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Clear The Roads For Holiday Traffic

Monday, 22 December 2014

Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. 
No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at noon on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 through 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015.
“With two million drivers expected to travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it’s imperative that we do everything possible to keep traffic moving and minimize congestion,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We also want to keep our roadways safe. Our law enforcement partners will be out in full force, so wear your seatbelt, reduce your speed, avoid distractions, and don’t drive if you’ve been drinking.”
Except for a few long-term closures which must remain in place for safety, all construction related closures will be suspended during the holiday period.  Workers may still be on-site in some construction zones.  Drivers should obey all posted speed limits, particularly in construction areas.  Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced.  Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 
AAA predicts holiday travel will increase about 4.8% in Tennessee this year, with two million expected to travel by automobile in the volunteer state between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Across the U.S., 89.5 million people are expected to drive to their holiday destinations. The year-end holiday season should see the highest travel volume since 2001, and Christmas day gas prices should be the lowest since 2008.
Updated travel and construction information can be found on the TDOT SmartWay website at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or you may call 5‑1‑1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or any of TDOT’s other Twitter pages
Smartphone users can download TDOT’s new SmartWay web application at www.TNsmartWay.com/Traffic to access TDOT’s live streaming SmartWay cameras, dynamic message signs, incidents, construction, and road conditions on interstates and state routes.
As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

Cannon County Receives Recycling Grant Monies

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Cannon County has received a solid waste recycling equipment grant in the amount of $20,754.00.  The grant is for the purchase of a Skid Steer.  The grant is part of the  total of $531,820 from the state that will go toward the purchase of recycling equipment to help reduce landfill waste throughout the state of Tennessee.
Recycling equipment grants may be used to purchase key equipment for new recycling programs, improve and expand the operation of existing systems, or prepare recyclable materials for transport and marketing.
“This grant money will positively impact not only our environment but our economy,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “The recycling equipment purchased through these grants will help local governments avoid landfill costs while providing additional resources for the recycling of materials.”
Grants may be awarded to counties, cities, nonprofit recycling organizations and solid waste authorities to help reach or exceed the goals set forth in the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991. Each recipient is required to match the state grant on a sliding scale basis. A local match of 10 percent to 50 percent toward these 28 projects will be required based on an economic formula.
The grant program helps encourage recycling and reduces the amount of solid waste going into Tennessee landfills. It was authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and is supported by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund, which is administered by the Department of Environment and Conservation. The fund receives its revenues from a state surcharge on each ton of solid waste disposed in landfills and from a fee on new tires sold in the state.
In order for Cannon County to receive the money, the County Commission will have to approve a match amount of only $2000 in a upcoming meeting.

Drunk Participants In Bonfire Leads To Wild Night

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Cannon County Deputies had their hands full following a bonfire that spilled over into a fight resulting in drunk driving and a car accident recently.  According to Cannon County Sheriff's Department reports, Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Iconium Road after complaintants called police warning about a drunk driver that had just left the driveway.  Minutes later after arriving near the residence another dispatch call came in that there was a possible wreck with injuries,  Deputy Randy Wildes went to the area on Iconimum Road but couldn't locate the wreck.  Minutes later though a drunk driver pulled up in what appeared to be a vehicle that looked like it had just been in a wreck.  The driver was upset screaming at Deputy Wildes about someone trying to kill him.  Deputy Wildes took the man back to the residence of the original caller.  While the subject was being medically attended to, a female of the house explained to Deputy Wildes what had been going on.The subject later identified as Mr Jeffery Nichols and three other people showed up at a bonfire on Prater Road.  Nichols and the other male of the group Mr. Joseph Barrett were highly intoxicated and were asked to leave.  Before they left though Nichols decided to jump on the hood of a 2001 Volvo smashing the hood, then Nichols kicked in the windshield.  Then after all that action.  Mr Nichols jumped into a car ran through a horse fence, sped through a field and nailed the horse fence on the other side too.  After viewing the damage of the vehicle and talking to other witnesses, deputies then found Mr. Joseph Barrett.  After getting Barrett's identification he was taken into custody for underage consumption of alcohol and possession of Schedule 2 Narcotics as after booking him in the Cannon County Jail he was found to have 1 tablet of morphine in his pocket.
Nichols was charged with Vandalism over $1000 for damages to the field and fences.  He was also charged with vandalism $5000 to $10000 for damages to the Volvo.  Tennessee Highway Patrol charged Nichols with leaving the scene of an accident and DUI 2nd offense.  
 

