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Rescue Squad Awarded USDA Loan Grant

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Seated left to right: Mike Gannon, Cannon County Executive; Chris Hampton, USDA Rural Development Area Specialist; Michael Underhill, CEO Standing left to right: Tim Bell, COO; Jonathan Buckingham; Becky Harrell, CFO; Ronnie Hayes; Monica Hayes; Dylan Bogle; Larry Powell, 1st Sergeant.

Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc. announced this week that they have been awarded a loan and grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development.  Chris Hampton, Area Specialist with the Rural Development Area Office in Cookeville, delivered the terms of conditions to the CCRS Responders on Friday, May 8, 2015.
Along with the volunteer responders, Cannon County Executive Mike Gannon was on hand for the signing of the conditions letter.  Executive Gannon stated, “The USDA has been a good partner for us in the past and continues to be a good partner for us now.  We appreciate the low interest loan and the grant.  The Rescue Squad has been working hard to purchase a new truck.  This new equipment will save lives in Cannon County for many years to come.” 
The mission of the USDA Rural Development program is to offer loans, grants, and loan guarantees to support essential services such as housing, economic development, health care, and first responder services/equipment.  USDA Rural Development promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses and organizations through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. USDA Rural Development also helps communities undertake community empowerment programs, and helps rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing or make health and safety repairs to their homes.
Funding for the Rescue Squad was received from the Community Facilities Direct Grant and Loan Program.  This program is designed to help rural communities with a population of 20,000 or less.  After an extensive grant process, lasting more than six months, the Rescue Squad was notified that they were awarded a loan and grant which will go toward the purchase of a new rescue truck.
Michael Underhill, CEO, stated, “We were awarded an $18,000.00 grant and a $97,000.00 loan to purchase a new rescue truck for Cannon County.  The grant will pay for a maximum of 15% of the project which is estimated to be about $120,000.00.  This is the third time since 2007 we have received funding from Rural Development.  The first two awards helped to purchase the rescue truck in 2008 and new rescue equipment in 2013.”
This award will help to replace a 1988 model rescue truck which has been in service for Cannon County for nearly twenty years.  Local funds will be needed to help pay for the remaining part of the project.  The grant and low interest loan will help our rural communities with the cost of replacing this twenty-seven year old rescue vehicle.   
For more information on becoming a volunteer responder with the Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc., visit our website at www.CannonCountyRescue.com and contact Michael Underhill, CEO, at 615-904-5002 or by email at MUnderhill@CannonCountyRescue.com .
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Notice of 2015 FSA County Committee Election and Local Administrative Area (LAA) Boundaries

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Donny Green, DeKalb/Cannon County FSA County Executive Director, announces that the nomination period for the 2015 Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee Election is underway. The nomination period continues through August 3, 2015.
"I encourage all producers to participate in the county committee election process by nominating candidates by the August 3 deadline," said Green. "We are counting on as much participation as possible, because county committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We have seen a trend in recent years of increased nominations of minority, beginning farmers, and women producers and we hope that will continue."
Committees apply their judgment and knowledge to make decisions on county commodity price-support loan eligibility, establishment of allotments and yields, conservation programs, disaster programs, employment and other farm program-related issues. Nationwide, there are more than 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to five members who are elected by eligible local producers.
To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.
Nominees must reside in Local Administrative Area (LAA) for which they are seeking to be elected. For the 2015 Election, the DeKalb/Cannon County FSA County Committee Election will conduct elections in LAA-1 (DeKalb County) and LAA-5 (Cannon County). Below are the descriptions of the LAA's that will be conducting elections this year:
Local Administrative Area # 1, the portions of DeKalb County described as following:
East of a line where Hwy. 146 crosses the Cannon County line; following Hwy. 146 North to Hodges Rd.; thence north to Tabernacle Rd.; following Tabernacle Rd. to Dry Creek Rd.; east of Dry Creek Rd. to Hwy. 70 West; south of Hwy. 70 to Hwy. 96 (Dale Ridge Rd.); thence north to Hwy. 96 to Hwy. 141 (Wolf Creek Rd.) to Center Hill Dam; from Center Hill Dam following Center Hill Lake southwest to include the area south and southwest of the lake to Sligo Bridge; thence following Hwy. 70 East in a westward direction to the intersection of Hwy. 70 and Hwy. 56; thence the area west of Hwy. 56 South to the Warren County line; north of the Warren/DeKalb County line back to Hwy. 146 at the Cannon County line.
Local Administrative Area # 5, the portions of Cannon County described as following:
That portion of Cannon County that lies west of Highway 53 (a state highway that runs south from the DeKalb County line and north from the Coffee County Line).
Individuals may nominate themselves, or others, as a candidate. In addition, eligible candidates can be nominated by community-based and other organizations in the county where the election is being held before the close of the nomination period, especially groups representing socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers. Nominations and elections are open to all eligible candidates and voters without regard to race, color, religion, nation origin, age, sex, marital status or disability. The nomination form (FSA-669A) is available at USDA Service Centers and online at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections
Ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters in LAA's 1 and 5 on November 9, 2015. Completed ballots must be returned, either in person or postmarked, no later December 7, 2015. For more information about FSA county committees, visit the DeKalb/Cannon County USDA Service Center or call 615-597-8225, extension 2.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).

