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Red Ribbon Week observed
Trick or Treat to be observed this Saturday
Halloween safety relies on visibility
Mailboxes vandalized in county
Unemployment rate lowers to 9.4% in state

Red Ribbon Week observed

Students from A.H. Roberts Elementary School observe Red Ribbon Week along with Principal Bridgett Carwile, counselor Shirley McDonald, and Overton County Anti-Drug Coalition representatives Amy Davis and her son, Luke, and Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Greg McDonald.

By Amy Davis,
OCADC writer

Overton County is seeing red this week.

In celebration of Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, representatives of Overton County Anti-Drug Coalition, along with other community partners, are visiting local schools this week to spread the anti-drug message and distribute Red Ribbon Week stickers, T-shirts, and pledge contracts for students to sign, indicating their choice to stand up against substance abuse in their community.

Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program, reaching millions of Americans during the last week of October each year. By wearing red ribbons and participating in community anti-drug events, young people pledge to live a drug-free lifestyle.

Joining OCADC in this drug awareness effort are Overton County Health Department, Volunteer Behavioral Health, and Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland. Livingston Label donated Red Ribbon Week stickers, Print Mart donated pledge contracts, and Everything Sports and Outdoor Gear donated T-shirts.

Following Red Ribbon Week, OCADC will keep the momentum going with a Drug Take Back event on Saturday, Nov. 6 with assistance from local law enforcement officials. Anyone needing to dispose of prescription drugs may do so safely at a drop-off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bank of Overton County parking lot. By clearing out medicine cabinets of unneeded or outdated prescription drugs, parents help to keep their children and the environment safe, according to OCADC.

For more information about Red Ribbon Week and the Drug Take Back event call OCADC at 823-3797.

 


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Trick or Treat to be observed this Saturday
Livingston Police Department is correcting an earlier announcement concerning Halloween activities. LPD is asking residents to celebrate Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 30 and not on Sunday, Oct. 31 as previously announced.

The LPD announcement stated, “We sincerely regret any confusion that this may have caused.”

To ensure that all children have a safe holiday, the LPD suggests the following:

•Make sure that costumes are bright and reflective, and fit properly to prevent tripping and falling;

•That children carry flashlights for dark areas;

•A parents or an adult should always accompany young children around their neighborhoods, and should make sure that older children know about calling 911 or how to seek help if they have an emergency or become lost;

•If older children are trick-or-treating alone, plan and agree upon a route and specific time and place to meet;

•Children should only go to homes with porch lights on and never go inside a home of someone they do not know;

•After children return with treats, adults should always sort and check the items. Though tampering is rare, adults should closely examine all of the treats and discard any spoiled, unwrapped, or suspicious items.

Livingston Police Department also stated that officers will be out in force that night to ensure everyone’s safety, and that vandalism and other illegal “tricks” will not be looked upon favorably.

Rickman Volunteer Fire Department will be passing out free Halloween safety kits as part of the department’s Operation: Safe Halloween project.

The kits will be distributed from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at Jerry’s IGA, Walgreens, and at the Rickman Fire Hall. They will also be distributed at Rickman Fire Hall on Halloween evening.

The kit consists of a reflective trick-or-treat bag, glow-stick bracelets, and a surprise inside.

Rickman Volunteer Fire Department offer the following additional safety tips:

•Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.

•Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

•Slow down and stay alert – watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.

•Costumes can be both creative and safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible instead. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as be seen by drivers.

Jeremy B. Richter, RVFD’s public safety and education coordinator, stated,

“ There are twice as many child pedestrian deaths on Halloween as any other day of the year. We at RVFD want to make sure that doesn’t happen in our community.”



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Halloween safety relies on visibility
On Halloween, an assortment of ballerinas, clowns, ghosts, and other goblins will have their eyes on just one thing – candy. Roaming dimly lit neighborhoods is part of the fun for children in pursuit of treats, but it can also be dangerous.

Optometrist Dr. Ashley Allred, of InFocus Eyecare in Livingston, said, “Trick-or-treaters and parents need to remember that on Halloween, to be safe, you must be seen. Studies have shown that a child’s risk of injury or death as a result of being hit by a car doubles around Halloween.”

She suggests incorporating the following precautions into the evening’s festivities for Halloween safety:

•Dress children in light-colored costumes or adhere reflective tape to the costume’s fabric and accessories. Make sure children and adults are visible to passing cars.

•Eliminate masks from among the costume’s accessories. Masks can get in the way of clear vision and can increase the chances of tripping or running into objects. Hypoallergenic make-up is a safer alternative. Take care in keeping make-up away from the eyes.

•No trick-or-treater should go in search of treats alone. Children move through darkened neighborhoods more safely if accompanied by an adult.

•Approach only doorsteps that have a porch light lit. Similarly, if you plan to pass out treats, be sure to turn on your light.

•Pedestrians think they are more visible to drivers than they actually are, so remind trick-or-treaters to look both ways before crossing streets and to stay with the group.

•If cosmetic contact lenses are part of your costume, make sure you obtain them from your doctor of optometry to ensure that the lenses fit your eyes properly, and to learn ways to care for them.



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Mailboxes vandalized in county
Many Overton County residents awoke Wednesday, Oct. 20 to find their mailboxes had been vandalized.

Sheriff W.B. Melton stated, “Some people may consider the deliberate damage to another person’s property as a minor crime. Nevertheless, vandalism offenses are often punishable as misdemeanors or even felonies with not so pleasant consequences such as fines, community service, and/or jail time.

“Even a Class A misdemeanor can be one year in jail and $2,500 in fines.

“In addition, restitution may be imposed as well as the fines.”

Anyone seeing suspicious activities in their neighborhood are urged to report it to Overton County Sheriff’s Department.

“In doing so, not only do we help each other, but you assist local law enforcement in keeping us safe,” Sheriff Melton stated.





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Unemployment rate lowers to 9.4% in state
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for September was 9.4%, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the August rate of 9.6%. The September 2009 rate was 10.8%.

The national unemployment rate for September 2010 was 9.6%, unchanged from the August rate.

Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley said, “This is the first time the state rate has been below the national rate since July of 2004. While monthly employment gains are encouraging in the short term, sustained growth will be needed to recover the jobs lost during this recession.”

According to the Business Survey, government, due to educational services, increased by 10,100 jobs. Private educational and health services increased by 7,500, and administrative, support, and waste services increased by 1,400.

Major employment decreases occurred in leisure and hospitality, down by 3,000. Federal government declined by 1,600, and wholesale trade declined by 1,100 jobs.

Year-over-year increases occurred in private educational and health services, up by 11,700. Administrative, support, and waste services gained 10,400, and retail trade was up by 6,800.

Year-over-year decreases occurred in mining and construction, down by 5,400. Transportation and warehousing lost 5,000, and information decreased by 3,400.



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