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Children's product recalls from June 2010

Children’s Happy Charm Bracelets and Football Rings: The metal substrate in the jewelry contains high levels of cadmium. Cadmium is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. This recall involves “Happy” charm bracelets and football rings. The “Happy” charm bracelet is comprised of colorful beads on a small elastic band to which a metal ... Read more

TriCityMom Magazine Summer Edition 2010 is here!

Click Here to View TriCityMom Magazine Now. Please be patient as it is a large file. Kingsport Phil Bachman Honda Toyota of Kingsport Eastman Credit Union Colonial Heights Gifts Chick-Fil-A HMG – Pediatricians and Seasons on Stone Drive; Pediatricians at Meadowview The Cake Shop Wellmont Fun For All Appalachian Credit Union Panera The Pampered Chef – Rebecca ... Read more

Fun for Moms & Kids at!

There's always some kind of fun going on at, and this month we're treating both the kids and the moms! On Wednesday, June 30th we'll draw the names of eight TriCityMoms. Seven will win two Kids' Meals each to Texas Roadhouse, and the eighth will win a $25 gift certificate good for Thirty-One merchandise. If you're not familiar with Thirty-One, you need to check it out at www.... Read more

May product recalls

Buckyballs® High Powered Magnets Sets. The high powered magnets sets were labeled "Ages 13+" and do not meet the mandatory toy standard F963-08 (effective August 17, 2009) which requires that such powerful magnets are not sold for children under 14. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause ... Read more

April product recalls

Baby swimsuits. The swimsuits have halter straps that were manufactured too short causing the plastic ring located at the neck of the swimsuit to press against the child’s throat and obstruct the airway. This poses a strangulation hazard to the child.The baby swimsuits were sold in two styles: number 706260 is blue and white and number 700452 is red and white. The style number can be found o... Read more

AmazinGrace 5K & Family Fun Activities - May 23 in downtown Kingsport!

The second annual AmazinGrace 5K will be held in downtown Kingsport on Sunday, May 23, and will include a feature 5K race for all ages, as well as a Kids Festival of Miles, a free One Mile Fun Run/Walk, and Family Fun Activities - inflatables for the kids, Christian music, health information, food concessions, and fellowship. The event will take place across from First Baptist Church Kingsport... Read more

Free Fun for Kids at Blue Plum 2010!

A special kids' area will be set up at the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City on Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5. The "Galactic Blast" Kids' Area will be open free to all toddlers through grade school, on Friday from 11 am - 3 pm and on Saturday, from 11 am - 4 pm.There will be games, crafts, and prizes for all kids. The "Galactic Blast" activities will be set up in the Munsey Memorial Chur... Read more

McNeil Products Recall


Late Night 2010 offers after-prom entertainment May 8 & May 14

The Washington County Anti-Drug Coalition will hold Late Night 2010, a supervised after-prom activity for high school juniors and seniors, May 8 and 14. The May 8 event will be for Science Hill High School students and the May 14 Late Night for David Crockett High School students, following each school’s prom. (An event was held for Daniel Boone High School and University School students on... Read more

Recalls of children's products in March 2010

North-Sportif Hooded Jackets and Reversible Vests: Hazard: The jackets have a drawstring through the hood and the vests have a drawstring through the waist which can pose strangulation and entanglement hazards to young children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) (which were incorporated into an industry voluntary standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or getting en... Read more

Model good food choices and kids will follow

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Children learn their habits, attitudes and beliefsfrom their parents and other caregivers, including their willingness totry new, healthy foods. During National Nutrition Month this March, theTennessee WIC Program encourages adults to be good role models to teachchildren how to appreciate nutrition and enjoy healthful eating. “The most important thing a parent can do to c... Read more

February 2010 recalls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the following products in February: Pull-A-Long Friends Toucan, Pull-A-Long Friends Alligator, and Pull-A-Long Friends Sharky. The toy has wooden components that can break or come loose, posing a choking/aspiration hazard to young children. This recall involves three types of pull-toys: Pull-A-Long Friends Toucan™ with lot code 210720GB, ... Read more

Lollipop Kids Consignment Event

Lollipop Kids Children's Consignment Event If you are looking for a smart way to clothe your children this Spring& Summer, SHOP with us! Baby Equipment*Furniture*Bedding*Maternity*Toys*Strollers*Cribs*High Chairs*PlayPens*Books*Videos *Infant-Teen Clothing including Easter, Bathing Suits*Shoes Located at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Gray, Ten... Read more

