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Cannon County Man Recognized During Last Weeks Rutherford County Sobriety Check

Friday, 17 April 2015

L-R:Pat Burdick and Tony Burnett of the Governor's Highway Safety Office

Last Friday the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department hosted a sobriety checkpoint on John Bragg Highway in honor of 13 year old Clifton Braunwalder who was killed after an impaired driver struck his family's vehicle while he was in the process of changing a flat tire.  A ceremony was held earlier in the day before the checkpoint.  A Cannon County man, Pat Burdick was recognized by the Sheriff's Department and the Governor's Highway Safety office for his citizenship in the apprehension of the suspect.  Burdick followed the suspect after witnessing the accident until police could get to the location.  The Governor's Highway Safety Office and Rutherford County Sheriff's Department would like to thank Mr. Burdick for his bravery and citizenship in helping.

Cannon County UT Extension Office Issues Alert

Friday, 17 April 2015

The Cannon County UT Extension Office has issued a pest alert for local and area producers
The granulate ambrosia beetles (the primary ambrosia beetle of concern for our area) have emerged but over the last several days Alan Blalock, TSU Nursery Extension Specialist, has caught a large number of them in  ethanol baited traps. To verify the spike in activity, many nurseries in the area have reported attacks! Even some of the trees at the TSU Research Center in McMinnville has reported pest attacks too! Please watch all recently planted or transplanted trees closely and consider spraying the trunks and lower branches with Perm-UP (permethrin).
For more information please contact Bruce Steelman at the UT Extension Service Cannon County Office at 615-563-2554

"Some Disease" Leads To DUI Charges

Friday, 17 April 2015

A Woodbury Man was arrested on drunk driving charges in Cannon County after Cannon County Deputies responded to a area on Jim Cummings Hwy in reference to a vehicle stuck in the ditch recently.  According to Sheriff's Department reports, a Red Dodge Dakota was observed in the entrance of a driveway on Jim Cummings Hwy with the left rear wheel in the ditch.  The driver identified as Roy Murphy was in the running truck and it appeared he was trying to get out of the ditch.  Due to the steep angle, it was impossible to get out of without a second vehicle pulling it.  Murphy exited the vehicle and stated that he was leaving a friends house and he became stuck when trying to back out.  The owner of the residence however said he didn't know Murphy and he was attempting to turn around in his driveway and got stuck.  Deputies noticed a strong odor of an intoxicant about Murphy, slurred speech, glossy bloodshot eyes.  Murphy stated that he drank about 3 to 4 beers but the deputy noticed a half pint of whiskey in the passenger seat.
Murphy took a series of field sobriety tests and could not successfully pass them.  Murphy stated that he had poor balance because of "some disease" he had but could not remember the name of it.  That's when the tests were stopped and he was arrested for DUI and driving while license revoked.  He will be in Cannon County General Sessions Court to answer to the charges on May 5th

Get Fired Up Saturday Morning

Friday, 17 April 2015

Mooretown VFD  Mooretown VFA Inc presents their 2nd Annual Fired Up 5K on Saturday April 18th  Registration starts at 7AM Race Starts at 8AM
Registration day of the event is $40.00 Elementary and High School Students Register for only $20.00 All proceeds from this event go to benefit the Mooretown Volunteer Fire Department and Mooretown Volunteer Fire Auxiliary Inc

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band To Play At Arts Center Saturday

Friday, 17 April 2015

The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band has released CD’s “Barnyard Frolic”, “Poor Leroy’s Almanack”, “Screams From The Holler” and “Tales From Short Mountain” all of which can be downloaded from iTunes or ordered from Ernest Tubb’s record shop.They can be heard on the sound track of Faye Dunaway’s movie “Yellowbird”. They provided the entertainment for the society wedding of Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie a little while ago – you see how well that turned out. They played a New Year’s Eve at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and nearly brought the house down. They perform concerts all over the south, for bluegrass festivals as far away as Bean Blossom, Indiana and even the State of Maine, and at the famous Carter Family Fold in Hiltons Virginia. Toured Europe. They’ve performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC (our nation’s capitol). They’ve been on the Grand Ole Opry stage over a dozen times, and in spite of their wild antics, they get invited back!  They will be in concert Saturday at the Arts Center Of Cannon County.  For more information or tickets call the box office at 615-563-2787 or check out the website at artscenterofcc.com

