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Budget Committee Meets Tonight

Thursday, 12 July 2012

The Cannon County Budget Committee will be in full force tonight taking a serious look at more cuts and making more decisions as they work toward putting together a recommendation of a final budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.  Last week at the budget committee meeting, the committee trimmed off over $40,000 of requested money by the various departments.  The Budget Committee is also looking  into giving county employees as much as a 3 percent raise this year.  The meeting tonight starts at 6:00

Pre-K and IDEA Budgets To Be Looked Over Tonight At Education Meeting

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Could Gaylon Sissom be the new Cannon County High School Head Softball Coach?  That's the request of Cannon County Principal Tim Knox and Athletic Director Michael Dodgen to the Cannon County Board Of Education when they meet tonight for their regular monthly meeting. Coach Sissom served as a non faculty assistant coach with the Cannon County Lionettes Basketball team under former coach Tara Soloman James and assistant softball coach for three seasons. Since he has the required five years experience he is eligible to become a head coach under any of the TSSAA sanctioned sports.  The position became open after Brent Bush resigned to become the football coach at the school.  Other items on the agenda have the board looking into approving the Pre K and I D E A budgets for the 2012 2013 school year, they will all discuss the Director of Schools Barbara Parker's annual Evaluation and Contract  The meeting takes place at the Woodbury Grammar School at 6:00

Department of Safety Announces Results Of No Refusal Campaign

Thursday, 12 July 2012

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced the results from the state’s first-ever “No Refusal” DUI enforcement effort which took place in five counties over the July Fourth holiday period. The campaign was a coordinated effort by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO), local district attorneys, and various local and state law enforcement agencies.
The “No Refusal” enforcement period started at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, and ran through midnight, Sunday, July 8. This special enforcement was effective in selected counties where impaired driving and fatal crashes have increased this year, specifically, Anderson, Bradley, Davidson, Maury and Warren Counties.  State and local officials conducted sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols in those counties as well as in other parts of the state.
The “No Refusal” law, enacted this year by the General Assembly, allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. Previously, a suspected impaired driver could refuse a blood alcohol content test and face charges of violating the implied consent law. This new law enables law enforcement to legally obtain blood samples by working with prosecutors and judges throughout the state during the warrant acquisition process. 
The results for the “No Refusal” enforcement effort in each of the five counties are listed below:
Anderson County
DUI arrests:                                            4
Refusal to take BAC test/
Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      1
Bradley County
DUI arrests:                                            8
Refusal to take BAC test/
Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0
Davidson County
DUI Arrests:                                            11                                            
Refusal to take BAC test/
Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      1
Maury County
DUI Arrests:                                            17                                            
Refusal to take BAC test/
Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      6
Warren County
DUI Arrests:                                            8                                              
Refusal to take BAC test/
Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0

Red Cross Needs Blood..Calls On Cannon County July 19th

Thursday, 12 July 2012

The American Red Cross recently issued a national blood appeal, but the severe storms in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic areas may severely impact the ability to build the blood inventory back up to sufficient levels in many locations.

Power outages, fallen trees and other storm impacts mean that blood donors have been unable to get to blood donation centers and blood drives. Dozens of Red Cross blood drives have been cancelled, resulting in the shortfall of nearly 1,700 units of blood and platelets.

The Red Cross is calling on all eligible blood donors – now more than ever – to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer.

The next local blood donation opportunity is July 19 from 12 noon until 6 p.m. at the Lions Club Building on West Adams St. in Woodbury.

Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of hospital patients. Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies – when there are complications during childbirth – and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

“Every day, the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region must collect approximately 600 pints for patients at about 60 hospitals and transfusion centers across the region,” said Tim Ryerson chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “We need donors to make appointments in the coming days and weeks to help us ensure that all patient blood needs can be met. Each pint of whole blood can help save more than one life.”

“The American Red Cross continues to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to best meet hospital patients’ needs,” Ryerson added. “We are closely monitoring inventory levels at all distribution sites, and working with hospitals to triage and transfer products as needed to ensure patient needs are met."

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Focus On Secondary Education

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today called together post-secondary education leaders from across the state along with statewide business organizations to discuss the importance of a comprehensive and coordinated focus on the issues of affordability, the quality of our Tennessee colleges, universities and technology centers, and how to do a better job of matching the skills state institutions are teaching with the needs of employers.  
The meeting included members of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), University of Tennessee Board of Trustees and Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) along with leaders from the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA), Tennessee Business Roundtable, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and legislative leadership from the House and Senate.
“Tennessee is leading the way in K-12 education reform on a national level, and we are committed to continuing that momentum,” Haslam said.  “We’ve also made significant progress with post-secondary education, and the time is right to take that work to the next level.
“The status quo is not good enough for our students.  We need to examine the financial structure, the quality of the programs at our state institutions, and whether we are keeping up with the dynamic training needs of employers who want to put Tennesseans to work.  It is going to take all of us working together to tackle these issues, and with the good work already happening in post-secondary education, we have a solid foundation to build on.”
The meeting included perspectives on the importance of post-secondary education, meeting the intellectual capital needs of the Tennessee economy and financing higher education.  Presenters included:

  • Bill Tucker, deputy director of policy development with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation;
  • Nicole Smith, research professor and senior economist at the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce;
  • and Bill Zumeta, co-author of Financing Higher Education in the Era of Globalization.

Later this month, the governor will begin a series of candid conversations across the state with businesses and post-secondary institutions to learn about collaborations that are working in communities and areas where we need to improve matching the skills our students are learning with the needs of employers.
As chairman of the Southern Growth Policies Board, Haslam held a regional meeting in Chattanooga in late June to focus on workforce preparation issues that highlighted Tennessee companies from across the state.
“If we are going to be a state that attracts companies to locate and grow here; a state that keeps its best and brightest graduates here with good-paying, high-quality jobs, there is nothing more important we can do than to focus on education,” Haslam said.  “There is a lot of consensus around K-12 education reform efforts, and I think we have the opportunity to become a national model in approaching post-secondary education as well.”
The governor serves as chairman of the board of directors for the TBR and UT systems.

Haslam Executive Order Suspends Hay Transportation Rules

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced an executive order in response to drought conditions and extreme heat impacting Tennessee farmers that allows haulers of hay to carry larger loads as long as they observe other safety requirements.
The order allows for an increase in gross vehicle weight to 95,000 pounds, not exceeding 20,000 pounds per axle load, for semi-truck/trailers. The order also increases the height of trailer loads to 13 feet, 6 inches and the width to a maximum of 14 feet during daylight hours. The increase in width allows haulers to transport standard six- to seven-foot round hay bales side by side, increasing the capacity being hauled per truck without a permit.
The order is valid for 60 days and expires on September 8, 2012. A copy of Executive Order No. 14 is attached.
“What started out as a very promising year has quickly turned devastating for many farmers, who are facing a short supply of hay due to the drought,” Haslam said. “This order will help ensure that hay can be shipped safely and without delay across the state as needed.”
Tennessee is a major producer of hay, which is used to support the state’s $1.3 billion livestock industry. In 2011, Tennessee farmers produced an estimated 3.9 million tons of hay valued at more than $332 million. Hay cutting began earlier than normal this year due to the warm spring, but many farmers have reported reduced hay yields in areas where rainfall has been inadequate.
“With hay stocks low and spring cuttings below normal, many farmers are heading into the fall with less than half the hay they’ll need for the winter,” state Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said. “The governor’s order will help farmers move hay to where it’s needed at a time when they are already feeding hay because of dried up pastures.”


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