Egg Drop Competition open to children, adults

The 2010 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Egg Drop competition will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 6, in the Belk Court of the Kingsport Town Center. It is expected to last approximately two hours. Check-in and registration for the event will open at noon. The Egg Drop competition encourages the community residents to put their math and science skills to work in a fun and cha... Read more

Recent Children's Product Recalls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the following products in January: Children's Metal Necklaces. The recalled necklaces contain high levels of cadmium. Cadmium is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. The recalled jewelry is shaped as a metal crown or frog pendant on a metal link chain necklace in a crown hinged box. The packaging has the ... Read more

Stress has huge effects on kids

By LEIGH ANN LAUBE For the first time in late 2009, the American Psychological Association’s annual "Stress in America" survey asked children about their stress levels. The APA’s conclusion was this: Stress related to school pressure and family finances has a greater impact on young people than parents believe. In other words, kids are stressed and parents aren’t noticing or,... Read more

Diagnosing migraines in kids tricky

By MARCI GORE When an adult suffers from a migraine headache, making a diagnosis can be fairly straightforward.Based on symptoms alone, which can include sensitivity to light and sound, throbbing pain on one side of the head and nausea, there’s usually no mistaking what the ailment is.But for the 3 to 5 percent of children who suffer from migraines, determining what’s happening can ... Read more

Museum welcomes 'Dinosaur Revolution'

JOHNSON CITY – Dinosaurs are roaming the region as the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site welcomes the traveling exhibit "Dinosaur Revolution," which opened Saturday, Jan. 16, and will close May 16. Created by Minotaur Mazes and sponsored locally by Dex, the exhibit includes fossils, informational displays, and a number of ... Read more

Warm up this Winter with Indoor Fun!

Johnson City - Hands On! Museum: Hands On Museum! January 16 - April 25, 2010 Discover Treasure!, the feature exhibit coming to Hands On! Try the tools of treasure hunting and investigate treasures. See actual artifacts from shipwrecks and other treasure sites. Learn more about treasure hunting, underwater treasure, buried treasure, gold rushes, and contemporary treasure hunting like geocaching.... Read more

Winter Art fun for ALL!

Evening Drawling and Oil Painting at the Kingsport Renaissance Center! EVENING DRAWING and OIL PAINTING: Instructor: Steven Reeves. Monday evenings, January 4 - March 22. 6–8pm Open to high school students and adults, beginners to advanced levels. Learn to draw and/or paint from life, reference materials, and from the imagination. Fee: $44 per month. For more information, contact Steven at ... Read more

Congratulations to our Sesame Street Live ticket winners!

Thanks, Suzanne Waybright and Jaime Neff, for signing up at! You are the lucky winners of our Sesame Street Live ticket giveaway! We hope you and the kids enjoy the show and have a great time. Give Elmo our best from!... Read more

Congrats to our 2,000th TriCityMom!

Thanks, Danielle Mayo, for being the 2,000th TriCityMom to sign up at! You have won 4 tickets to see the Lady Vols play at home in Knoxville, Tennessee! We hope you enjoy the game and that it's some good fun "mom time" for you!... Read more

Personalized books teach children to love reading

ELIZABETHTON — Susan Little-Warner believes children’s lives and interests are worth celebrating and honors them as individuals by creating beautiful hardbound personalized books for them. Computers and the Internet may be dominant forms of entertainment, but they don’t replace the rewards for her of sitting down with a good book and reading with a child. She isn’t an art... Read more

Body Gospel Workout

Body Gospel Workout! "Body Gospel" Workout! Aerobics to the Gospels in the NEW Family Life Center at Colonial Heights Baptist Church! Beginning January 4, 2010 ONLY $2 per person or $20 for 6 weeks! Call 423.239.5123 to sign up. When Monday and Wednesday Mornings @ 9am and Monday and Thursday Evenings @ 5:30 pm Where Colonial Heights Baptist Church 108 Colonial Heights Rd. Kingsport, TN 3... Read more

Win Tickets to Sesame Street Live!