TDEC, MTSU announce partnership to address water and wastewater workforce demands

Friday, 17 April 2015

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) announced today a partnership that will expand individual opportunities for earning course credit and certifications through TDEC’s Fleming Training Center in Murfreesboro, online and at other statewide locations.
“Fleming Training Center offers cutting-edge technology and advanced classes in a variety of water areas, and this partnership will allow traditional and non-traditional students to take full advantage,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said. “Having qualified candidates for these jobs is essential for protecting public health and the environment.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the water supply and sanitation sector is expected to experience an employment growth rate of 45 percent in coming years due to regulations, infrastructure growth, security, and customer demands.
“Water and wastewater operators in Tennessee have completed extensive training and passed a comprehensive exam through the Fleming Training Center in order to be certified,” said Brandon Hulette, director of the Fleming Training Center. “This partnership will allow MTSU to recognize the level of expertise certified operators in Tennessee have acquired.”
MTSU officials say this is a comprehensive plan that provides degree paths for both traditional age students preparing to enter the workforce for the first time and for adult learners who are already in the water and wastewater industries.
“We’re extremely excited about this agreement with TDEC because it builds upon MTSU’s ongoing goal of making higher education accessible to more Tennesseans,” MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said. “Producing highly skilled graduates is a critical mission for the 21st century workforce and we’re pleased this partnership will do just that.”
Under the partnership, the traditional college pathway will be a four-year degree program on the MTSU campus with a major in Environmental Sustainability and Technology with a concentration in Water Resource Management. The program, administered through MTSU’s College of Basic and Applied Sciences, is designed to meet the unique knowledge base and skill set needs of water resource operators.
“These degrees will prepare workers for high-quality, in-demand positions in Tennessee,” said Robert “Bud” Fischer, dean of the MTSU College of Basic and Applied Sciences. “We're preparing these students for careers, not just jobs.”
“This partnership allows MTSU and TDEC’s Fleming Training Center to provide nontraditional students with a unique pathway to a bachelor’s degree and career advancement,” added Mike Boyle, dean of MTSU’s University College. “This is a great example of how higher education can collaborate with another state agency to fill a workforce need.”
The nontraditional pathway may include some of the following:

  • A degree completion program utilizing previous college work
  • College credit for prior learning
  • College credit for military experience (learning)
  • College credit for professional certifications

These elements can go toward completion of a customized bachelor’s degree that meets the student’s career objective.
“The link between the knowledge and training taught at our colleges and universities and the career opportunities and workforce needs in our state is stronger than ever before, and this program is a commendable example of the partnerships that drive success,” said Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan.
“MTSU has tailored a unique program that meets industry needs, but it also provides distinctive pathways to help both traditional and nontraditional students reach their career goals.”
Under the agreement, MTSU will also provide:

  • Opportunities for TDEC Fleming Training Center students to utilize required training toward a degree through MTSU’s Prior Learning Assessment process;
  • Individual academic advising for TDEC Fleming Training Center students;
  • A free, one-hour “first course” that will help TDEC Fleming Training Center students make the transition back to school; and
  • A scholarship amount equal to the tuition for the final course or $1,000 (whichever is less), for students who maintain consecutive term degree progress (five courses a year regardless of term) and maintain a “C” average GPA.

“This collaborative effort is a perfect example of the innovation that Tennessee needs in order to meet the Drive to 55,” said Mike Krause, executive director of the Drive to 55 in the Office of Governor Bill Haslam. “We commend MTSU for continually seeking ways to contribute to the community and the state.”


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