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Cannon County Industrial Development Board Meeting's Agenda For October

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

WHERE:         CANNON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
TIME:              6:00 PM
Date:               TUESDAY                   OCTOBER 2nd, 2012
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF LAST MEETING (9-4-12)
3. TREASURERS REPORT / STATUS OF TENNANTS
OLD BUSINESS:

  1. THC SELECT LEASE AGREEMENT
  2. PHONE / MAILBOX / OFFICE SPACE / BROCHURE
  3. CRANE INTERIORS BUILDING REPAIR / MAINTENANCE / ROOF REPAIR
  4. CO-SIGN CHECKS / ESTABLISH SEPARATE BANK ACCOUNT FOR THE IDB
  5. PC DISPOSAL STATUS
  6. INDUSTRIAL PARK LAND ISSUE (REMINDER FOR NOVEMBER)           

NEW BUSINESS:
1. REPRESENTATION ON JOINT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD-CANNON COUNTY
2. RECOMMEND A MEMBER TO REPRESENT IDB ON U.C.A.D. BOARD
NEXT MEETING: (THURSDAY) NOVEMBER 8th, 2012
AT CANNON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
6:00 PM

 

Dr. Van Winkle Joins Stones River In October

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

A new general surgeon will be joining the Stones River Specialty Clinic in October.  Beginning October 10th Dr. James Van Winkle General Surgeon will be offering his consultation and surgical services.  He will have a bi-weekly clinic that will be held on the second and fourth Wednesday afternoons of each month.  Dr. VanWinkle  accepts most major medical insurance plans.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact the main office at 615-563-5675

Human Resource Agency Squanders Taxpayer Funds on Entertainment, Travel and Subsidies

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Taxpayer money has been used to cover $2 million for travel expenses, meals and entertainment, mobile communications devices and subsidies for a training complex and resort property used by the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency, an investigation by the Comptroller’s Division of Investigations has revealed.
 
Among other issues, investigators found that agency officials spent nearly $60,000 on an annual trip to Washington, D.C., more than $1.6 million to subsidize its training complex and resort property, $123,000 for gift certificates for training events, more than $100,000 annually on 160 mobile communication devices for employees, and thousands of dollars for extravagant meals and entertainment.
 
The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency serves 14 counties in the Cumberland Plateau region with a 63-member board comprised of various county and city mayors and derives the vast majority of its funding from state and federal governments.
 
The Comptroller’s investigative report, which was released today, details how agency officials made tens of thousands of dollars in disbursements for non-public purposes in 2011 alone.
 
Investigators found numerous receipts from a March 2011 trip to Washington, D.C., apparently for 30 agency officials, employees and guests to meet with their members of Congress. On several occasions during the trip, officials charged more than $3,000 per meal for lavish dinners including alcohol.  On a single meal at Washington’s Oceanaire Seafood Room, 34 agency guests consumed nearly $5,000 in food, including over 30 alcoholic beverages.  The costs of such extravagant meals were typically split between two agency credit cards, ostensibly to conceal the high costs.
 
During the same Washington trip, the agency spent $1,255 for officials, employees and guests to attend a performance at Ford’s Theatre, $289 for a visit to Madame Tussauds wax museum and $284 for a trip to Mount Vernon.
 
In addition to expensive annual trips to Washington, agency officials made frequent trips to Nashville each year, charging expensive meals and alcoholic beverages on agency credit cards for purposes of entertaining agency board members and legislators.  In February 2010, for example, the agency spent $2,361 for 25 guests at Morton’s Steakhouse, dividing the dinner check among three agency credit cards.  In August 2010, seven guests were treated to $85 in pre-dinner cocktails before an $807 dinner at Morton’s at the agency’s expense.  In October 2010, the agency spent nearly $10,000 to have its annual meeting in October 2010 catered and more than $8,500 for a staff holiday party in December 2010. 
 
The human resource agency provided its training and resort property, Lakeside Resort and Educational Training Complex, at least $1,696,928 in subsidies since 1995, according to the Comptroller’s report.  Even though there appeared to be no effort to recover this financial support, the agency recorded this receivable as an asset on the financial records, yet wrote off the entire debt in 2010 as uncollectable.
 
“Whether money comes from federal, state or local government, it is all public money that should be spent for proper public purposes,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said. “When taxpayers see their money being spent for the purposes outlined in this audit, it erodes their faith in government. I encourage leaders of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency to take steps to ensure these types of expenses don’t occur in the future.”   
 
The Comptroller’s office continues its review of the Upper Cumberland Development District and a separate report will be issued on that matter at a later date.

