January 7, 2011 News from the Chief I am very proud of the exceptional teamwork across the West, East and North precincts that led to this week’s apprehension of three dangerous serial robbery suspects who may be responsible for 17 Nashville fast food hold-ups since last August. Detective Sergeant Jason Proctor (West), Detective Rex Davenport (East), and Detective James Davis (North), along with their colleagues, Canine and CID’s Technical Support Unit, put in many hours of surveillance work to get these gunmen off our streets. Good job to all. There will be a brief ceremony at 8 a.m. next Friday (January 14) at the North Precinct to recognize and congratulate newly promoted sergeants, lieutenants and captains. Mayor Dean will join us. A two-member assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will begin its on-site examination of our department on Saturday, January 22, as we seek reaccreditation for another three-year term. The assessors will be visiting a number of work areas, will be speaking with several of our employees, and may ride along with precinct-based officers. Through the accreditation process, we underscore our commitment to professionalism and law enforcement excellence by meeting CALEA’s standards in our policies, procedures, management, operations and support services. The CALEA assessors coming to Nashville are Gilbert Kleinknecht, retired Assistant Director of the U.S. Marshals Service, and Lieutenant Craig Stone of the Columbus (Ohio) Division of Police. Please show them every courtesy during their visit. With 2011 just a few days old, officers and professional support staff members throughout the department have worked together to make a number of solid criminal cases. My thanks to all of you for everything you have done and will do to serve and protect Nashville’s families and visitors. Happenings Mayor Karl Dean on December 23rd appointed 35-year Nashville Police Department veteran Steve Anderson as the seventh Chief of Police in the Metropolitan Government’s 48- year history. Anderson, 62, has served as Interim Chief of Police for the past seven months since the departure of Ronal Serpas for New Orleans in May. Anderson joined the Nashville Police Department as an officer trainee on January 1, 1975. “Our police department has been in very capable hands since May, and I continue to have full trust and confidence in Steve Anderson’s leadership,” Mayor Dean said. “Public safety will always be one of my top priorities as Mayor. To that end, I have no doubt that Nashville’s families will be very well served by Chief Anderson now and in the years to come.” Anderson, a graduate of the Nashville School of Law and a licensed attorney, pledged to continue the police department’s grassroots approach to law enforcement and problem-solving. “This is a very exciting time in the police department, and I am grateful to Mayor Dean for his confidence and support as we work to reduce crime, expand community partnerships, and increase our efficiency through two new precincts and our first-ever DNA crime laboratory,” Anderson said. “I have been very fortunate to have served under very excellent and thoughtful chiefs of police, Casey, Kirchner, Turner and Serpas, and look forward to doing everything in my ability to build on their successes while meeting and overcoming new challenges.” “As the May flooding once again showed, our very talented and dedicated employees are absolutely committed to doing whatever it takes to professionally serve Nashville’s families, businesses and visitors,” Anderson said. “I am very proud of our officers and professional support staff for the work they have done and will do to make Nashville even safer.” Chief Steve Anderson Hired as police officer trainee January 1, 1975 Promoted to Sergeant January 1, 1984 Promoted to Lieutenant July 16, 1987 Promoted to Captain July 2, 1998 Promoted to Assistant Chief/Administrative Services May 1, 2001 Appointed Deputy Chief/Support Operations January 1, 2003 Appointed Deputy Chief/Investigative Services May 16, 2004 Appointed Deputy Chief/Field Operations October 17, 2008 “Our police department has been in very capable hands since May, and I continue to have full trust and confidence in Steve Anderson’s leadership,” Mayor Dean said. “Public safety will always be one of my top priorities as Mayor. To that end, I have no doubt that Nashville’s families will be very well served by Chief Anderson now and in the years to come.” “This is a very exciting time in the police department, and I am grateful to Mayor Dean for his confidence and support as we work to reduce crime, expand community partnerships, and increase our efficiency through two new precincts and our first-ever DNA crime laboratory,” Chief Anderson said. “I have been very fortunate to have served under very excellent and thoughtful chiefs of police, Casey, Kirchner, Turner and Serpas, and look forward to doing everything in my ability to build on their successes while meeting and overcoming new challenges.” Christmas Basket Program Men, women and children comprising more than 200 needy Nashville families received gifts of food and toys from Metro police