County nursing home evacuated.
. . twice!
Livingston man dies in three-vehicle crash
"Wormy" water rumors stopped fast
nursing home evacuated. . . twice!
photo by Carson Oliver/OCN
The Livingston Middle School gymnasium was used as a temporary
holding area for Overton County Nursing Home residents after a chemical
mishap. According to reports, two cleaning chemicals were mixed
that caused an odor in the kitchen and corridor of the nursing home.
All 121 nursing home residents and 54 employees were evacuated.
A chemical mishap caused the complete evacuation of
Overton County Nursing Home on Wednesday, Jan. 26, and a heater
fire caused the evacuation on wings 1 and 2 a few days later.
According to reports, the first evacuation was called
for when bleach was mixed with de-limer last Wednesday. The chemicals
caused an odor in the kitchen and corridor of the nursing home.
The administrator ordered the evacuation of the facility,
and emergency service personnel from Livingston, Overton County,
and surrounding counties, as well as other volunteers soon arrived
and all 121 nursing home residents and 54 employees were evacuated
in 15 minutes.
All nursing home residents were transferred to Livingston
Middle School within an hour. Five employees and two residents were
transported to the emergency room at Livingston Regional Hospital
for treatment of respiratory distress. Every person was checked
before re-entering the building. The entire incident from beginning
to completion lasted about two hours.
Then, on Saturday, Jan. 29, a heater fire in wing
2 caused an evacuation of both wings 1 and 2. Residents of wing
1 were moved to wings 3 and 4, while residents of wing 2 were transported
to Livingston Regional Hospital to be checked out. When LRH could
take no more patients, the rest were transported to Cookeville Regional
Medical Center. No one was seriously injured, according to reports.
LPN Helen Fossey saw smoke coming from a room around
10:19 a.m., pulled the fire alarm, and grabbed a fire extinguisher
to put out the flame, according to reports. Livingston Fire Department
personnel soon arrived to make sure the fire was out and, after
the residents were evacuated, proceeded to clear the building of
Just as in the earlier evacuation, members of area
fire departments arrived to assist in moving the nursing home residents.
Ambulances were called in from Putnam, Fentress, Clay, White, and
Jackson counties to assist in transporting the 35 residents of wing
2 to be examined at LRH and CRMC.
After Livingston Fire Chief Rocky Dial had the wing's
CO level checked and found it acceptable, residents were returned
to the nursing home. By 2 p.m., all but two residents were back
at the facility. The two were kept at LRH for observation, as was
an OCNH staff member.
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man dies in three-vehicle crash
Emergency workers place a tarpaulin over a 1997 Nissan
pickup driven by Danny E. Allen, 39, of Livingston, after a three-vehicle
wreck occurred on Highway 111 South, just inside the Livingston
city limits, last Tuesday, Jan. 25.
According to reports, Allen was driving north around
11 a.m. when the truck crossed the center line into the southbound
lane and struck a 1996 Jeep Laredo driven by Glynn Lafever, 60,
of Cookeville. The truck overturned onto the top of a 1987 Buick
driven by Jeremy C. Perry, 32, of Monroe, and landed off the shoulder
of the roadway.
Allen was pronounced dead. Perry was also injured
in the collision and was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital.
Lafever was apparently uninjured.
The incident was investigated by Tennessee Highway
Patrol Troopers Marty Philpot, Jeff Cook, Travis Ryans, and Lt.
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water rumors stopped fast by Monterey
By DALE WELCH, Hilltop Express with permission
Town of Monterey officials said they want to assure its customers
that water from the town's water supply is safe and exceeds state
requirements. That is something that cannot be guaranteed by even
drinking bottled water, which is not state-regulated.
As far as town officials can determine, a rumor that
the town's water, and maybe all Putnam County's water supply, had
an "amoebic parasite" began after a patient visited the
Monterey Rural Health Clinic.
Contacted by the Hilltop Express, Dr. Jane Kissane,
head of the rural health clinics in Putnam County, said, "It
was a total misunderstanding."
Dr. Kissane said the physician's assistant was trying
to explain the difference in symptoms of the flu and other possible
causes of diarrhea and vomiting.
The rumors were alleged to start from there that something
was wrong with the water. Town water officials and city hall began
getting phone calls about the water, saying it was infected with
an amoebic parasite.
Monterey Water Department employees, who test the
water every day anyway, tested the water immediately, finding absolutely
no contamination. They began investigating where the information
When it appeared the information may have came from
the rural health clinic, Duane Jarrett, water treatment supervisor,
and Bobby Farley, water distribution supervisor, went to the clinic
to ask questions. They said they were told they would have to make
They made an appointment for later in the morning
and went back. They allege that after they returned, they were told
the physician's assistant would not talk with them and that they
would have to "take it up somewhere else", and were told
to contact Dr. Kissane.
Jarrett and Farley also tested the water at the homes
of those who called in about the water. Water quality was found
to be just fine.
A complex formula is used to calculate factors needed
to ensure safe potable water. Over the last year, testing of the
Monterey water supply showed numbers that were seven times better
than what the state requires.
Water department officials, state water quality officials,
and Dr. Kissane all told Hilltop Express that it is almost impossible
to be infected by an amoebic parasite from a municipal water supply.
A more likely cause would be not washing your hands or your fruit
Rumors usually travel faster than real viruses. State
law makes it unlawful for any person to make any untrue or misleading
oral or written statements regarding the presence of one or more
contaminants in drinking water.
Mayor Ken Wiggins said the town's commitment to safe
water is an ongoing and a never-ending process.
If there should ever be a threat to the water supply,
the town will notify the state, as well as the newspaper, radio,
and TV stations, and quickly disperse information.
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Overton County News
415 West Main Street
P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570