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Author: Tavia Smith

Patient Spotlight

Father of Waffle House shooting victim describes daughter’s struggle, family’s pain

By Tavia Smith

Tia Waggoner works day-by-day to rebuild her life

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Patient Spotlight

Newborn Nursery home to Preds’ youngest fans

By Tavia Smith

Tiny babies dreaming of Lord Stanley's Cup.

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First person

I went for a walk at lunchtime and was hit by a car. Here’s what I want drivers and pedestrians to know to protect others.

By Tavia Smith

I became vaguely aware of the sound of sirens in the distance. I soon realized the sirens were coming for me.

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Employee Spotlight

Bill and Genie met at VUMC in 1983. The proposal was at Kroger. A wedding ring fell over a cliff. They are still in love.

By Tavia Smith

“She was really sweet and 34 years later, she’s still just as sweet,” Bill says. “It was meant to be,” Genie adds.

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Health, yes

Garage safety: cleaning out and knowing the risks

By Tavia Smith

The Tennessee Poison Center warns homeowners that the garage can be a resting place for many toxins, chemicals and potential hazards.

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