Summer Heat is Here!

With summer bringing the heat, everyone needs to know how to stay cool. Whether you’re in the best shape of your life, or you’ve been on 65+ trips around the sun. Here are a few helpful tips from the CDC on how to take care of yourself during a heat wave!

  • There were an estimated 7,415 deaths due to heat-related circumstances from 1999 to 2010.
  • The CDC states that these heat-related deaths are preventable, if you following these simple precautions.

You need to make sure to:

  1. Stay cool. Even if that means stopping what you are doing and finding a spot to cool off slowly. If you cool off to quickly, you could send your body into shock from a sudden temperature change.
  2. Remain hydrated with water or a sports drink that offers electrolytes. You will need to replace the electrolytes in your body to help cool off and reset your system.
  3. Stay informed with your areas weather and temperature forecast. If you know that it is going to be an extremely hot day, it would be best to  be prepared.
    • Have a cold non-alcoholic beverage handy.
    • Have a cool towel near to help your body cool off.
    • Try to stay in a shaded area, if at all possible.
  4. If you feel that you are going to be sick due to the heat, stop what you are doing and contact your doctor for help.

There are two main factors that have an effect on you when it comes to extreme heat:

  • High humidity. When the humidity is high, sweat won’t evaporate as quickly, which keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
  • Personal factors. Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use can play a role in whether a person can cool off enough in very hot weather.

There are four main groups that are at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses. It is best to monitor these groups of people when they are in your care:

  1. People who are of the age 65 or older.
  2. Children under the age of two years-old.
  3. People with a chronic disease.
  4. People with a mental illness.

Some simple questions to ask them, or make sure of for them are:

  • Are they drinking enough water?
  • Do they have access to air conditioning?
  • Do they need help keeping cool?

Some precautions for not only people at a higher risk of heat-related illnesses, but anyone who will be in the extreme heat are:

  • Find an air-conditioned building. If your home is without air-conditioning, stay in public facilities as much as possible. If your vehicle has air-conditioner, use it as much as possible.
  • Do not only rely on a fan as your primary cooling option. A fan only distributes the hot air to keep it moving, and it is not a source of cool air.
  • Drink as much water as possible, not only when you feel thirsty.
  • Find a “Heat Wave Buddy”. Check in on your buddy, and have them check in on you. Use each other to make sure that you both make it through the extreme heat without a heat-related illness.
  • Try to keep from using the stove or oven in your house to cook. It will only cause you and your house to stay warmer, and not allow anything to cool off.

Even if you are young, healthy and in the best shape of your life, you still run a risk of suffering from a heat-related illness. If at all possible, try not to participate in strenuous physical activities during extreme heat.

  • Try to stay inside during midday when the temperature is the highest. If it is not possible for you to stay indoors, try to keep your physical activities to a minimum.
  • Make sure to have plenty of sunscreen handy, and also reapply as recommended.
  • When participating in activities, start slow. Gradually allow yourself to become accustomed to the heat before going full force into an activity.
  • Drink PLENTY of water / sports drinks throughout the day, even if you are not thirsty at the time. A lack of hydration can lead to muscle cramping, and that may be an early sign of a heat-related illness.
  • Make sure to dress appropriate for the activities you are participating in. Wear loose-fitting clothing that is lightweight and light-colored.

If you play a summer sport, make sure to protect yourself and keep an eye on teammates. If possible:

  • Try to have practices or workouts during the cooler parts of the day. Early morning or later in the afternoon are better choices than midday.
  • Use the “Heat Wave Buddy” system between you and your teammates. Keep each other safe and in line with the safety precautions.
  • Make contact with a doctor or medical provider if you or a teammate has any symptoms of a heat-related illness.
  • There is a CDC course that can help you look for signs of heat-related illnesses.

Here are a few steps, from the CDC, that are good for any and everyone to keep in mind to keep safe in the extreme heat:

  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
    • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
    • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.


The original article can be found here: CDC Extreme Heat Information


Tater Town Special 2011 Schedule, Gleason, Tennessee

Dear Friends,

Are you ready for the TATER TOWN SPECIAL!!??
All of us here at the Department of Finance cannot wait.
It is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend– August 28, 2011- September 4, 2011.
We have a great lineup this year!
Check it out:





Sunday August 28th


GLEASON: A reception will be held to honor the 2011 Tater Town Special Grand Marshal, Jerry Connell, on Sunday, August 28 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Gleason Methodist Church. Come and enjoy cake and punch and celebrate with the Gleason Gazelles and the Gleason School as they honor this individual for his  accomplishments and contributions to the Gleason Community.