officers Christmas Eve morning as the police department’s annual Christmas Basket Program entered its 49th year. In its inception, the program served two families. Over the years, requests for assistance and those actually helped by the program have steadily grown. Families are chosen at the recommendation of police officers who come into contact with them during the year. This year, more than 500 needy children received toys from the Christmas Basket Program. Fifty needy elderly citizens were also served. Contributions from hundreds of police department personnel, both sworn and civilian, and from the Nashville community fund the program. Last month, members of the Music City and Rivergate Chapters of the Harley Owners Group contributed $25,000 to support the police department’s Christmas Basket efforts. Captain Rich Foley is the police department’s volunteer coordinator and “Chief Elf” of the Christmas Basket Program. Pictured (l-r) are Santa’s Christmas Basket helpers Deputy Chief Louise Kelton and Chief Steve Anderson. Ready to roll! Volunteers help with Christmas basket deliveries Christmas basket deliveries are loaded into waiting vehicles. Shop with a Cop Over 60 children were able to purchase Christmas gifts for themselves and family members through the Andrew Jackson Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police Shop with a Cop program. th The Children were treated to a morning of shopping December 14 at the Wal-Mart on Nolensville Pike and Harding and also at the Rivergate Wal-Mart. The children and the police “elves” then wrapped presents during a luncheon at the FOP Lodge. The Shop with a Cop program is an extension of Lodge 5’s Youth Camp Service Project that reaches out to boys and girls who officers see through their work. The program is funded through tax deductible donations made by citizens and businesses throughout Nashville. Bordeaux Community Breakfast North Precinct officers participated in the December 18th Bordeaux Community Breakfast at Hartman Park Community Center on Tucker Road for families affected by the May flood. Representative Jim Cooper and State Senator Thelma Harper serve breakfast to families affected by May flooding. North Precinct Commander Anthony Carter pitches in to help bring the Christmas spirit to May flood victims. North Precinct Flex officers purchased a new bicycle for a child who had his stolen just days before Christmas. Pictured (l-r) are Officers Chris Taylor, Allen Hall, Alan Earls, Sgt. Gene Martin, Officers Chantelle McPeek, Mike Wilson, Gary Shannon, Ryan McManman and Ryan Russell. Odd Fellow Awards Heroic police work by Sergeant Mark Chesnut that ultimately led to the apprehension of an escaped Mississippi inmate has now earned Chesnut the Judge John L. Draper Joint Nashville Police Odd Fellow Award for the first half of 2009. Chesnut received a $500 cash award during a ceremony this morning. On June 25, 2009, Sergeant Chesnut stopped a Dodge Magnum because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. During the stop, Mississippi prison escapee Joseph Jackson emerged from the backseat and ambushed Chesnut with multiple gunshots. Although critically wounded, Sergeant Chesnut provided backup officers with key information that led to the apprehension of Jackson and his cousin, Courtney Logan. Both have since been convicted of attempted first- degree murder. “Sergeant Chesnut’s life has been forever changed by his selfless and heroic actions on behalf of Nashville’s citizens,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “The pride all of us have in Mark is unwavering.” Other Odd Fellow Award nominees for the first half of 2009 were Officer Marty Reed, Officer Adam Read, Officer Shane Shetler, Officer Mitch Kornberg, Officer Quinn White, Officer Greg Blackburn, Officer Chris Lo, and Officer Michael Helton. Outstanding police work by Drug Task Force Detective Justin Fox that resulted in the arrest of five juvenile robbery suspects has now earned Fox the Judge John L. Draper Joint Nashville Police Odd Fellow Award for the second half of 2009. Smith also received a $500 cash award during a ceremony this morning. Just before midnight on September 18, 2009, Officer Fox stopped a Buick Park Avenue for making an unsignaled turn and speeding. During a consent search, Fox discovered a pistol under the seat. Patrol officers then informed Fox that the Buick matched the description of the getaway car in a personal robbery a short time earlier. Based on the victim’s statements, all five teenagers were charged with aggravated robbery and were convicted in Juvenile Court. “Detective Fox’s excellent attention to detail and hunch that there was more to this stop than just traffic violations took five dangerous young men and a gun off the streets of Nashville, preventing the potential victimization of other citizens,” Chief Anderson said Other Odd Fellow Award nominees for the second half of 2009 were Officer Brent Bauer and Officer Joshua Robertson. For 49 years, Nashville’s Odd Fellows Association has sponsored this award, which is given twice a year to an officer below the rank of lieutenant who makes an arrest of a person already