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Overton COVID Numbers On Downhill Slope

Overton County COVID numbers may still seem high, but Health Department officials say that might not be the true picture. At Thursday afternoon’s COVID-19 Press Conference in Livingston, Nursing Director Megan Reeder said that positivity rates sit at about 30 percent currently. She said that rate might keep restrictions in place at nursing homes and medical facilities. “They’re still high ... Read More »

Pickett Schools Recovering From Staff Shortage After COVID Spike

Staffing in the Pickett County Schools is returning to normal after seeing its highest COVID number since the pandemic began. Director of Schools Diane Elder said the school system shut down for two days last month due to COVID cases among the staff. “Our numbers are a little bit closer to normal,” Elder said. “Not quite there, but we are ... Read More »

COVID Positivity Rates Top 50 Percent In UC; State Cases Dropping

COVID positivity rates across the Upper Cumberland reached 50.8 percent for the final week of January. The CDC early in the COVID pandemic set 10 percent as a goal for the positivity rate. According to state data for the last week of January, Pickett County had a positivity rate over 75 percent. Statewide, COVID cases dropped 19 percent last week, ... Read More »

TTU Seeing Highest COVID Numbers, Majority Off-Campus Students

Tennessee Tech has reported over 200 active COVID cases among students for seven days straight. The university currently has 267 active cases with the majority being off-campus students. Chief Communication Officer Karen Lykins said the numbers follow state trends. “We realized that we returned to campus one to two weeks earlier than most schools,” Lykins said. “So when you compare ... Read More »

State Grant Opportunity Could Bring New Health Dept To White Co

The State Health Department has approached White County with a grant opportunity that could bring the community a new health department. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said the state evaluated the current department. Robinson said the county met the criteria for a grant up to $5 million. “They went around and just determined what the state of the health department ... Read More »

Livingston Middle School Closes Due To Sickness Among Staff

Sickness taking a toll on the staff of Livingston Middle School closing the Overton County School for two days. Director of Schools Donnie Holman said a mixture of COVID, flu and other illnesses has 13 or 14 of the 21 teachers unable to work. “Another problem in that is sometimes we can use an educational assistant or other people in ... Read More »

Omicron Variant More Infectious, Less Severe According To CRMC Expert

Omicron cases have brought record numbers with the latest COVID surge. CRMC Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Mark Pierce said that while this variant seems to be more infectious, it also appears to be less severe. “From some data that came out from South Africa, if you look at their waves where they had the original infection, then the Beta, then ... Read More »

Overton Health Department Reports 24 COVID Deaths Over Past Month

Twenty-four Overton County residents have died over the last month because of COVID. Overton County Health Department Director Andy Langford at a Friday press conference said the deaths are three to four times more than compared to a month ago. “We’re right in the middle of an Omicron surge,” Langford said. “We’re still seeing some Delta out there, but the ... Read More »

Overton Commission Purchases CPR Machines For Ambulance Service

The Overton County Ambulance Service will be receiving five new CPR machines. The Overton County Commission approved the purchase Monday. County Executive Ben Danner said the county’s fourth phase of COVID money paid the cost. “Jim Morgan, who has been Ambulance Director for a long time, he looked at the needs that we had at the ambulance service and how ... Read More »

TTU Students Return To Cookeville For Spring Semester

Tennessee Tech returns from Christmas break ready to begin its spring semester. Some schools changed openings due to the recent COVID variant surge. Chief Communication Officer Karen Lykins said Tech compared its date to others to make a decision “Most people did not change that are in our sphere of colleagues,” Lykins said. “It’s just that they had a original ... Read More »