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Monday, October 20, 2014

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New AT&T Tower for Haleyville

Sam Poe

American Tower Corporation has begun construction on a new cell phone tower on Ellenburg Road. According to engineers with the company, AT&T is expected to provide service for the tower upon completion of the structure.

Currently, there is a delay in completing the building because crews can only build 180 feet up on the tower before power is provided. Alabama Power will soon be clearing several hundred feet of trees around the tower to run electricity to the structure. Once that phase of the project is completed, workers will resume with building the tower up. The engineer stated once the power project is completed, crews will set up a crane to work on the remaining portions of the tower. It should be completely finished in about 8 hours after the crane arrives.

After the structure is completed, West Tower Corporation from Jackson, Mississippi will take over the next phase. They will add a fence to secure the tower and the compound to house all of the technical equipment. AT&T will then add its equipment to the structure to set up cellular service for the area. AT&T is expected to take over and begin operating the tower no later than the end of 2015.

Dryer Causes Fire in Family Home

Sam Poe


There was a residential fire at the Hutcheson residence at 4895 County Road 48 Sunday night just after 9:00. The fire started behind the dryer causing major damage to that room and smoke damage throughout the home. The fire was extinguished when the water lines running to the washing machine burned into and from quick action from family members who used the outdoor water hoses to finish fighting the fire. Haleyville Firemen responded to the scene to ensure all fire had been completely extinguished. No one was injured in this accident. 

City Council to Meet Monday

Sam Poe

The Haleyville City Council will meet for the regularly scheduled council meeting Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. The council will meet in the Courtroom at Haleyville City Hall.

Among several items on the agenda, discussion is expected regarding the recent sale of Haleyville City Hall. As always, the meeting is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. 

Sitel Adds 300 Jobs

Sam Poe

Sitel, a Canadian-based company with a call center in Hamilton, announced last week it will be adding 300 additional jobs. This expansion will impact our area greatly by almost doubling the current number of employees for the organization. Obviously this company growth will this positively impact Hamilton, but individuals from across Marion, Winston, Franklin, and Lamar Counties will likely be hired as well. Sitel currently has 110 locations in 23 countries according to the company’s website, and it originally opened in Hamilton following a $1 million grant and incentives package. Sitel will be looking for candidates for the new positions soon and prefer individuals with customer service experience and strong computer skills.

For more on this story, [CLICK HERE].

Week 9 Football Results

Sam Poe

Phillips 44 Vina 14

Phil Campbell 7 Sulligent 35

Brilliant 16 Meek 20

Tarrant 26 Addison 13

Marion County 35 Berry 50

Oakman 49 Winfield 14

Hackleburg 54 Decatur Heritage 28

Hamilton 45 Danville 14

Haleyville- Off

Winston County- Off

Lynn- Off

HFD Seeks New Displays for Christmas by the Lake

Sam Poe

The Haleyville Fire Department is currently preparing for the annual Christmas by the Lake Celebration. In order to put on this event, the Haleyville Fire Department relies heavily on businesses and organizations in the community for help. They are currently looking for organizations to set up displays for this year’s Christmas by the Lake event. There is no charge for the display area, but each department is responsible for their own decorations and setup prior to the event’s opening. For more information, contact the Haleyville Fire Department or Fire Chief Phillip Weaver. 

How Does Ebola Affect Me?


Lakeland Community Hospital is working closely with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond should anyone in our community contract or be exposed to the Ebola virus.  While we have not treated any patients with Ebola at our hospital, and there have been no confirmed cases in Alabama, out of an abundance of caution, Lakeland has taken steps to prepare our organization in the event that a patient presents with signs and symptoms of this infection.  Below are some common questions regarding Ebola Virus Disease and the necessary precautions that our facility has taken: 


What is Ebola?

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease that is native to several African countries. It is caused by infection with Ebola virus, which is contracted through direct contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids, contact with contaminated objects (such as needles), or contact with infected animals.


Who is at risk?

Those at risk for EVD include:

·         People who have resided in or travelled internationally to countries where cases of EVD have been reported (West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria):

·         People who have been in close contact with a person who is ill with EVD:

·         People who have handled bats, rodents or primates from areas where EVD transmission is active; and

·         Healthcare workers who have treated patients with EVD.


What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include fever (greater than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit), severe headache, joint and muscle pain, sore throat, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and unexplained bruising or bleeding. Some patients also experience skin rashes, red eyes and internal bleeding.


When do symptoms appear after infection?

Symptoms can appear anywhere from 8 to 21 days after infection. The incubation period for EVD – the time from exposure to when signs or symptoms appear -- is usually 8-10 days, but can range from 2-21 days. The risk for transmission is greatest during the later stages of the illness. Ebola cannot be transmitted in the incubation period or early stages of the virus, i.e., before a fever or other symptoms are present.



Is there a vaccine for EVD?

No vaccine currently exists for EVD.

However, the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are leading the effort to develop and test vaccines and new treatments. Some investigational vaccines have been developed. The NIH recently announced that initial human testing of an investigational vaccine to treat Ebola would begin in September, and a vaccine developed through the U.S. Department of Defense also will start testing in humans later this year.


How is EVD treated?

EVD symptoms are treated with supportive care, including providing intravenous fluids and balancing electrolytes, maintaining oxygen status and blood pressure, and treating other infections that may occur.


What are the potential complications of EVD infection?

