Code Orange Health Watch Issued For Tuesday

Monday, May 5, 2014
An air pollution Code Orange Health Watch has been declared for ozone on Tuesday.  The air quality index is predicted to be 101 which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. This can have health effects for up to 50% of the population.
 
Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

People at risk include:
  • Children who are active outdoors
  • Adults of all ages exercising or working outdoors
  • People with asthma or other respiratory conditions
  • People with unusual susceptibility to air pollution
 
You can help by following these pollution-reducing suggestions:
  • Reduce Fuel Use:
  • Drive less by combining errands
  • Drive at slower speeds
  • Postpone using gasoline-powered lawn equipment
  • Keep your engines properly tuned and tires properly inflated
  • Refuel after 6 p.
    m. and don’t top off your gasoline tank
Reduce Energy Consumption:
  • Turn off lights
  • Turn thermostats up 2-4 degrees
  • Keep blinds drawn to block out sun
Find Alternate Methods of Transportation:
  • Walk or bike (before noon and after 6:00 p.m.)
  • Use public transportation
  • Carpool or Vanpool
Don’t Burn Anything
 
Reduce exposure to pollution by:
  • planning strenuous activity when pollution levels are forecast to be lower
  • reducing the amount of time spent at vigorous activity
  • choosing a less strenuous activity (e.g., going for a walk instead of a jog)
Over half of the population is at risk. Please limit prolonged outdoor exertion.


Elizabeth DeLeonardis Joins CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates In Spring City

CHI Memorial Medical Group welcomed Elizabeth “DeDe” DeLeonardis, PA-C.  Ms. DeLeonardis earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from South College in Knoxville.  She is a certified physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. ... (click for more)

Additional Smart Steps Child Care Payment Assistance Opportunities Available Across The State

The Tennessee Department of Human Services announced additional Smart Steps child care payment assistance opportunities across the state to be a resource for income eligible parents who are working, pursuing postsecondary education, or a combination of both. The Smart Steps program is a part of the Department’s 2G for Tennessee initiative - a two-generation approach focused on both ... (click for more)

School Board Turns Thumbs Down To Proposed Funding Of Central Track

County school board members on Thursday night expressed a number of concerns about a proposed $500,000 new track under consideration for funding by the County Commission at Central High School. The vote was 9-0 to table a motion to accept the money (if offered). Karitsa Mosley-Jones said, "We've got students at schools on a high priority list and you're going to give me a track?" ... (click for more)

School Board Approves 4-Year Contract Extension With Independent Bus Drivers, Who Say They Can Handle 100 Routes; Extension Given On Custodial Contract

The county school board on Thursday night extended the contract by four years of school bus owner operators, who said they could deliver on 100 bus routes. The board delayed until a special meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Central High School the issue of whether to accept the offer of 100 contract routes. That would be handled by many of the current 49 owner operators taking ... (click for more)

Bikers Need To Have Licenses And Insurance - And Response

I am okay with Haslam’s idea of raising the gas tax and lowering the food tax.  But, I want to see a tax of bicycles since they have their own lanes now and they also have to be maintained. How much revenue would that bring in?  I would think if we have enough bike riders to have the lanes in the first place, there must be enough to generate some money for road improvements. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Is Central’s Auditorium?

I am surely one of the biggest proponents of high school athletics there is, especially after half a decade of being an eye witness to the vast array of lessons that are learned every day by anyone associated with sports. That said, I have watched the Hamilton County Commission waffle on a $500,000 track at Central High School with a certain curiosity because the same high school ... (click for more)