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Although vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens, fewer new drivers are participating in driver education, since state funding and requirements for these programs have declined over recent decades. New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that teens that skip driver's education are involved in more crashes and receive more traffic convictions compared to their peers who took driver’s education. The study also determined that teens that completed driver education not only scored higher on the driving exam, but also demonstrated modest increases in knowledge over their peers who did not take any formal training
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that doctors in many hospitals are unnecessarily prescribing multiple antibiotics for several days when just one would do the job. Health officials say overuse of antibiotics is helping to breed dangerous bacteria that are increasingly resistant to treatment. Faced with an unknown infection, hospital doctors often prescribe a couple of antibiotics. But once the bug is identified, doctors are supposed to drop any unnecessary second antibiotic. The research found that didn't happen in three-quarters of the 500 hospitals included in the research.
An agenda item from City Councilman Pete Souza to ask for an independent counsel in regards to allegations of workplace harassment by city officials has failed. Crossville City Mayor JH Graham III turned the meeting over to Mayor Pro Tem Danny Wyatt as the item was in response to a confrontation that occurred earlier this summer between a water department employee and the Mayor. Souza stated that his agenda item was simply for clarification on an issue that had never been addressed. Souza proposed a motion, which was seconded by Councilman Jesse Kerley to go forward with the hiring of an independent body to review harassment allegations made against Mayor JH Graham III by Water Department head Jerry Kerley. Mayor Pro Tem Wyatt stated that he felt that it was more of a management issue and it was something he did not recall ever happening in the past. Crossville City Manager David Rutherford stated that the personnel policy did have holes concerning complaints regarding city officials and the city manager. He suggested that the Council allow the City Attorney and himself review the situation and possibly alleviate those issues.
Former Crossville Mayor Earl Dean is being recognized by the City of Crossville for his years of service to the City of Crossville by naming the accessible playground at Centennial Park after him. The former mayor and his wife Julia were on hand for the presentation. In making the presentation, Crossville Mayor JH Graham III called former Mayor Dean his “teacher and mentor” and noted that it was important that we honor such people when the opportunity arises. The new area will officially be named the Mayor Earl Dean Memorial Park
David Simcox spoke out at Tuesday night’s Crossville City Council Meeting regarding issues he had with Councilman Pete Souza. Simcox said he observed that “90% of Souza’s actions and votes” had been in a negative mode when it comes to attracting new businesses to the area, and just in general. Simcox stated that many citizens had addressed him asking why companies like Volkswagen, the Westel Project and existing plants all choose to move to locations other than Crossville. Simcox went on to call the Councilman out for asking for legal services for district attorney and TBI to validate his allegations of corruption. Simcox asked Souza to respond to his statement of March 11th that if “all higher authorities concurred with the grand jury” that he would resign. Souza responded that Simcox was “Persona Non-Grata” with him, and dismissed the statement. Councilman Kerley spoke up, and asked Simcox if he prepared his statement on his own of if someone was “pulling his strings.” Kerley stated that as the tax assessor, an elected position, that Simcox was just as much to blame for the issues he was calling Councilman Souza out on. Crossville Mayor JH Graham III intervened before the situation escalated further, asking for a motion to adjourn the meeting.