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While matters of the heart are top of mind near Valentine’s Day, more Tennesseans should think about them all year long to ensure healthier, longer lives. Tennessee Department of Health data show heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the state, while stroke rated fifth in claiming lives.
“There are three significant ways to improve heart health and they are all within reach of most Tennesseans,” said TDH Assistant Commissioner for Family Health and Wellness Morgan McDonald, MD. “Increasing physical activity, not using tobacco and eating healthier foods in appropriate portions can help you avoid heart conditions and stroke. Those who make these choices are more likely to live longer and can be healthier to enjoy life to its fullest.”
In 2015, the most recent year for which data are available, heart disease claimed the lives of 15,674 Tennesseans, which is nearly 24 percent of all deaths in the state that year. In 2014, Tennessee had the seventh highest heart disease rate and the third-highest age-adjusted stroke rate in the nation.
A Cumberland County man has died following a head-on collision in Crossville. 74-year-old David Crabtree passed away on Wednesday after he sustained multiple injuries in a wreck at the intersection of Industrial Blvd. and Genesis Road on Monday morning. The other driver, also a local man, reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries. Authorities did not immediately release his name.
A Cumberland County man’s Bail Bonding Identification and Fugitive Recovery Badge were seized as evidence after he allegedly stopped a vehicle on Wednesday, February 7, 2017. The victim told Crossville Police that she was traveling on 127 South when a black Nissan SUV passed her on the right hand shoulder and almost crashed into her. The victim honked her horn at the SUV, which reportedly pulled in front of her and the male driver displayed a badge and motioned for her to pull over. Believing the man was an undercover officer, the victim pulled over. The victim says the man exited his SUV and came over to her window and began to curse at her. The victim said she immediately drove away and called 911 as the SUV continued to follow her. Police caught up with the SUV in the parking lot of the Crossville CVS and identified the driver as 58-year-old William Peterson Frye. According to the police report, Frye told the officer he flashed his badge to stop the woman from driving recklessly. Police took Frye’s badge and bail bonding I.D. and transported him to the Cumberland County Justice Center for Impersonating an Officer.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is considering equipping its troopers with body cameras. The THP says the body cameras are necessary for trooper protection and accurate, complete documentation. The THP could begin testing equipment as early as April, and if the purchase is approved, the agency would still need to solicit bids for a body cameras contract.
Jeff Dodson, Chairman of the Cumberland County Soil Conservation District (SCD), has announced that the annual Holder-Bush Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $300 will be awarded this spring to a deserving Cumberland County student majoring in some field of agriculture at Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville.
The scholarship was started as a memorial to Mr. Elmer Holder who served Cumberland County as the District Conservationist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service (now known as the Natural Resources Conservation Service) from 1958 until his untimely death in 1980. Mr. Holder was a true conservationist and made a tremendous impact in agriculture and soil conservation in Cumberland County during his 22 years of service.
Chester Bush replaced Mr. Holder as the District Conservationist for Cumberland County and served in that capacity for 29 years. The SCD Board decided to change the name of this scholarship to the Holder-Bush Scholarship to honor both former District Conservationists for their hard work and dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and to the people of Cumberland County.
Applications may be obtained at the guidance counselors’ or vocational agriculture teachers’ offices at Cumberland County High School, Stone Memorial High School or the Phoenix School. They are also available at the District Office located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center at 314 Old Jamestown Highway beside the U.S. Post Office, or by calling the District office at 484-5442, ext. 3.
The Cumberland County SCD Board of Supervisors must receive applications and completed resumes no later than March 21, 2017. Anyone planning to attend or currently attending Tennessee Tech with a major in agriculture is encouraged to apply.
All programs and services of the Cumberland County Soil Conservation District (SCD) are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, or handicap.