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Election Office and Rescue Squad Budget Requests Reviewed Tonight

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Tonight the Cannon County Budget Committee is scheduled to go to work as they come close to finishing discussing the various budget requests with the various department heads.  On the budget line tonight will be the County Election Office.  The Cannon County Rescue Squad is the other department the Committee will review.  The Rescue Squad has a wish list budget this year of $10,585.00 which is $7500 more than they were budgeted during this fiscal year.  The $7500 increase is requested for other equipment.  The Budget Committee will be at work in the courthouse tonight starting at 6:00
 

Library Program, Audit Committee, Executive Board Meeting Tonight

Thursday, 7 June 2012

A few other activities and meetings today and tonight include.  The Summer Reading Program continues with a special afternoon at the Woodbury Head Start Gym.  NHECM Wildlife guy Bob Tarter will be on hand with his "creatures of the night"  The show is free and starts at 3:00.  The Cannon County Audit Committee in preparation for Tuesdays Cannon County Commissioner Meeting will meet tonight in the Jury Room of the Courthouse at 5:00.  The Executive Board of The American Legion Post 279 will meet tonight at 6:30 to concentrate on plans for the Kansas City Barbecue Society's licensed BBQ cook off and craft show taking place in October.  The meeting takes place at the Cannon Senior Center.
 

United Way's Stuff the Bus to Prepare Local Students for Success

Thursday, 7 June 2012

 

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is preparing to provide local students with backpacks of school supplies, books and activities and resources related to literacy through its inaugural Stuff the Bus program. Stuff the Bus, which will conclude June 20, is expected to assist more than 500 local students.

 

As one of its four impact areas, United Way is focusing on this educational program in order to provide the students not only with school supplies, but also books and activities promoting literacy. According to www.tn.gov, only 43.9% of third graders in Tennessee scored proficient or above in reading in 2011.

 

Items needed to complete the literacy kits include: scissors (Fiskar brand), paper (wide-ruled notebook paper), craft paper or handwriting paper, spiral-bound notebooks with wide ruled notebook paper, crayons (24-count Crayola), pencils (No. 2), markers (Crayola), stickers, glue sticks (Elmer’s) and Playdough.

 

Various locations are accepting donations for the Stuff the Bus program, including: LaVergne Library, Wilson Bank & Trust locations (Rutherford County), Ford of Murfreesboro, The Learning Circle, Dollar General (Cason Lane location), Sports*Com, Patterson Park, United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, Linebaugh Library locations, Sam’s Club, the Rutherford County Courthouse, FirstBank locations (Rutherford and Cannon Counties), and Stones River Hospital of Woodbury.

 

Public collection sites will close on June 20, and kits will be sorted into backpacks and distributed to the students on June 21 through a school bus delivery system.

Additional sponsors and event partners include Nissan North America, Middle Tennessee Medical Center, Publix Super Markets and Publix Super Markets Charities, Regions Bank, First Book, the Learning Circle, Embassy Suites, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County and the United Way Women's Initiative Council.

 

For more information on sponsoring a literacy kit for $10, volunteering for the event or hosting an internal collection of literacy kits, please visit www.uwrutherford.org or call (615) 893-7303.

Stones River Watershed Association Lists Upcoming Events Starting With Fishing Rodeo Saturday

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Summertime is here, and we’ve got lots of great river events coming up this month. Please join us as often as you can!
 
What: Fishing Rodeo - hosted by TWRA and sponsored by TWRA and the American Legion (hot dogs, etc. provided)
Where: Woodbury's Dillon Park
Who: Kids 12 and under. Must bring their own fishing poles.
When: Saturday, June 9, 8am to 11am
Why: Kids should get to know the river and learn how to fish!
 
What: Dedication of the Headwaters Wildlife Management Area
Where: Gunter Hollow Road (Short Mountain), Woodbury
From I-24 in Murfreesboro, take Exit 81-B for US 231 North toward Murfreesboro. Travel 1.4 miles and turn right onto Middle Tennessee Blvd. Proceed 1.4 miles, turn right onto US 70 S East/ TN-1 East/Mercury Blvd. Travel 23.7 miles, turn left onto TN 281 Center Hill Rd. Proceed 1.9 miles, turn left onto TN 146/Short Mountain Rd. Drive 4.9 miles, turn left at Gunter Hollow Rd. Travel 2 miles and look for signs at the barn.
When: Wednesday, June 13, 10am
Why: As reported in a wonderful article in The Tennessean, ecologically rich land on Short Mountain in Cannon County—the headwaters of the East Fork of the Stones River—will become available for public use for small game hunting, hiking, and wildlife viewing. (See attached invitation for more information.)
Who: Everyone! BUT attendees MUST RSVP by Friday, June 8 to Dee DeLucia at 615.781.6502 or dee.delucia@tn.gov
 
What: River Cleanup
Where: Manson Pike Trailhead on Murfreesboro's Greenway
When: Saturday, June 16, 9am to Noon
Why: Debris from upstream collects above the dam at the historic Ransom Mill Dam pool.  A clean river bank will benefit Boat Day, the view from the pedestrian bridge over the West Fork of the Stones, and the Children's Advocacy Center's Duck Derby fund raiser at that site.
Who: Everyone!
 