wanted, or who makes a criminal case based on the original citing of a traffic law violator. Sgt. Mark Chesnut (center) received the Odd Fellow Police Award for a vehicle stop in June 2009 that left him critically wounded. Pictured with Chesnut (l-r) are Chief Steve Anderson and Odd Fellow Association members Patrick Wells, Joe Anderson and Hilary Lingner. Officer Fox is not pictured due to his undercover status. Congratulations to Lieutenant Daniel Newbern who completed his Masters from Mountain State University with a perfect 4.0 grade point average to graduate first in his class. The Precinct News Hermitage Alert police work by Officer Brian Gant led to the arrest of two teenagers who had been breaking into vehicles. Officer Gant was patrolling in the area of hotels and businesses along Elm Hill Pike when he noticed the two, both age 17, walking through a parking lot. When Officer Gant attempted to talk to the suspects they fled on foot. Officer Gant apprehended one after a brief foot chase. The other teen was located inside a hotel. Two GPS devices and an iPod were recovered. They are both charged with two counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, evading arrest and violating curfew. South Accused serial robber Jeffery Everly, who was wanted for crimes in Nashville and Kentucky, was fatally wounded by authorities in Tippah County, Mississippi, following a robbery and pursuit there. Detectives from the Metro Police Department’s South and West Precincts had sworn out warrants against Everly charging him with: the December 28th robbery of the Shoney’s restaurant at I-65 & Old Hickory Boulevard, and running over the manager; the December 28th robbery of a woman in the Kroger parking lot on Highway 100; and the December 28th robbery of the Mapco convenience store at 21st Avenue & Blair Boulevard. Kentucky State Police were seeking Everly for the December 27th robbery of a convenience store on US 231 near the Western Kentucky Parkway. South Precinct detectives have identified ex-convict Kevin Billioups as the man responsible for the armed robberies of two Nashville convenience markets last month. Arrest warrants have been issued charging Billioups, 38, with two counts of aggravated robbery for the December 23rd holdup of the Circle K market at 2200 Nolensville Pike and the Christmas Day robbery of the Mapco store at 18 East Thompson Lane. Robbery cases are not new to Billioups. He was sentenced to a total of nine years for three robbery convictions in 2004. Billioups, who is known to frequent Lewis Street, is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone seeing him or knowing his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. On Thursday afternoon, a resident of Bell Park Condominiums on Bell Road reported that a man was in the process of breaking into the residence of a neighbor. South Precinct Officer Ken Alexandrow arrived on the scene quickly, spotted Eric Todd Whitaker trying to gain entry, and wound up in a foot chase. Whitaker ran into Brentridge Apartments where Flex officers joined in the chase and took him into custody. During questioning, Whitaker, 24, of Clarksville, admitted to the attempted break-in. He is charged with attempted aggravated burglary, possession of burglary tools and evading arrest. He is under investigation in relation to other South Nashville burglaries. East A citizen’s tip regarding a burglary coupled with a quick response by Officers Michelle Steidl and Darrell Osment, led to the arrest of career criminal Denny McAbee, 39, as he fled a home in the 1400 block of McGavock Pike. McAbee was in possession of the victim’s laptop computer, iPod and gold ring. He told officers he was going to sell the items. McAbee was released from prison in October 2010 where he served a 14- year sentence for aggravated robbery and burglary. He has been arrested 38 times in Davidson County with additional convictions for theft, assault and evading arrest. McAbee is currently charged with aggravated burglary, theft, criminal impersonation and evading arrest. He remains jailed in lieu of $70,000 bond. A routine vehicle stop led to the arrest of a convicted felon who was wanted on outstanding warrants for failure to appear on a DUI charge and driving on a suspended license. East Precinct Officer Phil Shuler stopped Dameon Beasley, 35, after he ran a stop sign on Meridian Street at 10:15 a.m. Officer Shuler requested back up after Beasley, 35, began acting suspiciously and gave him false information. When Officer Marty Reed arrived five minutes later, Beasley drove off, causing a pursuit which was quickly terminated. Officer Reed relayed the suspect vehicle description to a police helicopter pilot in the area who soon spotted Beasley driving northbound on Ellington Parkway. The pilot alerted officers that Beasley had stopped at a house on Oakdell Avenue. Officer Shuler arrived and attempted to block Beasley in with his marked patrol car. Beasley rammed the police vehicle (Officer Shuler was not injured) and fled northbound on Gallatin Pike. The helicopter pilot continued to relay Beasley’s direction of flight to ground units. Beasley entered Sumner County where