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Kim McMillan Campaigning In Cannon County Friday

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Another of the candidates in the run for governor will be in Cannon County Friday. Former Majority Leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives Kim McMillan will be campaigning here today. For persons wanting to meet Representative McMillan, she will be at the Fine Swine Barbeque Friday at 1:30pm.

McMillan was the guest speaker at last year’s WBRY Career Womens Luncheon.

Cannon Quilt Show This Weekend

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Years of family history, threads of life reflected in remnants of fabric. Simple shapes of cloth when separated, but when joined with art and love become quilts! The Senior Center of Cannon County will hold their first quilt show and competition this weekend.

Certified quilt judges reviewed over 80 entries on Thursday. They will be ranked for first, second and third place in five catagories and best of show. When the 84 quilts move from the judges tables to the display area they will be joined with another 30 entires.

Quilt lovers will have the opportunity to see these family heirlooms today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) from 8:00am till 5:00pm. Tickets are $5.00 per person. Tickets and maps are available at the Senior Center.

Several houses of worship in the county will assist the Senior Center with the show. The large number of quilts will be spread over 6 locations.

District Attorneys Launch New Statewide Tenn Pregnancy Awareness Campaign

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

District Attorney William Whitesell

District Attorney William Whitesell and the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference today announced a new campaign including aggressive outreach through social media, printed materials and a major effort to build a statewide network of partners to increase their efforts to fight teen pregnancy.

The statewide initiative represents the second phase of the highly successful What’s the Rush? campaign that raises awareness of the legal, financial and social consequences of becoming teen parents.

“The district attorneys deal with the problem of teen pregnancy on a daily basis through our child support offices. It’s devastating in a number of ways. It impacts the life of the child and how the child is raised. Teenagers aren’t emotionally or financially equipped to be parents,” said General Whitesell.

The DAs started the campaign in 2008 in response to the number of court cases involving teen parents throughout the state. Printed materials and a video were created for the DAs to use when visiting schools and civic organizations to educate Tennessee’s youth about the consequences of becoming teen parents.

After receiving a substantial amount of positive feedback, the DAs decided not only to continue the campaign, but to commit more resources to expand its scope to reach even more teenagers. One of the new additions is the social media initiative the DAs will participate in using Facebook, YouTube and MySpace. They will also be working more directly with campaign partners, and sending new and updated materials to schools and medical offices across the state.

The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference is already partnered with the Tennessee Departments of Human Services, Health and Education; Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians; Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants; Tennessee School Counselor Association; National Association of Social Workers – Tennessee Chapter; Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center; Hospital Alliance of Tennessee; and YMCA of Memphis & the MidSouth.

“We are pleased to partner with the district attorneys, who see this problem firsthand,” said DHS Commissioner Virginia T. Lodge. “Continuing and expanding this program can make a difference in communities across Tennessee.”

In the 16th District alone, the most recent statistics from the Tennessee Department of Health show that in one year there were 497 reported cases of teen pregnancy and more than 13,000 cases reported statewide. Statistics from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy show that teen parenthood can lead to a number of legal, financial and health consequences. Those statistics include:

• Eight out of 10 teen fathers do not marry the mother of their first child.
• Less than half of mothers who have a child before they are 18 years old graduate from high school, and less than 2 percent have a college degree by age 30.
• Teen fathers have less education and earn much less money than teenage boys without children.
• The children of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely and at a low birth weight, which can cause infant death, blindness, deafness, respiratory problems, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, dyslexia and hyperactivity.
• Children of teen mothers are 50 percent more likely to have to repeat a grade in school and are less likely to finish high school.
• The sons of teen mothers are two times more likely to end up in prison.
• The children of teen mothers are two times more likely to suffer abuse and neglect compared to children of older mothers.

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Leadership Cannon Holds Class At Capitol

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Cannon Countians meet with State Representative Stratton Bone.

Members of Leadership Cannon held their monthly meetings at the state capitol in Nashville. The meeting was the traditional “day on the hill” for members. The session gives class members a better insight on how local government works with their counterparts on the state level.

Meetings for the day included a session with State Representative Stratton Bone and State Senator Mae Beavers. In addition, members had the opportunity to view a working committee meeting, as the House Agriculture Committee met.

Speakers for the day included;
Bruce Opie, Department of Education,
Commissioner Jim Fyke of the Department of Environment,
Bob Richards-Director of Greenways, Department of Environment and Conservation
and Jay West, Lobbyist for the County Officials Association of Tennessee.

A tour of the capitol building was also part of the day’s agenda.

Leadership Cannon is a program designed to inform citizens about their community and the resources available to it. The program is a joint effort with the Historic Cannon County Chamber of Commerce and the Three Star Community Program.

Cannon County General Sessions Court Activity

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Judge Susan Melton presided over Cannon County General Sessions Court on Tuesday, February 23rd. Some of the results from the various cases which appeared on the docket included:

Ethan Taylor pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve his entire sentence. Taylor bound the charge of theft under $500.00 to the May, 2010 term of the Cannon County Grand Jury.

Courtne Elrod pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve his entire sentence. In another case, Elrod pled guilty to the charge of driving under the influence 3rd offense. He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in the county jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation, serving 120 days in jail, paying a $1,100.00 fine and paying the court costs. Elrod also pled guilty to the charge of theft under $500.00. He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in the county jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on supervised probation and paying the court costs.

Andrea Buggey entered a conditional plea of guilty to the charge of simple possession of marijuana. She was placed on supervised probation for 11 months, 29 days and ordered to pay a $250.00 fine. She was also ordered to submit to drug screens for 60 days.

Larry McMahon’s petition for suspended sentence was granted by Judge Melton. He was placed on probation for 11 months, 29 days and ordered to submit to drug screens and work towards obtaining his GED.

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

Jerry Gunter pled guilty to the charge of driving under the influence 1st 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 19 days in jail, paying a $350.00 fine and paying the court costs. He also lost his driver’s license for 1 year. In another case, Gunter pled guilty to the charge of reckless endangerment. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation and paying the court costs.

Frankie Edwards pled guilty to the charge of domestic assault. He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in jail and ordered to serve his entire sentence. Edwards also pled guilty to evading arrest. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail and ordered to serve his entire sentence.

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

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

Cannon Teams Move On To Regional Play

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Region 4-AA begins this week with the Lions and Lionettes on the schedule. Friday night the Lionettes will host Bledsoe County.

The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm at Robert A. Harris Gymnasium. The gym will open at 5:00pm and everyone attending must have a ticket. Tickets are $5.00 and will not be sold in advance.

Saturday night the Lions travel to take on Grundy County. Game time for Saturday is also 7:00pm.

Your station for the Lions / Lionettes encourge you to attend both games and show your support for Cannon County. If you can't make it to the game, WBRY FM 96.7 / AM 1540 will have the broadcast.

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