weather closes schools four days
LRH achieves chest pain center status
Smithsonian exhibit to open this weekend
Burchfield named NCO of the year
Sheriff's Dept. warns of fake $50 bills
Cocaine seized in Saturday raid
Winter weather closes schools four days
Darren Oliver/OCN staff
Russell Sidwell and his nephew, Spencer Hargis, take advantage of
the snowfall Saturday morning, Feb. 3. Snowy weather caused Overton
County schools to close Thursday, Feb. 1, and they remained closed
through Tuesday, Feb. 6.
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achieves chest pain center status
courtesy of LRH
Showing the accreditation certificate are, from left, Dr. Randy
Davis, Overton County EMS Director Liz Crabtree, LRH CEO Tim McGill,
Sue Maynord, Dr. Richard Fields, and Michelle Watson.
Livingston Regional Hospital received full Cycle II
accreditation status from the Accreditation Review Committee of
the Society of Chest Pain Centers on December 29, becoming the 332nd
accredited Chest Pain Center in the nation.
Livingston Regional Hospital CEO Tim McGill said,
"Thanks to our great staff, our emergency department physicians,
and our EMS partners, we now have this important distinction for
our hospital and community."
Dr. Rick Fields, director of Emergency Services at
LRH, added, "I am very proud of the hard work and cooperation
from all the departments and EMS that were necessary to achieve
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the
United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More
than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest
The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is to
significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching
the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible
heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment,
and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.
The Chest Pain Center's protocol driven and systematic
approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time
to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack,
when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients
when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such
observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too
early nor needlessly admitted.
With the rise of Chest Pain Centers came the need
to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality
of care provided to patients. The Society's accreditation process
insures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute
The Chest Pain Center at Livingston Regional Hospital
has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient
care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and
completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society
of Chest Pain Centers. Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must
demonstrate expertise include the following:
Integrating the emergency department with the local
emergency medical system;
Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly;
Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute
coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms;
Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures;
Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and
Maintaining organizational structure and commitment;
Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient
Supporting community outreach programs that educate
the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms
of a possible heart attack.
Emergency Room Supervisor Sue Maynord said, "The
teamwork we already exhibit is not officially recognized by this
accreditation. We continuously strive to improve our services to
provide the highest quality of care for our patients and service
to our community."
Livingston Regional Hospital is a JCAHO-accredited114-bed
acute care facility. The hospital and the more than 65 physicians
on its medical staff provide a comprehensive range of healthcare
services, including 24-hour emergency services that service the
Upper Cumberland Region as a Level III trauma center.
The hospital's Women's Center features recently renovated
birthing suites. Diagnostic and Radiology Services include computed
tomography scanning, ultrasonography, mammography, magnetic resonance
imaging, radiography, and nuclear medicine.
A 6-bed Critical Care unit provides intensive care
services and procedures with advanced cardiac and ventilatory equipment
for continuous patient monitoring. Physical Rehabilitative services
on both inpatient and an outpatient basis are also available.
For more information about LRH visit the website at
www.livingstonregionalhospital.com or call (931) 823-5611.
Society of Chest Pain Centers is a non-profit international
professional organization focused upon improving care for patients
with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies.
Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient
advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. SCPC is headquartered
in Columbus, OH.
For more information on the Society of Chest Pain
Centers visit www.scpcp.org.
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exhibit to open this weekend
Fences take on many shapes. Wrought iron, and wood,
barbed wire and stones. For the most part, they are seen simply
as physical barriers. One of Smithsonian Institute's traveling exhibits,
"Between Fences", explores the evolution of fences, and
the variety of ways they affect all walks of life.
The 6-week exhibit will be presented by Overton County
Heritage Museum in partnership with Humanities Tennessee and the
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Services' Museum on Main
Street program. It will be on display at only 6 locations in Tennessee,
and will stop at Overton County Heritage Museum beginning Saturday,
"We feel very lucky to have been chosen as the
only museum in Middle Tennessee to host this exhibit," said
museum curator Paula Stover.
The exhibit explores the various implementation of
fences that define physical boundaries as well as cultural fences
that affect society. While some fences take the form of creeks and
rivers, others are invisible, dividing race, class or religions.
Through artifacts, illustrations, and photographs,
"Between Fences" explores the division of space and culture
from historical, regional and social perspectives. It also challenging
visitors to examine the fences in their own lives.
"Fences are used for various reasons, to divide
land, provide privacy and some are just ornamental," Stover
said. "It's interesting to note also, there were no fences
in this country until the Europeans came. The Native Americans did
not use fences to show ownership of the land."
Because of its size, the exhibit will be on display
at Joe L. Evins Community Center, next door to Overton County Heritage
The exhibit, which will be on display through March
24, will be open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2
School tours, including students from Overton and
surrounding counties, have been slated primarily for Thursdays.
Because of the number of school children expected, the public is
encouraged to attend on Fridays and Saturdays.
For more information call Overton County Heritage
Museum at (931) 403-0909 or visit the museum website at www.overtonmuseum.com.
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named NCO of the Year
By BETH UNDERWOOD, OCN staff
SSG David Ryan Burchfield was recently named Non-Commissioned Officer
(NCO) of the Year for Det. 1, Troop Echo, 2/278th ACR.
Burchfield, who was selected by his peers and superiors,
was chosen out of more than 140 soldiers in E Troop (formerly known
as K Troop).
"Everytime he does something for the Guard, he
stands out among his peers," said SFC Dallas Bunger, platoon
sergeant with Troop E. "Whether during regular hours or after
hours, he's always there to help."
Burchfield went on to compete at the Squadron level
against 2 other NCOs from the 2/278th ACR. Burchfield is married
to April (Beaty) Burchfield. The couple has an 8 week-old son, Landon
SSG Burchfield, who was promoted to staff sergeant
on January 8, is the son of David and Carolyn Burchfield of Livingston,
and the son-in-law of Junior and Debbie Beaty of Byrdstown.
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Dept. warns of fake $50 bills
Overton County Sheriff's Department has received reports
during the past week that several counterfeit $50 bills have been
passed in Morgan and Fentress counties.
According to the Sheriff's Dept., the fake $50 bills
pass the marker pen checking system even though they are not legitimate.
Anyone with any knowledge of counterfeit $50 bills
being circulated should call the Sheriff's Dept. at (931) 823-5635.
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seized in Saturday raid
Approximately 6 ounces (164 grams) of cocaine was
confiscated by Overton County Sheriff's Department in a raid in
Okolona on Saturday, Feb. 3.
According to reports, Sheriff's Dept. personnel, with
a search warrant and assistance from the canine unit of Putnam County
Sheriff's Department, searched the residence of Candice Leschelle
Wagers, 26, around 7 p.m. Saturday evening. The cocaine was allegedly
found and officers arrested Wagers and James Lamar Carson, 28.
Both were charged with manufacturing, delivering,
and selling a controlled substance.
Wagers was released on bond, with a hearing set for
Thursday, Feb. 22.
Carson appeared before Judge Steve Daniels and was
denied bond. He is set to appear before Judge John Officer on Tuesday,
The arrests were the result of an ongoing Oveton County
Sheriff's Dept. investigation over the past several months.
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