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Woman Crawls Through Window Charged With Aggravated Burglary

Sunday, 1 May 2016

A Cannon County woman who was allegedly under the influence of drugs was arrested recently for aggravated burglary.  According to Cannon County Sheriff's Department Reports, Investigators were called to a Fowler Road residence about a possible theft.  The home owner stated that the female suspect Mandy Jernigan was crawling through an open window in the living room when she was caught going through a pair of pants and wallet which was sitting next to the chair the man was sleeping in.  Jernigan had been living in a camper trailer next to the residence.  Investigators went to the trailer and after a few minutes of trying to wake Jernigan up, noticed she was under the influence of some type of drug.  Jernigan stated she went over to the residence to talk but that the owners would not answer the door.  That's when she noticed a window was open and pulled the screen off the windown and crawled inside.  Jernigan was arrested for aggravated burglary and will answer to the charges June 7th in Cannon County General Sessions Court.

$44 Million Available For Ag Producers and Enterpreneurs

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that $44 million is available to farmers, ranchers, and food entrepreneurs to develop new product lines. Funding will be made available through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.
The deadline to apply electronically is June 24; for paper submitted application the deadline is July 1.  Up to $75,000 is available for planning grants and up to $250,000 is available for implementation grants, with project periods lasting from one to three years depending on the complexity of the project.
According to Traci Bruckner, Assistant Director of Policy at the Center for Rural Affairs, “These grants assist farmers and ranchers in starting or expanding ventures that increase the value of raw farm and ranch products and market unique and high-quality food  products, including local, natural, and organic foods. In times of low commodity prices, the help available through this program is especially appealing.”
Bruckner went on to explain that the grant program gives priority to projects that expand opportunities for small and mid-sized family farms and for beginning, socially disadvantaged, and military veteran farmers and ranchers. Local food marketing projects are eligible as well, particularly for distribution systems that increase the return to the farmer.
According to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) the $44 million funding opportunity, the largest single-year award allocation in the program’s history, represents a boon for producers who are able to put forward proposals this year, but could leave future potential applicants out in the cold. This year’s allocation combines $10.75 million in discretionary funds from the FY 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act with half of the program’s 2014 Farm Bill mandatory funding – funding that was intended to last through the entire five-year farm bill cycle.
“Releasing half of the total 2014 Farm Bill money in just one funding cycle curtails the program’s ability to support farmers in developing value-added enterprises in future years,” said NSAC Policy Director Ferd Hoefner. “We wholeheartedly support VAPG, a program which we have championed since its inception, but are disappointed in the decision to spend the majority of funds in a single grant round, leaving 2017 and 2018 shortchanged. We will continue to urge USDA to adopt strategies that ensure sound fiscal management and program effectiveness.”
Hoefner added, Timing has also been an issue for the program in recent years. Farmers and farm organizations have requested that USDA run the application process during the winter, when farmers are less busy and have more time to put together applications. Though USDA officials have repeatedly stated that this is their intent, the application cycle timing has been unpredictable and often delayed, with only one year in the last seven being issued in the winter months of the assigned fiscal year.
“This is a great program and its impact has been tremendous, but the ongoing tardiness of VAPG releases is less than ideal,” continued Hoefner. “By delaying the release of funding and not issuing the applications until the beginning of planting season, among the busiest of times for producers, farmers are discouraged from participating. It is our continuing hope that future application cycles will be better attuned to the needs and schedules of farmers.”
The delay also negates the farm bill provision designating 10 percent of total funding for a separate pool that only beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers compete for and another 10 percent for a separate pool for mid-tier value chains that link farmers to processors, distributors, and market outlets. Congress, assuming the program would start up in the winter months, set a June 30 end date for making awards under the special pools, the eighth month point in the government’s fiscal year. This year the application deadline is not until the day after the farm bill’s award deadline under the special priority funding pools, and hence they will not apply.
Farmers and ranchers can find a working proposal template for the Value Added Producer Grant Program at the following link -
Additionally, in an effort to assist farmers and ranchers applying for a grant, NSAC released a guide; Farmers’ Guide to Value-Added Producer Grant Funding. The guide (available free at http://sustainableagriculture.net/publications/) includes clear information on new program rules and contains a step-by-step description of the application and ranking processes, with helpful hints to improve a producer’s chances of obtaining funding from the highly competitive program.  It also describes the program priorities for small and medium-sized family farms, beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and mid-tier value chains (regional supply networks with active farmer participation).
Moreover NSAC is partnering with USDA Rural Development to hold a webinar on the Value-Added Producer Grant program for prospective applicants and groups who work with farmers and ranchers.
The webinar, to be held May 6, will be helpful for prospective applicants and for organizations who work with applicants. Topics covered include program and funding history of the Value Added Producer Grant, an overview of the program, information about eligibility, applications requirements, the evaluation and scoring criteria, examples of funded projects, and "plenty of time for nitty gritty questions," according to NSAC. More information on the webinar can be found: http://www.cfra.org/events/value-added-producer-grant-program-outreach-w...
Applicants are encouraged to contact their state USDA RD offices well in advance of the deadline to discuss their projects and ask any questions about the application process.http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices .
"Farmers or ranchers needing planning or working capital funds to move their value-added ideas forward should check out the Value-Added Producer Grants program," concluded Bruckner.

