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Cumberland County man dies in head-on collision
Livingston man arrested for drugs
Digital upgrade planned for state’s 911 systems
Nursing home meeting held

County financial info available online

Cumberland County man dies in head-on collision


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The twisted wreckage of a 1992 Eagle Summit minivan sits on a rollback hauler after a fatal two-vehicle collision on Highway 52 on Wednesday, Feb. 24. According to reports, John H. Howe, 39, of the Crossville area, was driving the vehicle west on the Celina Highway around 6:45 a.m. when it crossed the center line near the former Rachel’s Diner in Allons and collided head-on with an east bound 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 4-door pickup driven by Ronald D. Haston, 45, of the Celina area. Howe, who was wearing a seatbelt, died. Haston, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was flown by helicopter to a trauma center. Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. James Sells investigated the incident.


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Livingston man arrested for drugs

A Livingston man has been arrested on drug charges after an investigation last week.

Detective Brian Franklin and Deputy Steve Hritz of Overton County Sheriff’s Department received information Tuesday, Feb. 23 on possible drug activity at Villa Apartments.

Upon arrival, officers gained entry to an apartment, conducted a search, and allegedly found a substantial amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Ricky Lynn Allred was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule VI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was set to appear in General Sessions Court today, March 3.


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Digital upgrade planned for state’s 911 systems
A resolution moving through the Tennessee General Assembly urges local 911 call centers to accept text messages. House Joint Resolution 746, sponsored by Rep. Pat Marsh of Shelbyville, highlights the need for Tennessee’s 911 system to receive a “digital upgrade”.

Lynn Questell, executive director of Tennessee Emergency Communications Board, said, “We’re pleased that Representative Marsh has brought attention to this issue. Most people don’t know that you can’t text 911 currently. It just doesn’t work. We are in the process of upgrading our infrastructure to take it from the old analog system to new, internet protocol (IP) based digital technology.”

Marsh said he brought the resolution in response to concerns from his constituents.

“People have asked me why they can’t text 911,” Marsh said. “Now, I can tell them we just don’t have the technology yet. But I can also tell them that Tennessee is poised to be a national leader in digital 911.”

Questell said the state’s current 911 infrastructure needs the upgrade in order to keep up with emerging technology such as internet-based phone service and texting.

“What we have now is a system that is challenged,” Questell said. “But, we’ve prepared for that. We’re on the verge of a statewide project to digitalize our 911 system. This will mean a more efficient, more intelligent emergency response.”

Questell is referring to the state’s Next Generation 911 (NG 911) project, which should begin deployment in late 2010. The conversion process is similar to the recent conversion of televisions from analog to digital. It will involve the deployment of an IP platform specifically for 911 and the purchase and deployment of new equipment at 911 call centers across the state.

Randy Porter, chair of the Emergency Communications Board, said, “Once the NG 911 project is complete, Tennesseans will have access to the best technology available to coordinate emergency response.”

Tennessee Emergency Communications Board (TECB) voted to adopt a funding plan for NG 911. The plan will distribute $25 million to local emergency communications districts (ECDs) this year.

Questell said, “These funds will allow local ECDs to purchase the necessary equipment for the NG 911 upgrade.”

The funding plan will provide each district with $120,000 plus an additional amount determined by the district’s population.

“This is a big project that will have significant benefits for Tennesseans,” Questell said. “While we’re distributing funds to districts for the purchase of necessary equipment, we’re also building a statewide digital 911 infrastructure.”

TECB expects to begin deployment of NG 911 by early 2011.

TECB was created by the General Assembly in 1998 to assist ECDs’ boards of directors in the areas of management, operations and accountability, with the goal of establishing reliable emergency communications for all citizens of the state. In 2005, Tennessee became the third state in the nation to become Phase II ready, meaning a 911 operator can obtain a wireless caller’s number and location information. In 2005,
Tennessee received an award from the Congressional E911 Institute for having the nation’s best state 911 system.


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Nursing home meeting held
Minutes of the Thursday, Feb. 25 Overton County Nursing Home Board of Director’s meeting are as follows:

Members present – Chairman E. Alan Atnip, Vice Chair Stanley Carter Jr., Billie G. Phipps, and Gregg Nivens.

Others present – Administrator Jennifer Bouldin and Director of Nursing Michelle Jackson.

Meeting was called to order by chair at 5:35 p.m.

Approval of minutes of January 27 Board meeting. Motion by Stanley Carter with second by Billie Phipps. All in favor of motion.

Update on new construction for therapy department: Bid opening is scheduled for March 10. Project to break ground shortly once bonding and requirements are met by accepted bid.

Update on generator replacement for Wing 4: State has approved plans for the project with one change – the need for a sound enclosure for the new generator. The cost to meet the state’s request will be $2,900.

Financials: Operational Account $1,023,851.28, CD Accounts $1,385,325.11, and Payroll Account $208,213.29, with a payroll due Friday, Feb. 26.

The Board discussed changes pertaining to TennCare. The state is switching MCOs using AmeriChoice and AmeriGroup for Medicaid eligible. All will be assigned a care coordinator to assess and determine if it would be feasible for them to transition back to their homes. All are to be evaluated within the next 6 months who are in a long-term setting to determine where their need for proper care is the greatest. Home and community-based people are to be evaluated first.

Census: 115 residents, 8 hospitalized, with 2 referrals.

Yearly rehire and/or exercising the option to rehire administrator Jennifer Bouldin: Board expressed their appreciation and satisfaction with job performance. With the changes that long-term healthcare is facing, the financial soundness of the facility is a definite plus under her guidance.

Motion by Billie Phipps with second by Gregg Nivens. All in favor of the motion.

Motion to adjourn at 6:15 p.m. by Gregg Nivens with second by Stanley Carter. All in favor of the motion.



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County financial info available online
Citizens can now look up financial information for most counties across Tennessee online through a new service offered by the state Comptroller’s office.

By clicking to a page on the Comptroller’s website, citizens may now find detailed financial information about revenues and expenditures for 89 of the state’s 95 counties. The web address is www.comptroller1.state.tn.us/TAG/.

Comptroller Justin Wilson said, “I am very pleased that we are able to offer this new service. This is an excellent way to follow the money or to see where it comes from and where it goes. Citizens will find that there is a great deal of information about their county governments that is now available at their fingertips.”

The information is compiled from the annual audit reports done by the Comptroller’s Division of County Audit.

Jim Arnette, the division’s director, said revenue and expenditure data from the last four fiscal years is now available at the site, which is called Transparency and Accountability for Governments (TAG) in Tennessee.

Arnette said several years’ worth of data will be kept available for access through the TAG Tennessee archives.

“We envision this as a tool citizens can use to keep up with what their local governments are doing,” Arnette said. “And local and state government officials should find it helpful to have easy access to this information as well.”

The TAG Tennessee site includes information about school departments, but not other agencies, component units or enterprise funds that are accounted for separately from the counties’ main budgeted operations.

Six counties are audited annually by private certified public accounting firms rather than the Comptroller’s office, so their financial information isn’t available on the site at this time. Those counties are Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, McMinn, Shelby, and Washington.


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