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Archives 07-05-2000



Child Safety Seat Road Block Held
OCN Wins 4 UT-TPA Awards
Skilled Unit Now Open At Nursing Home



Child Safety Seat Road Block Held

Automobiles were lined up in both directions on the Livingston Bypass on Friday evening, June 30, above, as part of Operation Kids Child Safety.

Six law enforcement agencies cooperated in the effort to promote safety belt awareness. The road block at the intersection of Bradford-Hicks Drive and 1st Street was conducted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ben Waller of the Crossville Police Department and David Hinkle of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, pictured at left, along with Eddie Caples of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, inspected child safety seat during Friday's road block on the Livingston Bypass. Livingston Police Department and Overton County Sheriff's Department do not currently have personnel certified for safety seat inspections, but have officers taking the necessary training.

The child restraint technicians gave instructions on the proper way of securing child safety restraints to those interested.

The road block also produced 11 driver's license violations, an adult seat belt warning, a child restraint violation, and 7 violations of registration.

A total of 27 officers were involved in the effort. LPD Chief Roger Phillips and Overton County Sheriff Kelly Hull expressed appreciation to all who assisted and to the citizens for their patient cooperation.

Agencies involved were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Livingston Police Department, Overton County Sheriff's Department, Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, Crossville Police Department, and the Governor's Highway Safety Office.

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OCN Wins 4 UT-TPA Awards
By Robert Forsman

The Tennessee Press Association recently announced winners in the 2000 UT-TPA Press Contest. Overton County News placed in four categories.

This year the Personal Column category, which has been dominated by Bob of North County Lines with three straight first place awards, was split into two categories - Best Personal Column and Best Personal Humor Column. For 2000, Bob took first place in Best Personal Humor Column and was the runner-up in Best Personal Column.

Of the awards, Bob said, "Although the list appears long, I need to thank those who contributed to my writing. "Pinchy, for putting up with my mind being gone while the rest of me is there.

"Carson, for not trying to keep me on a chain.

"Dad, for teaching me the value of hard work.

"Mom and Aunt Stella, for teaching me the value of reading when I was young.

"Red, for being an inspiration by fighting her way back.

"Dewain, for showing me different avenues in his well-written columns.

"My readers, for being a breed above the crowd.

"I better not leave out Robert Forsman. Sometimes we work so closely together, each knows what the other is thinking."

Robert Forsman brought about another award for OCN, third place in Public Service. Forsman's award winning public service series concentrated on Genesis House.

Forsman said of the award, "Judge John Officer and the staff of Genesis House deserve recognition for providing perspectives into a crime that is more dangerous and deadly than many people realize or want to believe."

OCN once again placed in the category of Best Single Advertisement, taking fourth.

A former NEWS staffer was also among the winners in the UT-TPA Contest. Toby Sells, formerly of Livingston, placed fifth in Best Personal Column.

He currently toils for The Rutherford Courier, a newspaper that picked up numerous awards in this year's contest.

Area newspapers earning awards were the Citizen-Statesman, Smithville Review, Crossville Chronicle, and Herald-Citizen.

Citizen-Statesman took home seven awards. The Celina newspaper was a runner-up in Community Lifestyles, and also a runner-up in Public Service, placed fourth in Best Single Editorial, placed fifth in Best Personal Column, placed fifth in Best News Story, placed fifth in Promotion of Newspapers, and placed sixth in Sports.

Smithville Review placed third in Sports, and placed sixth in Best Personal Column.

Crossville Chronicle was a runner-up in Best News Photograph, placed fourth in Editorials, and placed fifth in Best Personal Column.

Herald-Citizen placed fifth in Best Personal Column.

This year's contest had 1,214 entries from 83 newspapers.


Skilled Unit Now Open At Nursing Home

A new skilled Medicare unit opened at Overton County Nursing Home Saturday, July 1. The unit offers Part A and Part B Medicare services.

OCNH Administrator Mark Hill said, "We are very excited to be providing skilled care services to the residents of Overton and surrounding counties. "Now, both Medicaid and Medicare recipients can benefit from our new services, which include intensive physical, speech, and occupational therapies after stroke or fractures, as well as post-hospital care after surgery. Drugs and medical supplies are also covered.

"Skilled RN staffing will be provided around the clock to ensure the highest level of care to our patients." Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people over 65, and certain disabled people under 65.

Part A covers skilled nursing home care for up to 100 days per spell of illness after a three-day qualifying hospital stay. The first 20 days are paid at 100 percent, and for the 21st through 100th day, the patient must share the cost of care by paying a daily coinsurance rate.

Part B Medicare helps to pay for covered services of physicians, medical supplies, medical equipment, and some therapies. Under the part B program, the patient must pay an annual premium and a deductible for all part B services including physician services, after which Medicare pays 80 percent of the reasonable charges for covered services.

For more information contact the social services department of Overton County Nursing Home at (931) 823-6403.


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