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Livingston town square streets recieve facelift
Public cautioned of phony flu vaccinations
Halloween to be observed on October 30

 

 

Livingston 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 rains.

 

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Public 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 price-gouging.

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 is $10-$20.

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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Halloween to be observed on October 30

Halloween will be observed in Livingston on Saturday, Oct. 30.

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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