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Structure Fire at Lewisburg Jewelry

According to a representative at the Marshall County EMA office, a passenger vehicle drove through the Lewisburg Jewelry building located on East Commerce Street in Lewisburg in the morning hours of Monday. The building caught on fire as a result of the crash. The car was driven by 82 year old, Emily Whitesell.

The driver accidently put the car in drive instead of reverse and ran into the building. The fire was put out and no injuries were reported.

 
Tennessee Unemployment Rate for December decreased to 6.6%

Tennessee labor & workforce development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced the TN preliminary unemployment rate for December was 6.6%, two-tenths of one percentage point lower that the November revised rate of 6.8%. the U.S. preliminary rate for December was 5.6%, also falling two-tenths of one percentage point from the prior month.

 
Edward Fayte Webster Being Sought By LPD

EDWARD FAYTE WEBSTER (White Male, 5’7”, 150lbs, Brown Hair, Blue Eyes, 21 yoa) of Cornersville, TN.

Subject is wanted for a series of burglaries in the City of Lewisburg and Marshall County, Tennessee. These burglaries include the burglary of the Co-Op on January 17th, 2015. Subject is on Parole for multiple Burglaries convictions.

Subject is driving on a Revoked Driver’s License. 
He is known to drive a 1995 red Chevy S-10, TN Tag# T5433B

Warrants are on file for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Theft Over $1000, Vandalism Over $1000, and Burglary.

Any information concerning the whereabouts of this subject please contact the Lewisburg Police Department at (931) 359-4044 or the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department at (931) 359-6122.

 
Marshall Medical Center Athletic Trainer Recognized With Award

LEWISBURG, Tenn. — Gregg Cloutier, a certified athletic trainer at Marshall Medical Center (MMC), has been recognized by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society. Cloutier received the Joe Worden Clinic/Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year Award during the organization’s annual meeting on January 18.

 

Cloutier has been employed at MMC since 2007 and currently works with student athletes at Marshall County High School through the MMC Physical Therapy Department.

 

The Joe Worden award is named for a former head athletic trainer at Vanderbilt University and is presented to those who best exemplify the qualities of compassion and professionalism in athletic training. Joe Worden, former head athletic trainer at Vanderbilt University has been described as the consummate athletic trainer. His regard for each athlete in his care provided a level of compassion and professionalism that was demonstrated both on and off the field. This award is given to that individual who best exemplifies the qualities that Joe Worden demonstrated in his illustrious and unselfish career Joe Worden, former head athletic trainer at Vanderbilt University has been described as the consummate athletic trainer. His regard for each athlete in his care provided a level of compassion and professionalism that was demonstrated both on and off the field. This award is given to that individual who best exemplifies the qualities that Joe Worden demonstrated in his illustrious and unselfish career

 
Blood Assurance Offers Scholarships to High School Seniors

Blood Assurance is now accepting applications for the Crystal Green Memorial Scholarship Program.  High school seniors enrolled in schools that host Blood Assurance blood drives through the Project Lifesaver (formerly Project Lifeline) program will be eligible to apply. Students must have a “B” average or better and at least a 20 on the ACT or 1100 on the SAT. More eligibility requirements can be found online at www.BloodAssurance.org.  The Crystal Green Memorial Scholarship Program currently provides twelve one-time scholarships of $1,500 each.

 

Crystal Green was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, and throughout her life she had to have numerous platelet transfusions. She underwent a bone marrow transplant to help her body fight the anemia. However, in November 1998 Crystal lost her battle, shortly after turning 21 years old. The following year her family established the scholarship in her memory through Blood Assurance.

 

Since its inception, 166 Crystal Green Memorial Scholarships have been awarded to students throughout Blood Assurance’s service area. Scholarships are paid directly to the student’s college or university of choice.

 

Applications are available online at www.BloodAssurance.org. For more information contact Bonnie Phillips at Blood Assurance 800-962-0628 ext. 1134 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Applications may also be available from high school guidance counselors. All applications must be uploaded, postmarked or received by Monday, March 31, 2015 to be considered.

