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Mariann Martin

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A Doppler weather radar was taken off-line by the storms of April 27, 2011, making accurate reporting for Chattanooga and the surrounding area more difficult.

Erlanger trustees approved resolutions to establish a search committee for a new CEO and hire a consulting team to address operational improvements during their monthly meeting Thursday evening.

A year ago, Norma Parris crawled out of a bathroom under the spiral staircase of her Ringgold home.

IDER, Ala. — Valley Head. Mentone. Henegar. Ider. Shiloh. The names march north on the DeKalb County map, up and down the hills of the small communities.

Skittles parties. Pharm parties. The names sound harmless, but the teen parties often end with participants in hospital emergency rooms.

Local doctors and child safety advocates say they have seen in increase in teenage prescription drug use including “skittle parties,” where teens dump various prescription drugs into a dish and randomly grab a handful to take.

Erlanger Health System executives want to bring in consultants to help them stem mounting losses at the county's public hospital.

Erlanger Health System lost more than $4 million in March, the greatest single month loss this fiscal year and is on track to for significant losses in April, according to hospital officials.

For months, Jojo Macatiag pinched pennies and squirreled away dollars for the trip of a lifetime — three months off work to travel through Canada and Alaska. It was going to be his final fling before the then-26-year-old came back to Southeast Tennessee to find a career job and settle down.

Their clothes are bloody, ripped and muddy, their socks sucked from their feet. He has a punctured lung and crushed shoulder, her leg is gashed open from knee to ankle. Shards of glass puncture their bodies.

A year later, the ambulance is repaired and back in service, the Ider Rescue Squad cooks meals for volunteers rebuilding homes, and Frank and Brenda Taylor live in a new log cabin.

A tapas bar is heaven for an indecisive foodie.

FORT OGLETHORPE — After several months of improving finances, Erlanger at Hutcheson lost nearly $1.8 million in March, its worst numbers since September.

Tennessee officials trying to fight the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the state say they hope a bill being considered by lawmakers will crack down on the problem.

Erlanger Health System is laying off 142 workers as part of the third and final phase of an employee reduction plan that will save the hospital $10.5 million to $11 million a year. The layoffs represent about 3 percent of Erlanger's 4,700 employees, according to Chief Administrative Officer Gregg Gentry.

Local lawmakers are working on a bill that temporarily would increase Erlanger's board of trustees from 11 to 12, adding a trustee who would be either a medical doctor appointed by the local state delegation or Erlanger's chief of staff.

Fast-food outlets make up about half the restaurants in Tennessee and Georgia -- and local counties such as Bradley, Catoosa, Murray and Whitfield have even higher percentages, according to a health ranking released today.

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on health care reform — a historic case that will affect millions of Americans, likely have an impact on the fall presidential election and set the direction of American health care in the near future.

Not motivated to lose 15 pounds this year or run two miles today? It may cost you greenbacks. To stem rising health insurance premiums and improve their bottom lines, more and more companies are reaching for financial incentives—money in health savings accounts, gym memberships and even higher premiums—hoping it will motivate their workers to lose weight and lower their blood pressure.

With its mix of outdoor attractions, small city life and affordable living, Chattanooga has become known as a retirement mecca.

Ten minutes a day. That is all it would take to change the American education system and save the country billions of dollars a year, according to fitness guru Robert Sweetgall.

Faster than a speeding bullet, 8.5 minutes, 3,000 mph and 3.5 G's -- it was the ride of a lifetime.

February financial numbers for Erlanger Health System weren't good, but better than expected and the least money the hospital has lost in a month since August.

First rule of grocery shopping -- choose foods with lots of color.

Five or six times a day, Ben Zani grabs his iPhone and types his blood glucose levels into an application. After every meal, he inputs what he has eaten and the app tells him how much insulin he should use.

When it comes to creating technology that easily exchanges patients’ medical information among health care providers, the Model T Ford hasn’t even been invented yet, according to a panel of experts.

Chattanooga ranks in the bottom third of communities nationwide in a health system scorecard looking at medical access, costs, quality and outcomes, but scores better than other areas of Tennessee.

