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2509, 2020

MPD receives NAMI Tennessee Criminal Justice Award

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. –  The National Alliance on Mental Illness Tennessee (NAMI Tennessee), a member of the largest grassroots mental health organization, names the Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) and Chief of Police Michael Bowen as one of two recipients of the 2020 Criminal Justice Award.

The Criminal Justice Award recognizes the criminal justice professional or program that most exemplifies the de-escalation and diversion approach promoted by NAMI for persons with mental illness who become involved in the criminal justice system. (Including law enforcement, justice, corrections, and other professionals in the criminal justice system.)

The award was presented at NAMI Tennessee 34th Annual State Virtual Convention Thursday afternoon, Sept. 24.

Twice a year, MPD hosts a 40-hour Crisis Invention Training (CIT) Course where a significant number of MPD officers and Murfreesboro Emergency Communications Telecommunicators receive certification in CIT training.

The NAMI Tennessee Awards Committee chose the Murfreesboro Police Department for the award because of its commitment to mental health:

  • MPD CIT Program established in 2010.
  • Chief Michael Bowen promotes CIT programs in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County.
  • Ongoing commitment to a vigorous community CIT program by assisting with training for more than 300 Officers with agencies statewide.
  • Successfully promoted a change in their policy to reflect the CIT program, which changed the way officers respond to a mental health crisis.
  • Certified CIT trainers have demonstrated the successful use of training in mental health crisis for recruits at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy.

This award is in honor of Tennessee’s own Major Sam Cochran (ret.), father of the internationally recognized CIT program, the Memphis Police Department, and NAMI Memphis.

Madison County, Tennessee Sheriff John Mehr is the other 2020 NAMI Tennessee Criminal Justice Award recipient.

2409, 2020

Eagle Scout candidate builds K9 agility course


Scout Taylor Bell receives a plaque from K9 Deputy Sarah Blair and K9 Sgt. Lee Young thanking her for building the K9 Agility Course. K9 Ely nods his approval.

Eagle Scout candidate Taylor Bell combined her love of dogs and law enforcement to design an obstacle course in agility for Rutherford County Sheriff’s K9s for her Eagle project.

Taylor, a freshman at Rockvale High School, was one of a few girls who joined Boy Scout Troop 2019 with the goal of earning her Eagle rank.

She raised funds for the project and designed and constructed the course.

The obstacles include an A-frame to teach the dogs to climb steep sites, four high jumps, a broad jump, an area search box with tunnels and three wobble boards.

She spent 50-100 hours on the project with a combined 400 hours from 30 volunteers.

“I am thankful for all the donors and volunteers,” Taylor said.

Her biggest challenge was making the obstacles moveable.

Taylor and a team of family, friends and scouts delivered the obstacle course to the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit Wednesday.

“I am happy it all came together and in one piece,” Taylor said.

K9s Ely, Appie and Tiko tested out the courses, much to the delight of Taylor and her team.

“It was super cool to see the dogs,” Taylor said as she smiled. “It was a great experience, especially meeting all the dogs.”

Sgt. Lee Young, who supervises the K9 Unit, said the course will be used by the Sheriff’s Office K9s along with other K9 officers and dogs from Murfreesboro, La Vergne, MTSU and Mt. Juliet and Lincoln and Cannon County Sheriff’s Departments.

“We appreciate all the work Taylor did in designing the course,” Young said. “The obstacle course will give improved training to the canines. We also wish Taylor well in achieving the Eagle rank.”

Taylor goes before the Eagle Board Oct. 10.

K9 Deputy Sarah Blair, right, shows sheer joy at K9 Appie playing with the Kong toy Scout Taylor Bell gave him. From left are Scout Taylor Bell, and friends, Chelsea Neal, Hannah Neal, Mackenzie Neal and Lindsey Fox, K9 Sgt. Lee Young, and K9 Deputy Brad Harwell and K9 Cpl. Scott Martin.

2209, 2020

‘Imagine A Day Without Water’ high school video contest

Murfreesboro Water Resources Department’s Community Affairs team sponsors ‘Imagine A Day Without Water’ High School Video contest

The Murfreesboro Water Resources Department Community Affairs team (MWRDCA) is getting students excited about the value of water with this year’s “Imagine A Day Without Water” High School Video Contest. The contest is a groundbreaking effort to encourage high school students to get involved in the cause to protect our water sources, bring awareness to water infrastructure, and promote water conservation.

“Imagine A Day Without Water” (IADWW) takes place on October 21, 2020 and is a national day to acknowledge the value of water and the importance water has in our everyday lives. Organizations from all over the country will engage virtually in exciting learning activities and events to bring awareness to our most precious resource.

