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Project Hometown Help Awards Grant To Cannon Schools

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Short Mountain Principal Robert Pitts and Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Representative Justin Phillips

Bonnie Patterson, Director of Coordinated School Health for Cannon County Schools was recently awarded a grant from Project Hometown Help sponsored by Middle Tennessee Natural Gas.  Mrs. Patterson applied for the grant to help with the funding of a walking track at Short Mountain School.  Short Mountain School Principal, Robert Pitts was awarded the check by Justin Phillips, a representative from Middle Tennessee Natural Gas.

Cannon County High School Greenhouse Dedication Ceremony Remembers Jake Bush

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

On Wednesday April 16th, the 2013-14 FFA Officers, Advisors, Director of Schools, Chairman of the School Board, CCHS Administration, and members of Jake’s family held a dedication ceremony at the CCHS greenhouse.  The Woodbury FFA Chapter dedicated this year’s plant sale in memory of Jake Bush.
Jake died in a tragic accident in 2006. Jake Bush enjoyed three main things: hunting, fishing, and 4-wheelers.  In 2005-2006 Jake was named Vice President of the chapters opening/closing ceremonies team as well as running for a class representative although he was not elected, Jake never gave up. At the beginning of his sophomore year Jake worked hard and was elected Mr. Melton’s 1st Period Class Representative for 2006-2007.
Teacher Courtney Nichols, who runs Cannon County High School's greenhouse program, said Jake was “a special individual that could light up a room with just a smile. He always had a love of the outdoors and of agriculture”.   
According to Nichols, the plant sale will be held at the CCHS Greenhouse Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact 563-4875.

Roads Main Subject At Saturday's County Commissioner's Meeting

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Commissioners voted to lower the speed limit from 55 to 45 on the road from the Bradyville Church Of Christ up the hill to Gilley Hill Road during Saturday's meeting of the Cannon County Commissioners.  Anna Pittman who heads up the Bradyville Neighborhood Watch Program and brought up the speed limit issue also presented the Commissioners with some pictures of road deterioration as well.  The County Highway Department is aware of the situation.  The Commissioners suggested that Ms. Pittman attend a County Road Commissioner meeting which is every week.  The Commissioners do not have a say in the road department's money so it wouldn't be up to them whether or not the road can be fixed.  Ms. Pittman also argued that she paid over $50,000 in property taxes over the years  and asked the commissioners what that money goes for.  The answer is the property tax money goes for ambulance service, sheriff's department, fire department county offices and schools.  Some counties put some of that property tax towards the roads however it is important to remember Cannon is not one of them.  The road discussion continued on the next item on the agenda as commissioner Jimmy Mingle discussed county roads in general.  Some roads he stated are designated as county roads that lead to dead ends to private barns just land.  There are a lot of roads Mingle said that can be taken off the county inventory list.  A motion was made to have the Cannon County Planning Commission to look at the inventory list and determine whether or not various roads should be on that list.  The Commissioners approved the motion and the planning commissioners will make a recommendation on how to get the roads off the list by the next meeting.  The only other decision made by the commission was that the motion was approved for the County to apply for the annual Litter Grant from 2014-2015

General Sessions Judge Susan Melton Seeks Re-election

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Cannon County’s General Sessions Judge Susan Melton has announced that she will seek re-election as an Independent candidate during the August 7, 2014 General Election.
Melton, born and raised in Woodbury, Tennessee is the daughter of Martha Turner Melton and the late John Barrett Melton, Jr.  After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, Susan pursued graduate studies in Elementary Education from Georgia State University and taught in the classroom for eight years.  She later attended and graduated from the Nashville School of Law.  Melton comes from a family of lawyers and has followed in the footsteps of her grandfather, the late J. Barrett Melton, Sr, her father, the late John Barrett (Mose) Melton, Jr., and her brother, the late John Barrett Melton, III. 
Melton has served as judge for the Cannon County General Sessions Court and the Cannon County Juvenile Court in Tennessee for 13 consecutive years.  She is the former president of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference.
“I am grateful and humbled to have served as Cannon County’s General Sessions Judge for the past 13 years,” Melton said.  “I look forward to continuing to make sure the courtroom is the one place where every citizen finds justice and has the opportunity to be heard.”
Melton describes herself as a Conservative Constitutionalist, who seeks justice above all else, while valuing compassion and understanding.
The Cannon County General Election is August 7, 2014, with early voting from July 18th through August 2nd.

TWRA Requests Public Input for 2015 Fishing Regulations

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is welcoming comments for its 2015 fishing regulations. This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns about fishing regulations with TWRA staff. 
Public comments will be considered by fisheries managers and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. Comments may be submitted by mail to: Fish Comments, TWRA, Fisheries Management Division, P.O. 40747, Nashville, TN 37204 or emailed to TWRA.Comment@tn.gov. Please include “Fish Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions.
The fishing regulations are usually set each year during the October meeting by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.
This comment period concerning fishing regulations will be open until May 6, 2014.

County Electric Demonstration Contest Winners Announced 4th Grade

Sunday, 20 April 2014

. 4th Grade participants – (front row) Braxten Alexander -3rd place, Kiley Hughes 1st place, and. Alex Foster – 2nd place (Back row) Andy Duncan, Tonya Gannon, Sue Smitty and John Barker.

As part of their regular club meetings, 4-Her’s are given the opportunity to participate in the Cannon County 4-H Electric Demonstration. The demonstration consist of battery, solar or electrical power or how to conserve or generate electricity or the safe use of electricity. County wide, more than 140 demonstrations were conducted during their monthly 4-H club meeting. On April 10, 4-Her’s throughout the County was given the opportunity to participate in the County Contest. We want to thank West Side Elementary for hosting the event and the Middle Tennessee Electric for sponsoring 2014 County Electric Demonstration along with two 4-H Electric Camp Scholarships which was awarded to Austin Powell and Aidan Davis. Other winners of the contest.  In 6th grade 1st place Austin Powell, 2nd place-Aidan Davis and 3rd place Ashley Page.  5th grade 1st place Hunter Davis and 2nd place Sharon Bessant.  4th Grade 1st place Kiley Hughes, 2nd place Alex Foster and 3rd place Baxten Alexander
The 4-H Electric Camp will be held June 24-27, 2014, on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus. At this exciting camp, 4-Hers will explore the world of energy, electricity, energy conservation, electrical safety and other basic sciences in fun-filled, "hands-on" learning centers.
 

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