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TDH urges Tennesseans most at risk for Hepatitis A to get vaccinated

The Tennessee Department of Health and numerous state and local partners continue to investigate and respond to a large, multi-state hepatitis A outbreak. More than 2,000 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed in Tennessee, including 13 resulting in the deaths of the patients. 

‘’The deaths in Tennessee associated with the hepatitis A outbreak are extremely sad,’’ said TDH Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. ‘’The Tennessee Department of Health, metro health departments, jails and many other community partners are working every day to ensure people at high risk of infection with the hep A virus are vaccinated to prevent more illness and save lives.’’

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus. It can be transmitted through contact with feces or consumption of contaminated food or water. The groups most at risk for hepatitis A in the current outbreak include people who use recreational drugs, men who have sex with men and people experiencing homelessness. 

“It’s critical for people in these high-risk groups to receive the hepatitis A vaccine to protect themselves and others around them,” said Tennessee Immunization Program Medical Director Michelle Fiscus, MD, FAAP. “We know this vaccine is safe and effective.” 

Other steps to prevent infection with hepatitis A include washing hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, before eating and before preparing or serving food. 

Local health departments are offering free hepatitis A vaccine for people in high-risk groups. 

Contact your health care provider or the local health department for more information on preventing hepatitis A.

Learn more about Tennessee’s response to this outbreak at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/tennessee-hepatitis-a-outbreak.html. 

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.

Property taxes in Franklin Co. going up 20.5 cents

Property taxes in Franklin County are going up significantly – to the tune of 20.5 cents. The Franklin County Commission approved that with an 11-3 vote Monday, almost a month after turning it down in late July.

The vote means that taxes on property owners who own a $100,000 property will increase about $60 per year. The increase will in part go to fund county employee raises. However, school system employees will not get raises beyond scheduled step raises, according to the Herald Chronicle. Franklin County is also in the process of completing a jail expansion, which is estimated to cost approximately $16.6 million. 

Kristin Frederik named Coffee Co. Schools person of the week

Kristin Frederik has been named the Coffee County Schools Person of the Week. Kristin is a nurse at North Coffee Elementary School. According to the school system, “Kristin is always the first to offer help to the students, staff and nursing team. Not only does she always jump in to assist but she does it with such a positive attitude. She is such an important part of the North Coffee team and the health services team.”

 

Closing the door can add time to escape fire

During a home fire, every second counts, especially today. Did you know that 40 years ago, residents had over 17 minutes to escape a home fire with their lives. Today, because of synthetic materials in furniture and building material that number is now under 3 minutes, according to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. A closed door can hinder flames and smoke from spreading to other rooms and can help deprive a fire of the oxygen it needs to grow, limiting the structural damage a fire can cause and saving lives.

MPD, special olympics receive donations from SBCO, Elam Foundation

Last Friday, several officers from MPD ran to Coffee County Central High to meet local Special Olympic student-athletes and raise awareness for Special Olympics. MPD officers were met by two great local organizations, who after seeing news of recent “patch runs” wanted to donate themselves. The Dusty Elam Foundation and the Sportsmen & Businessmen’s Charitable Organization presented checks to MPD Chief Mark Yother and Suzanne Foster (with Special Olympics).

Moore Co. announces traffic plans for this weekend’s Lynchburg Music Fest

The inaugural Lynchburg Music Fest is this weekend and that will effect traffic starting at Midnight Thursday in Moore County. 

These closures and limitations will be in place through midnight August 24th, according to the Moore County Sheriff’s Department. The Lynchburg square will be closed for traffic throughout the event and many of the side roads around the park will limited to local, resident traffic. Majors Blvd. will be open at all times but expect slowdowns through the hours of 9 a.m. and Midnight on both August 23rd and 24th.

The following roads will be limited to resident traffic only during the festival’s hours of operation, according to Moore Co. Sheriff’s Dept:

• Main St. from Majors Blvd. (Cross Walk) to the New Park

• Wall St. 

• Elm St. from Majors Blvd. to Main St. 

• Craig St. from Majors Blvd. to Main St. 

• Valley View St. 

• Mulberry St.

Those who live in these affected areas will be able to come and go as needed, but please note the increased foot traffic and shuttle buses will cause congestion, making it difficult to navigate.

Traffic on Tanyard Hill is encouraged to avoid the square by using Campbell Ln. and Goodbranch Rd. to get into Lynchburg. Signs will be out at these locations as detour reminders.

Traffic on Hwy 50/Winchester Hwy will turn left at the stop sign at the Main St. intersection toward Woodard’s Market. Event parking is available at the New Park but through traffic will not be allowed passed the New Park entrance.

Craig St. will be available for Duck River Customers to enter and exit for business, as they will remain open.

Public parking will not be allowed in yards in the Main St. and Valley View area.

“We understand this may cause some inconvenience, but we have to be cognizant of safety during these events,” a statement read on Moore Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook page.

“In light of recent events, we have to ensure the safety of our citizens and festival goers. Safety is our top priority with planning for this event and in today’s world, we have to plan for the worst. I apologize for any inconvenience and can assure you we will do our best to limit and troubleshoot problems that arise.”

Anyone with questions may call 931.759.6464 and ask to speak with Sheriff Hatfield.

Former Rutherford Co. Sheriff Arnold out of prison, in halfway house

Former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold has returned to Middle Tennessee to complete his federal prison sentence in a Nashville halfway house. 

Arnold was sentenced to 50 months in federal prison in May of 2017. He pleaded guilty to various charges related to the sale of electronic cigarettes to inmates at the Rutherford County Jail through his business, JailCigs, while he was sheriff at that facility.

Arnold, you may remember, was elected in 2010 and later indicted on 14 counts in June of 2016. He was halfway into his second term when he was arrested. He also pleaded guilty to wire fraud, honest service fraud and extortion. 

Tennessee ranks 5th in nation for money scammed

Scam artists pilfered over $18 million from Tennesseans in 2018, making the Volunteer State the nation’s fifth-leading state per capita when it comes to complaints about fraud and other scams. Reports of identity theft also grew in a year’s time, moving Tennessee to 21st in the country in 2018.

Scam artists may promise once-in-a-lifetime opportunities but, in fact, they’re ripping off hard- working Tennesseans and their families. If consumers believe they have been victimized by a scammer, they should report the incident to their local law enforcement agencies.

Remember:

Don’t answer the phone if your number shows up on your phone’s Caller ID.

Don’t attempt to call the number back, and do not press any buttons if prompted.

If you do answer the call, don’t give out your personal or financial information. Never give your personal information over the phone to someone you don’t know.

Coffee Co. Schools to pay out $200K in lawsuit settlement

The Coffee County School system will have to fork out $200,000 as part of a lawsuit settlement. The settlement involved a special needs child and the funds will come from the school system’s general fund.

While details of the case are limited, school board members indicate that the suit was brought about due to a refusal of admittance. The settlement was reached in order to avoid a potentially more costly payout. The terms and conditions of the settlement are confidential. The incident in question took place while Dr. LaDonna McFall was director of Coffee County Schools. She left that position in June of this year. 

 

E. coli shuts down swimming area at Center Hill Lake

A popular swimming area at Center Hill Lake in Smithville has been closed after the US Army Corps of Engineers in Nashville announced that E. coli has been detected in the water. 

E. Coli was found at the Ragland Bottom Day Use Beach. The area is still open for picnicking and boat launching. No other beaches on the lake have been impacted. Anyone with questions can contact the Center Hill Lake Resource manager’s office at 931-858-3125

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