Franklin County, Tennessee is unusually fortunate in both its location, on the Alabama border in Middle Tennessee, and its history. Its location makes it the home of Tims Ford State Park, and it also receives neighboring Coffee County’s aerospace spillover in the form of Arnold Engineering Development Center and the University of Tennessee Space Center. Historically, it is the home of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, a literary and musical giant. Its principal cities are Winchester, Cowan, Decherd, Sewanee, and Estill Springs, and it is governed by a county mayor.
Franklin County citizens work in construction, transportation equipment, education services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. There are 12 public schools in the Franklin County Public School System, plus a few private schools. Motlow State Community College is also included in its roster of higher education.
Franklin County has four hospitals, two in Winchester and two in Sewanee. These are not considered financially troubled, though 1,993 of the county’s 41,052 citiens (4.85%) are in the Medicaid Gap. 18.2% of the population lives 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.
Franklin County’s YPLL rate is 9,300 Years of Potential Life Lost, though it has only 22% of Williamson County’s population. Its Death Rate per 1,000 was above the state average for the years 1992 through 2006. The Fatal Accident Rate, however, was appreciably higher than the state’s only for 1994, 1995, and 2007.
Franklin County’s State Senator is Janice Bowling. Concerned citizens may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone her office at 615-741-6694.