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First Methodist Wants To Give Back

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Pastor John Wesley Hembree has announced that First Methodist will be providing a hot meal to anyone who wants to come by today, December 26th, from 11:00am until 1:00pm.

Hembree noted that the day after Christmas is traditionally a day when people take “gifts back” and so First United Methodist wants to “give back” to the community and offer this meal.

First Methodist Church is located at 602 West High Street in Woodbury.

Local Opinion On Spending Mirrors Nation

Thursday, 25 December 2008

With Christmas day comes the opening of presents. News organizations have been following the shopping habits of persons across the country this year. Reports from national news groups indicate that about 70 percent of the population report that they spent less money this year than last year.
For the past week we have asked the readers of wbry.com about their spending habits this holiday. 69 percent said that will spend less this holiday. 27% said they would spend about the same as last year. 4% believe that they will spend more this year.

The WBRY poll is a non-scientific poll that gives readers of wbry.com the opportunity to see what their neighbors think about issues, both serious and light. The poll can be found at the bottom of the homepage of the website.

TDOT Halts Highway Construction for Busy Holiday Travel Period

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction work requiring lane closures on Tennessee interstates and state highways beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23 in anticipation of increased Christmas and New Year’s holiday travel.

TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely has informed all of the department’s crews and contractors to stop all road construction work requiring lane closures beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23 through 6:00 a.m. on January 5.

Except for a few long-term closures which must remain in place for safety, all construction related closures will be suspended. Workers will also be on site in some construction zones. Drivers should obey all posted speed limits, particularly in construction areas. Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.

Because of a weakening economy, AAA predicts holiday travel will be down slightly this year. 63.9 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home during this Christmas holiday period – a decrease of 2.1 percent from 2007. Most of the drop is because of decreased air travel. However, due to falling gas prices, the number of people who say they’ll drive actually increased by 0.2% over last year.

The Southeast accounts for 28% of the nation’s travel with 18 million travelers. AAA estimates that 1.4 million Tennesseans will travel during the Christmas holiday period. Of these numbers, it is predicted that over a million will travel by car and 197,000 will travel by plane.

For up-to-date travel information, Tennessee motorists are reminded to call 511 from any land line or cellular phone or visit www.TN511.com.

Holidays And Where Will All That Wrapping Paper Go?

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

The holidays will bring a change of hours for several offices and services in Woodbury and Cannon County.

In Woodbury, the trash pickup routes for Thursday (Christmas / New Years) will be made on Wednesdays. Town Hall will close early on Christmas Eve and will be closed until Monday, December 29th.

In Cannon County, the county convenience center will be closed on Wednesday and on Thursday. This will be for Christmas as well as New Years. Offices in the Cannon County Courthouse will be closed Christmas Eve until Monday, December 29th.

Former Cannon Forester Receives Honor

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

A forester once assigned to Cannon County has been named the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry’s Forester of the Year. Stephen Peairs received the award presented annually to a division forester who exemplifies the highest level of professionalism in serving the citizens and forest landowners of Tennessee.

Peairs is currently assigned to Dickson, Houston and Humphreys Counties. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in forestry under the wildlife management option from Mississippi State University in 2001 and earned a masters degree there in 2003.

Peairs also served as an instructor at this year’s 59th annual FFA Forestry Camp. His enthusiastic and energetic nature made him a hit with the junior and senior high school students from across the state as he taught wildlife management, prescribed burning, compass and pacing and forest measurement courses. He says his interest in forestry came from his enjoyment of the outdoors and hunting and fishing. He currently resides in Dickson County with his wife, Melinda.

Department Of Revenue Surpasses 12-Billion-Dollars In Online Filings

Monday, 22 December 2008

Tennessee taxpayers are taking advantage of the convenience and ease of online tax filing. The Department of Revenue recently surpassed 12-billion-dollars in online collections. Commissioner Reagan Farr says online filing allows the department's processing division to operate more efficiently. This year they've processed 173-thousand more returns with ten fewer employees. Taxpayers can file 15 different forms online. Nearly 41-percent of sales tax returns are filed online, according to Revenue officials. Ninety-five-percent are posted within two days. More information about online tax payments is available at www.tennessee.gov/revenue.


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