Hometown Heroes Walked To Support Child Abuse Victims

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Child Advocacy Center thanks the huge group of walkers who put on their tennis shoes and joined us for the Hometown Heroes Walk for Children on Friday afternoon,” announced Child Advocacy Center director Sharon De Boer.
The final event of Child Abuse Awareness Month was the Hometown Heroes Walk for Children on Friday, April 29.  The event kicked off at Murfreesboro Civic Plaza with guest speakers, former District Attorney General William C. Whitesell, Jr., Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland, Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold, and new Murfreesboro Police Chief Karl Durr. 
Participants had a beautiful, sunny afternoon to walk down South Church Street to the Child Advocacy Center on Samsonite Blvd.  Speakers at the reception included Whitesell and Murfreesboro City Schools Director Linda Arms Gilbert.  Whitesell thanked Walk Committee Chairs Pierrecia Lyons and Deidre Lackey for creating an incredible new event.
The Child Advocacy Center director presented awards to our own Hometown Heroes:  Glenn Chrisman, Jennifer G. Gamble, Dr. Linda Arms Gilbert, Deirdre C. Lackey, Kim Snell, and William C. Whitesell, Jr.
“The Child Advocacy Center is grateful for the Hometown Heroes, Walk Committee, Child Protective Investigative Team members, the board and staff that sponsored the reception, Murfreesboro Police Department that helped us safely cross streets, Steve Toombs and Parks and Recreation for event set-up, Terry Cunningham and Murfreesboro EMS for providing the ambulance service, generous event sponsors, and reception sponsors  They all came together to create an amazing event that showed the child abuse victims in our community how much we support them.” continued De Boer.
The Hometown Heroes event sponsors were:  Drs. Russ and Sherry Galloway, St. Thomas Rutherford,
Project One Four, SledgeCraft Architectural Millwork, Phillip Smith and Smith’s Painting, Waldron Fann & Parsley Attorneys, Bill and Lucy Whitesell, Dempsey Vantrease & Follis, Elizabeth Renegar Parker, Sheryl Smith, and Peddler Gifts and Interiors. 
Friends of the CAC included:  Mike Bishop, Larry Bugg Construction, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Smyrna, H2O Studios, Scott and Karen Hoke, District Attorney General Jennings Jones, Deirdre Lackey, Phyllis H. Reuhland, Smith Designs, Aleta Tuma, Tri-Star Title Company, and Wild About Smiles Pediatric Dentistry.
Reception sponsors were:  Publix, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Whitt’s Barbecue, and the Child Advocacy Center Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers.
The logo for the Hometown Heroes Walk for Children t-shirt was designed by local artist and elementary art teacher, Dee Dee Potter from Hobgood Elementary School.  Local artist Abigail Atkins, from the Very Idea, finalized the artwork for the t-shirts.
“We want to thank everyone for making the 1st annual Hometown Heroes Walk for Children a huge success,” said director Sharon De Boer, “We are looking forward to seeing you all next year!”
For more information about the Child Advocacy Center and the upcoming CAC Prize Patrol, visit the Facebook page or contact the Center.  In Rutherford County call 615-867-9000 and in Cannon County call 615-563-9915.

Congressman Diane Black: We Reject This Rule

Sunday, 1 May 2016

As a member of my Small Business Advisory Committee, I wanted you to be among the first to hear the news: This week the House passed H.J.Res. 88, a resolution using Congress’s power under the Congressional Review Act to nullify the Department of Labor’s harmful new fiduciary rule. This rule would broaden the definition of "fiduciary" to put more financial advisors and types of financial planning services under the government’s control. 
Under the new rule, providing basic information about retirement planning will be severely restricted and Americans could lose access to the financial advisors they know and trust. Ultimately, the rule could increase retirement savings costs for low-income and middle-class Americans, the very people it claims to protect. 
The government should not impose a “one-size-fits-all” approach to retirement saving that impedes Tennesseans’ access to financial planning. That is why the House already voted last year with my support to delay this rule, and took this critical action just yesterday to formally reject it altogether, ensuring that we can preserve access to affordable investment options. 
Regulations like this put a wet blanket on our economy. You know, as I do, that Americans deserve the opportunity to plan for their future and save for their retirement without federal government intervention each step of the way. I hope the Senate will follow the House’s lead and pass this measure to keep Washington bureaucrats out of your financial planning

Relay For Life Event Highlights Friday Night In Woodbury

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Friday night the Cannon County community will come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.  The Cannon County chapter of the American Cancer Society will hold the Cannon County Relay for Life event at the Cannon County Courthouse in Woodbury. 

Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around the courthouse area.   Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.  Tonight's event honors those lost to Cancer with the luminara ceremony after it gets dark.  There will also be a recognition of those that have survived cancer or are currently diagnosed with cancer.

The event starts at 6:00 

Arts Center Of Cannon County Hosts Jewelry Showcase Saturday

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Just in time for Mother's Day the Arts Center of Cannon County presents the 2016 Jewelry Showcase.  The event is set for Saturday from 10A-4P Join in for the indoor Jewelry Showcase to shop for fabulous, unique gifts from local craft artists. Over a dozen Middle Tennessee jewelry makers will be in attendance, selling a wide selection of hand-crafted silver, copper, leather, stone, and beaded jewelry. Admission to the event is free, so bring a friend and come out to support your area artists!



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