LA Lady Wildcats win Jaycees Tournament
New year good time to quit smoking
Schools to receive documentary DVDs
Lady Wildcats win Jaycees Tournament
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats won the 2003
Livingston Jaycees Tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 23. On hand at the
championship award presentation are, kneeling from left, April Handy,
Kellie Thurman, Katrina Beechboard, Megan Thompson, Kasey Baltimore,
standing from left, Wanda Krantz, representing tournament sponsor
Bank of Overton County, Mallie Stephens, Jada Ledbetter, Megan Brown,
Brittany McCoin, Krista Clinard, Whitney Sells, Kristin Hoover,
Haley Mullins, Ashley Matthews, and tournament director Mike Johnson.
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good time to quit smoking
For those making New Year's resolutions this holiday
season for the coming year, Overton County Health Department suggests
making a vow to stop smoking.
Andy Langford, director of the Health Department,
said, "Instead of making a resolution that is soon forgotten
and swept out along with the confetti, this year, make the choice
to quit smoking and be smoke-free, not just for the new year, but
for a new life."
Health officials say that making a resolution to quit
smoking, will not only benefit the health of the smoker, but also
the people around. Tobacco has been proven to cause cancer, heart
disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
According to the U.S. surgeon general, nicotine is
as addictive as heroin and cocaine. Over time, the body becomes
physically and psychologically dependent on it. But health studies
have also shown that the general public's health can be affected
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report
that about 3,000 nonsmoking adults in the United States who have
never been smokers die of lung cancer every year as a result of
exposure to secondhand smoke. According to The American Lung Association,
more than 35,000 persons die each year from heart disease caused
by secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke puts everyone at risk, particularly
children who breathe more rapidly than adults, according to the
Langford pointed out that more and more public and
private places are now banning smoking.
"Smoking is becoming a social taboo and the new
year is a good time to imagine a life free from nicotine, free from
a bad cough or breath, costly cigarette purchases, and feeling ostracized
from friends, family, and society in general because of the need
for a smoke."
Langford also suggested stopping the habit because
of the odor.
"When you quit smoking, the smell of stale tobacco
is gone from your body, your hair, your clothes, and your breath,"
Those who would like more information or support
to stop smoking may call the Smoking Quitline of the National Cancer
Institute at 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848).New year good time
to quit smoking
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to receive documentary DVDs
All Tennessee schools, public and private, will receive
a copy of a documentary DVD and a curriculum exploring the life
of George Washington Carver.
The project, funded through grants from Tennessee
Departments of Education, Agriculture, and Financial Institutions,
BWXT Y-12, First Tennessee Bank, and University of Tennessee, celebrates
the life of the scientist credited with modernizing the southern
Students from Austin East Performing Arts Magnet High
School, Beaumont Honors Magnet Academy, and The Episcopal School
of Knoxville worked with Knoxville television personality Bill Landry
to create the interdisciplinary program honoring Carver's scientific
and social contributions.
Born a slave in the 1860s, Carver was later freed
and earned his college degree.
In 1896, he joined the staff of Tuskegee Institute
as director of the Department of Agricultural Research, a post he
held the rest of his life.
Carver discovered hundreds of uses for peanuts, sweet
potatoes, and soybeans. His innovations stimulated demand for those
crops, greatly benefitting the southern agrarian economy. He dedicated
his work to improving life for African Americans, and his scientific
applications helped feed hungry populations worldwide.
Education Commissioner Lana C. Seivers said, "The
story of George Washington Carver is both educational and inspirational.
I hope the success and genius of the former slave will motivate
students to break down their own barriers to meet their own potential, just
like Carver did."
Commissioner of Agriculture Ken Givens said, "Carver's
advances in agriculture point to the importance of our food and
fiber industry and the value of hard work and perseverance in the
face of adversity.
"The Department of Agriculture is proud to support
this project in hopes that it will inspire young men and women to
consider careers in today's agricultural industry."
Commissioner of Financial Institutions Kevin Lavender
said, "George Washington Carver is a hero of American history,
and he is a role model for children today.
"He showed that a person's background cannot
limit his future or his contribution to society."
The Department of Education will distribute the DVDs
and curricula to school systems in December and January. Alternatively,
schools may pick up copies of the DVD and curriculum from their
respective field service centers.
For more information about the making of the George
Washington Carver Project call Russ Oaks, with Knox County Schools,
at (865) 594-1905.
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