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Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduled For Cornersville High School

Cornersville High School will hold Parent-Teacher Conference on Monday, September 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 
TEENAGE BINGE DRINKING RATE IN TENNESSEE DROPS

NASHVILLE – Fewer teens and pre-teens in Tennessee are abusing alcohol, according to the findings of a five-year prevention effort. The emphasis was on changing community attitudes and behaviors and the risks of having five or more drinks on one occasion.

Lead by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), the state’s efforts achieved reductions in binge drinking well beyond the national average.

During a period from 2009 – 2013, the statewide rate of binge drinking teens, between the ages of 14 and 17, dropped nearly 16%. In the 18 to 25 age range, the decrease was more than 5%.

“Recognizing that there is a problem is the first step,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). “The reduction in binge drinking speaks to a concerted effort by anti-drug community coalitions in the state, treatment providers, families, and young people themselves.” 

Drop in binge drinking reduces aLCOHOL-related incidents


Along with getting more young people in Tennessee to stop binge drinking, a second goal was achieved in reducing the often tragic consequences when teens and pre-teens drink to intoxication. Rates of young people driving drunk, getting arrested, being involved in fatal car accidents and other alcohol related offenses went down.

Alcohol Related Arrests                                     i 25%
Juvenile DUI Arrests                                         i 24%
Alcohol Related Traffic Fatalities                       i 14%
Driving while Intoxicated                                   i 14%
Riding with a Driver who was Drinking               i 11%


“Consuming significant amounts of alcohol can put anyone in danger of harm to themselves and others,” said Commissioner Varney. “Young people are especially at risk. I’m so glad to see how prevention efforts are working to encourage young people to avoid binge drinking and keeping them out of danger and from possible death.”

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is to plan for and promote the availability of a comprehensive array of quality prevention, early intervention, treatment, habilitation and rehabilitation services and supports based on the needs and choices of individuals and families served. For more information, visit www.tn.gov/mental.

 

 
McCurry Dies in Backhoe Accident

A Coffee County man died from injuries suffered when his backhoe overturned at Eagleville High School.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The worker has been identified as 58 year old Ricky McCurry, of Manchester.

Preliminary reports indicate the backhoe McCurry was operating flipped over, pinning him underneath. McCurry was working on an expansion project at the Rutherford County School. He was reportedly injured so severly that the decision was made to not air lift him via LifeFlight.

 
AUGUST 2014 COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

NASHVILLE – County unemployment rates for August 2014, released Thursday (September 25, 2014), show the rate decreased in 83 counties, increased in six counties, and remained the same in six counties. Specific county information for August is available on the Internet; enter http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/LaborAUG2014.pdf

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in August at 6.2 percent, down from 6.3 in July. The highest unemployment rate in the state is Scott County with a rate of 13.9% and the county with the lowest unemployment rate is Lincoln County with a rate of 5.3%. Marshall County unemployment rate has decreased 1.4% in a year’s time and was recorded at 8.5% for the month of August which is still slightly over the average. Tennessee’s unemployment rate for August was 7.4 percent, three tenths of one percentage point higher than the 7.1 July revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for August was 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent in July. 

The state and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.

 

 
Duck River Co-op Warns Of New Scam Aimed At Commercial Accounts

Scammers are threatening convenience stores in Franklin County with disconnection unless they pay Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) bills for August that they claim were not processed due to a “glitch in the system.”

The calls came from an 801-prefix telephone number. In each case, the female caller blamed a problem with the payment processing system and said that, unless the stores could resubmit the August amounts due, a “technician” would be sent to pull the meters.

The caller promised that the payments would be reimbursed when the processing system was back on line.

The store owners became alarmed and called the co-op’s Decherd district office.

District Manager Patrick Hannah cautions all DREMC members that “we don’t contact folks in that manner.” He warns that anyone receiving such a call should immediately hang up and get in touch with the co-op.

Earlier this year, scam artists targeted stores and other commercial accounts in the Manchester area, part of a growing problem that started with con games aimed at residential co-op members across the state.

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association (TECA) issued a statewide alert in April due to the volume of such calls.

"The calls sound official, and the caller ID may even display the utility name," said TECA Executive Vice President and General Manager David Callis.

DREMC started receiving complaints from members about utility scams in August of 2013. Since then, the co-op’s advice has been to never share banking, identity or personal information with callers who make unsolicited telephone or in-person contact.

“It seems there is new version of the utility bill scam launched every month,” said Steve Oden, DREMC’s director of member services. “We don’t want our members to be taken in by these thieves. Don’t help them make you a victim. Hang up.”

 
Mcelhaney Dies In Marshall County Jail

On Friday night (9/19/14) at Approximately 9:45 p.m. Jeremy Todd Mcelhaney, age 34, came to the Marshall County Jail to serve a 60 day jail sentence. He was placed in a holding cell awaiting booking process. At approximately 3:36 a.m. the Correction Officers in their regular routine checks found him to be unresponsive. Mr. Mcelhaney was transported by ambulance to Marshall Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. An autopsy has been ordered.

 
TENNESSEE'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR AUGUST INCREASED TO 7.4%


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for August was 7.4 percent, three tenths of one percentage point higher than the 7.1 July revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for August was 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent in July.

