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Three Vehicle Crash Send Four To Emergency Room

Friday, 19 June 2009

Four persons were transported to Stones River Hospital for treatment following a three vehicle crash Wednesday on the Manchester Highway (53 S).

According to reports from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Roberta Tate of Woodbury was traveling south on highway 53 in a 1998 Ford Windstar, she was slowing the vehicle to turn off the highway. A 1995 Dodge pickup driven by Jason Malsor of Bell Buckle was following and was unable to stop and rear ended the Tate vehicle. A 2007 Nissan driven by Rena Garrett of Smithville was following the Malsor vehicle. Unable to stop, the Garrett vehicle rear ended the Malsor vehicle.

Four persons were transported by Cannon County Emergency Medical Services for treatment of what Trooper Ronnie Simmons reported as minor in nature. Tate, Garrett and two passengers in the Tate vehicle, Judy Mooneyham and Sidney McPeak were treated and released by Stones River Hospital.

All persons involved in the crash were wearing seat belts. Rain may have been a contributing factor. Crash reports listed it was raining at the time (11:50am) of the incident. Highway 53 was blocked for about one hour.

In addition to Trooper Simmons, members of the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department, Cannon County Emergency Medical Service and Mooretown Fire Department responded.

New Business Openings Keeps Chamber Busy

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Chamber of Commerce members and friends joined the staff at Potter's for their ribbon cutting.
Nicole and Brandon Fleming welcomed Chamber Board members, friends and supporters at Antiques On The Square.

Based on the national news reports success for businesses is not encouraging. In Cannon County over the past several weeks, new businesses are growing. According to Carolyn Motley at the Historic Cannon County Chamber of Commerce, “I had to purchase some additional ribbon to make sure we are covered for all of the openings in recent weeks.

Potter’s Ace Hardware on South McCrary Street opened their doors last week. Brandon Smith with Potter’s said, “we wanted a “soft opening” so our folks could become familiar with the layout of the store. It took us awhile to do the ribbon cutting because most of our staff was busy with customers.”

The loss of Jennings Motors saw the end of one of the county’s longest running businesses. The closing did result in space becoming available for three new businesses.

The garage area is still open and offering repair work under the name, Bromley-Jennings Automotive Repair On The Square. Dennis Bromley operates the business and is planning a ribbon-cutting in the near future.

The showroom area in the front of the building is Woodbury’s newest antique mall. Nicole and Brandon Fleming are the owner/operators. The mall opened with about half of the dealer space already reserved.

The sales lot for Jennings Motors is still filled with late model vehicles. The location is now being used by Vance Brothers Motors on Main Street.

Motley indicated that two other business on the square should have announcements in the near future.

Projects Move Forward At Special School Board Meeting

Thursday, 18 June 2009

The Cannon County Board Of Education held a special called meeting Thursday night at the Central Office in Woodbury. Board Members Shannon Davenport, Kathy Hyatt, Roy Parker and Chairman Randy Gannon were present for the meeting.

Shannon Davenport made the motion to approve the vestibule bid from the Steven Osment Construction Company for a total of $87,500.00 for the improvement of the vestibules at Woodland Grammar School and at Cannon County High School. Chairman Randy Gannon seconded the motion. The motion was carried with Cathy Hyatt, Davenport, and Gannon all voting yes while Roy Parker voted no.

The Woodland electrical situation concerning the walk-in freezer/cooler combination was discussed.
Chairman Gannon says that he estimates the electrical work to cost between $11,000.00 to $15,000.00. Board Member Cathy Hyatt made a motion to carry forth the electrical work that needed to be done in order to install a walk in freezer/cooler at Woodland. The Board then tabled the discussion of the walk in freezer cooler combo until the July meeting as bids are now being accepted for the actual freezer and cooler.

75 lockers at Cannon County High School needed to be repaired before the start of the next school year. Cannon County High School Principal Tim Knox recieved a bid of $4,982.00 for the work. Shannon Davenport made a motion to approve the bid, Roy Parker seconded the motion and the board passed the approval.

Jennifer Insell was approved to be paid 12 months out of the Child Nutrition Program for the 2009-2010 School Year. The money that is used for this will be coming from Federal Funding.

The Board approved the General Purpose Budget with no tax increase.
Some of the items the Board took out of the budget to make this work included the extra month for the secretary after the school year ends, $60,000 raise proposed for teachers, $3,000 budgeted for the REACH program, 5 paid holidays for Bus Drivers and the drivers education program. The board left a 2 percent medical insurance increase in the budget however they are about 8% shy and will be looking in the future in ways to be able to fund the difference.

The Board made the announcements again about the next meetings including the phone conferences with the 9 remaining candidates for the open Cannon County Director Of Schools position slated for Saturday June 27th to start at 8:00 at the Central Offices.

