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Safety agency warned of duck boat dangers almost 20 years ago

For many Tennesseans, duck boat tours are a staple of summer vacation fun and a great way to show visiting friends and family the sights. The Chattanooga Duck Boat tour, for example, provides a one-hour trip around the city's waterfront on the Tennessee River.

Tennessee tightens restrictions on doctors who prescribe opioids

In the midst of a nationwide opioid epidemic, Tennessee is enacting two laws that restrict the prescription of these potent pain medications by doctors in the state and to establish harsh penalties for doctors who overprescribe them. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he hopes the legislation will reduce the number of opioids in our state.

Why are pedestrian fatality rates increasing?

Although it sometimes seems like people hop in their cars to drive a mile down the street to the grocery store, many people still walk to where they're going -- sometimes with tragic results. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed by vehicles during 2016. That marked a 46 percent increase since 2009.

Study: Outpatient surgery centers can pose risks

Increasingly, patients are undergoing relatively "minor" surgical procedures such as tonsillectomies at surgery centers rather than hospitals. These 5,600-plus surgery centers are more convenient and less expensive for patients and their families than hospitals, but they can also pose added risks. If something goes wrong, medical personnel don't have the resources that are available in a hospital to help the patient.

Lawsuits over Blount County derailment continue after settlement

Residents of Blount County who had to leave their homes and business owners forced to close their doors for a time after a train derailment in 2015 have reached a settlement with the railroad company, CSX. The settlement pays over $3.5 million in damages for medical bills and economic losses to those impacted by the derailment as well as to Blount County and the city of Maryville to compensate them for their expenses.

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