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Cumberland Medical Center has issued a statement concerning the recent meningitis outbreak that has stricken the area. Officials at CMC are expressing their "deep concern regarding the recent fungal meningitis outbreak and for those directly impacted including those in our own community." Further, officials say that they encourage patients who may be concerned about this outbreak to review information available at the Centers for Disease Control website which can be located by going to CMC's website at www.cmchealthcare.org and clicking on the link provided at the bottom of the home page. If you have been notified by your healthcare provider that you received an injection that may have put you at risk you are being urged to visit the Emergency Department at Cumberland Medical Center for an evaluation. CMC officials state that they will continue to meet the healthcare needs of all patients who visit their emergency department. In order to meet those needs, CMC's ED is staffed by a physician specializing in emergency medicine and other medical personnel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Center has arranged for additional physicians and staff from the hours of 1pm to 8pm daily to accommodate patient flow in the ED related to the increased number of Lumbar Puncture Procedures stemming from the outbreak. Further, our pharmacy director has confirmed that CMC does not purchase from NECC and does not have any products from them in stock.
The Tennessee Court of Appeals will hear a challenge to the new photo identification law next week. The court has set arguments in the case for Oct. 18, the day after early voting begins for the general election. The order says the case is being expedited because of the Nov. 6 election.
The number of cases of rare fungal meningitis in Tennessee has increased to 49. According to officials with the Tennessee Department of The number of deaths in Tennessee from the outbreak remains at six.
A White County man faces charge of attempted murder in connection with the beating of a woman in
Quebeck. The White County Sheriff's Department arrested Bradley Ray Tucker following an investigation of the incident that occurred on October 6th. Authorities responded to a call of domestic violence and found Sue Young lying in the driveway at a residence in Quebeck. She had been severely beaten. Officers also found three empty rounds and determined that Tucker had been shooting at the victim. He is charged with second degree attempted murder and violation of probation. Tucker was apprehended in DeKalb County the next day.
Tennessee Children's Services Commissioner Kate O'Day says her department can account for every child reported to it in a severely abusive situation. That said, O'Day told the Second Look Commission the 256 severe abuse cases reported to the panel for 2010 was an undercount. The commissioner also said the 575 such cases reported for 2011 were skewed high and included 2010 cases, making year-to-year comparison impossible. The Second Look Commission is made up of lawmakers, police, prosecutors, child advocates and others who have a stake in childrens' welfare.