Budget Committee Will Advise Commissioners To Not Raise Tax Rate

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Cannon County's budget for next year is ready and, if approved, for the second year in a row residents will not see a higher tax bill. Members of the Cannon County Commission's Budget Committee met for their final meeting of the year on Tuesday evening. Some of the highlights of the 2009-2010 budget recommendation include:

An increase in the working hours of the Veterans Service Officer to 20,

Increased funds for employee health insurance premiums,

and increased funds for some employee salaries to bring them in line with the new minimum wage standards,

$59,000.00 for self contained breathing apparatuses. The money will provide 2 for each of Cannon County's fire departments. Combined with a grant awarded to the departments, this will provide 4 of the SCBAs for each department. They will be paid for with a loan.

One item noticeably absent from the budget is an employee pay increase. Members cut all raises early in the process and were waiting to see the bottom line before granting any pay raises. Following their deliberations, members decided that a raise for county employees was not an option this year due to the fact that so many taxpayers are taking pay cuts and there were no State mandated pay raises for county officials with the exception of one.

The breakdown of next year's tax rate is $1.29 for county general, .85 for schools, .14 for solid waste and .04 for debt service. This is a total tax rate of $2.32, which is the same breakdown as last year.

Throughout the process, members repeatedly said they were trying to avoid a tax increase. They found a way to do that by taking an estimated $230,000.00 from the county's $1,300,000.00 fund balance. However, members said they do not believe that much will be spent. County Executive Mike Gannon told the Committee that, last year, they anticipated spending about $300,000.00 from the fund balance and, thanks to careful budget management by the County's officials, they only used about $3,400.00.

Cannon County Board of Education was asking for a .09 cent tax increase to cover increasing costs, however, the budget they presented Tuesday reflected no tax increase. Budget Committee members told the Board two weeks ago that a tax increase was not likely so they revised their budget to reflect that. The Board will also use its fund balance to balance.

The budget approved Tuesday evening is non-binding and is merely a recommendation. The full Commission will meet to consider the budget at their July meeting. If approved, the budget will be retroactive to July 1, 2009. Budget Committee members have held meetings one or two times per week and have met with every department head and heard from anyone else who wanted to speak. The Budget Committee members are Commissioner Mark Barker, Bill Jennings and Commissioner Greg Mitchell.

Local Student Reconized For Volunteer Work

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Monica, Greg and Nora Mitchell (Parents), Mike Gannon, County Executive and Angela D. King, Executive Director

Monica Mitchell has been selected as Tennessee's nominee for 21st Century Community Learning Center Student Ambassador. She will be the first 21st Century Community Learning Center Student Ambassador for Tennessee. Monica is the daughter of Greg and Nora Mitchell and is a student at Cannon County High School.

Monica started at REACH in 3rd grade when the site manager for the local organization ask her to attend and assist the Spanish speaking children and she needed help with her homework. Her mother is from Guatemala and her dad is from Cannon County. Monica is bi-lingual. She was not only able to assist the children but she was able to help the staff communicate with the parents. She is a member of the Beta Club now, Spanish Club and her church youth group. According to REACH Director, Angela King, “Through volunteerism at the program it not only gave her the drive to do better in school but also to help others and be an example. She brings friends to the program ask them to volunteer. She is a great example of an ambassador: walking the walk and talking the talk.”

Mitchell has been a student at REACH, a translator, a mentor, a volunteer and a tutor. She is now 16 years old and plans to be a nurse. She is a wonderful example to the students in the program and still assists with projects, activities and anything that is needed.

Mitchell will be recognized for winning the award at the 21st Century Conference July 7-9, 2009 at the Opryland Hotel. Monica was nominated by the Executive Director of REACH, Angela D. King. In 2004, King was the first Afterschool Adult Ambassador for Tennessee.

General Sessions Court Activity For June 16th

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Judge Susan Melton presided over Cannon County General Sessions Court on Tuesday. Some of the results from the various cases which appeared on the docket included:

Matthew Edwards was bound over to the September, 2009 term of the Cannon County Grand Jury. He is charged with burglary.

Larry McMahon pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve his entire sentence.

Dameon Jones pled guilty to the charge of driving on a revoked license 7th offense. He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation, serving 45 days and paying a $50.00 fine and the court costs.

Michael Barrett pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve his entire sentence.

Sean Michelson pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve 6 days in jail.

Daniel Raney pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve 30 days in jail.

Nicole Gilley pled guilty to the charge of simple possession of marijuana. She was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation, paying a $250.00 fine and paying the court costs. In addition, she was ordered to serve 10 days in jail.

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

Steven Hollis pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve 60 days in jail.

Eugenio Hernandez pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve 40 days in jail.

Michael Starnes pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve 40 days in jail.

Jason Ostby pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve 40 days in jail.

Jessee Scott pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to pay the court costs.

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