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Kingsport Times News. November 5, 2021.

Editorial: We may never know the fate of Summer Wells

Is Summer Wells’ fate destined to be part of the East Tennessee lore? As painful months drag on for those who knew and loved Summer, concern grows that we may never know what happened to the little blonde girl with blue eyes who went missing from her home near Rogersville. the evening of June 15.

If anyone, anywhere, has knowledge that could help solve this mystery, $ 58,000 in current reward money has failed to entice that person to come forward.

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Summer is one of nearly 90,000 active missing people, according to FBI statistics. Children under 18 make up 35% of them, but fewer than 350 under 21 are abducted by strangers. The vast majority of child abductions are parental abductions. There are fewer than 100 missing children under the age of 6, according to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Summer disappeared after entering her home around 6:30 p.m. after helping her grandmother in the garden. A massive search for weeks yielded nothing in the rugged area surrounding his house. Her parents, Donald Wells and Candus Bly, say they believe their daughter has been kidnapped.

Meanwhile, the couple’s other three children, all boys, were removed from the house and placed in the care of the Tennessee Department of Child Protective Services. A gag order was issued in the case.

According to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department, Donald Wells was arrested on Oct. 30 for impaired driving, open container violation, driving without insurance and improper use of lanes.

The case gained national attention and was featured in a segment of “In Pursuit with John Walsh” on September 29, apparently to no avail.

Summer’s parents will appear in two episodes of “Dr. Phil” television show next week, according to reports from several CBS affiliates in eastern Tennessee.

Candus Bly and Donald Wells will appear on the program November 11-12. A preview of the show with extensive commentary can be found at tinyurl.com/hws8s7c6.

Meanwhile, investigators follow each lead. Investigators are looking for a vehicle reported in the area at the time of Summer’s disappearance, a brown or red Toyota Tacoma from the late 1990s with a full ladder rack and white buckets in the bed of the truck.

A report from TBI said a photo of what the truck might look like was circulating on social media, as were claims it was found, but this is not correct.

The photo was not published by the police. The TBI also reported that individuals were asking for donations under the pretext that they were helping Summer’s search, but investigators did not seek help from any citizens.

Chronicle of Crossville. November 1, 2021.

Editorial: Keep Politics Out of School Board Elections

Among the bills that roamed the Tennessee General Assembly last week was a bill that would allow school board elections to become partisan circuses.

The bill, which has yet to be signed by Gov. Bill Lee, was part of a flurry of bills passed in the wee hours of Saturday. It allows local parties to call a primary election for school board members.

Supporters said it would add more transparency to the electoral process. Voters could walk into the voting booth and see an R or D or I – for independent – by a candidate’s name.

If our heads of state want more transparency in our local elections, introducing the vitriol of partisan politics is the wrong answer. And voting based on just a letter by name does not serve students sitting in classrooms across our state.

At present, these elections are, by law, non-partisan elections. Candidates cannot even put a party on their signs. This is not allowed because the goal of a school board member is to develop policies for schools based on what is best for the students.

These local elected representatives represent their community. They represent their neighbors, teachers, students and parents of over 7,000 students attending Cumberland County schools.

Locally, the Chronicle asks applicants to share information about their experience, education and ideas through an application announcement. We also plan to publish the polls completed by candidates ahead of the August general election, when school board representatives from the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th arrondissements are elected.

No, applicants do not have to complete this information, but we will let you know who does not wish to answer the questions. It is also part of public information.

Voters should use this information and what candidates say on forums or on their campaign sites to understand why someone is showing up and what they hope to accomplish.

At its core, the election of school board members should be about ideas and a vision for a better future.

Voting with a letter after a name is lazy. We must expect more from our electorate and our candidates.

The Tennessee School Boards Association represents most of the school boards in our state. Executive Director Tammy Grissom told Tennessean last week: “The TSBA supports non-partisan elections because this type of election ensures that educational policy is made by those whose full attention and interests are devoted to the education.

This is what we should all expect from our school boards. This does not mean that we will always agree on their decisions. Let them respond to voters if their constituents feel they haven’t met the goal of serving students.

But don’t disqualify people because of their party affiliation.

We hope Lee will veto this measure. If he does not, we hope that local parties will refuse to participate in partisan school board elections.

Johnson City Press. November 4, 2021.

Editorial: Don’t forget your flu shot

Nothing says fall here quite like cooler temperatures, changing leaves and needles – the kind of metal attached to syringes.

Flu season is upon us and it’s time to get your shot. Why some people play Russian roulette with the flu virus while refusing injections is one of the great mysteries of modern life. There is nothing worse than lethargy, high fever, sweating, chills, and headaches that put you on the sidelines for days.

With the COVID-19 pandemic underway, much of the public’s attention has turned to its vaccine – booster shots are now widely available – and the flu has taken a back seat. If we’ve learned anything over the past couple of years, it’s that preventative measures like regular hand washing, covering our mouths when we cough or sneeze, and staying home from work when we are. getting sick helps stop the spread of infectious diseases like the flu.

Yes, the effectiveness of the vaccine varies from year to year – you can still get the flu even after getting it – but even if the chances are only slightly reduced, you’d better bite the bullet and bite the bullet. roll up your sleeve.

So are your friends, family, coworkers, and anyone else you meet. Like any virus, the more people contract it, the more it spreads. You could be a walking biohazard. You are not the only person affected by the vaccination decision. For some people, it can mean life or death. Infants, the elderly, cancer and HIV patients, and others with weakened immune systems may not survive the flu.

Doing our best not to catch the flu will help our healthcare workers, who are still overworked and exhausted by the coronavirus, and avoid further straining our hospitals and doctor’s offices.

The vaccine, on the other hand, will not make you sick unless you have certain allergies. Some people have mild reactions to the vaccine, but any claim that the vaccine will give you the flu is just nonsense.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that almost everyone aged 6 months and older get the vaccine each season, especially those at high risk. Children under 6 months of age should not receive the vaccine.

Different influenza vaccines are approved for use in different groups – some vaccines are approved for use in children as young as 6 months old, while others are approved for use in adults 65 years of age and older . If the needles bother you, the flu vaccine nasal spray is available for most people between the ages of 2 and 49. Pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions should not take the influenza vaccine as a nasal spray.

Since it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to work, you should visit a pharmacy or clinic before cases start to spread in your community. The CDC recommends vaccination by the end of October, but even a late vaccine is better than nothing.

Do yourself a favor and get your flu shot. Talk to your doctor if you have any other concerns, especially if you have questions about allergic reactions.

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