May 20 2016
08:03 am

There is a lovely photo in today's Roane County News. It shows a family in a pedal boat on Watts Bar Lake. None of them are wearing life vests. The adults can make their own decisions but, Please, people, make the kids wear a life vest, even when tooling around in protected waterways. You have no idea how quickly things can go wrong on the water. Nearly every single fatality on human powered watercraft involves the failure to wear a life vest.


Even inexpensive vests, around $20, are very effective for young children and infants when properly worn. Since the small sizes are quickly outgrown they may be handed down in nearly new condition. Most of them are very adjustable and fit a wide weight range. Make certain that any vest you put on a child (or adult too, for that matter) has a Coast Guard approval sticker on the inside.

This web page has decent information and a list of manufacturers and products: (link...)

Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.