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Public Health Work Continues To Prevent The Spread of Measles Tuesday April 26, 2016

The Shelby County Health Department, supported by staff members from the Tennessee Department of Health, continued work throughout the weekend to prevent the spread of measles. SCHD and TDH Friday reported two cases of the disease in Shelby County; as of Monday the measles count had increased to six. All are in Shelby County.

SCHD and TDH staff members encourage all Tennesseans to have heightened awareness about measles and its symptoms. A person can start to get sick between seven and 21 days after being exposed to the measles virus. Measles usually starts with a fever and a cough, runny nose and red eyes. A rash of tiny red spots then breaks out a few days after the fever, starting at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. This rash can last for a week; the cough can last for several days more. One in three patients will develop ear infections, diarrhea or pneumonia. In some instances measles can cause brain damage and death.

Those who are notified of being exposed or think they have the measles should call their healthcare provider first to make arrangements to receive the vaccine; if they are already ill with a fever or other measles symptoms, they should discuss with their clinician before coming to the clinic so they can be evaluated without exposing others to infection.


Gas Prices
AAA Tuesday April 26, 2016

After declining the first few days of last week, gas prices rose in line with the price of oil. The national average price of gasoline is $2.13, two cents more than a week ago, but pump prices remain 38 cents less than a year ago.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said the price of oil rose $4 last week, which could lead to a total increase of nearly 10 cents at the pump in the near future.
In Tennessee, the state average price is $1.95, which is two cents more than a week ago, 9 cents more than a month ago, but 36 cents less than a year ago.

Citizens Police Academy Reminder

Citizens Police Academy Reminder
Submitted: Lt. Brian Eckelson #5508,Crimestoppers Coordinator/Public Information Officer Tuesday April 26, 2016

The City of Crossville Police Department would like to remind everyone that there is still time to sign up for the 2016 session of the Citizens Police Academy, which will begin next Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

In this free 20 hour Citizens Police Academy, law enforcement officers with the City of Crossville Police Department will present a window into the world of law enforcement and community relations within the City of Crossville. Topics covered will include:

History of the Crossville Police Department, Rank Structure, Chain of Command and Departmental Hiring, Training and P.O.S.T. Requirements
Defensive Driving and K-9 Operations / Demonstration
Crime Prevention, Personal / Home Protection, Crime Scene Investigation and the Crimestoppers Program
Crime Reporting, City Court Operations and Tactical Response Unit (SWAT)
Firearms, Firearms Simulator Training

This is an opportunity for citizens to learn about how and why our Police Officers handle the situations and matters that affect our daily lives. The classes will be held on Wednesdays from 1 pm to 5 pm starting on April 27th through November May 25th. To sign up today, call 931-484-7231 and ask to speak with Kristi Cook. (Photo Courtesy CPD)


State Amendment to be Recounted
Monday April 25, 2016

A federal judge has ordered a recount of votes on a 2014 amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that made it easier to put restrictions on abortion.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp said the method that was used to count the votes was fundamentally unfair to the eight Tennessee voters who filed a lawsuit against state officials. They have maintained that the state incorrectly interpreted the way the votes should be counted and tallied them in favor of abortion opponents.
A spokesman for state election officials said in an email that he could not comment on pending litigation.
Sharp ordered officials to recount the votes to determine whether the constitutional amendment passed by a majority of voters who cast ballots in the governors race.


Tennessee woman sentenced in baby's alcohol poisoning
AP Monday April 25, 2016

DUNLAP, Tenn. (AP) - A Sequatchie County woman has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for the alcohol poisoning of her 11-month-old son.

Media outlets report 28-year-old Heather M. Oakes was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to felony criminal attempt to commit aggravated child abuse.

Investigators had found vodka in the child's bottle last October after he was taken to a hospital by ambulance. Oakes contended the poisoning was accidental.

Prosecutors say the child has recovered.


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