New Central Office facility now under
Flu season arrives early in Tennessee Tennessee
Great American Smoke-Out set for November
Central Office facility now under construction
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
A new Central Education Office is now under construction
on Zachary Street. The 8,520 sq.-ft. building will have about 15
office spaces along with small rooms for parent meetings and a large
conference room for Board of Education meetings. The building will
use geothermal heating and cooling to save on utility costs. Mid-State
Construction is the general contractor, and the facility is expected
to be finished in the spring. Cost for the project is $912,589,
which includes all new soccer facilities. (More on the facility
can be found on page 16A.)
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arrives early in Tennessee Tennessee
Department of Health reported the first laboratory-confirmed
cases of influenza in the state last week, and urged people to protect
themselves by getting a flu shot as soon as possible.
Dr. Allen Craig, state epidemiologist, said, "It
appears that flu season has arrived earlier than usual this year.
Coupled with the fact that Texas has already seen widespread flu
activity, we are concerned this might indicate a more severe flu
season than normal.
"Getting an annual flu shot is your best defense
The state laboratory confirmed two cases of type-A
influenza in Knox County and one case in Williamson County. In addition,
positive "rapid-fluÓ tests (a quick test that can be done in
doctor's office from a nasal or throat swab) have been reported
in Knox, Madison, and Grainger counties.
"Tennessee doesn't usually have laboratory-confirmed
influenza until December at the earliest, with peak flu activity
typically occurring in January or February," Craig said. "While
a flu shot won't protect you against other viruses, it is very effective
in preventing flu in healthy adults."
Craig said that persons who want to increase their
chances of staying well should get a flu shot without delay, but
it is most important for those who are at high risk of developing
flu-related complications. This includes: persons ages 50 and older,
even if in good health; residents of nursing homes or long-term
care facilities; persons of all ages with chronic heart or lung
conditions, including asthma; people with diabetes, renal disease,
severe anemia, suppressed immune systems, or alcoholism; women who
will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during the
flu season; and children ages 6 to 24 months.
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American Smoke-Out set for November 20
This year's Great American Smoke-Out will be held
Thursday, Nov. 20.
The following suggestions have been given to help
individuals stop smoking:
¥Set a quit date.
¥Get support from friends.
¥Make changes before stopping. Get rid of cigarettes
and ashtrays in the home, car, and place of work. Get rid of the
smell of cigarettes in the car and home. Avoid other tobacco products
such as cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco.
¥Review past attempts to quit and think about what
¥Remember half of all persons who have ever smoked
For more information visit American Cancer Society's
website at www.cancer.org.
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Livingston, Tennessee 38570