Some extra relief for Rome City Schools students with breathing issues: Last week, at the monthly staff meeting of school nurses who serve Rome City Schools, each nurse was presented with a nebulizer, two packs of tubing and two single-dose units of Albuterol. The items were donated by Floyd Medical Center, which administers the school nurse program. The absence of these machines has resulted in multiple ambulance calls to the schools over the years. Rome High School nurse Tiffany Jensen has treated two students suffering from asthma attacks and has required ambulance calls this school year. “I have an asthmatic child myself and having this machine in my clinic is going to be so impactful,” says Jensen. “Parents and students have a lot on their plates, so these devices don’t always make it to school. Because we have a nebulizer on hand, that is no longer a problem.”
Thanksgiving gas prices in Georgia will remain slightly higher than last year’s holiday. AAA forecasts nearly 1.6 million Georgians will travel this week for Thanksgiving. Of those, 1.4 million will drive. By Thanksgiving Day, gas prices should average $2.44/gallon. While that is 7 cents more than last year’s holiday, it’s 2 cents less than the 5-year average. Least expensive gas prices included: Dalton ($2.35), Rome ($2.39) and Warner Robins ($2.40). “Georgians can be thankful for strong oil production and supplies, which have set the table for some of the lowest gas prices of the year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The state average should carve-off another 5 cents before Thanksgiving, and eventually fall below $2.30 before fully adjusting to recent oil and wholesale gas price declines. However, there is potential for oil prices to rise in December, depending on how markets respond to possible OPEC oil production cuts and sanctions against Iranian oil exports.” Latest prices (Monday) include:
- Rome: $2.37 a gallon.
- Cartersville: $2.45.
- Cedartown: $2.53.
- Calhoun: $2.39.
- Summerville: $2.36.
Easing the holiday commute: The Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstate highways and primary state roads in Northwest Georgia from 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, until 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, because of Thanksgiving travel. .
Dallas Police Chief Joe Duvall and Fairmount Police Chief Lane Bennett were seated as members of the Highland Rivers Health governing board at its most recent meeting. Duvall and Bennett will serve as board representatives for Paulding and Gordon counties, respectively.
“The fact is, law enforcement officers are often the first people who come into contact with individuals in mental health crisis or with substance use disorders, so it is critical that we work together closely to meet the needs of vulnerable individuals in our communities,” said Chantel Adams, chair of Highland Rivers’ governing board. “Chief Duvall and Chief Bennett will be excellent additions to our governing board and we are pleased to have them join us.”
Highland Rivers Health is governed by a 14-member board that includes a representative from every county in the agency’s service area (with two representatives from both Floyd and Polk counties) who are appointed by each county’s board of commissioners. Members serve three-year terms, and terms are staggered to ensure continuity of governance.
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