September 26, 2011

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Nominating Committee
Vote On New Officers & Recommendations

The Jefferson County Nominating Committee met on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.

The meeting was called to order. 

The first order of business was the nomination and election of Nominating Officers. Commissioner Cureton was elected unopposed to the position of Chairman. Commissioner Dockery will serve as Vice Chair and Commissioner Griffith will hold the Secretary post.

The Building Inspection Committee had three open positions that required placement. 1 Licensed Realtor, 1 Certified Home Inspector and 1 Citizen Representative. The Committee will present David Hayes and Ed Franklin ( tie) to the Full Commission for vote to fill the Realtor position. Paul Tucker will be recommended for Home Inspector and Randall Mitchell to fill the Citizen Position.

Commissioners Griffith, Blevins, Hubbard, Maples and Carmichael will be recommended to fill the five seats on the Facilities Committee.

The recommendations for the Finance Committee will remain unchanged , as Commissioners Griffith, Blevins, Carmichael and Tucker will go before the Full Commission to hold a 2nd term on the Committee.

The Nominating Committee tabled action on the Conservation Board. The Conservation Board has not met in recent years.

The Nominating Committee did not take action to bring a recommendation to fill the seat or seats that are vacant on the Industrial Development Board because the openings had not been advertised to the public.

Having no other business, the meeting was Adjourned.

No Reports of Damage From Fallen Satellite

By: Jake Depew

Between 11:53 p.m. EDT Friday, and 1:09 p.m. EDT Saturday, a NASA satellite plunged to Earth. The satellite was 35 feet long and weighed roughly 6 tons, and is believed to have broken in to as many as 26 pieces. The largest of these pieces is believed to be no heavier than 300 pounds. Although scientists believe almost all of the satellite crashed into the Pacific Ocean, the pieces could have scattered across Northwest North America. Currently, there have been no reports of damage or injury over land areas. The satellite was predicted to have fallen over a 500 mile stretch of land, so it is very possible that pieces have fallen on land, though no hard evidence has been presented to verify such. If any pieces are found one should contact local authorities, as the satellite is government property, making it illegal to keep or sell pieces of the fallen satellite. 

U.S. Hikers Arrive at JFK
Despite Political Opposition
By: Jake Depew

On Wednesday, September 21, 2011, U.S. hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer were released from their captivity in Iran. The bail for the two men was $1,000,000 each. After being released, the two men stayed with relatives in Oman before departing for America. The men arrived at John F. Kennedy airport at around 11:00 a.m. local time on Sunday, September 25, 2011. The controversy surrounding the men’s releases in Iran serves as an indication of the disagreements between Ahmadinejad and the country’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The decision to release the hikers was rejected, initially, by the majority of politicians in Iran. The situation involving the delays on the men’s releases was resolved earlier than was first expected, as almost all legal procedures had already been completed. It is unknown how this growing rift between political powers will affect Iran’s government.

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Jefferson County Budget Committee

The Jefferson County Budget Committee met on Monday, September 19, 2011 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.  The meeting was called to order.

Committee Member Solomon made a motion to move previously received insurance payment money that was rolled into the Fund Balance to allow access to the Sheriff’s Department. The money had been paid to cover loss incurred by the Sheriff’s Department Vehicles. 2nd Estes - Passed.

Director of County Finance Helton passed out a sample debt management policy for review. The sample is recommended by the County Financial Advisor and has already been adopted in Hamblen County. A Debt Management Policy must be adopted by the end of the year. Helton distributed a copy of the Budget Procedures, which included a change in language to say that the Budget Committee will have the option to review line items.

Committee Member Tucker made a motion to include verbiage to have departments start at the amount of the previous years budget, before any amendments. 2nd Solomon - Passed.

Helton distributed a copy of the School System’s Policy on line item transfers. He informed the Committee that there will be an approximate $12,000 increase in workman’s comp rates. Helton also stated that he will present the Committee with detailed information on employee bonus in October. He reminded the Committee that the County Commission cannot require the School Board to give a Bonus.  The Meeting was Adjourned.

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Constitution Day

Carson-Newman College celebrated Constitution Day on Monday September 19, 2011. Since 2004 all educational institutions that receive federal funding must acknowledge and celebrate the Constitution near September 17. Carson -Newman celebrated by having guest speaker Jeremy Ball address students about the subject. Ball is an attorney that has prosecuted a full range of trials through his service as Assistant District Attorney. He informed the students of the background and foundation for the Constitution, as well as the impact that is has in modern society. He answered questions from the student body on a variety of issues that concerned the Constitution.

Precautions for CMV
Linda G. Swann, M.S. Early Childhood / SPED

"Cytomegalovirus (CMV), is a common virus that infects people of all ages. Most CMV infections are "silent," meaning most people who are infected with CMV have no signs or symptoms. However, CMV can cause disease in people with a weakened immune system and in babies infected before birth. About 1 in 150 children is born with congenital (present at birth) CMV infection. For most healthy persons who acquire CMV after birth, there are few symptoms and no long-term health consequences. Some persons who acquire CMV infection may experience a mononucleosis-like syndrome with prolonged fever and a mild hepatitis. Once a person becomes infected, the virus remains alive, but usually dormant, within their body for life. Disease from reactivation of CMV infection rarely occurs unless the person's immune system is 

suppressed due to therapeutic drugs or disease. Therefore, for the vast majority of people, CMV infection is not a serious health problem. CMV is one of the herpesviruses. This group of viruses includes the herpes simplex viruses, varicella-zoster virus (which causes chickenpox and shingles), and Epstein-Barr virus (which causes infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono). CMV is a common infection that is usually harmless. Once CMV is in a person's body, it stays there for life. Among every 100 adults in the United States, 50–80 are infected with CMV by the time they are 40 years old. Most healthy children and adults infected with CMV have no symptoms and may not even know that they have been infected. Others may develop a mild illness when they get infected and have the following symptoms: fever, sore throat, fatigue, and swollen glands. But since these are also symptoms of other illnesses, most people don't realize that they have been infected with CMV.", reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Although CMV is not a serious infection for most, it can be very serious for infants infected in utero or during delivery, and immunocompromised persons, such as organ and bone marrow transplant recipients and persons infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In the U.S., about half of pregnant women have not had CMV and are at risk of having the virus and transmitting it to their unborn infant. About 1% to 4% of these women have a primary (or first) CMV infection during their pregnancy. Most babies with congenital (meaning present at birth) CMV infection never have health problems (about 80% of (80 of every 100) babies born with congenital CMV infection never have symptoms or problems). But in some babies, congenital CMV infection causes health problems that may be apparent at birth or may develop later during infancy or childhood. About 1 in 150 children is born with congenital (meaning present at birth) CMV infection. This means that in the United States, about 30,000 children are born with congenital CMV infection each year. About 1 in 750 children in the United States is born with or develops permanent problems due to congenital CMV infection.

Problems associated with congenital CMV are premature birth, liver, lung and spleen problems, small head size and seizures. Permanent disabilities involve, hearing, vision and mental disabilities, seizures and lack of coordination problems.

The CDC recommends pregnant women may want to take steps to reduce their risk of exposure to CMV lessening the risk of CMV infection of their fetus by avoiding exposure to saliva and urine.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for 15-20 seconds, after changing diapers, feeding a young child, wiping a young child’s nose or drool and handling children's toys.
Avoid contact with saliva when kissing a child.
Clean toys, counter tops, and other surfaces that come in contact with children’s urine or saliva.
Do not share food, drinks, or eating utensils used by young children 
Do not put a child’s pacifier in your mouth 
Do not share a toothbrush with a young child


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