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TN HEALTH DEPARTMENTS TO PROVIDE FREE FLU VACCINES BEGINNING NOV. 9

The Tennessee Department of Health is encouraging all Tennesseans over the age of 6 months to receive this year’s flu vaccine. Vaccinations for flu will be free beginning Wed., Nov. 9, 2022, at all local health departments in the state for Fight Flu ’22.

‘’Getting a flu shot is the most important thing we can all do to help prevent the flu and keep ourselves, loved ones and everyone around us healthy,’’ said TDH Commissioner Morgan McDonald, MD FACP FAAP. ‘’We know flu vaccines are safe, effective, and protect against the most common types of flu circulating, so I urge everyone eligible to receive a flu shot to do so.’’

No appointments are needed to receive a free flu vaccine during Fight Flu ‘22. Find the site closest to you and the hours of operation at www.tn.gov/health/fightflu and select the Find a Flu Shot Near You icon. The flu vaccine will continue to be free at Tennessee’s county health departments after the Fight Flu ’22 kick-off event on Nov. 9.

The flu virus is highly contagious and pregnant women, infants, the elderly, and people with certain medical conditions are at the highest risk of severe complications from the flu. The CDC estimates up to 7.5 million illnesses, 400,000 hospitalizations, and 22,000 deaths could be prevented every year if more people chose to get the flu vaccine.

To prevent the spread of the flu virus to others, follow precautions such as proper hygiene and handwashing, cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your elbow, and stay at home if you are sick.

Fight Flu ‘22 also serves as a statewide preparedness and response exercise where TDH’s local public health teams practice their emergency plans to vaccinate communities during a pandemic. This is the fifth consecutive year for the Fight Flu TN event as TDH works to protect as many Tennesseans as possible against influenza.

CCHD: Cooking with WIC Classes

The Cumberland County Health Department will be offering a cooking class that focuses on helping families utilize WIC and SNAP benefits to create healthy meals and snacks!

During these classes, online and print resources regarding nutrition information and recipes will be provided.

There will be a cooking demonstration each class to prepare a meal and a snack that participants will get to sample!

Cumberland County at the Tennessee State Fair in Wilson County!

IT’S FAIR TIME IN TENNESSEE!
 
Cumberland County will be making an appearance at the Tennessee State Fair in Wilson County!
 
Since 1906, the Tennessee State Fair has remained a highlight! Taking place in Lebanon, TN, the Tennessee State Fair is happening from August 18-27, 2022, and represents all 95 counties in Tennessee!
 
This year’s county exhibit theme is “Travel Tennessee,” and we are proud to display some of Cumberland County’s greatest assets!

April 4 is the Last Day to Register to Vote for the May 3 Election

CUMBERLAND County residents must register to vote by midnight on Monday, April 4, 2022, to be able to cast a ballot in the County Primary Election on May 3, 2022.

Registering to vote, updating your address or checking your registration status is fast, easy and secure with the Secretary of State’s online voter registration system. Any U.S. citizen with a driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security can register online from any computer or mobile device at GoVoteTN.gov.

The Cumberland County Election Commission is located at 83 Northside Lane, Ste 101, Crossville TN 38571 for voters to register or drop off their registration forms in person.

Early voting starts Wednesday, April 13, and runs each weekday, including Saturdays, until Thursday, April 28. The deadline to request an absentee by-mail ballot is Tuesday, April 26. Election Day is Tuesday, May 3.

Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster Receives EMS Advocacy Award

Gatlinburg, TN–
 
Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster received the 2022 Tennessee Ambulance Service Association (TASA) John Fitzsimmons EMS Advocacy Award at the annual TASA conference on February 23, 2022. The crystal trophy goes to an EMS supporter that exemplifies outstanding advocacy for the Tennessee EMS System and has significantly contributed to the betterment of Tennessee EMS at the local, state, or national level. The award is named after John Fitzsimmons because of his dedicated service to both his community and to the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association.
 
“When I first ran for County Mayor, one of my promises was to work with our first responders including EMS to provide the best service possible. Receiving this award from a group of individuals that I so highly regard is truly an honor. I am thankful for those that work so hard on our front lines to provide for public safety in our community” stated Mayor Foster.
 
Foster went on to say, “I want everyone to know that this is a team award. Director Miller and the EMS staff work hard, and we have a County Commission that has made first response a priority. They have funded the requests we have made for additional ambulances, Lucas devices, and powered stretchers and lift systems for patient and employee safety. I believe we have the best staff and the best equipped system in the Upper Cumberland.”
 
Cumberland County EMS Director Chris Miller stated, “With the challenges of 2021 and unprecedented EMS staffing shortages, Mayor Foster supported pay increases, a pay incentive for additional licensures, and the development of in-house EMS training courses. Mayor Foster has and continues to support EMS with local, regional, and state advocacy and is well deserving of this award.”

THDA: Covid-Related Rent Relief Available

Tennessee Housing Development Agency is partnering with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to reach families in need.
 
More than $380 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) funding is available for the State of Tennessee to assist eligible tenants through the COVID-19 Rent Relief Program (CVRR).
 
This program provides tenants with assistance for rental arrearages, future rent, and utility arrearages to low-income families who have been unable, or will be unable, to pay their rent due to a hardship they encountered caused directly or indirectly due to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
 
This program ensures that all qualified tenants are able to get the help they need in these difficult times and hopefully avoid the need for devastating and costly eviction. Eligible tenants could receive up to 18 months of rental and / housing stability assistance.
 
General questions concerning the program can be answered by reaching out to THDA at COVIDRentRelief@thda.org or by visiting their website: