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Red Ribbon Week aims to teach students about the dangers of drugs

Red Ribbon Week aims to teach students about the dangers of drugs

Dozens of Jefferson County students kicked off a week about learning about drug awareness on Friday. It's Red Ribbon Week at Rush Strong School.

Police, firefighters, wildlife officers, state troopers, and others were on hand to show students what they do, and teach them about the dangers and drug use and other hazardous behaviors.

Administrators hope the demonstrations help drive home the importance of avoiding drugs.

Cocke Co. authorities take action to prevent spread of illness

Cocke Co. authorities take action to prevent spread of illness

The Cocke County Sheriff's Department and health officials say they're trying to prevent the spread of an infectious disease, even if it means taking the woman who has it into custody.

Sheriff Armando Fontes told 10News deputies have been investigating the woman for more than a week after tips that she had signs of an illness and was not seeking treatment.

Authorities aren't releasing the name of the illness, but they do say it spreads through the air and it could be potentially dangerous.

TN meningitis deaths rise to nine

TN meningitis deaths rise to nine

The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the fungal meningitis outbreak has killed one more person and sickened another in Tennessee.

The CDC said there are now 69 confirmed cases and a total of nine deaths in that state.

Nationwide the death toll has increased to 23, and the number of confirmed cases is 284.

The meningitis outbreak has now reached to 16 states.

Tennessee has the most confirmed number of cases than any other state.

Race for the Cure offers registration discount this weekend

Race for the Cure offers registration discount this weekend

It's been an annual tradition on the streets of Knoxville for more than a decade, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is hoping East Tennesseans will turn out once again this month to help those fighting breast cancer.

For years, this race has seen tremendous growth. In 2010, they hit a record 14,000 participants. Last year, they were down to 11,600. Organizers hope that drop doesn't continue this year.

Newport paints the town pink to support breast cancer awareness

When it comes to painting the town, Newport chose pink instead of red on Wednesday. It's their special way of showing support for those diagnosed with breast cancer.

Dozens of people turned out in front of the Cocke County Courthouse wearing their pink proudly.

Tennova Healthcare teamed up with the city and county and local businesses in an effort to raise awareness of the disease. A balloon release and the turnout was more than enough to life the spirit of survivors.

Register to Vote!

Register to Vote!

You can register to vote now thru Monday, October 8.

If you are not registered by Oct. 8 you will not be able to vote for the Presidential and State General Election scheduled for November 6.

Early Voting starts Octoctober 17 and ends November 1.

Here's a couple handy links:

USDA vaccinating wildlife for rabies

USDA vaccinating wildlife for rabies

Over the next the two weeks, by land and air, federal teams will work to vaccinate wildlife up and down the east coast.

The US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services has the goal to create an immune barrier to halt the spread of "raccoon variant rabies."

The Oral Rabies Vaccination Project goes through East Tennessee and includes McMinn, Hawkins, Greene, Hamblen, Cocke, and Monroe counties.