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Former Vol basketball player blames benzene, radiation for leukemia diagnosis

Former Tennessee Volunteer basketball great Tony White, known to fans as “The Wizard,” was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in September and is now embarked on the fight of his life. White is considered one of the most prolific scorers in Tennessee basketball history. Former Vol teammates and Tennessee head basketball coach Rick Barnes have visited White in the hospital. “I just ask everybody that thoughts and prayers go his way. I’ve been over there a couple of times and he’s fighting,” Barnes said. White played at UT from 1983 to 1987. “The leukemia completely changed my life, and ... Read More

Fruit Recalled in Several States Over Listeria Concerns

Concerns of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination in fresh produce have prompted ALDI, Costco, Walmart, and other retailers to recall bags of peaches, nectarines, and plums from stores in several states. Listeria is a foodborne pathogen that can cause serious illness and death. The recalled produce was distributed by fruit distributor Jac Vandenberg Inc. of Yonkers, New York. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall affects 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums. ALDI said in a recall announcement that it has removed recalled peaches, nectarines, and plums ... Read More

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

Accomplished pilot, CEO killed in single-engine plane crash

Wei Chen was an accomplished pilot who in 2011 had flown around the world in a single-engine plane, later writing a book about his experience, “Around The World in 69 Days: What Would You Attempt To Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?” But on Dec. 21, the founder and CEO of Sunshine Enterprise Inc., took off in a Cessna 560 from Fulton County Airport-Brown Field in Atlanta, bound for Memphis, Tennessee, along with three other people including top-level executives from his company and Wei Chen’s brother and best friend John Chen, when about a mile into the flight ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges FAA was negligent in 2016 crash that killed 3

A lawsuit has been filed against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over a 2016 plane crash that took the lives of three people, including an 8-year-old boy, Action News Jax reported. On Dec. 26, 2016, a plane piloted by David Starling took off from Keystone Heights, Florida. Also aboard was Starling’s 8-year-old, son Hunter Starling; and David Starling’s girlfriend, Kim Smith. The plane entered a cloud layer with low visibility and crashed into the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. All three people aboard were killed. Hunter’s mother, Tabitha Starling, and Kim Smith’s son, Joshua Garrett Smith, filed a lawsuit against the ... Read More

Arkansas Truck Driver ‘A Hazard to Public Safety,’ FMCSA Says

Federal authorities have ordered an Arkansas-licensed commercial truck driver to cease driving any commercial vehicles across state lines, calling him “an imminent hazard to public safety.” The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says that it served truck driver Jeffery Scott Mitchell with an out-of-service order on Dec. 14, citing a record of serious “egregious violations,” including some concerning alcohol and drug use. During five separate roadside safety inspections within the last nine months, Mr. Mitchell has been cited and taken into custody by law enforcement officers in Arizona, California, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee for being either under the influence ... Read More

Tennessee Doctor Arrested for Opioid Fraud, False Claims

A Tennessee doctor faces 45 criminal charges related to opioid distribution, health care fraud, and money laundering, according to federal prosecutors. Dr. Samson Orusa, 56, of Clarksville, could be sentenced to up to 30 years if convicted of the federal charges. He was arrested Dec. 13 and indicted on 22 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance outside the bounds of professional medical practice, 13 counts of health care fraud, and nine counts of money laundering, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee announced. The government alleges that Dr. Orusa opened his pain clinic in 2014 ... Read More

E-Cigarette Safety, Efficacy Rebuked by Tennessee Health Officials

Tennessee health officials have grown increasingly concerned over the past year about the health risks associated with e-cigarettes and especially the impact of vaping on children and teens. The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) issued its first e-cigarette health advisory five years ago. Since then, “accumulating evidence has increased the level of concern regarding the risks posed by these products to the health of all persons involved, especially children,” the agency says in its most recent advisory. The past year has been a rough one for e-cigarette manufacturers and the vaping industry in general. Armed with evidence showing vaping has ... Read More

Some Jimmy Dean Sausage Links May Contain Metal Fragments, USDA Says

Anyone who purchased Jimmy Dean-brand sausage links in Tennessee should be aware that certain packages could contain metal fragments. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that CTI Foods LLC, which owns the Jimmy Dean brand, is recalling more than 29,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat Jimmy Dean poultry and pork sausage links after five people reported that they found pieces of metal in the sausage. The recall covers 23.4-oz. pouches of “Jimmy Dean Heat ‘n Serve Original Sausage Links Made with Pork & Turkey” with a use-by date of Jan. 31, 2019. The products bear the case code A6382168, with ... Read More

Black Hawk Defects Caused Deadly Maryland Crash, Lawsuit Claims

The widow of an Army specialist who died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Maryland last year and two other servicemen who were critically injured in the same crash are suing Sikorsky Aircraft and its parent company Lockheed Martin, alleging a defect in the helicopter’s tail rotor caused the aircraft to spin out of control and plummet to the ground. Spc. Jeremy Tomlin, 22, of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, was killed in the Black Hawk UH-60 helicopter crash. Capt. Terikazu Onoda, the pilot, and Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas were critically injured and continue to suffer from permanent physical and ... Read More