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Weighing in on 2008
County remains 7th highest in unemployment

UCHRA to provide CoverKids enrollment services
Screenings to be conducted in schools


Weighing in on 2008

Darren Oliver/OCN staff
Ringing in the new year has long been synonymous with resolutions, as people across the world vow to make changes. Although personal resolutions are only limited to the imagination, several are perpetually popular. Losing weight, eating healthier, getting organized, getting out of debt, quit smoking, and spending more time with family are a few of the resolutions that tend to surface at the beginning of each new year.


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County remains 7th highest in unemployment

Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November 2007 was 4.9%. The United States unemployment rate was 4.7%.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for November 2007 show 4 counties decreased from October, 89 counties increased, and 2 were unchanged.

Overton County’s unemployment rate fell from 6.8% in October to 7.4 in November. Overton had 760 unemployed of a workforce of 10,290.

Overton County is included in the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area, along with Putnam County and Jackson County. The Cookeville MSA rose to 5.5% in November, from 4.9% in October, with 2,790 unemployed of a workforce of 50,630.

Jackson County’s unemployment rate was 6.4%, up from 5.1 in October. Jackson had 340 unemployed of a workforce of 5,250.

Putnam County’s unemployment rate went up from 4.4% to 4.8 in November. Putnam had 1,690 unemployed of a workforce of 35,080.

Pickett County’s unemployment rate was the 2nd highest in the state at 8.8%, up from 7.5% in October. Pickett had 160 unemployed of a workforce of 1,810.

Clay County’s unemployment rate was the 5th highest in the state at 8.3%, up from 7.4 in October. Clay had 300 unemployed of a workforce of 3,660.

Fentress County’s unemployment rate was 6.2%, up from 5.6 in October. Fentress had 480 unemployed of a workforce of 7,810.

Unemployment information is available online at www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/november2007county.pdf.

UCHRA to provide CoverKids enrollment services

UCHRA Board members and staff planning recruitment and enrollment for CoverKids are, seated from left, Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes, Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland, Grassroots Coordinator Joe Burchfield, UCHRA Executive Director Phyllis Bennett, standing, Dian Dillon, and Ray Ringley.

CoverKids, Tennessee’s free health insurance program for uninsured children, is partnering with Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) to offer enrollment information and assistance to families in its service area.

Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland said, “We are excited to be a part of this process to help provide health insurance for children.”

Part of a statewide partnership with Tennessee Association of Human Resource Agencies, this effort will enable families to meet with case workers at UCHRA’s offices and learn more about CoverKids and ultimately enroll in the program.

CoverKids Program Director Dr. Andrea Willis said, “Providing families with easy access to CoverKids is essential to the program’s continued success. Ensuring the health needs of Tennessee’s uninsured children is a monumental task. By working with Tennessee’s Human Resource Agencies (TAHRA), we hope to effectively reach these children and provide access to affordable, comprehensive healthcare services.”

TAHRA President and UCHRA Executive Director Phyllis Bennett said, “Our mission is to provide services and resources to families in the Upper Cumberland and CoverKids is yet another opportunity to fulfill our mission. This program addresses a very specific need faced by the families in our service area, and we want to do everything to encourage enrollment and participation.”

CoverKids, a Cover Tennessee program, allows qualifying children 18 and under to get free, comprehensive health insurance for preventive health care services, such as, vaccinations, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and hospital visits. Maternity coverage is also available for pregnant women who meet eligibility criteria.

A family of four with a $51,625 yearly income will qualify for CoverKids. Qualified, low-income children will have no monthly premiums for coverage, will pay only $15 for doctors’ visits and $5 for generic medications, and will not have any co-pays for routine exams, labs or x-rays. Families with income in excess of 250% FPL could have coverage available at full premium.

Vision benefits were added for children in CoverKids beginning January 1, and dental benefits will be included later.

Applications are now being accepted at local UCHRA offices. To apply for CoverKids contact County Coordinator Dian Dillon at 106 West Henson Street, in Livingston, call (931) 823-7323, or visit UCHRA’s website at www.uchra.com to access an application.

Cover Tennessee provides health coverage to uninsured individuals in Tennessee through three insurance programs and a pharmacy assistance program. CoverTN is a portable health insurance initiative for working Tennesseans who are uninsured. Comprehensive insurance for children is provided through CoverKids, and chronically ill adults are eligible for AccessTN, a high-risk pool. CoverRx is a statewide pharmacy assistance program designed to assist those who have no pharmacy coverage, but have a critical need for medication.

More information on all Cover Tennessee programs is available at www.CoverTN.gov or by calling 1-866-COVERTN.



Screenings to be conducted in schools

Overton County Board of Education’s Special Education Department will be conducting vision and hearing screening as a Child Find Activity in all Overton County Schools for students in grades 2 and 4, beginning Monday, Jan. 7.

With the competition of the screening, parents and teachers will become aware of problems a child may have in the area of vision or hearing. If a problem is suspected, parents will be contacted. The parent will be encouraged to take their child to a professional for a full evaluation.

According to Sheila Pemberton, children who are experiencing problems in these areas will not be able to maintain adequate academic progress, and interventions at this level can be very successful, if the problem is identified early.

For more information about the screening process call Sheila Pemberton at the Overton County Board of Education Central Education Office at (931) 823-1287.

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