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Hero Walk to Benefit Child Advocacy Center

Monday, 22 April 2019

The Hometown Heroes Walk for Children will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Murfreesboro Civic Plaza, downtown on the square.  Walkers can ride complimentary Rover shuttles from the Child Advocacy Center to the Civic Plaza from 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Registration will be held at the Civic Plaza from 11:00-11:45 a.m., speakers at 11:45 a.m., and the Walk will begin at 12:00 noon.  The event will culminate with a picnic lunch, music, and fun at the Child Advocacy Center, located at 1040 Samsonite Blvd.
 
The Child Advocacy Center works as a multidisciplinary team with the Department of Children’s Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney’s Office to investigate child abuse allegations, aggressively prosecute offenders, and help children and their families heal from the trauma.  According to CAC Director, Sharon De Boer, “All Child Advocacy Center services are provided free of charge.  The proceeds from the Walk will support crisis intervention services for victims of child abuse, child sexual abuse, and drug endangered childrenr.”
 
Local Hometown Hero #10 Boston Red Socks starting pitcher David Price is the event’s presenting sponsor.  Project One Four a David Price Foundation and other faithful event sponsors have made a difference in the lives of many children through their faithful support of the Child Advocacy Center. 
 
It is not too late for other individuals and businesses to get involved.  The deadline for business partners to get their name on the event t-shirts and poster is Thursday, April 18, 2019.  Please contact Monica Watson for more information at 615-867-9000 or mwatson@cacrutherford.org.
 
Walkers are encouraged to pre-register at www.cacrutherford.org
 
 

Local Drug Take Back Event Planned

Monday, 22 April 2019

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Cannon County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Woodbury Drug Center at 604 W Main Street. (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
 
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.
 
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
 
 
Come by with all your old and unused pills and meet and support the folks of your local Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. A limited supply of free personal prescription lock boxes will be available for give-a-way.
 
 
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or visit our Facebook page at ‘Cannon County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition’.
 

Cannon Project On TDOT List

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Clay Bright have released TDOT’s annual three year transportation program, featuring approximately $2.1 billion in infrastructure investments for 139 individual project phases. The program provides support for Gov. Lee’s first Executive Order by funding work on 86 highway and bridge projects in economically distressed and at-risk counties.
 
The program places a high emphasis on the repair and replacement of bridges, with activities beginning on 91 structures in 44 counties. Seventeen of those bridges are on the state highway system, with the other 74 on local roads.
 
In addition to the 2020 budgeted program, partial plans for 2021 and 2022 are included, along with funding for 15 transportation programs including Rockfall Mitigation, Spot Safety Improvement, and the statewide HELP Program. The program also provides funding for transit agencies in all 95 counties, as well as Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organizations.
 
One project on the list is in Cannon County. State Route 1, US-70 (W. Main St.) From West of Woodbury to New SR1 (US-70S) East of Woodbury. The Project is an environmental study for sometime in 2020.
 

Board of Education / County Commission Workshop Beneficial for Those In Attendance

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Earlier this week, at the suggestion of the State Comptroller, the Cannon County Board of Education and County Commission members held a workshop for the purpose of developing a capital outlay plan for the future.  The first meeting’s focus was for the next five years.
 
Three of the five school board members were in attendance, five of the county’s ten commissioners attended.  Director of schools William Curtis gave a “state of the schools” report and answered questions.  In addition to the director, central office personnel and principals from all schools attended. 
 
A large number of topics were covered and several misconceptions about the schools, their funding, staff structure and more were answered.
 
County Commissioners in attendance, Russel Reed, Corey Davenport, Karen Ashford, Greg Mitchell and Brent Brandon said they felt the meeting was beneficial.
 
Items in the plan for the first five years, includes: school roofs for Cannon County High School, Woodland School and a section of  Woodbury Grammar are needed immediately, West Side School is estimated to need work by 2022 and Short Mountain, Auburn and EastSide and estimated by 2014.
 
The next workshop sessions for the elected bodies will focus a ten to fifteen year plan.  The date for that meeting will be determined after the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
 

Case of Measles Reported In Tennessee

Friday, 19 April 2019

The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating a case of measles after the State Public Health Laboratory confirmed a positive test for the illness in a resident of the East Tennessee.
 
