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Culleoka Woman Killed In Head-On Crash

Sixty-one year old, Kay Cooper, of Culleoka died in Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was life-flighted after an accident involving two vehicles. The driver of the second vehicle, Blake Crews age 24, of Columbia, remains in Maury Regional Medical Center where he is being treated for non-critical injuries.

According to the report by State Trooper, Zach Newton, Cooper was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer east on Highway 50 when she crossed the center lane and collided head-on with the 2008 Ford Focus driven by Crews.

Maury County firefighter Ritchie Schatz had to extricate Cooper from her vehicle, he stated that Cooper was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident

 
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
 
Sharon Lake of Rutherford County Charged Wirh TennCare Fraud

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Rutherford County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for falsely reporting her income in order to obtain healthcare insurance benefits through the state program. 

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Sharon Lake, 43, of Murfreesboro.  She is charged with two counts of TennCare fraud and two counts of theft of services in connection with reporting her income to the state in order to obtain TennCare benefits for her children.

 “It’s a simple message that we are carrying across the state: People who lie, cheat or steal to get TennCare benefits risk going to jail or prison,” Acting Inspector General Lawrence S. Saylor, Jr., said. “People who commit TennCare fraud are taking something they’re not entitled to, and taxpayers pick up the tab.” 

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge.  Theft of services over $1,000 is a Class D felony punishable by two to four years in prison per charge. District Attorney General Jennings H. Jones is prosecuting. 

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $5 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $176 million for TennCare, according to latest figures.  To date, 2,182 people have been charged with TennCare fraud. 

Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions.  Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig/ and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."

 

 
Nashville Man Added to TBI Top Ten List

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Javon Jolarry Spivey of Nashville, TN. 

Spivey is wanted by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on outstanding warrants of first degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery in connection with a home invasion and shooting death that occurred in Antioch, TN on August 30th, 2014. Spivey is accused of killing a 48-year old man and wounding his 70-year old mother. Spivey also has outstanding warrants for two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of especially aggravated kidnapping for an August 28th, 2014 armed robbery at the Mapco at 2301 Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville. 

Spivey, 25, has a last known address on Doubletree Lane in Nashville. He is African American with black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 6 feet tall and weighs about 170 pounds.  He has a “Mississippi” scroll tattoo on his abdomen. 

Spivey has a history of assault and is believed to be armed. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Spivey is urged to call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

 
REMAINS CONFIRMED AS THOSE OF HOLLY BOBO

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation along with 24th District Attorney Matt Stowe and the Decatur County Sheriff, Keith Byrd, held a briefing tonight at 10 p.m. in Decaturville, TN.

During the briefing, TBI Director Mark Gwyn stated that the TBI was able to confirm through the findings of an odontologist that remains found off County Corner Road this weekend are of Holly Bobo.

On Sunday, September 7, two hunters discovered the possible human remains and alerted authorities.

The 20-year old nursing student disappeared from her home the morning of April 13, 2011. In the years since her disappearance, there has been an on-going and collaborative effort among TBI agents and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department to thoroughly follow all leads surrounding her disappearance.

In March of this year, Zachary Adams was indicted on charges of First Degree Felony Murder and Especially Aggravated Kidnapping in connection to the death of Holly Bobo. A month later, Jason Autry was also indicted and charged with one count of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping and First Degree Felony Murder.

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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.

 
Old Wiles Motor Building Goes Down In flames

Friday Morning the building now owned by Lewisburg Printing Company, formally the Wiles Motor Building, caught on fire during the demolition process. 

The crew hired to tear down the building were trying to cut down the metal frame in the rear portion of the building when something fell onto some old mattresses left by the previous tenant. The mattress and debris caught on fire immediately. Workers tried to remove the mattress from the building to contain the fire, but it was fully engulfed. 

Lewisburg Fire Department and all needed emergency personnel were on site early Friday morning. The Lewisburg Police Department assisted with traffic control. Fire fighters were still on the site when WJJM last checked a little before noon.

