Grundy County, Tennessee is in the Southeast section of the state, its principal cities being Tracy City, Altamont, Coalmont, Beersheba Springs, Palmer, and the Swiss-named Gruetli-Laager. It is home to historic sites and outdoor recreation areas that attract tourists, including a Swiss-style bakery owned by descendants of the original owner. The Grundy County School System consists of six elementary schools and one high school, and there are a few private schools in the area.
Grundy County citizens are employed in construction, agriculture and related activities, transportation equipment, machinery, metal and metal products, accommodation and food services, and truck transport. This county is all rural.
What Grundy County does not appear to have is a hospital, though records indicate it may have had one once. Since the county contains 361 square miles and has a low population density, this means a long ride to the nearest hospital. 1,055 of the 13,703 residents (7.70%) are in the Medicaid Gap. 25.6% of citizens live in poverty. Several types of disability are measured and reported by each county. For the sake of brevity, I will mention only the critical employment disability often conveniently forgotten. In Grundy County, nearly 750 men are employment disabled, as are around 600 women.
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.
Grundy County has the highest YPLL rate in the state – 16,601 Years of Potential Life Lost. This is a significant figure, since no other county gets beyond the 13,500 range. The county death rate per thousand was above the state average for all but one year between 1990 and 2006, and the fatal accident rate was above the average for all but two years between 1993 and 2009.
Grundy County’s state senator is Janice Bowling. Citizens can contact her at email@example.com or call her office at 615-741-6694.