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Budget Committee To Recommend Cutting 2.42% of Expenditures

Friday, 28 October 2016

With the State Comptroller's office stating that Cannon County is in a financial management crisis and directing the Cannon County Commission and other officials to take the following actions to insure compliance with the statutory cash basis budget requirements and to successfully manage the financial affairs of the County, the Cannon County Budget Committee met Thursday night to put together recommendations to bring the County on the path to the budget requirements that the State wants the County to have in place.  Last Friday a delegation of the County Commission which consisted of Commission members Mark Barker, Russell Reed, Glenn Steakley and Jim Bush along with County Executive Mike Gannon visited the Comptroller's office to discuss the financial condition and what actions specifically needed to be taken to address those conditions.  
According to a letter received Thursday the current financial situation was stated:
The General Fund monthly cash flow forecast submitted to the Comptroller's office by the County and included in the Comptroller's letter back October 7th indicated the County projects it will overspend available cash for this fiscal year by $50,493.  
Cash flow projections for the County reflect deficit cash balances in the months July through January of fiscal year 2017 for the General Fund indicating there is not sufficient cash to meet planned spending during those months.  The County only has two months in the fiscal year with sufficient cash resources to meet planned spending.  Those months are February and March.  
The county has issued $920,332 in General Interfund Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes through last Friday in anticipation of property tax collections.  
The proposed plan of action was to include the following
Put in place internal control procedures that prevent the County from spending more than its available cash
Monthly Monitoring by the County Commission of the County's financial condition
A Cash balance policy for the General Fund that requires working capital sufficient to permit the County to operate without borrowing for operations and
Put in place steps to be taken to generate $1 million in working capital to operate the County's general government.
CTAS representative Ben Rodgers was on hand at the meeting and stated the Comptroller's office doesn't want the county to generate the entire million but over a short course of time get the revenue generated in the general fund balance.  
At the time the October 7th letter went out that indicated the County had spent almost 20% of their budget in the first two months alone, the County had to undergo three payrolls in the month of September which was one more than this time last year.  That accounted for almost $100,000 more than September of last fiscal year.  There was also a $31,000 grant that the County will be awarded by the 9-1-1 department, that the County had to pay for in order to get the grant to reimburse.  That money has been shown taken out of the budget and the County is waiting for a check to add back in.  
Budget Committee Chairman Mark Barker stated that revenues are starting to come in and with a couple of tweaks and adjustments, the County is safely making payroll to their employees which is a requirement by the state.  In looking over cutting expenditures from this year's budget, the Committee was informed that they had to meet maintenance of effort not only in the schools but also in the Sheriff's Office, Public Library, Election Commission in a non election year and Assessor or Property.  With that being said Committee member Glenn Steakley presented his plan that would cut a little over $100,000 from this year's fiscal budget and be in line with the amount of  cutting the expenditures the State Comptroller's Office says it wants to see cut before next fiscal year.  Although there are few circumstances, such as the reworking of the maintenance of effort, all County Departments will be required to cut 2.42 percent from their budgets.  Solid waste will cut 3.42 percent from its budget.  These budget cuts must be made by Thursday of next week as that will be the date the full Cannon County Commission will meet to discuss the recommendation made by the Budget Committee.

Final Football Game Of 2016 Tonight At Fred Schwartz Field

Friday, 28 October 2016

The final game of the 2016 Cannon County High School Football Season is upon us.  The Senior football players will be recognized at Fred Schwartz Field this evening as the Cannon County Lions saved their rivalry for last.  The Dekalb County Tigers from neighboring Smithville come into the region contest with nothing to lose.  They have secured second place in the region and they will be participating in the postseason.  The 6-3 Tigers are 4-1 in the region having only lost to the first place finisher Sequatchie County despite losing their main cog in quarterback Steven Jennings an Ole Miss baseball signee due to injury.  The Cannon County Lions are 2-7 winless in the region and have lost five in a row.  A win tonight would heal the wound of a 69-3 blistering in Smithville last year.  Most of the seniors on this team did not play last season and are bound to be pumped up tonight knowing that this is the final game of the year.  Football Friday starts with Murphy Fair and Murphy's Matchups starting at 5:30.  From there we move to Dennis Weaver and Friday Night Thunder at 6:00 highlighting matchups across the mid state.  6:45 it's the Reed's Builders Supply Pregame show and the kickoff will be at 7.  You can listen to Football Friday on AM-1540/Shine 107.1FM WBRY and streaming online through our website at wbry.com

Halloween Activities This Weekend Include Trunk 'N' Treat

Friday, 28 October 2016

The Woodbury Church of Christ will be hosting a Trunk N Treat Family Fun Night Saturday beginning at 5 until 8.  Games, candy, chili, hotdogs, snacks,costumes and more.  Also Short Mountain Haunted Woods  at the Short Mountain Distillery located at 8280 Short Mountain Road tonight and Saturday evening.  The admission is $10 and hours are 7P-12Midnight .  The money raised benefits the Short Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and the Cannon County Rescue Squad.