What Boat Day - Smyrna
Where: Jefferson Springs Boat Ramp (Corps property)
Turn left into Corps property from Jefferson Pike, immediately before crossing the bridge over the Stones River, on your way to S.R. 850 (no address is posted for this site).
When: Saturday, June 23, 9am-1pm
Why: Gives participants an opportunity to try out several different types of canoes and kayaks in a protected pool with supervision.  This event is designed to give participants an introduction to the recreational resource of the rivers and streams in the Stones River Watershed.  
Who: Everyone! But children 10 or younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult while paddling.
 
What: Boat Day - Murfreesboro
Where: Manson Pike Trailhead on Murfreesboro's Greenway
When: Saturday, June 30, 9am to Noon.
Why: Our annual Boat Day, now a part of Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation's calendar, gives participants an opportunity to try out several different types of canoes and kayaks in a protected pool on the West Fork of the Stones River.  This event is designed to give participants an introduction to the recreational resource of the rivers and streams in the Stones River Watershed.  Also available will be representatives from other river conservation groups
 Who: Everyone! But young children must be accompanied by a responsible adult while paddling.
 

General Sessions Court Report From Tuesday

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Judge Susan Melton presided over General Sessions Court on Tuesday.  Some of the results of the various cases that appeared on the docked include:
Mary Jane Abel pled guilty to public intoxication.  She was sentenced to 30 days in jail.  That sentence was suspended upon equal time on probation and paying the costs.
Joshua Allen Bryson pled guilty to driving without a license.  He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.  That sentence was suspended upon equal time on probation, paying a $2.00 fine and the costs.
Alyssa Marie Coleman agreed to the violation of probation.  She was ordered to serve 6 months in jail.  In another case Coleman was ordered to serve 10 days for contempt of court.  Coleman’s other charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and contraband in a penal institution were bond over to the September term of the Grand Jury.
Clifford Shane Ferrell agreed to the revocation of probation.  He was ordered to serve his original sentence of 11 months 29 days.
Royce Avon Foster’s charge of domestic assault was bound over to the September term of the Grand Jury.
Alan B. Hayes’ charge of domestic assault was bound over to the September term of the Grand Jury.
Christopher Herrod’s charge of allowing an unlicensed drive to drive was retired for 6 months.  He was ordered to pay the costs.
Joshua Dewayne Holt’s charge of harassment was retired for 11 months 29 days.  He was ordered to pay the costs.
Rodney Hugh Janovsky agreed to the revocation.  He was ordered to serve 45 days and his probation was extended 9 months 14 days.
Demetria Rufina Leath’s charge of domestic assault was retired for 6 months.
Jason Ray Leath’s pled guilty to domestic assault.  He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail.  That sentence was suspended upon equal time on probation and paying the costs.
Johnny Nathaniel Mitchell agreed to the revocation of probation.  He was ordered to serve 30 days and his probation was extended 10 months 29 days.
Ronnie Nickens charge of criminal trespass was retired for 6 months.  He was ordered to pay restitution and the costs.
Michael Joe Sanders pled to attempted failure to appear.  He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail.  That sentence was suspended upon equal time on probation, paying a $100.00 fine and the costs.
Randall Clark Smotherman pled guilty to public intoxication.  He was ordered to serve 30 days in jail.
Joseph Matthew Taylor pled guilty to two charges of DUI.  In each charge he was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail.  That sentence was partially suspended upon serving 48 hours in jail, equal time on probation, losing his license, paying a $350.00 fine and the costs.  In another case Taylor pled guilty to assault.  He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail.  That sentence was partially suspended upon serving 48 hours, equal time on probation, and paying the costs.
 

Town Of Woodbury Passes Budget, Names Mooneyham Official Police Chief

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Kevin Mooneyham Officially Named Police Chief By Woodbury Mayor Harold Patrick

The interim tag is off....The Town of Woodbury officially has a police chief of the Woodbury Police Department.  Kevin Mooneyham was named police chief last night by a unanimous vote at the Town of Woodbury Mayor and Board of Aldermen's monthly meeting. Mooneyham, had been serving as the interim chief since Tony Burnett resigned from the position in March.  June 8th will be the first official day of duty for the newly named police chief.
In other actions the Aldermen approved the Town of Woodbury's budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.  Once again there are no needed tax increases or water rate increases.  The budget includes an increase in salary for the Mayor and Aldermen.   The increase will take effect in January.  The budget passed by a five to two vote with Joann Davis and Charlie Harrell both voting no.  The Aldermen approved the adoption of resolution 2-12 which is a resolution to apply to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for a local parks and recreation fund grant.   The grant money will be used to resurface the second tennis court and basketball court and install bleachers at the Brown Spurlock Park.
Ordinance 444 which was an ordinance to amend the zoning ordinance to add residential parking regulations within the zoning ordinance was voted on to send back to the Woodbury Planning Commission for further study.
The board adopted to consider ordinance number 445 on first reading which was an ordinancee amending the zoning ordinance to delete references to residential rear yard setbacks in the C-3 Commericial zoning district within the zoning ordinance
Ordinance 446 was also adopted on first reading which is an ordinance amending the original budget ordinance for the town of woodbury for the fiscal year 2011-2012.  This ordinance has to be approved every year to close out the current fiscal year.
The next meeting of the town of Woodbury Mayor and Aldermen will be held July 3rd

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