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While drug overdoses are once again the leading cause of death in our state, officials with the Tennessee State Health Department say they are hoping a new law will reverse that trend. The new law allows doctors to prescribe a potentially life-saving drug to those at risk of overdosing, called naloxone. Officials say the drug temporarily reverses the deadly effects of opioid drugs, giving the person time to receive medical care.
A gathering in support of Israel is taking place at Woodmere Mall at 11am this morning (Wednesday). Local pastors and residents are gathering to show support and reflect on the situation in the Middle East.
The Cumberland County Clay Crushers came away from the Scholastic Shooting Sports Federation (SSSF) National Championship with two medals in trap and four teams ranked in the top 20 in the nation. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, “The Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program has become the most prolific and decorated scholastic shooting organization in the country.” The Clay Crushers Intermediate Advance (IA) red squad medaled with a 4th place finish and Taylor Webb made it to the podium for the second year in a row to claim the fourth place IA individual girl award. Webb was just one target short of a three-way tie for first place. In addition to the medalists, Varsity shooter, Meghan Server was honored with a $1,000.00 scholarship from the SSSF, the only recipient from Tennessee to receive a scholarship from the organization. Early bird sign-ups for those wishing to participate in the Clay Crushers next season will be in Mid-December.
More than 4800 Cumberland County voters have cast their ballots for the August 7th election. As of Wednesday morning, 3,814 Republican ballots and 912 Democratic ballots have been recorded. Due the very long ballot, residents are being strongly encouraged to take advantage of early voting. Early voting continues through Saturday. Vote weekdays from 8 to 5 and Saturday from 8-12 at the Cumberland County Election Commission office at 2 South Main Street, Suite 105.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-3 tornado with estimated winds of 140 miles per hour touched down in the town of Speedwell Sunday evening. 10 homes were destroyed, with many more structures suffering damage. Despite heavy damage, only minor injuries were reported by residents who rode out the storm. The storm caught many off guard, and officials with the National Weather Service say Sunday’s tornado is unusual. Since 1883, there have been only seven tornadoes recorded in July. Red Cross volunteers have been out since Monday morning helping with clean up and assisting those in need.