New laws aimed at protecting Tennesseans
Pontoons can sink when overloaded
Memorial Day service held on Livingston Square
laws aimed at protecting Tennesseans
A number of news laws were passed during the 103rd
General Assembly to protect the health and safety of Tennesseans.
Health Commissioner Kenneth Robinson, M.D., said,
"Maintaining good health is of paramount importance to everyone,
and a great deal was accomplished during this past legislative session
to promote and safeguard the health of our citizens and to stabilize
the TennCare program."
New laws passed this year related to health care
issues include the following:
¥Changes in the TennCare program attempt to ensure
that Tennesseans most in need of health care such as children, pregnant
women, and the disabled will continue to have coverage.
¥Requirements were established for sprinklers and
smoke detectors in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and
multi-story and large-bed, single story homes for the aged to help
protect elderly residents.
¥Public health nurses and nurse practitioners will
be able to apply fluoride varnish to children's teeth during check-ups
in order to help prevent cavities and help stop cavities that have
¥Safety belts will be required for all back seat vehicle
adult passengers, and any violations of the safety belt requirements
become a primary offense, meaning that a law enforcement officer
can stop a vehicle and issue a citation based solely on seat belt
¥The Board of Education will be promulgating rules
to take effect beginning in the 2005-2006 school year that establish
minimum nutritional standards for foods sold in vending machines
and from other sources in public schools in grades K through 8 to
help prevent childhood obesity.
¥As of July 2005, the Department of Health will be
able to respond to a complaint in unlicensed health care facilities
and ultimately seek injunctive relief to cease and desist operation
if they fail to apply for a license.
¥School employees who volunteer will be able to assist
in a student's diabetes care under established guidelines with parental
consent and appropriate training.
¥Department of Health will be able to expand programs
and services that currently address alcohol and drug abuse to include
¥Traffic violation fines for speeding, reckless driving,
invalid license, and driving under the influence were increased
to provide additional funding for services and programs for people
with traumatic brain injury.
¥State rabies laws were updated to establish a uniform
age of six months for vaccination of both dogs and cats and to allow
local governments to establish registration/licensing programs and
set their own fees as long as the revenues are dedicated to a rabies
or animal control program.
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can sink when overloaded
courtesy of Ginger Robbins
This 24-foot pontoon boat was rented from Horse Creek
Dock and almost sank late Sunday afternoon, May 30. Reportedly,
two 24-foot pontoons and three ski boats were tied together. Approximately
35 people were on all five boats, with most of the people on the
pontoons. One of the pontoons was being pulled backwards part of
the time to change locations. This reportedly caused water to come
over the back of the pontoon runner and run into the top of the
pontoon where there is a hole extending out of the top to allow
water to be pumped out if water gets in it. No one was injured,
and the boat was soon back upright. Bill Moulton of TWRA investigated
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Day service held on Livingston Square
photos by Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Veterans salute toward the Overton County Veterans
Memorial after Bobbie Speck, of American Legion Bohannon Unit 4
Ladies Auxiliary, and Marjorie Therrien, of Veterans of Foreign
Wars, James T. Davis Post 5062, Ladies Auxiliary, place wreaths
at the monument. Speck and Therrien were escorted by guest speaker
1SG Terry Melton of the Tennessee National Guard's Knife Troop.
The wreath placement was part of Memorial Day services held on the
Livingston Square on Monday, May 31.
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