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Prescription drug abuse has become the biggest substance abuse problem faced by the State of Tennessee.
More people die from abusing prescription medication than they do on our state's highways. But only one out of eight people get the help they need.
According to the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, over the past decade, substance abuse admissions for prescription drugs, like hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and methadone have increased 500 percent.
Officials say as of July 2012, the number of admissions for prescription drug abuse exceeded admissions for alcohol abuse for the first time in history.
The Warren County A&L Fair gets underway this Friday and will continue through Saturday, September 13th.
Friday events will feature the Pre-Teen Fairest of the Fair Pageant at the grandstand at 7pm.
There will also be activities on Saturday and Sunday.
The fair kicks into high gear next Monday when the carnival opens and the Fairest of the Fair Pageant is held.
Another highlight of this year's fair will be entertainment by Country music star Daryl Singletary on Thursday night, September 11th at the grandstand.
One again this year, admission to the fair is free.
Warren County's lawsuit against former county executive Kenneth Rogers has been settled. The lawsuit came about after the county was found to be in breach of contract with regard to a FEMA/TEMA Hazard Mitigation grant in 2004 when Rogers was county executive. The county ended up having to pay back FEMA and TEMA $93,000, which was the organization's share of the grant amount.
Under the settlement, the county will receive $60,000, $10,000 of which will be paid by Rogers. The remaining $50,000 will come from the bond that covered Rogers when he was county executive.
A Grundy County man drowned Saturday while on an outing at Tims Ford Lake.
TWRA officials said 42 year old Craig Caldwell of Palmer was tubing on the lake when he fell off into the water. Emergency crews arrived about 30 minutes later, but could not revive him. It happened at around 3pm Saturday.
The TWRA said Caldwell was not wearing a life jacket when he was found. Officials said alcohol was not a factor in the incident.
The Warren County Pioneers suffered their first loss of the season as a 17-point third quarter led to a 38-28 Shelbyville win Friday night at Nunley Stadium.
Bryson Lewis ran for three touchdowns for the Pioneers, and Malik Ladet ran for another.
With the loss, the Pioneers are now 1-1 on the season. They will travel to Cookeville next Friday night for their first District game. Kickoff will be at 7pm.