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September is Emergency Preparedness Month

Monday, 15 September 2014

There are dangers in everyday living that can become life-threatening without warning. How you prepare to handle those emergencies can mean the difference between being a survivor, or a victim. September is National Preparedness Month and state government is doing what it can to prepare itself and Tennesseans.
With September designated as national emergency preparedness month, the Tennessee Departments of Health, Military and Safety and Homeland Security are urging residents to plan now for what they would need to do in the event of an emergency, and to have a kit of materials to take care of themselves and their families.
“Preparedness is a state of mind; an attitude really,” David Purkey, Deputy Commissioner of TEMA and Homeland Security Advisor, said. “Our efforts are greatly amplified when the public does their part to be prepared by having a plan for emergencies.”
Know What to Do
A recent EF-3 tornado in East Tennessee illustrates the point of knowing what you should do when a warning is sounded. There were no fatalities despite the strong tornado hitting a relatively populated area. The state also mobilized a debris taskforce – composed of state workers from the Department of Transportation and troopers from the Highway Patrol, and members of the National Guard – to assist communities that needed help cleaning up from the storm.
“Regular citizens and local governments can take steps to prepare themselves, and that lets TEMA and the state’s first responders help those that need help more urgently,” Tennessee’s Adjutant General Major General Max Haston said. “The role of the individual cannot be overestimated in a community.”
Communication to the Public
When emergencies happen, clear communications is vital to protecting the public. Tennessee experienced that first-hand during a fungal meningitis outbreak. That experience led TEMA to develop partnerships with the Department of Health and Middle Tennessee State University to ensure the state’s ability to provide emergency information to the public.
“The creation of the Multi-Agency Joint Information Center at TEMA is a sign of our commitment to informing the public as quickly and thoroughly as possible,” Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, M.D., MPH, said. “In collaboration with the Tennessee Public Television Council and MTSU, this state-of-the-art communications facility will allow TEMA and other state agencies to reach the public with crucial information.”
"MTSU is honored to be a part of this partnership with the Department of Health and TEMA to make our satellite uplink available if needed during emergencies," MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said. "This will ensure that state officials can communicate with all of our citizens in a timely manner in the event of a large-scale emergency or disaster situation."
Other notable Preparedness partnerships:

  • The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet will feature family preparedness tips on the website, www.kidcentraltn.com.
  • Walgreens will hold an in-store preparedness event in Chattanooga on Sept. 17.
  • Tennessee Public TV Stations will air unique preparedness programming and a ReadyTN spot featuring Tennessee’s first lady.
  • Tennessee’s First Responders Recognition Ceremony will be held on Sept. 11.

Make a Plan, Have a Kit
Plans should include where to meet if a home is destroyed and include a list of important personal information, including medical information, for every family member. The website, Ready.Gov, has fill-in-the-blank plans available to make it easy to assemble most of the information you would need for your personal emergency plan.
Important personal information should be in your emergency preparedness kit, but contents may vary from individual to individual and family to family. However, there are some items that should be in every kit: Battery-powered or crank radio and a weather alert radio with extra batteries for both; a first aid kit; sanitary wipes; a dust mask; water for both drinking and sanitation; waterproof matches and/or a butane lighter; a crank flashlight; plastic sheeting; non-perishable food to last at least three days; disinfectants; and appropriate medications.
For a more thorough list of supply items for individuals and families, download TEMA’s ReadyTN smartphone application at www.tnema.org/ReadyTN.
"National Preparedness Month is about encouraging individuals and families to plan for emergency situations.  It’s also about recognizing those law enforcement officers and first responders who are prepared every day to risk their lives for you and me,” Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “Their daily sacrifice to the citizens of Tennessee does not go unnoticed,” he added.

Sheriff's Department Looking For Missing Woodworking Equipment

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Cannon County Sheriff's Department is still on the lookout for several missing items from a Cannon County resident's wood working shop.  According to sheriff's department reports, Sgt Melanie McCormick spoke with Donnie Pelham who stated that on August 21st a storm came through and took the back wall of his shop completely off.  His insurance company came out a few days later and he noticed several of his tools and equipment missing.  Missing were 3 Cedar Tool Chests, wheelbarrow, router, bit set, carving set, drill, circular saw, light, cut out tool, impact driver, jig saw and grinder, a chisel set, woodcarving books and dvds, chainsaws and jackknife as we ll as a Lumberjack kit for log beds.  Anyone with information about this case should call the Cannon County Sheriff's Department

Bates Hill Church Free Community Meal Monday

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Bates Hill C.P. Church is having a free community meal Monday September 15th from 5 to 7 p.m.  at the Church.  On the menu is spaghetti along with salad, drink and dessert.  The Church is located at 9957 Nashville Hwy in Centertown.  Carryout plates will be available

