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Each end of the iconic Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge in Williamson County now has a solar-powered emergency phone.

The boxes, installed by the National Park Service and unveiled Wednesday, are one of several planned safety features meant to stop frequent suicide attempts.

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Hundreds of cities, counties and states now feel the wind at their back as they sue the makers of opioids. The $572 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in Oklahoma was closely watched by plaintiffs around the country.

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Tennessee’s largest recipient of opioids from 2006 to 2012 wants a recount. A federal database found a pharmacy in Murfreesboro owned by state Sen. Shane Reeves sold 46 million pills over six years. But the company now believes that figure is way off.

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Health insurance plans sold to individuals in Tennessee are dropping for a second year. State regulators have approved rate changes for 2020, and three of the five insurers are cutting their rates.

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Nashville’s top public health official is leaving her post after just eight months on the job. Dr. Wendy Long will take over as CEO of the Tennessee Hospital Association in mid-October.

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Meharry Medical College is under fire from some of its own students for accepting money from Juul to study vaping. Anti-smoking advocates held a town hall meeting on campus Wednesday night.

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Air ambulance companies are fighting Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander’s effort to ban surprise billing. They argue that limiting what they charge would hurt access to lifesaving transportation in rural areas like Tennessee, where nearly a dozen outlying hospitals have closed in recent years.

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Community Health Systems and the company’s top executives face another shareholder lawsuit as the hospital chain’s stock price hits historic lows. This time, officials are accused of misleading investors with an accounting change.

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Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s is closing many of its stores and pharmacies. And as the troubled chain downsizes, patients across the Southeast are scattering.

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Saint Thomas officials started construction this week on a 76-bed psychiatric hospital, which is their first in Nashville.

It's a rare partnership with a for-profit operator to run the facility — Acadia Healthcare — but they say patients will barely notice the difference.