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Hill To Fill Spot on Election Commission

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

There are no more vacancies to fill on the Cannon County Election Commission.  The State Election Commission met Monday and appointed James W. Hill of Woodbury.  He will fill the void opened by the resignation of Lindbergh Dennis.  Hill is a Republican.  State Senator Mae Beavers and Representative Mark Pody make recommendations on appointees.  The State Election Commission selected Hill from a number of resumes that had been submitted   The next scheduled meeting of the Cannon County Election Commission is Monday August 20th
County election commissioners must be registered voters who have been residents of the state for five years and residents of the county for which they are appointed for two years

Monday Afternoon Wreck Sends Four To Hospital

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

An accident on State Route 53 Monday afternoon sent four Woodbury people to area hospitals.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred near the intersection of State Route 281.
The THP reports that at around 4:28 p.m. a 2001 Pontiac Bonteville being driven by Janis Ann Smith of Woodbury was traveling northbound on SR 53. A 2006 Toyota being driven by Redena Murdock of Woodbury was traveling southbound on SR 53.
Murdock’s vehicle was in the turning lane, attempting to turn onto Hwy 281. Murdock apparently did not see Smith’s vehicle approaching and pulled out, causing Smith’s vehicle to hit Murdock’s on the right side. 
Smith and an unidentified passenger in her vehicle were transported by air for medical treatment. Murdock and a 14-year-old passenger in her vehicle were transported by Cannon County EMS to Stones River Hospital.
One patient reported had a severe laceration to the head. The initial caller to Cannon County Dispatch advised one person was entrapped and another was ejected.
In addition to the THP and Cannon County EMS, the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department, the Mooretown Volunteer Fire Department and the Cannon County Rescue Squad worked the accident.
One of the initial first responders to get on scene reportedly was Tim Bell, who works for Lifeflight and who lives close to the vicinity of the accident.

Cannon County The Starting Point Of TDOT Tour

Monday, 13 August 2012

Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer begins his statewide “TDOT Projects Tour” today in TDOT’s Region Two, which is based in Chattanooga. During this week-long tour, Commissioner Schroer, elected officials and transportation officials will travel by bus to view TDOT projects currently underway and those listed on the department’s “Three Year Program.”   The Region 2 Tour is the first of four tours that will be held in East, Middle, and West Tennessee. The Region 2 Tour kicks off in Cannon County on Monday, August 13, 2012 and will wind up in DeKalb County on Thursday, August 16, 2012.

Cannon County Veternarian Saves Dog's Life In Animal Cruelty Case

Friday, 10 August 2012

A mixed boxer dog found near death on the roadside in nearby Warren County is alive and doing well thanks to a Cannon County veterinarian.  According to reports, the stray dog was found in a front yard of a residence beaten down and bloodied.  The family called officials of the Warren County Humane Society who transported her to Dr. Gayle Tate's office for help.  Once there Dr. Tate had thought the dog, who answers to the name of Corona, was hit by either a baseball bat or a 2 x 4 repeatedly and after x-rays and emergency surgery it was discovered that the dog had been shot at point blank range down the throat as Dr. Tate found muzzle burns down her throat and her tongue was split down the middle.  Dr. Tate was able to save the dogs life and she is doing well under his care.  Well wishes and support have literally come from all over the world.  WBRY News was notified of this story from a caller in Houston Texas who saw the story through the Warren County Humane Society's Facebook page.  Anyone who wants to donate toward Corona's medical bills can give to the Cannon County Animal Clinic by calling them at (615) 563-4022. You can also give through the Warren County Humane Society at www.hswarrenco.org or through PayPal by sending to hswarrenco@hotmail.com. Donations can also be mailed to:
Humane Society of Warren County
P.O. Box 111
Smartt, TN 37378
The Warren County Sheriff's Department is investigating this animal cruelty case