That's right! Elmo is coming to Freedom Hall, and two lucky TriCityMoms will win up to four tickets each to take their families to see "When Elmo Grows Up" on January 12th or 13th! Meet Abby Cadabby, the newest Muppet on Sesame Street, who joins Elmo, Zoe, Rosita and all of her furry and feathered friends in asking, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Children will learn that if they ... Read more

Ball Drop 2010: New Year's Eve Party

Celebrate in style at the Meadowview Marriott for New Year's Eve! On Thursday, December 31 from 7:00 to midnight, come enjoy your self and that special someone; music by Bag a Cats. Tables of 8 and single seating are available. Valet Parking, Hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, cash bar, video feed from NYC, ball drop, live aution, and champagne toast! Cost is $75.00 per person and all proceeds will... Read more

Downtown Bristol New Year's Eve Concert

Happy New Familiar! Broken Strings Productions presents aBands, Barbecue, Boots and Blue Jeans New Year’s Eve Party @The Historic Bristol Train Station!Headlining: The New Familiars Special Guests: Paleface and Folk Soul Revival!All Ages Event!Dec 31, 2009 – 8:30 pm show timeBristol, Tenn. / Va. – On December 31st, 2009 THE NEW FAMILIARS, a crowd favorite at the past three Bristo... Read more

Petite Priss Holiday Give-Away Winner

Congratulations, Michelle! You have won a special birthday package for your birthday girl and up to 7 guests from Petite Priss. Your daughter and her friends will enjoy the Petite Priss birthday experience, complete with pink plush robes, spa music, fun crafts, a pink carpet fashion show, fun girly dances, and more. We hope you enjoy your prize from Petite Priss, and thanks for being a TriCi... Read more

Win Lady Vols Tickets!

If you're not already a registered mom at, you could become our 2,000th mom to sign up and if you do, you'll win four seats at an upcoming Lady Vols home game! It's that simple! is celebrating our great start with all our moms in the region, and we hope you'll become a TriCityMom right now if you've not already. Just click on the button on the home page of TriCityM... Read more

Party for a Good Cause! Ball Drop 2010

Celebrate in style athe Meadowview Marriot for New Year's Eve! On Thursday, December 31 from 7:00 to midnight, come enjoy your self and that special someone; music by Bag a Cats. Tables of 8 and single seating are available. Valet Parking, Hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, cash bar, video feed from NYC, ball drop, live aution, and champagne toast! Where: Meadowview Marriot, 1901 Meadowview Parkway... Read more

Chipping of the Green

"Chipping of the Green" Christmas Tree Recycling At the Rogersville and Church Hill locations, bring your Christmas Tree to be mulched up! Rogersville Branch: 423-272-8821 Church Hill Branch: 423-357-6441 When Saturday, December 26th - Wednesday, January 6th6:00 pm Where Holston Electric, TN... Read more

Candlelight Services in the Tri-Cities

Calvary Baptist Church Christmas Eve Church Come casual as music will be play, a nativity scene will be set, and a relaxed Christmas Eve is in store. Call 423-245-9157 for more information. When Thursday, December 24th - 9:00 pm Where Calvary Baptist Church1238 Pine StreetKingsport, TN 37664 _________________________________________________________________________________ West Colonial Hill... Read more

Award-winning illustrator at Barnes & Noble

Illustrator Charles Vess (“Stardust,” “Ballads,” “Peter Pan”) will be appearing Dec. 19 from 1-5 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 3030 Franklin Terrace Drive, to celebrate the national release of a new book “Drawing Down the Moon: the Art of Charles Vess,” a hardcover, 200-page, full-color retrospective covering his 35-year art career. “Drawing Do... Read more

HMG launches digital mammography

HMG launches digital mammography in coordination with October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month KINGSPORT, Tenn.- Holston Medical Group ( is pleased to announce that it now provides the latest in mammography screening technology at its two ACR-accredited diagnostic centers, The Outpatient Diagnostic Center at Sapling Grove (Bristol) and The Outpatient Diagnost... Read more

St. Nick's Night in Jonesborough

Families can come to Historic Jonesborough and enjoy free activities from 4 to 7 pm. Llama kisses, Santa visits, children's storytelling, and live music will be there for all to enjoy. Children are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift to St. Nick to deliver to families in need. Shopping hours for downtown will be extended and refreshments and tastings will be provided in participating stores. ... Read more

Renaissance Child Holiday Art Workshop

The East Tennessee State University Office of Professional Development is offering a Renaissance Child Holiday Art workshop, a creative experience that provides new activities each year for children ages 6 - 12. The schedule includes baking holiday treats and a visit with a storyteller. An ice skating adventure is also planned. The workshop operates from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the ETSU campus a... Read more

A Special Evening in Downtown Bristol

Journey's End is a local interpretation of the Latino tradition of Las Posadas (The Inns). Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem is recreated on State Street as they go from inn to inn (downtown businesses) seeking lodging. The final inn welcomes them in and celebrates their arrival. The evening begins at State Street Mural at the Downtown Center and concludes in the Paramount lobby with warm ... Read more