“Our initial purpose for creating this contest was to reach out to the high school students in our community like never before, giving the younger generation a chance to acknowledge their environmental footprint, spark interest in careers in the water industry, and promote change in the future of water infrastructure,” MWRD Administrative Aide, Alandria Barker states.  “These videos will be used to prompt action NOW, and once years have passed, they will be timeless reminders of how far we’ve come.”

When water is in short supply, or fails to meet quality standards, the community takes notice. A new vision and value of water has emerged in the collective mind of the general public. The nation sees surface water, ground water, rainwater, drinking water, wastewater, and other forms of water as independent and exclusive to one another.  The public needs to recognize that we have multiple variations of “one water” that needs to be valued and preserved. Could you imagine a day without it?

The video contest kicks off on September 8, 2020 and goes through October 16, 2020. All participating students must turn in the Contest Entry Form which should be completed, signed and authorized by a parent for media release consent. Please visit www.murfreesborotn.gov/IADWW for entry forms, contest guidelines, submission criteria, and more.

MWRD takes pride in being a supplier of products and services that are vital and foundational to the quality of life of our residents. We recognize and embrace our responsibility and role in sustaining our community, its water systems, and its aquatic environment. It’s our great hope that our young citizens will take notice of our water resources and take actions to protect them for future generations to come.

For more  Water Resource News online, visit www.Murfreesborotn.gov/MWRD

2209, 2020

Local Assistant Public Health Director receives honors

Rutherford County Assistant Public Health Director, LaShan Dixon, receives three prestigious honors

Rutherford County’s Assistant Public Health Director received three prestigious honors in August and September consecutively.

LaShan Dixon was recognized in August with Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) “Young Alumni Achievement Award,” an award “given to a graduate age 35 or younger making a positive impact in the world.”

The university stated that LaShan, who has a total of four degrees from MTSU, helps improve the “quality of life in the community” through her outreach as an administrator for Rutherford County Health Department (RCHD).

Dixon was awarded the Tennessee Public Health Association’s “Tennessee Public Health Worker of the Year” on September 10, 2020, an award recognizing her outstanding service to the field.

On September 16, at the Rutherford ATHENA International Leadership Awards held at Embassy Suites, Dixon was announced as recipient of the “2020 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award,” which is presented to a woman under the age of 40 for her emerging leadership, accomplishments and contributions in Rutherford County.

Dixon received the recognition for developing and implementing the first Community Baby Shower with RCHD in partnership with United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, a now-annual event that helps to provide more than 2,100 essential baby supplies to expectant mothers in the community. Also noted by the organization was her vital role as spokesperson for “Beauty Behind Bars,” a self-esteem program created to “help women and girls break away from mental incarceration and self-imprisonment of low self-esteem, doubt, depression, suicide, and dream killing.” Through the program, at least 1,200 girls and women have been positively impacted. Dixon “meets them where they are” to teach them about “forgiveness, accountability, and the importance of loving self from the inside out.”

“We could not be more proud of LaShan,” said Rutherford County Public Health Director Dana Garrett. “She never ceases to amaze us with the impact she provides to our local community in a variety of ways.”

“I am always delighted to hear of a Rutherford County employee that exemplifies professionalism both at work and in the community,” said Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron. “We are fortunate to have LaShan as a part of our team.”

During her time as a student to present day, LaShan Dixon has continued to make outstanding contributions in public health within the community. An alumna of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Mrs. LaShan Dixon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management, Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, and Master’s degree in Health and Human Performance. 

Upon leaving MTSU, she accepted a position with the Rutherford County Health Department and advanced quickly to become the first Assistant Public Health County Director, where she plans and instructs health education programs for the community reaching over 80,000 residents throughout Rutherford County annually. Additionally, for more than fifteen years, she has hosted multiple community events and contributed to several grants that focus on women and underserved populations. Moreover, working in public health for the past twelve years has instilled in her a respect for diversity along with a burning desire to be an advocate for underrepresented populations in the community.

1809, 2020

Adult Detention Center passes state certification

From Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office…

No defects were found after an inspection by the Tennessee Corrections Institute staff Wednesday at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.

This is the fourth time since 2017 that the Adult Detention Center passed inspection with no defects.

“No defects in four years is phenomenal to me,” Fitzhugh said.

The sheriff commended the employees for their dedication to abiding by the state standards established for correctional facilities.

“I am proud of the hard work that each one of our detention officers do every day,” Fitzhugh said. “Without each one of them contributing, this would not have been possible.”

