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April 19, 2006

Droves of children hunt eggs over weekend
Blue Ribbon ceremony to be held Thursday

Drowning victim found last Friday

 

 

Droves of children hunt eggs over weekend

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Leah Thomas/OCN staff
Children could be seen practically everywhere over the weekend hunting for Easter eggs. Here dozens of children race through blades of grass at the fairgrounds during the 12th annual Woodmen of the World egg hunt.

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Blue Ribbon ceremony to be held Thursday

A nurturing home environment, safe places to play, good medical care and stimulating schools are all ingredients necessary to help children grow up to be safe and healthy.

When children are surrounded with secure relationships and stimulating experiences, they draw from that environment to become confident, caring adults, according to The Exchange Club/Stephens Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Families benefit from the help of strong, supportive neighborhoods and communities. That is why, on Thursday, April 20 The Stephens Center, with the help of Livingston Exchange Club, Dale Hollow Mental Health Center, LBJ&C Head Start, the Department of Children's Services, OmniVisions, the Upper Cumberland Council on Children and Youth, and Tennessee's Early Intervention System will sponsor a ceremony to raise awareness regarding child abuse and neglect.

A total of 500 blue ribbons, representing the 500 reports of abuse in Overton County in 2005, were tied on a tree on the courthouse lawn to help the public become aware of the problem of abuse in the county.

An adult survivor of child abuse will share her personal story at the Blue Ribbon Ceremony, and County Mayor Kenneth Copeland will sign a proclamation for April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

The Blue Ribbon Ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the Livingston courthouse lawn.

To learn more about child abuse and how to join in efforts to prevent child abuse in Overton County call (931) 823-6432.

photo courtesy of The Stephens Center
A tree on the southeast corner of the courthouse square was recently decorated with blue ribbons for the ceremony.

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Drowning victim found last Friday

The 19-day search for missing Macon County teen Johnathan Hudson ended last Friday when a team of rescue divers recovered his body after it was found by underwater cameras

Officials with the Clay County Rescue Squad said the 16 year-old's body was found in 108 feet of water in the river channel near the Indian Creek area of the lake.

Unit Director Butch Burnette told the Dale Hollow Horizon newspaper that members of the SETH Foundation used "deep torpedo cameras" to spot the victim. He said the foundation was formed by the family of a drowning victim, and said they travel the country helping those in need of their services, free of charge.

Captain Chris Clayburn said, "Thanks to the efforts of the SETH Foundation, rescue squads from three states (Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia), the Red Cross, and the support of local people and businesses here, the search is over. We appreciate the work of all involved."

Burnette said the body was sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy.

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