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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.

Wartburg woman describes fungal meningitis scare

Patients of an Oak Ridge pain center are being tested for fungal meningitis.

"They give spinal taps and draw spinal fluid.  The first test I had was on October 3.  It came back that I had seven white blood cells," said patient Faydra England of Wartburg.

England goes to PCA Pain Care center in Oak Ridge. Health officials said the clinic is one of three facilities that received vials of the recalled steroid epidural in Tennessee.

The compounded medicine has been connected to the national meningitis outbreak.

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.

Sweetwater HS holds fundraiser in honor of childhood cancer survivors

Sweetwater HS holds fundraiser in honor of childhood cancer survivors

Students and faculty at Sweetwater High School have become very familiar with a devastating disease. In recent years, two students have been diagnosed with childhood cancer.

Jacob Standridge first learned he had a rare type of bone cancer, osteosarcoma, at age 15.

"This isn't a curse; this is a gift so I can tell people what happened to me, and spread what God's done for me."

Now cancer-free, Standridge is a college student and studying to be a pediatric oncology nurse.

Trader Joe's recalls its 'Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter'

Trader Joe's recalls its 'Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter'

Federal Health Officials have warned consumers not to eat Trader Joe's "Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter."

This product has been linked to salmonella infections, which have made 29 people sick in 18 states.

Trader Joe's pulled the product from store shelves nationwide and posted an advisory on the company's web page.

The peanut butter has a stock keeping unit 97111 and should be returned to any Trader Joe's store location for a full refund.

Angels of Hope helps cancer patients

Angels of Hope helps cancer patients

Hundreds of East Tennessee cancer patients benefit from a volunteer effort to help them around the holidays.

"This says love is all you need," reads a hand made pillow case.

Love motivated UT Medical Oncologist Dr. Susan Huntsinger to start a program to help the cancer patients she treats.

"To be able to do this for them and give them just that little bit of spark that little bit of hope is just a wonderful thing," she said.

She realized the holidays can be especially difficult for her patients.