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October 23, 2012
Tennessee health leaders are taking a strong stance against the New England Compounding Center.
They have now revoked the license of the pharmacist in charge, and penalties against the company could be next.
NECC is no longer welcome in Tennessee.
Inside a small room near the Vanderbilt Medical Center, the phones keep ringing at the Tennessee Poison Center.
"Originally we were getting 150-130 calls a day," says Dr. Donna Seger with the Tennessee Poison Center.
The Poison Center is also serving as a fungal meningitis hotline. They are providing people with information about the outbreak.
If callers have symptoms, they're told to see their doctor, or go the emergency room.
"We're just trying to help people that have questions as to where they need to go and what they need to do," says Dr. Seger.
While the phones ring, state officials are taking steps to make sure drugs from the New England Compounding Center never come to Tennessee again.
The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy met on Tuesday.
"Dr. Cadden agrees to voluntary surrender his license to practice as a pharmacist in the state of Tennessee," says John Smith, Chief Deputy General Counsel with the Tennessee Department of Health.
Dr. Barry Cadden, the pharmacist in charge of the New England Compounding Center, which health leaders say supplied the tainted epidural steroid injections, has agreed to surrender his Tennessee license.
"They have been revoked in Tennessee. They can no longer provide any product to Tennessee," says Smith.
The Pharmacy Board also expressed its desire to pursue civil penalties against the company.
"Penalties per vial is what the board has recommended, and they're fully within their authority to make that recommendation," says Smith.
As the number of new cases starts to slow down in Tennessee, the Poison Center workers hope their calls will soon taper off.
The Tennessee Poison Center is spending a lot of time answering unnecessary questions.
Remember, health leaders say fungal meningitis is linked to epidural steroid injections, not to things like the flu shot.
Meanwhile the state of Massachusetts, where NECC is located, is also taking steps to revoke the pharmacy's license.
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Wednesday, October 24 2012, 03:11 AM CDT
Courthouse in line for repairs, updates
May 25, 2013 15:50 GMT
MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials in Coffee County are looking to update their historic courthouse instead of replacing the 141-year-old structure.
After all, they said the building is in pretty good shape. As far as repairs, it just needs some new paint and molding, as well as work to repair some water damage. But county maintenance director Robert Gilliam says the entire structure needs updating in order to make it last until the next century.
Gilliam and County Mayor David Pennington told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/19ivpQ6 ) that officials have taken care to maintain the building and it hasn't had any major renovations in decades.
Historical society spokeswoman Joanna Lewis said the group is trying to come up with fundraising ideas for the project.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
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