Woman Kicks Way Into 5th DUI Charge

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

A Murfreesboro woman was placed under arrest last week for her 5th offense of Driving Under The Influence.  36 year old Deanna J. Collins of Annelle Road in Murfreesboro was pulled over by Woodbury Police Officer John House on West Main Street and charged with DUI 5th offense.  Ms. Collins's driver's license status came back revoked.  She was charged with Driving on Revoked License 2nd offense.  The charges didn't end there however as while Officer House was placing Collins under arrest she allegedly began to pull away and kick at Officer House.  Added charges of resisting arrest were placed against her.  Ms. Collins is currently out on bond.  She is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Tuesday October 23rd
 

State Fire Marshall Finds 18 Deficiencies At Election Office

Monday, 24 September 2012

The Early Voting Location might be moved from the Cannon County Election Offices if improvements aren't immediately made to the Old Adams Hospital Building in which the office is being housed at on 301 West Main Street.  A recent inspection by the Tennessee State Fire Marshall's office found 18 deficiencies in the building.  Some of the violation include the sprinkler system and alarm system needs annual inspections, exit light are required, a safety electrical inspection needs to be done, doors at the end of the hall are locked, corridors are obstructed, and there's no emergency plan in place and documented for the facility.  The Cannon County Election Commission called an emergency meeting last night to discuss the reports and talk about solutions.  After brainstorming for over an hour it was decided to make sure that the doors at the end of the hall which connects to the Cannon County Ambulance Service are unlocked during early voting which begins October 17th.  Chairman Matt Studd will talk to Ambulance Director Ricky Cope about making sure the doors are unlocked and memo passed along to the ambulance staff noting the requirement for the doors to remain unlocked during early voting hours.  Since the sprinkler system, lights and fire alarms aren't working at first it was discussed about buying smoke alarms as a possible fix.  The Fire Marshall's office suggested a firewatch which is paying a volunteer firefighter to patrol the grounds looking for fire hazards.  The Election Commission also agreed to get a emergency plan drawn up and posted in the building.  After they get all three of these items completed, they will then submit these improvements for the State Fire Marshall to sign off on.  If the Fire Marshall determines that these items that are being worked on are a show of improvements, he will sign off on allowing the building to continue to be occupied.  If the Fire Marshall determines the opposite, the Election Commission have come up with 4 building spaces to look into to temporary house Early Voting.  Efforts will be concentrated on upgrading the current offices with Early Voting just more than two weeks away.
 

The Color Of Fall Car Show Results

Monday, 24 September 2012

Best of Show---1956 Ford F-100 Pick-up----owned by Donnie & Lela King
Best Radio WBRY Trophy---1971 Chevy Chevelle---Owner DJ Johnson (Vanderbilt Fan)

Best of Show---1956 Ford F-100 Pick-up----owned by Donnie & Lela King

Best Original---1931 Ford Model A----owned by Lanny McGowan

Best Modified---1965 Chevy Chevelle Circle Track Car---owned by W.J. Freeze

Best Street Rod---1936 Plymouth Coupe---owner David Hickerson

Best Pro-Street---1966 Chevy Nova---owner Tony Ogles

Best Full Size Truck---1956 Chevy Pickup---Ower Wayne & Mura Simons

Best Mini Truck---1991 Chevy S10----Owner Robert Maxwell

Best Engine----1966 Chevy Nova---Owner Dwayne Knudson

Best Interior---1971 Chevy Monte Carlo---Owner Dennis Hobson

Best Paint---1971 Chevy Chevelle---Owner Alan Jaker

Best Cadillac---1978 El Dorado----Owner Raymond Pedigo

Best Graphics---1985 Ford F250 Pickup---Owner Leonard Johnson

Best Corvette---1966 Chevy Corvette---Owner Dave Baker

Best Chevy---1957 Chevy Belaire---Owner Bob Yates

Best Ford---1965 Mustange Fast Back---Owner Linda Anderson

Best Ford Mustang----2005 Ford Mustang---Owner Pat Young

Best V.W.---1960 VW----Owner David Pitts

Best Pontiac---1969 Pontiac Firebird---Owner Mike Green

Best Buick---1987 Buick Grand National---Owner Eric Peterson

Best 4WD, Suv or Truck---1977 Ford Bronco 4X4----Owner Trent Adcock

Best Mopar---19691/2 Dodge Super Bee---Owner Glenn Randall

Best Import---1966 Sunbeam Tiger---Owner Greg Christensen

Most Unique---1984 Chevy/GMC Back to Back---Owner Kenneth Kirby

Ken's Trophy Choice---1951 Chevy Pickup---Owner Billy Kaufman

Merchants Choice---1957 Chevy Pickup---Owner Ron Dowdy

Jimmy Markum Memorial Trophy---1966 Ford F100 Pickup----Owner Jimmy Ford

Best Radio WBRY Trophy---1971 Chevy Chevelle---Owner DJ Johnson

Chamber of Commerce Choice---1986 Buick Regal---Owner John Barker

 

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