Economic Summary

  • Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 8.4 percent to 7.4 percent while the national rate declined from 7.2 percent to 6.1 percent.
  • Total nonfarm employment increased 6,700 jobs from July to August. The largest increases occurred in accommodation/food services, administrative/support/waste services, and durable goods manufacturing.
  • Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 59,000 jobs. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, leisure/hospitality, and trade/transportation/utilities.
 
Donate Blood In October For Liver Awareness Month

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month this October.

According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the U.S., making it the second most common transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during surgery. 

Donors with all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. All those who attempt to donate blood during October will be eligible to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane. 

To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). More information on liver disease and ways to help protect against liver disease is available at liverfoundation.org. 

Blood donation opportunities Oct. 1-15: 

Marshall County, TN 

Chapel Hill

10/15/2014: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Chapel Hill UMC, 316 North Horton Parkway 

Maury County, TN

Mount Pleasant

10/6/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Mt. Pleasant Health and Rehab, 904 Hidden Acres Drive

 
Maury Regional Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

COLUMBIA, TN — Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) on September 7. 

This recent three-year accreditation is the highest level of chest pain certification awarded by SCPC. In order to receive accreditation, MRMC demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of accreditation specialists. MRMC has been an accredited chest pain center since 2008. 

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment. Anyone experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack should call 911 immediately. Signs include: 

  • Chest discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back, which can feel like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
  • Discomfort in other parts of the upper body, one or both arms, neck, jaw, upper back or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness 

SCPC’s accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine. Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following: 

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack
 
New App Puts Power To Help Save Lives In Hands Of Blood Donors

New Red Cross Blood Donor App offers features that make it simple, convenient and even more rewarding to give blood 

The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand. 

The Blood Donor App allows users to schedule blood donations, track their total donations, earn rewards and invite friends to join them on a lifesaving team. The new app is free and available for download now in app stores. 

As the nation’s single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is uniquely positioned to bring this cutting edge technology to blood and platelet donors. In addition to scheduling and managing blood donation appointments, other features of the app include:

  • A blood drive or blood donation locator;
  • The ability to sync a blood donation appointment with the user’s calendar;
  • Personalized “selfies” donors can use as they share their donation experience through social media;
  • Special badges donors can unlock as they interact with the app, make donations and spread the word;
  • A chance for donors to come together to form teams, tracking their cumulative impact and viewing standings on the Blood Donor Teams Leaderboard;
  • Exclusive offers and discounts from some of America’s best brands, including Shari’s Berries, ProFlowers and 1A Auto, with new rewards added regularly; and
  • Uplifting donor and blood recipient stories that show the power of rolling up a sleeve to help save lives. 

The Red Cross has become a leader in putting vital safety information in the hands of people who need it during emergencies, with its award-winning disaster and preparedness apps downloaded more than 5 million times over the past two years. The new Blood Donor App takes it one step further by helping people save lives through blood donations.

 The Blood Donor App, along with the others, can be found in app stores by searching for American Red Cross, visiting redcross.org/apps or redcrossblood.org/bloodapp, or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 for a direct link to download. Message and data rates for texting may apply. 

Eligible blood donors do not need a smartphone to schedule an appointment to give blood. Appointments can always be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross

 
Marshall Medical Center Offers Free Seminar On Medicare Hospitalization Coverage

LEWISBURG, Tenn. — Understanding the rules and regulations regarding Medicare coverage can be challenging, especially when it comes to hospitalization. 

Marshall Medical Center will host a free seminar on Medicare rules for hospitalization on Tuesday, September 30. Christopher Edwards, M.D., chief medical officer at Maury Regional Medical Center, will be the speaker. 

The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the main conference room at Marshall Medical Center, located at 1080 North Ellington Parkway in Lewisburg. 

Dr. Edwards will discuss how Medicare rules and regulations regarding hospitalization have changed and how Medicare patients and their physicians can better understand their coverage. He will address how a patient may stay in the hospital while not being considered admitted, how an observation status affects Medicare patients, denials for hospitalization from Medicare and much more. 

Seating is limited and reservations are required. To register, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 931.490.7223. 

Prior to the seminar, a wellness expo will be held in the Lobby Conference Room at MMC. The expo will be held from 4:30 until 5:45 p.m., and will offer free health and wellness information, blood pressure screenings, refreshments and door prizes. Community members are invited to attend the expo prior to the Medicare seminar.

 
Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Identifies Five Easy Ways to Spot Suspicious Calls
IR-2014-84, Aug. 28, 2014
 
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.
 
These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.
 
“These telephone scams are being seen in every part of the country, and we urge people not to be deceived by these threatening phone calls,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry, shake-down calls are not how we do business.”
 
The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:
 
1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
 
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
 
  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
 
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
 
  • If you’ve been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
 
Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.
 
Additional information about tax scams are available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube http://youtu.be/UHlxTX4rTRU?list=PL2A3E7A9BD8A8D41D. and Tumblr http://internalrevenueservice.tumblr.com where people can search “scam” to find all the scam-related posts.
 
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