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TOP STORIES Last week, students at South Clinton Elementary school stayed home on Friday due to illness.. The school director says absenteeism peaked Thursday when 100 students and ten faculty members, including the principal, were out because of a possible stomach virus. This accounts for about a third of the schools population. They say the reason for the sickness was a stomach virus. Illnesses in the past that have caused schools to close include colds and influenza [FULL STORY]

Diabetes Tip of the Day

If your kidneys don’t function as well as they used to, it’s possible that you’ll need to make an adjustment to your medication. Your kidneys play an important role in removing medications from your body. When your kidneys aren’t working efficiently, oral medicines or insulin will stay in your bloodstream longer and have a more potent effect. If this is the case, you may need a smaller dose to control your blood glucose. A simple blood or urine test can determine how well your kidneys are work [FULL STORY]

Stress and how it hurts the body

The Sevier County Health Improvement Council is an alliance of diverse individuals with a common dedication to positively impact the health and wellness of Sevier County by: • Promoting improvement in the quality of life through education, communication and service. • Maximizing the utilization of community resources • Facilitating collaborative community resources • Continually assessing and pro-actively re-evaluating the needs of the community Stress is an unavoidable part of life. In [FULL STORY]

FSSMC Births

The end of October and the beginning of November found dust collecting on the bassinettes in the newborn area of Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center. Although the census was lower than normal, the addition of new residents kept the staff busy. Megan Dunlap, Seymour, a boy, Peyton Kolt Latoya and Walter Hyde, Kodak, a girl, Amber Jade Jessica and Eladio Galvan, Strawplains, a girl, Jessie Estela Sarah Garner and Brandnon McGill, Sevierville, a boy, Samuel Lee Charity and Benjamin Holloway [FULL STORY]

The family says it’s time to cook!

Breakfast casserole and easy and tasty The baking season is around the corner. Yes, it is time to dust off that Bundt pan, stock up on parchment paper, and check the code dates on the baking powder. It is time to think football, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and gads- Christmas. This year, as every year –Pioneer brand is here to offer ideas. This week’s recipe is great for the holidays. It’s our ‘Morning - Brunch Casserole.’ Sausage Biscuit and Gravy Casserole Make this in the morni [FULL STORY]

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