If you’re feeling under the weather, you’re not alone.

HHS nurse Sue Buckberry says that for the first time this school year she has had to send students home because of fever, often with other symptoms such as vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.

“I’ve probably sent more kids home in the last two weeks than I have all year,” Buckberry said. “Strep is going around and some G.I. illness is going around, and I know there have been some cases of the flu, but I don’t know how many. I’ve just kind of heard that through the grapevine.”

Nationally, flu season is just getting started, according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, which reports Tennessee as one of 42 states with “minimal” cases of flu-like illnesses.

“Seasonal influenza activity remained low overall in the United States but is increasing,” the CDC states on its website.

The organization says getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect against influenza, which kills about 36,000 people a year in the U.S.

Other tips to help keep from getting or spreading illness are to avoid close contact with people who are sick; stay home when you are sick; cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze; wash your hands often with soap and warm water; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and eat right and get plenty of rest.

Article by Mason Mills and Camden McClister


Students attending Friday’s Hendersonville High JROTC Fall Ball will also be observing the 242-year birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Marine Corps has been serving America since Nov. 10, 1775.

The Fall Ball, which will be at The Lighthouse event center, will follow a formal procedure that begins with the “Star Spangled Banner” followed by the “The Marines’ Hymn.”

There will be a cake cutting with swords, and the guest of honor will receive the first piece of cake and then the oldest cadet and the youngest cadet.

The guest of honor will speak, and then there will be a ceremony known as “The Unknown Soldier” in which “we recognize all those young men and women that may have sacrificed their lives,” explained Master Sgt. Tim Clenney, a JROTC instructor.

Next, a catered dinner is served and afterward there is a DJ and dancing for two-and-a-half hours.

“It’s very formal, very structured,” said Senior Military Instructor Jeff Stone. “Things happen the exact same across all the Marine Corps.”

The Marines hold the ball overseas and even in combat zones to honor all the Marines who came before them.

Article by Aiden Gray



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