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Lamb Checkoff Program Referendum Underway

Saturday, 14 February 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that it is offering lamb producers, feeders, and first handlers the opportunity to vote in a nationwide referendum on whether to continue or terminate the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order, authorized under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996.

The referendum is underway through Feb. 27, 2009 and will be conducted at USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices. To be eligible to vote, persons must certify and provide documentation, such as a sales receipt or remittance form, which shows they have been engaged in the production, feeding, or slaughtering of lambs during the period, Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2008.

Now through Feb. 27, 2009, persons eligible to vote should obtain form LS-86 from a county FSA office either in person, by mail, fax, or via the Internet at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketingprograms .

Persons must vote in the referendum at the County FSA office where their administrative farm records are maintained. Form LS-86 and supporting documentation must be returned in person, by mail, or by fax to the appropriate county FSA office. The form and documentation returned in person or by fax must be received in the appropriate county office prior to the close of business February 27, 2007, or if returned by mail must be postmarked no later than midnight on Feb. 27, 2009, and received in the county FSA office by March 6, 2009.

Arraignment Day For Cannon Grand Jury

Friday, 13 February 2009

Friday was arraignment day for those indicted during the recent Cannon County Grand Jury Session. Those defendants arraigned during Friday's session were:

Wesley Scott, Joshua P. Smith and Dereck Merrit for theft,

Joshua P. Smith, Stanley Smith and Dereck Merrit for manufacture of marijuana, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft,

Crystal Spring McMahon for TennCare fraud,

Theresa Certain for TennCare fraud,

Roger Cowan for felony possession of schedule drug and tampering with evidence,

Sarah Milligan for attempted bribery,

William Ely for manufacturing schedule drugs, felony possession of schedule drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon,

Elaine Jensen for sale of counterfit controlled substances,

Ronnie Ramsey for aggravated assault,

Ruby Mathis for 4 counts of sale of a controlled substance,

James J. Travis for unlawful carrying of a weapon and reckless endangerment,

Ross Harry Stiver, Jr. for assault, driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law,

Mark E. Johnson for reckless driving, theft over $500.00 and disorderly conduct,

Joshua P. Smith for three counts of theft over $500.00, two counts of driving on a suspended license, accessory after the fact and simple possession of marijuana,

Jamie Barrett for theft over $1,000.00,

Cynthia Taylor for forgery,

Justin Stone for theft over $1,000.00,

Russell Walls for vandalism over $500.00,

Clayton Cochran for driving on a suspended license 2nd offense,

Aaron Moon for driving under the influence 2nd offense, violation of the implied consent law and driving while license revoked 4th offense,

Richard D. Wilson, Jr. for failure to appear, aggravated assault and vandalism over $1,000.00,

Bobby Lee Jones for furnishing alcohol to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor,

Roy Howell for failure to register as a sex offender,

Sheilah Simon for driving under the influence,

Mary Carmack for possession of schedule IV,

Jason A. Couch driving under the influence 3rd offense, implied consent law and driving on a revoked license,

Mary Jo Stanley for aggravated burglary and theft over $500.00,

Wesley Paul Scott for accessory after the fact,

J.W. Bass, Jr. for violation of seatbelt law, open container, registration violation, driving under the influence 3rd offense, implied consent, and driving while being a habitual motor vehicle offender.

The next step for these defendants will be plea day on February 27th. On that day, they will be asked to enter formal pleas of guilty or not guilty to their charges. Additionally, discussions with the district attorney’s office will take place or jury trial dates will be set.

Cannon County Board Of Education Meeting

Friday, 13 February 2009

Recognition of teachers, secure entrance areas for schools, a practice field for the junior football team were just a few of the items on the agenda at the February meeting of the Cannon County School Board.

The board announced the Building Level Teachers of the year 2009:

Teachers honored were as follows:

Auburn Elementary K-4 Tracy Hollandsworth

Eastside K-4 Connie Phillips 5-8 Gay Burger

Short Mountain K-4 Judy Jones 5-8 Anita Arnold

Westside K-4 Faye Naylor 5-8 Melissa Anderson

Woodbury Grammar K-4 Beth Mathis 5-8 Rhonda Roy

Woodland K-4 Angie Fann 5-8 Pam O'Hara

Cannon County High School 9-12 Paulette Acres

Clint Patterson was named as a non-faculity assistant coach for the boys soccer program.

$3,020.00 was granted to Cannon County High School for the purchase of risers for the choral program. It was noted that with the change in required credits for graduation including 1 fine art credit. With that change, more students are expected to sign up for chorus and the risers will be a much needed addition to the school program.

Any action on the old Woodbury Grammar School demolition sight has been put off until the March meeting. This will give the board a chance to meet with Marshall Harris Demolition to see if an agreement can be reached regarding a $9,000.00 balance that was to be paid to the company after grass had been establish on the sight. After many attempts by the company, there currently has not been any major grass establishment on the sight. Currently Jr. Lions Football boosters are trying to raise monies needed to turn the sight into a football field for Jr. football.

Mike Prock and John Chaney from Kaatz & Brinkley addressed the board regarding security vestibules for Cannon County Schools. Currently only the Woodbury Grammar School has an appropriate secure entrance area. The pair presented the board with plans for Westside, Woodland and Cannon County High School. Any decision will be put off until the March meeting. The firm advised it could cost $35,000.00 to $50,000.00 per school to upgrade to what is required for school security requirements.

The next meeting Of Cannon County School Board will be March 3rd at 6:00 pm at East Side School.

Cannon County Circuit Court Activity

Friday, 13 February 2009

Chancellor Robert E. Corlew, III presided over Cannon County Circuit Court on Thursday. Some of the results from the various cases which appeared on the docket included:

Steven Davis' case was reset for March 13, 2009. He has filed a motion to set aside his violation of probation.

Andrew Scott Asbury's petition for suspended sentence was granted by Chancellor Corlew. He was placed on State supervised probation for the duration of his sentence and ordered to pay fines and court costs as directed.

Robert W. Barrett was reset for March 13, 2009. He is charged with violation of probation.

Melinda Barrett was reset for March 13, 2009. She is charged with violation of probation.

Illnesses Force Deputy Speaker To Preside Over House

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Illnesses have forced the temporary election of a new House Speaker. Republican Deputy Speaker Steve McDaniel is third in line behind Speaker Kent Williams and Speaker Pro Tem Lois DeBerry. Family illnesses forced Williams to return to East Tennessee to take care of his ailing parents. Speaker Pro Tem Lois DeBerry is recovering at home in Memphis from an unspecified illness that put her in the hospital a few weeks ago. Williams named McDaniel deputy speaker last month. McDaniel says cancelling session wasn't an option because the parliamentary process necessary to assign bills to committees for passage involves introducing them by number on the floor and passing them on first and second consideration by voice vote.

Strong Winds And Heavy Rains Cross The State

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

A severe weather front crossed the state today. Cannon County fared better than many with the wind and rain. Wind gusts of up to 60 miles an hour have uprooted trees, snapped branches and downed power lines in several Tennessee counties.

Multiple trees and power lines are down in Cannon County, according to officials. Faye Morse, Director of Cannon County Emergency Management Agency reported that some roof damage was reported across the county. At least one house had damage and the county’s convenience center had a building damaged.

Lightning sent first responders to the sewer plant for the Town of Woodbury. Damage was mostly confined to a truck on the grounds.

The quick moving front dropped 45-hundreths of an inch of rain at our studios on Mile Valley Road.

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