Hot Chocolate and Stories with Mrs. Santa

Bring the kids by for a visit with Mrs. Santa and some yummy hot chocolate when you're out finishing your Christmas shopping or just enjoying the season. Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Kingsport Town Center and will be hosting Mrs. Santa that morning from 10:00 - 11:30 and that afternoon from 3:30 - 5:00. Drop in for Christmas stories and a treat! It's all free and all fun! We look ... Read more

Candlelight Holiday Tour of Homes

Candlelight Holiday Tour of Homes Tour through the historic part of Jonesborough to see beautiful homes decorated for Christmas. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. It will last from 4 to 8 pm. To get more information or to purchase tickets via phone, call 423-753-1010. When Sunday, December 13th - 4:00 pm Where Historic District of JonesboroughJonesborough, TN... Read more

Luau Party at Freedom Hall Pool

Luau Party at Freedom Hall Pool Luau Party Location: Freedom Hall Pool December 18 7 – 9 p.m. Cost: $2 per person Tired of the cold weather? Warm up with us at our tropical pool party. Escape the winter while swimming and playing water games. Freedom Hall (423) 461-4872 When Friday, December 18th - 7:00 pm Where Freedom Hall Pool 1320 Pactolas RoadJohnson City, TN 37604... Read more

Follow the Star to Bethlehem

Colonial Heights Baptist Church of Kingsport presents the Greatest Story Ever Told! The church is setting up an ENTIRE CITY of Bethlehem for you to tour... this includes everything from the marketplace to the animals to the LIVE nativity. All the details are below. It is FREE and YOU are invited! Follow the Star to Bethlehem An interactive production featuring the Bethlehem Marketplace. Experi... Read more

Win a Petite Priss Party for Your Birthday Girl!

A Petite Priss Party is more than just a party . . . It's an experience - one that your daughter will remember for a lifetime! In addition to the pink plush robes and spa services, fun crafts, Pink Carpet Fashion Show, and Fun Girly Dances, a Petite Priss Party comes with a healthy dose of self-confidence for your daughter and her friends. Learn more about the Petite Priss experience at www.peti... Read more

Tri-City Christmas Fun!

Bristol Christmas Parade On Thursday, December 3rd, the Bristol Parade is set to take place! It will begin on State Street. An annual family favorite through historic downtown Bristol, offering decorative floats, marching bands, and Old St. Nicholas himself. Parade begins at 7pm. Bring your bundled family out for a night of fun! For more information call the Bristol Chamber of Commerce at 423-9... Read more

O Christmas Tree!

No matter where you are in the Tri-Cities, you can find an old-fashioned tree lighting to put your family in the holiday spirit. Upcoming "tannebaum" festivities in the region include: Bristol, Cumberland Square Park - Monday, November 30, 6:00 pm (Call 276-645-7275 for more information.) Johnson City Public Library - Monday, November 30, 6:30 pm (Call 423-434-4450 for more information) Wash... Read more

Technology fuels coupon trend

Thanks to new marketing strategies including mass mailings and printable online coupons, today’s consumers can reap many of the same rewards in clipping coupons that their parents did but in a lot less time.And studies show they’re taking advantage of it.Valassis (one of the nation’s leading media and marketing services companies) has released research conducted by its subsidia... Read more

Teen girls skip meals

Teenage girls are regularly skipping up to two meals a day because they think they are overweight, according to a new survey examining children’s lives.One in 10 girls aged 14 and 15 often go without both breakfast and lunch, the poll found. A quarter (26 percent) of them frequently skip breakfast and 22 percent routinely pass on lunch. The survey, by the Schools Health Education Unit, als... Read more

Take it slow and take it easy

A hearty, satisfying, wholesome family dinner doesn’t have to require hours of time in the kitchen. Slow cooker aficionados count on this unassuming time-saving appliance to deliver a delicious meal with just a bit of preparation. Once the ingredients are in place, it’s as simple as closing the lid and walking away until mealtime.Slow cookers rely on low heat over a long period of ti... Read more

Mammography reporting system means faster results, peace of mind

Any woman who has had a mammogram knows waiting for the results can be the hardest part.Now, a new technology at Wellmont Health System is getting women the results they need more quickly than ever. Wellmont’s mammography reporting system utilizes advanced software to automate the tracking and reporting of breast procedures at Wellmont facilities across the region.The Northeast Tennessee T... Read more