Hamilton County had more tornadoes in the last 10 months than in the previous 60 years. And during a tornado, you are 15 times more likely to die in a mobile home than in a permanent structure.

With more than 50 tornadoes striking this area in the last 10 months, any illusion of safety we ever had has been shattered. These tips from expert sources can help you be prepared if the next one comes your way.

Theresa Lint savors the moments in her kitchen -- drinking coffee with her husband, cooking dinner for her two sons and stopping to pet the family cat sprawled in a chair. It has been a year since she came home from the hospital after viral pneumonia paralyzed her lungs and nearly killed her.

The Hamilton County Health Department and Hamilton County Schools are investigating whether they need to take additional precautions after about one-fifth of the students at Clifton Hills Elementary School were absent Friday.

Proposed changes for Erlanger at Hutcheson’s tri-county hospital authority board would increase the number of trustees and change how they are appointed.

Tattoo artists cringe when they see the posted pictures on Facebook — someone holding a piece of pizza in one hand and tattooing someone with the other; or tattoos being inked at a kitchen table with a pet nearby; or young teenagers displaying a recent tattoo.

For most of his 71 years, David Dill lived in the Short Tail Springs area, sometimes called “Dilltown.” But he never saw the force of a storm like the one that drove a pine branch through his living room ceiling and half-buried a crowbar in his front yard.

FORT OGLETHORPE — Erlanger at Hutcheson lost nearly $1 million in January, but overall losses at the North Georgia hospital have slowed since last fall.

DALTON, Ga. — Cheese. Foxy Methoxy. Bath salts. The names sound innocuous -- even fun -- but are some of the latest trend of "designer" drugs used to appeal to both teenagers and adults, emergency room nurse Linda Dutil said Tuesday.

Councilman Andraé McGary's suggestion last week that the City Council make Fat Tuesday a council holiday fell as flat as a day-after-Mardi Gras beer.

Erlanger at Hutcheson will be cutting its staff over the next 60 days in an attempt to cut costs and “right-size” the struggling North Georgia hospital.

FT. OGLETHORPE, Ga. — Erlanger at Hutcheson will trim its workforce over the next 60 days to cut expenses and “right-size” the struggling North Georgia hospital, the chief executive officer said today.

When Chris Waddell entered rehabilitation after a skiing accident left him paralyzed from the waist down at age 20, he had one goal -- to leave walking. It didn't happen.

Despite seeing some improvement in outpatient surgical figures, Erlanger Health System lost another $2.1 million in January, bringing operating losses in the first seven months of the fiscal year to $12.5 million.

Dr. Vonda Ware spends most mornings talking about high blood pressure, pregnancy and proper diet, trying to meet the needs of the wide range of patients who walk through the doors.

Erlanger Health System will cut 23 to 30 management positions by March 31 and offer a voluntary buyout program at the staff level as part of an ongoing plan to get the public hospital back into the black.

TRENTON, Ga. -- Cordia Natalizia leaned on her walker, watching as more than a dozen seventh-graders energetically wielded shovels, hoes and rakes in her back yard, preparing to plant daylilies and other flowers.

The situation is dire. A flu pandemic tears through the Chattanooga area and thousands need medicine. But many are too sick to even get to the doctor, much less the drug store.

Erlanger Health System has notified employees that administrators will begin laying off managers and directors this week in a second phase of a labor management plan to cut costs.

A severance package for a third senior Erlanger Health System executive brings to nearly $1 million the amount the hospital has agreed to pay out to former employees in this year.

Levaquin -- emergency only. Toradol -- very little. Valproate. Studol -- a few. On any given day, the crowded list on the pharmacy whiteboard at Erlanger Health System features 10 to 15 scribbled names, telling the story of record national drug shortages.

Chattanooga physician David Adair maxed out credit cards, sold his grandfather's watch and worked 20 years to pursue his dream of developing an effective drug to a sometimes-deadly disease of pregnancy.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has formed a political action committee to lobby the federal government, even as numbers show that PACs in the health industry have more than doubled their contributions to federal candidates in the last 10 years.

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