1709, 2020

RCFR Rescues Two from Snail Shell Cave

Two Stranded Males rescued from Snail Shell Cave in Rockvale
Rutherford County Fire Rescue (RCFR) rescued two adult males stranded and surrounded by high, moving waters from Snail Shell Cave in the Rockvale area Sunday afternoon.
RCFR, Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services (RCEMS), and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched just after 12:00 noon Sunday to a report of two adult males stranded inside the cave. An hour prior, the two adults and two younger males entered the cave.
After the heavy rainfall, water running through the miles of the underground cave network quickly rose and cut off their exit. The two younger males were able to get out and call for help.
When RCFR arrived on scene, crews assessed the situation and decided to contact the Hamilton County Rescue Squad, who specializes in cave rescue. With the water continuing to rise at a rapid rate, it was determined that there was no time to waste. Three RCFR crew members in water rescue gear and attached to a safety rope were sent into the cave and able to make contact with the victims.
Off duty RCFR personnel and Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) were called in for additional rescuer power. After setting up a rope system to aid in pulling the victims out, floatation devices with rope attached were deployed and allowed the victims to be safely guided back to dry land, one at a time. 
After both victims were out of the cave, they were assisted back up the path and evaluated by RCEMS.  Hamilton County was canceled, and MFRD, who was standing by as a backup team, was released from the scene. All victims and rescuers were safe with no injuries reported. 
1709, 2020

Surviving COVID-19: A new model to stop deaths of lives and businesses

by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.

The COVID death rate in the United States is one of the highest in the world, even with our advanced medical care delivery and resources. Many less affluent countries have death rates 20 times lower than the U.S., even with fewer hospitals, doctors, nurses and high tech equipment.

What is the common factor that accounts for the marked difference in death rates?

It is quite simply this: Other countries use EARLY OUTPATIENT TREATMENT with widely available antiviral medicines, begun at the first signs of symptoms, usually without waiting extra days for test results to confirm the physician’s clinical diagnosis.

The LATE STAGE treatment model promoted by Dr. Fauci and FDA’s Dr. Hahn has been for U.S. patients to be sent home to self-quarantine until symptoms worsened, and then go into the hospital when seriously ill with respiratory distress and heart damage. Only then do patients get offered medication, oxygen support, steroids, anti-coagulants, and others that typically don’t work as well at this critical illness stage.

But home therapy could prevent thousands of hospitalizations and deaths, according to a just-published article from the respected American Journal of Medicine. The U.S. urgently needs to implement this early successful model. Lead author Peter McCullough, M.D., a cardiologist at Baylor, one of the most widely published physicians in America,is not just theorizing. He is actually treating COVID patients at home.

Dr. McCullough’s recommendation would clearly save lives using cheap, safe, FDA-approved medicines—hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) with azithromycin or doxycycline, possibly ivermectin or colchicine, inhaled budesomide or oral steroids, home oxygen concentrators, plus supplemental zinc, vitamin C and vitamin D.

The supply of HCQ has been ramped up to handle its use in early treatment of COVID, but we have millions of doses in the Strategic National Stockpile deteriorating in government warehouses—vital medicine that is not being distributed because, for political reasons, doctors are still not prescribing for COVID-19 outpatients.

Why don’t Americans have the freedom to use HCQ as in other countries? FDA’s false narrative about HCQ causing harm to outpatients has led to more deaths with unprecedented restrictions on physicians’ off-label prescribing rights imposed by state governors, medical boards and pharmacy boards. Thirty-seven states still restrict HCQ.

There are other major forces pushing AGAINST home-based treatment that have resulted in our high death rate. These coordinated efforts are amplified by the main stream media megaphone perpetuating the constant drum beat of fear to keep the public afraid of returning to normal activities.

  • The hospital lobby is preventing outpatient treatment to maintain hospital income. The issues raised in Avik Roy’s classic 2013 review have been made worse during the COVID-19 pandemic because hospitals received significantly higher payments for COVID patients, especially those who go on a ventilator.
  • Big Pharma pushes for new high-cost medicines still on patent—for example, Gilead’s major push to discredit HCQ and favor remdesivir, its costly experimental drug.
  • Enormous financial conflicts exist within the NIH, CDC and FDA –all of whom get payments from pharmaceutical companies and vaccine manufacturers, as well as income from patents on new vaccine adjuvants and processes. Dr. McCullough’s editorial“The Great Gamble of Covid-19 Vaccine Development,” explained this multibillion-dollar financial incentive to preserve vaccine windfall profits in wealthy countries.
  • Big Medicine, as shown clearly by the AMA’s actions to falsely malign HCQ, no longer advocates for physicians and patients, but works to protect its revenue from government contracts.
  • Academic medical centers all have research programs dependent on NIH grants. Many academic physicians have been “muzzled” by their institutions from speaking out because of threatened loss of  funding.

