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District Attorney Jennings Jones To Serve On Executive Committee

Sunday, 26 June 2016

District Attorney Jennings Jones was elected to the Executive Committee of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference at its annual meeting. As District Attorney for the 16th Judicial District, General Jones serves Rutherford and Cannon Counties.
In this leadership role, General Jones will lead oversight of the Conference administration, which includes budgeting, accounting, payroll, personnel and property management for all District Attorneys' offices throughout the state. In addition, the Conference is responsible for training new and experienced Assistant District Attorneys General, criminal investigators and victim witness coordinators and for advising the Tennessee General Assembly on legislative issues related to improving the criminal justice system.
"General Jones' wealth of experience and common-sense approach are invaluable to all of the efforts of the District Attorneys General to combat criminal activity in the state," said Executive Director Jerry Estes. "We are fortunate to have Gen. Jones in this role as we look for solutions to some of the state's most difficult problems."
"Prosecutors have a unique role and a high duty to seek justice. Throughout our nation and here in Tennessee we continually face new challenges in that work. We are committed to meeting those challenges, whether it is seeking appropriate punishment for violent criminals or standing up for innocent victims," said General Jones.
General Jones was elected District Attorney in 2014 and previously served sixteen years as an Assistant District Attorney prior to election. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University of Memphis, C. C. Humphreys School of Law. He and his wife, Tanya, make their home in Murfreesboro.

High Speed Chase Starting In Coffee County Leads To Fatality In Murfreesboro

Sunday, 26 June 2016

A police pursuit Friday of a stolen black Cadillac Escalade from Manchester ended in Rutherford County with a fatal crash. The vehicle was stolen from Coffee County Funeral Chapel.
According to thunderradio.com The pursuit included Manchester officers and deputies from the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department before Rutherford County took over. At one time the Escalade was traveling on the wrong side of I-24, driving into oncoming traffic.
Lt. Bill Miller, spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol says the pursuit ended in a head-on collision at the intersection of South Church Street (Highway 231) and Veterans Parkway in Murfreesboro.
Three vehicles were involved in the crash that killed 28-year old Jennifer Campos of Murfreesboro. Authorities said that her 7-month old infant female daughter survived the crash, because of a child restraint seat. The driver of the stolen vehicle was airlifted from the scene.
The driver of the stolen SUV told police that he was 26-year old Demario Watkins of Murfreesboro. It has been learned that the suspect gave officials the wrong name. He’s now been identified as 28-year old Garieon Simmons.
The suspect continued a short distance after hitting the Campos car on South Church when he reportedly crossed the median and hit another vehicle head-on. 27-year old Katrina Sadler received non-life-threatening injuries in that crash. Simmons was airlifted from the scene with injuries.
Simmons, who is now in jail, was charged with vehicular homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, driving on a revoked license, evading arrest, violation of probation and being a habitual motor vehicle offender.


Several Positions Open With Cannon County Schools

Sunday, 26 June 2016

June 28—Recessed meeting of the Cannon Co. Board of Education, 6:30 p.m., Central Office Boardroom
July 4—Board of Education Central Office will be closed.
July 7—Principals’ meeting at Central Office, 8:30 a.m.
              Collaborative Conferencing Committee meets, 6:00 p.m., Central Office
July 11-21—Camp Read to Be Ready, WGS, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
July 12—Board of Education meeting workshop, 6:30 p.m., Central Office Boardroom
July 14—READ Conference—White Co. High School, 8:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
                School Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., WGS Cafeteria
July 31—We Care Cannon distribution at WGS
August 2—Teacher in-service
Summer Feeding Schedule (Meals will be served at Woodbury Grammar Cafeteria):
July 11-14—Monday through Thursday
July 18-21—Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
11:30 a.m.-12:00 noon Lunch
Free to all students 18 and under
Cannon County School System is currently looking for applicants for the following positions:
Auburn 5th -8th grade ELA teacher
CCHS Agriculture Ed. teacher
CCHS Credit Recovery teacher
CCHS Spanish teacher
CCHS Special Ed. Assistant
Short Mountain Special Ed. Teacher
System-wide Maintenance Worker
System-wide Lead School Nurse
West Side 7th-8th grade ELA teacher
WGS Special Ed. Assistant
WGS 6th grade ELA teacher
WGS Kindergarten teacher
WGS Title I teacher
Woodland 6th grade teacher
Woodland Custodian