Going the distance

The thought of a marathon, half-marathon or even a 5K event can be enough to send novice exercisers running for the couch. But setting running or walking goals isn’t as daunting as it may seem. As a matter of fact, more people are stepping up to the challenge, as there’s been a notable increase in the number of participants in all distance running events.Researchers also have confirm... Read more

HPV vaccine approved for boys, men

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved use of the vaccine Gardasil for the prevention of genital warts (condyloma acuminata) due to human papillomavirus (HPV) types 6 and 11 in boys and men, ages 9 through 26.Each year, about two out of every 1,000 men in the United States are newly diagnosed with genital warts.Gardasil currently is approved for use in girls and women ages 9 throu... Read more

Rev up your workout

Thirty minutes on the treadmill, a familiar weight circuit and a yawn-inspiring session on the elliptical cross-trainer — it’s no wonder we’re bored at the gym.But, as the old saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life.” If you’re beginning to feel like you can’t take another dull moment at the gym, add a mix of cardio, weights and deep stretching to re... Read more

Eating well on a budget

In a tough economic environment, eating well on a budget can be challenging. Tempting low-cost, high-calorie comfort foods are readily available, but often lack important nutrients that are sacrificed in exchange for convenience.With a few key skills and strategies from TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, it can be relatively easy to create... Read more

Use common sense, street smarts for cyber security

Technology tends to make life more convenient. Through the Internet, you can make travel arrangements, modify investment portfolios and secure loans. Products and services from around the globe are only a click away. Unfortunately, the same can be said for hackers and identity thieves. Consumers must be vigilant by employing the latest in security technology and by employing the same intuition t... Read more

Credit card companies dropping out of college

That free T-shirt featuring your school logo in exchange for an effortless credit card application is about to become a thing of the past. The major provisions of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act take effect in February, and the new rules include protections for college students and limit the way credit card companies market on campuses.“Providing co... Read more

Make chicken sing for your family

Everyone enjoys new ways to fix chicken. Here from the National Chicken Council and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is a recipe for Chicken Tenders Stroganoff.Chicken Tenders Stroganoff1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders, sliced in half lengthwise1 Tbsp. butter1 Tbsp. olive oil3 shallots, thinly sliced16 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced thin1/2 tsp. salt1/2 tsp. black pepper1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard1... Read more

Kingsport school board seeks input on 2010-11 calendar

Kingsport City Schools is offering staff, parents and students the opportunity to express their preferences for the 2010-2011 school calendar through an online survey.The survey, featured on the Kingsport City School’s Web site at, allows parents, staff and students the opportunity to submit input regarding the start of school, length of fall break and other issues related to th... Read more

Hands On! Regional Museum activities for November

Art Studio Schedule “Thankful” Art: Thanksgiving is just around the corner. In the Art Studio observe Norman Rockwell’s painting “Freedom From Want” and draw a picture of what Thanksgiving looks like in your home. Inspiration Art: Artists are often inspired by music to create art. Music can make you feel happy, sad, excited or nervous. While listening to the music ... Read more

Flu vaccine important for everyone

With both seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu strains circulating this fall and winter, it’s important for everyone who can get a flu vaccine get one, said Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, M.S.N., R.N.In addition to covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands regularly and staying home when sick, vaccination offers the best possible protection. It is proven to lessen the severity of f... Read more

Great study skills are the key to success in school

Many children do not have the study skills they need to succeed in the classroom. Unfortunately, most parents (and many teachers) don’t think about teaching their children how to study and those that do aren’t quite sure where to start.“Having good study habits is a skill that is learned,” explains Cari Diaz of Club Z! Tutoring. “Children aren’t born knowing how... Read more

Predators on attack in new exhibit

“Predators,” a traveling exhibit created by the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Ark., is open through Jan. 10, 2010, at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site.This intriguing, educational hands-on exhibit offers insight into some of the most dangerous animals on land, sea and in the sky. It provides information on... Read more

Talking at dinner time keeps kids off drugs

Teens who join their families for dinner five to seven times a week are less likely to try drugs than those who have dinner with their families fewer than three times a week, according to a September 2009 report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.“This report reinforces what many of our clients who are in recovery right now say about their teen years,” said Rebecc... Read more