he was apprehended by Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers and Sumner County officers near Highway 109 in Gallatin. Beasley was returned to Davidson County where he is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, and driving on a suspended driver’s license. He was also served with two outstanding warrants for DUI and driving on a suspended license. Beasley, of Panorama Drive, has 43 prior charges in Davidson County including convictions for DUI, assault, aggravated burglary, resisting arrest, theft and vandalism. North A Joelton homeowner’s decision to report two suspicious men and their Ford Explorer set in motion a quick police response and the ultimate identification of the pair as serial burglars who had been breaking into homes in the North Precinct since early December. Philip Keck, Jr., 31, and Vincent Crowson, Jr., 20, both of 5516 Clarksville Pike, are jailed on multiple aggravated burglary counts. On Monday, Keck knocked on the door of a Joelton home in a likely effort to see if it could be burglarized. When the homeowner answered the knock, Keck appeared nervous and seemed to be searching for answers as to why he was there. The citizen took note of Keck’s description, as well as that of Crowson and the Explorer. He quickly reported the details to police. A short time later, North Precinct Flex Officer Byron Carter spotted the vehicle near the intersection of Clarksville Pike and Old Hickory Boulevard and stopped it for investigation. Officer Carter found that the tag number didn’t match the SUV. A check of the interior turned up a gun, drugs, jewelry and electronics. Through interviews with Keck and Crowson, North Precinct detectives have determined that one or both are connected to at least a dozen burglaries of homes: in the 2600 block of Crocker Springs Road on December 6th; in the 2700 block of Morgan Road on December 22nd; in the 3100 block of Milliken Drive on December 24th; in the 3300 block of Ivy Point Road on December 24th; in the 3100 block of Greer Road on December 24th; in the 1100 block of Jacobs Valley Court on December 28th; in the 4700 block of Bull Run Road on December 30th; in the 5100 block of Creasy Road on December 31st; in the 3700 block of Binkley Road on January 2nd; in the 3600 block of Stagner Road on January 2nd; in the 1700 block of Little Marrowbone Road (Cheatham County) on January 2nd; and in the 100 block of Babb Drive on January 3rd. “The partnership between the citizen who called us Monday, Officer Carter and the investigations team at the North Precinct is directly responsible for these two men being off the streets and away from Nashville’s neighborhoods,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “We are most effective when citizens share information about suspicious or criminal activities in their communities.” Keck is being held in the Metro Jail in lieu of $169,000 bond. Crowson’s bond is set at $150,000. Nearly ten months of investigation by North Precinct detectives into the February 20th shooting death of James Charles Nance resulted last month’s grand jury indictment of Nance’s girlfriend and her son. Nance, 46, of Westchester Drive, was found dead at 3:15 a.m. February 20th in the front yard of a home in the 3100 block of Union Hill Road. The investigation, led by Detective Tim Codling, revealed that Nance had been involved in a dispute with his girlfriend, Janice L. Jones. Jones’ son, James D. Avery, is alleged to have driven Nance to Union Hill Road and killed him. Jones is alleged to have had knowledge of the plot. Avery, 26, is charged with first-degree murder. His bond has been set by a Criminal Court judge at $750,000. Avery was already jailed for a probation violation at the time of the indictment. Jones, 51, surrendered herself at police headquarters and has been booked on a grand jury indictment charging her with facilitation of first-degree murder. On Wednesday afternoon, a resident of Morgan Road in Joelton returned home to see a strange Chevrolet Impala with two men inside in his driveway. The Impala rammed the resident’s vehicle and fled. The citizen immediately reported the car’s description and a partial license plate number. A short time later, North Precinct Officer Kirby Pearce saw the Impala exit I-24 onto Briley Parkway. Officer Pearce and North Flex officers stopped the car and noticed the victim’s television in the back seat. Thomas Nicholson, 38, and his nephew, Tony Nicholson, 25, both of Madison, admitted to the burglary and are under investigation for potential other crimes. West The three men arrested Monday night moments after robbing the McDonald’s restaurant at 2311 Brick Church Pike are suspected in at least 17 robberies of fast food restaurants since August. For the time being, Kevin Brame, 24, Rashawn Campbell, 23, and Andrew Siner, 19, are charged with four counts of aggravated robbery and one count of attempted aggravated robbery in connection with Monday night’s case. They are accused of robbing two customers, an employee, the business itself, and attempting to rob another customer. West Precinct detectives, who had received a Crime Stoppers tip in regard to Campbell’s