While the investigation is currently centered in East Tennessee, all Tennesseans should be aware of measles and its symptoms. These symptoms may include fever, runny nose, body aches, watery eyes and white spots in the mouth. The illness is typically accompanied by a red, spotty rash that begins on the face and spreads over the body. Nearly one in three measles patients will develop ear infections, diarrhea or pneumonia. Measles can be fatal in approximately one to two out of every 1,000 cases.
 
According to State Epidemiologist Dr. Tim Jones, “Our efforts are focused on preventing the spread of illness to others. This appearance of measles is a reminder about the importance of vaccines and how they can particularly protect our most vulnerable, including infants and those with compromised immune systems.”
 
The measles virus is highly contagious and can stay airborne or live on surfaces for up to two hours. People recently infected with measles may not have any symptoms of illness, but can transmit the virus for about five days before the typical measles rash appears. 
 
All Tennesseans are urged to ensure they are up-to date on MMR vaccine. Anyone who believes they or a loved one has measles symptoms should call first before going to a health care facility to keep others from being exposed.
 
People with questions about what to do to protect themselves against measles should call a health care provider, the local health department or a hotline established to provide answers to questions from the public about measles. The hotline number is 865-549-5343; calls to the hotline will be answered from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central time/8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern time daily until further notice.
 
Tennessee has had only 15 cases of measles in the last decade due to relatively high vaccination rates. All children should have their first measles vaccinations at age 12-15 months, followed by a second dose at four to six years of age. Teens and adults should check with their doctors to make sure they are protected against measles. Talk with your health care provider about vaccination before leaving for international trips. 
 
For more information about measles, visit www.cdc.gov/features/measles/index.html.
 
 

Fire Death Rates On The Decline

Friday, 19 April 2019

Tennessee’s overall fire death rate continues to decline following the national downward trend in the reduction of fire deaths according to statistics compiled in the recently completed annual report for the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO).
 
The report, which includes details of Tennessee’s overall declining fire death rate along with statewide fire prevention and education efforts, compiles data provided by fire departments from across the Volunteer State along with information, statistics, and advancements made by the SFMO’s eight sections: Education & Outreach; Fire Investigations; Codes Enforcement; Residential, Electrical and Marina Inspections; Manufactured Housing and Modular Buildings; Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy; Firefighting Commission; and Administrative Services.
 
Tennessee, which has historically ranked among the highest states with civilian fire deaths, is now ranked No. 11 in the nation for fire deaths by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) with 14.6 deaths per million from 2011 – 2015. This compares to its ranking as No. 6 in the nation from 2006 - 2010.
 
 “The State Fire Marshal’s Office has a singular mission: to make Tennessee a safer place where families can live, work, and play,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “The annual report serves as a statistical snapshot of fire education, prevention and code enforcement efforts in Tennessee. We thank our partners for their help in making Tennessee safer.”
 
Other highlights include:

  • While Tennessee fire departments reported 100 fire deaths in Tennessee in 2018 (an 18% increase over 85 deaths in 2017) the overall trend for fire deaths in Tennessee is declining. The rate of unintentional fire deaths in 2018 was 14.8 deaths per million in Tennessee.  
  • Over 21,350 smoke alarms were installed in Tennessee homes through the “Get Alarmed, Tennessee” program. Additionally, 53 Tennesseans escaped residential structure fires in 2018 thanks to alarms installed through “Get Alarmed, Tennessee!” The program, which started in 2012, received renewed federal grant funding in 2018 continuing the life-saving initiative through at least 2019.
  • In October 2018, the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy (TFACA) celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of a new 19,000 square foot conference center. 

 
This space will accommodate large and specialty classes, incident management courses, conferences, and graduations. Last year, a total of 14,484 students were enrolled in TFACA and participated in 1,063 classes.
 

  • The Electrical, Residential, and Marina section issues permits and performs inspections to enforce state electrical, building, and energy conservation codes. Following the passage of the Noah Dean and Nate Act in 2015, marina inspections were added to this division’s operations. Inspectors successfully completed the inspections of every Tennessee public marina and dock, correcting numerous safety violations which, if not detected, could have resulted in serious injuries or death. 

 
To see the full 2018 SFMO Annual Report, click here. For more information about the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office, visit tn.gov/fire.
 

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