Livingston town square streets recieve facelift
Public cautioned of phony flu vaccinations
Halloween to be observed on October 30
town square streets recieve facelift
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
A "street eater" chews up the pavement on the Main
Street side of Livingston's town square Friday morning, Oct. 15
as work began to lower the streets around the square. The roadway
is being cut down several inches to remove decades of paving and
repaving that has raised the street above the sidewalk level in
some areas, causing some buildings to take on water during heavy
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cautioned of phony flu vaccinations
Tennessee Attorney General Paul G. Summers is cautioning
the public to be on alert for unreasonably high prices charged by
distributors and/or providers of the flu vaccine and potential phony
vaccines being offered as a result of a nationwide shortage.
The flu vaccine is in short supply after regulators
shut down a British-based manufacturer that usually provides the
U.S. flu vaccine.
General Summers' office has spoken with Vanderbilt
University Medical Center officials who have expressed concern for
inflated prices for the vaccine. In addition, other states have
received reports of vaccine price gouging, as well as the Center
for Disease Control, by some of the vaccine distributors or providers.
Kansas and Florida have filed suit against Fort Lauderdale-based
Meds-State, alleging the firm proposed to deliver and sell a vial
of five doses of flu vaccine to a Kansas City, KS, pharmacy for
$900 with the knowledge that the vaccine was to be used in a "nursing
home". On October 1, the price for the same vial was listed
as $85. Connecticut is also investigating reports of flu vaccine
The American Society of Health System Pharmacists
found in a recent study more than half of the respondents had been
offered the vaccine at $800 for a 10-dose vial. The average is about
$80 to $90 for hospitals and the average for one dose to a consumer
The organization also expressed concern about the
potential for counterfeit vaccines being sold because more than
75 percent of the hospitals it surveyed said they would not have
enough flu vaccine to meet recommendations by Centers for Disease
Control. Almost 85 percent of those facilities said they would not
buy more vaccines at the inflated prices.
"It is unconscionable that anyone would take
advantage of their fellow citizen just to make money in an emergency
situation such as we now face, but I know Tennesseans will do the
right thing," Attorney General Summers said. "We ask anyone
who suspects price-gouging or possible counterfeit vaccines to report
it to the appropriate authorities."
Health officials suggest Tennesseans be careful about
receiving a flu vaccine from someone you do not know.
Anyone who experiences unexpected side effects from
the flu vaccine should contact their health care provider.
Health care providers should stay vigilant regarding
the potential for phony vaccines and only purchase from known vendors.
They should also inspect for any irregulations in the appearance
or integrity of the vaccine.
Tennesseans may report suspected overpriced vaccines
or counterfeit vaccines to the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs
at (615) 741-4737 or 1-800-342-8385 or online at www.state.tn.us/consumer.
Potential counterfeit vaccines should be reported to the Overton
County Health Department or Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov.
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to be observed on October 30
Halloween will be observed in Livingston on Saturday,
In an effort to reduce the incidents of vandalism
and egg-throwing this Halloween, officers of Livingston Police Department
will be out in force.
Chief Roger Phillips said, "Anyone found throwing
eggs or other material at vehicles or pedestrians will be arrested
and can face charges of Disorderly Conduct, a Class C misdemeanor
with up to 30 days in jail and up to a $50 fine; Vandalism, a Class
A misdemeanor with up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and up to
a $2,500 fine; and/or Criminal Littering, a Class B misdemeanor
with up to 6 months in jail and up to a $500 fine."
Any vehicle involved in a throwing incident in which
the driver is arrested will be towed at the owner's expense, according
to Chief Phillips.
Parents are urged to know their children's whereabouts
on Halloween. Parents are held responsible for up to $10,000 in
damages committed by their children.
Anyone under the age of 18 found throwing eggs or
other materials at a vehicle or pedestrian will be charged with
the offense in juvenile court.
"Halloween is a time we hope our youngsters
can enjoy," Chief Phillips said. "Working together, we
can ensure it to be a safe and fun time.
"Just please remember that what is usually meant
as a harmless prank can turn into someone else's tragedy very quickly."
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Livingston, Tennessee 38570