 
January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon gas is becoming more of a widespread problem in the United States. In the U.S., one in fifteen homes are affected by elevated radon levels. Radon cannot be seen, it has no scent, and is colorless. Radon invades homes and buildings through foundation cracks and openings and even directly through concrete.


Radon gas is considered a carcinogen that comes from decayed radium and uranium in the soil. It is the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and causes people that do smoke greater chance of being diagnosed with lung cancer when exposed to this deadly gas. The EPA suggests levels of 4 (pCi/L) picocuries and above be addressed. Levels of 4 pCi/L is equivalent to 8 cigarettes a day or 250 chest x-rays per year. World Health Organization (WHO) states that 3% and 14% of lung cancer cases are caused by Radon, and suggests people take action against levels higher than 2.7 pCi/L.


The purpose of National Radon Action Month is to educate people about the health risks of radon, learning about radon gas itself, and also to inform everyone how to test their homes for radon and what actions need to be taken if there are high levels of radon present. Radon is a problem that affects millions of homes, daycares, schools, and buildings across the country. This is the time to get informed in order to stay safe and healthy in the place you spend most of your time. Check with your local health department and home improvement store for radon test kits. Visit www.RadonMonth.org for more information.

 
Stay Warm This Winter With The Right Firewood

NASHVILLE– Burning firewood is a good option to keep your home warm through the winter months. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture advises consumers to consider the type of wood, its origin and quantity before making that purchase.

 

Wood varieties burn differently and produce differing amounts of heat. For example, oak burns more slowly and produces less smoke compared to pine. Determine the type of wood that will best serve your needs.

 

Ask retailers about the seasoning of the wood. Seasoning is the process by which wood is dried and typically takes nine months. Firewood that has not been properly seasoned will produce less heat, may burn poorly and create unnecessary soot and smoke.  Soot buildup over time in chimney flues can create a fire hazard, so inspect your chimney at least once a year to be safe.

 

Consider the origin of the wood. Wood from other states may transport invasive insects into Tennessee. Likewise, wood from some regions of the state may already be infested, and moving that wood can allow the damaging insect or disease populations to spread. Consumers can help avoid potential problems by purchasing firewood that was harvested near where it will be burned.

 

“The Emerald Ash Borer and Thousand Cankers Disease are two examples of invasives that have devastated many native hardwood trees in the U.S. as a result of the transportation of infested wood products,” Jeter said. “We continue to survey for both EAB and TCD since their discovery in Tennessee. We want to encourage all consumers to help slow the spread of invasive insects and diseases that affect the health of our forests.  Simply put, obey firewood quarantines and buy where you will burn.”

The last factor to consider when buying firewood is the quantity. Firewood has its own unit of measurement called a cord. Firewood must be sold by the cord or fractions starting at 1/8 of a cord. A cord of wood by law must equal 128 cubic feet. Be wary of terms such as face cord, rack, rick, tier, pile or truck-load, as these terms are not standardized in the sale of firewood. A typical pick-up truck cannot hold a cord of firewood.

 
State Fire Marshal: Manufactured Housing Fires Among Deadliest in Tennessee

 

NASHVILLE – Manufactured houses are the scenes of relatively few fires every year in Tennessee, but those fires are among the deadliest, causing a disproportionate number of fire-related deaths.

 

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office officials are urging residents of manufactured homes – also known as mobile homes or trailers – to practice fire safety all year round. Currently, Tennessee has more than 250,000 manufactured homes.

 

According to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System (TFIRS ), fire departments responded to 1,969 fires in manufactured homes during 2009-2013. Those fires killed 64, injured 71 civilians and caused $32.9 million in direct property damage. While manufactured housing accounted for only 5.25 percent of all total structure fires during that period, fires in manufactured housing caused 14.58 percent of all structure fire deaths.

 

“Fires move quicker in smaller spaces, leaving occupants with less time to escape. This is why it is crucial to have working smoke alarms installed in all homes,” said Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Be prepared and have a plan of escape. And make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home.”

 

If you’re buying or renting a manufactured home, make sure you keep fire safety in mind. By following a few tips and knowing the facts and safety requirements for manufactured homes, you can help keep your family safe.