In contrast, the forces pushing FOR early, home-based treatment are few in number, smaller, and do not have financial clout or a media megaphone.

  • One medical organization, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), has stood against the juggernaut preventing access to HCQ with many efforts, including a lawsuit against FDA.
  • Frontline doctors, primarily independent physicians not employed by hospitals or contracted with insurance companies that dictate treatment protocols doctors are allowed to use.
  • Grassroots citizens groups such as the Tea Party Patriots, Open Texas, America’s Black Robe Regiment, and a few others.
  • A few national political leaders willing to advocate publicly for early and widespread access to HCQ: President Trump, Trade Advisor Peter Navarro, Senator Ron Johnson, Congressmen Andy Biggs (AZ) and Louie Gohmert (TX).

So what do patients need to do NOW to advocate for early home treatment if they get sick? Here are 10 ACTION STEPS to take:

  1. PRINT Dr. McCullough’s article and read about your options before you get sick.
  2. COPY Dr. McCullough’s article and give to your doctors and family members.
  3. ASK your doctor now: “If I get sick with COVID, will you treat me at home with medicines already available for off-label use?”
  4. CHECK with your pharmacist: “Will you dispense HCQ if I get sick with COVID and my doctor prescribes it?”
  5. If your doctor and pharmacist will not prescribe or dispense HCQ, start now to explore other options – next four steps.
  6. READ about Telemedicine options to see what is available for early intervention and treatment at home.
  7. IDENTIFY the TeleMedicine services that fit your needs and budget, and keep a list handy in case you get sick.
  8. SEARCH for direct pay primary care medical practices who are more likely to tailor treatment to your individual needs. You need a trusted physician who shares your views.
  9. LOCATE independent pharmacies who will dispense the medicines you need and ship to you—they may be in another state.
  10. ACT to stay healthy! Adequate sleep, exercise preferably outdoors NOT wearing a mask, prayer and meditation (immune boosters!), eat healthy diet avoiding excess sugars and processed foods, take vitamins such as zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, and immune boosting anti-viral supplements such as quercetin, elderberry, NAC, and others.

The Bottom Line: “If you get COVID-19, you don’t want to be admitted to hospital. The death rate for patients sick enough to be admitted is quite high. And you will probably be a prisoner with no visits from family, clergy, or the doctor of your choice. Patients need a trusted physician who shares their views,” said Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of AAPS.

For further information, see AAPS compendium of articles on coronavirus

1609, 2020

MPD needs help

MPD needs help identifying the man who shoplifted hundreds of dollars’ worth of merchandise from the Walmart on Joe B. Jackson Pkwy. on September 3, 2020.  The man is seen loading items into a cart, totaling $736.11, and leaving the business without paying.  He’s seen getting into a dark-colored Dodge Journey. If you have any helpful information, please contact Detective James Wilkinson at 629-201-5612 or email 0846@murfreesborotn.gov.

1509, 2020

Nail Salon worker accused of sexual battery

Home manicure leads to sexual battery charge

Photo: Nam Dinh Mug Shot

A Murfreesboro nail salon technician was arrested for committing a sex crime against a customer during a COVID-19 home appointment on Sunday, Sept. 6.

Nam Dinh, 39, of Murfreesboro, was taken into custody Sept. 11 and charged with sexual battery.

A 37-year-old female customer booked a home appointment for a manicure and pedicure with Dinh of Nails So Happy on Lascassas Pike.  The victim reported Dinh attempted to kiss her and touched her inappropriately.

The victim had scheduled previous in-home appointments with Dinh during the COVID-19 shutdown of the business several times with no issue.

Murfreesboro Police Department Special Victims Unit Detective Tommy Roberts interviewed the victim who only knew Dinh by the name ‘John.’  She was able to pick him out of a photo line-up.

Dinh is out of jail after posting a $3,500 bond.  He will appear in Rutherford County General Sessions Court on Sept. 28.

1309, 2020

A Water Rescue

Two men trapped inside Snail Shell Cave with rising waters were rescued moments ago by teams of Rutherford County emergency responders.

A third man inside made his way to safety and notified responders to the cave on Snail Shell Road in Rockvale early this afternoon, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Trey Nunley.

Rescuers were expecting to bring the men to safety within 30 minutes, the sergeant said.

They were trapped on a knoll with a river inside the cave, Nunley said.

Rutherford County Fire Rescue, Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services are saving the men.

They called Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department for their expertise in water rescue.