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Vanderbilt physicians see rise in brown recluse spider bites

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Vanderbilt medical toxicologists are reporting an increase in patients seen with brown recluse spider bites this summer.   The venomous bites usually heal well if left alone, according to Tennessee Poison Center Medical Director Donna Seger, M.D., but there are so many urban legends about these bites, patients frequently apply many treatments before seeking medical advice.   There are two components to spider bites — the cutaneous lesion and, more

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  • New approach to suicide prevention initiated

    Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) is set to launch its Zero Suicide Initiative this week as TSPN delegates participate in the first-ever Zero Suicide Academy, hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Washington, D.C. TSPN participated in a competitive application selection process and was one of sixteen health care and mental health organizations selected to attend the inaugural Academy. Participants in the academy will

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  • Dr. Beasley visits area veterans’ group

    Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Dr. Beasley --

    Dr. Farris Beasley was the Vietnam Era Veterans speaker for the July meeting. Dr Beasley is a retired veterinarian and military historian from Lincoln County. He attends many military reenactments of the Civil War and said more battles were fought in Tennessee and Virginia than in any other state. Tom Taylor, veteran, welcomed everyone to the meeting at Mike’s All American Diner in Shelbyville. Howard Pinkston, veteran, led the pledge.

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  • Back to School Mobile Pantry set Saturday

    Posted on July 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Back to School

    Hands of Mercy Outreach Center’s Back to School Mobile Pantry will be held Saturday, July 26, with food distribution beginning at 11 a.m. at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Food will be distributed to about 250 people with identification and proof of Lincoln County residency. During the Back to School Mobile Pantry, a limited number of school backpacks, along with school supplies, will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

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  • Holt named Kiwanis Citizen of the Year

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Dan Holt is recognized by Gay G. Dempsey, president-elect for Kiwanis, as the Kiwanis Citi-zen of the Year.

    Dan Holt has been recognized by the Fayetteville Kiwanis Club as its Kiwanis Citizen of the Year. He was recently presented the honor by Gay G. Dempsey, president-elect for Kiwanis. Holt has contributed greatly to the improvement of Fayetteville and Lincoln County, according to Dempsey. A few of the ways that he has served include the board of Hands of Mercy, as a trustee for the Motlow College Foundation and

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  • $5,000 donated to South Lincoln

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Riverside Christian Academy Head of School, James Bryant, (at right) presented John Fanning, South Lincoln Elementary School Principal, a check for $5,000 from the Tornado Disaster Relief Fund.

    Riverside Christian Academy Head of School, James Bryant, presented John Fanning, South Lincoln Elementary School principal, a check for $5,000 from the Tornado Disaster Relief Fund last week. The $5,000 check presented to Mr. Fanning was in addition to $8,500 that was sent to 17 South Lincoln teachers who lost all personal items and teaching materials. The Tornado Disaster Relief Fund was set up by Riverside Church of Christ the

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  • Spencer travels to Myanmar to help area’s farmers

    Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Buyers collect goats from Myanmar farmers for shipment. The three mar-kets for goat collectors there purchase for China, Malaysia and Hla Shwe and Brothers Meat Production Enterprise.

    LAURIE PEARSON staff writer Volunteering to work with disadvantaged farmers thousands of miles away is one of the things Robert Spencer likes best about his job. Spencer, a small ruminant expert with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, began this career in 1998 with an internship at the University of Tennessee Extension. He spent the summer working with Lincoln County Extension Agent David Qualls in Fayetteville. “It gave me a taste

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