 

Safety Tips

  • Choose a manufactured home built after June 15, 1976, that has the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) label certifying that the home meets the minimum safety standards.
  • Keep gasoline, charcoal lighter and other flammable liquids locked in an outdoor shed. Never store items under your manufactured home. Store firewood away from the home.
  • Install skirting material to keep leaves and other debris and combustible items from blowing under your manufactured home where it could easily catch fire and spread into the home.
  • Be sure your manufactured home has enough smoke alarms. If your home does not have smoke alarms in or near every sleeping room and in or near the family/living area(s), immediately install new alarms and fresh batteries to protect these rooms.
  • For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Have a home fire escape plan that includes two ways out of every room and an outside meeting place. Make sure all ways out of the home are cleared of clutter and easy to use. Practice your fire escape plan with every member of the household at least twice a year.
  • If smoke alarms sound often when cooking, consider moving the alarm further from the kitchen area or install a photoelectric type alarm which is less sensitive to cooking.
  • If your smoke alarm is older than 10 years, replace it, as its lifespan has been exceeded.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Consider having a licensed electrician inspect the electrical system in your manufactured home to be sure it is safe and meets applicable National Electrical Code® requirements.
  • Never add too many plugs to outlets, extension cords or electrical circuits. If the circuit breaker trips or fuses blow, call a licensed electrician to check your system.
  • Have smokers smoke outside the home. Provide large, non-tip ashtrays and empty them frequently. Douse butts with water before throwing them away.
  • Do not smoke in bed or in a chair in which you are prone to fall asleep.
  • Keep space heaters and candles at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Turn off portable space heaters and blow out candles before falling asleep or when leaving a room.
  • When considering a new manufactured home, ask if residential sprinklers are available as an option.

 

For additional information on manufactured homes, contact the Tennessee Housing Association at 615-256-4733.

 
Portable Heater Safety Is Crucial During Winter's Coldest Months

The expected arrival of single-digit weather in Tennessee this week is prompting the State Fire Marshal’s Office to remind residents to stay safe when using portable heaters to stay warm.

 

Portable heaters are common sights during winter, but they can sometimes lead to tragedy. An estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. In Tennessee, 3,194 heating fires occurred in Tennessee from 2009-2013, claiming the lives of 39 people, injuring 49 and damaging an estimated $32.7 million in property, according to figures from the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System (TFIRS).

 

Space heaters were involved in 59 percent of all of Tennessee’s heating fire deaths while 56 percent of all heating fires happened in just three months of the year – December, January, and February.

Following a few fire safety steps can prevent tragedy this winter:

• Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave a room.

• Keep anything that can burn – including bedding, clothing, curtains, pets and people –at least three feet away from portable heaters.

• Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory and with an automatic shut-off so that if they tip over, they will shut off.

• Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.

• Check the cord for fraying, cracking and look for broken wires or signs of overheating in the device itself.

• Never run the heater cord (or any cord) under rugs or carpeting.

 

For the best protection from fire, use working smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in every bedroom, and interconnect them if possible. Test smoke alarms monthly and entirely replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older. Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with every member of your household. Have two ways out of every room and a designated outside meeting place to gather in the event of an emergency.

 

 
Protect Your Pets And Report Those Not Cared For In This Cold Weather

Be sure that pets are properly protected from this extreme cold.

If you are aware of a pet that is not properly cared for, please call 993-7520 for animals inside the City of Lewisburg and 993-6745 for those outside the city limits.

 
State Fire Marshal: Make Good Fire Safety Habits A New Year’s Tradition


NASHVILLE – When it comes to fireworks and New Year’s celebrations, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants residents to make good fire safety habits a New Year’s tradition whether at home or out on the town.


“No matter how you choose to ring in 2015, be sure to do it safely,” said Gary West, deputy commissioner of the Fire Prevention Division, Department of Commerce and Insurance. “Leave fireworks to the professionals and have emergency escape plans in place for not only your home, but for public venues as well.”


