Fayette County, Tennessee is on the state’s southern border, just above Mississippi. It is in West Tennessee, near the Memphis area. This comparatively small county (38,413 population as of 2010) is 79% rural and governed by a county mayor. The principal cities are Somerville and Oakland. The county website includes a searchable map for the fire response times in different areas and for different kinds of structures. Usual response time appears to be 5 to 7 minutes and involves a mixture of paid and volunteer fire departments. Ambulance service is available in Somerville.
Fayette County’s principle occupations are construction, public administration, truck transport, agriculture, metal products manufacture, and health care. The public school consists of five elementary schools, two middle schools, a comprehensive high school, a career and tech center, and an alternative learning center. In addition, 25.7% of elementary students attend private schools, along with 26.5% of high school students.
Methodist Healthcare-Fayette is struggling financially, and the health situation is not bettered by the only ambulance service being in Somerville. 1,707 county residents, or 4.44%, are in the Medicaid Gap. 16.4% of residents live in poverty.
The main point of this profile is to highlight the county’s health dilemma by using the Years of Potential Life Lost measurement developed recently. To explain this measurement, I will repeat the information given previously.
The average normal age of death used here is 75, and all the recorded deaths in each county during a year are considered. For instance, if a person dies at 25, he/she contributes 50 years to the YPLL rate. The latest YPLL rates are for the years 2008-2010. What we are measuring here is PREMATURE MORTALITY. Accidents and diseases happen to everybody, but, by comparing counties, we can get an idea of the county’s general health. For instance, the wealthiest and healthiest county in Tennessee is Williamson County, and their YPLL as of 2008-2010 was 3,839 Years of Potential Life.
Fayette County’s YPLL rate is 8,312 Years of Potential Life Lost. Its death per thousand citizens rate hovers near the state average, but the county fatal accident rate has only been below the state average for four years between 1993 and 2009.
Fayette County is represented by State Senator Dolores Gresham. Concerned citizens can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her office at 615-741-2368.