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Bredesen Announces Recovery Act Funds to Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Governor Phil Bredesen has announced that Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency will receive $1.7 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for rural transportation services. UCHRA provides public transportation services for Cannon and the other 13 counties in the Upper Cumberland region.

“Many Tennesseans, particularly those with limited mobility, already rely on public transportation for their daily needs and many others would like to see expanded transit options,” said Bredesen. “The Recovery Act funds announced today will help rural transit providers in Tennessee improve service and replace aging fleets with safer, more reliable vehicles.”

A total of $17.9 million in Recovery Act funds will be provided to 12 rural transit agencies in Tennessee.

“Public transportation is a key component to attracting new businesses and spurring economic development,” said Congressman Bart Gordon. “As the economy recovers from this recession, improving public transit in our state’s rural communities will help make these areas more desirable for businesses to set up shop and create new jobs.”

UCHRA plans to use the Recovery Act dollars to add approximately 18 new ADA accessible minivans, 13 ADA accessible vans, eight new demand response vehicles, communications and GPS devices for the new vehicles to assist in locating service calls and one service vehicle. UCHRA also plans to utilize approximately $177,797 for operational costs.

“Many of the vans and buses in the rural transportation fleets have accumulated hundreds of thousands of miles over the years and have outlasted their useful life,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “Replacing these vehicles will allow transit agencies to provide safer, more dependable service to their customers and will generate manufacturing work for the companies providing the vehicles.”

Federal Recovery Act Transit funds are administered by TDOT’s Division of Multimodal Transportation Resources. Tennessee received a total of $72 million in Recovery Act transit funds. Of those funds, $42.2 million was directed by the federal government to the state’s four large urban areas, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville.

For more information on TDOT’s Division of Multimodal Transportation Resources visit www.tn.gov/tdot. For more information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, visit www.recovery.gov. For TDOT specific information on the Recovery Act visit www.tn.gov/tdot/recovery.

U.S. House Boosts “Cash-for-Clunkers” Program

Friday, 31 July 2009

Today, the U.S. House passed legislation to extend the recently created “Cash-for-Clunkers” program, which has succeeded in encouraging Americans to purchase new fuel-efficient cars and trucks. The program allows consumers to trade in their old, gas-guzzling cars for vouchers, worth up to $4,500, to help pay for new vehicles that get more miles per gallon (MPG).

“Since we created this program, participating auto dealers throughout Middle Tennessee have reported increased sales,” said Congressman Bart Gordon. “This is not only important for our economy as it recovers, but it also strengthens our national security – as consumers purchase more fuel-efficient cars, we reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

The Cash-for-Clunkers program is expected to reduce U.S. oil consumption by more than 250 million gallons of gas. Nationwide, more than 200,000 cars have been purchased through the program since July 1, 2009.

“This is a good bill, especially because it provides additional funds without increasing the federal deficit,” said Gordon, who is a strong advocate for ensuring that new federal spending is completely offset. “For every new dollar we spend, we’ve got to find a U.S. dollar to pay for it, and this bill does just that.”

The bill provides the Cash-for-Clunkers program with $2 billion in additional funding, which was diverted from an existing energy loan program in the U.S. Department of Energy. The legislation also extends the program through September 2010. The Senate is expected to pass the House bill before August 7.

To qualify for a voucher, consumers must trade in an older vehicle that gets 18 MPG or less, and purchase or lease a new car or truck that gets at least 22 MPG. If the fuel economy of the new car is at least four MPG higher than the old vehicle, the voucher will be worth $3,500. If the fuel economy of the new car is at least ten MPG higher than the old vehicle, the voucher will be worth $4,500.

For more information about the Cash-for-Clunkers program or to locate a participating dealer in Middle Tennessee, contact the program’s toll-free hotline at (866)-CAR-7891, or visit www.cars.gov.

Cannon County Circuit Court Activity For Friday

Friday, 31 July 2009

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

Ruby Mathis was granted a suspended sentence. She was placed on probation for 3 years and ordered to pay the court costs.