Scholarship Offers For Upcoming Fall Semester Still Available

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships in the amount of $2,500; available to students attending an agriculture-related program at a post-secondary educational institution in the United States during the 2015-2016 school year.
This scholarship opportunity is the result of a cooperative commitment between Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers, AgXcel, Ag PhD, Capello USA, Hagie Manufacturing, Midwest Labs, No-Till Farmer Magazine, PNC Bank, RFD-TV, and TapLogic; and intended to further the education of students who demonstrate the ability to clearly articulate the importance of responsible nutrient management not only for the future of the agricultural industry, but also for our culture as a whole.
Equipping the leaders of tomorrow with an understanding of the delicate balance between high-production agriculture and environmental stewardship will be critical as agriculture strives to more efficient and sustainable to produce food and fiber to feed and clothe the world. The Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation is committed to the future of agriculture and the youth who represent its leadership, and believe this scholarship will help bring accomplished students closer to their goal of a career in agriculture.
Interested students may access the scholarship application at: rnmf.org/scholarship.
Deadline for application is June 30, 2015.

Senior Spotlights For Monday

Monday, 25 May 2015

9:00 Katie Hickman
10:00 Amy Young
11:00 Sarah Hickman
12:00 Molly Williams
1:00 Marshall McReynolds
2:00 Tori Raines
3:00 Hannah Faulkner

Healing Fields Conclude Today In Murfreesboro

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Those who have visited previous Healing Field events in Murfreesboro know what to expect and new attendees will not be disappointed.  The experience can be emotional for many.  The Memorial Day Weekend 7th Annual Healing Fields Event sponsored by the Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club is an awe inspiring event.  A grassy field posted with hundreds of U.S. Flags is an unforgettable panorama of red white and blue.  Those who have sponsored flags are invited to bring small mementos, poems, photographs etc to decorate their sponsored flag.  Today is Memorial Day and there will be a memorial ceremony today starting at 5 this evening.  You are invited to come walk the Healing Field. Bring your lawn chairs, cameras, and walking shoes.  The Healing Field is located next to the First United Methodist Church 265 West Thompson Lane.  Don Wrignt 2015 Chairman of the Exchange stated "You are never gone until you are forgotten.  The Noon Exchange Club will never forget and not let the area communities forget the real reason for Memorial Day.

Cannon County Resident Shares Pictures Accidentally In Computer Scam

Sunday, 24 May 2015

The Cannon County Sheriff's Department is warning the public of a new scam.  Last week a Cannon County resident called in the sheriff's department to report she had received a phone call from a male with a strong Indian accent who said that he was with Windows and calling because a family member said they had a problem with their computer and he needed her to go to www.mypc.help.us.com and enter a code.  At that point the man was able to control the computer from his location and was pulling up a picture of the caller and her boyfriend.  At this time the caller said she was uncomfortable with the situation and the male became mad and started shutting down the windows that had pictures in them.  After the caller  shut down her computer and hung up she began receiving multiple calls back from unknown numbers.  Consumers should remember that no computer repair business will initiate the call to fix any computer problems.  Consumers have to call the computer repair of their choice.  Most over the phone computer repair services have these type of remote computer access software located on their websites and will never ask you to randomly go to a website and download this type software.


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