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MTSU Dean's List for Spring 2018 (Cannon Edition)

Friday, 18 May 2018

The Dean’s List for Spring 2018 from Middle Tennessee State University;
Catherine Lea Adams Woodbury TN-CANNON
Rachel Elizabeth Alexander Liberty TN-CANNON
Tyler J Bailey Woodbury TN-CANNON
James Keith Bessant Woodbury TN-CANNON
Shelby Grace Burke Woodbury TN-CANNON
Tiana Mae Burke Woodbury TN-CANNON
Joseph W Cawthorn Woodbury TN-CANNON
Shalynn H Clark Woodbury TN-CANNON
Nicole Marie Custer Woodbury TN-CANNON
Ellen Louise Davenport Woodbury TN-CANNON
Christina Michelle Davis Woodbury TN-CANNON
Bobby H Fletcher Auburntown TN-CANNON
Aaron James Franklin Woodbury TN-CANNON
Kirsten R Garrison Auburntown TN-CANNON
Caroline D Gunter Woodbury TN-CANNON
Kaitlynne Cristin Hamlet Readyville TN-CANNON
Katie Margaret Hickman Woodbury TN-CANNON
Sarah Jane Hickman Woodbury TN-CANNON
Leah C Hyatt Bradyville TN-CANNON
Jared K Judkins Woodbury TN-CANNON
Autumn G King Readyville TN-CANNON
Tanner Edwin Lack Woodbury TN-CANNON
Thomas Donnell Mitchell Readyville TN-CANNON
Kaushal Dineshbhai Patel Woodbury TN-CANNON
Daxton Charles Patrick Woodbury TN-CANNON
Kellie Danielle Payne Woodbury TN-CANNON
David B Piper Woodbury TN-CANNON
Victoria E Raines Woodbury TN-CANNON
Halie Davis Rauls Readyville TN-CANNON
Victoria Grace Russell Woodbury TN-CANNON
Benjamin C Schroeder Bradyville TN-CANNON
Elleana Jole Sissom Readyville TN-CANNON
Jeremy Edward Smith Bradyville TN-CANNON
Kaylee A Smith Bradyville TN-CANNON
James D Summers Woodbury TN-CANNON
Allison H Tenpenny Woodbury TN-CANNON
Heather L Vance Woodbury TN-CANNON
Nicholas Michael Vassar Woodbury TN-CANNON
Jason Otis Watson Woodbury TN-CANNON
Rachel Sloan Winfrey Readyville TN-CANNON
Benjamin Ryan Womack Woodbury TN-CANNON
Amy N Young Woodbury TN-CANNON
The entire list:

Sobriety Checkpoint Scheduled for Today

Friday, 18 May 2018

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint May 18, 2018 on State Route 96 in Cannon County.
Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.

1 in 10 Children Will Be Sexually Abused Before their 18th Birthday

Friday, 18 May 2018

The Ascent indoor climbing gym staff are being trained on the Darkness to Light 5 Steps to preventing child sexual abuse.

“One out of ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday,” according to Child Advocacy Center Community Education Coordinator Zach Sanders.  “This means that everywhere you see children in our community – in schools, daycares, churches, swimming pools, parks, baseball, softball, and soccer fields – there are children who are silently bearing the burden of child sexual abuse alone.”
The Child Advocacy Centers in Murfreesboro and Woodbury, in collaboration with Child Advocacy Centers across the United States, implemented a new nationwide project in September 2012 to train parents, grandparents, and professionals how to prevent their children from being sexually abused and what do if a child reports abuse to them. 
The Child Advocacy Center Board of Directors set a goal to train 11,575 adults.  This represents 5% of the adult population of Rutherford and Cannon Counties.  In the last six years, the Child Advocacy Center is excited to announce that over 9,000 adults have been trained in Rutherford and Cannon Counties.
You can bring the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention training to your school, daycare, PTO, non-profit agency, church, civic organization, or business.  The training is free of charge and it teaches you the 5 Steps to Preventing Child Sexual Abuse.  Continuing education credits are available for child care workers, social workers, nurses, and law enforcement.
The next Darkness to Light training that is open to the general public is Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rutherford County Rescue Squad office, located at 1504 West College Street, Murfreesboro.  To register contact the Child Advocacy Center at 615-867-9000.
To bring the Darkness to Light training to your group please contact the Zach Sanders at the Child Advocacy Center at 615-867-9000 or zsanders@cacrutherford.org

Good Ole Days This Weekend

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Construction of the main stage occurred earlier this week.