Cannon High School Students Conduct Mock Election

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Cannon County High School conducted a Student Mock Election on Thursday, October 27th, 2016.  U.S. Government and Sociology students in Mr. William F. Curtis’s classes conducted the election during students’ first period.  These results of the mock election were uploaded to the National My Voice - Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME) and Win My Vote website. 
This program builds on the 36-year history of the National Student/Parent Mock Election, the leading program in student voting. More than 50 million young voters have participated while learning about the importance of using their own voice to share their perspectives on important issues.
“The History of The National Student Mock Election includes being co-founded by Edward Stanley and Gloria Kirshner in 1980, as the National Student/Parent Mock Election. After more than 36 years, and 19 elections, it still stands as the nation’s largest civic education project and the world’s largest national mock election.”
Cannon County High School also participated in the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office of Civic Engagement Mock Election, and CCHS’s election results were also uploaded to their website.
507 Total Students and 57 CCHS Staff Members voted in the Mock Election and their results are as follows:
Cannon County High School Mock Election
Results - Thursday, 10-27-2016
Total Students Voting = 507 out of 582 (87.11%)
President & Vice President of the United States
Electors For the following:
VOTES # & %
334 or 67.74% - REPUBLICAN – Donald J. Trump & Michael R. Pence
  51 or 10.34% - DEMOCRATIC – Hillary Clinton & Tim Kaine
  34 or 6.89% - INDEPENDENT – “Rocky” Roque De La Fuente & Michael Steinberg
  14 or 2.83% - INDEPENDENT – Gary Johnson & William F. Weld
    8 or 1.62% - INDEPENDENT – Alyson Kennedy & Osborne Hart
    6 or 1.21% - INDEPENDENT – Mike Smith & Daniel White
  12 or 2.435 - INDEPENDENT – Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka
   34 or 6.89% - Write-In Votes
U.S. House of Representatives - 6th Congressional District
350 or 68.49% - REPUBLICAN - Diane Black
  90 or 17.61% - DEMOCRATIC – David W. Kent
  58 or 11.35% - INDEPENDENT – David Ross
  13 or 2.54% - Write-In Votes
Tennessee House of Representatives - 46th Representative District
383 or 76.5%- REPUBLICAN - Mark Pody
105 or 21.04% - DEMOCRATIC – Amelia Morrison Hipps
  11 or 2.2% - Write-In Votes
President & Vice President of the United States
Electors For the following:
VOTES # & %
33 or 57.89% - REPUBLICAN – Donald J. Trump & Michael R. Pence
10 or 17.54% - DEMOCRATIC – Hillary Clinton & Tim Kaine
  5 or 8.77% - INDEPENDENT – “Rocky” Roque De La Fuente & Michael Steinberg
  1 or 1.7570% - INDEPENDENT – Gary Johnson & William F. Weld
  0 - INDEPENDENT – Alyson Kennedy & Osborne Hart
  0 - INDEPENDENT – Mike Smith & Daniel White
  0 - INDEPENDENT – Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka
  3 or 5.26% - Write-In Votes
U.S. House of Representatives - 6th Congressional District
38 or 66.66% - REPUBLICAN - Diane Black
10 or 17.54% - DEMOCRATIC – David W. Kent
  3 or 5.26% - INDEPENDENT – David Ross
  1 or 1.75% - Write-In Votes
Tennessee House of Representatives - 46th Representative District
39 or 68.42%- REPUBLICAN - Mark Pody
11 or 19.29% - DEMOCRATIC – Amelia Morrison Hipps
  2 or 3.50% -  Write-In Votes
U.S. Government students at Cannon County High School encourage all Cannon County citizens to please exercise the right to vote in this very important election on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016!

Irritated Man Gets Shot Gun After TV Channel Was Changed

Thursday, 27 October 2016

A Bradyville man who allegedly got upset about a TV channel being changed has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault.  According to Cannon County Sheriff's Department reports, deputies were dispatched to a Frank Holt Road Residence.  Upon arriving at the scene, they spoke with Mr. Terry Henderson.  He stated that he had laid down to go to sleep with the TV on and his daughter changed the channel.  He then went to change it back and his daughter Jessica Knowles commented about it and walked out the back of the residence slamming the door.  That's when Mr. Henderson went and got his shot gun and proceeded out the back door.  Henderson was tackled and put in a headlock while Knowles obtained the shotgun.  Deputies then arrested Henderson and charged him with aggravated assault.  Henderson told deputies that he was going outside to shoot the dog and had no intentions of using the gun on anyone.  Henderson will answer to the charge December 6th in Cannon County General Sessions Court.

Amateur Radio Club Meets Tonight

Thursday, 27 October 2016

A meeting of the DeKalb/Cannon County Amateur Radio Club will be held on Thursday, October 27th, 2016  - 6:30 PM at the Cannon County High School, 1 Lion Drive - Room 115, Woodbury, TN 37190. All local amateur radio operators and those interested in amateur radio are invited to attend.  
Amateur radio operators also called “hams” communicate with other operators in the local area, statewide, nationally, and even worldwide.  Hams also aid during times of emergencies with vital communication links.  The DeKalb/Cannon County Amateur Radio Club is an affiliated club of the American Radio Relay League.  Call 615-597-9563 for more information or check out the club's webpage at http://www.dccarc.org.


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