3rd Annual SAVE Horse Show Was Successful

Friday, 10 August 2012

The 3rd Annual SAVE National Spotted Horse Show was a big success.  The show is held annually to help raise funding for SAVE, a not for profit organization in Cannon County geared to stopping domestic violence in our area.  SAVE would like to thank the sponsors, volunteers and members of the National Spotted Horse Show Association for all their support and help during this event. 
Sponsors                                                           Volunteers                  Horseshow Personnel                
Woodbury Insurance                                       Renee House                   Dorinda Mankin
Reed Reality                                                    Office John House          Derrick Fann
Cornerstone Community Church                     John Lenzy House         Donna Fletcher
Simmons Chapel Free Methodist Church        Elizabeth House             Dannette
First United Methodist Women                       Elana House                        Mooneyham       
Lebanon Wal-Mart- Doug Shepard                 Emily House                   
Rannie’s Alterations                                        Devin Grant                     Photographer:
Off the Hanger                                                 Kay Peeler                           Lisa Nixon,
Joes Place                                                         Penny Daniels                   Loving Touch
Lewis Bakery                                                   Amanda Sweeney                    Portraits
NSSHA Amateur Committee                           Debra Mooneyham
County Commissioner Tony Neal                    Penny Daniels
Terry’s Plumbing                                              Myrna Blair
County Executive Mike Gannon                      Carl Jones
First Bank                                                         Tony Neal
Ted and Dede Earnhardt                                   Tracy Neal
Osbornes Bi Rite                                                                 
Animal clinic of Smithville
Mcminnville Dr. Pepper- Doug Milner
Larry’s Discount Grocery of Smithville
Woodbury Sonic
Cash Express Woodbury
Neely’s Ice
Friends of SAVE
Veteran Service Officer Penny Daniels
SAVE Board President Wanda Parker and Family
Dollar Market of Woodbury
Short Mountain Distillery
Curves of Woodbury
Legendary cuts
Dickie Gardner Stables and Customers
Prichards Bi Rite of Alexandria
Without all these wonderful sponsors and volunteers, this event would not have happened.  We greatly appreciate all your support, hard work and dedication to this agency and the victims we serve.

Tennessee Becomes 40th State To Allow Benefits For Trailing Spouses

Friday, 10 August 2012

Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis is announcing changes to unemployment laws that allow a spouse of military personnel facing a military transfer to collect unemployment benefits if they quit their job. In most cases voluntarily quitting a job makes an applicant ineligible for unemployment benefits.
“This expansion of eligibility for unemployment is the right thing to do in supporting Tennessee’s military families whom are often affected by military transfers,” said Labor Commissioner Karla Davis.  “Lawmakers and the Governor have created this temporary assistance and protected employers from additional tax burdens, which is ideal for everyone involved.” Typically employers pay higher taxes when they lay off a worker and unemployment insurance is approved.
The bill that was sponsored by Senator Tim Barnes and state Representative Joe Pitts of Clarksville was signed by Governor Haslam in April, but $278,800 in appropriations for the measure became available to claimants in July.
“The Governor’s support of this bill shows that Tennesseans truly care about our military families,” State Representative Joe Pitts said. “This is a tangible way to show our support and gratitude to our veterans, and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to do so.”
"With the passage of unemployment benefits for military spouses, Tennessee became the twelfth state in the nation to attain all of the Department of Defense's desired outcomes regarding military spouses,” said Sen. Barnes. “I am proud that Tennessee is leading the way in showing how our military families should be treated."
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects more than 70 families could take advantage of the benefits during this fiscal year. Funding for these benefits is paid from the state’s General Fund rather than from the state’s unemployment trust fund.
The only exception to the new eligibility laws are assignments outside the United States, Canada, or any United States territory. Federal law prohibits the payment of unemployment benefits to claimants outside these areas.
Claims can be filed on the Internet at www.tn.gov/labor-wfd or by the phone. A dedicated phone line has been established to take initial claims for military spouses. The number is 1-866-331-1271 ext 7590.


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