potential involvement, and who had developed Brame as a suspect based on evidence in an earlier case, were conducting surveillance on them Monday night as they traveled into the area of the McDonald’s. Detective Sergeant Jason Proctor confronted the trio immediately after the robbery as they were headed back to their vehicle. All three suspects ran. Canine Officer Michael Moultry and his partner, Johnnie, apprehended Brame, who received dog bites to his arm and leg. He was treated and released from General Hospital. Sergeant Proctor apprehended Siner. North Precinct Flex Officer Tim Miller apprehended Campbell hiding under a car. Siner and Campbell are suspected of firing shots into the ceiling of the McDonald’s during last night’s robbery. Two pistols and several hundred dollars cash were recovered. Brame, Campbell and Siner have now been interviewed by detectives from the West, North and East Precincts. All have made robbery admissions in certain cases, although detectives suspect their involvement in a number of others, including the robberies of: Wendy’s, 3131 Dickerson Pike, on August 29th Wendy’s, 3021 N. Gallatin Pike, on September 19th KFC, 415 N. Gallatin Pike, on October 10th Wendy’s, 1045 28th Avenue North, on October 12th Wendy’s, 1227 Gallatin Pike, on October 13th Wendy’s, 310 Long Hollow Pike, on October 28th Wendy’s, 809 Rivergate Parkway, on November 2nd Wendy’s, 2600 Murfreesboro Pike, on November 11th Wendy’s, 7104 Charlotte Pike, on December 4th McDonald’s, 4700 Charlotte Pike, on December 7th Wendy’s, 206 21st Avenue South, on December 7th Wendy’s, 3131 Dickerson Pike, on December 12th Burger King, 728 Gallatin Avenue, on December 16th McDonald’s, 1006 S. Gallatin Pike, on December 17th Jack in the Box, 3900 Dickerson Pike, on December 22nd McDonald’s, 2311 Brick Church Pike, on December 22nd McDonald’s, 2311 Brick Church Pike, on January 3 Additional robbery charges against the suspects will be placed later, probably as the result of grand jury proceedings. Campbell and Siner are being held in lieu of $250,000 bond. Brame is to appear before a judicial commissioner shortly for the setting of bail. “Detectives and officers from a number of components have been working tirelessly to apprehend these individuals, who obviously posed an extreme danger to this community,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “The excellent coordinated police work, which culminated in last night’s arrests, resulted in what we believe are solid criminal cases.” Brame was convicted of facilitation of aggravated robbery in May 2005. He received a six-year sentence. A Hermitage couple who admit to burglarizing homes throughout Nashville over a several week span say they did it all to support a drug habit. David L. Garrison, 49, and Tara Coley, 40, of Arbor Lake Boulevard, were arrested on December 23rd after West Precinct Officer David Miller spotted their Plymouth van at a convenience market. Officers had been on the lookout for the van since an alert citizen took a cell phone picture of it following a burglary on Belmont Park Terrace the day after Thanksgiving. Through investigation and interviews with Garrison and Coley, detectives have linked them to the burglaries of homes: on Stewarts Ferry Pike (Hermitage area) on November 20th; on Stokes Lane (West Nashville) on November 25th; on Belmont Park Terrace (West Nashville) on November 26th; on Berwick Trail (Madison area) on December 3rd; on Emery Drive (Donelson area) on December 9th; on Lakeland Drive (Donelson area) on December 10th; on N. Graycroft Avenue (Madison area) on December 11th; and on Aaronwood Drive (Old Hickory area) on December 17th Detectives found that Garrison and/or Coley pawned some stolen items at area pawnshops, including a flat screen television, guitars and a metronome, for which they received hundreds of dollars. The couple is alleged to have traded other stolen items for pills. “A citizen’s decision to get involved by taking that cell phone picture led to excellent police work by Officer Miller and our detectives,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “As this case illustrates, crime fighting and neighborhood watch partnerships with members of our community are very effective.” The investigation of Garrison and Coley is continuing. Additional charges against them are anticipated. Proactive police work by Officer Michael Passaro led to the arrest of a man driving a stolen car. Officer Passaro was on routine patrol when he observed a suspicious vehicle parked at the Exxon at 2001 8th Avenue South. Upon further investigation, he learned the car had been reported stolen in Chattanooga. The driver was taken into custody without incident and charged with felony theft. Central Alert police work by Officer Travis Baxter led to the arrest of two 17-year-old carjacking suspects minutes after they stole an SUV at gunpoint. Officer Baxter heard the robbery dispatched in East Precinct and drove to I-24 near downtown where he spotted the suspect vehicle. He confirmed it was the stolen SUV and after back up arrived, he attempted to stop the suspects. The pair bailed from the vehicle. One teen broke into a nearby