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October 8, 2012


Historic Mossy Creek District Sees Large Crowds Despite Damp Weather

Staff Photo / Blacksmith demonstration at Old Time Saturday in the Historic Mossy Creek District of Jefferson City, TN
October Fire Prevention Month
The State of Tennessee Fire Marshal has declared the month of October as Fire Prevention Month. This week has been determined to be the focus week of the month long project designed to make Tennessee residents aware of the hazards of fire. The State, in conjunction with local Fire Departments, is urging residents to be aware of the dangers of fire. In a recent polling question, citizens were asked how long they estimated that a family had to exit a burning home before the fire had deadly consequences. The average answer was six minutes, however fire can, and often does, spread more rapidly. 54 Tennessee residents have lost their life to five in 2012 and the cold weather months are still on the horizon. The Tennessee Fire Chiefís Association recently gave a presentation identifying areas of concern in Tennessee. The presentation acknowledged that heating equipment was a major source of fire outbreak in Tennessee. The majority of those fires began with furniture, apparel or bedding. In Tennessee, accidental fires from smoking are also a factor. Some of the most vulnerable citizens to fire are the very young and the elderly. Though most families recognize the needs of the young in a fire situation, it is important that family members address the needs of the elderly, as well. Many elderly people live alone and, according to FEMA, they are particularly at risk during a fire incident. Some do not hear well or become confused during a fire emergency. Around 1,000 seniors die every year from fire and prevention is an important step for the elderly. All families should take caution with heating sources. Never overload an outlet or extension cord. Keep all heat sources away from anything combustible and never heat indoors with outdoor heating equipment. Plan at least two escape routes and have children and seniors practice those routes several times. Occasionally, reiterate the safety routes, as they may be difficult for both demographics to remember long term. Smoke detectors with working batteries should be in every home. Those that are unsure of the quality and placement of smoke detectors can check with their local fire department for information and assistance. In rural areas, such as Jefferson County, fire department response time could be determined by location. It is necessary that every family have a plan to ensure the best possible chance for safety. During this focus week and month, the State of Tennessee is asking all residents to be aware of fire safety and plan ahead for fire disaster. Local Fire Departments have given significant face time to elevate public awareness and promote fire prevention, in hopes of increased public safety during the upcoming months.

Voter Registration Deadline Today

Today is the last day for Tennesseans to register to vote if they wish to participate in the Nov. 6 election.


People may still register in person at the local election commission offices in 93 of Tennesseeís 95 counties through the close of business Monday. (Election offices in Lewis and Hickman counties will not be open Monday. Citizens in Lewis and Hickman counties who want to register to vote on Monday may take their forms to another county election commission office on Monday and those forms will be accepted in time for the November election.)

For questions about registering to vote, contact your local election commission office call the state Division of Electionsí toll-free hotline at 1-877-850-4959 or visit

Columbus Day

Local, State and Federal offices will be closed on Monday, October 8, 2012 in celebration of Columbus Day. The Federal Holiday is part of the Uniform Holiday Act that was begun in the early 1970s. Columbus Day honors Americaís discoverer Christopher Columbus. It has also become a day of celebration of Italian heritage in the United Stated. In recent years, Native Americans have also been honored on Columbus Day for their part in the history and shaping of America. Governmental offices will resume regular hours on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. County governmental meetings, would have traditionally been held on Monday, are scheduled to meet on Tuesday. Two meetings that were scheduled for this week, the Jefferson County Finance Committee Meeting and the Jefferson County Public Service Committee Meeting have been cancelled due to seat expiration on those committees. The Jefferson County Commission Work Session and the Jefferson County Budget Committee will have their scheduled meeting on October 9, 2012 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.


Unknown Drone Shot Down Over Israel

Rising Concerns Lebanon Could Be Responsible
By Jake Depew, Jefferson County Post Staff Writer

The remains of a drone of unknown origin were examined this past Sunday by Israeli military officials. The drone was shot down over the Negev Desert in Israel, after Israeli air forces followed the drone for approximately half an hour. It has been confirmed that there were no weapons or explosives on the drone: a fact that further calls into question its mission. It is also known now that the drone did not take off from Gaza, as shown by its flight pattern. Although there is no official claim towards the identity of the droneís nation of origin, concerns are rising within Israel that Lebanon could be responsible. The Hezbollah region of Lebanon is a longtime rival of Israel, and Lebanonís national news claims that Israeli fighter jets flew into Lebanese air space on Sunday. Provided that the mission was, in fact, launched by Hezbollah, the 125 mile-plus mission would serve as a major testament to the advancement of the groupís aerial strength. A possible observational target for the drone was Israelís nuclear reactor at Dimona, in the Negev Desert. The drone was several miles from the reactor when shot down, but concerns are still rising as to the true purpose of the droneís flight. At the time of this writing, no official reports are being given as to the route the drone traveled, nor whether the drone flew over any military installations. Israel is officially withholding any claims on who it believes may have ordered the mission, and no nation or organization has stepped up to claim responsibility. The droneís true purpose will likely be relieved in the following days, and possibly weeks.


Multi-state Meningitis Outbreak


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is coordinating a multistate investigation of meningitis among patients who received a steroid injection (medication injected into the spine or other joints). Some medications used in these treatments have been linked to 35 cases of fungal meningitis, including five deaths, across the United States.

The lots of medication that were given to patients have been recalled by the manufacturer. The medication was distributed in the following states but please check the CDC advisory for updates:

California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, and West Virginia

Any beneficiaries who have had an injection since July 1, 2012 or who are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, please contact your physician immediately.

Symptoms of Fungal Meningitis

Symptoms of fungal meningitis are similar to symptoms of other forms of meningitis, however they often appear more gradually and can be very mild at first. In addition to typical meningitis symptoms, like headache, fever, nausea, and stiffness of the neck, people with fungal meningitis may also experience confusion, dizziness, and discomfort from bright lights. Patients might just have one or two of these symptoms.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain or the spinal cord and is potentially life-threatening. Symptoms of fungal meningitis have become evident in one to four weeks following the injection.

For More Information

The meningitis outbreak is still under investigation. Visit the CDC Web Site for the latest updates and patient information.

Influenza Report

According to information released by the Tennessee Department of Health, the East Tennessee Region, which includes Jefferson County, exceeds the State numbers for recently diagnosed influenza like cases. The push is on across the State for resident to get their influenza vaccination. With the high number of East Tennessee residents that are experiencing flu symptoms, it is important that those in risk groups receive their vaccinations. Local physician offices have received the vaccination and there are opportunities across the County for residents to receive their flu shots from a walk in clinics or pharmacy. October is generally considered to be the onset of influenza, with the peak often coming in late Fall or early Winter. The early onset brings to the forefront the need to make arrangements for vaccination. The Tennessee Department of Health stated that it can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to take full effect and that residents can become ill with influenza during that waiting period. Frequent hand washing is integral to avoiding illness, as is limiting contact with infected individuals. Those that suspect that they have been infected with influenza should contact their physician, as some pharmaceutical intervention may be possible and treatment and confirmation of the virus is necessary. In 2010, the Center for Disease Control called for universal vaccination, however vaccination is especially important for those considered high risk. Small children and those over the age of 65 are considered at risk of complications from the flu. Likewise, those are medically impaired, pregnant or American Indian or Alaskan Native decent appear to be susceptible to complications from the flu. Contrarily, those that have a sever allergy to chicken eggs, have had allergic reactions in the past to influenza vaccinations and those that are ill or have a fever should consult their physician before vaccination. The vaccine is not approved for infants younger than six months of age. If in doubt about vaccination, seek medical consultation.

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