Tuesday August 30th


GLEASON: The Gleason Gazelles are sponsoring an Old Fashioned Gospel Singing on Tuesday, August 30, at the Gleason Methodist Church. The singing will start at 7:00 p.m. and admission is free. Come and enjoy a night of good old fashioned gospel singing, as well as solos and quartets. For more information, call Christi Clark at 415-3511.


Wednesday August 31st


GLEASON: Wednesday, August 31, the Gleason Gazelles will sponsor a Faith based Magic Show, starting at 7:15 p.m. Justin Chandler will bring a show to motivate and inspire. For more information, call Cil Weddington at 514-9007.


Thursday September 1st


GLEASON: The Gleason Gazelles are sponsoring a night of free “Bingo on the Gazelle Grounds,” on Thursday, September 1. Come and enjoy the excitement of winning valuable prizes. The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. Free admission. You must be 18 years of age to participate.

Friday September 2nd


GLEASON: Fire up those grills for the last big cook-out of the summer and enter the Tater Town Cook-off on Friday, September 2, at the Gazelle Grounds. Categories include Backyard BBQ, Chicken, Ribs, and Pork Shoulder. Gates will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. There will be live entertainment. Adult admission is $5.00 to enter and eat till it’s gone. For more information or to enter a team, call Kim Borneman at 514-3021 or 648-9234.



GLEASON: The Gleason Gazelles are sponsoring a “Sweet Potato” bake-off on Friday, September 2 at the Gazelle Grounds. Individuals must submit their prepared dishes by 5:00 p.m. for judging. Cooks must submit the recipe along with their entry, which must have sweet potatoes as an ingredient. Cash prizes are $100, $50, and $25. For more information, contact Cil Weddington at 514-9007. This event will once again be held in conjunction with the BBQ Cook-off.


Saturday September 3rd


GLEASON: The Gleason Gazelles are sponsoring a 5K Race on Saturday, September 3. Entries will register in front of the Gleason School at 7:00 a.m. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The entry fee is $10.00. For more information, call Kerri Burden at 648-5632.


GLEASON: An Antique Tractor/Engine Show will be held on the front lawn of the Gleason School on Saturday, September 3. Show entries may be driven through the Grand Parade, if desired, then parked on the school lawn for the show. There are no entry fees. There will be drawings for door prizes. Call Charles Anderson at 648-9323 or Zac Montgomery at 648-5446 for questions concerning the tractor show.


GLEASON: The Gleason Gazelles invite everyone to participate in this year’s Parades on Saturday, September 3, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Kids are invited to decorate bikes, trikes, 4-wheelers, go-carts, etc., and ride in the Junior Parade. Registration will be in front of Gleason Lumber Co. at 9:00 a.m. Registration for the Grand Parade will be in the American Legion parking lot at 9:00 a.m. Trophies will be awarded in several categories. There is no entry fee for either parade. All horse entries will register at the Gleason Saddle Club.


GLEASON: The Gleason Rotary Club will be sponsoring the Great Pretenders in concert during the festivities of the annual Tater Town Special. There will be a 7:00 p.m. show on Saturday, September 3. Many of the old favorites will be performing. Crowd favorites, such as “Ray Stevens” and “Elvis” will be on hand. Tickets are $6.00 in advance and $8.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Bank of Gleason, from any cast member, or from any Gleason Rotary member.

Sunday September 4th


The week’s Tater Town Special activities will also include the annual Community-Wide Worship Service. This years worship service will be hosted by the First Baptist Church of Gleason, with the services beginning at 11:00 AM, followed by a potluck lunch at the Gleason United Methodist Church.



GLEASON: The Gleason Rotary Club will be sponsoring the Great Pretenders in concert during the festivities of the annual Tater Town Special. In addition to the show on Saturday there will also be a second show on Sunday, September 4th. Again, many of the old favorites will be performing. Crowd favorites, such as “Ray Stevens” and “Elvis” will be on hand. Tickets are $6.00 in advance and $8.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Bank of Gleason, from any cast member, or from any Gleason Rotary member.


This information was retrieved from the Gleason city website.
Visit the Gleason city website at
With all of this going on, Labor Day will be a smash!
Hope you can get out there and enjoy it!

Thanks as always,
Your Friends at the Weakley County Department of Finance