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Foster Care in Tennessee
Foster Care in Tennessee

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released their most recent KIDS COUNT Survey and it shows that Tennessee has placed 77% of youngsters that were in the states foster system into foster homes.

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Special Kids 20 Year Celebration is this Saturday, August 18
Special Kids 20 Year Celebration is this Saturday, August 18

Local nonprofit Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center is preparing for their 20 Year Celebration taking place this weekend on Saturday, August 18. They recently had a former patient and her mother come back to campus for a tour and sit down to reflect on the past.

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Sex Trafficking in Rutherford County a Big Business
Sex Trafficking in Rutherford County a Big Business

Over 100 juvenile and adult sex trafficking cases were reported in Rutherford, Coffee and Davidson Counties in 2011 alone. That would be over 100 in each county, according to one study year.

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Overweight Rutherford County Schools to receive Grant for Program
Overweight Rutherford County Schools to receive Grant for Program

The Rutherford County School System was one of ten chosen to be a part of a new program, based on the high number of overweight students and children with chronic health issues.

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Special Kids annual Double Challenge
Special Kids annual Double Challenge

The annual Double Challenge means that the first $31,000 will be matched, thanks to generous investors, through December 1st!

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TN Dept. of Health Says,
TN Dept. of Health Says, "Protect Yourself, Your Family Against Measles"

The Tennessee Department of Health urges parents and other caregivers to make sure all children are vaccinated against measles.

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Do you suspect your child is on drugs? The Police Chief says not to ignore that feeling...
Do you suspect your child is on drugs? The Police Chief says not to ignore that feeling...

Murfreesboro Chief of Police Karl Durr said privacy does not exist if you suspect your children's behavior has changed and drug use is or could be the root of the change...

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Children in Crisis
Children in Crisis

When a child or young person is experiencing a mental health crisis, response time by a trained youth crisis specialist is of the essence.

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Imprisoned children in Tennessee
Imprisoned children in Tennessee

Tennessee is one of 10 states that still allows children to be isolated in detention centers through solitary confinement.

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Help give Christmas Gifts to 1,000 local children in Rutherford and Cannon Counties
Help give Christmas Gifts to 1,000 local children in Rutherford and Cannon Counties

For the past several years data has been collected and families have been tracked to see where the true need is so that The Salvation Army and the larger community can meet the greatest need.

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Tennessee Department of Health warns of Sleep-related infant deaths
Tennessee Department of Health warns of Sleep-related infant deaths

The infant mortality rate in 2013 was down to 6.8 per 1,000 births, the lowest infant mortality rate ever in Tennessee. That is the most recently available data.

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Exercise Can Boost Academic Performance
Exercise Can Boost Academic Performance

"While many parents realize regular exercise and physical activity can help build healthy bodies, decrease risk for some chronic diseases, reduce stress and improve self-esteem, sometimes we forget improved physical health can impact what happens in the classroom and how children learn."

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Tennessee ranks 36th in overall child well-being
Tennessee ranks 36th in overall child well-being

Following the release of a report ranking Tennessee 36th in overall child well-being, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) called on his legislative colleagues and the Haslam Administration to focus more effectively on the needs of the state's youth.

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Illegal drug use causes thousands of children to be placed in foster care
Illegal drug use causes thousands of children to be placed in foster care

According to the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, illegal drug use is largely responsible for the approximately 8,500 children in the state's foster care system.

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Good Shepherd Children's Home is a local housing facility for helping children
Good Shepherd Children's Home is a local housing facility for helping children

An 8,000 square foot house just outside the city limits of Murfreesboro is where multiple children call home.

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Remember: Don't Leave Children/Pets in Hot Cars
Remember: Don't Leave Children/Pets in Hot Cars

It may sound like common sense to you. Don't leave your children or pets in a hot vehicle, especially this summer. But Murfreesboro Police Officer Amy Norville says just last week, a parent was criminally charged.

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PLEASE Help to Make Blankets for Children Affected by Crime, Medical Trauma and Fires in Rutherford County and Beyond

A group of Ladies in Murfreesboro will work to make new blankets for emergency personnel to carry with them to distribute to children in need…

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UPDATE: Event for Children Held in December was a Great Success (With Pictures)
UPDATE: Event for Children Held in December was a Great Success (With Pictures)

We have an update on an event that took place back in December. The first annual Jingle Jam held on December 21st, was a bona-fide success. 

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Children Misbehaving - Juvenile Court Judge Donna Scott Davenport Says Some Parents Need Help
Children Misbehaving - Juvenile Court Judge Donna Scott Davenport Says Some Parents Need Help
One problem law enforcement is experiencing deals with parents who don’t differentiate between an unruly child and a child that is simply misbehaving...
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Tennessee Catching Developmental Problems in Low Income Children Faster When Compared to Other States
A recent report shows Tennessee is leading most states when it comes to screening low-income children for developmental issues. The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth released the report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation on Monday.
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Another Report from the TN Dept. of Health on Childhood Health and Death Rates
Another Report from the TN Dept. of Health on Childhood Health and Death Rates
The overall death rate for Tennessee children dropped by 20 percent between 2007 and 2011, according to information released earlier this year by the State Child Fatality Review team.
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Smyrna Woman Indicted in Murder of Children Left Inside a Hot Car
Smyrna Woman Indicted in Murder of Children Left Inside a Hot Car
The February grand jury has indicted a Smyrna woman accused of leaving her children in her car back in August. The children died from the extreme heat inside the vehicle.
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