Consumer fireworks are a longstanding custom of New Year’s events. But every year thousands of people – most often children and teens – are seriously injured because of fireworks injuries. A nationwide study this year by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) revealed that fireworks resulted in the deaths of eight people and caused injuries to an estimated 11,400 people in 2013 – an increase from the 8,700 people who sustained fireworks-related injuries in 2012.


The State Fire Marshal’s Office strongly advises that people attend organized public fireworks displays where compliance with state-of-the-art fire codes offer a safer way to ring in a new year.
If consumer fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
• Never allow children to handle or ignite fireworks, including sparklers, which reach temperatures of 1200 degrees.
• Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
• Wear eye protection.
• Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Never throw or point fireworks at people or animals.
• Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface away from homes, dry leaves and flammable materials.
• Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
• Keep a bucket of water and a garden hose nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.


Make sure that your home is equipped with working smoke alarms on every level, including the basement, and that everyone in the home knows the sound the alarm makes and what it signifies. Have a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room and a designated outside meeting place. Practice the plan with all members of your household both at night and during the day.


Public events are also a big part of New Year’s celebrations. If attending a party at a public venue is part of your New Year’s Eve plans, the State Fire Marshal’s Office urges you to keep the following in mind:
Before you enter
• Take a good look. Does the building appear to be in a condition that makes you feel comfortable? Is the main entrance wide and does it open outward to allow easy exit? Is the outside area clear of materials stored against the building or blocking exits?
• Have a communication plan. Identify a relative or friend to contact in case of emergency and you are separated from family or friends.
• Plan a meeting place. Pick a meeting place outside to meet family or friends with whom you are attending the function. If there is an emergency, be sure to meet them there.
When you enter
• Locate exits immediately. When you enter a building you should look for all available exits. Some exits may be in front and some in back of you. Be prepared to use your closest exit. You may not be able to use the main exit.
• Check for clear exit paths. Make sure aisles are wide enough and not obstructed by chairs or furniture. Check to make sure your exit door is not blocked or chained. If there are not at least two exits or exit paths are blocked, report the violation to management and leave the building if it is not immediately addressed. Call the local fire marshal to register a complaint.
• Do you feel safe? Does the building appear to be overcrowded? Are there fire sources such as candles burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, pyrotechnics, or other heat sources that may make you feel unsafe? Are there safety systems in place such as alternative exits, sprinklers, and smoke alarms? Ask the management for clarification on your concerns. If you do not feel safe in the building, leave immediately.

During an emergency
• React immediately. Immediately exit the building in an orderly fashion if an alarm sounds or if you see smoke, fire, or other unusual disturbances.
• Get out, stay out! Once you have escaped, stay out. Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. Let trained firefighters conduct rescue operations.


About the Department of Commerce and Insurance: The state Department of Commerce and Insurance is a diverse entity that includes six divisions charged with protecting the interests of consumers while providing fair, efficient oversight and a level field of competition for a broad array of industries and professionals doing business in Tennessee. Our divisions include the Division of Consumer Affairs, the Division of Insurance, the Division of Securities, the Division of TennCare Oversight, the Division of Fire Prevention and the Division of Regulatory Boards.

 
Tennessee State Parks Kick off New Year with First Hikes Start 2015 with a Hike at One of 55 State Parks

NASHVILLE – Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day. Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year.
The First Hikes begin at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Radnor Lake State Park. Henry Horton, Harrison Bay, Tims Ford, Norris Dam and Pickett state parks will host midnight hikes. The First Hikes will continue throughout New Year’s Day with morning, afternoon and evening hikes.


“Our First Hikes have been very popular and we are excited to continue this series in the New Year,” TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said. “The First Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.”


From Reelfoot to Henry Horton to Roan Mountain and every state park in between, the 2015 First Hikes are designed for all ages and abilities. Some hikes will be approximately one mile in length and tailored for novice hikers, while others are lengthier and geared toward more experienced hikers. For a more in-depth look into planned First Hikes in your area, please visit http://tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/first-hike.


Tennessee State Parks’ First Hikes of 2015 are part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.


Tennessee’s 55 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families, or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. There is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in the state, offering a variety of recreational, lodging and dining choices.

For more information about Tennessee State Parks, visit http://tnstateparks.com or connect via Facebook or Twitter

 
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