Two new immunizations required for school in
Wreck victim dies from injuries
immunizations required for school in fall
Two new immunization requirements for school entrance
will take effect for the 2002-2003 school year, according to Tennessee
Department of Health.
Children entering the seventh grade in the fall of
2002 will be required to receive immunization against Hepatitis
B. Children entering kindergarten will be required to receive immunization
against chicken pox, also known as varicella.
Currently, kindergarten is the only school grade for
which the Hepatitis B vaccination is required.
The vaccine is given in either a two or three dose
schedule and, as of this fall, seventh graders must have at least
one dose to begin the school year and complete the series as needed
during the school year.
If a child has already had the vaccine during infancy
or childhood, he or she will not be required to take additional
Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus
that attacks the liver. The virus can cause lifelong infection,
cirrhosis, or scarring, of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure,
According to statistics, individuals of all ages
are diagnosed with Hepatitis B, and one of 20 persons who live in
the United States will be infected with the virus sometime during
Jerry Narramore, director of the immunization program,
said, "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends
vaccinations for all babies at birth and all children 0-18 years
of age who have not been vaccinated."
Since the introduction of the chicken pox, or varicella,
vaccine in 1995, many have decided to use the vaccine and most children
entering kindergarten have had the shot. As children get older,
chicken pox becomes a more serious illness, and it is very important
that children who have never been vaccinated or had chicken pox
be protected from this potentially fatal disease, according to the
state health department.
Before the availability of chicken pox vaccine, approximately
4 million cases of the disease were reported annually, including
4,000 to 9,000 hospitalizations and 100 deaths.
Health officials are also concerned about the growing
incidence of Group A streptococcus infections in children with chickenpox.
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victim dies from injuries
The story featured in last week's edition of Overton
County News regarding the four-vehicle accident that occurred in
the Dry Hollow Community contained incorrect information.
Johnny Bowers, 33, of Rickman, was the passenger,
not Johnny Beason as the article stated.
We apologize for the errors and any inconvenience
they might have caused.
The article also indicated Bowers was treated for
minor injuries; however, he was transported to Vanderbilt Medical
Center with life-threatening injuries, where he remained in a coma
for several days, according to his sister, Sandra Bowers.
He passed away late last week, according to reports.
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Danny Killman announces bid for
Danny Killman has informed Overton County News he
plans to run for the office of Overton County Sheriff in the upcoming
Democratic Primary. His statement is as follows.
"I am announcing my candidacy for Overton County
"As a child, I learned most of the important
lessons the hard way, which I believe have made me the person that
I am today. I have spent many years working in vocations and learning
"From my experiences, I know that truth, honesty,
respect, and hard work all make situations tolerable. I treat everyone
equally and look for good in all situations. I believe I am a good
husband and my children tell me that I am the best dad and the best
friend in the whole world. That's a life of great fortune.
"I believe that I have something to offer you,
the people of Overton County. The sheriff is to be the peacekeeper
of a county, and the office of sheriff must be treated with honor
and respect, as the sheriff must be honorable and respectful.
"As an elected servant, I vow to work to bring
the communities together and to unite Overton County, just as our
nation works to stand united. I will strive to confront and eliminate
problems, and to work to strengthen the community and gain your
trust. I will have an open-door policy.
"Under my leadership, the Sheriff's Department
will be there to assist you in any way possible. You will be treated
with respect, as I firmly believe that this is the first step in
creating a strong and safe community. I will not intimidate, nor
will I be intimidated.
"To have a strong community, we must have strong
leadership. That starts with law enforcement. All people – families
and children – must believe that those leaders have and will keep
their best interest in mind.
"I will do what is right for all people. I want
to be a leader in a great effort to establish a better quality of
life for all people in this county. I believe in this community.
I believe in the children, in the families, in the people who make
up Overton County. I believe that I have something to offer you
through the office of sheriff. I know that with your trust, support,
and help, I will have a positive impact in our Overton County."
Killman, 37, is a native of Overton County and is
the son of Jerry Killmon and the late Virginia (Beechboard) Killmon.
He and his wife, Christy, have four children, Jordan, 11, Jessica,
10, Philip, 7, and Katie, 3.
Dale Day to run for office of
Jeffrey "Dale" Day has informed Overton
County News he plans to run for the office of Overton County Trustee
in the upcoming Democratic Primary. His statement is as follows:
"I would like to announce that I am a candidate
for the office of Trustee.
"I've had a great experience becoming friends
with many of the people of Overton and surrounding counties who
have inspired me to become a candidate.
"I do not have any family members working in
any of our elected offices. I'm familiar with long hours and hard
work. I have several years of accountability and bookkeeping experience
working at Druther's Restaurant and as your local bread man.
"During my campaign, I look forward to meeting
as many voters as possible, although due to working, I may miss
some. If you do not know me, please ask a friend who does. I will
trust their opinion of me. I will make a great Trustee.
"Please give me your support this election. We
can make a difference."
Day is the son of Elva Dean (Bilbrey) Day of Livingston
and the late Raymond Day. He is married to the former Linda Cyphers,
daughter of Eddie and Earlene Cyphers of the Willow Grove Community.
Day and his wife have two children, Ashley, 12, and Cody, 9.
He is a member of Livingston Masonic Lodge # 259,
Frizzell Council # 84, Evening Star Chapter # 136, Cumberland Commandry
# 26, and Al Menah Shrine.
Billy Hargis announes bid for
Billy G. Hargis has informed Overton County News he
plans to run for the position of Overton County Trustee in the upcoming
Democratic Primary. His statement is as follows.
"I, Billy G. Hargis, would like to announce that
I am a candidate for Trustee of Overton County in the Democratic
Primary on May 7, 2002.
"I am the son of the late Thomas Buren and Bess
Hargis. I have been a resident of Overton County all my life.
"I would truly appreciate your support and vote
in the 2002 Democratic Primary. Thank you and God bless."
Montooth to run for Executive
Tom Montooth has informed Overton County News he plans
to run for the office of Overton County Executive in the upcoming
Democratic Primary. His statement is as follows:
"I would like to take the opportunity to announce
my candidacy for Overton County Executive.
"I am the son of Tommy and Alice Montooth. I
am the father of three children, Brittany, Ashley, and Wade Montooth.
"My wife of 13 years is Lisa Montooth. She is
the daughter of James Howard and Betty Thompson.
"I live at 204 Thorn Gap Road. I have been on
the Farm Service Agency Board for six years and Overton County Budget
Committee for the past three years. My phone number is (931) 498-3542.
Call me day or night."
Montooth currently serves as an Overton County commissioner.
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