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Teen Seriously Injured In Friday Wreck
Building Collapses On East Main
Meningitis Case Confirmed At Tennessee Tech
Eleven Escape Serious Injury

 

 

 

Teen Seriously Injured In Friday Wreck

A Livingston teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck on Dogwalk Road around 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8.

According to reports, Daniel A. Garrett Jr., 17, of Livingston, was driving a 1999 Ford pickup east on Dogwalk Road when he failed to negotiate a turn near McDonald Chapel Road. The truck crossed the center line into the westbound lane, ran off the road and up an embankment then overturned, ejecting Garrett from the truck.

Garrett reportedly sustained spinal injuries in the wreck and was flown to Erlanger Hospital via LifeForce. Two passengers in the truck, Steven D. Walker, 16, of Livingston, and Heather L. Clark, 14, were transported to Livingston Regional Hospital where they were treated and released for less serious injuries.

The incident was investigated by THP James Sells.

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Building Collapses On East Main

The upper floor of this building on East Main Street caved in Sunday afternoon, Oct. 10, shattering the glass windows of the storefront out into the street. According to the building's owner, Union Bank and Trust Co., the building was in the process of being torn down. The building has since been razed. The bank is undecided about what will be done with the lot in the future.

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Meningitis Case Confirmed At Tennessee Tech

Medical tests have confirmed that a Tennessee Technological University student hospitalized Wednesday, Oct. 6 is suffering from bacterial meningitis.

Student David Lee "Tiger" Cavanaugh, 18, is reported in guarded condition at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the brain's lining and spinal cord. Symptoms are flu like, including a fever over 101 and a severe, sudden headache accompanied by neck or back stiffness. A vaccine for meningitis was available on the campus in limited supply at the Student Health Services Office last week.

Randy Tompkins, supervisor of Student Health Services, said, "The vaccine provides no benefit pertaining to this particular case, because it takes 10 days to take effect, but it would certainly be advisable as a preventive measure should future cases arise. In general I would advise it for all college students."

No other cases of the disease have been reported in the region, according to campus health officials.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions, for instance, coughing, sneezing or kissing.

Tennessee Tech's Dean of Students Office briefed dormitory resident advisers last Wednesday afternoon. The university has added a health alert section to its World-Wide Web site, www.tntech.edu, containing links to more information about the disease.

Anyone experiencing any of the symptoms of meningitis or who has questions about the disease should call a physician. Parents of students with questions or concerns can call the university's Office of Student Affairs at 372-3411 or Student Health Services at 372-3320.

In the past academic year, 83 cases of meningococcal disease were reported on U.S. college campuses, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Eleven Escape Serious Injury In Livingston Bypass Collision
By Dewain E. Peek

Eleven people, including the two drivers, escaped serious injuries in a two-vehicle collision on the Livingston Bypass around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5. According to reports, Mateo J. Miguel, 32, of Monterey, was driving a blue 1988 Ford Aerostar minivan west on Bradford-Hicks Drive when Cleveland Copeland, 76, of Livingston, attempted to drive his blue 1983 Ford LTD onto the bypass from North Oak Street. The two vehicles collided, with the van coming to rest in the eastbound lane.

Copeland was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital for treatment as were two passengers in the van, Heriberta Garcia, 26, and Catalina Remites, 16. Seven other passengers in the van were apparently uninjured.

The collision was investigated by Patrolman Bill Randolph of the Livingston Police Department.

 

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