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Tax Free Weekend Is Here

Friday, 29 July 2016

This weekend is  tax-free weekend in Tennessee, where shoppers won't have to pay sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less.

During these three days Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on certain purchases.

“I want to encourage Tennessee families to take advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday because it was created with them in mind,” Gov. Bill Haslam said. “The weekend provides savings for families, especially as students are starting the new school year, and the holiday can provide relief on clothing, school and art supplies and computer purchases.”

The holiday begins today. and ends Sunday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m. During the designated three-day weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.

Please visit the Sales Tax Holiday Web site at www.tntaxholiday.com to learn more about the items exempt from sales tax.

Examples of exempt items include:

•Clothing: Shirts, dresses, pants, coats, gloves and mittens, hats and caps, hosiery, neckties, belts, sneakers, shoes, uniforms whether athletic or non-athletic and scarves

•School Supplies: Binders, book bags, calculators, tape, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, rulers and scissors

•Art Supplies: Clay and glazes; acrylic, tempera and oil paints; paintbrushes for artwork; sketch and drawing pads; and watercolors

•Computers: Central processing unit (CPU), along with various other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components and preloaded software (Note: While the CPU may be purchased separately, other items must be part of a bundled computer package in order to be eligible.) iPads and other tablet computers are eligible for tax exemption, while smart phones and video game consoles are not.
 

Sheriff's Department Announces National Night Out Event August 2nd

Friday, 29 July 2016

The Cannon County Sheriff's Department has announced Tuesday August 2nd that they will be participating in hosting a National Night Out Against Crime. National Night Out is an opportunity for residents to meet their neighbors, law enforcement officers, public officials, and other community service providers in an informal setting with the goal of increasing communication about crime prevention.  Cannon County, Woodbury Law Enforcement and First Responders will be on the square in front of the courthouse
Tuesday evening at 7;00 pm for the public to meet and mingle with. This is an effort for the people of our town and county to come meet the various departments and learn what they do and the people that serve you.
 

Early Voting Ends Today and Tomorrow In Cannon County

Friday, 29 July 2016

Today and Saturday will be the final two days for early voting for the August 4th election.  Early voting in Cannon County takes place at the Cannon County Election Offices located at 301 West Main Street Suite 244.  Friday's hours are from 8-1 while Early Voting will take place Saturday starting at 8 and early voting will end Saturday evening at 6p.m. For more information call the Election Office at 563-5650
 

Cannon Students Get Your School Supplies Sunday At The We Care Cannon Event

Friday, 29 July 2016

The We Care Cannon school supply distribution will be held Sunday at the Woodbury Grammar School from 2-5:00.  Volunteers that would like to help with the program Sunday should arrive at 12 noon for their assignments.  The We Care Cannon school supply distribution  is open to all Cannon County Students.  Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Students attending will leave the event with everything they need in way of school supplies for the entire upcoming school year.

MTEMC Advises Of Electrical Work Across 840

Friday, 29 July 2016

MTEMC workers are scheduled to be conducting work Sunday on electrical lines across 840 near exit 67, Couchville Pike. The work will result in rolling roadblocks beginning at 6 a.m. Sunday The work will be completed, weather permitting.
Law enforcement will be assist with the roadblocks, stopping traffic so the work can quickly and safely be performed by MTEMC crews.
Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative providing electricity to more than 211,000 residential and business members in Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford and Cannon counties.
 

Millennials More Susceptible to Scams Than Baby Boomers

Friday, 29 July 2016

The stereotype of the “little old lady” as scam victim is wrong, and Millennials are actually more vulnerable to scams than Baby Boomers. That’s the conclusion of new research by the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust (BBB Institute). Marketplace scams affect one in four North American households each year at an estimated loss to individuals and families of $50 billion, yet most consumers believe they are invulnerable.
“This research is so vital, not only to stop scammers from hurting consumers, but to help businesses,” said Mary E. Power, president and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB). “That $50 billion ‘underground’ economy is stealing from the legitimate marketplace. Every dollar lost to a scam is a dollar not spent at a lawful, trustworthy business.”
The research, Cracking the Invulnerability Illusion: Stereotypes, Optimism Bias, and the Way Forward for Marketplace Scam Education, is based on a survey of more than 2,000 adults in the U.S. and Canada. Participants were asked about their perceived vulnerability to scams, who they think is most likely to be scammed, and about the factors that helped them to avoid being scammed. The participants did not know that BBB was the sponsor of the survey.
Download “Cracking the Invulnerability Illusion” at BBB.org/TruthAboutScams
“We’ve bought into stereotypes about scam victims – they’re usually seen as vulnerable and elderly, or gullible and poorly educated,” noted the paper’s co-author Emma Fletcher, product manager with the BBB Institute, CBBB’s foundation. “These stereotypes are strongly held… and they are wrong. We are all at risk, but younger and more educated individuals are actually the most likely to be scammed.”
“Optimism bias – the idea that we all think other people are more vulnerable than we are – is associated with risk-taking and failure to heed precautionary advice,” said co-author Rubens Pessanha, CBBB director of marketing research and insights. “Seniors may be the one group that does not suffer from optimism bias when it comes to scams. They’ve heard, loud and clear, that they are at risk. Seniors may very well be morescam savvy than others. They are also less impulsive buyers than younger consumers, and less likely to be making purchases online where so many scams take place.”
The new research also confirms some trends noted in BBB Scam Tracker, a crowd-sourced reporting tool. More than 30,000 consumers have reported details of scams to BBB since the site was launched in late 2015, and reports are shared with law enforcement to drive investigations. Of those consumers reporting scams to BBB Scam Tracker, 89% of seniors (age 65 and up) recognized the scam in time, while only 11% reported actually losing money. For those age 18-24, however, more than three times as many failed to recognize the scam – 34% reported losing money. Armed with this information, BBB is calling for a new direction for how society approaches the problem of fraud. The report recommends a three-pronged approach:
 
Leverage Technology, Crowdsourcing and Altruism: Targets of scams feel empowered when they can take back some control by reporting what has happened to them in order to help warn others. This altruistic impulse is the number one motivator for reporting scams. As noted in the report, “The voices and stories of others have the potential to normalize the problem in a positive way, shedding the shame and stigma of victimization with the message that, if it can happen to other people like me, it can happen to me.”
Take Aim at the Optimism Bias: Consumer education must heighten perceptions of personal risk and provide information that boosts confidence in one’s ability to protect oneself. Motivation to take protective action requires both the sense that one is vulnerable and the tools to do something about it. Effective public education must take a twofold approach; it must confront its audience with messaging that runs counter to stereotypes and perceived invulnerability, while simultaneously providing information that empowers individuals to avoid becoming victims.
Provide Preemptive Information: Survey participants, when asked what might have prevented them from being scammed, said knowing about different scam types and understanding common methods used by scammers prior to being targeted would have helped. Nearly 80% of respondents identified one of these two factors as most protective; only one in five felt doing research after being approached by a scammer was most protective.
 

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