How to encourage empathy

Caring counts. Most parents instinctively want their children to develop a strong moral character and to care about others. In fact, according to a recent survey by Parents Magazine and parenting expert and author Dr. Michele Borba, caring comes in high on the list of traits today’s moms most want their kids to possess.There’s plenty parents can do to bring out and encourage the natura... Read more

Children offered chance to express views on school lunches

Hundreds of students from around the region to make their way through Freedom Hall Civic Center for the NETCO Food Show to sample school food choices on Wednesday. The event, now in its 11th year, is more than just a chance for students to sample a plethora of school lunch items. It also to gives them the chance to voice their say on which f... Read more

First doses of H1N1 vaccine available for certain groups

The Northeast Tennessee Regional Health Office has received a limited supply of H1N1 influenza vaccine and will begin offering it to health care workers today. The vaccine is FluMist nasal spray, a weakened live virus. It will be administered by appointment on a first come, first serve basis. Priority groups for vaccination include EMT/EMS workers and first responders, health department staff and... Read more

Looking for a great health care provider?

Mountain States Health Alliance is dedicated to taking care of the health needs of your entire family. From offering one of only six St. Jude Research Hospital Affiliate clinics in the nation along with the highest levels of infant care available inside the Niswonger Children's Hospital to comprehensive medical services for mom and dad at facilities throughout the region, Mountain States Health A... Read more

Tips to keep your child healthy

Moms and dads want nothing more than for their children to be healthy. The first week of October gives everyone in Tennessee the opportunity to take steps to ensure that.Gov. Phil Bredesen and the Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination have proclaimed Oct. 5-11 as Child Health Week in Tennessee, and during this week, Tennesseans are encouraged to put the health and well-bein... Read more

Tennessee children await adoption

By Brian BishopJohnson City JOHNSON CITY — There are 436 children in state custody awaiting adoption in Tennessee right now, and more than half are teenagers. Winged Deer Park was the site of a major event aimed at focusing attention on finding homes for kids in Tennessee. Organizers say the primary focus of the Adoption Tour bike ride is to raise awarene... Read more

Caring is the new smart

Ask any parent what they want their kids to be and you’re sure to hear “healthy and happy.”What comes next, however, might surprise you.The results of a new survey by educational psychologist Michele Borbra reveals that most moms would rather raise the next Mother Teresa than the next Albert Einstein.In her new “Joys of Motherhood Survey” conducted in conjunction with... Read more

Save money on home insurance

Have you read your homeowners insurance policy lately? While a lot of homeowners may admit they’ve not read their policies, taking the time to do so could save you money. It’s the only way to make sure you’re covered and make sure you’re not paying too much in premiums.Consumer ratings service Angie’s List went to highly rated insurance providers to get four simple ti... Read more

Freshman finance 101

Freshman Finance 101: Money Management Skills for College StudentsYour college freshman needs to learn more than just how to manage classes, roommates and curfews. He or she also needs to learn how to manage money.The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) has the following guidelines for parents and their college student:Have a plan in place: To avoid misunderstandings with your... Read more

Keep your home and family safe

Home fires are the most common disaster the American Red Cross responds to each year, which is sad considering that they’re also the most preventable. “We have had nearly a 50 percent increase in the number of disaster responses during the last six weeks as compared to the same time one year ago. Along with this large number of incidents has been an increase in the number of injuries... Read more

Look your best this fall

Fall has officially started, so while contemplating the fate of your sundresses and flip flops, Dr. Elizabeth K. Hale, clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University, advises taking a similar approach to our skin care arsenal.Not all skin care products should make the transition into fall, as changing seasons mean different skin needs. Here are some suggestions from Dr. Hale on... Read more

Exercise for life

While some forms of exercise won’t be appropriate for a lifetime, (e.g. extreme skiing or football practice for 70-year-olds), our bodies work better and longer when we’re active. There are a variety of exercises available for people of all ages to strengthen muscles, improve range of motion, relieve stress, manage weight and much more. Here are some broad tips and guidelines from the ... Read more

How to keep a well-oiled machine

Chances are the car sitting in your driveway or garage right now isn’t exactly new.Car sales were down nearly 18 percent from 2007 to 2008 and haven’t shown a whole lot of improvement in 2009, given the state of the economy.And if it’s likely a new car isn’t in your future any time soon, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep your car running smoothly.Here are s... Read more

Travel back in time cheap

You and the kids now can take a trip back in time — cheap!The Gray Fossil Site — it’s full name is the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site — now has annual passes. Valid for one year from the date of purchase, the passes allow guests to visit the museum as many times as they wish without h... Read more

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