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Archives 01-16-2002




Two new immunizations required for school in fall
Wreck victim dies from injuries
Candidates Announce


Two new 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 doses.

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, and death.

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 their lives.

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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Wreck 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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Candidates Announce

Danny Killman announces bid for County Sheriff

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 Sheriff.

"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 different trades.

"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 County Trustee

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 Trustee

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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