High winds slam Upper Cumberland
Hospital decontaminated after meth scare
Taylor's Crossroads VFD receives federal grant
winds slam Upper Cumberland
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
The remains of a tree in Lonnie Breeding's yard, at the corner
of Eckel Cemetery Road and Sulphur Road, gives evidence of burning
after being struck by lightning during the July 13 storm. Many trees
around the county were struck by lightning during the storm.
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decontaminated after meth scare
photos by Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
The lobby of Livingston Regional Hospital was locked down for
decontamination Thursday afternoon, July 15 after a man and two
small children suspected of having been exposed to methamphetamines
or materials used to make meth. No one was allowed to enter or leave
for about an hour while emergency services personnel washed down
the people and the area potentially contaminated. After decontaminating
the hospital lobby, the Livingston firemen who went inside were
scrubbed down outside the building.
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Crossroads VFD receives federal grant
U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded a
$45,180 grant to Taylor's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department in
Monroe, under the 2004 Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program.
The fire department will use the grant to purchase
new equipment, according to U.S. Representative Bart Gordon.
Assistant Fire Chief James Decho said the 18-member
volunteer department will use the grant to replace "hand-me-downs
from other departments".
"Most of the equipment we currently have has
been donated to us from other fire departments," he explained,
noting the department plans to purchase airpacks, turnout gear,
and other assorted firefighting equipment.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP)
awards one-year grants directly to fire departments to support the
nation's firefighters and the services they deliver. The Department
of Homeland Security's Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) administers
the program, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
U.S. Senator Bill Frist said, "Our first responders
must be equipped to do their job, and this funding will help ensure
they have the resources necessary to keep Monroe safe.
"This funding is an investment in Tennessee,
and I applaud the Department of Homeland Security for supporting
the critical work of our firefighters."
Fellow U.S. Senator for Tennessee Lamar Alexander
said, "Senator Frist and I appreciate the Department of Homeland
Security's investment in the Monroe community for emergency preparedness.
"This grant will help give firefighters the vital
resources they need to save lives. We will continue to work together
to ensure that they have the necessary resources to keep our citizens
Rep. Gordon is a member of the Congressional Fire
He said, "Many communities struggle to maintain
fire-protection services. Even though demands on firefighters have
increased tremendously over the years, the resources they depend
on to provide their life-saving services have not."
Fire departments across the nation will receive about
$750 million through the grant program this year. In addition to
equipment and training, grants can fund wellness and fitness programs
for firefighting personnel, as well as fire-prevention programs.
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