Data gathered on patients who have recovered from EVD show long-term complications ranging from joint and muscle pain to vision problems. EVD can potentially be fatal. Recovery depends on early diagnosis, good clinical care, and the patient’s immune response. Evidence shows that people who recover from EVD infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.


How can I prevent transmission?

Basic infection control procedures and good hygiene can prevent infection. Just like any other virus, EVD can be prevented by:

·         Avoiding contact with people who are sick or display signs and symptoms that indicate illness, including sharing food, cups or eating utensils;

·         Washing your hands frequently  – or, if soap and water aren’t available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;

·         Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;

·         Disinfecting your home and belongings regularly; and

·         Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue or your sleeve or elbow (not your hands).



What procedures are in place at Lakeland Community Hospital to keep patients and our communities safe?


Our hospital follows infection control procedures as recommended by the CDC and our state health department. Routine infection control procedures that are used to prevent the spread of any viral illness also can control and manage Ebola cases and ensure the safety of other patients in the hospital.

While we do not anticipate Ebola impacting our community, out of an abundance of caution, we have:

·         Implemented new screening processes to identify patients who have traveled to countries affected by Ebola, or who have had contact with someone who has traveled to those countries;

·         Practiced appropriate isolation procedures in the event a patient presents with symptoms (Dedicated isolation rooms have been designated for patients who may have been exposed to Ebola and protective gear has been provided in all areas for our employees)

·         Evaluated our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE); and

·         Distributed detailed guidance to all hospital staff regarding the appropriate steps to prevent the spread of infection and the proper procedures for handling a patient who has, or is suspected to have, an EVD infection.

·         Involved in ongoing webinars and conference calls with CDC, Alabama Department of Public Health and the American Hospital Association.

·         Our Infection Preventionist is actively involved in the local Association for Professionals in Infection control and Epidemiology (APIC).

·         Stop signs have been placed at entrances asking anyone who has a fever and has traveled outside the country, or who has had exposure to an international traveler to notify staff.


Has EVD spread to the United States?

On September 30, 2014, the CDC confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had travelled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas. The patient had no symptoms when leaving West Africa but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the United States. The patient sought medical care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, was evaluated and discharged, and later readmitted and tested for Ebola infection. His diagnosis was confirmed and attempts to control his infection, which was quite progressed, began.  He died on October 8.

According to media sources, two health care providers have since tested positive for EBV. 

How can I find out more information?

You may contact Lakeland Community Hospital at 205-486-5213 and request Jennifer Young or Cathy Mitchell with questions, or talk to your doctor or primary healthcare provider. We are currently providing ongoing training and guidance on identifying, managing and treating EVD.  You also can visit the CDC Ebola site at www.cdc/gov/ebola, or the World Health Organization (WHO) Ebola virus disease (EVD) site: www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en.


Lakeland Community Hospital is committed to making Winston County and our surrounding communities healthier.  We want to ensure the community that we are taking appropriate precautionary measures to keep our employees, visitors, and community safe and prevent the spread of this virus. 



Jennifer Young – Director of Infection Prevention, Quality/Risk Management and Patient Safety

Cathy Mitchell – Chief Nursing Officer

Cindy Nichols – Chief Executive Officer




Lions Fall to the Aggies

Sam Poe


The Haleyville Lions traveled to Hamilton for another big regional matchup with the Aggies. Unfortunately, the Lions came up short in this game. Here’s a look at the scoring drives.

The first score of the evening came from a 22 yard field goal for Haleyville by Antonio Reyes to take the Lions up 3-0 with 7:33 remaining in the opening quarter. Hamilton’s Logan Rogers then followed up with a 13 yard run for the first touchdown of the game, and Cruz completed the extra point to take the Aggies up 7-3. With 49 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Denzell Mitchell reached the endzone on a 1 yard run, and Cruz completed the extra point to extend the Aggies’ lead 14-3.

In the second quarter, the Hamilton streak continued with another Mitchell touchdown run for 47 yards, and Cruz again completed the extra point attempt. The Aggies led the Lions 21-3 with 7:33 remaining in the first half. Next, Dillon Posey scored for the Lions on a 5 yard reception, and Reyes secured the extra point. The Lions trailed the Aggies 21-10 at the half.

The first score of the second half came on a Tra Lark 14 yard reception from Logan Rogers. Cruz added the extra point, and the Aggies led 28-10. The final score of the third quarter came from another 41 yard run by Mitchell. The Lions trailed 35-10 at the end of the third.

The first scoring drive in the final quarter of play came from a 27 yard pass from Kiser to Posey, and the kick was no good. The Lions trailed 35-16. With 4:34 remaining in the game, Blake Stidham added 6 for the Aggies, and Cruz contributed the extra point. The final score of the game came on a 59 yard pass from Kiser to Posey, and two points were added on the Kiser to Jordan pass. The final score was Hamilton 42 Haleyville 24. 

Severe Weather Impacts Area

Sam Poe

Photo Courtesy of Debbie Wood

A band of severe weather moved through the area Monday evening. There was no major destruction in our area, however, trees and power lines were down across the area, leaving thousands without power. The worst destruction was in the Helican community where a tree fell on a house.

As always, we thank our community first responders for keeping us safe and responding to emergency situations, even in adverse conditions. Also, thank you to the linemen who continue working diligently to restore power across the State of Alabama, and finally, thank you for listening to Paradise 92.7 and following HBTV for live weather coverage. We will be here the next time we are needed!


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