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As the flu season winds down, health officials say it wasn't a bad as last year and the vaccine worked better, however they say younger adults were hit harder because of a surge of swine flu. Overall, hospitalization rates for the flu are only about half what they were last winter. It has been a fairly mild season for the elderly-usually the most vulnerable group to flu and its complications. It has been a different story for younger adults. Officials say Thursday nearly two-thirds of the hospital stays this winter were adults ages 18-64.
The State of Tennessee has re-launched its transparency website in an effort to offer more user-friendly information to taxpayers. The site provides a one-stop shop for searching public data on how state dollars are spent. It includes a searchable checkbook with interactive data related to state agency expenses, vendor payments and travel reimbursements. The site also has a public opportunities section that links to public meetings, open records information and a page for feedback. You can find a link on our website. tn.gov/opengov/
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND A TOWN HALL MEETING AT THE PALACE THEATER IN DOWNTOWN CROSSVILLE ON TUES. FEBRUARY 25 --COME EARLY AND ENJOY REFRESHMENTS BEFORE THE PROGRAM STARTS AT 5:30 P.M. THE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CROSSVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT ON-GOING AND FUTURE CITY PROJECTS.
Cumberland County School Superintendent Donald Andrews says he takes many factors into consideration before making the decision to delay or cancel school. Andrews says he works closely with meteorologists both here in Cumberland County as well as with the National Weather Service in order to make the most informed decision regarding whether or not to open or delay schools. Andrews says he has to be mindful of the fact that some busses operate in the Eastern Time zone in Cumberland County, and the County is very large and the weather and conditions can change quickly. Andrews says he favors making a decision much sooner rather than later, so parents can best make arrangements for the care of their children in the event that schools are not in session.
Cumberland County School Superintendent Donald Andrews says the schools have used all 10 snow days allocated for the year plus 3 administrative days that could be used as reserve dates. Andrews states any additional missed dates would begin to be pulled from Spring Break. Andrews states that ideas are being discussed regarding the possibility of proposed snow routes for upcoming years so that similar situations could be avoided in the future.