Forest Service officials at the Cherokee National Forest announce the Little Milligan boat ramp on Watauga Lake will be temporarily closed for the month of December while a traveling boat dock is constructed. The temporary closure will start December 2, 2013.
Little Milligan boat ramp is located in Carter County on Moody Road off Highway 321. The USDA Forest Service is working with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in cooperation with the Tennessee Valley Authority. TWRA is the lead agency installing the dock at the Forest Service site.
Boaters are encouraged to utilize Rat Branch boat ramp, an additional Forest Service boat ramp on Watauga Lake off highway 321, to access the lake during the construction period. There are also private marinas along the south shore of Watauga Lake. More...
In the United States alone, it has been estimated that 25.8 million men, women and children have diabetes, a metabolic disorder where the body does not utilize the insulin it produces correctly, causing blood sugar levels to elevate. The effects of uncontrolled blood sugar levels causes a host of health problems, including glaucoma, cataracts, pain and ulcers on the feet, skin infections, heart disease, high blood pressure, gum disease, nerve damage that causes severe pain, strokes and infections.
In April, 2012, Edith Jenkins of Shady Valley noticed her energy level was practically non-existent and she had a vague feeling of just not feeling right. She relayed that within a few days, her hands had turned blue and appeared to be bruised. After being admitted to the hospital, her kidneys began to fail. She had no strength at all and couldn’t walk. During her stay, it was discovered her blood sugar level had soared to 1,198. A normal, fasting glucose for someone without diabetes should fall between 70 to 100 milligrams per deciliter. For those with diabetes, a fasting sugar level range is between 70 to 130 milligrams per deciliter and after meals less than 180 milligrams per deciliter.
The first course of treatment for Jenkins was insulin to stabilize her glucose levels. Depending on the reading from her glucometer, she would have to take insulin injection up to four times a day. Her memories of her hospital stay are vague and she has very little recall about being admitted to the hospital. After her discharge, Jenkins spent 22 days in rehabilitation in order to gain her strength back. More...
Minor injuries reported in school bus collison
A Johnson County school bus carrying students home from school was involved in a collision Monday afternoon, November 25, 2013, at approximately 3:38 pm at the intersection of Route 167 and Dotson Lane. The report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol indicated that five students, ranging from eight to 16 years old, received minor injuries.
A 17-year-old driver was charged with failure to exercise due care as their 1996 Honda Accord was stopped on Dotson Lane at the intersection of Route 167. According to reports, the driver pulled out directly in front of the bus. The driver of the bus struck the Honda Accord in the driver’s side door, knocking the vehicle off the road and onto a nearby yard before the bus was able to stop on the highway.
The driver of the Honda Accord sustained injuries and was taken to Johnson County Hospital. Reports indicate the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the school bus was wearing her seatbelt, was not injured and no charges were filed. The name of the driver of the Honda Accord has not been released. More...