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Merchants Meeting Scheduled For Thursday Night

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Interested merchants of Woodbury and Cannon County are invited to a meeting Thursday night, February 26th, to discuss the current economic downturn. Several retailers have expressed a desire to explore options to create more attention to the importance of shopping at home.

County Executive Mike Gannon and Woodbury Mayor Harold Patrick will have updates on projects in Woodbury and the county.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:00pm Thursday night in the courtroom of the Cannon County Courthouse.
Everyone is invited to attend.

Cannon County General Sessions Court

Tuesday, 24 February 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:

Angela Trisler pled guilty to the charge of driving without a license. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail. That sentence was suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation, paying a $2.00 fine and paying the court costs.

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

Shawn Feinstein pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve his entire sentence.

Jason Jaco pled guilty to the charges of driving while license revoked, criminal impersonation and violation of the open container law. He was sentenced to a total of 1 year and 30 days in jail. He was ordered to serve his entire sentence.

Travis Hensley pled guilty to the charge of driving while license revoked. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation, serving 48 hours in jail, paying a $50.00 fine and paying the court costs.

Early Morning Crash Requires Air Transportation From 2 Hospitals

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

A one vehicle crash Tuesday morning kept first responders and the flight crews from two hospitals busy. At approximately 7:21am, 911 dispatchers send first responders to Highway 53 (the Gassaway Road) near the intersection with Stones River Road. A Dodge pickup driven by Cannon County resident, Cindy Harris was traveling toward Woodbury when the right rear tire of the truck left the road. A suspected over-correction to return the wheel on to the road caused the truck to overturn. The vehicle flipped four times before coming to rest.

In addition to the driver, five youths were also in the vehicle. The Cannon County Rescue Squad used the jaws of live to remover one of the riders from the truck. The driver and one of the juveniles were flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment. Two of the youths were flown to Erlanger in Chattanooga. Two of the youngest children, age 7 and 11 were taken by ground to Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. They were later released.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash.

Cannon Lionettes Move To Consolation Bracket

Monday, 23 February 2009

7-AA District tournament action is underway in Cookeville. On Friday night, Cannon County Lionettes won over York by a score of 61 to 60. The Lions lost to DeKalb County by a score of 56 to 54.

On Saturday, Cannon County Lionettes lost Upperman by a score of 71 to 44. The Lionettes now move to the consolation bracket to face Smith County. The game is scheduled for Monday night at 6:00pm in the Hooper Eblen Center on the campus of Tennessee Tech University.

The game will air on WBRY AM1540/FM95.1 with Keith Ready and Teddy Taylor.

State Senator Mae Beavers’ Legislative Update

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Budget issues continued to dominate legislative discussions on Capitol Hill last week, as more of the “fine print” regarding the federal stimulus bill was revealed. Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz told members of the Senate Finance Committee that they are still studying the massive bill to see what strings are attached to the $3.8 billion that Tennessee would receive under the $787 billion federal spending package.

Goetz repeatedly cautioned state lawmakers that the federal money to begin, restore, or expand state programs would not be replaceable by the state in two years.

The stimulus package for transportation needs was discussed in the Senate Finance Committee, as well as the Transportation Committee last week, where members were told that $572 million would be available for road and bridge projects. Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely was questioned about how the projects funded with stimulus money would be prioritized. Nicely said that language in the legislation gives preference to sending the transportation money to “economically distressed areas” with high unemployment. Nicely also said they will be utilizing a list of priority projects that are “shovel ready” but still await funding. Some of those projects, however, may not be in areas listed as economically distressed.

The governor has 45 days to make application to the federal government for the stimulus money. Goetz said that Tennessee’s revenues are continuing to deteriorate, making the job of balancing the state budget an increasingly difficult job. The administration must go back to the drawing board to revise their original budget draft to include the federal mandates in the stimulus package. The new budget proposal is expected by mid-March.

Crop Disaster Program Sign-up Ends February 27th

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Donny Green, County Executive Director for Cannon County Farm Service Agency alerts producers that sign-up ends February 27, 2009, for the Crop Disaster Program (CDP), which provides payments for 2005, 2006, or 2007 crop-year losses due to a natural disaster.

“Cannon County Farm Service Agency has issued over $250,000 for 2005-2007 crop losses in Cannon County,” said Green. “We encourage qualified farmers to take advantage of this assistance.”

Crop producers who did not have crop insurance or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage during the year of the disaster are not eligible for compensation.

The ending date of February 27 applies to the receipt of a signed and completed FSA-840 application along with supporting documentation and required forms available at your county FSA office. No late filed applications will be approved.

More information on CDP and other USDA disaster assistance programs is available at the Cannon County Farm Service Agency (FSA) office by calling 563-4321, extension 2, or visiting the office at 740 Old McMinnville Road in Woodbury. Information can also be found on FSA’s Web site at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov .

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