Summer Tips To Saving Money And Energy From MTEMC

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Summer is in full swing in Tennessee, and with rising temperatures and humidity, heat-and-air conditioning units are working overtime. Middle Tennessee Electric is reminding members to find ways to keep cool while reducing their energy consumption to avoid high bills.
“Finding ways to stay cool while conserving energy can seem difficult when the heat index is in the triple-digits,” said MTEMC Communications Coordinator Josh Clendenen. “But little things like turning your thermostat up one-degree can save you money each month.”
Typically, HVAC can account for about half of a member’s electric bill, and the heat makes them work even harder. Setting it to the highest comfortable temperature can result in savings.
“The summer months are a lot like the winter months when it comes to high bills,” said Clendenen. “That’s one of the reasons we encourage members to make even small adjustments, like closing blinds to keep the sun out, because it will help reduce their consumption, which helps control their bill.”
Here are 10 quick ways to conserve energy this summer:

1. Close the drapes on the sunny side of the house during the day. This will help cut down the natural heating of your home, which will cut back on the strain of your heat-and-air unit. 

2. Set the thermostat to the highest comfortable temperature. Moving the thermostat up one degree means as much as a three-percent reduction in your electric bill. 

3. Take a quick inventory of your home, and see what you might be able to turn off or unplug such as cell phone chargers, TVs, or lights when you leave a room. 

4. Keep cooling system filters clean. 

5. Keep air vents clear of obstructions. 

6. Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs that produce more light and last up to 10 times longer, while conserving energy. 

7. Wash full loads of clothes in the coolest water possible. Rinse clothes in cold water. 

8. Keep the temperature between 36 degrees and 40 degrees in the refrigerator and 0 degrees and 5 degrees in the freezer. Use a refrigerator/freezer thermometer to check the settings. 

9. Stop the dryer as soon as clothes are dry, or use the moisture sensor control to automatically shut off the dryer. Over drying wastes energy and sets in wrinkles. 

10. Dry loads one right after another. You'll use less energy because the dryer is already heated.
“The best thing a member can do if they receive a high bill is to call us,” said Clendenen. “We want to work with members as much as we can, but unless they call us, we have no idea there may be a problem until it’s too late.”

Bedford County Woman Charged With Tenn Care For Second Time

Sunday, 26 June 2016

A Bedford County woman is charged a second time for doctor shopping, or going to multiple providers to obtain prescriptions for controlled substances.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sonya Marie Leverette, 31, of Shelbyville. She is charged in Coffee County with four counts of doctor shopping involving the painkillers Hydrocodone and a form of Codeine, using TennCare to pay for the clinical visits, the prescriptions or both.
Leverette was first arrested in April, after an indictment in Bedford County, where she faced three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by doctor shopping. Both cases were worked together, with the indictments served a few months apart.
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General Craig Northcott is prosecuting.
Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or visit the website and follow prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”

2016-2017 Clean Stream Grants Application Period Extended

Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the application period for grant dollars for stream clean-up projects and planting projects has been extended through July 11.
The availability of the grant dollars are to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with stream clean-up projects and planting projects during the 2016-17 fiscal year.
Five grants, at a maximum of $1,000 each, are available for each of TWRA’s four regional Aquatic Habitat Protection projects (a total of $5,000 per region). The funds will be obligated as grants, so the grantee must have a nonprofit tax number. The projects are to be completed, the money spent, and a report submitted by June 30, 2017.
The grant money could be used to buy supplies such as rakes, work gloves, and garbage bags. Also, it could be used to pay disposal fees for solid waste and tire removal or to provide promotional items like project advertisement or T‑shirts and refreshments for volunteer support.
Grant proposals should include the applicant organization’s name, tax ID number, address, phone, and name of a contact person authorized to enter into contractual agreement on behalf of the organization.  The proposal should also include the name of the stream, county or counties involved, and the project area and description.
Contact TWRA Environmental Service Division’s Della Sawyers at (615) 781-6577 or by email at della.sawyers@tn.gov  with any questions.


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