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School Starts This Week-Is Your Child Fully Vaccinated?

July 29, 2018

Summer break is almost over for many students in Tennessee, and as plans are being made for another school year, it’s important to make sure students receive their required immunizations before going back to the classroom.

“We want Tennessee children to be in school, learning in a safe and healthy environment, so it’s extremely important students are vaccinated against diseases that can spread easily in the classroom or elsewhere,” said TDH Chief Medical Officer David Reagan. “I encourage parents and caregivers to protect their students, their families and those around them by getting the vaccines they need to stay healthy.”

In Tennessee, children enrolling in school for the first time and all children going into seventh grade must provide schools with a state immunization certificate before classes start as proof they have had all the required immunizations. Additional immunizations are required for students at Tennessee colleges and universities.

“We strongly urge parents to be sure their children receive all recommended vaccines on the immunization schedule. Certain vaccines are also required for school because they help keep children safe in the classroom and on the playground,” said Kelly Moore, MD, MPH, director of the Tennessee Immunization Program. “Take this opportunity to talk with your health care provider to be sure your child is fully immunized, and make appointments now so your child won’t miss school because he or she hasn’t had needed vaccines.”

Requirements for school vaccinations in Tennessee:

  • Kindergarteners and other children enrolling in a Tennessee school for the first time must provide schools with a complete, official Tennessee Immunization Certificate before classes begin. The certificate must be signed by a qualified health care provider or verified by the state’s Immunization Information System
  • All current students entering seventh grade are required to give the school a limited official Tennessee Immunization Certificate showing they have had a booster shot for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. The HPV cancer vaccine and first meningococcal meningitis vaccine are recommended at this age and can be given at the same time as the required Tdap booster.
  • Immunization requirements for college entry vary by institution, but teens who have had all recommended vaccines including their meningitis booster shot after they turn 16 will be sure to have met any college’s requirements.Immunizations required for school are readily available from most health care providers across the state, including county health departments. Children younger than age 19 may be eligible for free vaccine if they have no insurance, are enrolled in TennCare, have private insurance that does not cover vaccines or are American Indian or Alaska Native. The complete list of Tennessee child care and school immunization requirements can be found at Local schools and school districts can provide information about when and how immunization certificates need to be provided.

Early Voting Ends, 2,258 Cast Ballots in DeKalb County

By: Dwayne Page

A total of 2,258 people cast ballots during the early voting period from July 13-28 for the August 2 elections.

Election day voting will be from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at all 15 precincts in the county.

According to the election commission, 241 voted Saturday July 28 which was the last day of early voting.

Of the 2,258 total, 1,296 voted in the State Republican Primary and 678 in the State Democratic Primary. A total of 301 chose not to vote in either primary just the County General.

The election commission has also released the number of city registered voters who cast ballots early.

Alexandria: 53 plus 3 property rights voters for a total of 56

Dowelltown: 23 voters

Liberty: 48 voters

Smithville: 615 plus 74 property rights voters for a total of 689

The number of early voters by precinct is as follows:

Alexandria: 146

Temperance Hall: 68

Edgar Evins State Park: 3

Liberty: 92

Dowelltown: 70

Snow Hill: 104

Church of God: 462

Rock Castle: 5

Courthouse: 446

Johnson Chapel: 67

County Complex: 275

Belk: 35

Keltonburg: 79

Blue Springs: 88

Church of Christ: 318



Another Jail Escapee Sentenced in Criminal Court

July 28, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Another prisoner who broke out of the DeKalb County Jail last November and was captured a short time later appeared for sentencing in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, July 23

Judge David Patterson presided.

39 year old Jack Mullican, Jr. entered a plea to escape and in a separate case for aggravated burglary. He received a two year sentence for the escape and five years for the burglary to run consecutively for a total of seven years. He must serve two years at 30% for the escape but the remaining five years will be suspended to supervised probation. He was given jail credit of 259 days.

Mullican and two other inmates, 33 year old Bryon Ray Gibbs and 26 year old Daniel Trey Hamilton broke out of the jail annex on Tuesday night, November 21, 2017. They made their escape from the back of the jail annex through a door they jimmied open.

Mullican was captured Wednesday morning, November 22 after being found in an underground water drain near Mapco Express. He became trapped there after making his escape.

Gibbs was spotted in Alexandria the following Saturday, November 25 and with the help of bystanders, he was taken into custody by Alexandria Police Officer Josh Arnold. After being confronted, Gibbs resisted and began fighting with Arnold. Citizens who witnessed the scene came to the aid of the officer to help subdue Gibbs. Deputies and detectives of the Sheriff’s Department also responded to provide assistance. Gibbs was charged by Alexandria Police with resisting arrest and aggravated assault.

Hamilton was arrested in Fort Myers, Florida Tuesday, November 28 after being involved in a traffic accident there.

Gibbs appeared in criminal court on Tuesday, July 17 and entered a plea to escape, aggravated assault (of an Alexandria Police Officer) and aggravated burglary (separate incident). He received a two year sentence for the escape to serve in the Tennessee Department of Correction. Gibbs also got a four year sentence in each of the other two cases on TDOC probation. The terms are to run consecutively. He was given jail credit from November 25, 2017 to July 17, 2018.




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