Kim Bolinger pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. Her probation was extended and she was ordered to pay the court costs.

Joshua Smith pled guilty to the charge of violatin of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to pay the court costs. In another case, Smith pled guilty to the charge of possession of drugs. He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in the county jail suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation. He was also ordered to pay the court costs and a $250.00 fine.

William Jack Sullivan pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve 90 days in jail.

David M. Hill's application for suspended sentence was denied.

Tennessee to Get $19.5 Million in Recovery Funds To Help Needy Seniors and Families

Friday, 31 July 2009

Governor Bredesen has announced the approval of $19.5 million in federal stimulus funding that will help low income Tennesseans weather tough economic times. More than $1.2-million will be spent in 14 counties served by Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency, including Cannon County.

The funds are made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. The Tennessee Department of Human Services will distribute the funds to 20 community action and human resources agencies, including UCHRA. Governor Bredesen says eligible citizens will receive assistance with putting food on the table, making rent or mortgage payments, or even buying diapers and baby formula for their children. The grants are targeted at low-income seniors, individuals with disabilities and families with very small children.

“Community Services Block Grant funds are a lifeline to our most vulnerable citizens,” said Governor Bredesen. “The additional dollars will help more families take care of the basics.”

The CSBG program provides services to eligible low-income individuals and families to improve the communities in which they live. A family or individual must be living at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines of $27,562/year for a family of four. CSBG agencies will focus on five areas for their ARRA funding: nutrition (particularly food banks), employment, housing, health and emergency services

The CSBG Recovery Act provides $1-billion in federal funds to be distributed nationally. Tennessee’s share is $19.5 million. A total of $1,239,054 will go to UCHRA. In addition to Cannon County, UCHRA serves Clay, Putnam, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Smith, Warren, White & Van Buren Counties.

For more information on Tennessee’s Recovery efforts, visit: www.tnrecovery.gov .

For more information on the Recovery projects at DHS, visit: www.tn.gov/humanserv

Car Nappers Leave Trail

Friday, 31 July 2009

Some keen observations by a local deputy have led to the arrest of two men and the recovery of a stolen vehicle. Frank G. Lenhart of K. Parker Road in Bradyville and Timothy Campbell of Cedar Lane in Beechgrove were arrested and charged with vandalism by Cannon County Sheriff’s Deputy John Fesmire after, while on patrol, Fesmire noticed some deep grooves and damage on several local roads. After investigating further, Fesmire allegedly discovered that Lenhart and Campbell drug a vehicle they had stolen from Coffee County to a local salvage yard to sell for scrap. The vehicle was inoperable so the men reportedly hitched it to a truck and drug it on the pavement all the way to the salvage yard, causing the damage. Those areas affected were K. Parker, Espy, Hollow Springs, Ivy Bluff Roads and Jim Cummings Highway. It is not yet known exactly how much money it will cost Cannon County to repair the roads.

Both men are free on $2,000.00 bond and will appear before General Sessions Judge Susan Melton on August 11th. In addition to the vandalism charge, Campbell has been charged with theft in Coffee County for allegedly stealing the vehicle.

Westside VFD to Visit Auburntown's Red Apple Days

Thursday, 30 July 2009

West Side VFD firefighters and their families will be hosting a fund raising booth at Red Apple Days in Auburntown, July 31, and August 1. The firefighters are challenging members of the community to release their inner firefighter by participating in an obstacle course. Prizes will be awarded to the best posted time in each category.

Other booth items will include cookbooks featuring traditional fare and for the more adventurous, exotic concoctions such as, Elephant Stew. Sno-cones and iced tea will be available, served in a first edition
souvenir cup.

The West Side VFD would like to encourage everyone to stop by, introduce yourself and enjoy a drink while meeting your local volunteer firefighters. All proceeds will benefit the West Side VFD in obtaining updated safety equipment as well as contributing to the new fire truck fund.

The West Side VFD is currently recruiting new members. If you would like to be involved in helping to serve and protect families of your community please call-615.563.9260

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