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Car Theft In County On Court Docket

Thursday 25 October 2007A Cannon County woman has been arrested after allegedly stealing her ex-husband’s car. Crystal Spring McMahon age 28 was arrested and charged by the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department with theft of a motor vehicle after she allegedly stole the 1998 Ford van from her husband’s home. Officers allege that McMahon stole the keys to the van from her husband and then took off. Officers quickly found the vehicle and arrested her. McMahon is currently free on $2 500.00 bond and will appear before General Sessions Judge Susan Melton on October 30th. The stolen van was returned to her husband following her arrest.

Two Cannon County Farmers Part Of Ag Growth Initiative

Thursday 25 October 2007Across the state 312 farmers will have the opportunity to expand or improve their farming operations with the ag growth initiative. State Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens announced Ag Growth Initiative awards this week totaling nearly $1.7 million to help Tennessee farmers invest in new or expanding areas of agriculture. Two Cannon County farmers are part of the 312. Dale Loy of Bradyville has qualified for $3 703.00 under the aquaculture category for a prawn pond and equipment. Gerry Nokes of Woodbury has been approved in the horticulture group for an insulated packing facility in the amount of $10 000.00. “We’re making a real difference for farmers who want to be farming in the future and who have an entrepreneurial mindset to succeed. Thanks to Governor Bredesen and the Tennessee General Assembly we’ve been able to double the cost share awards this year for specialty farm projects statewide ” said Givens. The Ag Growth Initiative is part of the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program which provides a variety of cost share opportunities for farmers and also includes programs aimed at cattle improvement hay and feed storage and animal health improvement. Through the Ag Growth Initiative Tennessee farmers can apply for reimbursement of 35 percent up to $15 000 in some instances for eligible cost share activities. The dollars are meant to help farmers who want to install farm infrastructure purchase specialty equipment and/or market their diversified farm products. Applications are then reviewed for eligibility ranked and approved on a competitive basis based on project plans and the potential to increase farm income. Farmers interested in submitting a proposal for funding will have a chance to apply again next year. For more information about the Ag Growth Initiative contact the Tennessee Department of Agriculture at (615) 837-5346 or via e-mail at Ag.Growth@state.tn.us. Information about the TAEP can be found online at www.picktnproducts.org.

Man Charged With Domestic Assault

Wednesday 24 October 2007A Cannon County man is in big trouble after allegedly beating his step-child. Donald J. Andrews age 42 of Bradyville Road was arrested and charged by the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department with domestic assault after he allegedly got into an altercation with the child over his behavior at school. Officers allege that Andrews kicked and beat the child repeatedly and throughout his body causing severe bruising and marks. Andrews is currently being held in the Cannon County Jail in lieu of $5 000.00 bond and will appear before General Sessions Judge Susan Melton on November 6th. The child did not have to be hospitalized for his injuries and is recovering at home.

Alert Issued For Horse Owners

Wednesday 24 October 2007The Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health have issued an alert for horse owners. The state's first confirmed case of equine encephalitis from mosquito-borne West Nile virus was reported this week in Blount County. Horse owners should be aware of symptoms and consult their local veterinarian if their hoses develop any signs of the disease.

State Cost Share Awards Announced For Farm Innovation Diversification Projects

Wednesday 24 October 2007For more than 300 farmers across Tennessee the hope to expand or improve their farming operations just became a reality. State Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens today announced Ag Growth Initiative awards totaling nearly $1.7 million to help 312 Tennessee farmers invest in new or expanding areas of agriculture. The Ag Growth Initiative is part of a program established in 2005 by Governor Phil Bredesen and funded by the Tennessee General Assembly to spur farm investment in Tennessee. The Governor encouraged farmers to utilize the program for innovation in remarks at the 2007 Tennessee Small Farmer Recognition event in August. “We want you to try new things and we want to support your new endeavors. By staying innovative open to change ready to adjust to the times and demands of the market; by staying in touch with advances in technologies and techniques; and most of all by staying willing to try something new small farmers can blaze big trails for the State of Tennessee ” Bredesen said. In its third year the Ag Growth Initiative is helping farmers expand or improve their operations through production of diversified agricultural products. Diversified agricultural products include agritourism aquaculture bees fruits and vegetables horticulture goats and sheep organics value-added products viticulture and others as approved by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. In the first two years of the program the department has funded 352 projects totaling more than $1.4 million through the Ag Growth Initiative. Two farming operations in Cannon County will benefit from this year’s program. www.picktnproducts.org.

Three Tennessee Air National Guardsmen Receive Purple Hearts

Tuesday 23 October 2007Three Tennessee Air National Guardsmen have been awarded Purple Heart Medals for injuries sustained while serving in Iraq. The airmen are members of Tennessee's 118th Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron. They were injured during a February 2006 escort mission when their humvee was hit by an improvised explosive device. At the time they were providing convoy security and quick reaction force support for the Army's 709th Military Police Battalion. The awards were presented to Technical Sergeant Charles Carney from Brush Creek Staff Sergeant Delroye Stoner Junior from Murfreesboro and Staff Sergeant Robert Gertsch Junior from Madison. The Purple Heart is one of the military's most widely recognized and respected medals. It's awarded to those who have been wounded or killed while serving in the United States military.

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