** * Haywood County is repeatedly in the top ten highest counties in the state for reported number of child abuse cases per 1,000 children. In 2002, the county was ranked first. Approximately one of every eleven children was reported to be abused. *Higher than the state rates Health Priorities Mental Health In 2004, Haywood County citizens experienced tremendous trauma from the devastating effects of Hurricanes Frances and Ivan. During the month of September, 330 homes were damaged or destroyed. Very few of those homeowners had flood insurance. The waste water treatment plant at Blue Ridge Paper Company was put under water twice. This plant not only treats water from the factory, but is also responsible for the safety of the water for the Town of Canton. As small business owners try to put themselves back in place, they find loans rather than grants available and see a despairing future of mounting debts. The health department, along with other agencies, found a lack of infrastructure during this time, as other functions had to be delayed due to disaster response. Numerous volunteers an
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