 
Join the Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee Sept. 14-20

25th Annual Event to Showcase Middle Tennessee 

NASHVILLE Bicycle enthusiasts across the state are preparing for the annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, which will kick off its 25th year with a seven-day excursion beginning Sept.13, showcasing Middle Tennessee’s beautiful landscapes. 

Originating at Tims Ford State Park in Winchester, this year’s route will feature Middle Tennessee’s history, music, horses and distilleries. 

This year’s figure eight loop ride visits Tims Ford State Park, Henry Horton State Park, the City of Fayetteville, South Cumberland State Park and Old Stone Fort State Park. The route goes through an area rich in Tennessee history with the opportunity to visit the small towns that make our rural areas so special. The Bicycle Ride across Tennessee offers an excellent sampling of the things that make Tennessee special, and the perfect opportunity to go on a one-of-a-kind bicycle tour. 

The event will begin with check-in at Tims Ford State Park at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13. On Sunday, riders will be introduced to the route with an all-day ride to Henry Horton State Park. The daily mileage will range from 50-70 miles, with approximately 350-410 total miles for the seven-day ride. The cost for the ride is $450 for the seven-day ride and $225 for the three-day ride. 

For registration information or more details about the 2014 Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, visit http://thebrat.org/. Riders with questions are encouraged to contact Ryan Forbess at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .    

The Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT) is a week-long bicycle tour across Tennessee. The route changes each year, but typically begins in a state park, ending at the same state park. The route is usually a figure eight loop in one of the grand divisions of the state. The tour ends each day in a Tennessee State Park and each host park provides entertainment and food for riders, as well as interpretive programming. In addition, Tennessee State Park rangers offer safety and support along the route. 

 
Ad Enhancement Program Approvals Delayed

Attention Livestock Producers who are waiting on Notification about approvals for the 2014-15 tennessee Ag Enhancement Program. TAEP Coordinator has informed the Marshall County Extension Office thet official notification will be sent to producers hopefully by mid-September. They apologize for the delay.

 
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.
 
POSTER COMPANIES EXPLOIT EMPLOYERS’ FEAR OF NONCOMPLIANCE WITH LABOR LAWS

                                    TENNESSEE LABOR LAW POSTERS AVAILABLE FROM THE STATE AT NO CHARGE

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Secretary of State Tre Hargett want employers to know that required workplace posters are available at no charge from the State of Tennessee at www.tn.gov/labor-wfd.

Employers may have received misleading notices in the mail advising them to update employment posters that are required by law to post. These notices frequently have “labor law compliance alert” or “final notice for compliance” or a similar heading, and then offer to sell the required set of posters. We have recently become aware of an entity called “US Compliance Service” that has circulated a potentially misleading solicitation related to employment posters.

Secretary Hargett agreed, stating that “the overwhelming majority of people who run   businesses in our state want to do the right thing and follow the law. But they need to be aware that there are people out there who might try to take advantage of them.”

Several years ago, the Tennessee Attorney General’s office reached an agreement with a company that was deceptively selling labor law posters in Tennessee. Mandatory Poster Agency, Inc., was headquartered in Michigan, but did business in Tennessee as the Tennessee Labor Law Poster Service and the Tennessee Mandatory Poster Agency. The Attorney General’s office alleged that solicitations by the company were deceptive because they appeared to be from a governmental agency and appeared to be from a business located in Tennessee with “an official looking” seal. Businesses that purchased posters from this company were eligible for restitution if they filed a complaint.

All required posters are available free from the following Internet address: http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd. Directly below the state poster listings is a link to the required federal (U.S. Department of Labor) posters, which can also be downloaded free.

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development has also developed an all-in-one poster containing all of the state requirements. That poster is also free and can be received by sending a request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you hear that a company is pressuring employers to buy posters, please obtain as much identifying information as possible and e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (615) 253-6674.

 
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