14 people in the Nashville area. The outbreak is one of a multitude of recent outbreaks ongoing nationwide, some of which have become unusually virile. Although the number of confirmed hepatitis A cases in Tennessee seems small, officials say the Nashville outbreak is almost certainly larger than it seems because the virus can exist dormant and undetected in the body for several weeks. This allows the highly contagious virus to spread exponentially among a population while health authorities search for sources. “However ... Read More

Engine Fire Forces Delta Emergency Landing in ATL

A Delta Air Lines jet bound for London made an emergency landing in Atlanta Wednesday evening with one of its engines on fire. Delta Flight 30 had departed from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for London Heathrow just minutes earlier when it was forced to turn around with heavy smoke billowing from its engine. The Delta plane had been in the air just 20 minutes when the problem occurred. The airplane, an Airbus A330, landed safely in Atlanta with no injuries. Firefighters were awaiting the returning jet and immediately doused the engine fire when it landed. “Airport response vehicles met the ... Read More

Southwest Airlines Engine Has Missing Fan Blade, Investigators Say

Federal investigators said they have found evidence of a missing fan blade in the engine of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 that made an emergency landing Tuesday, April 17 in Philadelphia. The Southwest Boeing 737-700 was flying from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas when its left engine exploded, shattering a window and fatally injuring passenger Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old mother of two and Wells Fargo executive from Albuquerque. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that someone found a Southwest Airlines engine cowling, the outer covering of the engine, on the ground ... Read More

Tennessee Chiropractor Settles Whistleblower’s Opioid Allegations

A Tennessee chiropractor who allegedly prescribed opioids with no legitimate medical purpose through his four pain clinics and then billed Medicare and Medicaid for them will pay the U.S. more than $1.45 million plus interest to settle the accusations, which were initiated by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act. The U.S. Department of Justice said that from 2011 through 2014, Lenior City chiropractor Matthew Anderson and his management company PMC LLC, which managed four now-defunct pain clinics, wrote opioid prescriptions for patients who had no legitimate need for them. The patients, many of them Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, had ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Hits Two Greyhound Buses, Injuring 8

A tractor-trailer collided with two Greyhound buses on a Kentucky highway Thursday, Jan. 4, injuring 8 people. Police in Walton, Kentucky, said that a Greyhound bus carrying 41 passengers had pulled over on the side of the northbound lanes of Interstate 71 due to mechanical problems. A replacement Greyhound bus arrived, and passengers and luggage were moving to the second bus when a tractor-trailer sideswiped both buses. Norla Bennett, 67, was traveling from Birmingham, Alabama, to Toledo, Ohio. She told Cincinnati’s WLWT Channel 5 that she was in the doorway of one of the buses when they were hit. The ... Read More