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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Jan. 23—Progress Reports go home.
Jan. 24—New Substitutes’ training, CCBOE, 9:00-12:00
Jan. 27—CPAC (Parent Advisory Council) meeting, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CCBOE
Jan. 23-26-28—B-Team Tournament, Auburn Gymnasium
Feb. 1—Principals’ meeting at CCBOE, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Feb. 13—Progress reports go home.
Feb. 13-21—Basketball district tournament, Cookeville
Feb. 20—No School, President’s Day
Feb. 24-March 1—Basketball regional tournament
March 3—Girls’ Sub-state
March 4—Boys’ Sub-state
March 6-10—National School Breakfast Week
March 15-18—Girls’ State Tournament
March 22-25—Boys’ State Tournament

School Board Appreciation Week Starts Sunday

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Gov. Haslam has declared Jan. 22-28, 2017 as School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee.  This week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our locally elected boards of education play in our community.  The Cannon County School District celebrates School Board Appreciation Week and honors local board members for their commitment to Cannon County and its children.
“Our school system is the backbone of our community, and the board members devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child,” Director Barbara Parker said.  “There is no greater honor that can be bestowed upon a citizen than membership on a local board of education.  They spend countless hours studying the issues and regulations and make the tough decisions when called upon to ensure the type of accountability people expect.”
According to Director Parker, the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by

  • Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority;
  • Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do;
  • Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the district’s goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;
  • Creating a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach;
  • Forming partnerships with others in the community to solve common problems; and
  • Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvements by questioning, refining and revising issues related to student achievement.

“Our local school board shapes the future of education in Cannon County by influencing the high-quality of education that our children and youth receive.  The Cannon County School Board shows its commitment to educational excellence and equity—and for that we are very grateful for their attitude of service.”
The members of the Cannon County School Board are as follows:  Bruce Daniel, Javin Fann, Tim Powers, Nathan Sanders, and Shelley Walkup.

State's Unemployment Rate Increases

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced last week  the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for December was 4.9 percent, increasing from the revised November rate of 4.8 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for December was 4.7 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month.
Economic Summary

  • Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 5.6% to 4.9% while the national rate also declined from 5.0% to 4.7%.
  • Total nonfarm employment increased 6,600 jobs from November to December. The largest increases occurred in manufacturing, mining/logging/construction & leisure/hospitality.
  • Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 62,100 jobs. The largest increases occurred in education/health services, professional/business services & leisure/hospitality.




Congressman Diane Black: It's About Safety

Sunday, 22 January 2017

This past Friday marked  the dawn of a new day in our nation’s capital. Dave and I are excited to attend the inauguration of President-elect Trump and my staff has enjoyed the opportunity to greet so many of you who are in town for the festivities.  
President-elect Trump is taking the oath of office at a consequential time in our nation’s history, and nowhere is that more evident than when it comes to the crisis of illegal immigration and the lawlessness of sanctuary cities. That is why, just last week, I joined with Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) to reintroduce the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act.  
More than 300 sanctuary cities -- localities that forbid their law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials -- exist nationwide. These rogue jurisdictions flout our laws, thumb their nose at Congress, and endanger the lives of their citizens, all while relying on federal funding from hardworking American taxpayers. We need only look at the tragic 2015 murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco to see the grave danger of allowing these policies to stand.
Steinle was an innocent woman gunned down at the hands of a criminal illegal alien who had been convicted of seven felonies but was allowed to evade deportation because of San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies. It’s a sobering reminder that this debate isn’t about politics -- it’s about public safety. 
My bill would withhold billions in block grants and economic development grants to cities that ignore our immigration laws. After all, why on earth would we pay cities that neglect their most basic duties to their citizens? Under this legislation, sanctuary cities would finally incur real penalties for playing politics with people’s safety.
President-elect Trump’s coming inauguration makes the prospects for this bill that much brighter. As one news outlet reported: “Given that both houses of Congress now sit securely in Republican hands and the White House will soon be occupied by a president who has promised a crackdown on the lawless jurisdictions, the Black-Toomey bill could very well succeed.”

I’m committed to making sure that happens and to finally reasserting Congress’s constitutional role in setting immigration policy.                                   

Bees Buzz Lions To Wins Friday Night

Saturday, 21 January 2017

The Cannon County Lionettes girls basketball team are improving each and every game they get under their belt.  The young team may not have the wins to show for it but the effort is there and the team continues to battle top teams in District 8-AA basketball.  Their latest effort was against the Upperman Lady Bees who many consider to be the best basketball team in the entire state in AA basketball.  Their record speaks for itself 20-2 over all and undefeated at 8-0 in district play.  The Lionettes have faced them twice already both times resulting in lopsided losses to Upperman which held the Cannon County team to under 30 points scored in both contests.  Friday nights game was still a one sided affair but Cannon was able to outscore Upperman in the third quarter and post 51 points in the entire contest against them.  Lionettes were led in scoring by Maleah Scott who posted 18 points in the 85-51 loss.  Cannon falls to 8-13 overall with a 2-6 record in District 8-AA standings

The Upperman Bees are one game behind Macon County in second place in the current standings.  The Bees wasted no time establishing themselves as they got out to a 14-0 run out of the gate in the first quarter.  Bees continued to roll leading by 30 at half time.  Mercy rule turned the clock on the entire fourth quarter without stopping as Upperman got the win 69-40 .  Upperman had three players in double figures in scoring while Trey Fann led Cannon with 15 points.  Lions are still in search for their first district win and will try again Tuesday in Carthage against Smith County.

Rutherford County Man Charged With First Degree Murder In Connection To Cannon County Incident

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Friday morning a Rutherford County man, Robert Mount age 36 was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted first degree murder in the incident last Saturday night that left two people dead and one seriously injured in Cannon County.  Mount was charged after David Wooten was found dead of a gunshot wound and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Clement later died from wounds in the attack.  One other person Laura Jastre also was attacked but is currently in Vanderbilt University Medical Center recovering.  
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, agents developed information that led to Mount as the person responsible.
He was booked into the Cannon County jail and is currently being held without bond.
Authorities have yet to give details on exactly what happened inside the home. It remains unclear how the two women were hurt.
The investigation into this incident remains active and ongoing


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