Lights Out On Truck Leads To Arrest Of Pair In Murfreesboro

Sunday, 21 December 2014

A Cannon County man who got pulled over in Murfreesboro recently for a light out on the truck was arrested for several charges.  According to Murfreesboro police reports, early Tuesday evening, Murfreesboro Police pulled over 49 year old Michael Wallace of Hollis Creek Road of Woodbury.  Police noticed that Mr. Wallace and the passenger in the car Kathleen Farless also of the same residence moving stuff around after being pulled over.  Upon contact, the driver stated his name was Michael Allen Blair and gave a date of birth and social security number.  He stated he didn't currently have a drivers license and never had one to begin with.  After getting the driver and passenger out of the truck they were in, the officers then asked the pair what they were hiding before officers got to the vehicle.  Wallace admitted that Farless had an open beer in the passenger seat and she allegedly shoved it under the seat  Upon searching the truck, police found the beer under the passenger seat.  After further investigation a check on the information that Mr. Wallace gave in regards to identifying himself as Michael Blair was false.  Records also showed that Mr. Wallace had a active warrant from Williamson County.  It was also found out that Mr. Wallace's driver's license had been revoked.  Police charged Wallace with criminal impersonation, habitual offender, driving on revoked and open container.

2015 Spring Turkey Quota Hunt Application Period Underway Through Feb 4th

Sunday, 21 December 2014

pplications for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency 2015 Spring Turkey Quota Hunts are now being accepted. The application period runs from Dec. 17 through Feb. 4, 2015. 
Applications are available and will be accepted at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office, or online at the TWRA website by clicking here. Applications can be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (CST) on Feb. 4. Mailed applications will not be accepted. 
The areas available for the hunts are listed on the instruction sheets. Hunters have up to 12 choices, but will be drawn for only one. Applicants may not use the same hunt code more than once. There are a total of 24 hunts listed. No person may apply more than once.
A permit fee will not be charged to Annual Sportsman (Type 004), Lifetime Sportsman (Types 402-405) license holders or Senior Citizen Hunters (Type 166) with an Annual Senior Citizen Permit (Type 167). For all other license holders, the cost is $10 per permit, plus the agent fee. When applying at a license agent, hunters must remain at the location while the application is processed. Hunters will receive a receipt with a confirmation number when the application is complete. 
Hunters with Internet access may apply for a spring quota turkey hunt online. Hunters can click on Buy a License On-Line. Once the Internet site has been accessed, hunters can follow the on-screen directions.  

GED and HiSET Tests To Be Administered At Motlow

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Motlow College's Moore County campus will administer the General Educational Development (GED®) and High School Equivalency (HiSET) tests several times throughout 2015. These tests will be conducted in the Crouch Center room 1046. Each applicant should decide which test they need for his or her Tennessee High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma.
A high school diploma remains the primary ticket to several entry-level jobs. In some cases, it's also the prerequisite for employment, occupational training and post-secondary education. THE HSE provides adults with the opportunity to grow, whether it is through further education, enhanced employment or stature with the community.
Applicants interested in completing the GED® must register online at www.GEDcomputer.com or by calling 1-877-392-6433. The fee for the test is $24 per test or $120 for the entire test. The GED® is in computer-based format only.
The HISET is available in both computer and paper-based formats. Applicants interested in completing the HiSET must register online at www.Hiset.ets.org or by calling 1-855-694-4739. The fee for the HiSET test is $15 per test or $75 for the entire test.
Both tests meet the criteria for the HSE. Applicants should contact the Service Delivery Area (SDA), formerly the Adult Education Center, in his or her community for test vouchers and information on preparation classes. Applicants must also complete the online registration form, bring a notarized copy of the Official Practice Test, present government-issued identification, bring a confirmation letter, and present an Eligibility for Enrollment Form if applicable to the test.
Please visit the GED® and HiSET websites for details regarding the schedule and appointment for the tests. For more information regarding the tests, visit the Motlow College Testing Center online at www.mscc.edu/testing.

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