apartment where he was taken into custody. Officer Stephen Coleman and his canine partner Kilo located the second suspect. The teens are both charged with carjacking, unlawful handgun possession and evading arrest. Outstanding police work prevented serious injury to bystanders and nearby children when officers arrested two men who were firing shots in the air on New Year’s Eve. Officers in the area heard the shots and quickly responded to 1029 1st Avenue South where Billy Greer, 36, and convicted felon Samuel Clark, 52, were taken into custody. Clark and Greer admitted firing shotguns in the air. When officers arrived, Greer threw his shotgun into a van where two children, ages 11 and 7, were seated. A baggie of marijuana and ammunition was also recovered from inside the vehicle. Clark, who has a previous conviction for cocaine sales, is charged with felon in possession of a weapon and marijuana possession. Greer pled guilty to reckless endangerment and marijuana possession. Session 64 Handgun retention training. Sgt. Bob Allen teaches gun handling techniques. Riot control training. Spike strip training Emergency vehicle operations. Traffic crash investigations. Retirement Celebrations Officer John Jordan retires after 33 years of service. Pictured (l-r) are Officer John Jordan, Chief Steve Anderson, Faye Jordan and the Jordan’s two grandsons. Sergeant Robert Cornwell retires after 33 years of service. Chief Anderson presents Sgt. Cornwell with a commemorative plaque. Officer Barbara Stewart retires after 25 years of service. Central Precinct Commander Jason Reinbold presents Officer Stewart with a commemorative plaque. Congratulations: West Precinct Officer Matthew Stevenson and his wife, Amber, welcomed Michael Blake Stevenson to their family on January 6th. Condolences: Retired Canine Officer Balto, partner of Officer Mark Sydenstricker, passed away on December 29. Officer Sydenstricker and Balto were partners for eight years from 2002 through 2010. During their career, they had over forty criminal apprehensions. Louise Brown, the grandmother of Auto Theft Detective Kevin Brown, passed away. Retired Lieutenant Herschell Glenn passed away on December 20th. FYI: Metro Public Health Department Public Information Officer Brian Todd Health care providers in Nashville are seeing an increase among patients with flu-like illness. The increase is an indicator that flu season is under way in Nashville. “The increase in flu-like illness should be an important reminder to everyone to take the necessary precautions to limit the spread of the illness,” said Bill Paul, M.D., Director of Health of Davidson County. “The flu shot offers the best protection against influenza and it is not too late to the shot,” Dr. Paul said. Flu shots are offered at all three Health Department centers (Lentz Health Center, 311 23rd Ave. North; Woodbine Health Center, 224 Oriel Ave.; East Health Center, 1015 East Trinity Lane) from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday. Flu shots are $20 (Medicare Part B and TennCare are accepted). Influenza (Flu) season in the Nashville area typically begins in late December and runs through the beginning of April. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza or flu-like symptoms include: Fever Muscle aches Headache Extreme tiredness Dry cough Sore throat Runny or stuffy nose The best protection against influenza is to get a flu shot every year. The CDC says it is not too late to get a flu shot even after the start of the flu season. Those who do not get a flu shot should consider the following steps to prevent the spread of flu and cold germs this time of year. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, preferably using a disposable tissue. Use tissues to contain respiratory secretions and dispose of them after use. Wash hands (with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand gel) often to remove germs. Keep your hands away from face (especially mouth and eyes). The Health Department recommends being courteous to co-workers and classmates by staying at home if possible when you have flu-like symptoms. New, Condensed Employee Benefits Handbook For the last several months, Human Resources’ Benefits staff have been working to improve benefit communications so they are more accessible, more informative, streamlined, and easier to read. As a result of this process, we have developed a newly condensed Employee Benefits Handbook and have begun updating benefit information available on the Human Resources’ website. The new Employee Benefits Handbook replaces the Inside Metro Human Resources Guide, initially published in 2003. The new handbook includes premium rates, plan comparison charts, outlines of optional benefits, and it even informs employees how their benefits will be handled if they take FMLA, a leave of absence, military leave, or if they leave Metro. It's everything you need in a condensed format. We will update the Handbook from time to time, but you can always retrieve the most updated version from HR's website: http://www.nashville.gov/hr_benefits/docs/employee_benefits/Handbook.pdf.
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