A Cannon County tradition continues this weekend with Good Ole Days in and around downtown Woodbury. The festival begins a two day run starting tomorrow.
Friday Events
10:00am – 12:00      School events in Dillion Park
12:00 – 12:30 pm     Senior Center Choir will perform on the stage at the Courthouse
12:30pm – 1:30pm   Senior Bingo
1:30pm – 2:30pm     Senior events
2:30pm – 3:30pm     Senior Ms. Pageant begins at 2:30.
3:45pm – 4:45pm     Back Road
5:00pm – 6:30pm     Jr. Miss Pageant
6:30pm -7:15pm      UPC Band
7:30pm – 8:45pm     Miss Teen Good Ole Days
                                      The Warren Family Band will perform during pageant
9:00pm – 10:30pm   The Porter and Nokes Band
Saturdays Events
7:00am – 9:00am        Cannon Ball Run
9:00 – 11:30am            Baby Show
11:30am – 12:00pm   Ballroom Dance
12:00pm – 12:15pm   Good Ole Days Parade
12:30pm – 1:30pm      Cannon Arts Dance Studio
1:30pm – 2:00pm         Line Dancers
2:00pm – 4:00pm         Dog Show (back stage)
2:15pm – 3:15pm         231 South Band
3:30pm – 4:30pm         Little Miss Good Ole Days
4:45pm – 5:45pm         Divine Encounter
6:00pm – 7:30pm         Miss Good Ole Days
                                           Shake, Rattle and Roll preview during pageant
8:00pm – 10:30pm       The Gilley Brothers
During Saturday, the Middle Tennessee Mule Skinners will provide free wagon ridge from the fairgrounds to the Courthouse Square.
For more information on Good Ole Days, contact the Cannon Senior Center at 615-563-5304.
Due to Good Ole Days, Woodbury Town Hall will close at Noon Friday.

Consumer Affairs offers Scam Preventation Tips

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs is proud to join the Administration for Community Living in promoting May as Older Americans Month. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Engage at Every Age,” which emphasizes the importance of participating in activities that stimulate physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Older Americans Month has been observed for 55 years and aims to recognize older Americans for their contributions to their communities. The campaign has never been of more importance as older Americans make up a rapidly growing population. As part of Older Americans Month, TDCI’s Division of Consumer Affairs is sharing the following tips to help Tennessee consumers avoid scam and fraud tactics often aimed at seniors:
Some products are advertised as a free trial offer, but the fine print states that once the trial period is over you must cancel or you will be automatically charged a subscription fee. Often times, consumers don’t realize they’ve agreed to the subscription until they’ve been charged multiple times. To avoid this scam:
·        Find and read the terms and conditions for an offer. If you can’t find them or can’t understand what you’re agreeing to, don’t sign up.
·        Research and check reviews on the company and product being offered before signing up or entering payment.
·        Check your bank and credit card statements monthly to identify any fraudulent charges.
Scammers claim to be computer technicians associated with well-known companies like Microsoft or Apple. They call or send pop-up messages warning of viruses or other computer problems. Consumers are urged to pay for the technician to gain remote access to the device in order to solve this problem.                                                                             
To avoid this typically unneeded and harmful scam:
·        Avoid clicking on any unexpected pop-ups, spam email, or urgent messages about problems with your computer.
·        Computer manufacturers will not include a contact number in an error or warning message and will not call you if there is a problem with your computer.
·        If a consumer falls victim to a technical support scam, a follow-up scam regarding a “tech support refund” is likely to occur. They will ask for your bank account or credit card information to issue a refund, but rather than depositing a refund, they take more money or will make fraudulent charges on the account.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new, unique Medicare Number is replacing the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on each new Medicare card. Tennesseans are expected to start receiving the new Medicare cards after June 2018. These new cards will be provided automatically and at no cost to consumers. If you receive a phone call or mail asking you to pay a fee or verify personal or financial information in order to receive the new card, it is a scam.
·        When you get your new card, be sure to destroy your old card. It likely has your or your spouse’s SSN on it, so don’t toss it in the trash—shred it.
·        Guard your card. While the new card won’t include your social security number, thieves can still use it to get medical services.
In recent years, scammers have become craftier and may pose as relatives or friends in need of help. They’ll urge you to wire money immediately to help with an emergency—like getting out of jail, paying a hospital bill, or needing to leave a foreign country. Their goal is to provide a sense of urgency so that you send money quickly, before realizing it’s a scam. When faced with this situation:
·        Resist the urge to act immediately, no matter how pressing the issue appears to be.
·        Verify the person’s identity by asking questions that a stranger couldn’t possibly know.
·        Call the phone number for the family member or friend that you know to be genuine to validate the call.
·        Check the story of the caller with someone else in your family or circle of friends, even if you’ve been told to keep it a secret.
·        Don’t wire money or send a check or money order by overnight delivery or courier.
Have you fallen victim to a scam or fraud? If so, follow these four steps:
·        Tell your family or caregivers so they can help you and warn your friends.
·        Call your bank or credit card company to change any associated account numbers and passwords.
·        Document the fraud by recording dates and the names of the people and organization with whom you spoke.
·        Report the fraud. You can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission through their website or by calling 877-382-4357. You can also contact TDCI’s Division of Consumer Affairs through our website or by calling 615-741-4737.

Gov. Haslam Signs Pody Bill Into Law

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam

Legislation sponsored by Senator Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) to ensure a woman seeking an abortion has the opportunity to know all information gathered about her pregnancy prior to the abortion was recently signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam. The law states that if an ultrasound is performed as part of an examination prior to an abortion, the person who performs the ultrasound must offer the woman the opportunity to learn the results of the ultrasound.
“I am pleased to see this legislation signed into law,” said Senator Pody. “This new law will ensure that a woman has the opportunity to see the ultrasound of her unborn baby prior to terminating her pregnancy, and will ensure none of that information will be withheld from her.”
The new law will also require the person who performs the ultrasound to inform the woman of the presence or absence of a fetal heartbeat, along with any other information she requests.
“Eighty percent of women who see an ultrasound do not follow through with abortion, so I am confident this bill will save the lives of babies in Tennessee,” added Pody.


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