A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT is in effect into Wednesday due repeated rainfall. A Flood Watch is in effect for our area until 7 AM Wednesday. Where there are more pauses in the rain, totals will be closer to 2 inches but some will receive at least 4 inches of rainfall total. Creeks and streams run high and areas with poor runoff could face flooding problems. Busy commute hours could face more slowdowns, with fog and standing water on roads as well.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The death rate for children in Tennessee dropped by 20 percent over the five years between 2007 and 2011.
According to a report by the Tennessee Department of Health, factors in that decrease include a sharp decline in the number of sleep-related infant deaths due to suffocation or strangulation.
But Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner said there are still too many children dying from preventable causes.
Of the 799 deaths in 2011 that were reviewed for the report, 26 percent were due to injuries from things like motor vehicles, weapons and fires. Another 62 percent of deaths were due to medical problems like prematurity, cancer and infections.
Twenty percent of infant deaths were from unsafe sleep environments.
The report released on Tuesday includes recommendations to help prevent future deaths.
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