Lions Left Red And Boiling After Disappointing Loss

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Coming off a bye week the Cannon County Lions were changing the game plan a little bit in preparation for the Red Boiling Springs Bulldogs Friday night.  Benching quarterback Josh Walkup and handing the game ball to Jake Walkup, the Lions coaching staff felt that he gave them a better chance to not only stay in the ballgame but grab their first victory of the season against the only team that they beat last year.  Also factor in the statistics that Red Boiling Springs turned the ball over four times, they had to start their second string quarterback, and couldn't collect more than 135 yards of total offense, the Lions had to love their chances.  Jake Walkup responded to getting the start by finding the end zone twice. After recovering a Red Boiling Springs fumble on their own 19 yard line, Walkup bootlegged 16 yards on a quarterback keeper for Cannon County's first score and then he kicked the extra point and early in the second quarter the Lions took a 7-0 lead.  Red Boiling Springs would engineer their next drive 51 yards before a Lion interception in the end zone ruined a Red Boiling Springs potential score.  The Lions got the ball back with 3:11 left before the second half and moved it all the way down to the Bulldog 7 before the mistakes started up that would cost them an opportunity to score before half.  An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called which backed the Lions up to the 22.  With time winding down, the Lions were caught being distracted and huddled up unaware of the time on the clock.  Cannon was forced to end the half with a 43 yard field goal attempt that was blocked.  The Lions managed the game well in the third quarter when Jake Walkup would bootleg it again from 8 yards out to  start the fourth quarter.  The extra point was missed though but Cannon had a 13-0 lead and the win one quarter away.  The teams then traded away turnovers and after a Lion fumble recovered by the Bulldogs, they went to work.  With 4:06 left to go after engineering a 12 play drive which included a 4th down conversion, Red Boiling' s quarterback Elijah Byfield went right up the middle from 2 yards out to close the gap to 13-6.  Cannon's offense would go stale in the next possession giving the Bulldogs the ball back with 2:36 left.  Red Boiling would only need three plays from the line of scrimmage as they caught the Lion secondary asleep.  Byfield threw a 26 yard pass in the endzone for a  score and the two point conversion was successful for a 14-13 lead.  Cannon then went back to their original starting quarterback Josh Walkup as there was 1:10 left and they needed to throw the ball and get down the field quickly.  However fans were left scratching their head when on 1st down, the Lions attempted to run the ball.  Walkup who barely had time to warm up before finally entering the game however found Jeremy Litchford for a short gain.  Facing fourth down, Walkup threw a quick strike to senior A.J. Daniel.  Daniel headed for the sidelines to stop the clock and stepped out of bounds right before hitting the first down marker killing Cannon County's chance for a comeback with 30 seconds left.  Red Boiling Springs is now 2-2 while Cannon slipped to 0-3. Next up for the Cannon County Lions is Friday night when they host their rival Dekalb County in the first district game of the season for the Lions.  Game time is 7:00

Lions Football Meets Red Boiling Springs

Friday, 12 September 2014

Football Friday is back after a week's vacation as the Cannon County Lions High School football team will host the Red Boiling Springs Bulldogs from Macon County.  The Lions are 0-2 coming into the contest and they have been hit by a injury that will have an impact on their team as Junior TE and LB Bo Bryson tore his ACL and MCL and is done for the year.  Red Boiling Springs has started out like last year losing to Jackson County before beating Sale Creek and then losing last Friday to Gordonsville.  However both losses have been by 8 points or less.  Cannon's lone win last year came on the road against Red Boiling Springs.  WBRY starts the Friday Football broadcasts with the prep football guru Murphy Fair picking the winners of several high school matchups on Murphy's Matchups at 5:30 followed by live pregame reports across the midstate through Friday Night Thunder at 6:00.  At 6:45, we'll start our pregame coverage with Tailgate going over the starters for both football teams.  7:00 is the kickoff.  You can catch our extensive Friday night football coverage on AM-1540/FM 96.7 WBRY, online streaming at wbry.com and through the TuneIn Radio app on your smart phones and tables via WBRY

Run United 5K Early Registration Deadline Is Today

Friday, 12 September 2014

The fourth annual Run United 5K presented by the Avenue Murfreesboro to benefit United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is set for 7A.M. Saturday September 27th.  Early registration for the 5K is $30 per person and ends Friday and includes a T-shirt, organizers said.  After today registration is $35 and shirts will not be provided for runners  Teams of 10 can register for $250.00.  A one mile fun run will also be held at a cost of $15 per runner.  The proceeds from the race will be invested into the local community to make an impact in the areas of education, income and health.  Individual registrations for the Run United 5K can be completed at www.active.com/United Way.  For more information call United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties at 893-7303


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