Ambulance Unit Placed In Hanging
Overton Schools To Receive Share Of $42 Billion
Unit Placed In Hanging Limb
Michael Walker, EMTIV, and Shaun Hale, paramedic,
show the Advanced Cardiac Life Support ambulance unit now operating
in the Hanging Limb Community of Overton County.
The Overton County Ambulance Service, upon request
of the Overton County Commission, has placed an Advanced Cardiac
Life Support (ALS) ambulance unit in the Hanging Limb Community.
Overton County Ambulance Service Director Liz Crabtree
stated, "This endeavor has come to light with the guidance
and cooperation of all parties associated and involved in its design."
The purpose of placing an ambulance unit in the area
is to decrease response times to what is commonly known as the "mountain"
area, according to Crabtree.
"Response times in the mountain area for an ALS
ambulance unit ranged from 20 to 30 minutes," Crabtree stated.
"The mountain ALS ambulance unit will cover the mountain area
from its primary location, located just off of East Fork Lane, next
door to the Mountain First Responders."
The ALS ambulance unit and the Mountain First Responders
will work hand-in-hand to help those in need within their designated
coverage area, according to Crabtree.
"The Overton County Ambulance Service and its
employees are excited and have been overwhelmed with the support
and appreciation shown to them during this implementation phase
by the community."
The mountain ALS ambulance unit went into operation
at 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. It is staffed 24 hours a day every
day of the week. In an emergency dial 911. For non-emergency calls
dial 823-6401. All calls go into the 911 communications center and
are dispatched to ambulance personnel accordingly, regardless of
emergency or non-emergency nature.
Director Crabtree expressed appreciation to County
Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell and the Overton
County Commission, Overton County First Responders, Mountain Volunteer
Fire Department, and Overton County E-911 Director Chris Masiongale
and his staff.
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Schools To Receive Share Of $42 Billion
U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon expects Overton County school
children to reap the rewards of this year's $1.6 billion federal
investment to reduce class sizes by hiring new elementary school
The state of Tennessee has received about $42 million
during the past two years to help reduce class sizes in local school
districts, a federal initiative calling for the hiring and training
of 100,000 new teachers across the nation.
Tennessee is expected to receive $27.1 million in
federal funding this year to hire additional teachers, a 25 percent
increase over last year's $21.7 million installment. Last year,
Overton County schools received $83,674 in class-reduction funds.
"Children are this nation's greatest asset,"
Gordon said. "We cannot afford to scrimp on their educations.
Ensuring local schools have enough qualified teachers to help our
children learn is an investment that will pay big dividends later
down the road.
"By reducing class size, we can provide our children
with more personalized instruction and discipline, which will give
them a better opportunity to excel in school and in the workforce
after they graduate."
In addition to the class-reduction funds - part of
this year's $42 billion congressional appropriation for education
programs - the Eisenhower Professional Development State Grants
program is slated to dole out $485 million in teacher training funds
to nearly 15,000 school districts, including Overton County.
Money from the program is designated to help school
systems reduce the number of uncertified teachers and educators
not trained in the subjects they are teaching. Last year Tennessee
received $5.8 million for its share of the Eisenhower Professional
Development State Grants money, with Overton County schools getting
$14,737 of the federal funding.
The state is expected to receive $7.4 million for
its share of the Eisenhower program money this year, which represents
a nearly 28 percent increase in funding over last year's level.
"Improving the skills of our teachers can only
help our children become better students," Gordon said. "We
cannot expect our children to compete in today's dynamic job market
without the right skills. We need to make sure those teachers have
the necessary skills, as well.
"Our children, after all, deserve an education
second to none."
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